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Chuck Todd at his best – unscripted, informed and focused on what really matters in politics. Join Chuck each Wednesday as he talks with top reporters from the nation’s capital, plus exclusive sit-down interviews and on-the-ground dispatches from across the campaign trail.

Chuck Todd at his best – unscripted, informed and focused on what really matters in politics. Join Chuck each Wednesday as he talks with top reporters from the nation’s capital, plus exclusive sit-down interviews and on-the-ground dispatches from across the campaign trail.


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Chuck Todd at his best – unscripted, informed and focused on what really matters in politics. Join Chuck each Wednesday as he talks with top reporters from the nation’s capital, plus exclusive sit-down interviews and on-the-ground dispatches from across the campaign trail.




Ruben Gallego's Senate bid sets up a potential battlefield in Arizona, with fmr. Rep. Ron Barber

Rep. Ruben Gallego's (D-Ariz.) Monday launch of his 2024 Senate bid could signal the first major challenge to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.), who hasn't announced re-election plans, but shocked Democrats in her switch to independent, late last year. Former Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.) joins Chuck to detail how the Grand Canyon state foreshadows the changing face of party politics nationally.


Post Game: Capitol Hill plays political football with the debt limit, with Brendan Buck

The seeds are planted for a debt-ceiling showdown, as newly empowered House Republicans aim to use the threat of a default as a tool to force budget cuts. Brendan Buck, a former adviser to House Speakers John Boehner and Paul Ryan, joins Chuck to outline how the everlasting crisis of the debt limit might reach a new high as a more extreme form of conservatism steers the GOP agenda.


George Shultz: How the architect of Reagan's Cold War policy rose to power and wielded it

He had been secretary of Labor, budget director and Treasury secretary, but is most famous as the nation's secretary of State at a time when the world was reeling from the Cold War: George Shultz's legacy of public service is notable not only for being only one of two to have held that many Cabinet posts, but also for his pivotal role in crafting President Reagan's foreign policy. Phil Taubman, author of "In the Nation’s Service: The Life and Times of George P. Shultz," paints the portrait...


How George Santos slipped through everybody's radar ... and what it says about campaign politics

Now fully seated in Congress and committees, Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) launched his way into office thanks to a seemingly unending stream of lies. New York Times reporter Nicholas Fandos and Republican adviser Daniel Scarpinato join Chuck to explain how an unknown Republican from Long Island ended up in Capitol Hill ... and duped everyone tasked with vetting him along the way.


Post Game w/ Rev. Al Sharpton: How Biden weathers the docs scandal

Barely three weeks into the new year, the two likeliest candidates for 2024 — President Biden and former President Trump — now both face criminal investigations for their handling of classified documents. The Rev. Al Sharpton, host of MSNBC's "PoliticsNation" and president of the Political Action Network, joins The Chuck ToddCast to weigh in on how the next presidential cycle might ride on the special counsels appointed by the DOJ.


Investigating the most dangerous female spy in U.S. history, with Jim Popkin

Jim Popkin's new book "Code Name Blue Wren" documents his 15 years-long investigation of Ana Montes, a senior Pentagon analyst who spent close to two decades handing over state secrets to Cuba. He details the deadly double agent's story on the Chuck ToddCast.


The Republican Party 'doesn't know what it is right now': Josh Kraushaar & Leigh Ann Caldwell

The fraught House speaker drama along with the unfolding shadow campaigns to represent the GOP in the 2024 presidential election have left Republicans with the complicated task of figuring how they want to be defined. Josh Kraushaar, senior political correspondent at Axios, and Leigh Ann Caldwell, co-author of the Washington Post Early 202, join Chuck to detail the intraparty fights that have been ringing in the new year.


Post Game: McCarthy 'at the center of this war' to define the GOP, with Rachael Bade

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was finally elected House speaker after 14 rounds of bitter votes that exposed the Republican Party's intraparty division. Rachael Bade, co-author of Politico's "Playbook," joins Chuck to detail how Speaker McCarthy now finds himself tasked with the difficult mission of setting the legislative road ahead.


On immigration, 'Democrats have failed, Republicans failed': Rep.-elect Menendez

Representative-Elect Robert Menendez Jr. joins Chuck to talk about his decision to follow in his father's footsteps and run for Congress. His father, Senator Bob Menendez, once held this New Jersey 8th District seat, and they now will be the only parent-child duo in the 118th Congress.


What McCarthy's repeat failures mean for the House GOP

It's his personal Groundhog Day: Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) lost five consecutive speaker bids as the House continues to be deadlocked in its search for a leader — with McCarthy's Republican colleagues in charge of deciding his fate. Brendan Buck, a former top adviser to Speakers Paul Ryan and John Boehner, joins Chuck to talk about the biggest House leadership crisis in a century.


Alt History: What if Watergate didn’t happen?

Alternative History: What if Ed Muskie was the Democratic nominee in 1972 and Watergate never happened? David Shribman, the former executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and former Washington bureau chief at the Boston Globe joins Chuck to explore another alternative history.


Alt History: What if Eisenhower ran as a Democrat? Or didn’t run at all?

Dwight Eisenhower might have been the last true moderate in American politics. His terms came on the heels of wars and bridged into the cultural movements and strife of the ‘60s. How much more likely was another war if we’d had a different president? Chuck talks with William Hitchcock, professor at University of Virginia, author of “The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s” and the co-host of the podcast, “Democracy in Danger.”


Alt History: What if King Edward didn’t abdicate?

Harry and Meghan may be in the news, but one person who would’ve understood their plight best is King Edward the Eighth, Harry’s great uncle. How different would the world be if Edward hadn’t abdicated the throne in December 1936. Chuck talks with Jeff Nussbaum, a speechwriter for President Biden and author of “Undelivered: The never-heard speeches that would have rewritten history.”


Alt History: What if there were no term limits for the presidency?

What if the 22nd amendment – which limits how many times a president can be elected – was never ratified? In the mid-1940s, after FDR was elected to four terms, many of those running in the midterms campaigned on the amendment idea. But where would our country be if that hadn’t happened? Would Eisenhower or Reagan have served longer terms? Would Bill Clinton be the one who dealt with 9/11? Chuck is joined by presidential historian Alexis Coe, author of “You Never Forget Your First” about...


Fmr. GOP Gov. Mitch Daniels hasn't 'really thought' about his political future

Former Indiana Gov. and Purdue University president Mitch Daniels says he hasn't lost hope that extreme political polarization in the U.S. can abate in the coming years.


GOP debates best path forward: Jonathan Martin & Blake Hounshell

Ronna McDaniel is facing re-election for RNC chair, as the longest serving Republican party leader since 1856 … despite the fact that the GOP has underperformed in every election since 2017 when she took office. McDaniels got a new challenge, from an RNC committeewoman whose firm represents Trump. And then there’s Harmeet Dhillon, who is picking up endorsements from people like Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham. Jonathan Martin, senior political columnist at POLITICO and Blake Hounshell,...


Post Game: Sinema’s exit upends Democrats' 2024 math, with Cornell Belcher

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's (I-Ariz.) departure from the Democratic Party has left some Democrats reeling from the ramifications this may deal to their 2024 Senate elections map. Pollster and political analyst Cornell Belcher joins Chuck to detail the state of the Democratic coalition.


Rep.-elect Eric Sorensen (D-Ill.): 'Now there's a meteorologist in Congress who's going to follow the science'

Former TV weatherman Eric Sorensen will pick up the seat vacated by retiring Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) come January. The first openly gay member from his state, he joins Chuck to talk about the impact the weaponizing of LGBTQ issues, classroom curricula and climate change will have on how he tackles his upcoming mandate.


TikTok: The national security threats posed by social media's fastest-growing platform

With a billion users worldwide, TikTok has taken the youth by storm — but as the White House delays a deal with the video app over national-security concerns, and states like Maryland move to ban the service from government-owned hardware, the opacity behind the scale of personal data TikTok collects and what it does with it has U.S. regulators mulling whether to issue a crackdown. Emily Baker-White, technology reporter at Forbes, and Kaya Yurieff, who reports on the creator economy for The...


Post Game with Jen Psaki: Biden pushes for a 2024 primary calendar shuffle

This week, President Biden posed a new order for the presidential primaries — one that catapults South Carolina to first place, demotes New Hampshire, and boots Iowa from the early states. Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, host of the upcoming "Jen Psaki Show" on Peacock, joins Chuck to detail the advantage Democrats stand to gain from this reorganization.