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Chuck Todd at his best – unscripted, informed and focused on what really matters in politics. Join Chuck 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 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.




How Libertarians could become the new moderates, with Katherine Mangu-Ward

Chuck asks whether Republicans can win an election without finding a position on abortion. Plus, Katherine Mangu-Ward, editor-in-chief of Reason, talks about the Libertarian view on elections and why third-party candidates seeking ballot access like to embrace them.


Billionaire of the people: How Trump tapped into 'white rural rage'

Tom Schaller and Paul Waldman, authors of "White Rural Rage: The Threat to American Democracy," join Chuck to discuss how former President Trump became hailed as the "god-king of heartland, rural America" and wielded their anti-elite resentment despite his background as a billionaire businessman from Queens.


Amb. Mike McFaul + How infighting loses elections

The amount of intra-party infighting might be the most revealing metric when looking ahead to any election. Plus, Mike McFaul, former ambassador to Russia, joins Chuck to talk about the death of Alexei Navalny and what it means for the future of Vladimir Putin’s regime.


Senate 2024 Draft: Toss-ups, Likelys and Longshots

Chuck sits down with Mark Murray, Bridget Bowman and Ben Kamisar to talk about who has an edge among the 2024 Senate races. Plus, the new NBC News Politics newsletter goes live this week. Sign up here: Round 1 - Toss ups Round 2 - Lean / Likely Round 3 - Lean / Likely Texas GOP Cruz (picked 1st) Round 4 - Longshot TOSS UPS: Arizona, Montana, Ohio, Nevada, Michigan LEANS AND LIKELY: Pennsylvania, Florida, Maryland, Wisconsin, Texas, New Jersey LONGSHOTS / Special rules:


Rep. Debbie Dingell + What is Biden’s 2nd term?

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) has known President Biden for years. She sits down with Chuck and shares her views on what the president needs to do to win in November, how the war in Gaza is impacting her voters, and what she thinks about special counsel Hur’s report on classified documents.


John Bolton: The anti-Trump front of former Trump officials

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton joins Chuck to detail the effort of officials appointed to former President Trump's first term in office who want to prevent him from being re-elected to a second. Bolton also delivers his perspective on President Biden's foreign policy as the U.S. launches retaliatory drone strikes on Iran-backed militia groups.


Jon Ralston: Nevada is ‘as purple as we’ve ever been’ despite preordained primary results

Jon Ralston, founder, CEO, and editor of The Nevada Independent, joins Chuck to discuss the Nevada primary/caucus divide and why the results might mislead outside observers ahead of the November election.


Sen. Michael Bennet: ‘If we can’t fund Ukraine, there’s no reason for [Congress] to be here’

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), a member of the original bipartisan “Gang of Eight” working group on immigration, joins Chuck to detail the path forward on border reform as Senate Republicans clash over a potential deal. Bennet also looks back to how the debate has changed over the past decade, as a pathway to citizenship is unlikely to be included in the final package.


Why the right to vote isn’t in the Constitution (and how that could change): Rick Hasen talks democracy

Chuck sits down with Rick Hasen, professor of law and political science at UCLA and the author of a new book coming out in February, “A Real Right to Vote: How a Constitutional Amendment Can Safeguard American Democracy.”


Jonathan Martin: 'It's not a C-SPAN election, it's a Court TV election'

Jonathan Martin, senior political columnist for Politico, joins Chuck on the heels of New Hampshire's primary elections to examine former Gov. Nikki Haley's (R-S.C.) political prospects as the Republican nominating contests continue, and discusses whether President Biden can improve his standing as the general-election campaign takes shape.


Nikki Haley's last stand in New Hampshire? NBC embeds weigh in from the trail

NBC News Campaign Embeds Sarah Dean, Emma Barnett and Greg Hyatt join Chuck to preview the New Hampshire primaries, as Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) shifts his resources away from the state and former Gov. Nikki Haley (R-S.C.) — fresh off a third-place finish in Iowa — seeks to portray the contest as a two-person race.


Dean Phillips: Democrats are having a "delusion" if they think Joe Biden is electable

Longshot Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) talks to Chuck about his campaign in New Hampshire and what the results in Iowa say about November 2024.


How "Trump vs. DeSantis" set the stage for Iowa

With days to go until the Iowa Caucus, Chuck talks with Matt Dixon, senior national politics reporter for NBC News, and author of a new book, "Swamp Monsters: Trump vs. DeSantis―the Greatest Show on Earth (or at Least in Florida)," about the most consequential rivalry in the 2024 campaign.


Ian Bremmer’s 2024 threat assessment: From China to Iran, the biggest risks facing American peace and global order

Ian Bremmer, founder and president of the Eurasia Group, discusses his organization’s 2024 “Top Risks” report, with a focus on three dominant conflicts: the U.S. versus Russia, Israel versus Hamas, and the U.S. versus … itself. Read more from the report here:


Can anyone stop Trump in Iowa?

Iowa Republican Strategist David Kochel joins Chuck with just over a week to go until the first GOP contest of 2024 to detail former President Trump's firm hold on the Hawkeye State — and his rivals' determination to pull an upset.


Alternative History: Beatles, Putin and Supreme Court

What if John Lennon survived the assassination attempt? Are we living in the worst timeline possible with Russia? What if Sandra Day O'Connor had been made Supreme Court chief justice? Chuck Todd sits down with Fordham professor (and big alt history fan!) Paul Levinson for an extravaganza of topics, on the last ToddCast of 2023.


Alternative History: What if Mitch McConnell voted to convict Trump?

Former Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) joins Chuck to game out what could have happened in a world where Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell voted to convict former President Trump in his second impeachment trial relating to the insurrection.


Alternative History: What if college sports conferences weren’t so volatile?

Chuck introduces his latest series of Alternative Histories and speaks with NCAA President Charlie Baker about paying college athletes.


2024 predictions: Biden, Senate races and the Super Bowl

Bringing the band back together — NBC News Chief Political Analyst Chuck Todd sits down with the political unit’s Mark Murray, Bridget Bowman and Alexandra Marquez to discuss their top predictions for each quarter of 2024.


'The progressive left is a paper tiger': How activists pushed Democrats away from their base

Ruy Texeira, author of "Where Have All the Democrats Gone? The Soul of the Party in the Age of Extremes," joins Chuck to detail the Democratic Party's recent leftward shift and argues it has abandoned its core principles.