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Episodes

"Exhausted by the Chaos." With Adam Kinzinger

2/20/2024
Adam Kinzinger is a Lt. Colonel in the Air National Guard a former Illinois Republican Congressman and January 6th Committee stalwart. He sacrificed his seat in Congress to do the right thing by holding Donald Trump accountable. He is a Senior CNN Political Commentator and he founded Country First, a non-partisan organization seeking understanding, collaboration, and common ground. Kinzinger and Bill discuss recent court decisions against Donald Trump, the impact of these decisions on the political landscape, the January 6th attack on the Capitol, and the future of democracy in the United States. Kinzinger expresses his belief that Trump will be held accountable for his actions and that democracy is at stake in the upcoming 2024 presidential election. He also discusses his own potential future in politics and the need for a different kind of leadership in the country. He is the author of the excellent book, Renegade: Defending Democracy and Liberty in Our Divided Country Hardcover. You can buy it here. Today's Bill Press Pod is supported by the American Federation of Government Employees. The largest union of government workers. More information at AFGE.org See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:37:00

"The conversation has shifted." The Reporters' Roundtable-February 16, 2024

2/16/2024
Trump on Trial Next Month. Fani Willis Defiant. Dems Flip Santos Seat. Dems on Offense on Border. GOP House Fails. Biden Slams Trump on NATO. Impeachment Witness Arrested. Lara Trump to RNC. Putin Murders Navalny. With Sabrina Siddiqui, White House Reporter for The Wall Street Journal, Gabe Debenedetti, National correspondent for New York Magazine and Kate Riga, covering Congress and the courts at Talking Points Memo & co-hosting the Josh Marshall Podcast. Today's Bill Press Pod is supported by THE SMART Union. More information at SMART-Union.org See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:49:08

Comer Tormentor Rep. Jared Moskowitz

2/13/2024
Jared Moskowitz of Florida is a rising star among young Democratic congressmen. He has a long history in Democratic politics and government, including stints as an intern for then vice president Al Gore, assistant on Joe Lieberman’s presidential campaign in 2004 and as a delegate pledged to Barack Obama in 2008. More recently he was an elected City Commissioner and a State Representative in his home state of Florida. Here's a fun fact: he was Ron DeSantis’s Director of Emergency Management. But today he is best known for keeping House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer in his place. In the pod, Moskowitz criticizes former President Donald Trump's comments about Russia and NATO, expressing concern about the potential consequences of Trump's foreign policy decisions. Moskowitz also expresses support for continued American aid to Ukraine and emphasizes the importance of defending democracy and stability in the world order. He criticizes the chaotic nature of the current Congress and the lack of progress in addressing important issues. Moskowitz also discusses the impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas and the hypocrisy surrounding the issue. The conversation also touches on the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, with Moskowitz expressing support for Israel and calling for a resolution that protects innocent Palestinians while eliminating the threat of Hamas. The interview concludes with a explanation of Moskowitz's previous work with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and his decision to run for the House of Representatives. Today Bill highlights the work of Jose Andres' World Central Kitchen, now providing food to people trapped in Gaza. Please join Bill in helping their efforts by going to WCK.org. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:41:32

"This Amazing Week." The Reporters' Roundtable- February 9, 2024

2/9/2024
Biden’s Bad Day. Judging Merrick Garland. No Immunity for Trump. GOP House Debacle. Trump Kills Border Deal. Haley Persists. With Igor Bobic, Senior politics reporter at HuffPost, John Bennett, Editor-at-Large - CQ Roll Call and writer of the CQ Afternoon Briefing and Evan McMorris-Santoro, Reporter for a new non-profit online news service, NOTUS.org Today’s Bill Press Pod is supported by The International Brotherhood of Teamsters. More information at Teamster.org See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:42:21

"A Decline in Ambitions." With Media Critic Brian Stelter

2/6/2024
Brian Stelter is one of the top reporters on the media beat. After covering media for The New York Times, he had a long career at CNN on the same beat as host of the weekly show, Reliable Services. He is now a Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair and hosts their weekly podcast, Inside the Hive. He is the author of the recent book, Network of Lies: The Epic Saga of Fox News, Donald Trump, and the Battle for American Democracy. You can buy a copy here. In this episode, Bill and Brian discuss the state of journalism today, including the rise of fake news, the decline of local newspapers, and the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the industry. Stelter also talks about the role of Fox News and its influence on the Republican Party. He notes that while Fox News faces challenges from competitors like Newsmax, it remains the dominant force in conservative media. Stelter also discusses the potential legal challenges facing Fox News, including lawsuits from Smartmatic and Fox shareholders. Overall, he suggests journalism is facing significant challenges, but there are still opportunities for new and innovative media outlets to emerge. Today, Bill highlights the work of the independent non-profit journalism organization, Pro Publica. In just the last few years they have uncovered the shady dealings of Justice Clarence Thomas, exposed the shadowy accountants that do Trump’s taxes, how corrupt Texas Attorney General gutted his Medicaid Fraud unit. And many more. Check out more of their excellent work at ProPublica.org. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:35:49

"People have to feel it." The Reporters' Roundtable-February 2

2/2/2024
MAGA vs Taylor Swift. GOP Border Flip-Flop. Impeachment Theater. “Feelings” vs The Economy. Nikki Persists. DJT’s Conviction Peril. News Business Shrinks. With Jeff Dufour, Editor-in-chief, National Journal, Linda Feldman, Washington bureau chief, White House/politics correspondent at Christian Science Monitor. Host of the Monitor Breakfast and Arthur Delaney, Political Reporter at HuffPost. Today’s Bill Press Pod is supported by The American Federation of Teachers. More information at AFT.org See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:43:25

Capitol Police Officer Runs for Congress

1/30/2024
Harry Dunn is a former U.S. Capitol Police officer who risked his life to save our democracy by repelling the rioters on January 6th. He was one of three Capitol Police officers who gave riveting testimony to the January 6th Committee. Those events have led him to resign from the Capitol Police force and to run for Congress from Maryland. He describes his role in providing security for protests at the Capitol and how the events of January 6th were unexpected. He talks about the physical assaults and racist slurs he and his colleagues faced during the attack. He also discusses the influence of Donald Trump and the need for truth and decency in politics. He emphasizes the importance of standing up for the country and the potential consequences if action is not taken. He mentions his policy priorities, such as healthcare, gun reform, mental health funding, infrastructure, and addressing rising crime. He acknowledges the polarization in the country and the audience that exists for Donald Trump. He expresses concern about Trump's statements and actions, including his desire to be a dictator. You can learn more about Harry and his campaign at HarryDunnForCongress.com. Today Bill directs listeners to ActBlue.com to donate to Harry’s campaign. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:24:29

"This is an election nobody wants." The Reporters' Roundtable. January 26.

1/26/2024
NH Primary Over. SC Primary Next. But It’s Over. Economy Growing. UAW For Biden. CA Senate Debate. GA Prosecutor Scandal. Trump vs Border Deal. With Phillip Bump, National Columnist for The Washington Post, author of the How To Read This Chart newsletter and author of the book, The Aftermath, Maya King, Politics Reporter covering the South for The New York Times and Melanie Mason, Senior Political Writer for Politico. Today’s Bill Press Pod is supported by The Laborer's International Union of North America. More information at LIUNA.org See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:44:31

World Hotspots Heat Up.

1/23/2024
Bill discusses the global challenges facing the United States with the Bill Press Pod Foreign Affairs expert Joe Cirincione. He is the former head of the Ploughshares Fund, and advisor to the U.S. State Department and a member of The Council on Foreign Relations. They discuss the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, with Cirincione highlighting the political motivations of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the need for a ceasefire. They also touch on the situation in Ukraine, where Cirincione emphasizes the importance of continued US assistance to prevent a victory for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Additionally, they discuss the tensions between North and South Korea, the new government in Taiwan, and the potential impact of the 2024 US presidential election on global peace and security. Cirincione warns that a second term for former President Donald Trump would be disastrous for international relations. Amen to that. Today's Bill Press Pod is supported by The United Food and Commercial Workers Union. More information at UFCW.org See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:39:07

"Wishing for the Impossible." The Reporters' Roundtable January 19

1/19/2024
DJT: “Total Immunity!” Trump’s Court Antics. GOP Primary: Over? DJT Conviction Matter? Haley “Attacks” Trump. No Shutdown, For Now. DJT vs Border Deal. DJT: Cognitive Decline. Trump VP Pick. With Lynn Sweet, Columnist and Washington Bureau Chief at the Chicago Sun-Times, David Jackson, National Political Correspondent for USA TODAY and Jason Dick, Editor in Chief CQ Roll Call, Host of the Political Theater podcast. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:44:30

Rep. Jamie Raskin takes on MAGA Extremists.

1/16/2024
Congressman Jamie Raskin (D) MD is in the forefront of holding the MAGA extremist Republicans in Congress to account. Making his fourth appearance on the Bill Press Pod, they discussed Hunter Biden and the House Oversight Committee. Raskin explained that Hunter Biden had been subpoenaed by the committee and had initially agreed to appear for a committee hearing, but the committee later changed the terms to a closed-door deposition. Raskin argued that Hunter Biden had been willing to participate but wanted the proceedings to be public due to concerns about the committee's handling of closed-room depositions. Raskin also discussed the Republican push to impeach President Joe Biden, stating that they have no case and that it is a humiliation to their party. He emphasized the importance of the 2024 election, describing it as a choice between a government that serves the common good and one that prioritizes private self-enrichment. Raskin highlighted the urgency of addressing climate change and the need for Democrats to take action. Today’s Bill Press Pod is supported by The International Brotherhood of Teamsters. More information at Teamster.org. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:38:30

"It's been such a circus." The Reporters' Roundtable January 12

1/12/2024
Hunter Shows-up GOP. Trump: “I’m Immune.” Austin AWOL. Mike Johnson Squeezed. Christie Out. Haley Tops DeSantis. Trump Hugs Dobbs. With Amanda Becker, Washington Correspondent for 19th News, Sudeep Reddy, Senior Managing Editor at Politico and Jason Dick, Editor-in-chief at CQ-Roll Call. Today’s Bill Press Pod is supported by The American Federation of Teachers. More information at AFT.org See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:39:39

Michael Steele on Trump, Haley, DeSantis, Democracy

1/9/2024
Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele discusses the 2024 election, the state of the Republican Party, and his new show on MSNBC. Steele predicts that Donald Trump will win the Republican nomination, despite facing numerous legal challenges. He also criticizes the GOP for not standing up to Trump and for failing to offer a viable alternative. Steele believes that the upcoming election is crucial for the future of democracy in the US, and he urges voters to reject Trump's authoritarian tendencies. He also previews his new show, "The Weekend” with Alicia Menendez and Symone Sanders-Townsend which premiers this Saturday at 8AM on MSNBC. Today’s Bill Press Pod is supported by The Ironworkers Union. They say the sky is the limit and they prove it. They are the backbone of North America's labor movement, rebuilding our infrastructure, More information at Ironworkers.org See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:35:57

"A lot of ifs there." The Reporters' Roundtable-January 5

1/5/2024
Iowa Caucus Import. Haley Slavery Mess. Biden vs Autocracy. Biden Impeachment Folly. Trump Took Foreign $$. Border Security Deal? Trump Disqualified? Trump Immune? With John Bennett, Editor-at-Large, CQ Roll Call, writer of the Afternoon Briefing and Brian Beutler, Author of the Off Message Newsletter at OffMessage.net. Today’s Bill Press Pod is supported by The Laborers International Union of North America. Re-building America's infrastructure. More information at LIUNA.org. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:44:11

"You have to defeat them again and again and again." With Stuart Stevens

1/2/2024
In the first Bill Press Pod of 2024, Bill and Stuart Stevens discuss the current state of the Republican party and the potential for a Trump re-election. Stevens, a legendary Republican campaign manager, warns that a Trump re-election could lead to the end of democracy in America. He discusses his new book, "The Conspiracy to End America Five Ways: My Old Party is Driving Our Democracy to Autocracy," and highlights the dangers of sliding into autocracy. Stevens believes that the Republican party has lost its way and needs to be defeated repeatedly in order to change. He also expresses concern about the potential for a third-party candidate to disrupt the 2024 election. Today Bill salutes his own union, SAG-AFTRA and their historic victory after a long strike. More information at SAGAFTRA.org. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:41:06

Our Best Favorite Stories of the Week of 2023

12/29/2023
When Bill talks to people who listen to the Bill Press Pod, they tell him that one of their favorite parts of the show is when our reporters contribute their favorite stories of the week. Those stories can be funny. They can be sad. They can be important. They can be poignant. We've assembled a bunch of them for your listening pleasure here at the end of 2023. Today's Bill Press Pod is supported by the Iron Workers Union. Rebuilding America in some of the most dangerous jobs in all of construction. We salute them and you can find more information at Ironworkers.org. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:30:49

Re-assessing President Jimmy Carter with Jonathan Alter

12/26/2023
After watching the memorial service for First Lady Rosalyn Carter last month, we decided it’s time to take another look at our 39th President, Jimmy Carter. And the very best person to do that is journalist and historian Jonathan Alter. His 2021 book, His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, A Life, is out in paperback and you can get it here. Alter is also the author of a very good Sub-stack newsletter, Old Goats. You can see that here. Bill and Jonathan discuss the legacy of the 39th President, Jimmy Carter, and his wife, Rosalyn Carter. They argue that while Carter's presidency is often viewed as ineffective, he actually accomplished a great deal and set a new standard for post-presidencies with his extensive public service. They also highlight Rosalyn Carter's significant contributions as First Lady, including her instrumental role in passing the Mental Health Act of 1980. The discussion also touches on Carter's deep faith and his commitment to environmental issues. Today's Bill Press Pod is supported by The United Food and Commercial Workers Union. More information at UFCW.org See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:38:59

Year-End Editors' Roundtable December 22

12/22/2023
PROGRAM NOTE: THIS EPISODE WAS RECORDED BEFORE THE COLORADO SUPREME COURT DECISION ON DONALD TRUMP'S ELIGIBILTY TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT. Three top Washington editors, who also regularly join us on The Reporters’ Roundtable, look back at 2023 and ahead to 2024. They reveal what they spend most of their time editing and what they expect to be doing again next year. Bill is joined by Ginger Gibson Senior Washington editor at NBC News, Jeff Dufour, Editor-in-chief of The National Journal and Jason Dick, Editor-in-chief of CQ Roll Call. They discussed Donald Trump's legal troubles, the disarray in the House of Representatives, political violence, and the GOP primary. They also discussed special elections focused on abortion access and the disconnect between economic indicators and public sentiment. Looking ahead to 2024, the panel predicted that the Trump trials will continue to dominate headlines, along with the economic issues and the potential for a dramatic choice between democracy and autocracy in the presidential election. Today's Bill Press Pod is supported by The Laborers International Union of North America. More information at LIUNA.org See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:40:20

Judging the Judiciary with Courts Expert, Dahlia Lithwick

12/19/2023
As the year ends, we take a look back at our judicial system and look forward to what we can expect from it in 2024 with legal expert Dahlia Lithwick, a Senior Editor at Slate and a Contributing Editor at Newsweek. She graduated from Stanford Law and has been covering the courts for over two decades. She hosts the podcast, Amicus. In the pod today, Bill and Dahlia discuss the current state of the American judicial system, focusing on the impact of the Trump administration's appointments and the potential consequences for the 2024 presidential election. They discuss the role of the Supreme Court and its shift to the right under Trump, with three of his appointees now sitting on the bench. They also discuss the potential for authoritarianism if Trump were to return to office, with the former president currently arguing in various courtrooms that he is exempt from the justice system due to his previous role as president.. The podcast ends with a discussion on the legacy of Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court, and her belief in the importance of the court's reputation. Today’s Bill Press Pod is supported by The International Brotherhood of Teamsters. More information at Teamster.org. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:48:35

"Packed With Big News." The Reporters' Roundtable December 15

12/15/2023
Impeachment Folly. Hunter Speaks. GOP Stiffs Ukraine. Trump Dominates Iowa. Haley’s Moment? Rudy’s Descent. Biden Not Run? With Sabrina Siddiqui, White House Reporter at The Wall Street Journal, David Jackson, National Political Correspondent for USA TODAY and Kirk Bado, Editor of The National Journal Hotline. Today’s Bill Press Pod is supported by The American Federation of Teachers. Doing God's work in classrooms all across America from Elementary Schools through Universities, More information at AFT.org. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:43:03