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Headliner interviews and in-depth looks at the people and events shaping U.S. politics. Hosted by ABC News' Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl and Political Director Rick Klein.

Headliner interviews and in-depth looks at the people and events shaping U.S. politics. Hosted by ABC News' Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl and Political Director Rick Klein.


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ABC News (US)


Headliner interviews and in-depth looks at the people and events shaping U.S. politics. Hosted by ABC News' Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl and Political Director Rick Klein.






Blame America First?

President Trump has confirmed that during a recent call with Russian president Vladimir Putin, he did not discuss intelligence reports that Russia had offered bounties to the Taliban for the killing of American soldiers. Meanwhile, Joe Biden is under increasing pressure to select a woman of color as his vice president. Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth is said to be under consideration for the number two spot. Guest: Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)


It's Not An "Unlimited License"

The remarkable federal crackdown playing out in Portland, Oregon - with threats of much more to come in other cities - speaks more to President Donald Trump's reelection strategy than anything surrounding his COVID-19 response at the moment. Trump has taken the protests that have played out in Portland for weeks and sought to portray them into a direct threat to the nation. Guest: Former United States Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff


The Briefing Room

In a recent op-ed, outgoing president of the White House Correspondents Association and co-host of this podcast, Jonathan Karl said, "the merits of the [White House] briefings over the years can be debated, but I think the White House spokesperson has an obligation to regularly answer questions about the policies and pronouncements of the executive branch. The White House press secretary’s job differs fundamentally from that of a spokesperson for a candidate or political party. The White...


"I Didn't Listen to My Experts"

We're seeing huge fundraising numbers in many down-ballot races, Kanye West says he's running for President of the United States, and when it comes to the nation's coronavirus response, President Trump says he didn't listen to his experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci. Guest: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot


"If It's Indefensible, It's Indefensible"

Former Vice President Joe Biden makes an appearance on the campaign trail, and political consultant Frank Luntz evaluates the effectiveness of President Donald Trump's messaging in the presidential race so far. Sen. Tim Scott shares his stance on police reform and whether he will run for president in 2024. Guests: Frank Luntz and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott.


Primary Colors

Election day might be over in Kentucky and New York, but now the real wait begins for results. Some of the outcomes, expected next week, might just reflect how much the country is shifting to meet the moment. But behind the delays is record turnout, since counting all the mail-in ballots takes time. Guest: ABC News Senior Congressional Correspondent, Mary Bruce


"Americans Want Law and Order"

Nearly three weeks after the death of George Floyd, Trump on Tuesday met with American families who have also had loved ones killed by police officers. In signing his executive order, he made it clear that there is overwhelming support for some policing reforms, such as the banning of choke-holds in most incidences. Guest: Dr. Leah Wright Rigueur, Associate Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University and ABC News contributor Please leave us a review! ----> http://bit.ly/2kI0pXP Check...


Bonus: Dr. Anthony Fauci

Guest: Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases


About That Conspiracy Theory Tweet

Never one to let a wild conspiracy theory pass him by, President Donald Trump Tuesday stoked division online, while otherwise removing himself from the national conversation taking place in local governments and living rooms coast-to-coast. Hours before George Floyd was to be laid to rest, Trump made an unfounded allegation against a 75-year protester who was pushed by police in Buffalo, New York, last week during a protest and remains hospitalized.


"Enough is Enough"

Up until Wednesday evening, former Defense Secretary James Mattis has stayed mostly silent since resigning from his post in December 2018. But triggered by the "unfolding events" in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, a black man, at the hands of a white cop, the nation's once top military official released an extraordinary and highly critical rebuke of his former boss. Guests: ABC's Rachel Scott and Martha Raddatz


Wild Allegations

First, President Donald Trump sees no reason there can't be a convention with "full attendance" this summer and he also sees "no way" that election results can be trusted this fall. Then, Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) joins the podcast to share her views on the President's leadership style as well as some very personal stories from her new book, "Daughter of the Heartland." Guest: Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), author of "Daughter of the Heartland"


The Presidents Club

President Donald Trump has never needed an excuse to go after his predecessor. New dynamics are complicating those attacks. Former President Barack Obama is starting to respond and he’s not alone. Guest: Kate Andersen Brower, author of "Team of Five: The Presidents Club in the Age of Trump"


'Not Everybody Should Get A Test'

A nation headed in different directions in the midst of a pandemic has a political climate where events may as well be popping up in alternate realities. The reopening debate is breaking along red-blue cultural divides. Guest: Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA)


Mr. Doom and Gloom

Two big things are happening at the same time. A scared nation is in the midst of a terrible public-health crisis with no end in sight, while a restless nation pushes toward resuming life as we once knew it. To those ends, President Donald Trump told ABC News that he'd rather be a "cheerleader for our country" as opposed to "Mr. Doom and Gloom." Guest: Dr. Richard Besser, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and former acting director of the CDC


Testing Limits

When Vice President Mike Pence, the head of the nation's coronavirus task force, visited the Mayo Clinic Tuesday in Minnesota and greeted patients, he did so without wearing a face mask, even though everyone else around him did. This, as questions continue to swirl around the nation’s capacity for coronavirus testing. Guest: Former NJ Governor and ABC News Analyst Chris Christie


Questions Without Answers

Whether in the White House Briefing Room or Rose Garden, President Trump has been taking to the podium daily to update the American people on the response to this global pandemic, but many of the questions he’s asked are not being met with detailed answers. Guest: Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer


Bonus: NJ Gov. Phil Murphy

As the U.S. economy continued to worsen dramatically with another staggering jobless claims report out Thursday, President Donald Trump is preparing to make a major push to reopen parts of the country when he speaks with the nation's governors -- and announces new and possibly eased guidelines for some states -- this afternoon. Guest: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy


Checks and Balances

Donald J. Trump's name will be printed in the memo line of the stimulus checks being sent out to American workers beginning this week. Meanwhile President Trump let out a little slack Tuesday in the ongoing and persistent game of tug of war between his White House and state governors. Guest: Washington State Governor Jay Inslee


Race Against Time

As the vast majority of us continue to work from home during this crisis, again we find Jon Karl and Rick Klein joining the podcast from isolation. The discussion begins just moments after Sen. Bernie Sanders announced he was ending his presidential bid. Meanwhile, there's a new war for the self-described wartime president. Never before has the federal government been poised to spend this much money this quickly in as many different ways as the novel coronavirus crisis demands. Guest: Dr....


"Front Row at the Trump Show"

He’s known and covered Donald Trump longer than any other White House reporter. ABC News’ Chief White House correspondent and Powerhouse Politics co-host, Jonathan Karl has just published a new book, “Front Row at the Trump Show.” He brings us into the White House in this powerful book unlike any other on the Trump administration. With extraordinary access to Trump during the campaign and at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, he delivers essential new reporting and surprising insights.