The House Gears up to Begin Real Oversight and Investigations...and Trump is starting to Crack!
Big Night for Dems in the House...and Trump Threatens Retaliation!
The Democratic committees are poised to start REAL oversight into the Trump administration, while the President threatens to attack anyone who questions his authority or his administration's countless scandals. Roy and Eleanor are joined by Ron Elving to consider the meaning behind the mid-term elections.
Tennessee Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper, senior, newly majority member of the House Oversight Committee joins the show to discuss the Committee's agenda. And what happened in Tennessee, once a shining prospect for a Democratic Senate takeover?
The Question of the Day asks: What the Hell do Committees Really Do???
Countdown to Tuesday! It's all about Trump...and More!
Roy and Eleanor are joined by veteran NPR political editor Ron Elving to dig into the mid-term election results, and Trump's off-the-wall press conference. What changes are on the horizon with so many new women in office at every level? Is Beto O'Rourke the new Obama? Can Trump use his new tacky at Justice to shut down the Mueller investigation?
Ron Elving dissects the new political dynamic in his home state of Wisconsin, which dumped the conservative darling Scott Walker on Tuesday.
And the Cocktail Guy brings classic insight into the venerable cocktail! Which, of course, we all need to withstand the ramped-up madness coming out of the White House.
Chickenhawks All! Trump, Cheney, Gingrich- Cowards Hall of Shame!
With five days until the critical mid-term elections, why are they so important? Democrats are poised to take the House, and the Senate is still up for grabs, but what difference does it make?
Roy and Eleanor look at the numbers, the historical importance of the election, and how Democrats in the House might hold the Trump madness at bay for the next two years.
And why are elections important? It's about Trump's race-baiting, insult-tossing behavior, but also about how Republican policies can strangle future generations.
Heat up the chili! Chill the beer! Get ready for a long night next Tuesday!
The Senate! The House! Blue? Red? What's happening?
Roy opens the show with a withering blast at our Chickenhawk in Chief, who used numerous suspicious medical conditions to dodge military service during the Vietnam war era. Worse, Dick Cheney, who cynically obtained five deferments because the military was "just not convenient for him". Yet he enthusiastically used his raw political power to lead the U.S. into a senseless invasion of Iraq. And Gingrich? Don't get Roy started!!
Eleanor Clift and Tom deFrank join Roy in welcoming longtime congressman, and decorated, wounded Korean War veteran Charles Rangel to discuss his many efforts to create a program of universal service for young Americans. Current Minnesota Congressman Nolan closes the show with his own efforts to attack senseless military spending.
The Kavanaugh Saga: Part 2
We get the latest assessment from key observers. The critical Tennessee Senate race has tightened, and Marsha "Trump-Before-Trump" Blackburn's scorched earth campaign has gotten a Trump bump. TN moderate Republican heavyweight Tom Ingram lays out a coherent picture and predicts a narrow Bredesen win.
UVa's Larry Sabato surveys the mid-term landscape and veteran Washington Post political reporter Dan Balz revisits his extensive WP essay on the lack of a compelling Democratic message.
Predictions: the group continues to envision a Democratic takeover of the House, but struggling to win back the Senate. Your host demurs: both the House and the Senate will flip, and Trump's irresponsible, corrupt Administration will face withering investigations in the coming Congress. No impeachment, but also no more Trump SCOTUS nominations.
The Kavanaugh Saga : Part 1
Roy, Tom, and Eleanor are joined by renowned pollster Peter Hart as Brett Kavanaugh mounts an angry defense of his reputation after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford convincingly accused him of sexual assault earlier in the day. Kavanaugh melts down, blames everyone from the Clintons to nefarious left wing groups for his situation, showing bizarre judicial temperament. Do we really want this guy on the Supreme Court?
Nan Aron, Pres. of Alliance for Justice, lays out the case for Kavanaugh’s rejection.
Peter Hart reports on growing potential for a possible blue wave, IF women turn out to vote in November. He reports that the gender gap has never been so great, in large part because Trump is reviled by such a large margin of women.
GOP senators, whipped up by Lindsay Graham’s wild, foam-at-the-mouth remarks, try to turn the hearing into a bash-Democrats affair.
And to make matters even weirder, Sen. Jeff Flake forces a delay in the floor vote to complete a new investigation into the charges by Dr. Ford and other women.
Trump Pushing Blue Wave Building to a Tsunami...and the wave never reverses itself!
Roy, Eleanor, and Tom convene after the morning Senate Judiciary Comm. Hearing to discuss Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s moving, damning testimony: 100% certain Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her as a teenager. Case closed, Kavanaugh the accused sexual predator is gone, right? Not so fast.
Esteemed political analyst Charlie Cook joins Roy Neel, Eleanor Clift, and Tom DeFrank for a snapshot of the mid-term elections. Trump's historic low approval ratings reflect the dramatic Democratic energy flowing into the November election cycle. Yet many Republicans recruit Trump into their states and districts to rally the right-wing political base.
The Texas Senate race is becoming the nation's most intriguing race, as the Senate's most disliked member, Ted run, faces an unexpectedly strong Democratic opponent in Beto O'Rourke.
John Geer, nationally recognized expert on negative advertising, joins the conversation.
Roy, Eleanor, and Tom make their predictions for the November election outcome.
Will GOP convict Trump?
Trumpworld explodes at Woodward's book and the anonymous NYT op ed. Roy and Eleanor are joined by veteran White House journalist Tom deFrank to figure out the bizarro events of the past week. The "I" word looms larger, though Congressional Republicans continue their disgraceful defense of Trump's grotesque behavior. Will the Cabinet invoke the 25th Amendment and dump Trump? Tune in...
The Trump-Putin Lovefest! And will Kavanaugh Tank?
In the last show before the August break (Congress takes a break- so can FedUp!) Roy and Eleanor welcome longtime White House reporter and author Tom De Frank to recall his personal experiences with President Gerald Ford and his decision to pardon Nixon. Elaine Kamark of the Brookings discusses her study of potential GOP defectors if an impeachment process reaches the Senate next year. It's not as far fetched as you thought!
We reach out to an entrepreneurial political activist in Florida who has created an unusual PAC to defeat incumbent congressmen.
The Plane has a Parachute!
Roy and Eleanor dive into the Trump-Helsinki debacle with longtime senior House aide and author John Lawrence. SCOTUS observer Ken Jost and legendary Bork battler Rickie Seidman take on Brett Kavanaugh and how Democrats might slow or stop the nomination.
The Trump Cult!
Roy and Eleanor welcome Jim and Deborah Fallows to the show. Their new book, "Our Towns" chronicles their four year travel to check in on America. It's a NYT best-seller and their comments are a soothing antidote to the content assault of TrumpNation.
Roy, Eleanor, and Mark discuss the hardening of Trump's political support in Congress and among Republican primary voters, dramatized by the defeat of South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford by a hard-core Trump supporter in this week's primary. Tennessee Senator Bob Corker challenges the unwillingness of his Republican colleagues to oppose Trump on the tariff issue. Will the "Pink Wave" catapult a record number of women into Congress and state offices?
Do Manafort and Cohen go Native?
Roy opens the show with an introduction to Ed Weidenfeld, the distinguished Washington lawyer who served Republican presidents and numerous democracy initiatives, and his wife Sheila, former assistant to First Lady Betty Ford and assistant to President Gerald Ford. Ed recounts his remarkable efforts to develop an medicinal marijuana operation in Washington. Stricken with Parkinson's he found the drug to be a near miracle in helping him cope with the disease, and has undertaken and ambitious business to bring high-quality cannabis into the marketplace.
Jack Abramoff is Back!
Roy opens the show and introduces Robert Bennett, the legendary Washington defense lawyer who represented Bill Clinton during the impeachment proceedings, and various other prominent clients, including John McCain, Judith Miller, and others. Bennett discusses the legal problems of the current president, the odds for impeachment, and the many challenges facing the Trump family and political associates. Will Trump pardon everyone? Can he pardon himself? Bennett speaks up!
So much for Trump’s Nobel Peace Prize!
Roy welcomes call-in guest Jack Abramoff, the notorious Washington lobbyist who took millions from clients, set up bogus non-profits and funneled money for luxury golf trips and gifts to Republican congressmen and staffers. Many went to prison. And Roy explains the dance between members of Congress and the DC lobbying world.
Charlie Cook explains what will happen in the Mid-Terms!
Roy opens the show with Trump’s most recent policy snafu, and the group pays tribute to legendary writer for presidents and candidates, Richard Goodwin. Our call-in guest discusses why Ohio voters are fed up with the media, and how their trust can be regained.
What happened to Tom “The Hammer” Delay?
Roy opens the show with his regular s Eleanor Clift and Mark Plotkin and introduces special guest Charlie Cook. Cook, called by the NYT “one of the best handicappers in the nation”, makes a compelling case for Democratic takeover of the House, and handicaps the 2020 Presidential race.
Congressman Raskin, former MC Vin Weber explain TrumpTown!
Roy opens the show with more garbage from the Michael Cohen scandal, and the group discusses “gentleman” Oliver North’s new job with the NRA. George Will’s brutal assessment of the Trump administration gets full treatment, and the “Where are They Now?” segment finds former congressional “Hammer” Tom Delay still bashing all critics. The Cocktail Wizard calls in with a new recipe, and Eleanor gets a shoutout from an email admirer.
After the news of Rudy Giuliani’s admission of Trump’s laundered hush money payment to Stormy Daniels, Roy, Eleanor, and Mark hash out the absurd concealment of the payment. Constitutional scholar and U. S. Congressman Jamie Raskin joins the discussion in the studio and discuss the legal implications of Trump’s admission, the prospects for impeachment, and the ongoing Presidential political scandal.
Former Republican Congressman Vin Weber joins the conversation to gamely attempt to explain the unwillingness of the GOP to rebuke Trump and his administration for its most grievous misbehavior.
The hosts and their Congressional guests then deal with the upcoming mid-term congressional elections and the prediction of large Democratic gains. Gun control, specifically the ability to buy assault weapons in some states with virtually no background check, comes into focus along with GOP allegiance to the NRA lobby.
The hosts lay into various ethical issues.