Ben Rhodes on ‘Missing America’ and Working Under the Obama Administration
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Larry is joined by former deputy national security adviser and political commentator Ben Rhodes to discuss his latest project ‘Missing America’ (11:00), working under the Obama administration (21:20), and Russia’s impact on the 2016 presidential election and the Trump administration (33:45).

Host: Larry Wilmore

Guest: Ben Rhodes

Politics War Room with James Carville & Al Hunt
Politics War Room with James Carville & Al Hunt
55: Dr. Richard Murray on Taking Texas and Fred Wertheimer on the Influence of Dark Money
With only weeks to go, gigantic sums of campaign cash have washed over the electoral landscape, but when the country is this polarized does money still talk?  James and Al are starting to become optimistic about a Biden election, and think this might be his chance to expand the map.  University of Houston’s Dr. Richard Murray ( reviews the possibility of flipping reliably red states, while Founder and President of Democracy 21 ( Fred Wertheimer ( discusses the role of cash in 2020 strategy and where it comes from.  After listening to them, do you think this is the year that the Democrats shock in the south? EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS FOR JAMES AND AL AT  POLITICSWARROOM@GMAIL.COM  (mailto:POLITICSWARROOM@GMAIL.COM ) OR TWEET THEM TO @POLITICON (   THEY WILL DO THEIR BEST TO ANSWER THEM ON NEXT WEEK'S EPISODE! WE THANK THIS WEEKS SPONSORS: BLINKIST (00:12:17) Right now, for a limited time Blinkist has a special offer just for our listeners:  Go to http://www.BLINKIST.COM/WARROOM to try it FREE for 7 days AND save 25 percent off your new subscription. FOUR SIGMATIC  (00:33:50) We've worked out an EXCLUSIVE offer with Four Sigmatic on their best-selling Mushroom Coffee: Get up to 40% off plus Free Shipping on Mushroom Coffee bundles.  Go to http://www.FOURSIGMATIC.COM/WARROOM This offer is ONLY for Politics War Room listeners and is not available on their regular website. MAGIC SPOON (00:53:34) Go to http://www.MAGICSPOON.COM/WARROOM to grab a variety pack and try it today! And be sure to use our promo code WARROOM at checkout to get free shipping. TIMELINE: 00:00 - Intro 03:00 - Liberty vs. Democracy 06:15 - The stain on Amy Coney Barrett 11:00 - Remembering Roberta McCain 15:15 - Taking Texas 17:00 - The real demographics 20:30 - An outstanding gerrymander 23:00 - The Texas Republican dilemma 27:30 - The most interesting county in the US 30:00 - Election bellwethers 36:45 - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Money 40:00 - Unprecedented cash flow 44:30 - Shining a light on dark money 48:45 - The fight for the courts 55:30 - Listener Q&A
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In the Bubble with Andy Slavitt
In the Bubble with Andy Slavitt
Lemonada Media
How Will the Election and Aftermath Go? (with Rahm Emanuel)
Who will win? How is it likely to happen? What matters in the last two weeks? What would a contested election and a transition look like? And how would that affect the management of the pandemic? Andy calls the one political expert who can help answer these questions: Rahm Emanuel, the former mayor of Chicago and President Obama's first chief of staff. Hear the inside baseball and see who needs a hug after this.  Keep up with Andy on Twitter @ASlavitt and Instagram @andyslavitt. Follow Rahm Emanuel on Twitter @RahmEmanuel. In the Bubble is supported in part by listeners like you. Become a member, get exclusive bonus content, ask Andy questions, and get discounted merch at    Support the show by checking out our sponsors! Livinguard masks have the potential to deactivate COVID-19 based on the testing they have conducted from leading universities such as the University of Arizona and the Free University in Berlin, Germany. Go to and use the code BUBBLE10 for 10% off. You can digitally purchase life insurance from Haven Life Insurance Agency at Haven Term is a Term Life Insurance Policy (ICC17DTC) issued by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), Springfield, MA 01111 and offered exclusively through Haven Life Insurance Agency, LLC. Policy and rider form numbers and features may vary by state and not be available in all states. Our Agency license number in California is 0K71922 and in Arkansas, 100139527.   Check out these resources from today’s episode:  Read Rahm’s opinion piece about the election in The Wall Street Journal: Watch the clip of Joe Biden interacting with protesters in Duluth, Minnesota that Rahm mentions in today’s episode:  Check out Rahm’s article on “Biden Republicans” from back in August:  Learn more about key 2020 battleground states in this article from Politico:  Are you hoping to vote in the 2020 election? Are you confused about how to request an absentee ballot in your state? This website can help you with that:   Pre-order Andy’s book, Preventable: The Inside Story of How Leadership Failures, Politics, and Selfishness Doomed the U.S. Coronavirus Response, here:    To follow along with a transcript and/or take notes for friends and family, go to shortly after the air date. Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. For additional resources, information, and a transcript of the episode, visit See for privacy information.
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