Politics War Room with James Carville & Al Hunt

Politics War Room with James Carville & Al Hunt

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Master political strategist James Carville and revered journalist Al Hunt convenes a war room each week to discuss the battle for the soul of the nation! Join them as they gather the sharpest minds from across the country to see who has the most compelling case for the American people on the issues that matter most.


55: Dr. Richard Murray on Taking Texas and Fred Wertheimer on the Influence of Dark Money
Oct 14 • 67 min
Dr. Richard Murray on the possibility of red states flipping blue, Founder and President of Democracy 21 on the role of money in campaigns, with Al and James breaking down the election and taking your questions.
55: Kamala: Next In Line Promo
Oct 12 • 7 min
Promo of ‘Kamala: Next In Line’ hosted by Joy Reid
54: Andrew Weissman on Trump’s criminality and Kathleen Belew on the hidden threat of white supremacy
Oct 7 • 67 min
Professor Kathleen Belew on the rise of white nationalism and its threat to the United States, former DOJ Fraud Section Chief Andrew Weissmann on Presidential corruption and failures by the Attorney General, and Al and James will now take your questions.
53: Ben Ginsberg and Mayor Michael Coleman: James Carville and Al Hunt Discuss the Debate and the State of the Election
Sep 30 • 62 min
James and Al on the aftermath of the first presidential debate (Hint: it’s a Biden win), Former Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman on how to get elected in Ohio, and Ben Ginsburg on the legal and political pitfalls surrounding the election.
52: Sen. Cory Booker on the Battle for the Supreme Court and Sean McElwee on the Strength of Progressive Democrats
Sep 23 • 48 min
Senator Cory Booker on baby bonds, Democrats appeal, and doing what it takes to win, and Sean McElwee on the need for progressives to get behind Biden.
51: James and Deborah Fallows on Trump’s Alternate Reality and the Concerns of Small Town America
Sep 18 • 53 min
Journalist James Fallows and author Deborah Fallows call out the media’s inability to show Trump’s abject lies for what they are, and also revisit the smaller communities they have worked with in the past to explore how national politics often overlook…
50: Sen. Timothy E. Wirth on protecting our Republic, and Joseph Serna on the Toll of California’s Wildfires
Sep 16 • 54 min
Former Senator Timothy E. Wirth makes no bones about the length’s Trump might go to to hold onto power, and journalist Joseph Serna shares the tragic story of California’s burning forests in intimate detail.
49: Andrew Bacevich on the Future of Foreign Policy, Michael McDonald on Florida’s Fate and Billy Begala on Trump’s Texas Titanic
Sep 9 • 71 min
Boston University professor Andrew Bacevich calls for major changes in the way America interacts with the world, University of Florida professor Michael McDonald talks tracking Florida’s election results, and Democratic consultant Billy Begala recounts…
48: Conor Lamb on Biden’s Everyman Appeal and Rashawn Ray on the Aftershock of Kenosha
Sep 2 • 55 min
Congressman Conor Lamb draws attention to Joe Biden’s wisdom and reasoned approach to the chaos of Trump, and University of Maryland professor Rashawn Ray plots a course towards realistic, meaningful police reform.
47: Charlie Cook handicaps the Presidential race post-convention
Aug 28 • 60 min
Charlie Cook of the Cook Political Report handicaps the Presidential race coming out of the conventions as Biden’s lead stays consistent. UNC Professor Dr. Rick Luettich shares his expertise on hurricanes heading into storm season. James and Al react to…
46: Senator Jeff Flake Denounces Trumpism and Jerry Seib on How Reagan Led to Trump
Aug 27 • 44 min
Senator Jeff Flake separates Conservatism from Trumpism and WSJ Executive Washington Editor Jerry Seib examines Reagan as the precursor to Trump. James Carville pursues discussion with both guests on the concept that the base of the Republican party is…
44: Senator Michael Bennet on Russian Collusion, Corruption within the Trump Administration, and the future of our Nation
Aug 21 • 49 min
43: House Majority Whip James Clyburn champions his bill to save the US Post Office and America’s right to vote-by-mail
Aug 20 • 40 min
42: Ben Wikler on the Realities of a Virtual Convention and Dan Mathews on America’s Relationship with the Elderly
Aug 12 • 66 min
Wisconsin Democratic party chair Ben Wikler weighs the pros and cons of holding the national convention online, and animal rights activist Dan Mathews opens up about the difficulties of caring for an aging and infirm parent.
41: Geoff Garin on Truth in Polling and Jim Tankersley on the Slow Demise of America’s Middle Class
Aug 5 • 60 min
Political pollster Geoff Garin sifts through the over abundance of American opinion data to show a clearer picture of voter sentiments come November and economics reporter Jim Tankersley documents the past 20 years of policy decisions that have destroyed…
40: Kelly Burton and Jessica Post on Bottom-of-the-Ballot Battles and Seth A. Richardson on Corruption in Ohio
Jul 29 • 47 min
Democratic strategists Kelly Burton and Jessica Post lay out their party’s plan for taking back vital state legislatures, and journalist Seth A. Richardson sheds light on the $60 million corruption scandal rocking the Buckeye state.
39: Julian Zelizer and Thomas Patterson on the Modern History of the GOP
Jul 22 • 49 min
Princeton University history professor Julian Zelizer and Harvard University government professor Thomas Patterson relive the most significant moments over the past few decades that led to the transformation of the Republican party into its current…
38: Lisa Remy on the Safest Path to Schools Reopening and Ben Sheehan on the Contents of the Constitution
Jul 15 • 51 min
West Des Moines Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Lisa Remy lays out her school district’s meticulous plans for bringing students back to classes in the fall, and voting rights advocate Ben Sheehan makes a plea for the rebirth of civic education.
37: David Paul Kuhn and Stan Greenberg on Democrats’ Alienation of White Working-Class Voters
Jul 8 • 64 min
Author David Paul Kuhn and pollster Stan Greenberg pinpoint the exact moment 50 years ago when white working-class voters started to feel disillusioned by the direction the Democratic party was taking towards coastal elitism.
36: James Lankford on the State of Lincoln’s Party and Matt Bai on the Truth about Trumpism
Jul 1 • 64 min
Oklahoma Senator James Lankford insists that Republicans are as moral, honest and fair as they ever have been, while journalist Matt Bai argues that it is Democrats who have lost touch with reality.
35: Walter Dellinger on the Eroding Justice Department and Keith Mason and Paul Begala on the Odds of Texas and Georgia Going Blue
Jun 24 • 49 min
Duke University School of Law professor Walter Dellinger bemoans the moral collapse of the Department of Justice, starting at the top with Attorney General William Barr, and political consultants Keith Mason and Paul Begala predict some surprising changes…
34: Howard W. French on Race and the Media, and Ron Brownstein on Shifts in the Electorate
Jun 17 • 73 min
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism professor Howard French defies the notion that George Floyd is America’s wake up call, as his death is only the latest outcome of centuries of systemic racism, and The Atlantic’s senior editor Ron…
33: Timothy L. O’Brien on the Methodology and Madness of Trump
Jun 10 • 50 min
Journalist Timothy L. O’Brien separates the man from the myth surrounding Donald J. Trump, pulling back the curtain on his love/hate relationship with the media, his deep seeded narcissism, and his past failings shielded by his enormous privilege.
32: David Harris on Essential Police Reforms
Jun 3 • 49 min
University of Pittsburgh law professor David Harris takes great care in unpacking the systemic racism in America’s police force, and offers some wide-reaching changes as a possible means of increasing officer accountability and preventing future tragedies…
31: Charlie Sykes and Tim Miller on the Fight for the Soul of the Republican Party and Ron Chernow on the Truth about Ulysses Grant
May 28 • 63 min
The Bulwark editor-in-chief Charlie Sykes and contributor Tim Miller chart the moral decline of the Republican establishment thanks to the rise of Trumpism, and historian Ron Chernow shines some light on the misconceptions about America’s 18th president:…
30: David Wessel on the Unpredictability of the Current Economy
May 21 • 52 min
Economics writer David Wessel attempts to derive a coherent narrative about America’s financial future by calculating all the variables at play, including the influences of the stock market, the national deficit, and the Federal Reserve.
29: Norman Pearlstine on Journalism During a Global Crisis and Jung H. Pak on the Real Power of North Korea
May 13 • 56 min
LA Times executive editor Norman Pearlstine discusses the challenges of running a newspaper in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, and Brookings Institute senior fellow Jung H. Pak warns against underestimating the strength and guile of Kim Jong-un.
28: Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue on Marriage Lessons from Quarantine
May 6 • 49 min
Actress Marlo Thomas and TV host Phil Donahue share the wisdom they have gained from 40 years of marriage and apply it to the context of life in quarantine, wherein maintaining a healthy relationship becomes yet another of the crisis’ challenges.
27: Drew Faust on Dignity and Death in the COVID Era and John Feinstein on the Sports World’s Pandemic Response
Apr 29 • 58 min
Author and former Harvard President Drew Faust provides context for America’s relationship with death in large numbers by recounting how the country coped with the massive loss of life surrounding the Civil War, and sports writer John Feinstein pulls no…
26: John R. Allen on The Readiness of the U.S. Military During the Pandemic
Apr 23 • 64 min
Brookings Institution president and retired USMC general John R. Allen gives a full endorsement of U.S. Military’s ability to respond to any threat, pointing to shifts in strategy, as well as the adoption of a more modern war-fighting approach.
25: Madeleine Albright on America’s Role as a Global Leader
Apr 15 • 47 min
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright pulls from her decades of diplomacy experience to chart the changes in America’s standing as a leader in the international community. Plus, Al and James praise some Republican governors.
24: Michael Tackett Talks Going Toe-to-Toe with Trump and Joanne Lipman Illuminates A Hidden Healthcare Crisis
Apr 9 • 50 min
AP Deputy Bureau Chief Michael Tackett shares his thoughts on how to maintain objective, timely and in-depth news reporting around the world, and journalist Joanne Lipman explains how the coronavirus may have unintended negative consequences for sufferers…
23: Journalist David Shribman Juxtaposes Canada’s Coronavirus Response With The United States’ Efforts
Apr 2 • 34 min
Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist David Shribman recounts the initiatives to fight the coronavirus that he witnessed firsthand in Canada, calling them far more serious than the lackluster efforts of the Trump administration.
22: Author Deborah Fallows and Journalist James Fallows Examine the Pandemic’s Effect on Small Town America
Mar 26 • 42 min
Author Deborah Fallows and journalist James Fallows spent years traveling to small cities and towns outside America’s major population centers in order to research their national bestseller “Our Towns A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America.” In…
21: Stephanie Cutter Discusses Joe Biden’s Next Moves and Dr. Zeke Emanuel Explains the Scope of the Coronavirus
Mar 19 • 54 min
Political consultant Stephanie Cutter gives her advice to the Biden campaign on how to pivot towards the general election, and University of Pennsylvania Department of Medical Ethics chair Dr. Zeke Emanuel explains just how serious the growing pandemic…
20: John Barry Compares the Coronavirus to the 1918 Spanish Flu
Mar 12 • 50 min
Historian and author John Barry (“The Great Influenza”) draws comparisons between the follies of Woodrow Wilson’s handling of the of the major flu outbreak over 100 years ago and the Trump administrations approach to the ongoing global health crisis. Al…
18: James Carville Super Tuesday Wrap Up and Roger Altman on the Economy
Mar 5 • 54 min
James Carville and Al Hunt analyze Joe Biden’s super Super Tuesday taking the delegate lead over Bernie Sanders. Evercore CEO Roger Altman examines the volatility of the stock market amidst CoronaVirus concerns. 2020 Politics War Room is produced by…
18: Antjuan Seawright on South Carolina and Amy Dacey on Possible Brokered Convention
Feb 27 • 44 min
Blueprint Strategies founder and CEO Antjuan Seawright shares insight from South Carolina on the debate and primary. Former CEO of the DNC and the current Executive Director of the SINE Institute of Policy and Politics at American University Amy Dacey…
17: Jon Ralston on Nevada and Ruy Teixeira on Ideological Motivations
Feb 19 • 56 min
Nevada debate moderator Jon Ralston from The Nevada Independent discusses Bloomberg’s first debate in Nevada. Ruy Teixeira helps us understand the ideological motivation providing greater context on his Washington Post column. On the ‘Back Page’, James…
16: Governor Terry McAuliffe and Jeff Berman
Feb 13 • 61 min
Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe talks election politics postulating that Michael Bloomberg could take Virgnia. James and Al borrow time from Tom Steyer’s senior advisor Jeff Berman to share his expertise on delegates. Christy ‘Numbers’ Harvey…
15: Ann Selzer on Iowa and The Fate of the Democratic Party
Feb 6 • 54 min
Pollster Ann Selzer explains what happened in Iowa. James Carville proposes we let Nancy Pelosi pick the Democratic nominee. Christy ‘Numbers’ Harvey highlights the lowlights with the White House threatening to remove millions of poor kids from student…
14: Impeachment Trial in the Senate Analysis from James Carville and Al Hunt
Feb 1 • 46 min
James Carville and Al Hunt dissect the President’s Impeachment trial in the Senate excluding witnesses officially yesterday heading towards conclusion. In the war room political strategy session, we focus on key states Georgia and North Carolina. Christy…
13: Former White House legal counsel Greg Craig compares Trump’s impeachment defense to Clinton’s and Jim Dunnam breaks down Trump’s legal defense team member Ken Starr
Jan 23 • 50 min
12: Jonathan Martin on Democratic Debate and LSU’s Epic Football Season
Jan 16 • 47 min
New York Times National Political Correspondent Jonathan Martin joins James and Al to breakdown the Democratic debate and Louisiana State University’s historic National Championship victory. Christy Harvey runs the ‘Numbers’ segment with the focus on the…
11: Trump Plays the War Card and Michael Gartner on the Iowa Caucuses
Jan 9 • 45 min
James Carville and Al Hunt discuss the President’s smokescreen assassination of Iranian General Suleimani to distract from impeachment and Bibi Netanyahu’s indictment leading up to the Israeli election. Pulitzer prize-winning editor Michael Gartner who…
10: Michael McDonald and our Democratic Candidate Report Card
Jan 2 • 56 min
University of Florida Associate Professor of Political Science Michael McDonald discusses the astounding growth of interest in the 2020 Presidential Election. James and Al deliver their Democratic Candidate Report Card. During Christy ‘Numbers’ Harvey’s…
9: Judy Woodruff and Mary Matalin
Dec 24, 2019 • 31 min
8: Former Secretary of Defense Bill Cohen on Impeachment
Dec 19, 2019 • 34 min
7: Jill Abramson on the Media’s Coverage of Impeachment
Dec 12, 2019 • 41 min
Former Managing Editor of The New York Times Jill Abramson dissects the media, bubbles and the truth with impeachment front and center. Christy Harvey shares a list of who’s been naughty or nice and the ‘Back Page’ focus is on college football.
6: Kamala Harris Bows Out and Walter Dellinger Talks Impeachment
Dec 5, 2019 • 48 min
Impeachment scholar Walter Dellinger explains the difference between a crime and the impeachable offenses committed by this President. James Carville and Al Hunt react to Kamala Harris calling it quits. We admit we are addicted to our phones on Christy…
5: Roger Altman on the Economy and The Fall of Rudy Giuliani
Nov 28, 2019 • 47 min
Roger Altman, CEO of Evercore and former Deputy and Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, explains why the tax bill was a bust for America. After Christy Harvey’s ‘Got Your Number’, James Carville and Al Hunt analyze the fall of Rudy Giuliani, the artist…
4: Pollster Ann Selzer on the Pete Buttigieg Surge
Nov 21, 2019 • 43 min
The foremost respected expert on polling Ann Selzer enters the War Room to discuss the latest Des Moines Register poll in which Pete Buttigieg surged to the top of the Democratic pack. James and Al react to the latest in the impeachment saga. Christy…
3: Elizabeth Warren Rejects the War Room and Ed Luce dissects Brexit
Nov 13, 2019 • 43 min
This week, James Carville responds to Elizabeth Warren’s rejection of the “War Room” political strategy he made popular and U.S. National Editor for the Financial Times Ed Luce dissects the UK elections and the ramifications of Brexit on the world at…
2: Election 2020 presented by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette & Highmark
Nov 7, 2019 • 87 min
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Executive Editor Emeritus David Shribman moderates a panel with our hosts Al Hunt and James Carville. ‘Election 2020’ presented by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette & Highmark Health was recorded in front of a live audience at Heinz Field in…
1: Nancy Pelosi - Charlie Cook - Tom Edsall
Nov 3, 2019 • 62 min
Speaker Nancy Pelosi joins James and Al in her first interview after the vote on the Impeachment Inquiry. Then, it’s a Countdown Roundtable 365 days out from the 2020 Election with Cook Report publisher Charlie Cook and New York Times columnist Tom Edsall.
Nancy Pelosi Preview - Listen Sunday!
Nov 1, 2019 • 7 min
The War Room is coming in November!
Oct 20, 2019 • 2 min
James Carville and Al Hunt go deep into the politics of impeachment and the 2020 US Presidential Election.