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Co-hosts Preet Bharara and Joyce Vance help you to make sense of law and politics each week, plus weekly notes and bonus content exclusive to CAFE Insider members.

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Note from Asha 2/21: Smirnov on Ice

Asha Rangappa is a lawyer, former FBI Special Agent, and current CNN analyst. She's also a Senior Lecturer at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. Head to CAFE.com for a full transcript of Asha's Note. Notes from Asha are exclusive to the CAFE Insider membership. For the text of this note, along with the full archive of contributor notes, head to CAFE's website.

10m
Feb 21
CAFE Insider 2/20: Trump’s NY State of Mind

On the docket:  – The ruling by a New York judge ordering former President Donald Trump and his company to pay nearly $355 million plus interest in fines as part of the judgment against him in the civil fraud case brought by NY Attorney General Letitia James; – The March trial date set for Trump’s hush-money criminal trial in Manhattan; and – The hearing in Fulton County, Georgia where District Attorney Fani Willis took the stand to rebut allegations that her romantic relationship with a lead prosecutor in the Trump case should disqualify her from handling the matter. We hope you’re finding informative. Email us at letters@cafe.com with your suggestions and questions for Preet and Joyce.  Give the gift of CAFE Insider: cafe.com/gift http://cafe.com/gift Shownotes & transcript can be found at CAFE.com https://cafe.com/insider-podcast/cafe-insider-2-20-trumps-ny-state-of-mind/. This podcast is brought to you by CAFE Studios https://cafe.com/about-us/ and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

47m
Feb 20
Note from Elie 2/16: The Real Biden Documents Scandal (It’s Not the Old Man Stuff)

Note From Elie is part of the free weekly CAFE Brief newsletter. Audio recordings of Elie’s Note are part of the CAFE Insider subscription.

10m
Feb 16
Stay Tuned Bonus 2/15

In this bonus from , Preet answers a listener's question about Judge Aileen Cannon’s recent order in Trump’s classified documents case and how she might rule on Special Counsel Jack Smith’s motion for reconsideration.  Thank you for being a member of the CAFE Insider community. Tweet your questions to @PreetBharara with hashtag #askpreet, email us at letters@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 to leave a voicemail. is brought to you by CAFE https://cafe.com/about-us/ and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

3m
Feb 15
Note From Joyce 2/14: Prosecuting the Parents isn’t Enough

Joyce Vance is a former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, a professor at the University of Alabama Law School, and an MSNBC legal analyst. Notes from Joyce are exclusive to the CAFE Insider membership. For the text of this note, along with the full archive of contributor notes, head to CAFE's website.

6m
Feb 14
CAFE Insider 2/13: The Hur Report

On the docket:  – Special counsel Robert Hur’s report detailing his findings from the investigation into President Joe Biden’s handling of classified documents; – The Supreme Court oral arguments in the case challenging former President Donald Trump’s eligibility to run for president again based on Section 3 of the 14th Amendment; and – Trump’s petition asking the Supreme Court to temporarily freeze proceedings in the election subversion case while he continues to litigate the question of a former president’s immunity from criminal prosecution. We hope you’re finding informative. Email us at letters@cafe.com with your suggestions and questions for Preet and Joyce.  Give the gift of CAFE Insider: cafe.com/gift http://cafe.com/gift Shownotes & transcript can be found at CAFE.com https://cafe.com/insider-podcast/cafe-insider-2-13-the-hur-report/. This podcast is brought to you by CAFE Studios https://cafe.com/about-us/ and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

50m
Feb 14
Note from Elie 2/9: Donald Trump Has a Jury Problem

Note From Elie is part of the free weekly CAFE Brief newsletter. Audio recordings of Elie’s Note are part of the CAFE Insider subscription.

7m
Feb 09
Stay Tuned Bonus 2/8: Jared Cohen

In this bonus from , Preet and author Jared Cohen discuss the state of war across the globe, from Ukraine to the Middle East.  Thank you for being a member of the CAFE Insider community. Tweet your questions to @PreetBharara with hashtag #askpreet, email us at letters@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 to leave a voicemail. is brought to you by CAFE https://cafe.com/about-us/ and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

10m
Feb 08
Note From Barb 2/7: Time to Put Anonymity in the Dog House

Barb McQuade is the former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, a law professor at the University of Michigan, and an NBC News/MSNBC legal analyst. To access the full written version of Barb's note, head to CAFE.com.

6m
Feb 07
CAFE Insider 2/6: No Immunity for Citizen Trump

In this episode of the podcast, Preet and Joyce break down the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that former presidents, including Donald Trump, are not absolutely immune from criminal prosecution. They discuss the court’s rejection of Trump’s separation of powers and double jeopardy arguments, the public policy implications of the decision, and whether Trump will next appeal to the Supreme Court. We hope you’re finding informative. Email us at letters@cafe.com with your suggestions and questions for Preet and Joyce.  Give the gift of CAFE Insider: cafe.com/gift http://cafe.com/gift Shownotes & transcript can be found at CAFE.com https://cafe.com/insider-podcast/cafe-insider-2-6-no-immunity-for-citizen-trump/. This podcast is brought to you by CAFE Studios https://cafe.com/about-us/ and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

33m
Feb 06
Note from Elie 2/2: Fani Willis Has Problems (Upon Problems)

Note From Elie is part of the free weekly CAFE Brief newsletter. Audio recordings of Elie’s Note are part of the CAFE Insider subscription.

9m
Feb 02
Stay Tuned Bonus 2/1: Garrett Graff

In this bonus from , Preet and author Garrett Graff compare Watergate to the never-ending cascade of Trump scandals.  Thank you for being a member of the CAFE Insider community. Tweet your questions to @PreetBharara with hashtag #askpreet, email us at letters@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 to leave a voicemail. is brought to you by CAFE https://cafe.com/about-us/ and the Vox Media Podcast Network. For references & supplemental materials, head to: cafe.com/stay-tuned-bonus/stay-tuned-bonus-2-1-garrett-graff/ http://cafe.com/stay-tuned-bonus/stay-tuned-bonus-2-1-garrett-graff/

7m
Feb 01
Note from Rachel 1/31: The Most Immodest Court

Rachel Barkow is the Charles Seligson Professor of Law at NYU School of Law, where she focuses on issues of criminal justice and prison reform. For a transcript of Rachel’s note, as well as the full archive of contributor notes, head to CAFE.com.

7m
Jan 31
CAFE Insider 1/30: Carroll’s Victory & Border Battles

On the docket:  – A New York jury’s verdict ordering former President Donald Trump to pay writer E. Jean Carroll $83.3 million for defaming her after she accused him of rape; – Former Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro’s four-month prison sentence for defying a January 6 House committee subpoena; and – The Supreme Court’s ruling in a case concerning Texas’s installation of a razor wire at the U.S.-Mexico border, as the justices wade into a dispute over whether the federal government has exclusive authority to enforce immigration law or if states may set their own immigration policies.  We hope you’re finding informative. Email us at letters@cafe.com with your suggestions and questions for Preet and Joyce.  Give the gift of CAFE Insider: cafe.com/gift http://cafe.com/gift Shownotes & transcript can be found at CAFE.com https://cafe.com/insider-podcast/cafe-insider-1-30-carrolls-victory-border-battles/. This podcast is brought to you by CAFE Studios https://cafe.com/about-us/ and the Vox Media Podcast Network. 

49m
Jan 30
Note from Elie 1/26: How Merrick Garland Saved E. Jean Carroll – and His Own Trump Prosecution

Note From Elie is part of the free weekly CAFE Brief newsletter. Audio recordings of Elie’s Note are part of the CAFE Insider subscription.

8m
Jan 26
Note from Asha 1/24: The Seriousness of Swatting

Asha Rangappa is a lawyer, former FBI Special Agent, and current CNN analyst. She's also a Senior Lecturer at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. Head to CAFE.com for a full transcript of Asha's Note. Notes from Asha are exclusive to the CAFE Insider membership. For the text of this note, along with the full archive of contributor notes, head to CAFE's website.

7m
Jan 24
CAFE Insider 1/23: Trump’s Ineffective Counsel

On a new episode of , Preet and Joyce discuss former President Donald Trump’s arguments in a Supreme Court brief asking the justices to overturn the Colorado Supreme Court decision disqualifying him from the presidential election ballot based on Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. They also assess the quality of the legal representation Trump is receiving from lawyer Alina Habba in the E. Jean Carroll defamation trial, offering some lessons on courtroom procedure along the way.   We hope you’re finding informative. Email us at letters@cafe.com with your suggestions and questions for Preet and Joyce.  Give the gift of CAFE Insider: cafe.com/gift http://cafe.com/gift Shownotes & transcript can be found at CAFE.com https://cafe.com/insider-podcast/cafe-insider-1-23-trumps-ineffective-counsel/. This podcast is brought to you by CAFE Studios https://cafe.com/about-us/ and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

55m
Jan 24
Note from Elie 1/19: The Word Jack Smith Will Never Say

Note From Elie is part of the free weekly CAFE Brief newsletter. Audio recordings of Elie’s Note are part of the CAFE Insider subscription.

8m
Jan 19
Stay Tuned Bonus 1/18: Dexter Filkins

In this bonus from , Preet asks staff writer Dexter Filkins a complicated moral question about American immigration policy.  Thank you for being a member of the CAFE Insider community. Tweet your questions to @PreetBharara with hashtag #askpreet, email us at letters@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 to leave a voicemail. is brought to you by CAFE https://cafe.com/about-us/ and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

8m
Jan 18
Note From Joyce 1/17: The New Birtherism

Joyce Vance is a former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, a professor at the University of Alabama Law School, and an MSNBC legal analyst. Notes from Joyce are exclusive to the CAFE Insider membership. For the text of this note, along with the full archive of contributor notes, head to CAFE's website.

6m
Jan 17
CAFE Insider 1/16: Dismissal & Disqualification

On the docket:  – The closing arguments in former President Donald Trump’s New York civil fraud trial, and Trump’s in-court speech criticizing the case; – Trump’s motions to dismiss the Georgia criminal charges, citing presidential immunity and double jeopardy violations; – The arguments made by a Trump co-defendant in Georgia accusing Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis of engaging in an improper relationship with a lead prosecutor in the case; and – Federal prosecutors’ new public corruption allegations against Senator Bob Menendez, including a bribery scheme involving Qatar. We hope you’re finding informative. Email us at letters@cafe.com with your suggestions and questions for Preet and Joyce.  Give the gift of CAFE Insider: cafe.com/gift http://cafe.com/gift Shownotes & transcript can be found at CAFE.com https://cafe.com/insider-podcast/cafe-insider-1-16-dismissal-disqualification/. This podcast is brought to you by CAFE Studios https://cafe.com/about-us/ and Vox Media Podcast Network.

51m
Jan 16
Note From Elie 1/12: The Supreme Court’s Silver Bullet Solution to the Fourteenth Amendment Problem

Note From Elie is part of the free weekly CAFE Brief newsletter. Audio recordings of Elie’s Note are part of the CAFE Insider subscription.

7m
Jan 12
Stay Tuned Bonus 1/11: Ian Bremmer

In this bonus from , Preet asks Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer the biggest “red herrings” of 2024 – apparent risks that many fear, but that Ian thinks are overhyped. Thank you for being a member of the CAFE Insider community. Tweet your questions to @PreetBharara with hashtag #askpreet, email us at letters@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 to leave a voicemail. is brought to you by CAFE https://cafe.com/about-us/ and the Vox Media Podcast Network. For references & supplemental materials, head to: cafe.com/stay-tuned-bonus/stay-tuned-bonus-1-11-ian-bremmer/ http://cafe.com/stay-tuned-bonus/stay-tuned-bonus-1-11-ian-bremmer/

2m
Jan 11
Note From Barb 1/10: The 25 Percenters

Barb McQuade is the former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, a law professor at the University of Michigan, and an NBC News/MSNBC legal analyst. To access the full written version of Barb's note, head to CAFE.com.

6m
Jan 10
CAFE Insider 1/9: Trump Immunity & Insurrection

On the docket:  – The oral arguments heard by a panel of D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals judges on former President Donald Trump’s claims of absolute immunity in the election subversion criminal case, and the Supreme Court’s recent decision declining to consider the appeal for now; and – The efforts in multiple states seeking to disqualify Trump from running for president again by citing Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, including the Supreme Court’s decision to grant review of the ruling that barred Trump from the Colorado Republican primary ballot. We hope you’re finding informative. Email us at letters@cafe.com with your suggestions and questions for Preet and Joyce.  Give the gift of CAFE Insider: cafe.com/gift http://cafe.com/gift Shownotes & transcript can be found at CAFE.com https://cafe.com/insider-podcast/cafe-insider-1-9-trump-immunity-insurrection/. This podcast is brought to you by CAFE Studios https://cafe.com/about-us/ and Vox Media Podcast Network.

51m
Jan 09
Note from Elie 1/5: The Trail to 2024 Trump Trials

Note From Elie is part of the free weekly CAFE Brief newsletter. Audio recordings of Elie’s Note are part of the CAFE Insider subscription.

10m
Jan 05
CAFE Insider 1/2: Do Agencies Have Agency? (with Rachel Barkow)

In this special episode of the podcast, Joyce Vance interviews Rachel Barkow, while Preet is out. Barkow, who recently became a CAFE contributor, is a professor at NYU Law School and author of . She also served on the U.S. Sentencing Commission from 2013 to 2019. In the interview, Barkow discusses consequential administrative law cases before the Supreme Court: – , which asks the justices to overturn the long-standing Chevron doctrine that says courts should defer to federal agencies’ interpretation of ambiguous laws;  – , which could invalidate the funding structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; and – , which asks whether SEC enforcement actions are consistent with the 7th Amendment’s right to a jury trial. Preet will be back next week. We hope you’re finding informative. Email us at letters@cafe.com with your suggestions and questions for Preet and Joyce.  Give the gift of CAFE Insider: cafe.com/gift http://cafe.com/gift Shownotes & transcript can be found at CAFE.com https://cafe.com/insider-podcast/cafe-insider-1-2-do-agencies-have-agency-with-rachel-barkow/. This podcast is brought to you by CAFE Studios https://cafe.com/about-us/ and Vox Media Podcast Network.

55m
Jan 02
Note from Elie 12/29: 2023 Legal News Trivia

Note From Elie is part of the free weekly CAFE Brief newsletter. Audio recordings of Elie’s Note are part of the CAFE Insider subscription.

32m
Dec 29, 2023
Note from Rachel 12/28: The Tragic Decline of Clemency

Rachel Barkow is the Charles Seligson Professor of Law at NYU School of Law, where she focuses on issues of criminal justice and prison reform. For a transcript of Rachel’s note, as well as the full archive of contributor notes, head to CAFE.com.

9m
Dec 28, 2023
Note from Elie 12/22: The Danger of Weaponization – No Matter Who Does It

Note From Elie is part of the free weekly CAFE Brief newsletter. Audio recordings of Elie’s Note are part of the CAFE Insider subscription.

8m
Dec 22, 2023