The Bulwark Podcast

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Charlie Sykes and guests discuss the latest news from inside Washington and around the world. No shouting, grandstanding, or sloganeering. Conservative, conscientious, and civil.
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Jonathan Martin: Liz Cheney's Political Awakening

Liz Cheney is sacrificing her seat to get charges brought against Trump, the smoke's clearing on the Mar-a-Lago search, and Democrats should hand in their politician cards if they can't capitalize on the GOP attacking law enforcement. Jonathan Martin joins Charlie Sykes for the weekend pod. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

43m
Aug 12
Dana Milbank: The 25-Year Crack-Up of the GOP

The lies, conspiracies, demonizing, and sedition didn't start with Trump. The Newt Gingrich era set the ball in motion — and Trump stood on the sidelines, waiting and watching for his shot. Dana Milbank joins Charlie Sykes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

44m
Aug 11
James Wigderson: From Paul Ryan to Paranoia

Ron Johnson keeps doubling down on all his crackpot ideas, but he couldn't have been handed a more ideal challenger — progressive Mandela Barnes. And the Wisconsin GOP goes MAGA in the governors' race. James Wigderson joins Charlie Sykes for a deep dive on Wisconsin politics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

48m
Aug 10
Peter Wehner: The GOP Thinks Trump Is above the Law

Trump supporters who slammed the left for Defund the Police now want to Defund the FBI because whatever the "Lock Her Up" guy was doing to justify a search warrant couldn't possibly be illegal. Peter Wehner joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

49m
Aug 09
Will Saletan: It's Not Just Trump, It's Party-Wide

Republicans may love Trump because "he fights," but CPAC showed that a lust for violence has extended to the whole party. Plus, Doug Ducey gets no props, and are Democrats afraid to be happy with their policy wins? Will Saletan and Amanda Carpenter are back for Summer Mondays. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

54m
Aug 08
Tim Miller: When Bad Things Happen to Bad People

On the weekend pod: Alex Jones' bad week was cathartic, Orban's a troll, and Biden delivers on bipartisanship. Plus, Tim issues a correction for overstating Hawley's manliness, and even Trump thinks Kari Lake takes the election stuff too far. Tim Miller's back with Charlie Sykes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1h 4m
Aug 05
Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and Andrew Yang: Who's up for a Third Party?

Leaders of Forward — the new national third party — think they have the answers to move us past our divisiveness and extremism. Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and Andrew Yang join Charlie Sykes to make the case for systemic change. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

43m
Aug 04
Josh Kraushaar: If Only You'd Been Warned

Arizona Republicans doubled down on the crazy, voters in very red Kansas turned out in huge numbers to protect abortion rights, and Democrats played with fire in Michigan. Josh Kraushaar joins Charlie Sykes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

50m
Aug 03
Rachel Kleinfeld: Republicans Have a Militia Problem

Trump created a permission structure for militia groups starting in 2016, and now those groups are infiltrating state and local Republican parties around the country. The Carnegie Endowment's Rachel Kleinfeld joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the growing threat from the mainstreaming of political violence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

47m
Aug 02
Will Saletan: Hot Joe Summer

Biden's getting a lot done, the Dems are finding their footing, and Joe Manchin is the face of the climate bill. Plus, the tactical perspectives of a third party, a preview of Tuesday's primaries, and the gaudy and gross LIV. Will Saletan's back with Amanda Carpenter for Summer Mondays. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

55m
Aug 01
Tim Miller: The Politics of Petulance

Republicans are so pissed about the Manchin deal that they talked themselves into voting against wounded veterans. Meanwhile, the Dems have the wind at their backs for the first time in a year. Tim Miller joins Charlie Sykes for a jam-packed weekend pod. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1h 4m
Jul 29
Adm. James Stavridis: An Endgame in the Russia-Ukraine War?

Putin's mission has failed — he controls only slightly more stolen Ukraine land than he did in 2014. And the war may be headed to a conclusion much like the end of the Korean War, a "frozen conflict." Adm. James Stavridis joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

30m
Jul 28
James Poniewozik: They Knew They Had a Thriller on Their Hands

The Jan 6 committee hearings are like a well-produced true crime doc. Using TV tropes and popcorn elements, the committee is the telling the very serious story of how Trump & co tried to steal the election. Yes, the ketchup does matter. James Poniewozik joins Charlie Sykes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

45m
Jul 27
Andrew Weissmann: Trump Acted with Premeditation

Trump lied when he said on Jan 5 that Pence was on board with his plan, and he lied when he said he immediately sent in the National Guard. The committee has given the DOJ political cover, but the time to bring charges against him is limited. Andrew Weissmann joins Charlie Sykes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

42m
Jul 26
Will Saletan: What Happens to Jan. 6th Investigations Now?

What should Congress and the Department of Justice do with all the shocking new details presented by the Jan. 6th Committee, and how is it changing conservative media? Will Saletan's back with Amanda Carpenter for Summer Mondays. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

54m
Jul 25
Tim Miller: These Guys Are Worse than Whores

The political operatives who felt "white hot rage" at Trump after Jan 6 are back to being tribalist trolls, Josh Hawley is a prissy little wuss, and Liz Cheney is going to follow Trump to the gates of hell. Tim Miller's back with Charlie Sykes for the weekend pod. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1h 2m
Jul 22
Adam Kinzinger: We're Going to Prove What Trump Knew during Those 187 Minutes

Trump was aware of what was happening in real time on January 6 and the committee is going to prove it. And while Rome burned, he sat there and did nothing in violation of his oath of office. Adam Kinzinger joins Charlie Sykes to preview tonight's committee hearing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

41m
Jul 21
Bill Kristol: Trumpism Is on the Ballot

The list of election deniers on the ballot keeps growing, and now includes the GOP nominee for governor of Maryland. Plus, Trump is still trying to win Wisconsin in 2020, and the Dems' shrewd move on same-sex marriage. Bill Kristol's back with Charlie Sykes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

43m
Jul 20
Michael Steele: Fighting the GOP Crazification

From Supreme Court rulings, to the candidate crazification, and the impact of the Jan 6 hearings, Republicans have handed Democrats a real chance in the fall. Plus, the case for why Trump may not run. Michael Steele joins Charlie Sykes on today's pod. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

47m
Jul 19
Will Saletan: Are Democrats Going to Fight?

The base is in a fighting mood ahead of the midterms, but the party may get in the way. Plus, the Secret Service's deleted texts and the potential benefits of Biden's Saudi trip. Amanda Carpenter and Will Saletan are back for Summer Mondays. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1h 2m
Jul 18
David Jolly: DeSantis Has the Hottest Hand in Politics Right Now

Of course Trump's grift is driving him to run again — and DeSantis is the only one who's got a shot. Plus, the political class gets a pass on crime, and the millions of voters who don't identify as pro-choice, but are pro-Roe. David Jolly joins Charlie Sykes for the weekend pod. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

49m
Jul 15
Bart Gellman: What the Hell Happened to Michael Flynn?

How did Flynn go from a successful military career to a conspiracy theorist talking about Italian satellites switching votes from Trump to Biden? Bart Gellman joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

48m
Jul 14
Bill Kristol: This Is Why We Were Never-Trump

When Trump refused to accept the outcome of the election, he cooked up a scheme to keep himself in office, unleashed the mob, and proved how dangerous an unprincipled demagogue in the White House can be. Bill Kristol joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

49m
Jul 13
Mark Leibovich: The Parasitic Suck-Ups of the Trump Era

If there were more Liz Cheneys, we wouldn't have to deal with Trump anymore. But Lindsey Graham has no life aside from the Senate and Kevin McCarthy "needs" to be Speaker, so we get potted plants and continued threats to our democracy. Mark Leibovich joins Charlie Sykes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

54m
Jul 12
Will Saletan: Biden Is Right - The Activists Are Out of Step

When the Supreme Court ended Roe, it handed voters, not Biden, an issue to resolve. Plus, the Jan. 6 committee broke Bannon, the day Team Crazy took over operation Big Lie, and the GOP thinks inflation alone will do the work for them. Amanda Carpenter and Will Saletan are back for Summer Mondays. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

56m
Jul 11
Addicted to Rage Juice (with Tim Miller)

Tim Miller's book drills down all the ways people rationalized and enabled Trump — and No, Mick Mulvaney, you are not moving into the light. Plus, the train wreck in GOP Senate races, Biden's human rights record and Brittney Griner. Tim's back with Charlie for the weekend pod. Love the show but hate the ads? Bulwark+ members get access to an exclusive, ad-free version of the podcast. Sign up here: https://plus.thebulwark.com/subscribe Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1h 2m
Jul 08
Boris Johnson Is More Bill Clinton, Less Donald Trump (with David Frum)

Boris Johnson is a charming and self-indulgent character, but fundamentally not sinister — he didn't attack the British constitutional order. Plus, the Fulton County investigation of Trump, and how Dobbs is like Prohibition. David Frum joins Charlie Sykes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

45m
Jul 07
A.B. Stoddard: This Is a Different Election Now

When it comes to coups, guns, and abortion, Republicans have shown us just what they do when they have power. Now, Democrats have to get out and vote — and stop cannibalizing each other. A.B. Stoddard joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

47m
Jul 06
Adam White: A Generational Turning Point at the High Court

The Supreme Court revealed itself as an aggressive, confident, and conservative court. But rulings this term have intensified the attacks on its legitimacy. Adam White joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

43m
Jul 05
Tom Nichols: You Don't Know What You're Talking About

We don't need to hear from any more tough guys talking about making babies have babies. Plus, Tom Nichols gets personal about a pre-Roe abortion, and compares the Cassidy Hutchinson testimony to a peek inside the Soviet archives. Your holiday weekend podcast from Charlie Sykes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

52m
Jul 01