Talking Feds

Harry Litman

TALKING FEDS is a roundtable discussion that brings together prominent former government officials, journalists, and special guests for a dynamic and in-depth analysis of the most pressing questions in law and politics.

  • 59 minutes 9 seconds
    Eye of the Storm: From Inside the Courtroom III

    Another very special episode this week about the room where it’s happening with three commentators who were there — Jon Alter, Danny Cevallos, & Kristy Greenberg. We focus in depth on the dramatic highlight of the week for the jury and the country — Stormy Daniels’s testimony, esp the cross-examination. We next consider how much Madeline Westerhout helped Trump. After an in-depth preview of Michael Cohen’s testimony, we assess what persuasive arguments about reasonable doubt remain for the defense.

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    13 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 58 minutes 50 seconds
    Hope & Chaos

    A week of pitched battles in court, campuses, and Congress; and three of the country’s most wise and respected voices — Zoe Lofgren, Norm Ornstein, and Michael Steele — join Harry to analyze the action. The NY prosecutors continued to build a strong case against Trump, ending the week on a high note with Hope Hicks. The situation in many campuses boiled over, requiring administrations to enlist help from police. And 6 months out from the election, power plays abounded in Congress and around DC.

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    6 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 57 minutes 20 seconds
    Immunity Impunity

    We add a special episode this week to tackle the Supreme Court argument on immunity. A great group of court experts – Emily Bazelon, Leah Litman, and Mark Stern – join Harry to add the feds voices to a robust debate in the wake of the argument about the sky is falling, the gang breaks down the questions and a parent fault lines in the court to weigh in on whether the argument augurs the end of any possible trial this year and a ruling that provides a measure of kingly immunity to the President.

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    2 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 57 minutes 5 seconds
    In the (Court)Room Where it Happens

    A special and singular episode on Trump’s trial, including 3 experts who spent the week as one of the few dozen people permitted to be inside the courtroom where Trump’s trial is happening. Norm Eisen and Jon Alter, along with Harry, were all feet from Trump, the witnesses, and the jury. They are joined by Karen Friedman Agnifilo, who has extensive experience with the NY courts, including Judge Merchan, to break down the trial in its broad strokes & nuances; and to anticipate what’s coming next.

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    29 April 2024, 9:00 am
  • 58 minutes 20 seconds
    Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury...

    Things finally got real this week--w/ a wealth of quick developments, inc the full jury chosen, punctuated by dramatic details: Trump’s meekly sitting down on the judge’s order, prospective jurors breaking out in tears from the pressure & anxiety of serving, the DA’s moving for criminal contempt v. Trump for 10 postings; & a lot more. A great roundtable of Aaron Blake, Peter Baker, & Jen Rubin breaks down the legal events & their political implications, before moving on to the week in Congress.

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    22 April 2024, 9:00 am
  • 53 minutes 28 seconds
    Jury Selection, Abortion Rejection, Cannon Deflection

    This episode marks a historic week, as the first ever criminal trial of a former President gets underway in Manhattan. Will Trump maintain his boorish ways or will he try to make nice in front of the jury that will decide his fate? A terrific panel of Kyle Cheney, Mara Liasson, & Norm Ornstein join Harry to discuss the trial; the Arizona Sup Ct abortion ruling and its outsize effect on the 2024 election; & Jack Smith’s muscle flexing in the Mar-A-Lago case and the Supreme Court immunity appeal.

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    15 April 2024, 9:00 am
  • 46 minutes 37 seconds
    Court and Snark

    As the first-ever trial of a former President looks imminent & certain, an only-on-Talking-Feds roundtable of Molly Jong-Fast, Josh Marshall, & Sen Sheldon Whitehouse joins Harry to assess how the spectacle of Trump-in-the-chair will play on the campaign trail. They then move on to the re-emergence of abortion as a year-long white-hot political issue in Florida & therefore the election before taking on Trump’s vulgar attempts to exploit base anti-immigrant sentiment. A lively, intelligent hour.

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    8 April 2024, 9:00 am
  • 51 minutes 11 seconds
    Democracy saved! Trump in exile! (April 1 edition)

    With the campaign underway in earnest, the question of whether Trump can be held accountable for his constitutional misconduct and alleged crimes becomes ever more paramount. A fantastic round table of Jamie Raskin, Jacob Weisberg, and Christine Todd Whitman join Harry to discuss the series of current challenges with the R House of Rep; the US Supreme Court; the state & federal courts where Trump is a criminal defendant; and the American people, who may or may not be paying close attention.

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    1 April 2024, 9:00 am
  • 1 hour 45 seconds
    Trump Trials University

    A very different, special episode this week.   Rather than the standard 3-guest roundtable, we convened 12 of the most well-known TV commentators for a very lively and dynamic dialogue on the big developments in front of us and on the horizon: what will happen in the NY DA hearing, for which Merchan has reserved 2 days; Trump’s prospects for posting the $450M bond; the true likely schedule in Fulton County; and how to try to recuse Judge Cannon; and more. It’s fun, informative, and a bit wild.

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    25 March 2024, 9:00 am
  • 57 minutes 20 seconds
    Once More With Feeling (Terrified)

    It was the week in which both Joe Biden and Donald Trump passed the threshold for delegates to secure their party’s nominations for President, and the general election season began. Barbara Boxer, David French, & Jason Kander join Harry to compare and contrast 2024 w/ 2020; consider the American people’s apparent indifference to Trump’s insurrectionary conduct; analyze Biden’s reduced support among important constituencies; & assess the impact of the developments in the various criminal trials.

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    18 March 2024, 9:00 am
  • 1 hour 2 minutes
    A Country for Old Men

    The preliminaries ended abruptly this week, and we suddenly find ourselves at the starting line for the general election. Robert Costa, Hugo Lowell, & Tara Setmayer join Harry to break down the pivotal events that brought us here – Trump’s rout of Haley on Super Tuesday and Biden’s rousing SOTU. Trump’s triumph sharpened the stakes of his delay strategy for his several pending criminal cases, but other than the imminent Manhattan case, the prospects for a trial before November look touch-and-go.

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    11 March 2024, 9:00 am
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