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.

  • 57 minutes 28 seconds
    258: Fire The Cannon with Pam Karlan
    Following the attempted assassination of Trump, Al and James discuss its effect on the race, the nomination of JD Vance, the Republican convention, and whether Biden’s recent press and hail-mary plans can shake things up. Then, they welcome legal scholar Pam Karlan to analyze Judge Cannon’s dismissal of Trump’s charges for mishandling classified docs, defend the need for special counsel appointments, and explore the avenues the Justice Department has to reopen the case.  They also break down the Supreme Court’s assault on the rule of law and call for a return of coherent legal reasoning and impartiality before it’s too late.

    Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city– we love to hear where you’re from!

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    James Carville & Al Hunt have launched the Politics War Room Substack

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    Stanford Law | DOJ.gov | Supreme Court Litigation Clinic

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    18 July 2024, 9:00 am
  • 1 hour 5 minutes
    257: Thank You George Clooney
    Al and James discuss Kamala’s presidential prospects, James’ ideas to move the party forward, and Trump’s plans for retribution before welcoming FT’s US national editor Ed Luce.  They look at how the center and far left united in French elections to defeat Le Pen, and weigh whether Macron will be able to govern effectively.  Then, they break down the massive victory by Labor in the UK, examine how it might raise the possibility of reunification with the EU,  and whether these elections signify a global movement pushing back against the far right.  They also game out how our elections affect Europe’s future and what we can expect from China depending on who wins the presidency.

    Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city– we love to hear where you’re from!

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    James Carville & Al Hunt have launched the Politics War Room Substack

    Mentioned On The Show:
    James’ NYT Piece On Replacing Biden

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    Financial Times | Twitter | Author of “The Retreat of Western Liberalism & Many Other Books

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    11 July 2024, 9:00 am
  • 1 hour 5 minutes
    256: The Next President with Ron Brownstein
    In the aftermath of the presidential debate, Al and James sound the alarm on rising Christian Nationalism and welcome veteran journalist Ron Brownstein. They discuss the debate's impact on the race, weigh what Biden can do to counter a terrible performance, explore whether it's feasible to replace him, and game out what the process would look like if Kamala, Gov. Whitmer, or Gavin Newsom is chosen as the new candidate.  They also outline the dangers of the SCOTUS immunity ruling, determine if the Court has become a dominant campaign issue, and highlight the judicial branch's risk to our democratic system.


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    Twitter | The Atlantic | National Journal | Author of “Rock Me On The Water”

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    4 July 2024, 9:00 am
  • 50 minutes 22 seconds
    255: As Goes The Election, So Goes The World with Jim Steinberg
    On the eve of the presidential debate, Al and special guest host Jill Wine-Banks discuss the upcoming contest, the impact of Dobbs on the election, and whether Biden will recapture a diverse voter coalition.  Then, Al is joined by former US Deputy SOS Jim Steinberg to cover recent developments in the Gaza and Ukraine wars, explain the turmoil in Israeli politics, call out the growing danger of terrorism, and explore how to have more effective US-Sino relations.  In their analysis, they look ahead to how the outcome of our presidential election will affect each of these diplomatic theaters, underscoring how vital a Biden win is for the entire world.

    Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city– we love to hear where you’re from!

    From The Show:

    Class With Carville: Debate Advice

    Watch James Carville Explains on YouTube Playlist

    James Carville & Al Hunt have launched the Politics War Room Substack

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    Twitter | Facebook | Website | Author of The Watergate Girl: My Fight For Truth & Justice Against A Criminal President | #SistersInLaw Podcast

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    Johns Hopkins | Albright Stonebridge Group | Author

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    27 June 2024, 9:00 am
  • 1 hour 19 minutes
    254: Debate Prep with Bob Shrum
    James and Al call out the Republican congressional caucus, review the political situation in Israel, mark Juneteenth, remember Willie Mays, and welcome veteran political strategist Bob Shrum.  They discuss the format of the upcoming presidential debate, Biden’s prospects, how he should handle the age issue, Trump’s weaknesses, the importance of debate prep, the power of a well-made point, and look back on famous debate moments from Nixon v. Kennedy, to Romney v. Obama.  Will a strong performance by Joe be enough to blow the race wide open?

    Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city– we love to hear where you’re from!

    Mentioned On The Show:

    Class With Carville: Debate Advice

    Watch James Carville Explains on YouTube Playlist

    James Carville & Al Hunt have launched the Politics War Room Substack

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    Twitter | USC | AAPC | Author of “No Excuses”

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    20 June 2024, 9:00 am
  • 1 hour 26 minutes
    253: The Fall Of Roe with Lisa Lerer
    James and Al explain the impact of Hunter Biden’s conviction, emphasize the political power of falling crime rates, and welcome Lisa Lerer, author of The Fall of Roe.  They expose the right-wing movement that gave us Dobbs, call out Supreme Court corruption, debate the role of role of Alito’s leaked decision, discuss the failures of the progressive movement, and empahsize the need for pro-Roe forces to abandon their boadrooms and make their case at the grassroots.  Then, they look at what the new reality means for women, how it affects elections, and what the future holds.

    Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city– we love to hear where you’re from!


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    13 June 2024, 9:00 am
  • 1 hour 8 minutes
    252: How To Win An Information War with Peter Pomerantsev
    James and Al defend Dr. Fauci and analyze Biden’s improving electoral prospects after the Trump trial verdict and the recent primaries before welcoming propaganda expert Peter Pomerantsev.  They discuss how the successful British information campaign against the Nazis broadcast from an in-group and absurdist perspective to undermine the party’s leadership and create a safe space for dissenters to criticize the regime.  Then they look at how similar techniques could be used to undermine Putin and explore how a campaign based on personal stories could boost support for Ukraine and help win elections.

    Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city– we love to hear where you’re from!


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    Twitter | John Hopkins’ Agora Institute | Author of “How To Win An Information War” & Other Books

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    6 June 2024, 9:00 am
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
    251: Oxbridge Sentences with Ed Luce
    James and Al preview Trump’s imminent Manhattan verdict, call for the SCOTUS to be on the ballot, demand a higher minimum wage, and welcome the Financial Times’ Ed Luce.  They discuss Labor’s prospects in the upcoming British elections, how the conservatives have decimated the country, the rising radicalism of the Right, Europe’s leadership post-Brexit, and the budding alliance between MAGA and the Tories.  They also game out Putin’s next moves, how to counter China, nuclear proliferation in Asia, and the growing costs of the climate crisis using India as a case study.

    Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city– we love to hear where you’re from!


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    30 May 2024, 6:00 am
  • 1 hour 8 minutes
    250: Around The World with Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi
    James and Al lay out the hard choices facing the Biden campaign, blast corruption on the Supreme Court, and welcome Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi to dive into geopolitics.  They start by exploring US-Sino relations, covering President Xi’s governing philosophy, the enslavement of the Uighurs, what a successful trade policy looks like, how to bolster our regional alliances, and the need to protect Taiwan.  Then, they look at the effects of Iran’s presidential succession and how to counter Russia’s total war mobilization in Ukraine before pivoting to the fentanyl crisis, the death of substance in Congress, and turning immigration into a winning issue.

    Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city– we love to hear where you’re from!

    Mentioned On The Show:

    James’ Polling Class

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    23 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 1 hour 7 minutes
    249: The Lost Cause with Heather Cox Richardson
    James and Al tear into Trump for seeking bribes from Big Oil, blast the MSM for failing to cover what matters, share their take on the recent polls and primaries, and welcome historian Heather Cox Richardson.  They draw parallels between contemporary politics and the Civil War era, exploring MAGA’s regressive roots, our democracy’s war with demagoguery, the electorate’s disillusionment, and why J6 represents a new “Lost Cause”.  They also cover the corruption of the judicial system and the modern Republican party, calling for a revival of populism to revitalize our system and put in guardrails to protect it.

    Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from!

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    James Carville & Al Hunt have launched the Politics War Room Substack

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    16 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 1 hour 4 minutes
    248: God & Country with Katherine Stewart
    James and Al reflect on Trump’s ongoing trial, the need for Biden to run a focused campaign, and the future of Gaza before welcoming author and journalist Katherine Stewart.  They discuss the rise of the Christian nationalism movement in the USA, exploring how it relates to popular Christianity, its exploitation of the culture war and other political strategies it uses, and its tendency towards hierarchy, dominionism, and authoritarianism.  They also examine its relationship to Trump and the modern Republican party, how it leverages the judicial system, and the dangers of Project 2025.

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    James Carville & Al Hunt have launched the Politics War Room Substack

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    Katherine Stewart:
    Twitter | Website | The New Republic | New York Times | All Articles | Author of “The Power Worshippers” & Other Books | God & Country 

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    9 May 2024, 6:00 am
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