#398 : One Party .. two futures?

Between centralism and progressive populism, this election season lays bare a faultline in Democratic Party politics. Which path is more likely to win in November and reclaim our nation’s future? Plus … what to make of the Kanye West at the White House.

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The Third Way’s Jim Kessler argues for a broad path to victory that includes mainstream centrism. Roger Hickey of the Campaign for America’s Future on the grassroots movement for a progressive agenda that is reviving democratic politics. Plus Brittany Shepherd joins the Bill Press show to decode the meeting between Kanye West and Donald Trump.


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Jim Kessler

Third Way is a national think tank that advocates center-left ideas and politics.  Co-founder Jim Kessler, says that centrist success in the primaries is one of the underreported stories this election season.

Roger Hickey

The Campaign for America’s Future calls itself  the strategy center for the progressive movement. Co-founder Roger Hickey says that people all over the country are energized by new ideas that call for economic and social justice.

Brittany Shepherd

Brittany Shepherd of the Washingtonian joins Peter Ogburn of the Bill Press show to explain why Donald Trump has a soft spot for Kanye West and what it’s like to be one of the few African American reporters in the Washington Press Corp.

Jim Hightower

VOTE! (Unless you can’t)


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#397 : White women helped elect Donald Trump. What they do next might surprise you.

White women helped elect Donald Trump. What they do next might surprise you. Plus, a history of America in ten strikes. And Bill Press talks with the Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball for a one-month out reading on the mid-term elections.

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Julie Kohler examines the political realignment of white women voters. Erik Loomis walks us through critical moments in our nation’s labor history and the strikes that defined them. And Kyle Kondik of Sabato’s Crystal Ball gives us his latest political forecast.


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Julie Kohler

Julie Kohler is a writer and social commentator who has been closely following the role of white women in electoral politics. She says that despite the fact that white women voters have leaned Republican for several decades, now is the time that may change.

Eric Loomis

Historian Eric Loomis has an assignment for us.  If we truly want to understand the history of labor movements in the United States, look to the moments when workers went on strike. It’s a reminder he says that small groups of people can create radical change.

Kyle Kondik

as we move into the final four weeks before the mid term elections, Kyle Kondik of Sabato’s Crystal Ball tells Bill Press why he thinks Democrats still have a chance to turn the House, but don’t count on the Senate

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Why are Republicans quiet about their economic accomplishment


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#396 : Our Watergate moment

Our Watergate moment, and how we can survive it. Plus, inside the movement to elect the president by a national popular vote. And Bill Press on why organized labor matters now more than ever.

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Sam Berger of the Center for American Progress draws the parallels between Richard Nixon and Donald Trump, and asks us to take a lesson from how the nation recovered from Watergate. Karen Hobert Flynn, the President of Common Cause, explains why a national popular vote is a better way to pick the next president. And Bill Press talks with Iron Workers general president Eric Dean.


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Sam Berger

In the wake of Watergate, a wave of reforms were ushered in to repair a dysfunctional government and regain the public’s  trust in its leaders. Sam Berger is a policy analyst who says that moment in history has much to offer in the modern day.

Karen Hobert Flynn

Karen Hobert Flynn leads one of the nation’s leading organizations dedicated to strengthening democracy. That’s why she says it’s time for the nation to change the way we elect our President.

Eric Dean

Bill Press talks with Eric Dean, president of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers

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How to make Labor Day matter again


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#395 : A life-long Republican offers a ruthless takedown of President Trump.

A life-long Republican offers a ruthless takedown of President Trump. Our interview with GOP strategist Rick Wilson. Plus, Bill Press talks with NBC Political Reporter Alex Seitz-Wald about Andrew Gillum’s surprise win in Florida.

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Author Rick WIlson on his new book “Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever.” Plus, Bill Press with NBC’s Alex Seitz-Wald on what’s next in Florida’s race for governor.


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Rick Wilson – Part 1

The presidency of Donald Trump has brought discord to a party known for its political discipline as critics within the GOP take aim at a President they feel is destroying their party. Among them is Rick Wilson.  Never one to mince words, his new book is a scathing critique of Donald Trump.

Rick Wilson – Part 2

Still with us is Rick Wilson, author of  “Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever.” Rick, After the President’s meeting with Vladimir Putin, you wrote a piece in The Daily Beast with this title: “Helsinki is Congress’ wakeup call: Republicans in the House and Senate must finally hold Trump to account.” What are the chances that will actually happen?

Alex Seitz-Wald

Bill Press talks with NBC Political Reporter Alex Seitz-Wald about Andrew Gillum’s upset victory in Florida and other primary news.

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Celebrating Labor Day


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