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    The Bulwark Podcast

    Tim Miller and guests discuss the latest political news for the flagship podcast of the Never Trump movement and the reality-based community. Every weekday we provide insightful analysis, political hot-takes, an unabashed defense of liberal democracy and long-form interviews that cut through the "both-sides" BS. Plus a few laughs to help you wash down the crazy. Bulwark+ members can get a totally ad-free version of the show delivered right to their favorite podcast player.
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    Jeff Sharlet and Joe Perticone: The Confidence of a Bully

    Jeff Sharlet and Joe Perticone: The Confidence of a Bully
    Trump's shark/electrocution anecdote was not a sign of deterioration. Trump is actually getting better at communicating a solid message in a carnivalesque atmosphere—and he's reaching people outside of MAGA. Plus, when Republicans talk about a message of unity, they are referring to the party, not the country. Jeff Sharlet joins Tim Miller from New Hampshire, while Joe Perticone checks in from Milwaukee.

    show notes:

    The Andy Kroll piece about J.D. Vance that Jeff mentioned
    Joe's Press Pass dispatch from the convention on Tuesday

    We’re heading to Dallas on September 5 for An Evening with The Bulwark. For more information and tickets go to TheBulwark.com/events.

    The Bulwark Podcast
    en-usJuly 17, 2024

    Alyssa Farah Griffin: National Unity Is Not Where the GOP Is

    Alyssa Farah Griffin: National Unity Is Not Where the GOP Is
    J.D. Vance is an incredibly polarizing figure, and his addition to the ticket signals a complete realignment of the Republican Party. Plus, he gave the single-worst response to the assassination attempt on Trump. Meanwhile, democracy is a team sport, and Democrats are playing a dangerous game. Alyssa Farah Griffin joins Tim Miller.

    show notes:

    Full speech from Mark Robinson, GOP gubernatorial candidate in North Carolina

    The Bulwark Podcast
    en-usJuly 16, 2024

    Bill Kristol: Not Resigned to a Trump Presidency

    Bill Kristol: Not Resigned to a Trump Presidency
    We begin with a rejection of the fatalist rhetoric from the left. It may be an uphill battle, but the pro-democracy forces have to keep our morale up and be creative. Also the debate around political rhetoric after the assassination attempt is way out ahead of the facts and needs some context. Plus, the Republican convention, Aileen Cannon’s ludicrous dismissal, Axios’ credulous report on Trump’s new tone, and the VP pick. Bill Kristol joins Tim Miller.

    show notes:

    The 2019 piece Tim referenced

    The Bulwark Podcast
    en-usJuly 15, 2024

    Amanda Carpenter: A Life or Death Bet

    Amanda Carpenter: A Life or Death Bet
    Not having dementia is not enough to change the dynamic. Biden needs a proactive message against Trump. Meanwhile, you don't have to play 'Connect the Dots' to see the overlap between Project 2025 and Trump—and members of the media claiming he has a 'new tone' are like frogs in boiling water. Plus, more from the mailbag. Amanda Carpenter is back with Tim Miller for the weekend pod.

    show notes:

    Tim's playlist
    The Authoritarian Playbook for 2025

    The Bulwark Podcast
    en-usJuly 12, 2024

    David French: Trump Tries To Run Away from the Christian Nationalists

    David French: Trump Tries To Run Away from the Christian Nationalists
    Inviting "populist slut hero" Amber Rose to speak at the Republican convention and adjusting the platform on abortion—Trump is trying to distance himself from MAGA's Christian fundamentalist ranks. Meanwhile, the Christian Nationalist project to turn the constitutional clock back 70 years continues apace. Plus, the effort to get Biden to leave the ticket is not a conspiracy—but the sign of a working party. David French joins Tim Miller.

    show notes
    David's recent column on the Supreme Court

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    en-usJuly 11, 2024

    Bakari Sellers and Elaina Plott Calabro: The Case for Riding with Biden

    Bakari Sellers and Elaina Plott Calabro: The Case for Riding with Biden
    This is not a moment for a politician's origin story or soaring oratory. Some think that means dancing with the one that brung ya. But maybe it’s a moment for someone who could prosecute the case against Donald Trump—making it a perfect time to reintroduce Kamala Harris to voters. Elaina Plott Calabro and Bakari Sellers join Tim Miller.

    show notes
    Elaina's story, "The White House’s Kamala Harris Blunder"
    The Bulwark Podcast
    en-usJuly 09, 2024

    Bill Kristol: The Joe Biden Survival Plan

    Bill Kristol: The Joe Biden Survival Plan
    It would have been nice if Biden had gone on Morning Joe the day after the debate instead of waiting 11 days. But he still is not providing a forward-looking message or explaining why he's the one to beat Trump. Meanwhile, Kamala is showing what an aggressive, proactive campaign looks like. Plus, Project 2025 moves into the spotlight, and the good news for democracy coming from overseas.
    The Bulwark Podcast
    en-usJuly 08, 2024

    Annie Lowrey: The Worst Best Economy

    Annie Lowrey: The Worst Best Economy
    Housing prices, the cost of insurance, and sticker shock at the supermarket are still stressing Americans out even while the economy is booming. Annie Lowrey joins Tim Miller to discuss the limited housing stock, the economic benefits of immigrant labor, and shrinking income inequality. Plus, the media does shape opinion, but Joe Biden's oldness is self-evident.

    show notes:

    Annie's piece on the worst best economy
    Annie's book on universal basic income, "Give People Money"
    Annie's piece on inflation

    The Bulwark Podcast
    en-usJuly 05, 2024

    Clint Smith: A Reckoning with History

    Clint Smith: A Reckoning with History
    Author, poet, and native New Orleanian Clint Smith grew up in the city that was the heart of the domestic slave trade, but realized his understanding of the history within himself and his country was inadequate. So he set out to write the type of book he should have had in high school. On this Independence Day, we pulled a special selection from the Tim Miller Bulwark archive. Plus, love for the Crescent City, and dads getting too much credit for pulling their weight.

    show notes


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    en-usJuly 04, 2024

    Jon Lovett: Unprecedented Times

    Jon Lovett: Unprecedented Times
    The quiet coming from the White House sure suggests that the people around the president don't think Joe at his best can overcome Joe at his worst. Jon Lovett joins Tim Miller to discuss all the possible options as the world waits for Biden to say what he's going to do.
    The Bulwark Podcast
    en-usJuly 03, 2024

    Ben Wittes and Steven Shepard: He Is Still a Criminal

    Ben Wittes and Steven Shepard: He Is Still a Criminal
    No matter how much the Supreme Court pretends that the words 'high crimes and misdemeanors' are not explicitly in the Constitution, Donald Trump is still a disqualified law-breaker and is exactly the kind of guy the Founding Fathers warned us about. Character is now the only real check on presidential power. Plus, if push comes to shove, what are the basic rules that govern a change at the top of the ticket? Ben Wittes and Steven Shepard join Tim Miller.

    The Bulwark Podcast
    en-usJuly 02, 2024

    Tom Nichols: Political Malpractice

    Tom Nichols: Political Malpractice
    All Americans who love this country and hate Donald Trump deserve answers about Thursday's abysmal performance—and how we are going to move forward. And do not answer our doubts about Biden and his staff with a MAGA-style blaming-the-press bit. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court recklessly assists Trump yet again, and Bannon goes to the big house. Tom Nichols joins Tim Miller.

    show notes:

    Mika Brzezinski on Joe Biden

    The Bulwark Podcast
    en-usJuly 01, 2024

    Sarah Longwell, Jonathan V. Last, and Jonathan Martin: A Disaster

    Sarah Longwell, Jonathan V. Last, and Jonathan Martin: A Disaster
    The Secret Pod makes an emergency appearance to work through last night's terrible performance by Biden and to urge the Democratic Party to do the responsible thing in this moment. And Jonathan Martin discusses the strategy behind Biden's failed gamble and whether sitting Democrats would actually publicly push the president to leave the ticket. Sarah Longwell, JVL, and Martin join Tim Miller for the weekend pod.

    show notes:

    Claire McCaskill on Biden's performance
    David Frum on the debate
    Tim's playlist 

    The Bulwark Podcast
    en-usJune 28, 2024

    Kate Bedingfield and Marc Caputo: Debate Day

    Kate Bedingfield and Marc Caputo: Debate Day
    Former White House comms director Kate Bedingfield serves up some keen insights into Poppa Joe—he is a night person, he regularly seeks out Jill's opinion, and he is a calming influence. And he's probably not as anxious as Tim Miller is about tonight's debate. Meanwhile, Marc Caputo reports from Magaville on Trump's posturing that he is definitely, absolutely not at all prepping for the debate. Your pre-fight night comfort food to calm the jitters.

    show notes:

    Kevin Williamson piece Tim mentioned

    The Bulwark Podcast
    en-usJune 27, 2024

    Stuart Stevens: I think Joe Biden Has Been A Great President

    Stuart Stevens: I think Joe Biden Has Been A Great President
    So many of the people who worked around POTUS 44 think no one will ever be as good as Obama, but Stuart Stevens argues that Democrats need to make the case that Joe Biden is a great president. Meanwhile, Dems on Tuesday showed they are the one party holding their crazy people to account. Plus, Vance is too smart to be Trump's VP pick, more Republicans need to follow Kinzinger's example, and Ole Miss, college sports and civil rights. Tim Miller's show today.

    show notes:

    Stuart's latest book, "The Conspiracy to End America"
    Stuart's book, "The Last Season: A Father, a Son, and a Lifetime of College Football"
    Wright Thompson's piece on Ole Miss in 1962
    Stuart's piece on calling Biden a great president 

    The Bulwark Podcast
    en-usJune 26, 2024

    Symone Sanders-Townsend: Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

    Symone Sanders-Townsend: Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
    Project 2025 sounds mundane, but it would institutionalize Trumpism, eliminate the Department of Education, mass deport 11 million people, and turn the Department of Health and Human Services into the Department of "Life." Plus, more from the mailbag, and Biden finding the sweet spot between Uncle Joe and punching Trump in the face. Symone Sanders-Townsend joins Tim Miller.

    show notes:

    Symone's interview on Project 2025
    MSNBC Live: Democracy 2024 event in September

    Tim's Mount Rushmore of political books:
    The Bulwark Podcast
    en-usJune 25, 2024

    Jared Polis and Bill Kristol: Live from Denver

    Jared Polis and Bill Kristol: Live from Denver
    Gov. Jared Polis says Biden should focus on what he'll do for the American people in his campaign, rather than getting caught up in the crazy of Trump. Plus, guns, weed, the value of talking across party lines, and how Colorado is trying to avoid California's housing and growth problems. Tim Miller was live with Polis on Friday. And Bill Kristol joined Monday to discuss Trump's penchant for lying and to preview Tuesday's primaries.

    The Bulwark Podcast
    en-usJune 24, 2024

    Jane Coaston: He's So Not a Badass

    Jane Coaston: He's So Not a Badass
    Trump is not drawing support from black voters because of his criminality—that's just MAGA's bigotry of low expectations. Meanwhile, he's now promising a green card to every foreign Harvard grad to please tech bro donors. Plus, the attempt to create a race war over Caitlin Clark, the annoying liberals on the coasts are creating MAGA reactionaries, and more from the mailbag. Jane Coaston joins Tim Miller for the weekend pod.

    show notes:

    Reid Hoffman's reply to David Sacks
    Tim interviews Reid Hoffman
    Tim's playlist 

    The Bulwark Podcast
    en-usJune 21, 2024

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