Deep State Radio
The Most Precarious Moment for American Democracy Since the Civil War
The President of the United States has deliberately raised questions about whether our democratic system will work properly while actively working to ensure it does not.From voting to the courts to the enforcement of our laws, our institutions seem more fragile and at risk than at any moment since the civil war.What does this mean for the remainder of this political campaign and its aftermath?We discuss with threeof the smartest political observers we know, Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute, Karen Finney, former spokesperson for Hillary Clinton, and David Frum of the Atlantic.Don't miss their wide-ranging and incisive conversation.
Have We Already Seen the October Surprise?
Is a resurgent COVID the October Surprise? Is it the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Will it be the nomination and approval of a replacement for her prior to the election?Will it be the announcement of a vaccine?Or is it tied to the president's reluctance to guarantee a peaceful hand-over of power if he loses.We discuss these options and others with Mimi Rocah, candidate for Westchester, NY, District Attorney, Katie Barlow, attorney and journalist, and Dr. Kavita Patel, practicing physician and former senior Obama White House aide.Co-hosts Ryan Goodman of NYU Law School and David Rothkopf of The DSR Network explore the implications of this week's developments on all these issues with our guests and the discussion is riveting.Join us.
Setting the Agenda at a Watershed Moment for Women's Rights in America
Cecile Richards is the CEO and founder of Supermajority, a new organization for "women's activism, trainingand the mobilization of a multiracial, intergenerational community to fight for gender equality."She was previously president of Planned Parenthood and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and has been hailed as one of the foremost women's rights leaders in the country.We discussed with her the impact of the death of feminist leader and icon, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the consequences of the confirmation of a third Trump appointee to the Court, the vital importance of the November elections and the potential agenda for a Biden-Harris Administration should they win.It was a timely, inspiring conversation about the promise of change for the better in America even as well-organized forces seek to turn back the clock.Tune in and then visitsupermajority.comto learn more about Cecile's work and that of her organization.
What Happens When We Lose a National Hero a Moment When the Entire US Government Faces a Crisis of Legitimacy?
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a rarity in Washington, a true hero, one of those voices who would not be silenced by conventional wisdom or the zeitgeist or politics or the pushback of the powerful.Her loss therefore is not simply the loss of a dependably progressive viewpoint on America's highest court, it is of a true leader and individual of integrity at a moment when those are a rarity in Washington.The entire US government is, at this moment, suffering from a crisis of legitimacy from which it cannot recover without a new generation--and an army--of RBGs.We discuss with Rosa Brooks of Georgetown Law Center, Mieke Eoyang of the Third Way and Edward Luce of the Financial Times.Join us.
The Question That Looms Above the Trump Presidency
Michael Schmidt's new book "Donald Trump v. The United States: Inside the Struggle to Stop a President" is one of the required reads of this moment in our history.It gets deep inside the effort to protect the president as the Russia investigation closed in around him.But it also underscores what that investigation did not uncover.Indeed the central question remains: What explains Trump's behavior toward Russia during the campaign in 2016 and ever since.We discuss the book and this questionwith Michael in a riveting one-on-one that you will not want to miss.Join us.
Donald Trump's "Avalanche of Outrageousness": The Perspectives of Peter Strzok
Peter Strzok is one of America's most respected, experienced counterintelligence specialists.His career at the FBI reads like a thriller and as a consequence, so does his new book "Compromised: Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J. Trump."At the center of course, is Strzok'srole in the investigation of Trump, the controversy that led to his departure from the FBI and, most importantly, what he and his colleagues uncoveredabout Trump.In our conversation with Strzok, Ryan Goodman of "Just Security" and David Rothkopf, explore the facts of the counterintel case against Trump and what threats loom for the US from Russian interference in this November's election.From Barr's abuses to the failings of Senate and IG investigations, this candid discussion should not be missed.
Will Joe Biden Be the President Progressives Think We Need?
The divide between the progressive wing of the Democratic Party and centrists has dogged the party for years and hurt Hillary Clinton's campaign in 2016.Thanks to equal parts good planning, good will and the urgency of the threat America faces, that divide has been minimized this year with Biden working closely with progressive leaders like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and AOC.The question is: What will happen to progressive concerns should Biden become president? And how does the progressive agenda on defense, climate and other issues fit with the views of Americans of both parties.We discuss with former co-chair of the Bernie Sanders campaign, Representative Ro Khanna of California, Ed Luce of the Financial Times and Kori Schake of the American Enterprise Institute.Join us for this wide ranging, thought provoking discussion.
Is There a Cure for What Ails the GOP?
The Republican Party not only produced the corrupt, failed presidency of Donald Trump, but it has supported Trump at every turn.What is to be done with a party that embraces a president who is a traitor, a con man, a racist, a serial abuser of women?We sat down with two notable former Republicans, Washington Post columnist Max Boot and political scientist and commentator Tom Nichols to discuss what comes next for the GOP.Their answers suggest that a defeat of Donald Trump will not be enough to fix what is broken within the party.Indeed, one suggests it essential to vote against Republicans on every level on every ballot whereas the other warns it might require decades of defeats of this dysfunctional, dangerous incarnation of what was once the party of Lincoln.Join us for this thought-provoking conversation.
We are at 65 9/11s and Counting...Where Do We Go From Here?
The two defining crises of the past 40 years in the US have been the 9/11 attacks and the COVID crisis.In both cases, government lies and bad government policies made matters much worse.In both cases, hundreds of thousands died as a result.The wars that resulted from 9/11 still fester.And as for the COVID crisis, we could see the number of dead in the US double before the end of the year...because the president is so resistant to doing what's right.With the publication of Bob Woodward's new book, all this is reframed and we discuss with two of America's leading experts, Pulitzer Prize-winner Laurie Garrett and former Obama WH senior health official Dr. Kavita Patel.Join co-hosts Ryan Goodman of "Just Security" and NYU Law School and David Rothkopf for this vitally important episode.