Against the Grain show

Against the Grain

Summary: National Journal Politics Editor Josh Kraushaar hosts the sharpest minds in Washington for no-BS conversations about what’s really happening inside the Beltway and on the campaign trail.

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 Episode 27: Russia or Health Care? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:30

Democratic pollster Jill Normington, of Nomington Petts, gives Trump better than a 50 percent chance at winning the election, discusses the gains former Vice President Joe Biden will make early on if he decides to run, and what it means to be an "and" candidate.

 Episode 26: The Debate Over Hate | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 56:22

Halie Soifer, the executive director of the Jewish Democratic Council of America, addresses Rep. Ilhan Omar's (D-MN 05) anti-semitic comments, "Jexodus," and the Iran Nuclear Deal.

 Episode 25: Betting on Beto | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:01

Matt Gorman, an alum of Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney's campaigns and the NRCC, swings by to discuss why their anti-Nancy Pelosi strategy didn't work to keep the House, the Forgetting Sarah Marshall character that Beto O'Rourke reminds him of, and the Democrat he's most interested in for 2020.

 Episode 24: The Mod Squad | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:38

Jim Kessler, executive director of Third Way, dishes on the state that will decide 2020, the possible consequence of Democrats moving too far left, and what Amy Klobuchar has in common with kale.

 Episode 23: Checkpoint Charlie | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54:13

Charlie Sykes, the editor-in-chief of the newly-launched conservative anti-Trump publication The Bulwark, joins Politics Editor Josh Kraushaar to discuss why he and Paul Ryan are "seeing other people," Joe Biden's chances in 2020, and why some people say he's declaring a "fatwa."

 Episode 22: On the Mark | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:12

Democratic pollster Mark Mellman addresses Rep. Ilhan Omar's (D-MN 05) anti-semitic remarks, Joe Biden's chances in 2020, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's possible future as a party leader.

 Episode 21: All About the Base | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 45:25

Republican pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson interprets the numbers as they pertain to Trump's approval and reelection chances, the Green New Deal, and how an independent candidate would fare in 2020.

 Episode 20: The Non-Electables | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 47:18

Wrapping up a busy week of political news—Virginia chaos, Trump’s second State of the Union address, and Elizabeth Warren’s latest apology—we’ve got two of the sharpest Democratic political strategists to break things down. Doug Thornell and Adrienne Elrod co-host the brand new podcast “The Electables” and offer their lively insights on a volatile week for Democrats.

 Episode 19: Data Download | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:42

GOP strategist and CNN contributor Mike Shields discusses the racism found in both parties, whether the Republicans should allow primaries against President Trump, and the immigration deal that should be made.

 Episode 18: Poll Position | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:34

Democratic pollster Margie Omero sits down with Politics Editor Josh Kraushaar to dish on the shutdown, Trump's crossover appeal, and what the word "liberal" will mean to voters in 2020.

 Episode 17: The Republican Civil War | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:50

Following the release of Henry Olsen's buzzy op-ed calling Mitt Romney "wildly out of touch," the Ethics and Public Policy Center senior fellow sits down to tackle Trump, Pelosi, and all those 2020 hopefuls.

 Episode 16: Master of the House | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:48

Host Josh Kraushaar and the Cook Political Report's Dave Wasserman broke down the midterm House elections, including the drama unfolding in races still uncalled a month later, President Trump's shadow over the GOP losses and in the new Congress, and the diversity of the incoming freshmen who won Democrats the majority.

 Against the Grain Episode 15: Trendspotting | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:23

Bruce Mehlman, one of the sharpest political watchers and trendspotters in Washington, goes over the Midterm's trends, predictions for 2019, and the 2020 Democratic field.

 Episode 14: Breaking Down the Midterms | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 37:38

Colin Reed, senior vice president at Definers Public Affairs, been a campaign adviser to some of the most successful blue-state Republicans, including Mitt Romney, Chris Christie, and John McCain. Two days after the election, he shares his midterm takeaways, thoughts on Kamala Harris, and how to get the best opposition research.

 Episode 13: Opposition Research | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 44:16

Is the Trump era the golden age of opposition research? Has the #MeToo movement changed the work? What do "trackers" do? Shripal Shah, Vice President of the pro-Democrat opposition research PAC American Bridge, breaks it all down on this week's episode of Against the Grain.


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