FTP Podcast- October 23, 2018 “Two Weeks to Judgement Day”

Patrick Pfingsten discusses the closing map for House Republicans as they try to hold on to control of the House of Representatives. We’re joined by author Chris Whipple to talk about White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, his recent controversies, and what a Chief of Staff can do to keep President Trump in line. […]

Don’t Feel Bad for Heidi Cruz

Heidi Cruz is easily the most likable adult in the Cruz family (at least, anyone related to Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz), and has taken the brunt of her association with, aka, choosing to marry the Texas Senator from one Donald Trump. The same Donald Trump who tweeted this: “@Don_Vito_08: “A picture is worth a thousand […]

She’s Running

If it wasn’t plainly obviously that Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren was running for President in 2020, it became even more obvious when she released a slick video aimed at directly refuting Donald Trump’s “Pocahontas” nickname. When it hit Twitter and I saw the video for the first time, I thought it was a smart play […]

Saudi Arabia, Our Partners in Peace

(Disclosure: Yes, I know the title is stolen from The West Wing. Deal with it.) Jamal Khashoggi didn’t deserve to die. At this point, seemingly everyone in the world (except for the President of the United States) believes 15 Saudi agents killed Khashoggi, a journalist critical of the Saudi royal family after he walked into the […]

Have Republicans Already Lost the House?

If you read this morning’s Politico Playbook (which I do every day, by the way), you saw a bit of news in a conversation with potential House Speaker (again) Nancy Pelosi on what a Democratic majority would look like come 2019. Hint: one of the key parts of the agenda is investigating the Trump administration: […]


There’s no surprise that Donald Trump told lie after lie during his extended sitdown on 60 Minutes last night, and it’s really not a surprise that he lies with such gusto and earnestness. The real surprise is just how little he understands about the federal government, diplomacy, and politics after nearly two years on the […]

The World is Nikki Haley’s Oyster

Full disclosure: I don’t know what that phrase actually means, but I like oysters and if the world is like oysters, good for Nikki Haley. The announcement that Haley was resigning as U.N. Ambassador came with surprise, but also, not that much surprise. I know, that sounds odd. Let me lay this out in a […]

FTP Podcast- October 11, 2018 “The Leader Sets the Tone”

Patrick Pfingsten talks about the infatuation with flashy celebrity politicians. Austin American-Statesman Chief Political Writer Jonathan Tilove joins us to talk about the U.S. Senate race in Texas. We’re also joined by former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell on the Supreme Court, midterms, and his battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Subscribe on iTunes. Subscribe on Google Play. Subscribe on Stitcher.

Look What You Made Me Do, Taylor

Taylor Swift, the former country starlet turned TMZ clickbait, made an Instagram post this weekend endorsing Democrat Phil Bredesen for U.S. Senate in Tennessee. While I usually roll my eyes at “Hollywood types” getting involved in politics, because, “look how cool I am, man” doesn’t do a lot to get most of America to like […]

Oh, Good Grief.

The spectacle that has been Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court is likely over soon. Thank whatever God you pray to. While the headaches, heartaches and theater will likely end with Kavanaugh being confirmed  to the court with 51 or 52 votes, the damage has been done. From the moment of Kavanaugh’s nomination, Democrats […]