FTP Podcast- January 17, 2019 “Dead Person Walking”

Patrick Pfingsten discusses the confirmation hearing of Bill Barr to be Attorney General and is joined by former U.S. Attorney Barb McQuade to debate some of Barr’s positions. We’re also joined by Jon Sopel of the BBC on the British parliament’s failure to strike a deal on Brexit and what happens next for Prime Minister […]

Adulting is Hard

It’s not a surprise that Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican (In Name Only) President Donald Trump are less than friendly, especially during the ongoing partial federal government shutdown. It’s clear following silly empty threats, gestures, and actions this week that Trump and Pelosi can’t just agree to end the shutdown, they can’t even […]

Grown Ups

President Donald Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, William Barr, faced the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, and what was ramped up to be another battle between good and evil, Democrats vs. Trump, cats vs. dogs turned out to be kind of, well, boring. That’s because as much as Democrats want you to believe anybody that has […]

Purge the Racists

The default response from Democrats for those who support border security or limiting immigration from some countries is to call those (often Republicans or conservatives) racists. Maybe it’s a trope, maybe it’s just trying to be inflammatory, and maybe they do think every Republican is racist. Of course, not every Republican or conservative is actually […]

FTP Podcast- January 15, 2019 “Stone Cold Killer”

Patrick Pfingsten discusses the enormity of the FBI counterintelligence investigation into Donald Trump’s Russia ties. We’re joined by longtime CIA operative and Russian expert John Sipher to discuss Trump’s Russia ties and the threats the Putin regime presents to the world. Subscribe on iTunes. Subscribe on Stitcher. Subscribe on Google Play.

The World Turned Upside Down

There’s a legend about the end of the Revolutionary War when the powerful British army surrendered to a bunch of ragtag farmers and boys. As the British troops marched away, the drum and fife corps started playing the old tune “The World Turned Upside Down.” It may not have happened that way, but it’s still […]


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could end the shutdown today. He could allow the same bill the Senate passed before the new congress a vote, the House would surely pass it, and there’s no doubt they could override the President’s veto if they really wanted to. Why won’t he? Because there’s no funding for the […]

FTP Podcast- January 10, 2019 “The Most Important Person in Washington”

Patrick Pfingsten is joined in studio by Democratic political operative Peter Hanscom. They discuss our polarized politics and the federal government shutdown. We also talk about Nancy Pelosi’s ascension back to the House Speaker’s office with San Francisco Chronicle reporter Tal Kopan and former Pelosi Chief of Staff Nadeam Elshami. Subscribe on iTunes. Subscribe on Stitcher. Subscribe […]

How to Lose Friends and Influence Nobody

Donald Trump’s Oval Office address tonight surely wasn’t designed to change minds. It surely wasn’t designed to reassure his base. It wasn’t even designed to coax the networks to give him free national airtime to spew quite a few untruths (lies), though that probably played a role. It was designed with one thing in mind: […]

FTP Podcast- January 8, 2019 “Shutdowns Are Dumb”

Patrick Pfingsten talks about the personal and political stupidity of the partial federal government shutdown. We’re joined by Democratic strategist Doug Thornell on the shutdown, the progressive stars of the new Congress, and the growing field in the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Subscribe on iTunes. Subscribe on Stitcher. Subscribe on Google Play.