FTP Podcast- August 16, 2018 (P.J. Crowley)

Patrick Pfingsten talks about the federal trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Molly Beck, a political reporter for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel fills us in on the Wisconsin Primary results. Former Assistant Secretary of State P.J. Crowley discusses President Trump’s decision to revoke former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance and the threat Russia […]

The Real Crisis

On yesterday’s FTP Podcast, I talked about how Omarosa Maginault-Newman’s new book and ensuing media coverage and scandals were distracting the media and the public from things that really matter. One of those things I mentioned was the opioid crisis tearing apart much of our country, especially isolated, rural areas in the Midwest. The stat […]

FTP Podcast- August 14, 2018 (Christine Todd-Whitman)

Patrick Pfingsten says Omarosa Maginault Newman’s new book and media tour may be interesting, but it’s missing the point. We’re joined by Sherman Smith of the Topeka, KS Capital-Journal to discuss the razor-thin race for Governor in that state. We also speak to former New Jersey Governor and EPA Administrator Christie Todd Whitman about the […]

10,000 Wrongs Don’t Make a Right

It’s not that I like or dislike Omarosa Manigault Newman, her book about the Trump White House, that she went on Meet the Press, or really, anything about her. It’s that I just don’t care. Her interview on Meet the Press yesterday was fascinating, but it felt as if it was an alternate universe. A […]

Space Farce

Vice President and gazer-in-chief Mike Pence outlined the idea of a sixth branch of the U.S. military at a speech this morning. As usual, with any policy proposal the President decides to tweet in the middle of the night, it’s unlikely this ever becomes realized and it’s unlikely anyone in the administration or Pentagon can […]

FTP Podcast- August 9, 2018 (Jim Manley)

Patrick Pfingsten discusses Tuesday night’s special election in Ohio and is joined from Columbus by WSYX-TV reporter Ben Garbarek to discuss the race that has yet to be called. We also welcome longtime Democratic strategist and former spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Jim Manley, on 2018 messaging, health care, and political discourse. Subscribe […]

Limits of the First Amendment

Blowhard, conspiracy-peddling internet “broadcaster” Alex Jones has been banned by YouTube, iTunes podcasts, Facebook, and Spotify (which also posts podcasts in addition to streaming music). As an extreme lover of the First Amendment, I admit I’ve been ambivalent about media companies limiting access to Jones and his InfoWars productions. It brings up two overarching questions: […]

FTP Podcast- August 7, 2018 (Mike Pesca)

Patrick Pfingsten is joined by Indianapolis City Councillor Colleen Fanning to discuss political discourse and the way we treat each other today. Joel Ebert, a political reporter for The Tennesseean in Nashville on Thursday’s primary results. We also talk to Mike Pesca, host of Slate’s The Gist podcast on discourse and the media. NOTE: To […]

Don’t Get Too Excited About the Ohio Special Election

It’s Election Day for about 750,000 people in Ohio. Well, in reality, it’s probably more like 100,000 actual voters in a special election in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District. It centers in the northern Columbus suburb of Westerville and shoots straight north to Mansfield and straight east to Zanesville. It’s a relatively safe Republican district so […]

Uh Oh, Don Jr.

We begin, as it seems is getting more frequent, with a missive from our Commander-in-Tweet: Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower. This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics […]