FiveThirtyEight Politics

FiveThirtyEight Politics

By: FiveThirtyEight, 538, ESPN, Nate Silver


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Nate Silver and the FiveThirtyEight team cover the latest in politics, tracking the issues and "game-changers" every week.

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Steve Bannon's War



Steve Bannon declared "war" on the GOP establishment at the Values Voter Summit last week. The podcast team discusses what that will mean for the 2018 midterms.

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The crew discusses which kinds of candidates are most likely to be nominated in Democratic primaries based on the results of every primary so far.

"You Can Go Low Sometimes"



The crew previews the last special election before the midterms and talks about how the news media should respond to Trump's attacks on the press.

The crew debates the various theories about the connection between President Trump and Russia. We used this Lawfare article as a guide:

The team discusses the role of democratic socialism within the Democratic Party. They also take stock of the public's reaction to the Trump-Putin summit a week later.

Trump Meets Putin



The crew reacts to President Trump and Russian President Putin's joint press conference, in which Trump questioned U.S. intelligence on Russian meddling.

The crew reacts to the news that special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 12 Russian intelligence agents.

The team reacts to the news that Brett Kavanaugh is Trump's nominee to replace Kennedy on the Supreme Court and debates what could go wrong in the confirmation process.

A look at where the debate over partisan gerrymandering stands after a SCOTUS ruling and the news of Kennedy's retirement. This week's regular podcast is out Tuesday.

How Swingy Is Roberts?



The team discusses the political jockeying underway over the nomination of a new Supreme Court justice. They also imagine a court with Roberts in the ideological middle.

The Upset Of The Season



In the heat of the news of Justice Kennedy's retirement, this podcast might have been lost forever. The team reacts to a major primary upset in New York's 14th district.