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The Lincoln Project

The Lincoln Project

American politics is in crisis. Together, the founders of The Lincoln Project have spent over 200 years electing Republicans. But now, they?ve sparked a nationwide movement with a singular mission: To defeat Donald Trump and Trumpism. Ron Steslow hosts fellow political experts Reed Galen, Jennifer Horn, George Conway, Steve Schmidt, Mike Madrid, Rick Wilson, and John Weaver, and more as they defy their party and reveal how Trump will be defeated, discuss what?s at stake in the 2020 election, and share the stories of voters all across America who are putting country over party.

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Reconnaissance Tours, The PGA Snubs Trump, and Trump?s Second Impeachment?The Weekly Roundup

Mike Madrid (@madrid_mike) and Susan Del Percio (@DelPercioS) join Host Ron Steslow (@RonSteslow) to discuss the accusation that a member of congress provided reconnaissance tours to rioters before the attack, Trump?s ban from social media platforms, the PGA?s decision to drop Trump?s course from the calendar, and Donald Trump?s second impeachment. 
2021-01-19
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Trump vs Democracy Revisited: Anne Applebaum on Authoritarianism

After the violent mob attacked the U.S. Capitol at the direction of the president last week, we decided to resurface a conversation from August between host Ron Steslow and Anne Applebaum about her book, Twilight of Democracy, and the warning signs of authoritarianism we were witnessing.
2021-01-15
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Trump?s Capitol Siege, His Desperate Phone Call, and Two (More) Wins in Georgia?The Weekly Roundup

Mike Madrid (@madrid_mike), Lucy Caldwell (@lucymcaldwell), and Tharon Johnson (@TharonJohnson) join host Ron Steslow (@RonSteslow) to discuss the violent siege of the U.S. Capitol by Trump loyalists, Donald Trump?s unhinged phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, and Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff?s wins in the Georgia Senate Runoff elections.
2021-01-09
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The Hidden Battle Against COVID-19?Part 3

Emergency room physicians Natasha Kathuria (@natashakathuriamd on Instagram) and Dan Barkhuff (@DBarkhuff on Twitter) return to the podcast to talk to Ron Steslow (@RonSteslow on Twitter) about their experiences fighting COVID-19, the new vaccines, and the continued impact of the pandemic.
2021-01-06
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Another Election Lawsuit, Electoral College Challenge, and New Year?s Resolutions?The Weekly Roundup

Host Ron Steslow sits down with Jennifer Horn, Mike Madrid, and Susan Del Percio to discuss the Texas congressman who is suing Mike Pence to steal an election, the U.S. Senator from Missouri who announced he will challenge electoral college votes, the importance of the Georgia Runoffs, and New Year?s resolutions for the United States.
2021-01-01
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The Russian Hacks with Tom Nichols

Host Ron Steslow (@RonSteslow) sits down with Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom), a professor at the U.S. Naval War College and at the Harvard Extension School, to discuss Russia?s recent hacks of U.S. Federal Agencies, Trump?s relationship with Putin, what the Biden administration will need to do to clean up the damage and secure systems, and the potential dangers of Donald Trump having access to classified intelligence after he leaves office.
2020-12-24
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Bill Barr Bails, Mitchell leaves the Republican Party, and McConnell?s Desperate Plea?The Weekly Roundup

Host Ron Steslow sits down with Jennifer Horn, Susan Del Percio, and Mike Madrid to discuss the resignation of Attorney General Bill Barr, the retiring Michigan congressman?Paul Mitchell?who left the Republican Party, and Mitch McConnell begging Republican Senators not to challenge the election results.
2020-12-18
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The Lame Duck DOD Shakeup with Malcolm Nance

Host Ron Steslow sits down with Malcolm Nance, a counter-terrorism expert, New York Times bestselling author, and Retired Senior Chief Petty Officer in the US Navy to discuss the recent staffing changes at the Department of Defense, how the newly installed Trump loyalists could impact defense strategy, and how the Biden administration must respond to recent policy changes made by Trump.
2020-12-16
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Even More Trump Court Losses, and Trump's Whiff on Additional COVID Vaccine Doses?The Weekly Roundup

Host Ron Steslow sits down with George Conway and Jennifer Horn to discuss the top news of the week: The U.S. Supreme Court declining a request to overturn Joe Biden?s victory in Pennsylvania, the Texas Attorney General trying to throw out 10 million votes in four other states, and the New York Times reporting that the Trump administration declined to purchase additional doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
2020-12-11
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Explained: The Electoral College

With the Electoral College scheduled to meet next week, host Ron Steslow explains how the electoral college developed, the way it functions, what ?faithless? electors are whether they could impact the election, and a push to reform the Electoral College.
2020-12-08
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Trump?s Unhinged Fraud Claims, The Trump Grift, and Shady Stock Trading?The Weekly Roundup

Host Ron Steslow talks to Mike Madrid, Susan Del Percio, and Tharon Johnson about the top stories of the week: Trump?s continued attempts to steal the presidential election, the RNC?s planned ?victory? rally in Georgia, the Trump campaign?s post-election grift, and the shady stock trading of Georgia Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.
2020-12-04
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Explained: How a Candidate Officially Becomes the President

With several critical dates approaching, host Ron Steslow briefly walks listeners through the process for how a candidate becomes the President of the United States. He explains the procedure for counting and certifying votes on the local and state levels, voting in the electoral college, and certifying the electoral votes in congress.
2020-12-02
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Explained: The Republican National Committee

Host Ron Steslow sits down with fellow Lincoln Project co-founder and former chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party Jennifer Horn and former chairman of the Republican National Committee Michael Steele to discuss the the role of political parties in American politics, how the Republican Party is structured, and what the Trump influence over the RNC could mean for the party and the country.
2020-11-30
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The Flynn Pardon, The Trump Legal Team Failure, and the Biden National Security Team?The Weekly Roundup

Host Ron Steslow sits down with fellow Lincoln Project co-founders George Conway and Jennifer Horn, and Lincoln Project senior advisor John Sipher to discuss the top news stories of the week: Trump?s pardoning of Michael Flynn, the Trump legal team?s failures to win court cases, the announcement of Biden?s top national security team, and the latest spike in COVID-19 cases.
2020-11-27
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The Mailbag

In our first mailbag episode host Ron Steslow and fellow Lincoln Project co-founders Mike Madrid and Jennifer Horn answer your questions.
2020-11-24
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Trump?s Attempted Coup, Lindsey?s Election Interference, and Covid-19?The Weekly Roundup

Host and co-founder Ron Steslow sits down with fellow Lincoln Project co-founder Mike Madrid and Lincoln Project senior advisor Susan Del Percio to discuss Donald Trump?s attempted coup, Lindsey Graham?s attempts to interfere in another state?s election process, the rising number of covid-19 deaths, and the ousting of the country?s top election security official.
2020-11-21
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Explained: Georgia Senate Runoffs

Host Ron Steslow sits down with Mike Madrid and Stuart Stevens to break down the Georgia runoff elections will work, why runoffs usually favor Republicans, and what it?s going to take for Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock to win their races.
2020-11-18
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Undermining Democracy, Delaying Transition, and Purges at DOD and the NSA?The Weekly Roundup

Host and co-founder Ron Steslow talks to Rick Wilson, John Sipher, and Jennifer Horn about Trump?s attempts to undermine the election, the delayed Biden transition, and why the staffing changes at the Pentagon and National Security Agency are concerning.
2020-11-13
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Explained: The Election

Host and co-founder Ron Steslow sits down with fellow co-founder Mike Madrid to discuss what allowed Joe Biden to win the Presidential Election and why Senate elections broke the way they did.
2020-11-11
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What's Next

Host Ron Steslow and fellow Lincoln Project co-founder Reed Galen discuss what?s next for the Lincoln Project now that Trump has been defeated and Joe Biden is the President Elect of the United States of America.
2020-11-09
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Counting Votes, Trump?s Election Meltdown, and Rising Covid-19 Rates?The Weekly Roundup

Host Ron Steslow sits down with fellow Lincoln Project co-founders Reed Galen and Rick Wilson to discuss the state of vote counting in the Presidential election, Donald Trump?s attempts to undermine vote counting and steal the election and the highest single day increase in coronavirus cases.
2020-11-06
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Election Night w. The Lincoln Project

Host and co-founder Ron Steslow takes you into Election Night with the Lincoln Project. He sits down with Lincoln Project co-founders, advisors, and staff throughout the night to update you on what happened, how it might impact the election, and how we were feeling throughout the night.
2020-11-04
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State of the Vote: The Whole Enchilada

In our last State of the Vote episode before Election Day, host Ron Steslow talks to fellow Lincoln Project co-founder Mike Madrid about the state of the national political map, the record early vote turnout across the country, and why Republican efforts to decrease voter participation are not moral or sustainable.
2020-11-02
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The West Wing's 2nd Wave, Trump?s 60 Minutes Walkout, and ?Getting your husbands back to work??The Weekly Roundup

Host and co-founder Ron Steslow sits down with fellow Lincoln Project co-founder Reed Galen and Lincoln Project Executive Director Sarah Lenti to discuss this week?s top stories: the Trump administration?s failed coronavirus response, Jared Kushner?s claim that Trump was ?taking the country back from the doctors,? Trump?s 60 Minutes interview with Lesley Stahl, the Trump campaign abandoning rallygoers, Trump telling women he?s getting their husbands back to work, and Jared Kushner?s disparaging comments about Black Americans.
2020-10-30
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Gen. Michael Hayden and John Sipher on the Trump National Security Risk

Host and co-founder Ron Steslow talks to former CIA and NSA Director General Michael Hayden and John Sipher, a former member of the CIA?s Senior Intelligence Service and co-founder of Spycraft Entertainment, about why national security experts are speaking out against Donald Trump, what the president?s ties to Russia mean for America?s security, why they?re concerned about the use of militarized force in domestic policing, and how voters should think about security risks as they cast their ballots.
2020-10-28
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State of the Vote: 8 Days Until Election Day & How Georgia Could Tip The Scale

Host and co-founder Ron Steslow sits down with fellow co-founder Mike Madrid and political director Zack Czajkowski to discuss the national political map and the state of the vote in Georgia as we head into the last week of this election.
2020-10-26
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Donald Trump?s Last Debate Ever

Host Ron Steslow sits down with fellow Lincoln Project co-founders Reed Galen, Jennifer Horn, and Rick Wilson to break down the final debate in this presidential election.
2020-10-24
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Explained: The Presidential Transfer of Power

Host Ron Steslow sits down with fellow Lincoln Project co-founder Steve Schmidt to discuss the history of presidential transitions dating back to 1797, why the presidential concession is a corner stone of American democracy, and why the results of the election must be honored in this election.
2020-10-21
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State of the Vote: Iowa is in Play

Host Ron Steslow sits down with fellow Lincoln Project co-founder Mike Madrid to talk about the electoral map across the country, illegal ballot boxes in California, and why Iowa is in play for the presidential and senate races.
2020-10-19
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Crazy Uncle in Chief and the SCOTUS Nomination Hearings?The Weekly Roundup

Ron Steslow sits down with fellow Lincoln Project co-founders Reed Galen, Jennifer Horn, and Steve Schmidt to discuss the Trump and Biden town halls and the Supreme Court Nomination hearings.
2020-10-17
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Carly Fiorina on Trump?s Failure of Leadership

Host and Lincoln Project co-founder Ron Steslow sits down with former Republican candidate for President Carly Fiorina to talk about the importance of character in leadership. They discuss why she for Donald Trump in 2016, her support for impeachment, and why she has now endorsed Joe Biden for President?because of her principles, not despite them. You can find more information about Carly and her work at CarlyFiorina.com
2020-10-14
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State of the Vote: Why Texas is a Toss-up

Host and Lincoln Project co-founder Ron Steslow talks to fellow co-founder Mike Madrid and Former U.S. Congressman Beto O'Rourke about the state of the vote around the country and why Joe Biden might be the first Democratic Presidential Candidate to win Texas since 1976.
2020-10-12
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The VP Debate and the Superspreader in Chief?Weekly Roundup

Sarah Lenti, Susan Del Percio, and Mike Madrid join host Ron Steslow to break down the Vice Presidential Debate and Donald Trump becoming a coronavirus superspreader.
2020-10-09
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The Hidden Battle Against COVID-19?Part 2

In the second episode of a two-part series, host and Lincoln Project co-founder Ron Steslow talks to emergency room physicians Dan Barkhuff, Natasha Kathuria, and Murtaza Akhter about how the polarization around the pandemic affects medical care and how minority communities are disproportionately impacted by Covid-19.
2020-10-08
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The Hidden Battle Against COVID-19?Part 1

In the first episode of a two-part series, host and Lincoln Project co-founder Ron Steslow talks to emergency room physicians Dan Barkhuff, Natasha Kathuria, and Murtaza Akhter about their experiences fighting the coronavirus on the ground.
2020-10-07
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State of the Vote: The Battle for the Sunshine State

Host and Lincoln Project co-founder Ron Steslow talks to his fellow co-founders Mike Madrid and Rick Wilson about the current state of the vote across the country and how the election is shaping up in Florida.
2020-10-05
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The Worst Presidential Debate?Weekly Round Up

Host and Lincoln Project co-founder Ron Steslow asks fellow co-founders Reed Galen and Steve Schmidt, and Lincoln Project senior advisor Tara Setmayer to break down the key moments from the first presidential debate.
2020-10-02
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The World?s Most Dangerous Man

Mary Trump joins host and Lincoln Project co-founder Ron Steslow to talk about how Donald Trump?s lies and bullying impact the American people and her new book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World?s Most Dangerous Man.
2020-09-30
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State of the Vote: Arizona and Trump?s New Running Mate

Host and Lincoln Project co-founder Ron Steslow talks to fellow co-founder Mike Madrid and Lucy Caldwell, political strategist and former Senior Political Advisor for the Goldwater Institute, about the current state of the vote across the country and how a Cindy McCain endorsement could impact the race in Arizona
2020-09-28
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The Notorious RBG and the Presidential Transfer of Power?The Weekly Roundup

Our host and Lincoln Project co-founder Ron Steslow talks to co-founder Reed Galen, Lincoln Project Executive Director Sarah Lenti, and Orin Kerr, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law about the recent passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her legacy, and the impact a Supreme Court vacancy may have on the Presidential Election. They also discuss Trump refusing to commit to a peaceful transition of power after the Election. 
2020-09-25
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Agents of Chaos: Russian Election Interference in 2016 and Now

Host and co-founder Ron Steslow talks to renowned documentarian Alex Gibney and cyber conflict researcher Camille François about how Russia interfered in the 2016 Presidential Election and what Russia is doing right now to influence the outcome of this election. Gibney directed the two-part documentary Agents of Chaos which premieres on HBO and HBO MAX on September 23 and 24 at 9 PM ET.
2020-09-23
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State of the Vote: The ?Hope Gap? in the Rust Belt

Host and co-founder Ron Steslow talks to fellow co-founder Mike Madrid about how the vote is shaping up in this election and what to watch for in Pennsylvania and other Rust Belt states that started distributing ballots last week. 
2020-09-21
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Woodward Tapes, America?s Global Decline, and Voter Access?The Weekly Roundup

Host and co-founder Ron Steslow talks to Reed Galen, Susan Del Percio, and Sarah Lenti on this week?s roundup. They discuss the most recent tapes of Donald Trump?s conversations with Bob Woodward, how the global opinion of the United States has plummeted under Donald Trump, and two victories for ballot access this week.
2020-09-18
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Explained: Why We Need to Win the Senate

In our latest Explained episode, host and co-founder Ron Steslow asks fellow co-founder Rick Wilson to break down how Trumpism has taken hold in the Republican-controlled Senate and why we need to elect patriots to protect our democracy.
2020-09-16
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State of the Vote: The Kickoff

In our first State of the Vote Episode, our host and Lincoln Project co-founder Ron Steslow talks to fellow co-founder Mike Madrid and Lincoln Project Political Director Zack Czajkowski about how the 2020 election is underway. They discuss the state of the electoral map across the country and the early results we?re seeing as voters in North Carolina mail in their ballots.
2020-09-14
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Trump's Worst Lie Yet?The Weekly Roundup

Host and co-founder Ron Steslow asks fellow co-founders Jennifer Horn and Mike Madrid to weigh in on the stunning revelations in Bob Woodward's new book: that Trump knew the coronavirus was deadly in February and lied to the American people.
2020-09-12
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The Rise of Radicalism Under Donald Trump

Our host and co-founder Ron Steslow sits down with fellow co-founder Steve Schmidt and senior advisor Stuart Stevens to break down how political polarization has evolved into radicalization and violence during Trump?s presidency.
2020-09-10
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Explained: Vote Counting & The Election Results Delay

Our host and co-founder Ron Steslow asks fellow co-founder Mike Madrid to break down how votes are counted, how the surge in mail-in ballots will impact when we know who wins the Presidential election and why this November may hold the three most critical weeks in American democracy.
2020-09-07
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The President We Need and The Attorney General Who Lies?The Weekly Roundup

Our host Ron Steslow talks to Reed Galen, Jennifer Horn, and Tara Setmayer about what Joe Biden?s calls to end violence and begin healing mean for the presidential election and Attorney General Bill Barr?s comments on racism in policing and election security during a recent CNN interview. 
2020-09-04
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Trump vs Democracy: Anne Applebaum on Authoritarianism

Anne Applebaum, a Pulitzer-prize winning historian and staff writer for The Atlantic, joins Lincoln Project co-founder and host Ron Steslow to discuss her new book Twilight of Democracy. They discuss why America isn?t immune to the lure of authoritarianism, how the warning signs are on display in the United States, and what voters can do to protect democracy. Anne?s book Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism is available now.
2020-09-02
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