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On this week's episode, former Dept. of Homeland Security Chief of Staff Miles Taylor joins Tara to discuss the variety of dangerously absurd, inhumane and illegal demands Trump made during his tenure at DHS, the concerns raised within Trump's own National Security staff about his unfitness for office, why it took so long for many former Trump offi…
 
The conventions are over. Now the real campaigning begins. Trump's doubling down on his dark messages of mayhem and lies to demagogue issues of law and order and undermine the upcoming election. Historian, NYU Professor and author of the forthcoming book "Strongmen: From Mussolini to the Present," Ruth Ben Ghiat joins Tara to discuss the ways Trump…
 
On this week's episode, Tara gives her take on the DNC Convention, the recent arrest of former Trump Campaign Manager Steve Bannon, and the release of the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee final report on Russian interference. Ret. Lt. Cmdr. Greg Keeley, Co-founder and President of The Council on American Security, joins Tara to discuss Trum…
 
On this week's episode, veteran Democratic Strategist, CNN Political Contributor and Author, Paul Begala joins Tara in a lively discussion about his newly released book, "You're Fired, The Perfect Guide to Beating Donald Trump." Great stories, great insight, great conversation. Find out why Tara calls Paul her favorite Democrat. Tara details her re…
 
Another chaotic week in Washington. Attorney General Bill Barr testified before the House Judiciary Committee for the first time and it was doozy. Former SDNY federal prosecutor and CNN Legal Analyst Elie Honig rejoins the podcast to breakdown the ups and downs of the raucous Barr hearing. He doesn't hold back! Tara takes on Trump's insane tweets t…
 
Every wonder what the hell Trump is doing during his infamous rallies? Jennifer Mercieca, Texas A&M Rhetoric Professor and author of the new book, "The Demagogue President. The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump," joins Tara to discuss the various techniques Trump deploys when speaking. Yes, there's actually a method to that madness! Tara takes on t…
 
On this week's episode, former Obama speech writer and NY Times best selling author, David Litt, joins the podcast to discuss his latest book, "Democracy in One Book or Less." Litt discusses his view on eliminating the Electoral College, solutions to voter suppression, anecdotes about crashing Mitch McConnell's frat house, compares lines at Disney …
 
In this week's episode we tackle the national discussion on systemic racism and police reform with Ret. NYPD Lt. Darrin Porcher. He spent 20 years with the NYPD, has a PhD and is currently a Professor of Criminal Justice at Pace University. Porcher gives his take on the recent police shooting of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta from his perspective as a …
 
American cities have been in turmoil for a week after protests erupted nationwide over the horrific killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis. Unfortunately, protests turned violent in dozens of cities. Trump's response has been despicable, fanning the flames and relishing in the use of brute force. Many warned that a Trump p…
 
Trump is at again. To distract from the increasing coronavirus death toll and the mounting evidence of his failed response, Trump has created a new shiny object. Obamagate. But what is it? And why now? Former federal prosecutor, LA Times legal columnist, constitutional law professor and Host of The Talking Feds Podcast, Harry Litman joins Tara to d…
 
This week's episode includes two fantastic interviews. Despite increasing infection rates and a COVID-19 death toll on pace to hit 100,000 in a few weeks, Trump has pivoted to reopening the economy in hopes of saving his re-election. Former DHS official, CNN National Security Analyst and Harvard Professor Juliette Kayyem discusses the alarming fail…
 
As the US surpasses a million COVID-19 cases, including over 56,000 deaths, Trump insists his administration's coronavirus response has been fantastic. It hasn't. Starting with the country's insufficient testing capacity. Former Chief of Staff to Vice President Biden and Ebola Czar under President Obama, Ron Klain is this week's guest. Klain explai…
 
The Honestly Speaking with Tara podcast returns after a COVID 19 hiatus. CNN Senior Political Analyst and The Atlantic Senior Editor, Ron Brownstein is this week's guest. He discusses the pros and cons of mail-in balloting for the upcoming presidential election, which party does it help or hurt and insight into how absentee balloting could impact t…
 
The Coronavirus has officially gone global with confirmed cases on every continent except Antartica. CDC officials have warned about potential community cluster outbreaks in the U.S. As the world is facing a pandemic, unsurprisingly, President Trump is downplaying the virus and claims his administration has it all under control. Does it? Can we tru…
 
Another extraordinary week in political news as the Senate Impeachment trial drama of Donald Trump ensued as new revelations from John Bolton's book manuscript claim Trump told him directly that Ukraine aid was tied to a Biden investigation. Despite the bombshell revelations, the GOP led Senate voted down new witness testimony. Joe Lockhart, Former…
 
The historic Senate Impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump is officially underway. CNN Legal Analyst and former federal & state prosecutor Elie Honig joins the podcast to talk impeachment trial thus far. Is this an actual trial? What about witnesses? What role does the Chief Justice play? What's going on with Lev Parnas and the SDNY? Honig breaks it …
 
History was made this week when Donald Trump became only the third U.S. president in history to be impeached by the House of Representatives. This week's podcast guests include visiting Harvard Law professor Jennifer Taub to discuss the impeachment and Philip Bump, National Correspondent for the Washington Post, to discuss what the hell is Rudy Giu…
 
Presidential historian and former Director of the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Tim Naftali joins the podcast to discuss the historical context and comparisons of the Trump impeachment process thus far. Is this worse than Watergate? Should the Mueller findings be included? How are Democrats handling impeachment proceedings? Naftali offers …
 
Lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee wrapped up a marathon of public testimony, hearing from a dozen witnesses over the last two weeks in the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Several witnesses provided explosive details that seemingly outline a criminal conspiracy to extort Ukraine at the direction of the president.…
 
For only the fourth time in American history, impeachment hearings have begun. On this week's episode, congressional trailblazer Elizabeth Holtzman (D-NY) joins Tara to discuss her experience as a Judiciary Committee member during Watergate and the comparisons to Trump's impeachment hearings. Holtzman brings a candid, first hand, perspective to how…
 
Impeachment inquiry transcripts aren't the only damning documents being released this week. Buzzfeed News Investigative Reporter Jason Leopold, joins Tara to discuss his successful efforts to use Freedom of Information Act lawsuits to obtain primary source documents and evidence used to create the Mueller Report and how he earned the nickname, the …
 
Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently said, "All roads with you lead to Putin" when confronting President Trump over his erratic foreign policy decisions. How right she is. This week, information warfare and Eurasian policy expert Molly McKew joins Tara to discuss the extent of Putin's disinformation tactics against the United States and how Trump is playi…
 
The impeachment walls are closing in on Donald Trump. More credible witnesses have testified that a quid pro quo was in fact in place regarding Ukraine security aid and investigations into Trump's political rivals. Coupled with Trump's erratic, irresponsible behavior surrounding recent Middle East foreign policy debacles of his own creation, some R…
 
Honestly Speaking was on the road this week for the CNN/NY Times Democratic debate in Westerville, OH. Politico 2020 campaign reporter, Marc Caputo joins Tara for a discussion on his debate takeaways and the state of the democratic race so far. He's on the Biden beat and is based in Florida, so Marc has valuable insight into the upcoming election. …
 
Donald Trump is talking an awful lot about rooting out corruption as his excuse for soliciting foreign countries like Ukraine and China to investigate his political rivals. Really? On this week's episode, CNN Senior Reporter and author of Kushner Inc., Vicky Ward joins Tara on the podcast to discuss the conflicts, corruption and greed of Jared Kush…
 
Now that the whistleblower's complaint has been made public, along with the Ukraine call transcript, the details spell trouble for President Trump. Democrats have now opened up an official impeachment inquiry into Trump's abuse of power. His solicitation of foreign interference from Ukraine to hurt a political rival and the actions taken to that en…
 
This week, former FBI Special Agent Josh Campbell joins Tara to discuss his new book, "Crossfire Hurricane, Inside Donald Trump's War on the FBI." But first, another week, another major scandal threatens Trump's presidency. As more information comes out about the intelligence community whistleblower's complaint against him, Trump and his personal a…
 
After a hiatus, Honestly Speaking with Tara kicks off Season 2 with Politico's Chief Washington Correspondent Ryan Lizza. He discusses the Biden campaign's frustration with their media coverage, the role of "woke" twitter and the democratic field, and what it's like in the "spin room" after the latest democratic debate. Lizza also offers previously…
 
This week, Tara talks all things Russian interference with Michael Weiss, Senior Fellow, Institute for Strategic Dialogue, NY Times best selling author and Daily Beast Columnist. In a robust conversation, Weiss explains the grave threat the Russians active measures operations pose to not only American democracy, but Europe as well. He breaks down t…
 
The feud between Trump and "The Squad" has escalated. From nativist chants of "Send her back!" to racist rationalizations, the saga continues. This week David Swerdlick, an assistant editor at the Washington Post and CNN Political Analyst, joins Tara to discuss the impact of the Trump's latest display of racism toward the four freshman congresswome…
 
On this week's episode, Tara engages in a spirited discussion with special guest Joe Walsh (R-IL) former Illinois Congressman and host of the syndicated Joe Walsh Radio Show, about his thoughts on Trump's presidency and why he would never vote for him again. What made him finally dump Trump? Walsh calls out several Republicans by name for their acq…
 
Back in 2007, billionaire financier, acquaintance of both Donald Trump and Bill Clinton and child sexual predator, Jeffrey Epstein received one of the most unorthodox plea deals after an investigation found he was running a sex ring with teenage girls, some as young as 14, out of his Palm Beach, FL mansion. He served only 13 months in a county jail…
 
Trump was recently overseas for the G-20 and a surprise summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. What did he actually accomplish, if anything? Are we safer now than when Trump first took office? What the hell was Ivanka doing over there? On this week's episode, Washington Post columnist, CNN Global Affairs Analyst and author of "The Road Not …
 
Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist David Cay Johnston joins Tara this week in an explosive conversation about the tangled financial improprieties of Donald Trump and people he's associated with over the last three decades. Is Trump a tax cheat? Who is Felix Sater? How entangled are Trump's business's with Russian money? David reveals w…
 
This week, Jim Acosta-CNN Chief White House Correspondent and author of, "Enemy of the People, A Dangerous Time to Tell The Truth in America," joins Tara to discuss his new book and what inspired him to write it. Acosta shares anecdotes about his reporting experiences fighting for the truth in the era of Trump from his thoughts on the White House P…
 
This week, Daily Beast Political Reporter, Betsy Woodruff joins Tara to discuss the latest turmoil unfolding within the NRA. Lawsuits, accusations of financial impropriety and alleged "coup" attempts have embroiled the nations largest gun rights organization.What role have the Russians played within the organization? Woodruff details what's happeni…
 
True to form, President Trump created controversy before he even stepped foot in the U.K this week for his official state visit with the Royal family. From insulting the Mayor of London to disrespecting Princess Meghan to accusing Britain of "spying" on his campaign, is Trump jeopardizing our "special relationship" with our oldest and most importan…
 
As the legal battles over congressional oversight and subpoenas heat up, President Trump is becoming increasingly more defiant as he pushes constitutional boundaries daily. In this week's double episode, Tara brings on two legal experts to discuss the current state of play. First up, Tara welcomes back CNN Legal Analyst and former federal prosecuto…
 
As the trade war with China heats up, President Trump is trying to convince Americans that it's actually a good thing. It's not. This week, Tara discusses the consequences of Trump's tariff increases, his recent twitter rants and the latest in the ongoing Mueller Report saga. She also talks about her recent appearance as a guest host of The View. T…
 
This week, Tara discusses the continued fallout from AG Bill Barr's Senate testimony, his continued misrepresentation of the Mueller Report and the rebuke of Barr's interpretations by over 370 former federal prosecutors who say Trump would be indicted hands down, if not for the OLC policy protecting him as president. Despite President Trump's insis…
 
Former Vice President Joe Biden has officially entered the 2020 presidential race. Tara gives her thoughts on Biden, his announcement, Trump rehashing the Charlottesville incident, and more. This week's episode then switches gears a bit to pop culture with special guest, the talented comedic actress Yvette Nicole Brown. She's best known for her rol…
 
The Mueller Report is finally here! Trump World is claiming No Collusion, No Obstruction! But that's NOT what the Mueller Report revealed. The report specifically says Trump was not exonerated of obstruction and "collusion" isn't a legal term. Did Mueller actually lay out a roadmap for impeachment? Tara discusses damning details in the Mueller Repo…
 
It's the report the world has been waiting for! With the redacted Mueller Report being released this week, Tara talks to MSNBC Contributor and Politico national security correspondent, Natasha Bertrand about the questions she hopes are answered by the report, the toll Trump's attacks on the intel community have taken, interesting insider tidbits ab…
 
With more chaos ensuing along the southern border, President Trump has threatened to shut it all down and deny foreign aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Is that the answer? This week Tara explores the implications of Trump's latest border threats with Dr. Ryan Berg, an American Enterprise Institute scholar and expert in Latin American Aff…
 
Tara talks with two legal experts about the Barr summary of the Mueller Report, whether it fully exonerates Trump, what we still need to find out and the importance of releasing the Mueller Report in its entirety to the public. Elie Honig, is a former prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, Rutgers Univerity Scholar & CNN Legal Analyst. M…
 
Tara talks about the horrific mosque massacres in Christchurch, New Zealand and asks what role, if any, did Trump’s rhetoric play. Her guest this week is Ian Bremmer,a renowned political scientist, entrepreneur and bestselling author. He’s currently president and founder of Eurasia Group, the leading global political risk research and consulting fi…
 
Tara talks about the end of Winter, the explosive R. Kelly interview, the Tucker Carlson scandals, and the battle that's shaping up between the Democratic contenders for president. Plus, Tara talks with someone who’s actually seen Trump’s taxes—Tim O'Brien is an award-winning journalist, Executive Editor of Bloomberg Opinion, MSNBC Political Analys…
 
Tara talks about Trump's longest speech yet, Republicans' attack on Michael Cohen, Jared Kushner's security clearance scandal and more. Former CIA Operative, 2016 independent conservative presidential candidate and Co-Founder of Stand Up Republic, Evan McMullin joins Tara to discuss the importance of the Never Trump movement and protecting the Cons…
 
Tara talks the Oscars, which resorts to avoid in Orlando, Trump's lies about the border and North Korea and more. CNN Legal Analyst Joey Jackson joins Tara to the explain the latest legal ramifications for Michael Cohen, R. Kelly, and Jussie Smollett. Jackson is criminal defense attorney and partner at New York City-based Watford Jackson, PLLC.…
 
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