The News Agents - USA

The News Agents - USA

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Join Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel in a weekly podcast that unravels everything you need to know about the world of US politics and how it affects you. From decoding what happens inside the corridors of power at the White House to breaking down what an Electoral College actually does, this is a podcast that translates US politics into plain English. All of it delivered with Emily and Jon’s astute analysis, world-class insight and wry sense of humour. Episodes are available every Tuesday. The News Agents USA is a Global Player Original podcast and a Persephonica production.

Episodes

Live from Richmond, Virginia: Trump on the campaign trail

We're in Richmond, Virginia for Donald Trump's last rally before he is almost certainly crowned the Republican candidate for president. But who are the voters queuing for miles to get into the sold-out event? What do they think - and what motivates them to vote for a man indicted 91 times?We're the only foreign press able to get into the rally. The Trump team wouldn't let anyone else in. Listen to find out what it's like at the heart of MAGA America. Editor: Gabriel RadusVideo Production: Rory SymonThe News Agents USA is brought to you by HSBC UK - https://www.hsbc.co.uk/You can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents USA".
03/03/2432m 54s

BONUS: Has the Supreme Court just saved Trump?

It's been some 24 hours for Donald Trump. In one evening, he scores a major win as the Supreme Court kicks the election inteference case down the electoral road. Plus, a major congressional thorn in Trump's side, Reaganite senator Mitch McConnell announces he's stepping down as Senate Republican Leader. Trump is ever so close to total ownership of the Republican party.We digest in this bonus episode of The News Agents - USA.Editor: Gabriel RadusVideo Production: Shane FennellyThe News Agents USA is brought to you by HSBC UK - https://www.hsbc.co.uk/You can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents USA".
29/02/2425m 16s

Why is Fox News fact-checking Trump?

Fox News cut away from Trump's victory speech in South Carolina to correct his lies, in real time. And call out his election denials. What's going on between the TV channel and their former hero - and how long will it last. Also on the episode - why is Biden talking about a Gaza peace deal in an ice cream parlour and who is the Republican senator saying he backs the Alabama court decision to stop IVF despite wanting more children in his state.There's so much going on this week, and that's before we even start to discuss the Uncommitted of Michigan.... and why it could be Biden's downfall.Editor: Gabriel RadusVideo Production: Shane FennellyThe News Agents USA is brought to you by HSBC UK - https://www.hsbc.co.uk/You can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents USA".
27/02/2431m 50s

Does Bernie Sanders think Joe Biden is too old?

On today's episode we talk to the thorn in corporate America's side Senator Bernie Sanders.Should Amazon exist? Is Biden to old? Is Trump too racist? And how can he justify spending 200 million dollars on an election campaign?Later, ahead of South Carolina’s primary we ask what Nikki Haley’s strategy is.Editor: Gabriel RadusSocial Media Editor: Georgia FoxwellVideo Production: Rory SymonThe News Agents USA is brought to you by HSBC UK - https://www.hsbc.co.uk/You can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents USA".
21/02/2439m 44s

Old men and corrupt tyrants: America's choice for 2024

After a deeply unedifying week of US politics we look at the choice before America in November. Is Biden too old to stand for President? Is Trump too corrupt? And what happens next if the answer to both those questions is 'yes'?On today's episode we look at the report by special counsel Robert K. Hur who calls the president a 'well-meaning elderly man' and the kind words of encouragment Trump has for Vladimir Putin. Will any of the court cases land a decisive blow either way? And what is going to happen to the conman congressman George Santos's seat in the Long Island special election this week?Editor: Gabriel RadusSocial Media Editor: Georgia FoxwellVideo Production: Rory SymonThe News Agents USA is brought to you by HSBC UK - https://www.hsbc.co.uk/You can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents USA".
13/02/2432m 18s

A court rules Trump has no presidential immunity

The unanimous decision by the court of appeal in Washington has declared that Donald Trump has no presidential immunity. This means Special Counsel Jack Smith can now proceed apace with his indictment of Trump over attempted election interference. What does this mean for Trump legally?What will happen to the highly debated US border deal?And later to hear from Ambassador John Bolton on whether military intervention by the US could make a Trump comeback more likely.Editor: Gabriel RadusSocial Media Editor: Georgia FoxwellVideo Production: Rory SymonThe News Agents USA is brought to you by HSBC UK - https://www.hsbc.co.uk/You can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents USA".
06/02/2442m 45s

Could Taylor Swift swing the US election?

It's all quiet - for now - on the campaign front.Today we ask whether republicans are prepared to scupper a cross-party border deal if they think it could help Trump in November. And we bring you the remarkable story of E. Jean Carroll - who’s owed 83 million dollars by the Donald. And ask if Taylor Swift can swing a US election.PSA: If you want to hear about Biden's crisis in the Middle East - head to the Monday episode of our regular daily The News Agents feed. Why is everyone talking about WWIII? Editor: Gabriel RadusSocial Media Editor: Georgia FoxwellVideo Production: Rory SymonThe News Agents USA is brought to you by HSBC UK - https://www.hsbc.co.uk/You can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents USA".
30/01/2436m 30s

What happened in New Hampshire and what does it mean?

Nikki Haley lost by more than ten points overnight in New Hampshire. The Republican National Committee now wants to crown election-denier Trump as its nominee. But Haley has made clear she’s not going to go quietly. She’s sticking around to call Trump senile and sees if he falls down any (metaphorical) stairs. Election denier Trump meanwhile is getting really stroppy with her and, like a sad class bully, has started threatening her.Editor: Gabriel RadusSocial Media Editor: Georgia FoxwellVideo Production: Rory SymonThe News Agents USA is brought to you by HSBC UK - https://www.hsbc.co.uk/You can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents USA".
24/01/2428m 42s

BONUS EPISODE: Ron gone, endorses Don - has Trump won?

A bonus episode of The News Agents: USA as Ron DeSantis drops out of the presidential race and endorses the man that's ridiculed him for months on end - Donald Trump. He's kissed the ring - 6 days after slagging people off for being spineless enough to do just that. With just one state having voted, and another voting tomorrow Tuesday (New Hampshire) - is Nikki Haley, the only candidate left - toast? Editor: Gabriel RadusSocial Media Editor: Georgia FoxwellVideo Production: Shane Fennelly & Rory SymonThe News Agents USA is brought to you by HSBC UK - https://www.hsbc.co.uk/You can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents USA".
22/01/2434m 19s

Donald Trump dominates in Iowa: is the Republican race already over?

Last night in Iowa saw many firsts. The coldest caucus on record and the biggest lead by the winner. Trump secured his win just 31 minutes after the polls closed. His nearest rivals, Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley trailed him by 30 odd points. So is the contest over? Can anything change the trajectory of Trump? And what does this tell us about the state of the Republican party and what will happen next?Editor: Gabriel RadusSocial Media Editor: Georgia FoxwellVideo Production: Shane FennellyThe News Agents USA is brought to you by HSBC UK - https://www.hsbc.co.uk/You can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents USA".
16/01/2432m 38s

The 2024 US election: the starting gun is fired

The US 2024 election calendar kicks off in earnest this week as the wannabee Republican nominees head to Iowa. Trump is making a quick pit stop via the courts - to tell them to grant him immunity from prosecution. And Nikki Haley is trying a novel tactic of pissing off the Iowan voters by telling them that New Hampshire knows better. Meanwhile, Biden is reminding America Trump is a threat to democracy, as he heads straight to South Carolina for the three year anniversary of the January 6th riots.Editor: Gabriel RadusProduction: Lily AmorySocial Media Editor: Georgia FoxwellVideo Production: Shane FennellyThe News Agents USA is brought to you by HSBC UK - https://www.hsbc.co.uk/You can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents USA".
09/01/2431m 51s

End of Year America Special: Your questions answered

Could California exit the union? Could Trump try for three terms? Would proportional representation ever work in America? And what were we doing on a soup-making course before the New Hampshire primary? Your brilliant questions, our valiant and occasionally pathetic attempt at answers as we see out the pre-election presidential year of America 2023.Editor: Gabriel RadusSocial Media Editor: Georgia FoxwellVideo Production: Shane FennellyThe News Agents USA is brought to you by HSBC UK - https://www.hsbc.co.uk/You can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents USA".
19/12/2339m 27s

Anti-Semitism and academic freedom: what’s happening on US college campuses?

The viral clip of Harvard President Dr. Claudine Gay - unable to condemn those on campus calling for genocide - has kicked off a wider debate about academic freedom and double standards. The president of University of Pennsylvania - who offered similar responses - has now resigned. On today’s episode we talk to Columbia Professor of History Simon Sharma about campus culture war and how it’s affecting wider party politics.Editor: Gabriel RadusSocial Media Editor: Georgia FoxwellVideo Production: Shane FennellyThe News Agents USA is brought to you by HSBC UK - https://www.hsbc.co.uk/You can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents USA".
12/12/2332m 16s

What will a second Trump term actually look like for America?

Donald Trump is warning of the dangers to democracy posed by 'corrupt' Joe Biden. It almost sounds ironic. But Trump doesn’t do irony - he's more into inciting violence. Today we speak to former US ambassador Matthew Barzan who worked on the two Obama campaigns. How dangerous is the threat of a Trump presidency in 2024, and, what does it actually look like?The News Agents USA is brought to you by HSBC UK - https://www.hsbc.co.uk/Editor: Gabriel RadusSocial Media Editor: Georgia FoxwellVideo Production: Shane FennellyYou can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents USA".
05/12/2332m 36s

Sean Spicer: Trump's Press Secretary on Trump, truth and 2024

What has the temporary pause in Gaza done for Biden's standing amongst young voters?What did Mike Pence really say about certifying Joe Biden as president?And what does Sean Spicer (ex White House Press Secretary) make of what happened to his former boss Donald Trump after he stopped working for him? We ask him.All that - cohosted between London and the Carribean with our beach correspondent Jon Sopel.Editor: Gabriel RadusSocial Media Editor: Georgia FoxwellVideo Production: Rory SymonYou can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents USA".
28/11/2333m 22s

Why is Joe Biden haemorrhaging support from young voters?

We're on the ground in California to understand why young voters are turning their backs on Joe Biden - and how this could well consolidate Donald Trump's path back to the White House next year. We also talk to the Editor-in-Chief of the Cook Report, Amy Walter.And - is Thanksgiving a waste of time? Jon and Emily discuss (well, disagree).Editor: Gabriel RadusSocial Media Editor: Georgia FoxwellVideo Production: Rory SymonNewsgathering by Nick Charles Currie in Los Angeles, CA.You can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents USA".
21/11/2331m 20s

Are Republicans changing their stance on abortion?

Every time abortion rights are on the ballot, the Democrat candidates do well. That’s been the story since Roe v Wade was overturned 18 months ago. And republicans are beginning to panic. Do they have a plan to win back voters? Does it include a softer stance? Also today we hear from a Republican and a Democrat formerly in Congress. If Biden is doing so well, where is the enthusiasm? Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) and Greg Walden (R-OR) join us, having spent the week working in the UK with the Eccles Centre and the British Library to try and convince people in the UK that the US still believes in bipartisan rhetoric. And what was Trump doing calling the voters ‘vermin’. Is he reminding America that the authoritarian storngman with anti-democratic beliefs is well and truly back?Editor: Gabriel RadusSocial Media Editor: Georgia FoxwellVideo Producers: Arvind Badewal & Jack McKayYou can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents USA".
14/11/2343m 54s

Is America about to give Donald Trump a second chance? Dispatch from the Deep South

Emily reports from Georgia, the eye of the Donald Trump legal storm, where he was caught on tape trying to get an election official to 'find' him more votes to win the 2020 election. A year out from 2024, is this purple state closer to staying blue or turning MAGA red? The latter could tip the election in Trump's favour. And we cross state lines to the hometown of the woman who could capitalise should a jail cell call for the Donald. Nikki Haley. Could she prove to be the Republican nominee come election day?And...Jon is in Paris, France- and he's nabbed the Mayor of Detroit - Mike Duggan. Don't ask how. He talks to the man in charge of a crucial blue city in a crucial swing state. Editor & Field Producer: Gabriel RadusVideo Producer: Rory SymonYou can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents USA".
08/11/2356m 11s

America’s most conservative senator: The Exclusive

We have an exclusive interview on today’s episode with the senior senator from Utah - Mike Lee - who ranks as America’s No1 most conservative senator - in the 538/NY Times poll. We talk to him about the Republican Party, the new speaker, and why he tried to help Donald Trump secure an election he had lost.Later - why did Mike Pence drop out of the Presidential race?And ... who is Dean Phillips??Editor: Gabriel RadusSocial Media Editor: Georgia FoxwellVideo Producer: Rory SymonYou can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents USA".
31/10/2335m 56s

Is Liz Cheney coming for Donald Trump?

The race for the crucial role of Speaker of the House is in disarray.Republican representatives are tearing each other apart.Trump's former lawyers are pleading guilty to election interference in the Georgia trial - each a further potential nail in the Trump legal coffin.And, out of all this a name is emerging - Liz Cheney who, we understand, is weighing up whether to take Trump on as the Republican's choice for president.Could she be about to enter the race ? We speak to someone who knows her well.Editor: Gabriel RadusPlanning Producer: Alex BarnettSocial Media Producer: Phoebe Dampare-OseiVideo Producer: Rory SymonYou can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents USA".
24/10/2334m 29s

Is Biden going to Israel a bad idea?

Joe Biden is heading head-first into an active warzone. The 80-year-old is travelling to Israel tomorrow to begin brokering the toughest negotiation of his presidency - in an attempt to restore relative calm and peace in the Middle East. It's a dangerous, herculean task that has the potential for domestic and foreign backlash. It will require every ounce of his weighty diplomatic might. We speak to General David Petraeus, formerly the head of the CIA - and military historian Andrew Roberts. They've just co-authored a book about modern warfare called Conflict: The Evolution of Warfare from 1945 to Ukraine. It may well need a new chapter soon.Editor: Gabriel RadusSocial Media Editor: Georgia FoxwellVideo Producer: Rory SymonYou can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents USA".
17/10/2332m 49s

A power vacuum in Washington and chaos in the Middle East

Just one week ago Kevin McCarthy was booted unceremoniously out of his job as House Speaker. No one could have foreseen then how different the world would look four days later when Hamas wreaked tragedy across Israel. Now there’s a power vacuum in Washington and an unfolding catastrophe in the Middle East. What power does America have to help?Biden U-turns and starts to build more border wall in the South - with cries of hypocrisy from the right and anger from parts of his own party in the left.And later - the rise of another Kennedy? Robert Kennedy Junior - conspiracist and now independent candidate for the presidency - thinks he can win. Blimey.Editor: Gabriel RadusProducer: Laura FitzPatrickSocial Media Editor: Georgia FoxwellVideo Producer: Will Gibson-SmithYou can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents USA".
10/10/2330m 31s

MCCARTHY SACKED: Why is the Republican Party eating itself alive?

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, is ousted by his own party. The first time it's happened in US history. It's the start of a Republican civil war.Why has it happened? Because he dared to find compromise with the Democrats. What is going on in that party? What does it tell us about the chance of the parties ever working together?And later, Trump is on trial in New York. It’s a civil case that could cost him millions and see him stripped of assets, hotels and businesses. Trump and the courts meet once more.Editor: Gabriel RadusSocial Media Editor: Georgia FoxwellVideo Producer: Will Gibson-SmithYou can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents USA".The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.
03/10/2327m 41s

Can any other Republican beat Donald Trump? The second debate

The second Republican debate threw up a lot of sound and fury. But perhaps it revealed futility more then anything else. Seven Republican candidates met on stage to battle it our for the nomination. It is incredibly unlikely it will be any of them will win. Meanwhile Donald Trump is with car workers in Detroit. He’s already trying to fight the general election against Biden. Will anything - even a court ruling finding him guilty of decades-long fraud - get in his way?Editor: Gabriel RadusSocial Media Editor: Georgia FoxwellVideo Producer: Will Gibson-SmithYou can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents USA".The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.
28/09/2325m 50s

The News Agents USA: Debate Night, Take 2

It's debate night, second time round in California on Wednesday night. Trump is MIA, again - instead going to fight for blue collar workers by going to Michigan.Emily and Jon will be back in your feeds on Thursday morning digesting all this - see you then!
27/09/231m 9s

Will America continue to make Russell Brand rich?

Russell Brand famously hated big tech. He ranted about their power as recently as last year. Yet now, he’s all over the websites he purports to despise - YouTube, TikTok, Rumble. How has he reinvented himself as an alt-right interviewer. And we ask why Donald Trump has changed his position on abortion. Is he already fighting the general election on the airwaves?Editor: Gabriel RadusPlanning Producer: Alex BarnettSocial Media Editor: Georgia FoxwellVideo Producer: Will Gibson-SmithYou can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents USA".The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.
19/09/2334m 25s

Vladimir Putin: Trump's Russian running mate?

Putin has called Trump politically persecuted, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has opened an impeachment inquiry into the president, and Joe Biden has saved the economy but now just wants to go to bed. It's another normal week in America. David Frum - former speechwriter for George W. Bush - joins us and we ask if any of this is moving the state of political play.Editor: Gabriel RadusPlanning Producer: Alex BarnettSocial Media Editor: Georgia FoxwellVideo Producer: Will Gibson-SmithYou can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents USA".The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.
12/09/2322m 30s

Could a 'treason clause' kick Trump off the ballot?

The 14th Amendment is not something anyone has discussed much since the 1800s. But right now it's the talk of the town. It includes a post-civil war clause that bars anyone from holding public office if they've engaged in an insurrection or rebellion.Right now, there are lawyers, academics and die-hard constitutionalists who are working out if there's a legal channel to remove Trump's name from any electoral ballot on the grounds he tried to overturn democracy on January 6th 2020. We speak to a Watergate special prosecutor about what could happen. And we look at the Republican move to launch an impeachment enquiry into Joe Biden. Do they have evidence of wrong doing?Editor: Gabriel RadusSocial Editor: Georgia FoxwellPlanning Producer: Alex BarnettVideo Producer: Will Gibson-SmithThe News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.
05/09/2336m 12s

Why are there still racist killings in America?

On Saturday, a 21-year-old killed three people in Jacksonville, Florida, in a racist hate crime. 60 years on from Martin Luther King's famous 'I Have a Dream' speech, and three years on from the killing of George Floyd, why does America seem to always go 'two steps forward and then two steps back'? And do the GOP frontrunners have a handle of the problem of racial discrimination in America?We ask Ron Christie, Republican strategist who's father used to vandalise segregationist signs in 1960s America.And.. Trump's court date for election interference is set for early March. The day before the biggest day in the race to be nominated as the Republican presidential candidate for 2024. That'll be some week.Editor: Gabriel RadusSocial Editor: Georgia FoxwellVideo Producer: Will Gibson-Smith The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.
29/08/2328m 6s

Who won the Republican Party debate?

There were eight candidates on stage last night in Milwaukee all vying for the Republican nomination to be president.But the man who’ll almost certainly get it was locked in a rambling conspiracy heavy chinwag with his recently sacked Fox friend Tucker Carlson. Who won the debate on stage? Will any of it shift the dial? And will they still pledge loyalty to Trump if he’s convicted of a crime ?Editor: Gabriel RadusSocial Editor: Georgia FoxwellVideo Producer: Will Gibson-Smith The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.
24/08/2335m 54s

The News Agents USA: Debate Night

It's debate night in Milwaukee on Wednesday night. The big hitters of the Republican Party will all be there, fighting it out in the first chance to be on the same stage together. That is, all bar one, notable frontrunner; former President Donald Trump. Emily and Jon will be back in your feeds on Thursday morning digesting the overnight debate. See you then!
22/08/2357s

Why is Donald Trump being charged like a mafia boss?

Donald Trump. Charged with racketeering in Georgia after allegedly attempting to meddle with election results - and he's now got 91 counts against his name... and counting. Will this change anything? And what about the whataboutery with Hunter Biden and Joe Biden? We speak to Republican strategist who worked in George W. Bush's White House, Ron Christie, Adam Klasfeld, legal correspondent who's followed all 91 charges closely, and Christopher Steele, the British spy who triggered the snowball that led to Trump's first impeachment whilst he was President - for alleged collusion with Russia.Editor: Gabriel RadusPlanning Producer: Alex BarnettSocial Editor: Georgia FoxwellVideo Producer: Rory SymonThe News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.
15/08/2333m 1s

Trump, the law, and The Lord

Ever wondered what Trump's personal pastor has to say about all the law-breaking that the 45th President allegedly has engaged in? Jon speaks to him on today's episode.We mull that, and an impending fourth indictment, on The News Agents USA. And we're also joined by Biden's former strategist - who explains what the President has to do to thwart the oxygen-guzzler and limelight-stealer that is Donald J. Trump.Editor: Gabriel RadusSocial Media Editor: Georgia FoxwellPlanning Producer: Alex BarnettVideo Producer: Rory SymonThe News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.
07/08/2334m 10s

Has the Republican Party become 'a cult'?

US prosecutors have charged Donald Trump for attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 Election. It’s the second federal indictment brought against the former president in as many months. We knew this was on the way. So why is he still the leading Republican to be president? And why doesn’t the party care ?On this episode of The News Agents USA, two former Republican congressmen - one of whom challenged Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election - go head to head on whether Trump is the right person to lead the Republican Party into the 2024 election. Trump still dominates the field.Ron de Santis keeps saying the word “ woke “ but Republican voters just keep getting turned off by him. And Hunter Biden’s business associate has claimed Joe Biden joined more than twenty work calls with his son - while he was Vice-President. A pretty major breach if the current president was improperly involved in his son's business proceedings, but how damaging could that be for the current incumbent of the White House?Editor: Gabriel RadusPlanning Producer: Alex BarnettSocial Media Editor: Georgia FoxwellVideo Producer: Will Gibson-Smith
01/08/2332m 16s

Why is Ron DeSantis sinking?

Why is Ron DeSantis losing ground in the polls to an unknown? Why is the new Barbie film driving American right-wingers mad? And why did a young American soldier dash across the border to seek refuge... in North Korea?Editor: Gabriel RadusSocial Editor: Georgia FoxwellVideo Producer: Will Gibson-SmithThe News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.
26/07/2335m 2s

Is Trump about to be charged for citing the January 6th riots?

As we settled into News Agents USA HQ, the breaking news that Trump may be set to face trial for a third time, and criminal proceedings for a second time, wafted in. We talk to the Washington Post's Olivier Knox about what this means for Trump, his rivals and the ever-quickening race to be the next incumbent of the White House.Joe Manchin, the highly influential Democrat Senator of West Virginia, seems to be flirting with an independent run for the White House, forging a ticket with a former Republican Governor of Utah. What are third parties like in the US? Is it even possible to get close to the presidency without the backing of the two major US parties?And... don't send sensitive emails without checking who you're sending to. A lesson for the Pentagon, who, instead of sending private emails to staff, accidentally sent the missives to the government of Mali.
19/07/2326m 40s

Is Biden really that 'rock-solid' with the UK?

Joe Biden meets Rishi Sunak in London before flying out to Vilnius to a NATO summit in which he's set to snub the UK government's attempts to have Ben Wallace, Defence Secretary, become the next Secretary General of NATO. The famous 'special relationship' doesn't feel so special any more. Former US Ambassador to NATO Kurt Volker joins Emily and Jon in News Agents USA HQ.This, all while US news outlets report that the President is a lot less mild-mannered in private than he appears in public. We ask Washington Post National Politics Reporter Olivier Knox, who's spent decades with US Presidents and in the White House, if that's really the case. And then, we turn to Trump and DeSantis, the two main candidates in the race to win the Republican candidacy for the 2024 election. Trump battles against court dates; DeSantis battles his lack of personality. And, an ode to Marjorie Taylor-Greene, the Republican congresswoman who, despite believing that Jewish people and their space lasers are to blame for Californian wildfires, is deemed too moderate for the right-wing Freedom Caucus in Congress. Another normal week on The Hill.
12/07/2332m 58s

America's Supreme Court - powerful, politicised, and unpoliced

Joe Biden - that's President Joe Biden - has said the Supreme Court is "not normal". He's referring to the recent judgements the 9 justices have made - overturning Roe v Wade last year, overruling affirmative action policies at two US universities, refusing to allow the government to cancel student debt, and wading into LGBTQ+ issues on a spurious basis of complaints that don't even exist. Is this overreach? Or is this the logical consequence of the polarisation of America?And who polices the Supreme Court?
05/07/2334m 41s

'Doing God' - Trump and the Evangelicals

On Tuesday morning, CNN obtained leaked audio of Donald Trump showing classified documents to people who definitely shouldn't be seeing classified documents. He's still denying he didn't have classified documents... but we now have him admitting to it on tape. Surely he can't fudge his way out of this one....Meanwhile the Republicans have been wooing evangelicals and Robert Kennedy Junior is offering a bizarre counter factual to the Biden democratic nomination.On today's episode of The News Agents USA, Emily and Jon are joined by Investigations Reporter for The Washington Post, who's covered Trump extensively, Josh Dawsey.
28/06/2335m 44s

Hunter Biden pleads guilty; Trump doesn't

Breaking news - that has left Republicans speechless for all the wrong reasons. Biden's son Hunter pleads guilty to three federal charges. But they are all miniscule. None of the ones the MAGA (Make America Great Again) gang really care about anyway. Meanwhile, Trump appears on Fox News to explain that he was too busy sorting out his golf shirts from his newspaper clippings to hand back hundreds of boxes of classified highly confidential documents... but does he incriminate himself in the process?
21/06/2337m 56s

Trump on Trial. Miami Style.

For a historical indictment it was an ignominious entry: Donald Trump entered the Miami courthouse via a freight lift from an underground garage. For once, the Reality TV president ducked the cameras as he appeared on 37 charges of mishandling classified documents and espionage. This is America 2023.The question is how big a role will he play in America 2024- and the next presidential election.
13/06/2333m 43s

The News Agents USA - Trailer

Welcome to The News Agents USA - a new weekly podcast hosted by Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel. Episodes are available every Tuesday on Global Player and on all other platforms from Wednesday.
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