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THE CIRCUS INVESTIGATES STATE OF THE UNION

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Episode Features Interview With Hillary Clinton 

 

 

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NEW YORK – February 8, 2019 – As President Trump delivers his State of the Union address and House Democrats launch oversight investigations into the executive branch, THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE WILDEST POLITICAL SHOW ON EARTH returns on Sunday, February 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. In an episode titled “The State of Our Union Is …,” co-hosts John Heilemann, Alex Wagner and Mark McKinnon go behind the scenes with new Democratic-led congressional committees, following the first clashes of a power shift. The program also follows the new, explosive details surrounding the National Enquirer and Jeff Bezos – the world's richest man, owner of the Washington Post and frequent subject of the President's ire.

During a week full of high-profile Capitol Hill drama, THE CIRCUS  catches up with former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and former acting attorney general Sally Yates. The show also follows Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-California) on the eve of a House Judiciary Committee hearing featuring Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.  

In addition, THE CIRCUS spends time with Albertina and Yaquelin Contreras, a mother and daughter from Guatemala who were separated after seeking asylum at the U.S. border last year. Both attended Trump’s State of the Union address as guests of Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon). 

THE CIRCUS features John Heilemann, co-author of the New York Times best-sellers Game Change and Double Down and National Affairs Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, noted campaign strategist Mark McKinnon and Alex Wagner, an Emmy®-nominated television journalist, author, national correspondent for CBS News and contributing editor at The AtlanticTHE CIRCUS is produced by Left/Right for SHOWTIME. John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon, Alex Wagner, Banks Tarver, Ken Druckerman, Ted Bourne and Tom Johnson serve as executive producers. To learn more about THE CIRCUS, go to: SHO.com and follow on TwitterFacebook and Instagram, and join the conversation using #TheCircus.

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DNC's Pratt Wiley: "The greatest protection of our right to vote is you"

DNC’s Pratt Wiley: “The greatest protection of our right to vote is you”

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Radio Facts: Today, the Democratic National Committee continues their Black History Month celebration with the third installment of their “Our Values, Our Voice, Our Vote” digital series. Today’s video post features Pratt Wiley, the DNC’s National Director of Voter Protection, and his simple call to action: “The greatest protection of our right to vote is you.”
GUEST POST: Michigan GOP Still Trying to Rebrand

GUEST POST: Michigan GOP Still Trying to Rebrand

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Ron-Weiser-image During the 2012 campaign, former Michigan GOP Chair Ron Weiser  (pictured) – who at the time was national finance chair for the Republican National Committee – told a tea party meeting that voters in Detroit are picked up at “pool halls and…barbershops,” and bussed “from precinct to precinct where they vote multiple times.” He added that no one would be going “where those pool halls and barbershops are” to get out the vote in November, at least “not without a side arm.” Then in December 2012, during the lame duck legislative session, legislative Republicans discussed voting to split up Michigan’s electoral votes by Congressional district. The scheme would have given Mitt Romney nine of Michigan’s 16 electoral votes in 2012, despite him losing the state by 450,000 votes. In comments to Slate, former Michigan GOP Chair Saul Anuzis claimed that voters from the city of Detroit “distort the rest of the state.” So it was curious, to say the least, that yesterday in Detroit, Washington and Michigan Republicans marked their decade-long failed outreach campaign to communities of color with the announcement that they hired a staffer to direct African-American engagement, appointed a “Michigan Black Advisory Council,” and will soon be opening an office in Detroit. Republicans claim – as they did in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, and earlier this year – that this is an “aggressive plan” that will “change the political landscape. Haven’t we heard this story before? Republicans in Michigan and Washington have promised repeatedly that this time will be different, this time they’ll actually listen to the needs of key constituencies. But, after Republican Secretary of State Ruth Johnson's crusade to make it harder for African Americans to vote, the GOP's ongoing campaign to prevent 7.1 million uninsured black Americans from accessing affordable health care, and Republican Gov. Rick Snyder’s Emergency Manager law ensuring that over half of black Michiganders no longer have the right to vote for local elected officials, the GOP has yet again proven that are so far out of touch, they can’t even see it No number of new offices or new hires will allow Republicans to explain away that harsh reality This week, as they celebrate a decade of telling the same story about their “outreach efforts” to African American, Latino, and other Democratic-leaning voters, one must ask: what, exactly, are they doing differently from a decade ago? The answer is clear: absolutely nothing. Below are just a few of the times national Republicans have tried to rebrand the party in the last decade: 2003: Marc Racicot: “Expanding Our Base By Recruiting New Republican Activists From Traditionally Strong And Democratic Constituencies Is Our Number One Priority.” “Republicans must attract more minority candidates and voters into their ranks even though that process will take time and lots of work, the GOP's national chairman says. Marc Racicot told members of the Republican National Committee on Friday that the minority outreach is crucial for the party's future, adding ‘it's the right thing to do.’ ‘Expanding our base by recruiting new Republican activists from traditionally strong and Democratic constituencies is our number one priority,’ Racicot said after he was re-elected as chairman without opposition.” [AP, 2/1/03] 2005: Ken Mehlman Launched “Conversations With The Community” A National Tour Of Meetings With African Americans. “Ken Mehlman, chairman of the RNC, embarked on ‘Conversations with the Community,’ a national tour of meetings with black Americans. He also announced the formation of an RNC African-American Advisory Committee. ‘If you give us a chance, we'll give you a choice,’ has become his standard line to black audiences.” [Baltimore Sun, 4/24/05] 2005: The RNC Launched An Outreach Program For Urban And Minority Voters. “Republican leaders on Thursday used Pittsburgh -- a city controlled by Democratic elected officials for seven decades -- as an example of where the GOP hopes to expand its membership with minorities and inner-city voters who traditionally align more with Democrats. ‘We believe there are many people that populate these Black cities that are Republican-leaning,’ said Republican National Committee Co-Chairwoman Jo Ann Davidson. ‘We're not giving up on the Black centers.’ [… ] A strategy session yesterday included a panel discussion about ways the GOP can attract more blacks, Hispanics, Asians and other groups. Many of the 280 conference participants from all 50 states attended the discussion. The meeting was closed to the press.” [Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 8/5/05] 2008: Mike Duncan Unveiled A Website To Fight The Perception That The Republican Party Is “A Party Of Old White Guys.” “A week after the election, and five days after Rebuild the Party was introduced, RNC Chairman Mike Duncan unveiled RepublicanForAReason.com, which he describes as ‘a grassroots site that Republicans can use to tell us what they think of the party.’ He says the party has lost the trust of its members and the site ‘is a big part of understanding and communicating with them.’ He agrees with Finn that the GOP is viewed ‘as a party of old white guys.’ ‘And I'm saying that as a 57-year-old white guy.’ He quickly adds: ‘But I use technology. I've got three BlackBerrys. I've got a Kindle.’ He promises that the RNC's Internet division -- headed by Cyrus Krohn, formerly of Microsoft and Yahoo -- will get more resources, calling it ‘a big priority for the RNC.’” [Washington Post, 11/25/08] 2010: Michael Steele: “No Matter How Blue Or Purple We Must Compete For Every Seat.” “RNC Chairman Michael Steele unveiled a new Republican Party program today aimed at taking advantage of a political environment that is currently tilting heavily in the GOP's direction. ‘Throw out the old maps, folks. We need you — the American people need you to create a new one,’ said the guaybera-clad Steele as he addressed members of the RNC at the party's winter meeting here in Honolulu, HI. Steele urged the party faithful that Republicans must adjust their thinking and prepare to compete everywhere from Delaware to Hawaii (the first state to the 50th state) or D2H as the program is called. ‘No matter how blue or purple, we must compete for every seat,’ Steele added.” [ABC News, 1/29/10] Joshua Pugh Communications Director Michigan Democratic Party
GOP Celebrates Over 10 Years of Failed Outreach to Communities of Color 1

GOP Celebrates Over 10 Years of Failed Outreach to Communities of Color

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Radio Facts: mike steeleStory By: Kiara Pesante, DNC Southern Regional Press Secretary and Director of African American Media This week, the Republican National Committee marked their decade-long failed outreach campaign to communities of color with the opening of an “African-American engagement office” and the announcement of new staff hires to support this effort. The GOP claims – as they did in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, and earlier this year – that this new engagement team will “build a grassroots infrastructure and engage with voters at community events.” Haven’t we heard this story before? From their “50 State Strategy,” to their ‘autopsy report’ after their disastrous 2012 presidential campaign, the Republicans have promised time and time again to listen to the needs of key constituencies and change their ways. But, after their cynical, divisive crusade to make it harder for African Americans to vote in states like North Carolina, to prevent the 7.1 million uninsured black Americans from accessing affordable health care, and even shutting down the government for 16 days – furloughing up to 150,000 African American workers and harming critical programs like SNAP, WIC, and Head Start – the GOP has yet again proven that are so far out of touch they can’t even see it. No matter how many offices they open, or how many people they hire, the Republicans simply can’t explain away that harsh reality. Tonight, as they celebrate more than 10 years of the same old lip service on their “outreach efforts” to African American, Latino, and other Democratic-leaning voters, one must ask: what, exactly, are they doing differently from a decade ago? The answer is clear: absolutely nothing. (FOR MORE "OUTREACH" EFFORTS CLICK NEXT)
Racicotbio               2003:  Marc Racicot:  “Expanding Our Base By Recruiting New Republican Activists From Traditionally Strong And Democratic Constituencies Is Our Number One Priority.”  “Republicans must attract more minority candidates and voters into their ranks even though that process will take time and lots of work, the GOP's national chairman says. Marc Racicot told members of the Republican National Committee on Friday that the minority outreach is crucial for the party's future, adding ‘it's the right thing to do.’ ‘Expanding our base by recruiting new Republican activists from traditionally strong and Democratic constituencies is our number one priority,’ Racicot said after he was re-elected as chairman without opposition.”  [AP, 2/1/03]
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2005:  Ken Mehlman Launched “Conversations With The Community” A National Tour Of Meetings With African Americans.  “Ken Mehlman, chairman of the RNC, embarked on ‘Conversations with the Community,’ a national tour of meetings with black Americans. He also announced the formation of an RNC African-American Advisory Committee. ‘If you give us a chance, we'll give you a choice,’ has become his standard line to black audiences.”  [Baltimore Sun, 4/24/05]
(FOR MORE "OUTREACH" EFFORTS CLICK NEXT)
2005:  The RNC Launched An Outreach Program For Urban And Minority Voters.  “Republican leaders on Thursday used Pittsburgh -- a city controlled by Democratic elected officials for seven decades -- as an example of where the GOP hopes to expand its membership with minorities and inner-city voters who traditionally align more with Democrats.  ‘We believe there are many people that populate these Black cities that are Republican-leaning,’ said Republican National Committee Co-Chairwoman Jo Ann Davidson. ‘We're not giving up on the Black centers.’   [… ] A strategy session yesterday included a panel discussion about ways the GOP can attract more blacks, Hispanics, Asians and other groups. Many of the 280 conference participants from all 50 states attended the discussion. The meeting was closed to the press.”  [Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 8/5/05]
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mel-martinez-resigns2007:  Mel Martinez As RNC General Chairman: “I Want To Make Sure That We Take That Message To The  Broader Hispanic Community, To The African-American Community And To All The Communities That May Never Have Believed That Republican Ideals Spoke To Them.”  “Sen. Mel Martinez pressed his partyFriday to open its doors wider to minorities and used his bootstrap biography to try to recast the bitter debate within the GOP over immigration. Martinez was elected general chairman of the Republican National Committee -- the first Hispanic to hold that position -- after a week of sniping from some border-state conservatives. They object to Martinez's support for legislation that would give some illegal immigrants a path toward legal status. But when it came time for the 168 delegates to vote by voice, only a handful opposed Martinez, who was chosen for the job by President Bush. Martinez's road to becoming a U.S. senator and now the head of his party began with his flight from communist Cuba. Martinez said his success was a result of help from Florida families and his own hard work -- not government programs. He said Republican values, and having a Hispanic in the leadership job, can attract minorities.  ‘I want to make sure that we take that message to the broader Hispanic community, to the African-American community and to all communities that may never have believed that Republican ideals spoke to them,’ Martinez told RNC members. ‘So they, too, understand that if they care about education for their children, accountability in their schools, if they care about entrepreneurship, about beginning a small business and growing it into a large business, if they care about a party that stands for less government but more individual freedom, then we are the party for them and their American dream.’” [Orlando Sentinel, 1/20/07]
 
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mike duncan             2008:  Mike Duncan Unveiled A Website To Fight The Perception That The Republican Party Is “A Party Of Old White Guys.”  “A week after the election, and five days after Rebuild the Party was introduced, RNC Chairman Mike Duncan unveiledRepublicanForAReason.com, which he describes as ‘a grassroots site that Republicans can use to tell us what they think of the party.’ He says the party has lost the trust of its members and the site ‘is a big part of understanding and communicating with them.’ He agrees with Finn that the GOP is viewed ‘as a party of old white guys.’  ‘And I'm saying that as a 57-year-old white guy.’ He quickly adds: ‘But I use technology. I've got three BlackBerrys. I've got a Kindle.’ He promises that the RNC's Internet division -- headed by Cyrus Krohn, formerly of Microsoft and Yahoo -- will get more resources, calling it ‘a big priority for the RNC.’” [Washington Post, 11/25/08]
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2010:  Michael Steele:  “No Matter How Blue Or Purple We Must Compete For Every Seat.”  “RNC Chairman Michael Steele unveiled a new Republican Party program today aimed at taking advantage of a political environment that is currently tilting heavily in the GOP's direction. ‘Throw out the old maps, folks.  We need you — the American people need you to create a new one,’ said the guaybera-clad Steele as he addressed members of the RNC at the party's winter meeting here in Honolulu, HI.  Steele urged the party faithful that Republicans must adjust their thinking and prepare to compete everywhere from Delaware to Hawaii (the first state to the 50th state) or D2H as the program is called.  ‘No matter how blue or purple, we must compete for every seat,’ Steele added.” [ABC News, 1/29/10]
 
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In 2010, The RNC Launched A “50 State Strategy” With 358 Paid Staffers In 45 States.  “Steele:  In other words, beginning in January of this year, and literally probably going back to last December, we strategically looked at the country, and I remember talking with -- with the staff, and particularly Gentry, about a 50-state strategy, a strategy in which we could be competitive in every corner of -- of -- of the United States. And Gentry went back and said, yeah, it can be done, and this is how we do it. And so we invested early in our victory centers. You all know that the typical course for the RNC has been to wait to August, and in some cases September. I remember that as a state party chairman back in 2000, not even seeing -- seeing the only one victory center that we saw come online sometime around mid-September 2000 for -- for our elections that year. We started investing in our victory centers in January. And as a consequence, we were able to build out over 360 victory offices across 45 states that were run by 358 paid victory staffers, which compared to only 154 victory offices in 2008 and 140 in 2006.”  [Michael Steele Teleconference on the Election Results, 11/3/10]

Stacey Dash’s 3 Page Letter About the Election: Clueless or Calculated?

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Radio Facts: What to read Stacey Dash's 3 page letter about the election and how she feels now that Barack Obama has won. Well...

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