Their Brand is Crisis – The Trump administration has had to contend with an unprecedented number of crises, and spinning them is an ongoing preoccupation. In this era of splintered news media, how do you get the right message to the right people, and still stay on course? Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie discusses trying to govern during a PR crisis, Steve Brill hosts an Axios event on combatting fake news, and Steve Schmidt and Mark Fabiani, Bill Clinton’s advisor during the Whitewater scandal, both weigh in on how this White House is managing crises.
Trump Country – Celebrated Republican political strategist Steve Schmidt joins John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon and Alex Wagner as a guest host this week. From the industrial heartland to the Mountain West, and from the far North to the deep South, the team assesses Trump’s impact on the national political climate, campaigns and candidates from both parties.
Man of the World – Mike Pompeo’s nomination for Secretary of State; and state visits by French president Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel are discussed. Also: former state department official Wendy Sherman on the Iran nuclear deal; Muslim Association of Hawaii imam Ismail Elshikh on President Trump’s travel ban.
The Looking Glass War – The United States and Russia are locked in a dangerous new standoff. From Facebook and meddling in the 2016 election, to alleged poisoning attacks, to the war in Syria, Russia is the dominant force in our news cycle. John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon and new host Alex Wagner examine America’s new Cold War with Russia and where it’s leading. Season Premiere.