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Matt Mackowiak's Mack On Politics

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Smart political talk every week from Austin, Texas political consultant Matt Mackowiak, who has served in senior roles for two U.S. Senators and the Bush administration.

Latest Episodes

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

The Trump White House is the subject of the 255th episode.Our guest is former Trump White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, author of the new bestseller, “Speaking for Myself”.In this episode we discuss how she approached writing a memoir, a secret trip to Iraq on Christmas in 2018, what President Trump is really like, what she thinks about diplomatic efforts with North Korea, how she views the current media landscape, where she thinks the 2020 presidential race stands, why she thinks the debates will matter more than usual, and what lies ahead for her future.

36 min11 h ago
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Sarah Huckabee Sanders

U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO)

For our 254th episode, we check in with U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO), who is co-author of a new book, “Capitol of Freedom: Restoring American Greatness”. In this episode we discuss why he wrote the book and what he sees in the left’s efforts to change our Constitution, why he wrote a letter to DOJ about the funding of rioters in our cities, why he thinks Big Tech companies constitute a modern-day monopoly, and how he sees the 2020 election shaping up.

20 min1 w ago
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U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO)

U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

The U.S. Senate and the 2020 election are the subject of the 253rd episode. Our guest is U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), author of the new book, “The Mind of a Conservative Woman: Seeking the Best for Family and Country”. In this conversation we look back to August recess and the RNC convention, and look forward to the 2020 election, why she wrote this book, how the issue of abortion is viewed by women, why the Senate has devoted so much time to confirming judges, what she wants to see in the next COVID relief bill, why Nashville is a boomtown, and what she’s learned serving in the U.S. Senate.

34 min2 w ago
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U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) Returns

The GOP convention is the subject of the 252nd episode. Our returning guest is Congressman Jim Banks (R-IN). In this conversation we examine the convention’s political impact, discuss President Trump’s speech which he witnessed at the White House, dig into new legislation he is proposing related to riots in our cities, explore whether violent riots could be classified as terrorism, and look ahead to legislative battles on COVID relief and government spending.

26 min3 w ago
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U.S. Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) Returns

Karen Tumulty

The 2020 race and the Democratic National Convention are the topics of the 201st episode. Our guest is Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty. In this conversation we look back at the Democratic Convention, evaluate speeches by Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Kamala Harris and Joe Biden, look forward to the GOP convention, discuss the upcoming debates, and preview her new biography of Nancy Reagan.

29 minAUG 22
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Karen Tumulty

Former Governor Scott Walker

Wisconsin is the subject of our 200th (!) episode. Our guest is former two-term Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker. In this episode we explore the battleground status of his state for 2020, his thoughts on Biden’s VP choice, how he sees the economy rebounding, whether there are echoes to the violence in our cities and what he saw as Governor, whether the debates will decide the election, and what he is up to now.

28 minAUG 15
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Former Governor Scott Walker

John Yoo

The Constitution is the subject of the 199th episode. Our guest is UC-Berkeley law professor, Hoover Institution fellow and author John Yoo, whose new book is, “Defender in Chief: Donald Trump’s Fight for Presidential Power”. In this conversation we begin with our guest’s revelation that he just walked out of the Oval Office before our interview. Then we discussed his career, the Supreme Court’s DACA decision, the central thesis of his new book, rioting in American cities, his memo on enhanced interrogation during the Bush years, and what he makes of recent Supreme Court decisions.

36 minAUG 3
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John Yoo

Gov. Larry Hogan (R-MD)

Overcoming obstacles is the subject of the 198th episode.Our guest is Gov. Larry Hogan (R-MD), the co-author of the new book, “Still Standing: Surviving Cancer, Riots, a Global Pandemic, and the Toxic Politics that Divide America”. In this conversation we examine why he wrote a memoir and how he did it with his very busy day job, what it’s like to run as a Republican in Maryland, how he overcame challenges like his business going bankrupt and surviving cancer, and how he’s led during riots and a global pandemic. Finally, we explore whether his governing model is one that could work nationally.

30 minJUL 31
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Gov. Larry Hogan (R-MD)

The Return of John Solomon

John Solomon is our returning guest for the 197th episode. John is the co-author of the new book, “Fallout: Nuclear Bribes, Russian Spies, and the Washington Lies that Enriched the Clinton and Biden Dynasties”. In this conversation, we explore the purpose of the book, what the central revelation is, how Uranium sales and Ukraine fit in, what he’s learned about the Steele Dossier, what his reporting has found about Roger Stone, George Papadopoulos and Carter Page, what he expected from the Durham Report, what questions he still has about the false Russian collusion story, how he answers his critics, and why he started his own news site.

40 minJUL 23
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The Return of John Solomon

Alireza Jafarzadeh

Iran is the subject of our 196th episode. Our guest is Alireza Jafarzadeh, deputy director in the US Representative office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NRCI), their parliament-in-exile. In this conversation we examine how Iran is doing economically and with the coronavirus, how ending the Iran Deal has changed things, what life is like for the average Iranian, what NCRI hopes to accomplish with the Free Iran Summit on July 17, and how Iran will become a free country in the future.

27 minJUL 11
Comments
Alireza Jafarzadeh

Latest Episodes

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

The Trump White House is the subject of the 255th episode.Our guest is former Trump White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, author of the new bestseller, “Speaking for Myself”.In this episode we discuss how she approached writing a memoir, a secret trip to Iraq on Christmas in 2018, what President Trump is really like, what she thinks about diplomatic efforts with North Korea, how she views the current media landscape, where she thinks the 2020 presidential race stands, why she thinks the debates will matter more than usual, and what lies ahead for her future.

36 min11 h ago
Comments
Sarah Huckabee Sanders

U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO)

For our 254th episode, we check in with U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO), who is co-author of a new book, “Capitol of Freedom: Restoring American Greatness”. In this episode we discuss why he wrote the book and what he sees in the left’s efforts to change our Constitution, why he wrote a letter to DOJ about the funding of rioters in our cities, why he thinks Big Tech companies constitute a modern-day monopoly, and how he sees the 2020 election shaping up.

20 min1 w ago
Comments
U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO)

U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

The U.S. Senate and the 2020 election are the subject of the 253rd episode. Our guest is U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), author of the new book, “The Mind of a Conservative Woman: Seeking the Best for Family and Country”. In this conversation we look back to August recess and the RNC convention, and look forward to the 2020 election, why she wrote this book, how the issue of abortion is viewed by women, why the Senate has devoted so much time to confirming judges, what she wants to see in the next COVID relief bill, why Nashville is a boomtown, and what she’s learned serving in the U.S. Senate.

34 min2 w ago
Comments
U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) Returns

The GOP convention is the subject of the 252nd episode. Our returning guest is Congressman Jim Banks (R-IN). In this conversation we examine the convention’s political impact, discuss President Trump’s speech which he witnessed at the White House, dig into new legislation he is proposing related to riots in our cities, explore whether violent riots could be classified as terrorism, and look ahead to legislative battles on COVID relief and government spending.

26 min3 w ago
Comments
U.S. Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) Returns

Karen Tumulty

The 2020 race and the Democratic National Convention are the topics of the 201st episode. Our guest is Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty. In this conversation we look back at the Democratic Convention, evaluate speeches by Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Kamala Harris and Joe Biden, look forward to the GOP convention, discuss the upcoming debates, and preview her new biography of Nancy Reagan.

29 minAUG 22
Comments
Karen Tumulty

Former Governor Scott Walker

Wisconsin is the subject of our 200th (!) episode. Our guest is former two-term Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker. In this episode we explore the battleground status of his state for 2020, his thoughts on Biden’s VP choice, how he sees the economy rebounding, whether there are echoes to the violence in our cities and what he saw as Governor, whether the debates will decide the election, and what he is up to now.

28 minAUG 15
Comments
Former Governor Scott Walker

John Yoo

The Constitution is the subject of the 199th episode. Our guest is UC-Berkeley law professor, Hoover Institution fellow and author John Yoo, whose new book is, “Defender in Chief: Donald Trump’s Fight for Presidential Power”. In this conversation we begin with our guest’s revelation that he just walked out of the Oval Office before our interview. Then we discussed his career, the Supreme Court’s DACA decision, the central thesis of his new book, rioting in American cities, his memo on enhanced interrogation during the Bush years, and what he makes of recent Supreme Court decisions.

36 minAUG 3
Comments
John Yoo

Gov. Larry Hogan (R-MD)

Overcoming obstacles is the subject of the 198th episode.Our guest is Gov. Larry Hogan (R-MD), the co-author of the new book, “Still Standing: Surviving Cancer, Riots, a Global Pandemic, and the Toxic Politics that Divide America”. In this conversation we examine why he wrote a memoir and how he did it with his very busy day job, what it’s like to run as a Republican in Maryland, how he overcame challenges like his business going bankrupt and surviving cancer, and how he’s led during riots and a global pandemic. Finally, we explore whether his governing model is one that could work nationally.

30 minJUL 31
Comments
Gov. Larry Hogan (R-MD)

The Return of John Solomon

John Solomon is our returning guest for the 197th episode. John is the co-author of the new book, “Fallout: Nuclear Bribes, Russian Spies, and the Washington Lies that Enriched the Clinton and Biden Dynasties”. In this conversation, we explore the purpose of the book, what the central revelation is, how Uranium sales and Ukraine fit in, what he’s learned about the Steele Dossier, what his reporting has found about Roger Stone, George Papadopoulos and Carter Page, what he expected from the Durham Report, what questions he still has about the false Russian collusion story, how he answers his critics, and why he started his own news site.

40 minJUL 23
Comments
The Return of John Solomon

Alireza Jafarzadeh

Iran is the subject of our 196th episode. Our guest is Alireza Jafarzadeh, deputy director in the US Representative office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NRCI), their parliament-in-exile. In this conversation we examine how Iran is doing economically and with the coronavirus, how ending the Iran Deal has changed things, what life is like for the average Iranian, what NCRI hopes to accomplish with the Free Iran Summit on July 17, and how Iran will become a free country in the future.

27 minJUL 11
Comments
Alireza Jafarzadeh
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