Political Persuasions

Join talk show host Mike O'Meara and top Washington journalist and former CNN on-air investigative correspondent Chris Frates as they talk news, analyze politics, and have a little fun.
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Feb 7, 2019

All eyes are on Virginia and the dumpster fire that is the governorship; this week, Mike & Frates break it down. Plus... an analysis of the SOTU (Chris has a secret), a Warren misstep, and Mike learns a word.

Jan 31, 2019

The government is back open for three weeks: will anything change? Plus, Mike has chosen a candidate to back, defining healthcare as a right or a business, and Frates explains why Trump losing would benefit many people.

Jan 24, 2019

As the government furlough continues, Mike and Frates continue to discuss how important it is for it to end. Pelosi gets a win, bullies are confronted, and Chris busts out some William Henry Harrison trivia. Tune in.

Jan 18, 2019

 The government shutdown continues! Will it ever stop? Plus, Mike and Frates discuss political stunting, the return of dignity, and our president, the caterer.

Jan 10, 2019

Mike and Frates are back for 2019! This week, they talk about how "The Art Of The Deal" might need a new artist. Plus: the shutdown, lost mojo, Trump's slumps and bumps, and how does Mike really feel about Elizabeth Warren?

Dec 18, 2018

It's Christmas at Political Persuasions and there's joy in the air. Mike and Frates talk stock market blame, unsettled pessimism, a possible third party candidate, and the chance of a government shutdown. Oh, and yelling. Lots and lots of yelling.

Dec 13, 2018

Washington is falling apart and we're here to keep track of everything. Trump Vs. Pelosi and Schumer, Trump Vs. the law, Trump Vs his Chief of Staff and more!

Dec 6, 2018

This week, Mike & Frates discuss the GHWB funeral and our national day of mourning; will the feeling of civility continue? Plus: a tired nation, body language, and MBS (the story that won't go away).

Nov 29, 2018

As Mike and Chris celebrate the first anniversary of Political Persuasions (and the birthday of Frates), they examine Mike's process. Then, they analyze the power of Pelosi, the GM layoff, the way Trump is smart, and hollow promises.

Nov 15, 2018

This week, a healthy O'Meara and a sick Frates analyze the continuing Blue Wave from the recent election. Plus: CNN sues the White House, Michael Avenatti faces charges, and does "right and wrong" really matter anymore?

Nov 8, 2018

This week, Mike and Frates break down the election results from this week's midterms. Also, a journalist loses credentials just for doing his job and the Administration uses fakes the evidence to do it.

Nov 6, 2018

It's Election Day 2018 and Mike and Frates break down the midterm election state by state on this special edition of Political Persuasions.

Oct 25, 2018

This week, Mike and Frates discuss the the pipe bomb mailing situation and share nothing but facts. Plus, Chris drops some knowledge about Trump's refusal to use a secure phone. The Chinese and Russians might be listening but what will they really hear? All this and the latest election outlook today on Political Persuasions.

Oct 18, 2018

This week, Mike and Frates break down the Trump administration's views on money, morality, and murder. Plus, should we prepare for record turnouts at the polls, and is Trump trolling Elizabeth Warren?

Oct 12, 2018

This week Mike and Frates dissect the Kavanaugh confirmation and its effect on the electorate. Kanye is in the spotlight and the poll numbers are plentiful. Will there be a wager? Listen and linger.

Sep 26, 2018

This week, Mike and Chris preview the Kavanaugh/Ford hearing. Also, is our president a laughingstock? Plus, the mailbag is bursting at the seams, so we answer all your questions.

Sep 20, 2018

This week, Mike & Chris analyze the many layers of Dr. Ford and the Kavanaugh confirmation. Also, the Independent Dilemma, Beto O'Rourke, and Ron DeSantis keeps some interesting friends.

Sep 13, 2018

This week, Mike and Chris discuss the "Trump disconnect" and the politics of Florence. Also, they talk about a possible shift in the Senate, smarminess, and Mike's voting record.

Sep 6, 2018

Another bombshell week as a secret op-ed piece hits the streets, Mr. Trump calls Mr. Woodward, and Judge Kavanaugh sits in the hot seat. Come and enjoy the "palace intrigue"

Aug 30, 2018

Frates and Mike are back! They take some time to discuss the late John McCain and a life well lived. Also, will Florida's upcoming election serve as a preview for 2020? Plus, Chris gets a present (because he is loved).

Aug 16, 2018

This week, Frates and O’Meara discuss the possible fallout from the Manafort verdict. Plus, presidential styles, secret tapes, Trump vs. the press and Mr. Bannon made a movie.

Aug 9, 2018

It's Summertime in DC! Should we be on the lookout for a blue wave? Plus, Giuliani has conditions, "will he or won't he?", and Frates does a little journalistic preaching. 

Aug 2, 2018

We're breaking down the Tweet of the week! Should President Trump have asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end the Russia investigation? Plus, Trump is rolling back fuel economy standards and Chris talks about getting heckled by Trump supporters.

Jul 26, 2018

Today on Political Persuasions, special guest "Michael Cohen" stops by to discuss his secret tapes. Plus, the guys discuss Russia and why abolishing ICE is a bad idea.

Jul 19, 2018

This week, Mike and Frates review, break down, and analyze the Helsinki incident. Would you listen? Wouldn't you listen? Strange days, indeed.

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