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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May 31, 2018

This week, Mike and Frates break down the weird story of Roseanne's Tweet. Is racism on the rise? Mike is curious about Melania's whereabouts and your Tweets are back.

May 24, 2018

This week, Mike and Frates discuss the cancellation of the Singapore Summit and whether it will damage the Presidency more than Trump's rhetoric. They also analyze Spygate and the difference between "Fake News" and "News that Trump doesn't like". Plus: Can the truth actually work?

May 17, 2018

Happy anniversary to the Mueller investigation!  Mike and Frates take a "behind the scenes" look at TV appearances and theorize why our president never apologizes. Plus they examine which issues are looming over the 2018 midterms and why.

May 10, 2018

It's a good week for the President and he handles in a typical Trump style. There are ramifications of pulling out of the Iran deal, so what are the alternatives?  The Democratic party seems to lack a cohesive message, but they do have excitement. Don't trust generic ballots.

May 3, 2018

This week, Mike and Frates talk about the Rudy Giuliani bombshell and whether or not it was by design. Also, an angry doctor may be a talkative doctor and is it OK for a comedian to be funny?

Apr 26, 2018

This week, Mike and Frates discuss the importance of "pleasing the king". Mr. Cohen decides to take the Fifth and Mr. Trump has a new French friend. Plus, potheads on the Hill are blowing smoke.

Apr 19, 2018

This week, Mike and Frates discuss the possibility of President Trump succeeding in spite of himself. Barbara Bush is remembered and Sean Hannity is keeping some interesting company. The guys keep it civil because they don't get confused.

Apr 12, 2018

This week, Mike and Chris discuss why FBI raids are neither witch hunts, nor are the unprecedented. Sayonara Mr. Ryan! Also, Mark Zuckerberg wears a suit and Mike Pence be chillin.

Apr 5, 2018

On this week's episode, Mike sits, Chris stands, and they discuss "ethics" at the EPA. Is Sinclair using corporate branding or is it propaganda? Mark Zuckerberg takes some blame and the job market continues to shrink for journalists.

Mar 29, 2018

Mike and Chris discuss some odd hirings in the administration and if America is strong enough to survive them. What makes a credible porn star? Also, we spotlight a new song and talk about an unhappy FLOTUS.

Mar 22, 2018

Presidential leaks! Facebook data leaks! Comb overs vs. plugs! Another week, another woman! Plus, Anderson Cooper is winning.

Mar 15, 2018

This week, Mike & Chris discuss the Tillerson firing, reappointments, behavior patterns, yes men, distasteful behavior, Pennsylvania elections, and the Parkland protests.

Mar 8, 2018

Mike & Chris, back in studio... breaking down Hope Hicks, credibility, White House turnover, the "base", video games... and scandals.

Feb 22, 2018

Today... a kid-driven news cycle, town halls, votes vs. money, political messaging... and lots of your letters.

Feb 15, 2018

It's a supersized Political Persuasions as Mike & Chris go at it over the gun debate. Plus... the status of John Kelly... your mail... and watch Pruitt do it... in the front of a plane.

Feb 8, 2018

This week... a military parade? Plus... the neverending Nancy Pelosi, the Dreamers, simple economics, Hope Hicks, your letters... and Chris does an impression.

Feb 1, 2018

This week, Mike and Chris break down the SOTU, share some fun facts, the Nunes memo, and Joe Kennedy's lip. Plus... an energetic Mailbag!

Jan 25, 2018

This week, Mike & Chris discuss the "belly of the best"... deportations... Miller and Mueller... and election tampering.

Jan 18, 2018

Interesting times as the national discourse includes porn stars and S Holes! Plus, we get to know Chris... we examine the erosion of decency... and intellectual curiosity.

Jan 11, 2018

Political Persuasions is back for 2018... and Mike & Chris break down "Fire & Fury"... Plus: behind the scenes at the White House, campaign PTSD... and mental acuity.

Dec 21, 2017

Yuletide Political cheer as Mike and Chris break down the new tax bill, take a look a at the 2018 midterms, review possible judicial noms... and a new theme song.

Dec 14, 2017

Mike and Chris break down the Alabama Election, the accuracy of exit polls, Steve Bannon, and how (and why) Omarosa actually left the White House.

Dec 7, 2017

This week, Mike & Chris discuss the Franken resignation, jerusalem, reducing national monuments, under the radar legislation... and your Tweets.

Nov 29, 2017

It's the debut of the new Political Persuasions. Anchor Mike O'Meara partners up with Washington insider and journalist Chris Frates for a topical discussion of news and politics. In this episode, we get to know Chris and we discuss the President, tribalism and other news of the day.

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