Party Politics A political podcast from two smart guys providing you with up-to-date policy and politics for your next cocktail party, with hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer.
Party Politics

Party Politics

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A political podcast from two smart guys providing you with up-to-date policy and politics for your next cocktail party, with hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer.

Most Recent Episodes

107: Democratic debates

Party Politics is taking a quick break from summer hiatus to cover the most recent political events and breaking news in local and national politics. Co-host Brandon Rottinghaus is joined by guest co-host and fellow University of Houston Political Science professor Jerónimo Cortina, to analyze the first two rounds of the Democratic Presidential debates. Brandon and Jerónimo also update us on the most recent changes in the Texas Legislature and predict how these changes could... Read More

106: Trade Wars

This week on Party Politics, co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer analyze the multiple layers of the years-long trade war between President Donald Trump and China. Jay and Brandon discuss the logistics behind the trade talks and how China's raised taxes on U.S. imports will impact businesses and the American economy. Stay tuned towards the end of the show where Jay reveals a big announcement! NATIONAL TOPICS 2020 Presidential roundup Donald Trump Jr. to testify... Read More

105: Constitutional crisis

This week on Party Politics, co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer analyze the potential outcomes of the House Judiciary Committee's decision to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt after his refusal to comply with the Committee's subpoenas to provide documents related to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report. Jay and Brandon discuss the politics behind Trump evoking an Executive Privilege on all Mueller Report documentation, and explain why the Republican led Senate Intelligence Committee... Read More

104: Jon Lovett

104: Jon Lovett

This week on Party Politics, co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer are joined by a very special guest and "celebrated raconteur"! Former Obama speechwriter and Pod Save America host Jon Lovett discusses his take on the political climate going into the 2020 Presidential Election, and the strengths and weaknesses of the major Presidential candidates. Ahead of his live Houston show, Lovett shares his views on Texas politics, how humor continues to play a role in... Read More

103: Biden announcement

103: Biden announcement

After months of deliberation, former Vice President Joe Biden finally announced his decision to throw his hat in the ring for the 2020 Presidential Election. This week on Party Politics, co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer analyze who are the front runners for 2020 and discuss whether Biden has a real shot of winning the Democratic nomination. Jay and Brandon also discuss ideological shifts in the Democratic Party and how they could impact the 2020... Read More

102: Mueller Report

Following the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Party Politics co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer break down the redacted version of the report and discuss what the findings reveal about the investigation into the Trump campaign. Jay and Brandon analyze the takeaways and missing pieces of the report, and evaluate how it differs from Attorney General William Barr's summary. What comes next for the Trump... Read More

101: Border crisis

President Donald Trump is tightening his grip on immigration by proposing big policy changes, including cutting aid to Central America and a more aggressive stance against people seeking asylum. How will the Administration respond after a federal judge blocked his asylum proposal earlier this week? Co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer break down the resignation of Kirstjen Nielsen at the Department of Homeland Security and the politics of immigration policy. National topics 2020 Presidential roundup:... Read More

100: 100 Episodes

This week on Party Politics, we celebrate our 100th episode with a live podcast event recorded at the University of Houston's coffee shop The Nook. Co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer share their favorite moments from the past 100 episodes, including President Trump's greatest wins and losses since his inauguration. Brandon and Jay take questions from the audience, analyze the biggest shifts in American politics and the impact on our culture and society. They even... Read More

99: Mueller report

This week on Party Politics, co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer discuss the results of the most anticipated investigation since Watergate. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has delivered his report on Russian interference in the 2016 election to Attorney General William Barr. Brandon and Jay discuss the report and analyze the politics of the summary presented by the Attorney General. Will the public ever see the report? NATIONAL TOPICS -2020 Democratic Presidential candidate roundup -Supreme Court... Read More

98: Beto O'Rourke

This week on Party Politics, co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer break down the new realities of the presidential race as the Beto O'Rourke campaign ramps up. Jay and Brandon analyze O'Rourke's political leanings and discuss the challenges he faces as he takes on the other candidates who want to lead the Democratic ticket in 2020. Will O'Rourke's past come back to haunt him? Is he liberal, moderate, or progressive? How long can he dominate... Read More

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