Colorado Springs and how Democrats and Republicans are talking about abortion.

How GOP Candidates Are Tiptoeing Around Abortion and Democrats Are Coming Out Swinging

How GOP Candidates Are Tiptoeing Around Abortion and Democrats Are Coming Out Swinging

The crazed culture of politics.
Dec. 1 2015 4:40 PM

Avoiding the Doo-Doo Smears

Discussing poisonous language, the Colorado Springs shooting, and GOP candidates.

Ted Cruz
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) waits for the start of Loretta Lynch's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee January 28, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images.

Listen to Episode 28 of Podcast for America!


Podcast for America is your inside look at the lamentable pageantry that is a presidential campaign cycle. Your hosts are Annie Lowrey of New York magazine, Alex Wagner of MSNBC, and Mark Leibovich, national correspondent for New York Times Magazine.

This week, New York magazine’s Rebecca Traister joins the show to talk about how GOP presidential candidates’ language may have contributed to a poisonous atmosphere before the shooting in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and how Democrats have come out swinging about abortion rights.

Then, it’s Trump time yet again: We recount Donald Trump’s latest outrageous claims and insults but fail to issue the apology he’s requested from the media.

And we catch up with Sen. Ted Cruz, who, while on the campaign trail, is telling Americans about his favorite scenes from The Princess Bride. No, really.

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Mark Leibovich is the chief national correspondent for New York Times Magazine and the author of This Town and Big Game.

Annie Lowrey is a contributing editor at the Atlantic.

Alex Wagner is the host of MSNBC’s Now With Alex Wagner.