John Heilemann is co-managing editor of Bloomberg Politics. He has covered politics, business, and their intersection for twenty-five years in America and abroad. A regular contributor to MSNBC's Morning Joe, he is the co-author of the runaway international bestsellers Game Change and Double Down, on the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, respectively.
The popular entertainer finally gets it all off his chest—Trump, Clinton, Sanders, and taco bowls—discussing “that Mexican thing” with John Heilemann and Will Leitch.
One of the more formative memories for any American hip-hop aficionado of a certain age is the emergence of Yo! MTV Raps. The show suddenly brought the streets to the suburbs and raised a social consciousness all around the U.S.
On this week’s “Culture Caucus” podcast, a discussion of the state of our democracy in the final days of an historic, head-spinning campaign. (And the Chicago Cubs.)
This week Will Leitch and John Heilemann are joined by Variety media critic Maureen Ryan to discuss how "Saturday Night Live" and the rest of late night comedy have faired during the campaign.
On this week’s <em>Culture Caucus</em> podcast, the actor who plays King George in <em>Hamilton </em>gives a thespian’s view of how Clinton and Trump held up in front of the camera at the first presidential debate.
The NFL is a league that has always been focused on order, power, and control. Players are meant, mostly, to be anonymous, interchangeable, and above all, compliant. This is a league, after all, where all the players have masks and non-guaranteed contracts. It's also a league that, for all its issues of the last few seasons, has mostly been able to stay out of the culture wars. But all that changed in a preseason game last month, when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided not
The 12th episode of the "Culture Caucus" podcast dissects the oddities of the Republican National Convention, and discusses the spectacle with director Jay Roach.
This story of the O.J. Simpson trial—and of our culture’s fascination with it at the time—touches on many of the prominent issues Americans are wrestling with in 2016.
The conservative editor of the <em>Weekly Standard</em> has been searching for a candidate to challenge Trump and Clinton in the general election.
Perhaps no high-profile political campaign has exploded with such ferocious tabloid force as Anthony Weiner's 2013 New York City mayoral run. Forced to resign from Congress after his notorious 2011 Twitpic scandal, Weiner, with the assistance of his wife, longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, ran for mayor in part to bring his family "back to normal." But what happened next was anything but: Accusations of more Weiner photos, the emergence of Sydney Leathers and a good old-fashioned New Yor
In the ninth episode of the <em>Culture Caucus</em> podcast, John Heilemann and Will Leitch mourn Prince’s death—and marvel at the breadth and magnitude of its impact—with music writer Lizzy Goodman.
In the eighth episode of the <em>Culture Caucus</em> podcast, John Heilemann and Will Leitch discuss the obligations of docudramas: Do they have to stick to the historical record?
Does baseball’s current cultural conflict mirror the forces behind Donald Trump’s campaign?
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This election cycle has wrought something entirely new in the interconnected worlds of campaigning and political reporting.
The fourth episode of our <em>Culture Caucus</em> podcast observes that celebrities in the Obama White House are most often from the music industry, or the world of sports. We also interview A.O. Scott, the <em>New York Times</em> film critic and author of the new book <em>Better Living Through Criticism</em>.
The third episode of the Culture Caucus podcast looks at places where politics cross with sports.
As populist anger fuels the surging campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, a look at <em>The Big Short</em>, a movie that, finally, seems to capture Americans’ real feelings about Wall Street. Plus an interview with Brian Koppelman of Showtime's <em>Billions.</em>
With primary season almost upon us, we’re taking a look at the election through the prism of pop culture. In the first episode of our new biweekly podcast, we wonder: In a post-Jon-Stewart world, who’s setting the late-night political agenda? And which presidential candidates are using technology to best effect?
It was even worse than it looked.
Top aides Tad Devine and Jeff Weaver lay out his path to victory. Step one: Take the gloves off.
Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's autocratic ways in limiting the number of primary debates, insiders say, alienated many of her colleagues. And the problem may get worse.
Simply put, the Democratic front-runner put her competition to shame.
The director of the new film “He Named Me Malala” describes his inspiration.
Fiorina broke through and Trump got hammered—and at the Reagan Library debate, the GOP establishment failed to get the race under control.
If the vice president does decide to run against Hillary Clinton, the benefits of landing Robert Wolf would be many.
The Democratic front-runner appears to have learned from her defeat, with one notable exception.
Why Donald Trump being Donald Trump is a problem, why Jeb Bush is lucky to be a Bush, and how Carly Fiorina broke through from the undercard to the main event.
The vice president's emotion-laden impulses may lead him to challenge Hillary Clinton, no matter how stark the electoral realities are.
His fans like him, admire him, rise to his defense quickly and instinctively, and speak of him in terms that would be the envy of any candidate for any office.
Can he overcome his late start to churn the virtuous cycle of polls, fundraising, and news coverage?
Can he sustain his status as a crossover conservative if he continues to let his rightward moves on cultural issues obscure his desire to focus on economics and national security?
He brings a Bob Kerrey-esque existential fearlessness about taking on the Clinton machine, but can he climb over Sanders and O'Malley?
He may be the most charismatic campaigner in the race—but are Bridgegate, his state's economy, and his temper too much to overcome?
He's smart, tough, and conservative enough for the GOP right—but the big mo has been in the wrong direction.
After previous flirtations, the real-estate mogul says that this time, he's running for the White House.
He's got the money and connections, but can he persuade Republicans that a man named Bush can defeat a woman named Clinton?
The longest-serving governor in Texas history comes back for another try at the White House.
The former Rhode Island governor has been a Republican and an independent—and now he's seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.
Breaking down the South Carolina senator's bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
Analyzing the former Maryland governor’s candidacy, point by point.
After considering a presidential run in previous cycles, the former New York governor takes the plunge.
Mark Halperin and John Heilemann analyze his candidacy, point by point.
The former Arkansas governor and Fox News host kicks off a second run for the Republican nomination.
The retired neurosurgeon enters the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
The former Hewlett-Packard CEO steps into a crowded Republican field.
The <em>Hustler</em> honcho has long supported Democrats—and thinks Clinton could get a chance to shift the balance of the Supreme Court.
Mark Halperin and John Heilemann analyze the Vermont senator's strengths and weaknesses as a presidential candidate.
The case for America’s completely secular High Holiday.
The Florida senator is running for president.
Mark Halperin and John Heilemann analyze the Clinton candidacy in 22 points.
Mark Halperin and John Heilemann analyze the Rand candidacy in 22 points.
Watch Pimm Fox quiz Mark Halperin and John Heilemann on the burning multiple-choice questions of the moment.
John Heilemann gets a read on which California Democrats are ready for the political major leagues.
The election is two years away, but make no mistake: An inauguration took place this week.