Welcome to Trial Balloon, a weekly podcast from Chris Riback and Taegan Goddard.

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Latest Episodes

DeSantis Debacle

Gov. Ron DeSantis' campaign launch on Twitter Spaces had all the appeal of a glitchy conference call. And the debt ceiling looms.Some links:DeSantis Blows Up on the La...

Trump and the Battle for the Suburbs

Donald Trump's town hall and how abortion rights and immigration will play in the suburbs. Some links:Why Team Biden Was ‘Positively Giddy’ Last NightCNN Tried to Make...

A Modern Day Rosa Parks?

We take questions on the debt ceiling showdown, the possibility of a John Roberts power move at the Supreme Court and whether there is a modern day Rosa Parks out ther...

Boxed In

Donald Trump, the Republican Party and Fox News have one thing in common: They're all boxed in. Some links we discuss:How to Make Trump Go AwayTrump Desperately Tries ...

A Walk Down Memory Lane

Before Political Wire and before Chris Riback's Newsletter -- in the very early days of the internet -- there was Political Insider. Meanwhile, an economic civil war h...

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