Welcome to a Special Edition of Words Matter – Joe previews the first Democratic debates held this week on MSNBC in Miami. 20 candidates, 5 moderators, 4 hours total. The Moderators will be Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie, Chuck Todd, Rachel Maddow and José Díaz-Balart. The first group of 10 appearing on Wednesday: · Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey · Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts · Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas · Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota · Former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland · Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii · Former Housing Secretary Julián Castro · Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio · New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio · Washington Gov. Jay Inslee The second group of 10 appearing on Thursday: · Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont · Sen. Kamala Harris of California · Former Vice President Joe Biden · Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana · Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado · Author Marianne Williamson · Rep. Eric Swalwell of California · Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York · Entrepreneur Andrew Yang · Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado. To qualify, candidates had to receive more than 65,000 individual donations — including from 200 unique donors per state in at least 20 states — or at least 1 percent in three polls approved by the Democratic National Committee. More than a dozen candidates crossed both thresholds, with at least 20 hitting at least one of them.
Peter Baker - New York Times Chief White House Correspondent
This week Katie and Joe sit down with award winning author and the Chief White House Correspondent for the
SPECIAL: The Legacy of Sarah Sanders
Katie and Joe discuss the legacy of outgoing White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. Joe explains how damaging Sanders decision to end the White House press briefings has been and what is needed from the next Press Secretary to repair that damage.
The Changing Media Landscape - Margaret Sullivan
Would Congressional impeachment hearings have the same impact as they did during Watergate? Washington Post media critic Margaret Sullivan talks to Katie and Joe about how the media landscape has changed and how it is far more difficult to have an impact with voters and the American people.
Words Matter Library: Shannon Watts
Shannon Watts is the author of , one of the leading organizations for recruiting and training women to run for office.
American politics is undergoing seismic changes that will alter the course of history. Elise Jordan and Steve Schmidt have served at the highest levels in government, politics and media. They are two of the most articulate defenders of personal freedom, individual liberty and the rule of law. Their broad experience in government and Republican politics gives them a unique ability to explain recent events and place them in historic context. Together, with journalists, elected officials, policy-makers and thought-leaders, they will analyze the week's news and get at the real truth behind all the distracting headlines. New episodes released Mondays.
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