Today’s podcast features an interview that first appeared on our sister podcast “The Right Side of History.” Co-host Jarrett Stepman speaks with presidential historian Tevi Troy about his most recent book “Fight House: Rivalries in the White House From Truman to Trump.”


Troy describes how rivalries and conflict on the president’s staff and Cabinet often have been instrumental in success or failure during an administration. The historian also addresses President Woodrow Wilson’s mismanagement of the Spanish flu pandemic of 1917.

We also cover these stories:


  • California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, says his state will assess an eventual coronavirus vaccine on its own.
  • A federal appeals court rules 12-3 in favor of North Carolina’s plan to allow ballots to be counted as long as they are postmarked by Nov. 3 and arrive before Nov. 12.
  • The maker of the pain medication OxyContin says it will plead guilty to federal charges as part of a settlement that includes over $8 billion in fines.



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