Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig

in conversation with Jacob Soberoff

Wednesday, February 24th

9:00 pm eastern/6:00 pm pacific

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Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig‘s bestseller, A Very Stable Genius, is the definitive insider narrative of Donald Trump’s unique presidency, one packed with shocking new reporting and insight.

Philip is the White House Bureau Chief at The Washington Post, leading its coverage of President Trump and his administration. He and a team of Post reporters won the Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Award for their reporting on Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. Rucker joined the Post in 2005 and previously has covered Congress, the Obama White House, and the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns. He serves as an on-air political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, and graduated from Yale University with a degree in history.

Carol Leonnig is a national investigative reporter at The Washington Post, where she has worked since 2000 and covers Donald Trump’s presidency and other subjects. She won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for her reporting on security failures and misconduct inside the Secret Service. She also was part of the Post teams awarded Pulitzers in 2017, for reporting on Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, and in 2014, for revealing the U.S. government’s secret, broad surveillance of Americans. Carol is also an on-air contributor to NBC News and MSNBC.

Jacob Soboroff is a correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. For his reporting on the child-separation policy, he received the 2019 Walter Cronkite Award for Individual Achievement by a National Journalist and the 2019 Hillman Prize for Broadcast Journalism. He has appeared on Today, Morning Joe, The Rachel Maddow Show, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and numerous other programs. He co-presented (with Katy Tur) the four-part event docuseries American Swamp on MSNBC. He lives in Los Angeles.

“This taut and terrifying book is among the most closely observed accounts of Donald J. Trump’s shambolic tenure in office to date.”

– Dwight Garner, The New York Times

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  • 5

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    What do you think the future of the GOP looks like, post Trump?

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    Your best guess: Which of the many cases being developed against Trump might finally stick? I’d love to see him held accountable, finally.

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    Why was Trump allowed to spin so FAR out of professional control — refusing to read briefs or educate himself on key issues; surrounding himself with completely inexperienced family members & “advisors;” conducting diplomatic meetings & phone calls without staff present — despite the apparent efforts of career civil servants & military veterans in his inner circle who seemingly attempted to course-correct him? Other than outright whistle-blowing, are there any mechanisms in place to prevent this kind of incompetence in the future?

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    Now that Trump has left office, have you reflected on what it was like to cover his administration?

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    The CIA has information signaling Russians hacked the 2016 presidential election. U.S. intelligence agencies have evidence pointing to Russia as the culprit for the massive computer breach of numerous U.S. government networks which started in 2019. Donald Trump has unreservedly denied this intel. Is it not untenable to posit Donald Trump has an affinity for Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russians? If not, then why is he “seemingly” showing more allegiance to Russia than the United States of America?

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    How difficult is it to “walk the fine line” between truth-telling and being subject to liable?

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    Some countries are now forcing social media companies (I use the term broadly) to pay for publishing news content from outside sources. Some companies (Facebook, Google) are agreeing to it, rather than being banned from operating in those countries. More countries are considering adopting this policy. What do you think about this?

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    That 74 million Americans voted to keep trump in office is shocking, dismaying, and disappointing. Do you think most of them supported or support the “Big Lie” about the election? How many of the 74 million are likely to have changed their minds about trump and no longer support him given the events of January 6th and now that the facts of that day were revealed during the impeachment trial?

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    While trying to make sense of the current political landscape I came across a piece that described people who considered themselves ‘sovereign’ and therefore not governed by any particular laws or having any community obligation, etc. In light of that possibility being one of the reasons that Trump, who most certainly behaves this way, has ignited a parallel universe that refuses the reality that so many of us are living in tandem…do you see any end to this madness?

  • 1

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    Do the authors plan to do a second Epilogue (or a “postlude,” or even a whole new book?) covering the reMARKable period from Nov. 3, 2020 to Jan. 20, 2021 (or even beyond)?

  • 1

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    Where do I find posted videos of Sunday February 7th. I was unable to join this discussion and would like to see the video. Please advise. Cathy Adams Cjlegal@gmail.com

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    Which authors do you find inspiration in? Who are you reading now?

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    Besides being a “very stable genius,” he also was a very “useful idiot.” He opened the floodgates for Q. Is there any investigation into who Q is and why is it so difficult to find out?

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    Besides being a very stable genius, he has also been a very useful idiot. Is there any investigation ongoing into who Q is? Why is it so difficult to find out?