Hexagon returns for 65th season of political satire

D.C.’s original musical political satire show, Hexagon, returns March 6-21 for its annual engagement at the Synetic Theatre in Crystal City, but traversing satire in the age of Trump and political correctness isn’t an easy job. Joe Kaplan and artistic director Jennifer Strand joined Jim Lokay and Tim Young on “The Final 5” to break down what to expect. For tickets: hexagon.org (discounted tickets using the promo code HEXAGON5)

New book revisits Trump pledge to “drain the swamp”

Two journalists from totally different backgrounds come together to offer a vivid look at Washington politics since President Trump’s election. One of them, The Daily Beast’s Asawin Suebsang, joined Jim on “The Final 5” to explain what went into “Sinking in the Swamp” and how it got it’s inspiration from the iconic movie “Goodfellas.”

Dems prepare for Nevada debate, Bloomberg effect

It is a busy week for Democrats in Nevada. On Wednesday, at least five candidates will debate ahead of Saturday’s caucuses. Michael Bloomberg remains a wild card, because while he’s not on the ballot, he may still take part in the debate. Jim breaks it down with Democratic strategist Spencer Critchley on The Final 5.

POTUS targets Sanders post-New Hampshire

After Sen. Bernie Sanders’ narrow victory in the New Hampshire primary, President Trump seems to be turning his sights on him as the presumptive Democratic front runner. Princeton University lecturer Dr. Lauren Wright joined Jim on “The Final 5” to explain what’s next in the 2020 race.

After caucus fiasco, New Hampshire next test for Dems

Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary is the first test for 2020 Dems at the ballot box. As Pete Buttigieg rides the momentum of a strong showing in Iowa, Boston Globe reporter Laura Krantz has been following his campaign on the ground in the Granite State. She joined Jim Lokay from New Hampshire on “The Final 5.”

Now that Trump is acquitted, what’s next?

President Trump’s acquittal won’t signal a sea change in Washington, but the vote revealed some interesting dynamics for senators and voters ahead of the 2020 election. Kelley Vlahos from the American Conservative joined Jim Lokay on The Final 5 to discuss.

As trial heads towards conclusion, what will the aftermath be?

President Trump appears headed to acquittal in his Senate impeachment trial, but not before a final fight on whether witnesses will be called. Democrat Kelly Gibson and Republican Tracy Dietz joined Jim on The Final 5 (with a bottle of pinot noir) to break down what the effect on the 2020 campaign will be.

Nevada becomes must-win for Dems, Republicans in 2020

Democrats have succeeded in flipping Nevada blue in recent years, with the state winning the governor’s mansion and both U.S. Senate seats, but President Trump and Republicans aren’t giving up on the state. Former Nevada GOP chair Amy Tarkanian joined Jim Lokay on The Final 5 to explain.

Gender on the ballot, and who’s paying most attention

The record Democratic 2020 field has winnowed down, but two female contenders are getting major attention after the New York Times’ joint endorsement. Amanda Hunter from the Barbara Lee Family Foundation joined Jim Lokay to weigh in, and offered new insight into who the most plugged-in constituencies are ahead of the 2020 election.

Last minute maneuvers as impeachment trial resumes

As President Trump’s trial picks up on Tuesday, Republicans are laying out the rules, and Democrats are raising objections. Alex Vogel, who served as chief counsel to former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, joined Jim Lokay on “The Final 5” to share what he expects as the trial resumes.

Dems face uphill battle in impeachment trial

When President Trump’s impeachment trial gets underway next month, the likelihood of winning a majority, let alone the required 67 votes for removal, is slim to none in the Republican-led chamber. So why are Democrats pushing ahead? Democratic analyst Ameshia Cross joined Jim on “The Final 5” to break down the strategy, and how new revelations about Ukraine could change the path ahead.

Dems scrap in last debate before first votes are cast

The latest Democratic debate pitted only six of the 12 candidates against each other in the faceoff before February‘s Iowa caucuses. Breaking down the winners and losers with Jim Lokay are Democratic strategists Kevin Walling and Troy Prestwood.

A contentious start to 2020 threatens New Years’ resolutions

“Experiment, don’t resolve” is the mantra of author Joseph Deitch. The author of “Elevate: An Essential Guide to Life” says too many New Years’ resolutions die off early, so he joined Jim Lokay on “The Final 5” with a list of ways to encourage personal exploration to prepare for a better 2020.

What’s next after Iran strikes back on U.S. interests in Iraq?

Iraq delivered on its vow to avenge the murder of a top general. While the rogue nation says it plans no further action against the U.S., the ball is in President Trump’s court. Jamil Jaffer, Founder and Executive Director of the National Security Institute at George Mason, joined Jim Lokay on “The Final 5” to talk about what could be next between the two nations.

Where did U.S., Iran tensions begin, and where are they headed?

Before the U.S.-ordered drone strike that killed General Soleimani, Defense Secretary Mark Esper had vowed "the game has changed" when it comes to relations with Iran. What led to the Baghdad embassy attack, and where does Congress stand on the use of military force? Kelley Vlahos from The American Conservative joined Jim on "The Final 5" to explain.

Talking politics at work can be costly to everyone, study says

A survey by the Society for Human Resource Management claims America’s workforce should check their politics at the door. Johnny Taylor, SHRM CEO, joined Jim Lokay on the Final 5 to reveal what a new study details, and the toll that divisive political talk is taking on companies across the country.