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Live From Houston: What Happened To George W. Bush’s GOP?

The Bushes, and in many ways Texas, shaped the identity of the Republican Party across three decades. In a live taping of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast in Houston, the crew discusses how and why the GOP has changed since the end of President George W. Bush’s tenure. Houston Chronicle columnist Erica Grieder also joins the conversation. Plus, the team drafts 2020 Democratic primary candidates and debates the meaning of Trump’s approval polling on the economy.

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Nate Silver is the founder and editor in chief of FiveThirtyEight.

Clare Malone is a former senior political writer for FiveThirtyEight.

Micah Cohen is FiveThirtyEight’s former managing editor.