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Politics Podcast: Does Trump’s Mood Matter?

The Trump administration is coming off of a week of (seemingly) ad hoc policy announcements and a high-profile staff departure. So the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast team discusses how the Trump administration makes decisions and whether we learned anything from the past week. FiveThirtyEight’s Perry Bacon Jr. joins the crew to debate how much the president’s mood — a frequent topic in the media — actually matters. And FiveThirtyEight contributor Julia Azari weighs in on how scholars judge presidential achievement after Trump was ranked the worst president ever.

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Clare Malone is a former senior political writer for FiveThirtyEight.

Jody Avirgan hosts and produces podcasts for FiveThirtyEight.

Micah Cohen is FiveThirtyEight’s former managing editor.

Perry Bacon Jr. was a senior writer for FiveThirtyEight.

Julia Azari is an associate professor of political science at Marquette University. Her research interests include the American presidency, political parties and political rhetoric. She is the author of “Delivering the People’s Message: The Changing Politics of the Presidential Mandate.”