PoliticsSunday 04.17.22

The War in Ukraine Echoes History’s Cuban Missile Crisis

John Heilemann talks with Michael Beschloss, NBC News Presidential Historian, host of Fireside History with Michael Beschloss on Peacock/MSNBC, and author of ten books focusing on occupants of the Oval Office – including Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson. Beschloss reflects on one of his earliest political memories, John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech announcing the discovery of Soviet missiles in Cuba, and the lessons to be drawn from Kennedy’s handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis – as the world once again faces the risk of Russia deploying nuclear weapons. Tune in to the full episode to hear about Biden’s dismal polling and domestic woes, the historic dimensions of Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, along with Mitch McConnell’s hint that, if Republicans take control of the Senate in 2022, he might take the unprecedented step of denying Biden the opportunity to put another justice -- any justice, under any circumstances -- to SCOTUS.

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