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Rachael Bade

Rachael Bade is a 10-year veteran of the congressional press corps, where her stories illuminated the power struggles and personal dynamics animating the major policy clashes of Capitol Hill. She spent the past two years covering House Democrats' oversight of the Trump Administration for The Washington Post, where she routinely broke news on the party's attempts to hold the president accountable as well as the historic impeachment effort.

She is currently writing a book, "A Perfect Phone Call," for HarperCollins' William Morrow publishing house about how and why the move to oust Trump failed. Before joining the Post in early 2019, Rachael covered Congress for POLITICO, where she spent six years of her journalism career. From her vantage point on the Hill, she chronicled President Trump's remaking of the GOP, churning out stories with behind-the-scenes details about the struggle between pro-Trump lawmakers and those fearful of the new direction of the party.

Rachael is a political analyst for CNN and has also appeared on CBS's "Face the Nation," ABC's "This Week" and Fox News' "Fox News Sunday." A small-town, Ohio-native, she graduated from the University of Dayton with degrees in political science and communication and is a former classical ballet dancer.

Most Recent Appearances

  • February 12, 2021
    House impeachment managers presented their case against former President Trump this week alleging that Trump’s incited the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th.
  • February 2, 2018
    After President Trump authorized the release of a previously classified memo alleging the FBI and the Justice Department abused the government’s surveillance powers, the panelists discussed the aftermath and what the consequences of a White House at

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