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Episode #264: Can “Minnesota Nice” Survive This Climate?

February 14th, 2019


With all the professional politicians and presidential hopefuls calling for Gov. Ralph Northam to step down in the wake of a race-based controversy, …

Episode #263: The State of Disunion

February 7th, 2019


There were so many things to see and watch for during President Trump’s State of the Union message Tuesday night:  his plan for the border wall, …

Episode #262: Grounds for Divorce — Schultz Brews Trouble for Dems

January 31st, 2019


Howard Schultz, the billionaire founder and former CEO of Starbucks attracted a lot of attention last Sunday when he said on “60 Minutes” that he was …

Episode #261: The Medium is the Message

January 24th, 2019


Episode #260: Let Them Eat Crap

January 17th, 2019


The government shutdown is now approaching a month.  Are we any closer to a deal?  Ken Walsh of doubts it.  He assesses the damage, both to the Republican Party and to the country.

We have a segment …

Episode #259: Shutdown in Washington, Starting Up in Iowa

January 10th, 2019


With so many inspiring stories about the record-breaking number of new women elected to Congress, why is everyone focusing on how Alexandria …

Episode #258: Shutting Down the Government … And Civility As Well

January 3rd, 2019


Episode #257: 2018 Remembrances Special

December 20th, 2018


Political analyst Stu Rothenberg and USA Today commentary editor Jill Lawrence join Ken to remember those in the political world who died this year — …

Episode #256: Where There’s Smock, There’s Firings

December 13th, 2018


The sentencing of Trump fixer Michael Cohen and the conclusions drawn by prosecutors about Paul Manafort have put the president closer to legal peril …

Episode #255: Kinder, Gentler, and a Complex Legacy

December 6th, 2018


We spend much of our show this week remembering the life and legacy of George Herbert Walker Bush.  His biographer, Jon Meacham, talks about what he learned from the 41st President in putting together his book.  And we …

Episode #254: The Toppled Front Runner

November 29th, 2018


For all the racial gaffes and unforced errors made by Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, she still managed to win Tuesday’s runoff.  Being a Republican in Ruby Red Mississippi certainly helped, and having President Trump campaign...

Episode #253: Thanksgiving Appetizers

November 21st, 2018


Thanksgiving is an opportunity to step back from the daily grind of the political cycle, away from the recriminations and finger-pointing, and enjoy …

Episode #252: Florida. Again.

November 15th, 2018


A week after the 2018 midterm elections and there’s still no shortage of uncertainty.  Susan MacManus of the University of South Florida reports on …

Episode #251: Not a Blue Wave, But a Purple Rain

November 8th, 2018


It’s finally over.  The 2018 midterms, with all its rancor and charges and bitterness, are over.  But if it’s a referendum on President Trump, what’s …

Episode #250: The 2018 Midterm Election Special

November 1st, 2018


It’s the Political Junkie Midterm Election Special:  What’s at stake on November 6th and what to look for.  We hear from: Republican strategist Vin …

Episode #249: The Washington Nationalist

October 25th, 2018


To put it mildly, presidents don’t always like the coverage they get in the press.  But never — not even with Nixon, or Obama, both of whom had less …

Episode #248: After Kavanaugh

October 18th, 2018


The president on CBS’ “60 Minutes” last Sunday was vintage Trump: combative, insistent and not willing to change his mind, even if the facts suggest …

Episode #247: Hearing Problems

October 4th, 2018


The drama and tension we saw last week during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court — beginning with emotional accusations against him by Christine Blasey...

Episode #246: Brett and Butter Issues

September 27th, 2018


While Washington is about to begin deciding the fate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the issue of his confirmation is playing out in campaigns across the country.  Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum of...

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Episode #245: Counting Down to the Midterms

September 20th, 2018


The primaries — which began in Texas in March and ended last week in New York — have produced some interesting stories, fascinating characters and …

Episode #244: 44 Takes On 45

September 13th, 2018


A lot of fireworks and pent-up anger last week during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  But, as Robert Barnes of the Washington Post points out, were any...

Episode #243: Super News for Berniecrats, Super Memories from Joe Lieberman

September 6th, 2018


One of the main complaints Democratic Party leaders heard from Bernie Sanders supporters in 2016 was the outsized influence of superdelegates — those elected officials and other party bigwigs who were automatic …

Episode #242: Senator, Maverick, Patriot

August 30th, 2018


We remember the life, career, and legacy of John McCain, the Arizona Republican senator who died last Saturday at the age of 81.  We speak with four …

Episode #241: Left Turn in Mass., Right Turn in Fla., A Turnaround in N.Y.

August 16th, 2018


Chris Collins was a leading Republican congressman from New York, the first GOP House member to endorse Donald Trump in 2016.  But his arrest last …

Episode #240: A Harbinger for November?

August 9th, 2018


The special congressional election in Ohio’s 12th District is still too close to call. But just the fact that a Democrat almost won this longstanding …

Episode #239: Our Collusion Delusion Confusion

August 2nd, 2018


The “impeach Rod Rosenstein” effort is going nowhere, to no surprise, but that hardly means conservatives in the House Republican conference are …

Episode #238: Rohrabacher, Russia Backer?

July 26th, 2018


The victory of Democrat Conor Lamb in a solidly Republican House seat in Pennsylvania earlier this year brought national headlines.  Could the same …

Episode #237: To Russia with Love

July 19th, 2018


The almost surreal news conference in Helsinki between President Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin was the big story of the week, and we’ve got it covered.  Amanda Sloat of the Brookings Institution reviews Trump’s...

Episode #236: Kavanaugh Comes A-Courtin’

July 12th, 2018


President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to succeed Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court has given the president his second chance to move the court in a more conservative direction.  Burgess Everett...

Episode #235: Reshaping The Court … Again

June 28th, 2018


The announcement by Anthony Kennedy, the crucial “swing” justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, that is retiring has sent shock waves through both parties.  And the battle to confirm President Trump’s nominee to succeed...

Episode #234: Zero Tolerance

June 21st, 2018


Faced with a losing political argument on “zero tolerance” and the separation of children from the parents who enter the U.S. illegally, President …

Episode #233: Pulling Rank in Maine

June 14th, 2018


Maine tried something this week that has never been tried before.  It became the first to hold a statewide primary using a system called “ranked …

Episode #232: Buy Me Some Primaries and Cracker Jack

June 7th, 2018


It was a big primary night Tuesday in California, and KQED’s Scott Shafer has all the key results.  The big takeaway: Democrats didn’t get shut out …

Episode #231: Trick or Tweet

May 31st, 2018


After a week’s absence, the primaries return next Tuesday.  Nathan Gonzales of Inside Elections previews the contests in seven states, most notably …

Episode #230: 1968 — The Voters Have Their Say

May 24th, 2018


As the 1968 presidential candidates left their conventions and moved into the general election, the nation was watching to see what would happen.  …

Episode #229: All In The Family

May 17th, 2018


Sunday was Mother’s Day, and so we picked this week to spread some family love by playing some of our favorite segments from past broadcasts. We hear …

Episode #228: When The Blankenship Hit The Fan

May 10th, 2018


He disavowed both the Iran nuclear deal that Obama put together, as well as the comments his new attorney Rudy Giuliani said on the TV talk shows.  …

Episode #227: The Reporters Who Cried Wolf

May 3rd, 2018


After a month’s lapse, the primaries return next Tuesday, in Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana and North Carolina.  One big race everyone is watching is …

Episode #226: 1968 — A Party Divided

April 26th, 2018


A half-century later, 1968 remains etched in our collective memory, a year of tremendous hope and utter tragedy.  This week we take the second of …

Episode #225: Republicans On The Run

April 19th, 2018


Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision to retire after this year and endorse Kevin McCarthy as his successor normally would mean that the California Republican …

Episode #224: The Speaker Has Spoken

April 12th, 2018


President Trump has never been shy about expressing his thoughts regarding the investigation into his 2016 campaign … and whether (1) Russia played a …

Episode #223: He Had A Dream

April 5th, 2018


Fifty years since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, and what have we learned?  What lessons has he taught us — and what lessons were …

Episode #222: 1968 — Turbulence and Tragedy

March 29th, 2018


A half-century later, 1968 remains etched in our collective memory, a year of tremendous hope and utter tragedy.  This week we take the first of …

Episode #221: Barack to the Future

March 22nd, 2018


So what’s the lesson to be learned from the Republican loss in Pennsylvania’s 18th District special election?  Jack Pitney of Claremont McKenna …

Episode #220: Lamb Chops the GOP

March 15th, 2018


It’s a solidly Republican district that both Donald Trump and Mitt Romney easily carried.  The previous Republican congressman was considered so …

Episode #219: And The Oscar Goes To…

March 8th, 2018


It appears that for all the angst over how to respond to the latest mass shootings, this time in Parkland, Florida, Congress is not in any hurry to …

Episode #218: On Guns, Does Anything Change?

March 1st, 2018


The latest incident of gun violence has led to the predictable debate about what Congress can, and will, do.  Harry Wilson of Roanoke College reminds …

Episode #217: The Lines Are Drawn in Pennsylvania

February 22nd, 2018


The new congressional map drawn by the Democratic-controlled Pennsylvania Supreme Court may not only abolish the Republican-drawn gerrymander that’s …

Episode #216: Kelly On The Ropes

February 15th, 2018


There have been many crises and mini-crises in the Trump White House, but usually they seem to vanish pretty quickly … as new ones pop up.  But the …

Episode #215: One Dare Call It Treason

February 8th, 2018


There doesn’t seem to be any letting up in the war between Democrats and Republicans in the House over the propriety of the investigation into President Trump and Russia.  Republicans on the House Intelligence...

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