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Essential political news, analysis and history with veteran political analyst Ken Rudin.

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Episode #370: Texas Hold ‘Em? First You Gotta Catch ‘Em.

July 18th, 2021


Abby Livingston of the Texas Tribune talks about the decision made by Texas House Democrats to flee the state in order to stymie GOP efforts to pass restrictive voting rights bills.

Edwin Edwards, the former four-term …

Episode #369: Mike Gravel And Acts Of Civil Disobedience

June 30th, 2021


Mike Gravel, the former Alaska senator who read excerpts of the Pentagon Papers on the Senate floor in 1971, died this week at the age of 91.  Back …

Episode #368: Before ‘Enemy Of The People,’ There Was A Horsewhip Committee

June 26th, 2021


Christine Chabot of Loyola University weighs the arguments of getting Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire early, before Republicans have a …

Episode #367: Heroes And Villains

June 10th, 2021


Nick Fandos of the New York Times discusses the role being played by Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat whose opposition to altering the …

Episode #366: Taylor-Made For The Senate

May 30th, 2021


We replay a 2018 interview we held with former Virginia Sen. John Warner, who died this week.  Warner talks not only about his controversial “not guilty” vote during the Clinton impeachment trial, but his entire career …

Episode #365: Fighting For A New GOP. And A Different California.

May 21st, 2021


Barbara Comstock, a former Republican member of Congress from Virginia, talks about the dumping of Liz Cheney from the House GOP leadership and the hope of moving the party away from the clutches of Donald Trump.


Episode #364: Liz Cheney And The Party Of Intolerance

May 7th, 2021


Liz Cheney, the House Republican congresswoman from Wyoming who is her party’s third-ranking House member, has made it a habit of standing up to Donald Trump’s lies and misstatements about the validity of the 2020 …

Episode #363: Walter Mondale Fought The Good Fight

April 23rd, 2021


With Walter Mondale’s death last Monday, at the age of 93, we thought this would be a good time to replay our interview with the former vice …

Episode #362: Remembering Roger Mudd

March 13th, 2021


New York’s Andrew Cuomo is not the only Democratic governor with problems.  In California, Gavin Newsom is facing a recall, and by most accounts the proponents are going to have enough signatures to make it to the …

Episode #361: Sexual Harassment, As Seen By The Two Parties

March 6th, 2021


We all agree that sexual harassment is bad, regardless of who is the accused.  The allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, look …

Episode #360: Is Biden Neera Defeat?

February 27th, 2021


A look at how her history of snarky tweets may jeopardize Neera Tanden's chances of becoming the next head of OMB. And we talk to three journalists covering a trio of Republicans who voted against Donald Trump in the …

Episode #359: From “Beat The Press” To The Governorship?

February 6th, 2021


Sarah Huckabee Sanders hopes her service on behalf of Donald Trump will help her win the governorship in Arkansas. Meanwhile, while Democrats are unlikely to prevail in next week's Senate trial of the former president, …

Episode #358: Shame. And Hope.

January 17th, 2021


January 2021 is the final month of Donald Trump's presidency. It also was the month where he was, for the second time, impeached by the House ... this time for inciting an insurrection. And we remember the 1954 attack …

Episode #357: For All The Marbles

January 3rd, 2021


We look at what's at stake in Tuesday's Senate runoffs in Georgia. And a former senator explains why she took part in an electoral certification protest in 2005 and what it doesn't compare to what Republicans are doing …

Episode #356: The 2020 Remembrances Special

December 30th, 2020


It's the Political Junkie 2020 Remembrances Special, where we celebrate the lives of memorable politicians who left us this year.

The post Episode …

Episode #355: The Electoral College vs. Trump University

December 20th, 2020


A new book examines why "faithless electors" are faithless, why they break from their parties' nominees in the Electoral College. And we speak to …

Episode #354: David Dinkins and the Harlem Gang of Four

December 9th, 2020


A former Republican congressman argues that 2020 was a great year for the GOP, despite Trump's defeat. And a former New York state comptroller …

Episode #353: You Never Forget Your First Runoff

December 2nd, 2020


Georgia will be experiencing two Senate runoffs next month. Back in 1992, Senator Wyche Fowler was forced into a runoff of his own -- where he lost his seat. Fowler offers similarities and differences between now and …

Episode #352: Georgia On Everyone’s Mind

November 22nd, 2020


The two Georgia Senate runoffs on Jan. 5th will determine which party gets control. Democrats must win both if they are to claim the majority; if …

Episode #351: Biden Wins (Don’t Tell Trump); GOP Wins Too.

November 12th, 2020


Joe Biden may have won the presidency, but he'll serve without the expected Democratic Senate victory, and with a smaller House majority as well. And California Gov. Gavin Newsom will have a tough decision to make in …

Episode #350: This Is Us

October 30th, 2020


A look at the key battles for the Senate, with Democrats needing a net three (or four) seats to win the majority. And whither the Republican Party …

Episode #349: One Will Be Muted On Nov. 3rd

October 24th, 2020


Joe Biden's problems with articulating a coherent policy on court reform has brought comparisons to what FDR faced when he tried to pack the Supreme …

Episode #348: Charges Of Hypocrisy And Betrayal In The Carolinas

October 15th, 2020


Two Senate races in the Carolinas are the focus this week, as incumbent Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is trying to hold off a stiff …

Episode #347: More White House Obfuscations Of The Truth

October 6th, 2020


Selected and limited information from the White House about the president's health has continued with Trump and the coronavirus. And we look back at …

Episode #346: The Notorious Mitch McConnell

September 25th, 2020


Republicans are being accused of hypocrisy, but at the end of the day there will be a new, very conservative Supreme Court justice to succeed the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And remembering the hoopla behind Bill …

Episode #345: Soon To Be Unemployed?

September 10th, 2020


Ron Elving analyzes the state of the presidential race with less than eight weeks to go. Plus, could Minnesota, which hasn't voted for a Republican …

Episode #344: Great Moments in Presidential Debates

September 3rd, 2020


On this special episode, we look back at many great moments from the history of presidential and vice presidential debates, with commentary from several journalists and historians on how those moments may have helped …

Episode #343: Looking For Four More

August 28th, 2020


The Republicans wrap up their convention, setting the 2020 election into full swing. We hear from a Republican who avoided Trump in 2016 explain why …

Episode #342: Dems the Word

August 21st, 2020


The Democrats hold a convention like no other. We review the moments that highlighted an emotional and historic week. Plus, unpacking President …

Episode #341: Great Moments in Convention History

August 13th, 2020


Far from the coronations they are today, political conventions used to be filled with moments that were contentious, memorable and historic. We …

Episode #340: Hope, and Fear, During The Freedom Summer

August 6th, 2020


We review the latest scorecard of Joe Biden’s running mate hopefuls. Plus, a look ahead to next week's Minnesota primary and a recap of …

Episode #339: America’s Love/Hate Affair With Demagogues

July 30th, 2020


We discuss what President Trump might do if Joe Biden is declared the winner in November. Plus, in his new biography of Joe McCarthy, Larry Tye …

Episode #338: Honor. Courage. Dignity. Hero.

July 23rd, 2020


Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia recounts her long relationship with the late Georgia Congressman John Lewis. Plus, …

Episode #337: Yes Virginia, It Was Historic

July 16th, 2020


We talk with former Virginia governor Douglas Wilder about his history-making political career. Plus, we examine the extent of voter suppression in …

Episode #336: What Hath Newt Wrought?

July 9th, 2020


Will Sen. Susan Collins' votes to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh and acquit President Trump come back to haunt her in November? Plus, a new book …

Episode #335: The Anticipation Builds

July 2nd, 2020


Neal Conan sorts out Joe Biden’s potential VP picks, Supreme Court expert Amy Howe weighs in on Chief Justice John Roberts' decisions on gay rights, DACA, and abortion. And we look at how the latest round of Kennedys …

Episode #334: House Primaries Claim Yet Another N.Y. Democrat

June 25th, 2020


This week on the Political Junkie, an examination of the definite voting trends that have developed during the pandemic. Plus, why several …

Episode #333: A Landmark Ruling About Job Discrimination and Gays

June 18th, 2020


We break down the landmark Supreme Court decision that forbids job discrimination against LGBTQ people. Plus, a look at why several Democratic members of Congress are facing tough opposition in next Tuesday's New York …

Episode #332: Who for #2?

June 11th, 2020


We examine the primary day nightmare in Georgia, with long lines and broken voting machines. NPR's Ron Elving returns to size up all the potential running mates for Joe Biden. And we remember the career of Robert …

Episode #331: God Help Us

June 4th, 2020


We discuss President Trump’s response to the nationwide demonstrations after the killing of a black man by the Minneapolis police. Plus, Ken …

Episode #330: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

May 28th, 2020


Former attorney general Jeff Sessions is fighting to reclaim the Senate seat he held for two decades - what's at stake? Plus, a scorecard of the nine …

Episode #329: Trump’s Obama Obsession

May 21st, 2020


We look at how President Trump's attacks on President Obama, and the Bidens, have been met with approval by Senate Republicans. Plus, examining the candidates running against Iowa Rep. Steve King, and Jason Marisam, …

Episode #328: Running With, and From, the Boss

May 14th, 2020


We examine the history of attorneys general and how they sometimes appear to favor the president instead of the Constitution. Plus, the challenges for Vice Presidents as they navigate the pluses and minuses of the …

Episode #327: From an MLK Traffic Stop to a JFK Presidency

May 7th, 2020


With Republican-turned-independent-turned Libertarian congressman Justin Amash of Michigan's probable presidential candidacy as a Libertarian, who will be hurt more, Trump or Biden? Former NAACP President Cornell Brooks …

Episode #326: Fifty Years Ago: Tin Soldiers and Nixon’s Comin’

April 30th, 2020


We look at the politics of the pandemic in Georgia and examine what will likely be a very tough race for Senator Susan Collins in Maine. Plus, we go …

Episode #325: Biden and History (Part 3)

April 23rd, 2020


What are the usual pluses and minuses nominees look for in picking a VP? Plus, Curt Smith discusses his book about the love affair between politics …

Episode #324: If You Liked 2020, You’ll Love 1960

April 16th, 2020


We review the top political news of the week including the endorsements of Joe Biden by Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama, plus analysis of how …

Episode #323: Presidents and Crises

April 9th, 2020


Wisconsin voters were told to stay home because of the coronavirus and then told to go out and vote in the state's primary. We discuss what put …

Episode #322: Trump, Closer Than Six Feet Away

April 2nd, 2020


Jonathan Karl, chief White House correspondent for ABC News, discusses his new book describing what it’s like to watch Donald Trump up close. Lou Cannon, who during the Reagan presidency was the chief White House …

Episode #321: The Adult in the Room

March 26th, 2020


Should media outlets continue covering President Trump’s briefings on the coronavirus live? Plus, the impact of several postponements of …

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