Episode #9 On The Budget Deal And The Continuing GOP Family Feud

Republicans in Congress were prepared to agree to a fairly innocuous budget deal with the Democrats with little fuss, if for no reason other than they can get the focus back on the problems with the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s continuing slide in the polls, and Democratic nervousness for 2014.  But many conservatives were …

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Episode #8 On Congress & South Africa In The ’80s, And Sen. Thad Cochran Runs Again

The passing of Nelson Mandela brought this week’s Political Junkie show back to the mid-1980s, when Washington was split over how to deal with the white minority government of South Africa and its policy of apartheid. Host Ken Rudin talks with two former members of Congress who served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee back …

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Episode #7: Health Care Website Woes & Congressional Budget Talks

We know for certain that President Obama pardoned a turkey this Thanksgiving. But is Healthcare.gov a turkey as well? Host Ken Rudin speaks with Washington Post reporter Reid Wilson about the mangled launch of the site and the Obama administration’s hopes that it’ll succeed before the midterms. Ken also talks to Janet Hook, congressional correspondent …

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Episode #1: The Political Junkie is Back, and It’s All Politics.

Political Junkie Ken Rudin speaks with NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving about the winners and losers in the government shutdown crisis, the race for governor of Virginia and the civility of former House Speaker Tom Foley, who died last week. Also joining the conversation is Newark Star Ledger columnist Paul Mulshine on New Jersey’s …

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