This Week’s Trivia Question – 7/24/14

With Michelle Nunn — daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn — running for the Senate in Georgia, the trivia question on this week’s podcast is … Who was the LAST daughter of a statewide elected official to be elected to the Senate in her first run for public office? You can submit your answer below, …

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Episode #35: Obamacare in court, Ga. GOP picks Perdue

Not all the fights heard on the Political Junkie are at the ballot box.  Some are in court — as we saw this week, in the latest attempt by opponents of the Affordable Care Act to gut the measure in the D.C. Circuit Court.  Julie Rovner, a senior correspondent at Kaiser Health News, talks about …

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Web Extra: Live from Alaska

It’s no folly, the Political Junkie’s in Alaska! In this web special, former Talk of the Nation duo Ken Rudin and Neal Conan reunite in Fairbanks to kick off their 2014 World Tour at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Summer Sessions. They brought back some old jokes (there’s no place like Nome) and new topics (the latest from Israel) in front …

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This Week’s Trivia Question – 7/3/14

It’s been an explosive week at the Supreme Court, but maybe less explosive if you heard SCOTUSBlog’s Amy Howe break down the docket on Episode 33 of the Political Junkie podcast. The Hobby Lobby ruling has turned Ruth Bader Ginsburg into an internet sensation, and James Madison into Thomas Jefferson. But it turned us into trivia …

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Episode #34: Money talks, immigration walks

Howard Baker has died.  The former Senate Republican majority leader was 88 years old and was admired and respected by members of both parties.  Tom Griscom, his former press secretary, shares his memories of the late Tennessee lawmaker. And immigration legislation is dead too.  Republicans blame President Obama for the stalemate, saying they don’t trust …

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Episode #33: Comebacks — Mississippi & Mrs. Rudin

Two weeks ago we were astonished that Eric Cantor, a well-situated House incumbent from Virginia, could get defeated in his primary.  Now we’re astonished that Thad Cochran, the six-term Republican senator from Mississippi, could pull out a victory against his tea party-backed opponent.  Whether incumbents are winning or losing, it’s the latest example of a …

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Episode #32: Iraq returns, Hill lifers depart

There’s a four-letter word in the headlines lately:  Iraq. The withdrawal of U.S. troops in 2011 was done with the expectation that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki would unite his country and ease ethnic tensions.  Instead, Maliki, a Shiite, did what he could to ostracize minority Sunnis… perhaps in response to what Saddam Hussein did to Shiites during his ruthless decades …

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Episode #31: Cantor collapses, Graham gains

Wow.  Who saw the defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor coming?  Certainly not Cantor.  Or the nation’s political establishment.  And not Greg Giroux, political reporter for Bloomberg News, who sat with Political Junkie host Ken Rudin and together they shook their heads at one of the more amazing primary upsets of recent times. We also hear from Kevin Broughton of the Tea Party Patriots …

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Episode #30: Primary ballots & Bergdahl politics

It was the race the tea party wanted from the beginning.  And while they didn’t completely accomplish their goal, they are thought to be on their way. In six-term Sen. Thad Cochran, tea party conservatives saw a politician from the old school, who spent a career fighting for earmarks and pork projects for Mississippi and who …

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Episode #29: More Ginsburg, More Brown & Morticians

With 8 states holding primaries on Tuesday, June 3, the Political Junkie focuses on California, where Jerry Brown is the odds-on favorite to win a fourth, non-consecutive term for governor.  KQED politics editor John Myers outlines the long path of Brown, who was first elected governor in 1974. He’s seen his share of ups and downs in his decades in politics, but …

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