Episode #202: It’s My Party (And I’ll Cry If I Want To)

President Trump pledges to have a good working relationship with Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell at the same time his former chief strategist works for the defeat of Republican incumbents.  Republican strategist Vin Weber discusses the role of Steve Bannon in the 2018 midterms and how Trump has changed the party. Ron Chernow talks about …

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Episode #201: Abe and Steve’s Excellent Adventure

With two senators trying to work out a compromise, is there a real chance of a breakthrough deal on health care?  And would President Trump let it happen?  Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News has the lowdown. The rapidly declining relationship between Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson may send a signal to the …

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Episode #200: I’m The Political Junkie (And So Can You!)

It’s the 200th episode of The Political Junkie!  And so this week, we thought we would explore the question:  What makes a political junkie?  Are you a political junkie, and why? And so, we hear from Democratic pollster Anna Greenberg, political analyst Stu Rothenberg, former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) and Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist Jack …

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Episode #199: Death On The Strip, Deja Vu On The Hill

The horror of the mass shooting in Las Vegas has led to the predictable call for gun control legislation on Capitol Hill.  Mike DeBonis, who covers Congress for the Washington Post, talks about some of the proposals that have been suggested — but may not be enacted — to curtail such violence. One of the …

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Episode #198: Are You Ready For Some Political Football?

As the Trump-instigated national debate over patriotism and the NFL continues, Dave Zirin of The Nation reminds us that the confluence of politics and sports has been with us for a very long time. Brian Lyman of the Montgomery Advertiser reports on Tuesday’s Republican primary in Alabama, where interim Sen. Luther Strange, despite backing from President Trump, was defeated by Roy Moore, the controversial …

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Episode #197: Guns And Butter

Robert Rowland, a communications and rhetoric professor at the University of Kansas, sizes up President Trump’s tough Tuesday speech at the U.N. General Assembly, noting that he has never heard a president give such an aggressive and bombastic speech before a world body. Trump, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may not be on the …

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Episode #196: What The Hill Happened

President Trump’s decision to bypass Republican congressional leaders and forge a deal with Democrats Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi sent shock waves through GOP ranks, leading observers to speculate about the future of Trump-congressional relations.  Jack Pitney of Claremont McKenna College talks about what the deal could mean for the future of the Party of …

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Episode #195: Sitting On The DACA The Bay

Remember all the things Congress needed to get done this fall?  Carl Hulse of the New York Times explains that many of the lawmakers’ priorities have shifted in the wake of the unexpected huge expense of paying for the cleanup in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and, to add to the misery, Hurricane Irma. Jennifer …

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Episode #194: Pardons, Purges and Primaries

The violence in Charlottesville has already created a split in the Trump administration as well as within the Republican Party.  Bob Holsworth, a longtime analyst of Virginia politics, says it may very well have an effect in this year’s gubernatorial election in the Old Dominion. With President Trump openly attacking Republican senators — such as …

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Episode #193: Did Charlottesville Eclipse Trump’s Moral Authority?

Hilde Restad, a political professor in Oslo, Norway and an observer of American politics, offers her impressions of the demonstrations in and President Trump’s reaction to Charlottesville.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, and her country was taken over by the Nazis during World War II, which makes her analysis that much …

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