Episode #156: Loss in the Castro Family … and the Castro Neighborhood

Even though it was Donald Trump who said he might not accept the results of the presidential election, it turns out that Jill Stein — the Green Party nominee who finished well behind in fourth place — who is pushing for a recount in three states that narrowly went for Trump: Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.  Mike …

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Episode #155: Giving Thanks to Great Political Memories

Because we’re all spending Thanksgiving with friends and families this week, we decided to leave you with three past interviews that are completely timeless and worth another listen. Before there were Bushes & Clintons, there were the Tafts.  Former Ohio Gov. Bob Taft remembers his grandfather, Mr. Republican himself, Sen. Robert A. Taft. John Dickerson, the host of “Face the …

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Episode #154: For Now, the GOP is United, the Dems Aren’t

One week after Donald Trump’s historic upset victory, both parties are preparing for what comes next.  Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor and 2004 presidential hopeful, has put forward a bid to return as Democratic National Committee chair.  He talks about the lessons of this year’s campaign and what role the DNC could play in the …

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Episode #152: The 2016 Presidential Election Special

We lead off the Political Junkie Presidential Election Special with reports from Mara Liasson, the national political correspondent for NPR, and Aaron Blake, a political reporter with the Washington Post.  Both weigh the impact of early voting, organization and the effects of FBI Director Comey’s letter to Congress about additional Clinton emails. Two veterans of the Cook …

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Episode #147: Preparedness and Restraint

The first presidential debate is in the books.  Karen Tumulty of the Washington Post offers analysis of the debate’s high and low moments, ridiculous claims and mistruths, and what it all means. Right after the debate, Hillary Clinton headed to North Carolina, a key battleground state that is also experiencing tight Senate and gubernatorial contests.  Laura Leslie of TV station WRAL …

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