Episode #360: Is Biden Neera Defeat?

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 second impeachment case: Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Liz Cheney of Wyoming, and Richard Burr of North Carolina.

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

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, Republicans are split over what Marjorie Taylor Greene is doing to the party. Similar intra-GOP struggles are visible in Arizona, which now has two Democratic senators for the first time in nearly 70 years. And a retirement of a popular senator in Ohio guarantees a dogfight for the seat in 2022.

The Latest Trivia Question

Before Luke Letlow (R-La.) in December, who was the last person who was elected to a House or Senate seat for the first time but who died before ever getting sworn in?  Submit your answer in the box below. We’ll pick a winner at random from the bunch.  And the winner will get a fabulous …

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Episode #358: Shame. And Hope.

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 on the House by Puerto Rican nationalists.

Episode #357: For All The Marbles

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 this time.

Remembering Those Who Left Us In 2020

The worst year ever?  Certainly in our lifetime.  But for the first time in a long time, there is a sense that things *might* get better in the new year, regarding both the virus and civility.  We can only hope. For now, at least, let’s stop and remember those who left us this year, those …

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Episode #355: The Electoral College vs. Trump University

A new book examines why “faithless electors” are faithless, why they break from their parties’ nominees in the Electoral College. And we speak to one such elector, a 1976 Ford elector who nonetheless voted for Reagan.

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

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 discusses the life and legacy of the late David Dinkins, NYC’s only black mayor, and the past and future of African-American politics in the city.

Episode #353: You Never Forget Your First Runoff

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 then.

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