Episode #330: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Former attorney general Jeff Sessions is fighting to reclaim the Senate seat he held for two decades – what’s at stake? Plus, a scorecard of the nine states holding primaries on June 2nd, and former Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas remembers the political earthquake when Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords quit the GOP in 2001.

Episode #329: Trump’s Obama Obsession

We look at how President Trump’s attacks on President Obama, and the Bidens, have been met with approval by Senate Republicans. Plus, examining the candidates running against Iowa Rep. Steve King, and Jason Marisam, now an assistant attorney general in Minnesota, revisits the paper he wrote 10 years ago on the challenges of holding an election during a pandemic.

Episode #328: Running With, and From, the Boss

We examine the history of attorneys general and how they sometimes appear to favor the president instead of the Constitution. Plus, the challenges for Vice Presidents as they navigate the pluses and minuses of the presidents they served under. And, George Wallace Jr., remembers the horrific attempt on his father’s life, late Alabama governor George Wallace, 48 years ago this week.

Episode #327: From an MLK Traffic Stop to a JFK Presidency

With Republican-turned-independent-turned Libertarian congressman Justin Amash of Michigan’s probable presidential candidacy as a Libertarian, who will be hurt more, Trump or Biden? Former NAACP President Cornell Brooks goes back 60 years when Martin Luther King Jr. was stopped by police while he was driving a white woman in Georgia in 1960. And we recall the Tea Party’s takedown of Dick Lugar in Indiana, eight years ago this week.

Episode #324: If You Liked 2020, You’ll Love 1960

We review the top political news of the week including the endorsements of Joe Biden by Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama, plus analysis of how Wisconsin voters ousted a conservative Supreme Court justice. Plus, we go back 60 years to remember when also-ran presidential candidate Nelson Rockefeller insisted on platform changes before he would endorse Richard Nixon. And Jennifer Steinhauer of the New York Times talks about her new book, “Firsts,” about the class of women elected to the House in the 2018 midterm elections.

Episode #323: Presidents and Crises

Wisconsin voters were told to stay home because of the coronavirus and then told to go out and vote in the state’s primary. We discuss what put voters in the Badger State in this predicament. Plus, a personal account of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is getting high marks for keeping his state informed. And journalist Ken Walsh discusses his new book about how presidents (going back to FDR) have dealt with crises during their tenure.

Episode #322: Trump, Closer Than Six Feet Away

Jonathan Karl, chief White House correspondent for ABC News, discusses his new book describing what it’s like to watch Donald Trump up close. Lou Cannon, who during the Reagan presidency was the chief White House correspondent for the Washington Post, remembers the influence of John Sears, the Reagan strategist who died last week. And former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) recalls what went into passing monumental campaign finance legislation, only to see it become defunct after Citizens United.

Episode #321: The Adult in the Room

Should media outlets continue covering President Trump’s briefings on the coronavirus live? Plus, the impact of several postponements of presidential primaries. And Steve Forbes reflects on his challenge to George W. Bush during the 2000 campaign and how the Republican Party has changed since.

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