Episode #265: Bern Baby Bern

What makes President Trump’s national emergency declaration different from national emergencies declared by past presidents? Plus, why Bernie Sanders may have a tougher time standing out in a more crowded 2020 presidential field. We also get the latest from North Carolina’s 9th congressional district, which is heading for a do-over election this year, and we look ahead to next week’s mayoral election in Chicago.

Episode #264: Can “Minnesota Nice” Survive This Climate?

Last week we thought that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was days away from leaving office. Then a poll showed that Virginians are split over whether Northam should resign. Plus, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota enters the presidential race. And we remember two former Congressmen who passed this week: Walter Jones, Jr. of North Carolina, and John Dingell of Michigan.

Episode #263: The State of Disunion

The Democrats gave a Pelosi clap to President Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. We break down the points that Trump made in his speech. Plus, we discuss the unfolding leadership crisis in Virginia. And we examine the political career of New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, the latest Democrat to jump into the presidential race.

Episode #262: Grounds for Divorce — Schultz Brews Trouble for Dems

There’s a latte talk about former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s potential independent presidential bid this week. Plus, what are the chances we could see a Republican challenger to President Trump’s re-election campaign in 2020? And we discuss a new book about the Brown family dynasty in California.

Episode #261: The Medium is the Message

Have you lost count yet of how many presidential candidates are already in the 2020 race? This week, we examine the strengths and weaknesses of some of the leading candidates. Plus, will the media apply any of the lessons from its 2016 campaign coverage in 2020? And, we look back at the history of presidential candidates making appearances on television programs.

Episode #260: Let Them Eat Crap

While President Trump serves fast food at the White House, federal employees and contractors face the hardships of going without pay for nearly a month. Is there any hope of a resolution to the budget impasse? Plus, why did House Republicans wait until now to punish Rep. Steve King for making racist remarks? We also learn more about Rep. Tulsi Gabbard as she launches her presidential campaign, and preview a new political era in Kansas.

Episode #259: Shutdown in Washington, Starting Up in Iowa

The government shutdown is close to becoming the longest in U.S. history. We look back at past government shutdowns and the political ramifications they had for both parties. Meanwhile, we examine the more prominent role that women will play in the 116th Congress. And with “only” 13 months to go until the Iowa caucuses, we look at the early groundwork being laid by candidates in the Hawkeye State.

Episode #258: Shutting Down the Government … And Civility As Well

It’s the first show of 2019, but we’re not done with 2018 quite yet. Ron Elving is back to help Ken sort through the barrage of political news that developed last year. Plus, a preview of the 116th Congress as it gets sworn in today, and we examine President Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria, along with the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

Episode #257: 2018 Remembrances Special

On our annual Remembrances Special, Ken is joined by political analyst Stu Rothenberg and USA Today commentary editor Jill Lawrence to reflect on the lives of many of the politicians and journalists who passed away in 2018. Plus, former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.), who delivered one of the eulogies for President George H.W. Bush earlier this month, shares his memories of the 41st president.

Episode #256: Where There’s Smock, There’s Firings

The sentencing of Trump fixer Michael Cohen and the conclusions drawn by prosecutors about Paul Manafort have put the president closer to legal peril than ever before.  Alex Whiting of Harvard Law School explores Robert Mueller’s strategy and what constitutes criminal actions … and what may be impeachable. Mary Spicuzza of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel …

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