Episode #250: The 2018 Midterm Election Special

It’s the Political Junkie Midterm Election Special:  What’s at stake on November 6th and what to look for.  We hear from: Republican strategist Vin Weber and Democratic pollster Anna Greenberg on the backdrop of the election, key races to watch, and their significance; Kelly Dittmar of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers, …

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Episode #249: The Washington Nationalist

To put it mildly, presidents don’t always like the coverage they get in the press.  But never — not even with Nixon, or Obama, both of whom had less than cordial relations with the media — has a president attacked reporters with such venom.  Marvin Kalb, the former CBS and NBC newsman, has a new …

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Episode #248: After Kavanaugh

The president on CBS’ “60 Minutes” last Sunday was vintage Trump: combative, insistent and not willing to change his mind, even if the facts suggest he could be wrong.  Aaron Blake of the Washington Post assesses the interview with Lesley Stahl. Sen. Susan Collins, the Maine Republican who voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the …

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Episode #247: Hearing Problems

The drama and tension we saw last week during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court — beginning with emotional accusations against him by Christine Blasey Ford — reminded many of the contentiousness of another committee hearing 27 years ago.  Then, Anita Hill went before the same …

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Episode #246: Brett and Butter Issues

While Washington is about to begin deciding the fate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the issue of his confirmation is playing out in campaigns across the country.  Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum of St. Louis Public Radio discuss how Senator Claire McCaskill (D) and her GOP challenger, Josh Hawley, are handling it. One gubernatorial …

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Episode #245: Counting Down to the Midterms

The primaries — which began in Texas in March and ended last week in New York — have produced some interesting stories, fascinating characters and crucial matchups for November.  NPR’s Ron Elving tells us what we learned during the primary season and offers some observations about who benefits on Election Day. We have reports on …

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Episode #244: 44 Takes On 45

A lot of fireworks and pent-up anger last week during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  But, as Robert Barnes of the Washington Post points out, were any minds changed?  Is he less likely to get confirmed?  Barnes suggests no. Former President Barack Obama made his long-awaited return to …

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Episode #243: Super News for Berniecrats, Super Memories from Joe Lieberman

One of the main complaints Democratic Party leaders heard from Bernie Sanders supporters in 2016 was the outsized influence of superdelegates — those elected officials and other party bigwigs who were automatic delegates to the national nominating convention who could vote for whichever candidate they preferred, regardless of how the primary results went.  Sanders backers …

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Episode #242: Senator, Maverick, Patriot

We remember the life, career, and legacy of John McCain, the Arizona Republican senator who died last Saturday at the age of 81.  We speak with four people who knew him well: Mike Murphy was McCain’s chief strategist during his bid for the GOP presidential nomination in 2000. Alan Simpson, the Wyoming Republican served together …

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Episode #241: Left Turn in Mass., Right Turn in Fla., A Turnaround in N.Y.

Chris Collins was a leading Republican congressman from New York, the first GOP House member to endorse Donald Trump in 2016.  But his arrest last week on insider trading charges has effectively ended his political career.  And now, as Randy Gorbman of radio station WXXI reports, it’s up to Republican leaders in the 27th District to come …

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