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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Episode #255: Kinder, Gentler, and a Complex Legacy

We spend much of our show this week remembering the life and legacy of George Herbert Walker Bush.  His biographer, Jon Meacham, talks about what he learned from the 41st President in putting together his book.  And we bring you many soundbites from Bush’s political career — starting with a commercial from his 1964 Senate …

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Episode #254: The Toppled Front Runner

For all the racial gaffes and unforced errors made by Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, she still managed to win Tuesday’s runoff.  Being a Republican in Ruby Red Mississippi certainly helped, and having President Trump campaign for her wasn’t bad either.  Luke Ramseth of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger explains what was behind her eight-point victory over Democratic former …

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Episode #253: Thanksgiving Appetizers

Thanksgiving is an opportunity to step back from the daily grind of the political cycle, away from the recriminations and finger-pointing, and enjoy some time off with family and loved ones.  So this week, we’re reaching back into the archives to revisit some of our favorite interviews. Chuck Hagel, the former two-term senator from Nebraska …

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Episode #252: Florida. Again.

A week after the 2018 midterm elections and there’s still no shortage of uncertainty.  Susan MacManus of the University of South Florida reports on the suspicion and vitriol taking place in Florida, where races for the Senate and governor are too close to call and are now the subject of a recount — bringing back …

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Episode #251: Not a Blue Wave, But a Purple Rain

It’s finally over.  The 2018 midterms, with all its rancor and charges and bitterness, are over.  But if it’s a referendum on President Trump, what’s the message if the Democrats did great in the House and the Republicans did great in the Senate?  NPR’s Ron Elving has the answers. And we also hear from two …

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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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