Episode #215: One Dare Call It Treason

There doesn’t seem to be any letting up in the war between Democrats and Republicans in the House over the propriety of the investigation into President Trump and Russia.  Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have released a memo that claims the Justice Department and FBI’s inquiry is filled with bias against Trump.  Democrats, who …

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Episode #214: The State of the Union is Stromg

President Trump gave his State of the Union address on Tuesday, filled with talk about bipartisanship and putting politics aside — a wonderful sentiment, but how does that jibe with what he has been saying for the past 12 months? Janet Hook of the Wall Street Journal offers her analysis of the speech. Trey Gowdy of …

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Episode #213: The Shutdown Crisis That Wasn’t

The shutdown is over. Now it’s time for finger pointing. Roll Call’s Lindsey McPherson and Simone Pathé talk about the next step in funding the government and how politics plays into all of it. Brigid Harrison of Montclair State University analyzes the government’s decision to retry Sen. Robert Menendez on corruption charges and how much, if …

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Rebroadcast: Don’t Know Much About History?

There are lots of reasons why so many of you have become sick of what’s going on in Washington.  For Ken Rudin, he is just sick … period.  He has caught what so many others have and has lost his voice.  So this week, we’re going into the vault for some great archival Political Junkie …

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Episode #212: The Stable Genius Who Cried Wolff

The response to the new book, “Fire and Fury,” has not only claimed the political power of Steve Bannon — at least for the moment — but it’s also led to serious questions about President Trump’s mental fitness to do his job.  Mike Tackett of the New York Times explores the significance of the book. …

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Episode #211: Out With The Old, In With The Familiar?

It’s the first podcast of the new year, and who better to have on the program than NPR’s Ron Elving, who helps explain the surreal nature of 2017 and what we might possibly expect for 2018. Two big Senate stories this week, starting with Tina Smith, the lt. gov. of Minnesota, who has been sworn …

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Episode #210: The 2017 Remembrances Special

As 2017 comes to a close, we are once again presenting a program celebrating and honoring some of the more distinguished politicians and political journalists who left us this year.  Political analyst Stu Rothenberg and USA Today’s Jill Lawrence join Ken for a look back at the careers of the late former Senators Pete Domenici of …

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Episode #209: Crimson Tide Goes Blue

The shock of the Senate result in Alabama has yet to wear off.  NPR’s Mara Liasson talks about Doug Jones’ upset victory and what it means for President Trump, Steve Bannon, Democratic morale and the 2018 midterm elections. Robert Merry has a new biography out on William McKinley, the nation’s 25th president.  Often under-valued by …

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Episode #208: Who’s Naughty, Who’s Nice on Capitol Hill

The resignation of John Conyers and, apparently, Al Franken — coming at the same time the president of the United States is rooting for a Roy Moore victory in Alabama — is just one indication of how the two parties see the issue of sexual harassment in Congress.  Carl Hulse of the New York Times …

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Episode #207: A Watershed Moment?

The never-ending list of sexual harassment allegations now comes to Capitol Hill, where Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) is under pressure to resign, though he insists he has no intention of doing so.  Even Nancy Pelosi, who gave an awkward defense of Conyers over the weekend, is now said to be a behind-the-scenes effort to force …

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