Episode #181: Deep Throat Revisited

In 2005, Mark Felt, a former top FBI official, unveiled what was one of the biggest political secrets in history — that he was Deep Throat, the secretive source that gave information to the Washington Post’s Woodward and Bernstein that helped bring down President Nixon during the Watergate scandal.  But if Felt’s confession answered the …

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Episode #180: Witch Hunts and Nut Jobs

President Trump seems to be having a successful foreign trip, his first since his inauguration, but back home there are still questions about alleged ties to Russia and whether he has tried to block any investigation.  Lisa Desjardins of PBS’ NewsHour focuses on the controversies facing Trump, as well as the latest on his budget package he …

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Episode #179: Too Soon?

There has been no shortage of comparisons between President Trump and his firing of FBI Director James Comey with what happened during Watergate.  But Tom Davis, the former Republican congressman from Virginia who knows the thinking inside the GOP, says we have a way to go before such linkages can be made. But just in case people …

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Episode #178: When Harry Met Marjie

The House passage of the American Health Care Act has a long way to go before it becomes law, and it’s premature to say with any certainty how voters in 2018 will react to it.  But one member of Congress who was faced with a tough vote was Marjorie Margolies, a freshman Democrat from Pennsylvania.  Her …

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Episode #177: Kasich Instinct

2016 may not have been John Kasich’s favorite year.  The Ohio governor sought the GOP presidential nomination but won only one primary, that of his home state.  He refused to attend his own party’s convention or endorse Donald Trump’s candidacy.  But he is not going away quietly.  He has a new book out, calling for civility not …

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Episode #176: The First Hundred Daze

As President Trump is about to reach his one-hundredth day in office — and after touting that he has accomplished more than any other president in that time period — NPR’s Mara Liasson offers a scorecard and a reality check. Bernie Sanders and DNC chair Tom Perez are on a national tour promoting the Democratic Party and …

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Episode #175: Isn’t That Special

The hype over the special congressional election in Georgia’s 6th District was almost unbearable.  What did it mean for Trump?  Or for the battle over the House in 2018?  Still, for all the millions of dollars spent, it’s not clear what the message was.  Greg Giroux of Bloomberg News reports on not only what’s in store for …

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Episode #174: Springtime for Hitler Comparisons

A very different approach from the Trump administration this week, especially when it comes to policy regarding Syria.  Jack Pitney of Claremont McKenna College sums up the week, not only regarding foreign affairs but how the Senate, and Republican leader Mitch McConnell, dealt with the “nuclear option” in ensuring the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the …

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Episode #173: Burying Trump … While Unburying Polk

Carl Cannon of RealClearPolitics helps navigate us through all the tornadoes swirling around the Trump White House, including the secret January meeting in Seychelles between a Trump emissary and a Putin ally, the workload of Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner and the much-criticized response to Assad using poisonous gas against his own people in Syria, which President …

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Episode #172: AHCA, SCOTUS and LBJ

With the failure to get the American Health Care Act enough votes to bring it to the House floor, Republicans have learned the difference between campaigning and governing.  Political analyst Stu Rothenberg analyzes the GOP defeat and speculates on what, if anything, the failure might mean to the rest of the Trump agenda. With a vote expected …

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