Episode #171: A Tweet, A Judge, And A King

A busier week in Washington than usual, and Ken Walsh of U.S. News & World Report helps navigate us through it.  He starts with a House Intelligence Committee hearing, where FBI Director James Comey said he found no evidence to support President Trump’s claim (via Tweet) that the Obama administration bugged Trump Tower during the campaign.  Comey also acknowledged …

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Episode #170: Georgia On My Mind

The sixth congressional district of Georgia was carried by Mitt Romney in 2012 by double digits; four years later, Donald Trump won it by just one point.  That and the departure of Rep. Tom Price (R) for a Cabinet post have given Democrats a ray of hope that they can capture the seat in next month’s …

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Episode #169: From 6,088 Words (Washington) To 140 Characters (Trump)

Another tweet, another firestorm.  This time, President Trump has declared, in a tweet and without any evidence, that Barack Obama had his offices bugged during the campaign.  Trump then insisted that Congress investigate.  Janet Hook of the Wall Street Journal discusses the ramifications of such a claim and what it says about the current occupant of the White House. …

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Episode #168: A New Tone for Trump, A New Chair for Dems

President Trump seemed to catch his critics off guard Tuesday evening, as he gave an address to a joint session of Congress that lacked finger-pointing or vitriol.  NPR’s Ron Elving makes a return visit to the Political Junkie with analysis of Trump’s remarks and observations about the President’s tone. There was something new about the Democrats as well: …

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Episode #167: Democracy and Civility

Eight years ago, when conservatives felt that President Obama was taking the country in the wrong direction and Republicans in Congress were being too accommodating, the Tea Party was formed. Now, it’s the left that is unhappy with the Trump administration and prepared to take action to stop it. Stephanie Taylor, co-founder of the Progressive …

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Episode #166: National Security Blunders – Then and Now

Andrew Puzder, President Trump’s nominee for labor secretary, removed his name from consideration moments after this week’s program was concluded. Nonetheless, there was still plenty to talk about, especially in light of Michael Flynn’s resignation as national security adviser. Aaron Blake of the Washington Post fills us in with the details of Flynn’s departure, as …

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Episode #165: Advise and Consent

It was history in the making in the Senate, as Betsy DeVos was confirmed as secretary of education thanks to a tiebreaking vote by Vice President Pence.  It was the first time that a member of the Cabinet was decided by the vote of a VP.  Ed O’Keefe of the Washington Post notes, however, that if Democrats couldn’t defeat …

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Episode #162: Hail to the Chiefs

With just days to go before Donald Trump is sworn in, Matthew Dallek of George Washington University talks about the history of inaugurations — including his choice of some of the more memorable ones. And while we will have a new president on Friday, it’s less sure when the new Cabinet will be in place; some of Trump’s …

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