Episode #297: Defending Her City

Dayton, Ohio Mayor Nan Whaley joins Ken to talk about what needs to be done to curb gun violence in cities like hers, and her unnecessary feud with President Trump. Plus, we examine the differences between the impeachment situation faced by President Nixon 45 years ago and the one Trump is now up against. And a new book looks at how the GOP has abandoned its principles in order to stake out its loyalty to the president.

Episode #296: Crossing a Line

Nancy Pelosi

Former Democratic Congresswoman Leslie Byrne talks about what the possibility of impeaching President Trump means for her party. Plus, we discuss the shocking announcement by Rep. Joe Kennedy III that he will challenge Sen. Edward Markey in next year’s Massachusetts primary. And, could Corey Lewandowski get elected to the Senate in New Hampshire?

Episode #295: Cokie

Despite gaffes and unsteady debate performances, Joe Biden is still atop the pack. We recap last week’s Democratic debate. Plus, author Bob Mann looks back on the so-called “Daisy ad,” considered to be one of the most notorious political attack ads of all time. And, as we remember the life of the beloved and respected journalist Cokie Roberts, we listen back to Ken’s conversation with her on the show from 2014.

Episode #294: Carolinas On My Mind

North Carolina’s special election comes to a close. How jmuch of a role did President Trump play in Dan Bishop’s victory? Plus, we assess former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford’s challenge to President Trump in next year’s Republican primaries. And, on the anniversary of his death, we examine the career of George Wallace.

Episode 293: A Scoop of Cold Warrior With Sprinkles

Democrats, minus some candidates, prepare to debate yet again. Will Joe Biden continue to hold onto his frontrunner status? Plus, with Congress back in session, we examine whether President Trump and Mitch McConnell will permit debate on new gun legislation. And we remember the senator who epitomized a bipartisan foreign policy — Henry “Scoop” Jackson.

Episode #292: A Cancer on the Presidency

This week, we revisit some segments from the archives. John Dean, the former White House counsel under President Nixon, reflects on how the Watergate tapes led to Nixon’s downfall. Plus, Scott Romney, the son of Michigan Governor George Romney, recalls the “brainwashing” comment that damaged the elder Romney’s presidential hopes. And we reflect on the legacy of the late Julian Bond, one of the most dynamic and charismatic figures in the history of the civil rights movement.

Episode #291: Sixty-Four Ten or Fight!

What is President Trump trying to accomplish by defining the Democratic Party as anti-Israel and anti-Jewish? Plus, will the latest controversial remark by Rep. Steve King hurt his chances at re-election next year? We also preview the battle for the upcoming special congressional election in North Carolina, and get a Danish perspective on President Trump’s bid to purchase Greenland.

Episode #290: Getting the Ban Back Together

Democrats have been wary of gun legislation since 1994, when the assault weapons ban was partially responsible for their electoral washout that year. But now, that’s changing. Plus, why Kirsten Gillibrand continues to take heat for her role in pushing Al Franken out the Senate door. And as John Hickenlooper exits the presidential race, is a run for the Senate in his future?

Episode #289: Guns, Hate, and Inaction

Two horrific mass shootings bring back the familiar refrain of what, if anything, will be done about the scourge of gun violence in the U.S. We explore the arguments about mental health’s effect on gun violence and consider the impact of President Trump’s rhetoric. Plus, we venture outside our borders for thoughts on the large Democratic presidential field from a Danish political analyst. And with four Texas Republican House members retiring, could the ruby red state be turning purple?

Episode #288: Dems’ Family Feud

The Democratic candidates took the debate stage in Detroit this week. We discuss how Tuesday’s debate exposed the ideological split in the party, while Wednesday’s debate saw more personal attacks on fellow Democrats. Plus, we get a scorecard of the candidates vying to become Mississippi’s next governor. And we replay a 2017 interview with George Mitrovich, a beloved civic leader and political maven from San Diego, who died recently.

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