Episode #220: Lamb Chops the GOP

It’s a solidly Republican district that both Donald Trump and Mitt Romney easily carried.  The previous Republican congressman was considered so strong that Democrats failed to even run a candidate in either 2014 and 2016.  But in Tuesday’s special election, in Pennsylvania’s 18th District, Democrat Conor Lamb has apparently eked out a narrow victory over …

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Episode #219: And The Oscar Goes To…

It appears that for all the angst over how to respond to the latest mass shootings, this time in Parkland, Florida, Congress is not in any hurry to enact new gun laws.  But what about the legislature in Florida, which is controlled by Republicans?  Adam Smith of the Tampa Bay Times talks politics, guns, and …

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Episode #218: On Guns, Does Anything Change?

The latest incident of gun violence has led to the predictable debate about what Congress can, and will, do.  Harry Wilson of Roanoke College reminds us that while previous shootings may have moved public opinion, they haven’t moved lawmakers.  And he thinks that may be the same outcome after the horror in Parkland, Florida. Dianne …

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Episode #217: The Lines Are Drawn in Pennsylvania

The new congressional map drawn by the Democratic-controlled Pennsylvania Supreme Court may not only abolish the Republican-drawn gerrymander that’s been in effect since 2011, but it could give the Dems anywhere from 3 to 5 more seats … helping in the party’s hopes of recapturing the House in November.  Katie Meyer of radio station WITF talks …

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Episode #216: Kelly On The Ropes

There have been many crises and mini-crises in the Trump White House, but usually they seem to vanish pretty quickly … as new ones pop up.  But the current imbroglio involving former staff secretary Rob Porter and the accusations that he physically assaulted two ex-wives and what White House Chief of Staff John Kelly knew …

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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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