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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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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