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 …

Read more

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 …

Read more

Episode #164: Neil Gorsuch: You Be the Judge

If you had to find the main headline of President Trump’s first two weeks, you’d have to lead with his announcement on Tuesday that Judge Neil Gorsuch of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals is his nominee to replace Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court.  Robert Barnes of the Washington Post tells us who Gorsuch is and what the prospects …

Read more

Episode #163: One President, Different Numbers

Donald Trump has been sworn in as the 45th President … and wasted no time in making the changes he said he would do.  But he also remains unable or unwilling, to let go of personal grievances and slights.  Aaron Blake of the Washington Post gives an assessment after less than a week of the Trump presidency. While there’s …

Read more

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 …

Read more

Episode #161: Hello and Goodbye

It was a week of beginnings and endings. President-elect Donald Trump held his first press conference since July, a raucous event held at Trump Tower in Manhattan.  Janet Hook of the Wall Street Journal is here with a scorecard. And President Obama gave his Farewell Address, a speech before 20,000 adoring supporters in Chicago, where he not only reminded …

Read more

Episode #160: A New Year, A New President, A New Direction

Happy New Year!  President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration is just weeks away. Neal Conan, the former host of Talk of the Nation, joins us for a recap of 2016, and how the early goings of 2017 are shaping up. Bob Schieffer, the former host of CBS’ Face the Nation, talks about how he prepared for his …

Read more

Episode #159: The 2016 Remembrances Special

Stuart Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Gonzales Political Report and Jill Lawrence of USA Today join Political Junkie Ken Rudin for a look back at the giants in the political world who passed away this year — it’s the 2016 Political Junkie Remembrances Special. Among those whose careers were remembered include Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, former Attorney General Janet …

Read more

Episode #158: Moscow on the Potomac

Donald Trump has finally decided on a nominee for secretary of state, but it turns out that this may be the most controversial Cabinet appointee of all.  Carl Hulse of the New York Times reviews Rex Tillerson’s relationships with Vladimir Putin and Russia and speculates on what could be a difficult confirmation hearing. Remember all the conservatives saying …

Read more

Episode #157: Against All Odds: Trump in 2016, McCarthy in 1968

Donald Trump has gone to the military, to Congress, to the business world — to even a former rival — in assembling his new Cabinet.  Neal Conan, here for his monthly visit to the Political Junkie, assesses what has happened in the month since the election. More election news in Louisiana and North Carolina to …

Read more

Item added to cart.
0 items - $0.00