Episode #14 On The State Of The States, And Remembering Joan Mondale, The Watergate Class Of ’74 & Pat Buchanan In ’96

President Obama told us about the state of the union … now it’s time to hear about the state of the states.  Political Junkie host Ken Rudin talks with the Washington Post’s Reid Wilson about how several governors whose re-election prospects were iffy for 2014 have improved their standing with the stronger economy. With the passing of former Second Lady Joan Mondale, we hear …

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Episode #13: On The State Of The Union… Plus, La. Gov. & Jerry Brown Redux

The State of the Union is … strong.  And so is this week’s Political Junkie show.  Former Clinton speechwriter Paul Glastris joins us with an assessment of President Obama’s SOTU speech and keen insights from his days in the White House.  And host Ken Rudin takes Paul back into history with memorable moments of past …

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Episode #12 On NSA, Fla. 13 & Tom Coburn … Plus, The Return Of Neal Conan

This week’s Political Junkie show reviews President Obama’s speech on NSA surveillance with Josh Gerstein of POLITICO, then looks ahead to the president’s State of the Union address, reuniting host Ken Rudin with his old pal, Neal Conan.  (And they have an announcement about a July 11 Political Junkie Road Show!) Later, in the extended …

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Episode #10: The Battle For Congress, Liz Cheney, & Remembering Those Who Passed

2014 is an election year, with control of the House and Senate at stake.  Host Ken Rudin talks to political analyst Stu Rothenberg about what to watch for.  One Senate campaign that is no longer is the one just ended by Liz Cheney in Wyoming; this week she gave up her primary challenge to Republican …

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Episode #9 On The Budget Deal And The Continuing GOP Family Feud

Republicans in Congress were prepared to agree to a fairly innocuous budget deal with the Democrats with little fuss, if for no reason other than they can get the focus back on the problems with the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s continuing slide in the polls, and Democratic nervousness for 2014.  But many conservatives were …

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Episode #8 On Congress & South Africa In The ’80s, And Sen. Thad Cochran Runs Again

The passing of Nelson Mandela brought this week’s Political Junkie show back to the mid-1980s, when Washington was split over how to deal with the white minority government of South Africa and its policy of apartheid. Host Ken Rudin talks with two former members of Congress who served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee back …

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Episode #7: Health Care Website Woes & Congressional Budget Talks

We know for certain that President Obama pardoned a turkey this Thanksgiving. But is Healthcare.gov a turkey as well? Host Ken Rudin speaks with Washington Post reporter Reid Wilson about the mangled launch of the site and the Obama administration’s hopes that it’ll succeed before the midterms. Ken also talks to Janet Hook, congressional correspondent …

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