Episode #272: Going the Distance, Keeping His Distance

Will Joe Biden’s history of placing his hands on men and women hold him back from securing the Democratic nomination? Plus, journalist Evan Thomas discusses his new biography of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, entitled “First.” And we reflect on the life of former South Carolina Sen. Fritz Hollings, who died recently at age 97.

Episode #271: First in War, First in Peace, First in Iowa

Former Maryland Congressman John Delaney was the first Democrat to jump into the presidential race, way back in the summer of 2017. We revisit Ken’s conversation with him from shortly after he began his campaign. Plus, we rebroadcast several other conversations looking at the communication styles of past presidents, the first woman to serve in Congress, and a biography of President James K. Polk.

Episode #270: A Low Barr for Exoneration

We don’t know for sure what’s in the Mueller report… we only know Attorney General Barr’s summary of it. We explore how political animosity has exploded in the aftermath of last weekend’s announcements. Plus, we preview Tuesday’s mayoral runoff election in Chicago and remember the Democrats’ VP nomination of Geraldine Ferraro in 1984.

Episode #269: Bayh, Beto & Biden

Beto O’Rourke is in for 2020. Could Joe Biden be next to enter the crowded presidential field? Meanwhile, we meet presidential candidate Marianne Williamson, who tells us about the issues that are motivating her run for the White House. And we reflect on the legacy of the late Indiana Sen. Birch Bayh, and the lasting influence he had on the country and the Constitution.

Episode #268: Journey to the Centrists of the Earth

We explore the increasing polarization of both political parties. How can centrist politicians reach across the aisle when more ideological members of their party threaten them with primary challenges? Plus, we discuss the Democrats’ decision to exclude Fox News from hosting any presidential debates, and we go back 15 years to when a state senator named Barack Obama won the Illinois Senate primary.

Episode #267: The Star-Strangled Banner

President Trump’s enthusiastic reception at CPAC followed a week marked by a failed North Korea summit in Hanoi and a request from the House Judiciary Committee for troves of documents. We recap an eventful week in the Trump presidency. Plus, getting to know the two latest entrants in the Democratic race: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. And could a serious Republican 2020 challenge to President Trump gain a footing in New Hampshire?

Episode #266: A Cancer on the Presidency?

All eyes were on former Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s House testimony on Wednesday. What new, if anything, did we learn about President Trump? Were any minds changed? Plus, we discuss the possibility of an imminent presidential run by former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, and we look back at the history of the 22nd Amendment, which limits presidents to two terms in office.

Episode #265: Bern Baby Bern

What makes President Trump’s national emergency declaration different from national emergencies declared by past presidents? Plus, why Bernie Sanders may have a tougher time standing out in a more crowded 2020 presidential field. We also get the latest from North Carolina’s 9th congressional district, which is heading for a do-over election this year, and we look ahead to next week’s mayoral election in Chicago.

Episode #264: Can “Minnesota Nice” Survive This Climate?

Last week we thought that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was days away from leaving office. Then a poll showed that Virginians are split over whether Northam should resign. Plus, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota enters the presidential race. And we remember two former Congressmen who passed this week: Walter Jones, Jr. of North Carolina, and John Dingell of Michigan.

Episode #263: The State of Disunion

The Democrats gave a Pelosi clap to President Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. We break down the points that Trump made in his speech. Plus, we discuss the unfolding leadership crisis in Virginia. And we examine the political career of New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, the latest Democrat to jump into the presidential race.

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