Episode #261: The Medium is the Message

Have you lost count yet of how many presidential candidates are already in the 2020 race? This week, we examine the strengths and weaknesses of some of the leading candidates. Plus, will the media apply any of the lessons from its 2016 campaign coverage in 2020? And, we look back at the history of presidential candidates making appearances on television programs.

Episode #260: Let Them Eat Crap

While President Trump serves fast food at the White House, federal employees and contractors face the hardships of going without pay for nearly a month. Is there any hope of a resolution to the budget impasse? Plus, why did House Republicans wait until now to punish Rep. Steve King for making racist remarks? We also learn more about Rep. Tulsi Gabbard as she launches her presidential campaign, and preview a new political era in Kansas.

Episode #259: Shutdown in Washington, Starting Up in Iowa

The government shutdown is close to becoming the longest in U.S. history. We look back at past government shutdowns and the political ramifications they had for both parties. Meanwhile, we examine the more prominent role that women will play in the 116th Congress. And with “only” 13 months to go until the Iowa caucuses, we look at the early groundwork being laid by candidates in the Hawkeye State.

Episode #257: 2018 Remembrances Special

On our annual Remembrances Special, Ken is joined by political analyst Stu Rothenberg and USA Today commentary editor Jill Lawrence to reflect on the lives of many of the politicians and journalists who passed away in 2018. Plus, former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.), who delivered one of the eulogies for President George H.W. Bush earlier this month, shares his memories of the 41st president.

Episode #256: Where There’s Smock, There’s Firings

The sentencing of Trump fixer Michael Cohen and the conclusions drawn by prosecutors about Paul Manafort have put the president closer to legal peril than ever before.  Alex Whiting of Harvard Law School explores Robert Mueller’s strategy and what constitutes criminal actions … and what may be impeachable. Mary Spicuzza of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel …

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