Episode 124: The Leaders of the Pack

New York has given Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton something she hasn’t seen in weeks:  a victory.  Democratic consultant Mark Mellman says that the result may have made it clear that her opponent, Bernie Sanders, will not be able to find the votes to have a shot at overtaking her for the nomination. Meanwhile, Democrats are facing contentious Senate primaries as …

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Episode 123: If They Can Make It There ……

With less than a week to go before the New York primary, national front runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump — who could use some good news after a couple of weeks of tough coverage and defeats at the polls — are leading and are expected to regain their momentum.  Liz Benjamin, host of a political show on Time Warner …

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Episode #122: The American President (Real and Fake)

As we work to make the change to preparing the Political Junkie for its new home, we used this week’s program to offer three previously aired interviews that we think you’ll enjoy. The first is a conversation with Elaine Kamarck of the Brookings Institution, who has a new book out explaining why our presidential nominating system came …

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Episode #121: The Underdogs Eye Wisconsin; It All Began With Rankin

Donald Trump manages to keep piling up delegates as his negatives rise as well.  Longtime Republican strategist Ed Goeas, who is part of the stop Trump movement, is convinced that his plummeting numbers among GOP women mean he is far from guaranteed of winning the nomination. Next up is Tuesday’s primary in Wisconsin.  Julia Azari of Marquette University talks about what’s …

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Episode #120: Conventional Wisdom

Some Republican party elders, sensing they won’t be able to keep Donald Trump from clinching the GOP nomination at the convention this summer, are now talking about the possibility of having one of their party members run for president as an independent.  Richard Winger of Ballot Access News talks about the state filing deadlines that stare any would-be independent …

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Episode #119: The Frontrunners Pull Away As Rubio Pulls Out

The March 15 primaries resulted in great news for Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton and Republican leader Donald Trump, encouraging news for John Kasich (he finally won somewhere, his home state of Ohio), and bad news for Marco Rubio (he’s gone).  Greg Giroux of Bloomberg Government analyzes the campaign. President Obama nominated D.C. Circuit Court Judge Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court following …

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Episode #118: Wherefore Art Thou Rubio?

With Bernie Sanders winning Michigan against the odds, and with Donald Trump having a great day despite the growing Dump Trump movement, the campaign now moves to the key primaries on March 15th.  Susan MacManus of the University of South Florida and Howard Wilkinson of Cincinnati’s WVXU talk about their respective states of Florida and Ohio and how crucial they are for favorite sons Marco …

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Episode #117: Are We Already ‘On To November?’

Super Tuesday was especially super for Donald Trump on the Republican side and Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side, as the two frontrunners continued to pile up victories in their march to their respective party’s nomination.  Neal Conan returns with analysis and commentary. Next on the calendar is Michigan, and Susan Demas, the editor and …

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Episode #116: That’s Why They Call It Super

Super Tuesday, where about a dozen states will be holding primaries and caucuses on the road to the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations.  Natalie Davis of Birmingham-Southern College, an expert on Southern politics, surveys the landscape in the South and tells us what we should be looking for on March 1st. Then we visit some of the key …

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Episode #115: Fighting for Justice … And South Carolina

Antonin Scalia, who died last week at the age of 79, was one of the most influential Supreme Court justices of his day.  Amy Howe of SCOTUSBlog reviews the man and his legacy, and notes that whomever President Obama will nominate to replace him, and regardless if the Senate acts on it, the Court is likely to lose the …

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