Episode #309: Pleading the 22nd

Two former congressmen explain what’s wrong with the legislative branch of government, and how to change it. Former radio host Charlie Sykes describes why he thinks President Trump is destroying the conservative movement. Plus, a look at the origins of the presidential term limits established by the 22nd Amendment. And what do we learn when a politician cries?

Episode #308: 2019 Remembrances Special

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Political analyst Stu Rothenberg and USA Today commentary editor Jill Lawrence join host Ken Rudin to remember those in the political world who died this year on the Political Junkie 2019 Remembrances Special.

Episode #307: That Other Impeachment

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp made his own choice to fill a soon-to-be-open Senate seat. Did he “betray” the president? Plus, why North Carolina’s Thom Tillis is still one of the more vulnerable senators up for re-election in 2020, despite no longer having a primary challenger. And, former congressman James Rogan, a member of the House Judiciary Committee in 1998, reflects in his vote to impeach President Clinton for perjury and obstruction of justice in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Episode #306: Standing Up to a President

We pay tribute to the late William Ruckelshaus, the career public servant who was one of two Justice Department officials who departed the Nixon administration during the Saturday Night Massacre. Plus, we remember the career of John Glenn, three years after his death. And we look back at the assassinations of San Francisco’s George Moscone and Harvey Milk in 1978.

Episode #305: Talking Turkey and Politics

This week on the Political Junkie show, we hear from Carol Anderson who discusses her book, “One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy.” John Warner, a conservative Republican from Virginia reflects back on his 30 years in the Senate … including his controversial “not guilty” vote in the Clinton impeachment trial. And, Craig Shirley, the author of several Ronald Reagan biographies, talks about his latest one, which covers the period between Reagan’s loss for the 1976 GOP nomination to his victory in the 1980 election.

Episode #304: Sherrod Brown and His Desk of History

Ron Elving sizes up the winners and losers from the ten Democratic presidential candidates who debated this week in Atlanta. Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown has a new book about his desk in the Senate the progressive champions of the past who previously occupied it. And we replay parts of our 2015 interview with Roger Stone who saw things in Donald Trump that few others did.

Episode #303: When Is Late “Too Late?”

This week, we ask why there are more Democratic candidates jumping into the presidential race – and what roadblocks will they face? We also review the history of late-announcing candidates. And we discuss the decision of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to seek his former Senate seat next year.

Episode #302: The Difficulty of Being a GOP Governor in Kentucky

We sift through the memorable storylines from Tuesday’s election results. Plus, former New Jersey Senator Bob Torricelli reflects on his career and the campaign finance scandal that brought it to an end. And we trace the rise and possible fall of Kamala Harris’ presidential bid.

Episode #301: Another Leftwing Third Party Candidate?

What is the possible motivation for congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s attacks on her party establishment, including Hillary Clinton? Plus, we consider one organization’s listing of the nation’s most popular governors, as well as the most unpopular. And we look back on the life of John Conyers, the disgraced former House member from Michigan who died last week.

Episode #300: Oops: Memorable Presidential Primary Debate Moments

We remember the career of Congressman Elijah Cummings, a man dedicated to decency and honor. Plus, we review some great moments in past presidential primary debates, and look back and examine the facts and mythology of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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