Episode #244: 44 Takes On 45
A lot of fireworks and pent-up anger last week during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. But, as Robert Barnes of the Washington Post points out, were any minds changed? Is he less likely to get confirmed? Barnes suggests no.
Former President Barack Obama made his long-awaited return to the political fray last week with a speech at the University of Illinois at Urbana in which he eviscerated his successor, Republicans in Congress and the GOP in general. Rick Pearson of the Chicago Tribune wonders, however, if the return of Obama gives President Trump a foil to focus on — with the midterm elections less than two months away.
Obama may be returning, but Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is leaving. Becky Vevea of radio station WBEZ reports on Emanuel’s startling retirement announcement, reviews his failures and successes, and ponders over a successor
And Susan MacManus of the University of South Florida in Tampa discusses what may be the top gubernatorial race of the year: the Florida contest between conservative Ron DeSantis, a strong Trump ally, and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is running well to the left in a state that usually nominates centrist Democrats. Issues of corruption and race have dominated the contest, which remains airtight. Republicans have won the past four Florida gov elections.
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