Episode #23: Wild politics in LA & ME, LBJ’s comeback

With the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act — and with the revived reputation of President Lyndon Johnson — comparisons between LBJ and Barack Obama are being made.  Johnson, who left office in 1969 with the cloud of Vietnam hanging over him, is remembered as a master tactician who, with huge Democratic majorities in Congress, pushed a …

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Episode #20: Congress on Crimea, DC on corruption, & Kennedy v. Carter

Russian President Vladimir Putin has done his thing in Crimea, and U.S. President Barack Obama has responded with sanctions.  Now Congress will have its say, with perhaps a bill calling for stronger sanctions against Moscow and more aid to Ukraine.  Kate Hunter of Bloomberg News joins Political Junkie host Ken Rudin to talk about how anxious Congress is to be heard with a unified voice …

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Episode #19: Scott Brown moves, the ’97 Newt mutiny, & mourning Reubin Askew

Scott Brown’s likely entry into the New Hampshire Senate race livens up a campaign that Republicans had thought was a lost cause … though he still has his work cut out for him in his battle to unseat Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. Ken talks about Brown’s hurdles in his new state with New Hampshire Public Radio reporter Josh Rogers. And …

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Episode #17: Dingell Drops Out, Brewer Vetoes, and What’s the Matter with Kansas?

This week’s Political Junkie and host Ken Rudin try to answer three questions: What’s the matter with Kansas?  Well, we learn that Sen. Pat Roberts, seeking a fourth term this year, may not have an actual residence in the state.  But his Tea Party-backed opponent in the GOP primary, Milton Wolf, made inappropriate jokes X-ray images of gunshot victims on his …

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Episode #15: Politics of Immigration Reform in California, Senate Fights in Kentucky and Montana, and Remembering Shirley Temple

The decision by the House Republican leadership to postpone any discussion about getting an immigration bill on the floor — ostensibly because the GOP doesn’t trust President Obama — has had its greatest political effect in California. Cathleen Decker of the Los Angeles Times joins Political Junkie host Ken Rudin to talk about what it …

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