Episode #35: Obamacare in court, Ga. GOP picks Perdue

Not all the fights heard on the Political Junkie are at the ballot box.  Some are in court — as we saw this week, in the latest attempt by opponents of the Affordable Care Act to gut the measure in the D.C. Circuit Court.  Julie Rovner, a senior correspondent at Kaiser Health News, talks about …

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Episode #34: Money talks, immigration walks

Howard Baker has died.  The former Senate Republican majority leader was 88 years old and was admired and respected by members of both parties.  Tom Griscom, his former press secretary, shares his memories of the late Tennessee lawmaker. And immigration legislation is dead too.  Republicans blame President Obama for the stalemate, saying they don’t trust …

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Episode #33: Comebacks — Mississippi & Mrs. Rudin

Two weeks ago we were astonished that Eric Cantor, a well-situated House incumbent from Virginia, could get defeated in his primary.  Now we’re astonished that Thad Cochran, the six-term Republican senator from Mississippi, could pull out a victory against his tea party-backed opponent.  Whether incumbents are winning or losing, it’s the latest example of a …

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Episode #30: Primary ballots & Bergdahl politics

It was the race the tea party wanted from the beginning.  And while they didn’t completely accomplish their goal, they are thought to be on their way. In six-term Sen. Thad Cochran, tea party conservatives saw a politician from the old school, who spent a career fighting for earmarks and pork projects for Mississippi and who …

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Episode #21: Next steps for ACA & scandalous Dems

The deadline to sign up for the Affordable Care Act has passed, and now comes the fun part: the political recrimination and finger-pointing.  Janet Hook of the Wall Street Journal joins Political Junkie host Ken Rudin to talk about how Obamacare will be with us to stay for the 2014 campaign season. And with a lot of scandal in the news this …

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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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