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Progressive Democrats trying to help enact President Biden’s agenda are constantly butting heads with Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. They are especially frustrated with Sinema, who began her political career on the left. But since she came to the Senate in 2019, she’s been an outspoken opponent of big spending bil…
 
The decision by Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio) to retire next year, rather than seek reelection, is a clear victory for Donald Trump and it helps ratify his influence in the Republican Party. Gonzalez was one of ten House Republicans to vote to impeach the 45th president, and Trump made it clear he would work for his defeat in the 2022 midterm elec…
 
John Myers of the Los Angeles Times sets up Tuesday’s recall election aimed at California Gov. Gavin Newsom. Unlike the recall of 2003, where another Democrat, Gray Davis, was successfully recalled, polls indicate that Newsom is going to survive on Sept. 14th. But win or lose, Golden State voters are going to go through another gubernatorial contes…
 
The withdrawal from Afghanistan is not going as well as some hoped. But did anyone ever think that extracting U.S. troops from a 20-year war was going to be easy? And let the blame game begin. This week’s show is mostly a personal essay about my relationship with Neal Conan, the longtime NPR broadcaster who died of cancer earlier this month. In add…
 
Chris Churchill of the Albany Times-Union reports on the stunning (though expected) toppling of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose alleged history of sexual harassment — as outlined in a report by the state attorney general — left him no way out. Melissa Deckman of Washington College also discusses a theme widely discussed among some Democrats: Why …
 
Abby Livingston of the Texas Tribune talks about the decision made by Texas House Democrats to flee the state in order to stymie GOP efforts to pass restrictive voting rights bills. Edwin Edwards, the former four-term governor of Louisiana known for his charm and ethical lapses, died last week. He appeared on the Political Junkie back in 2014 to re…
 
Mike Gravel, the former Alaska senator who read excerpts of the Pentagon Papers on the Senate floor in 1971, died this week at the age of 91. Back in 2015, Gravel was on the Political Junkie talking about his fateful act, and we are replaying that interview this week. The post Episode #369: Mike Gravel And Acts Of Civil Disobedience appeared first …
 
Christine Chabot of Loyola University weighs the arguments of getting Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire early, before Republicans have a chance of regaining control of the Senate (and the White House). And Donald Ritchie talks about his new book, “The Columnist,” about the controversial and feared journalist, the late Drew Pearson. Plu…
 
Nick Fandos of the New York Times discusses the role being played by Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat whose opposition to altering the filibuster — he believes in something called “bipartisanship” — is (currently) thwarting President Biden’s agenda in the Senate. And historian Jeff Shesol talks about his new book, “Mercury Rising: John …
 
We replay a 2018 interview we held with former Virginia Sen. John Warner, who died this week. Warner talks not only about his controversial “not guilty” vote during the Clinton impeachment trial, but his entire career as well … including his relationship with Elizabeth Taylor. And, staying on the Virginia theme, Bob Holsworth, a leading authority o…
 
Liz Cheney is out. But a former member of Congress won't stop fighting to rid the GOP of the Trump influence. And while the recall against California Gov. Newsom is underway, polls indicate that he is benefitting from his actions on vaccines and the reopening of the state. The post Episode #365: Fighting For A New GOP. And A Different California. a…
 
Liz Cheney is about to lose her House leadership position because she refuses to go along with Donald Trump's lies and misstatements. Meanwhile, President Biden needs to be cognizant of his barebones majority in the Senate and mindful of the needs of Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat who has become a powerbroker in his own right. The post Epi…
 
A look at the recall effort in California aimed at Gov. Gavin Newsom (D). Sen. Roy Blunt's (R) unexpected retirement in Missouri is likely to open the door to a fierce battle among Republicans for the seat. And Marvin Kalb remembers the life and legacy of Roger Mudd, the exemplary television political journalist who died this week at the age of 93.…
 
Two politicians, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) have been hit with allegations of sexual harassment. In addition to the two cases, we ask why the two parties seem to treat sexual harassment differently, at least when it comes to their own party members. And we recap some of the nuttiness at last weekend's CPAC event…
 
A look at how her history of snarky tweets may jeopardize Neera Tanden's chances of becoming the next head of OMB. And we talk to three journalists covering a trio of Republicans who voted against Donald Trump in the second impeachment case: Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Liz Cheney of Wyoming, and Richard Burr of North Carolina. The post Episode #360: …
 
Sarah Huckabee Sanders hopes her service on behalf of Donald Trump will help her win the governorship in Arkansas. Meanwhile, while Democrats are unlikely to prevail in next week's Senate trial of the former president, Republicans are split over what Marjorie Taylor Greene is doing to the party. Similar intra-GOP struggles are visible in Arizona, w…
 
January 2021 is the final month of Donald Trump's presidency. It also was the month where he was, for the second time, impeached by the House ... this time for inciting an insurrection. And we remember the 1954 attack on the House by Puerto Rican nationalists. The post Episode #358: Shame. And Hope. appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.…
 
We look at what's at stake in Tuesday's Senate runoffs in Georgia. And a former senator explains why she took part in an electoral certification protest in 2005 and what it doesn't compare to what Republicans are doing this time. The post Episode #357: For All The Marbles appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.…
 
A new book examines why "faithless electors" are faithless, why they break from their parties' nominees in the Electoral College. And we speak to one such elector, a 1976 Ford elector who nonetheless voted for Reagan. The post Episode #355: The Electoral College vs. Trump University appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.…
 
A former Republican congressman argues that 2020 was a great year for the GOP, despite Trump's defeat. And a former New York state comptroller discusses the life and legacy of the late David Dinkins, NYC's only black mayor, and the past and future of African-American politics in the city. The post Episode #354: David Dinkins and the Harlem Gang of …
 
Georgia will be experiencing two Senate runoffs next month. Back in 1992, Senator Wyche Fowler was forced into a runoff of his own -- where he lost his seat. Fowler offers similarities and differences between now and then. The post Episode #353: You Never Forget Your First Runoff appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.…
 
Joe Biden may have won the presidency, but he'll serve without the expected Democratic Senate victory, and with a smaller House majority as well. And California Gov. Gavin Newsom will have a tough decision to make in naming a successor to Sen. Kamala Harris. The post Episode #351: Biden Wins (Don’t Tell Trump); GOP Wins Too. appeared first on Ken R…
 
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