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A quick review of the first installment of the January 6th committee’s hearings to learn what exactly happened in the time leading up to the insurrection — what Donald Trump and his co-conspirators knew and did — as well as the motivations of the mob that broke into the Capitol. The post Episode #389: The Facts Are There. Is Anyone Listening? appea…
 
A quick look at the primaries at stake on May 17th. Most eyes will be on Pennsylvania, where Donald Trump has put his weight behind Dr. Mehmet Oz, and in North Carolina, where Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s bizarre behavior may finally be too much for Republican voters. The post Episode #388: Is Trump The Wizard For Oz? And Whither Cawthorn? appeared firs…
 
Claremont McKenna College professor Jack Pitney talks about the power of Donald Trump endorsements, which propels many — but not all — candidates to victory. Greg Bluestein of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution sets the stage for the May 24 primaries in Georgia, which is holding key contests for governor, senator and secretary of state. It’s another …
 
Journalist Tom Fiedler reports on the latest antic of freshman Rep. Madison Cawthorn, a North Carolina Republican with a history of embellishing stories and staying in the news and who may have gone too far by suggesting that some of his fellow Republicans may have partaken in sex orgies and cocaine snorting. Despite Donald Trump’s endorsement, he …
 
Liz Ruskin of Alaska Public Media reports on the death of Rep. Don Young, the senior member of Congress and the longest serving Republican in congressional history. Howard Wilkinson of radio station WVXU recaps the zany Ohio Republican Senate debate that nearly turned into a fistfight and sets up the Ohio 3rd GOP primary for the seat of the retirin…
 
Mo Elleithee, a longtime Democratic Party insider and member of the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee, talks about plans to rewrite the presidential primary calendar for 2024 — a calendar that may dislodge Iowa from its long held leadoff spot. Randy Krehbiel, a political reporter with the Tulsa World, discusses the upcoming resignation of Sen. James…
 
Ross Ramsey of the Texas Tribune sets up Tuesday’s primaries, the first in the nation. GOP Gov. Greg Abbott is all but assured of renomination, and will likely face Democrat Beto O’Rourke in November. But the main battle on March 1st is the Republican primary for state attorney general. Incumbent Ken Paxton is facing three challengers: former state…
 
With the Senate tied at 50-50 and a crucial Supreme Court confirmation vote coming up, the last thing the Democrats wanted, politically, was to see one of its own, New Mexico’s Ben Ray Lujan, sent to the hospital with a stroke. New Mexico political blogger Joe Monahan sums up the dilemma facing a party that can’t afford to lose even one of its memb…
 
With Democrats holding on to their Senate majority until the rest of the year, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer announced his resignation this week, subject to the confirmation of his successor. Robert Barnes, the Court correspondent for the Washington Post, notes the tremendous pressure Breyer was under by liberals to quit, lest the left wind …
 
Carl Hulse of the New York Times dissects the decision by West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin to oppose President Biden’s Build Back Better bill, citing its costs. And we remember Bob Dole, the former Senate Majority Leader and 1996 Republican presidential nominee, who died earlier this month at the age of 98. We have an interview with former Sen. Alan …
 
Former Sen. Joe Lieberman, author of a new book about centrism in politics, says both parties need to compromise if they expect anything to get done. And we review the career of Sen. Pat Leahy (D-VT), who announced his retirement after nearly 48 years in office. The post Episode #379: In The Middle Of Nowhere appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political…
 
We remember former Georgia Democratic Sen. Max Cleland, who died last week and who was on the receiving end of one the most controversial attack ads in political history. And we weigh the decision by New Hampshire GOP Gov. Chris Sununu not to challenge Sen. Maggie Hassan (D) next year, who is thought to be vulnerable. The post Episode #378: A Hero,…
 
Tuesday's gubernatorial contest in Virginia is being watched nationwide for a possible clue about what might happen in the 2022 midterms ... and how to deal with Donald Trump. And former Sen. Harry Reid makes the case for Nevada to lead off the presidential calendar, not Iowa. The post Episode #377: Yes Virginia, This One Matters appeared first on …
 
A book by a longtime Republican strategist says his party has become indistinguishable from Donald Trump -- and all that's wrong with Trumpism. We look ahead to next month's historic Boston mayoral race. And we talk to Colin Powell's former chief of staff, who has the inside scoop behind Powell's infamous 2003 UN speech about "weapons of mass destr…
 
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema may be driving progressives nuts by thwarting much of President Biden's agenda, but her actions may be popular back home. And we remember the unfortunate 2012 campaign gaffe of Todd Akin, who died last week, and who suggested that "legitimate rape" would not result in pregnancy. The post Episode #375: Sinema Paradiso appeared fi…
 
The decision by anti-Trump Republican Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio not to seek reelection next year is seen as a victory for the former president, who retains deep loyalty among GOP voters. And we discuss the meaning of last week's defeated recall vote in California. The post Episode #374: Trump Enemies List Loses One appeared first on Ken Rudin's Poli…
 
We set up what's at stake in Tuesday's California gubernatorial recall election. And we replay an interview from last summer with former Illinois Sen. Adlai Stevenson III, who died last week. The post Episode #373: Can You Recall The Governor Of California? appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.…
 
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