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Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, author of the new book, “The Centrist Solution,” argues that the only way to get things done in this bitterly split Congress is for lawmakers of both parties be willing to eschew the extremes and work across party lines to get things done. And Bob Kinzel of Vermont Public Radio lists the highlights of the long…
 
Jim Galloway, the retired political columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, remembers Max Cleland, the former Georgia Democratic senator who died this week and who was on the receiving end of one of the most controversial TV attack ads in political history. And Paul Steinhauser, a political reporter with Fox News, weighs the decision by New…
 
Bob Holsworth, the managing principal at DecideSmart and a leading analyst on Virginia politics, sets up Tuesday’s gubernatorial race between Democrat Terry McAuliffe, a former governor, and Republican Glenn Youngkin. Democrats are hoping to make this a referendum on Donald Trump, and McAuliffe is doing everything he can to tie Youngkin to the form…
 
Longtime Republican consultant Stuart Stevens, author of “It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump,” talks about what he sees as the Trumpification of the GOP and what if anything can be done to save the party. Anthony Brooks of radio station WBUR sets up next month’s historic Boston mayoral race, where the winner is all but g…
 
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…
 
We are replaying an interview we had six years ago with Mike Gravel, the former Alaska senator who died this week, about his decision to read excerpts of the Pentagon Papers on the Senate floor. The post Episode #369: Mike Gravel And Acts Of Civil Disobedience appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.…
 
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…
 
By insisting on "bipartisanship," Joe Manchin (D-WV) is jeopardizing President Biden's agenda in the Senate. And a new book explores John Glenn's orbital mission in 1962 and how it played in the Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. The post Episode #367: Heroes And Villains appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.…
 
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…
 
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