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Get your weekly fix of smart, informative and fun political coverage on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie! Host Ken Rudin brings his trademark humor and encyclopedic knowledge of American history to this podcast of conversations with journalists, pundits, and politicians. Ken brings his years of experience as a long-time political reporter to the fore as he highlights notable moments in political history, and looks ahead to the biggest issues, personalities and horse-races on the national political scene. Plus, listeners are invited to show off their political knowledge with Ken's weekly trivia question and Scuttlebutton puzzles.

Get your weekly fix of smart, informative and fun political coverage on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie! Host Ken Rudin brings his trademark humor and encyclopedic knowledge of American history to this podcast of conversations with journalists, pundits, and politicians. Ken brings his years of experience as a long-time political reporter to the fore as he highlights notable moments in political history, and looks ahead to the biggest issues, personalities and horse-races on the national political scene. Plus, listeners are invited to show off their political knowledge with Ken's weekly trivia question and Scuttlebutton puzzles.
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Get your weekly fix of smart, informative and fun political coverage on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie! Host Ken Rudin brings his trademark humor and encyclopedic knowledge of American history to this podcast of conversations with journalists, pundits, and politicians. Ken brings his years of experience as a long-time political reporter to the fore as he highlights notable moments in political history, and looks ahead to the biggest issues, personalities and horse-races on the national political scene. Plus, listeners are invited to show off their political knowledge with Ken's weekly trivia question and Scuttlebutton puzzles.

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Episodes

Episode #252: Florida. Again.

11/15/2018
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A week after the 2018 midterm elections and there’s still no shortage of uncertainty. Susan MacManus of the University of South Florida reports on the suspicion and vitriol taking place in Florida, where races... The post Episode #252: Florida. Again. appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:00:47:40

Episode #251: Not a Blue Wave, But a Purple Rain

11/8/2018
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It’s finally over. The 2018 midterms, with all its rancor and charges and bitterness, are over. But if it’s a referendum on President Trump, what’s the message if the Democrats did great in the... The post Episode #251: Not a Blue Wave, But a Purple Rain appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:00:58:23

Episode #250: The 2018 Midterm Election Special

11/1/2018
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It’s the Political Junkie Midterm Election Special: What’s at stake on November 6th and what to look for. We hear from: Republican strategist Vin Weber and Democratic pollster Anna Greenberg on the backdrop of... The post Episode #250: The 2018 Midterm Election Special appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:00:54:53

Episode #249: The Washington Nationalist

10/25/2018
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To put it mildly, presidents don’t always like the coverage they get in the press. But never — not even with Nixon, or Obama, both of whom had less than cordial relations with the... The post Episode #249: The Washington Nationalist appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:00:55:01

Episode #248: After Kavanaugh

10/18/2018
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The president on CBS’ “60 Minutes” last Sunday was vintage Trump: combative, insistent and not willing to change his mind, even if the facts suggest he could be wrong. Aaron Blake of the Washington... The post Episode #248: After Kavanaugh appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:00:56:28

Episode #247: Hearing Problems

10/4/2018
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The drama and tension we saw last week during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court — beginning with emotional accusations against him by Christine Blasey... The post Episode #247: Hearing Problems appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:01:03:39

Episode #246: Brett and Butter Issues

9/27/2018
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While Washington is about to begin deciding the fate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the issue of his confirmation is playing out in campaigns across the country. Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum of... The post Episode #246: Brett and Butter Issues appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:01:01:16

Episode #245: Counting Down to the Midterms

9/20/2018
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The primaries — which began in Texas in March and ended last week in New York — have produced some interesting stories, fascinating characters and crucial matchups for November. NPR’s Ron Elving tells us... The post Episode #245: Counting Down to the Midterms appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:01:02:48

Episode #244: 44 Takes On 45

9/13/2018
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A lot of fireworks and pent-up anger last week during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. But, as Robert Barnes of the Washington Post points out, were any... The post Episode #244: 44 Takes On 45 appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:01:02:19

Episode #243: Super News for Berniecrats, Super Memories from Joe Lieberman

9/6/2018
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One of the main complaints Democratic Party leaders heard from Bernie Sanders supporters in 2016 was the outsized influence of superdelegates — those elected officials and other party bigwigs who were automatic delegates to... The post Episode #243: Super News for Berniecrats, Super Memories from Joe Lieberman appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:00:52:48

Episode #242: Senator, Maverick, Patriot

8/30/2018
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We remember the life, career, and legacy of John McCain, the Arizona Republican senator who died last Saturday at the age of 81. We speak with four people who knew him well: Mike Murphy... The post Episode #242: Senator, Maverick, Patriot appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:01:01:02

Episode #241: Left Turn in Mass., Right Turn in Fla., A Turnaround in N.Y.

8/16/2018
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Chris Collins was a leading Republican congressman from New York, the first GOP House member to endorse Donald Trump in 2016. But his arrest last week on insider trading charges has effectively ended his... The post Episode #241: Left Turn in Mass., Right Turn in Fla., A Turnaround in N.Y. appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:01:02:55

Episode #240: A Harbinger for November?

8/9/2018
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The special congressional election in Ohio’s 12th District is still too close to call. But just the fact that a Democrat almost won this longstanding GOP bastion is enough for Nathan Gonzales, editor and... The post Episode #240: A Harbinger for November? appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:00:53:50

Episode #239: Our Collusion Delusion Confusion

8/2/2018
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The “impeach Rod Rosenstein” effort is going nowhere, to no surprise, but that hardly means conservatives in the House Republican conference are backing down. Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio is running to head up... The post Episode #239: Our Collusion Delusion Confusion appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:00:52:47

Episode #238: Rohrabacher, Russia Backer?

7/26/2018
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The victory of Democrat Conor Lamb in a solidly Republican House seat in Pennsylvania earlier this year brought national headlines. Could the same thing happen next month in Ohio? Owen Daugherty of the Columbus... The post Episode #238: Rohrabacher, Russia Backer? appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:00:49:44

Episode #237: To Russia with Love

7/19/2018
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The almost surreal news conference in Helsinki between President Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin was the big story of the week, and we’ve got it covered. Amanda Sloat of the Brookings Institution reviews Trump’s... The post Episode #237: To Russia with Love appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:00:54:30

Episode #236: Kavanaugh Comes A-Courtin’

7/12/2018
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President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to succeed Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court has given the president his second chance to move the court in a more conservative direction. Burgess Everett... The post Episode #236: Kavanaugh Comes A-Courtin’ appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:00:52:29

Episode #235: Reshaping The Court … Again

6/28/2018
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The announcement by Anthony Kennedy, the crucial “swing” justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, that is retiring has sent shock waves through both parties. And the battle to confirm President Trump’s nominee to succeed... The post Episode #235: Reshaping The Court … Again appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:00:55:50

Episode #234: Zero Tolerance

6/21/2018
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Faced with a losing political argument on “zero tolerance” and the separation of children from the parents who enter the U.S. illegally, President Trump signed an executive order that basically ended his own Administration’s... The post Episode #234: Zero Tolerance appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:00:59:07

Episode #233: Pulling Rank in Maine

6/14/2018
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Maine tried something this week that has never been tried before. It became the first to hold a statewide primary using a system called “ranked choice voting” — in which voters don’t simply indicate... The post Episode #233: Pulling Rank in Maine appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.

Duration:00:55:39