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Ken Rudin's Political Junkie

A weekly News and Politics podcast featuring Ken Rudin
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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
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
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 th
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 c
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 suggest
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
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
An awful month. A disastrous exit from Afghanistan. And we lost Neal Conan to cancer. The post Episode #372: Remembering Neal Conan appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.
The resignation announcement by New York's Andrew Cuomo means many things, not the least of which it will lead to the state's first female governor. A look at the hopeless complaint by Democrats that their party is the only one that cares abou
Texas Democrats have fled the state to hold up legislation that could make voting more difficult. But how long can this tactic work? And we remember Edwin Edwards, the former governor of Louisiana, first with a rebroadcast of our interview wi
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 C
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 abou
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.
We replay an interview with the late Sen. John Warner (R-VA) from 2018. And we set up this year's gubernatorial contest in the Old Dominion. The post Episode #366: Taylor-Made For The Senate 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
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 n
A replay of our 2015 interview with Walter Mondale, who died this week at the age of 93. The post Episode #363: Walter Mondale Fought The Good Fight appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.
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
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 leas
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:
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 ov
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 R
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 Epis
It's the Political Junkie 2020 Remembrances Special, where we celebrate the lives of memorable politicians who left us this year. The post Episode #356: The 2020 Remembrances Special 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: T
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