All good things must come to an end. Ken Rudin and Ron Elving, for the final time, weigh in on the political news of the week. New York Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner is snapped up in another sexting saga, President Obama delivers his most expansive comments on race and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell now has a Tea Party challenger. The guys also make 2014 and 2016 predictions, plus read farewell letters from “The Listener.”
In the Penultimate Edition of the podcast, Ken Rudin and Ron Elving talk about the Senate avoiding the so-called “Nuclear Option” and who the big winners of the compromise are. Plus the surprise decision by former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer who opted not to run for the U.S. Senate in 2014. And what’s a podcast without a scandal? The guys discuss the sexual harassment allegations dogging San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.
Ron Elving and Ken Rudin return from the 4th of July holiday to tackle in the world of politics. Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, who resigned amidst a prostitution scandal, announces he’s running for New York City comptroller. Down in Texas, Governor Rick Perry won’t seek another term in 2014, fueling speculation of a possible presidential run in 2016. Plus former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin flirts with a U.S. Senate campaign against embattled Alaska Senator Mark Begich.
Ron Elving and Ken Rudin discuss the landmark rulings by the Supreme Court on two same-sex marriage cases and another involving the 1965 Voting Rights Act. All those rulings came by way of narrow 5-to-4 margins. Ken and Ron also discuss Massachusetts Congressman Ed Markey’s special election victory. Markey’s 36 years in the U.S. House is the longest anyone has served before being elected to the U.S. Senate.
Ron Elving and Ken Rudin weigh in on President Obama leaving the IRS, NSA and other controversies behind as he attended the G8 summit in Europe. Back in Washington, the House OKs a far-reaching 20-week abortion ban bill. And former Florida Governor Jeb Bush raises eyebrows saying immigrants are “more fertile” than U.S.-born citizens.
Ken Rudin and Ron Elving discuss whether Edward Snowden, the self-identified source who released top-secret U.S. government data, is a traitor or hero. They also weigh in on Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s chances of winning a New Jersey special election to fill the late Senator Frank Lautenberg’s seat. Plus a remembrance of civil rights icon Medgar Evers who was assassinated 50 years ago this week.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s political future is affected by the death of Senator Frank Lautenberg, President Obama dares Republicans to stop his court nominees, and Michigan’s John Dingell makes history in Congress. NPR’s Ron Elving and Ken Rudin review it all in the latest episode of the “It’s All Politics” podcast.
Ron Elving and Ken Rudin look back at the political career and presidential run of Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann. She announced this week she’s retiring from Congress in 2014. They also weigh in on President Obama and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s renewed “bromance.” Plus Rhode Island’s Independent Governor, Lincoln Chafee, who was once a Republican, announced this week he’s switching parties again, this time becoming a Democrat.
Ken Rudin and Ron Elving review the week in politics. President Obama performs a balancing act, functioning as both “Uniter-in-Chief” in the wake of the deadly tornado in Oklahoma and “Commander-in-Chief” as he defends the use of drones. The guys also weigh in on Lois Lerner, the IRS official who pleads the 5th, but only after giving an opening statement. And former Rep. Anthony Weiner makes it official — he’s running for mayor of New York.