It's All Politics

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NPR political analysts Ken Rudin and Ron Elving delve into the week's political news and analysis.

Ron Elving and Ken Rudin review the latest political news best summed up as: "the week of the comeback." In South Carolina, former Governor Mark Sanford wins back his old seat in the U.S. House. Hearings on the aftermath of the Benghazi attacks again take center stage. And New Jersey …
Ken Rudin and Ron Elving discuss President Obama's press conference this week where he talked about a range of topics including closing the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and the ongoing civil war in Syria. They also weigh in on the race for the open Senate seat in Massachusetts, plus GOP …
Ron Elving and Ken Rudin discuss how last week's deadly bombings in Boston changed the political mood in Washington. They also preview upcoming special elections in South Carolina and in Massachusetts. Plus, they weigh in on why former First Lady Barbara Bush doesn't want her son Jeb to run for …
Ken Rudin and Ron Elving review the somber week highlighted by the deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon. They discuss the defeat of the Manchin-Toomey gun amendment in the Senate on Wednesday and why immigration reform will have a better chance of passing in the divided Congress. Plus the latest …
Ken Rudin is joined by NPR National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson this week. They discuss lawmakers in Washington hinting at some level of bipartisanship on the issues of guns and immigration. They also weigh in on Kentucky Senator Rand Paul's outreach to students at the predominantly black Howard University this …
Ron Elving is joined by NPR Health Correspondent Julie Rovner this week. They discuss President Obama's brain mapping initiative and his 2-for-22 shooting performance during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. They also weigh in on recent GOP gaffes — one made by Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert on same-sex …
Ken Rudin and Ron Elving reflect on the historic Supreme Court hearings on same-sex marriage. They also weigh in on South Dakota's Tim Johnson, a Democrat, retiring from the Senate. Plus, with heavy hearts, Ken and Ron say goodbye to actress Ashley Judd who decided against running for the Senate …
Ron Elving and Ken Rudin dissect some of what's in the GOP's "autopsy" plan released by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus this week. They also preview what could be a tough nomination battle for President Obama's pick to lead the Labor Department and weigh in on the changing politics of same-sex …
The white smoke has appeared and that can mean only one thing: the new edition of the "It's All Politics" podcast with NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving is ready. It also means that there's no budget deal in Congress, that CPAC is underway, and that Carl Levin has decided …
The sequester is in effect. But for all the pain lawmakers claimed would be inflicted on the U.S. economy, as of now, it has yet to be felt. Ken Rudin and Ron Elving discuss whether the President cried wolf on the issue. Plus they weigh in on Kentucky Senator Rand …
The sequester is upon us and NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving try to explain how this all affects THEM. But it's a good week for Chuck Hagel, who finally gets the votes he needs to become defense secretary, and Robin Kelly, who wins the Democratic primary in Illinois' 2nd …
With the sequester just days away, Congress skips town on recess and the President hits the golf course with Tiger Woods. That leaves Ken Rudin and Ron Elving to play the blame game over who will be at fault should the devastating budget cuts go into effect March 1st. Plus …
Valentine's Day came this week, but still no love between Democrats and Republicans in Washington. Ken Rudin and Ron Elving discuss the President's State of the Union address and the dueling GOP Responses given by Senator's Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky. Ken and Ron also weigh …
Ron Elving and Ken Rudin review the week in politics, including Florida Senator Marco Rubio being tapped to deliver the Republican rebuttal to next week's State of the Union address. They also chime in on a new ad by Crossroads GPS that pokes fun at actress Ashley Judd. She is …
Ken Rudin and Ron Elving weigh in on two Senate Hearings this week: Wednesday's hearing on guns and Thursday's confirmation hearing for Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel. The guys also discuss prospects of immigration reform passing and the announcements by Senators Tom Harkin of Iowa, a Democrat and Saxby …
In this week's podcast, Ron Elving and Ken Rudin discuss the President's second inauguration. They discuss Hillary Clinton's testimony on Benghazi, and John Kerry's confirmation hearing for Secretary of State. The guys also look ahead to the special election for the open House seat in South Carolina.
In this week's podcast, Ron Elving and Ken Rudin discuss the White House's gun control agenda unveiled by President Obama on Wednesday. They also look ahead to the President's second inauguration next week. And the guys weigh in on why Mark Sanford, the disgraced former South Carolina governor, looks to …
In this week's podcast Ken Rudin and Ron Elving discuss Mr. Obama's nominees to head the Department of Defense and the CIA. They also weigh in on whether the President's Cabinet is lacking diversity, Nixon's 100th birthday and why cockroaches are more popular than Congress.
This week, NPR's Washington Editor Ron Elving and Political Junkie Ken Rudin discuss the (sort of) resolution to the "fiscal cliff," the political survival of House Speaker John Boehner, a soon-to-be vacant senate seat in Massachusetts, and the appointment of a new Senator from Hawaii.
In this last podcast of 2012, Ron Elving and Ken Rudin discuss the fallout over Speaker John Boehner's failed "Plan B" proposal. They also touch on the NRA's stance on guns in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy and the arrest of Idaho Senator Michael Crapo for DUI.