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.

In this week's podcast, Ron Elving and Ken Rudin discuss tragic the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut and how it may embolden lawmakers to take up the hot- button issue of gun control. They also talk about the passing of Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii and U.S. Supreme Court nominee Robert …
In this week's podcast, Ken Rudin and Ron Elving discuss the final undetermined House seat of the 2012 cycle being decided in Louisiana. They also discuss Speaker of the House John Boehner's options in the fiscal cliff discussions and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice withdrawing from consideration to become the next …
In this week's podcast, Ron Elving and Ken Rudin discuss the surprise retirement of South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint, the rumored challenge that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell may face in 2014 from actress Ashley Judd and the unemployment rate dropping to 7-point-7 percent.
In this week's podcast, Ken Rudin and Ron Elving discuss the icy reception United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice received from Senate Republicans. They also talk about who in the GOP has vowed to break the so-called tax pledge and preview some of the people thought to be vying to succeed …
Ron Elving and Ken Rudin discuss some House contests that finally got resolved; Rep Allen West of Florida concedes, while Rep Ron Barber squeaks out a victory in Arizona. They also weigh in on the changing demographics in the House and mark the passing of former New Hampshire Senator Warren …
This week, President Obama says he won't "overreach" in his second term - but was mum on whether he did in the first. Questions about Benghazi dog UN Ambassador Susan Rice and former CIA Director David Petraeus, although he had a little more explaining to do. In the House, Democrats …
The 2012 campaign is over and Ken Rudin and Ron Elving reflect on the $6 Billion dollar election season. They dissect how President Obama's win was both a landslide and a narrow victory. Other topics rolled into this edition include the record number of women elected to the Senate and …
Could it be a tie?! This week, NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving ponder the possibility of an evenly-divided Electoral College and other scenarios that leave no clear winner in the Presidential race next Tuesday. They also take a tour through battleground states to speculate which Romney and the President …
Could it be a tie?! This week, NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving ponder the possibility of an evenly-divided Electoral College and other scenarios that leave no clear winner in the Presidential race next Tuesday. They also take a tour through battleground states to speculate which Romney and the President …
Ken Rudin and Ron Elving review the highlights of the final presidential debate this week. This podcast is not all "horses and bayonets" though. Ken and Ron also discuss Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's rape comments and as promised a full handicap of the hot Senate races heading into the …
Ron Elving and Ken Rudin discuss the second Presidential debate. By most accounts President Obama showed a much more spirited performance compared to the first match-up on October 3rd, though this one may be most remembered for the phrase "binders full of women" by Governor Romney. They also pay tribute …
The second of four debates this presidential campaign cycle took place on Thursday. It was the one and only match-up of the VP candidates. Ron Elving and White House Correspondent Scott Horsley, who is sitting in for Ken Rudin, hash out which verbal jabs by Rep. Paul Ryan and Vice …
Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney delivers the shot-in-the-arm to his candidacy during Wednesday's debate verses President Obama. Ken Rudin and Ron Elving dissect the memorable moments from that debate and look ahead to next week's match-up between Vice President Joe Biden and Romney's running mate Congressman Paul Ryan.
With Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney trailing in many national polls, Ken Rudin and Ron Elving discuss the importance of next week's first Presidential debate and what's at stake. They also weigh in on why Ohio seems to be a focal point for both President Obama and Mr. Romney. Plus …
Ken Rudin and Ron Elving weigh in on Mitt Romney's "47%" remarks which surfaced this week and why many conservatives have distanced themselves from Republican nominee. Ken and Ron also handicap the closely-contested Senate races, plus Clint Eastwood talks about his appearance at the Republican National Convention last month.
Ron Elving and Ken Rudin discuss Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney's rocky week. He came under fire for criticizing the Obama administration's handling of violent demonstrations in the Middle East. They also weigh in on the political implications of the Chicago teachers strike and embattled Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin.
Ken Rudin and Ron Elving discuss the Democratic Convention in Charlotte, NC. They review the various speeches and preview Obama's talk, as well as some of the people who may emerge in 2016.
This week, NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin discuss the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida — the speeches, the delegates, and what it all means for this year's election. And in this week's other political news, Ron and Ken talk about the primary election in Arizona, which might …
Ken Rudin and Ron Elving reflect on their prediction last week that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney would tap Ohio Sen. Rob Portman as his running mate. They also discuss whether Romney's actual selection, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, was the best for his campaign.
With the announcement of Mitt Romney's running mate coming any day now, Ken Rudin and Ron Elving go through a process of elimination for the GOP candidate as to why the VEEP selection will end up being Ohio Senator Rob Portman. They also discuss the negative ads released this week, …