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June 19, 2013 Sadly, this week's ScuttleButton is the last time it will appear on the NPR Web site. Contact Ken Rudin at email@example.com to learn about the future of Political Junkie and the button puzzle.
June 11, 2013 The real question about sending in this week's ScuttleButton answer is whether the NSA will see it before Ken Rudin does.
Lautenberg's GOP opponents: Millicent Fenwick 1982, Pete Dawkins 1988, Chuck Haytaian 1994, Doug Forrester 2002 and Dick Zimmer 2008.
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June 5, 2013 The death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg has thrown a monkey wrench onto the plans of N.J. Gov. Chris Christie. Calculations about Lautenberg's successor, and when to hold the special election, may affect Christie's re-election path this year ... as well as a potential White House bid in 2016.
June 4, 2013 Let's just see if the Chinese can hack into the answer to this week's ScuttleButton puzzle.
May 29, 2013 The nomination of E.W. Jackson for lieutenant governor of Virginia has excited movement conservatives, who love his no-holds-barred rhetoric. Democrats are also pleased with his nomination, arguing that he can help turn moderate swing voters away from the GOP.
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May 29, 2013 If ScuttleButton disappears from this Web site, how will you cope? Sign up now for the Political Junkie mailing list in order to be informed where these delightful features end up.
May 22, 2013 I'm hoping the administration won't go through my personal e-mails to reveal the answer to this week's ScuttleButton puzzle. Hopefully they'll wait a week, like everyone else.
Los Angeles mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel.
May 21, 2013 After eight years of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles voters will pick a, shall we say, more charismatically-challenged successor.
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May 15, 2013 President Obama says we don't have time to be playing these kinds of political games. Was he talking about Benghazi or ScuttleButton?
May 8, 2013 Seriously, who cares about the Jodi Arias verdict when there's a new ScuttleButton puzzle to be solved? Actually, even if there weren't a new ScuttleButton puzzle.
May 7, 2013 History says that if a sitting vice president wants to succeed his retiring boss, the nomination is usually his. Think: Nixon '60, Humphrey '68, Bush '88, Gore '00. But history may not help Joe Biden in 2016.
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April 30, 2013 Of the eight senators retiring in 2014, six of them are Democrats. Which should be good news for the Republicans. Maybe. Plus: take our poll, please, as to who will win in South Carolina next week.
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April 30, 2013 America has rushed to embrace the first openly gay NBA active player. Now if it would only embrace ScuttleButton, the popular waste-of-time button puzzle.
April 23, 2013 The complaints begin anew. First, it was indignation over the April Fool's puzzle. Now, it's how EASY last week's one was. Well, here's another ScuttleButton for you to figure out.
April 19, 2013 Please forgive me for the cruel, April Fool's ScuttleButton, which ultimately was deliberately unsolvable. This week's puzzle is on the up and up.
April 17, 2013 It's wrong, and journalistically lazy, to lump together every politician who was ever involved in a sex scandal. Still, there are a lot of similarities between Mark Sanford and Anthony Weiner — at least in their post-scandal "script."
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April 1, 2013 I couldn't possibly go on vacation this week without leaving a ScuttleButton puzzle to be solved behind.
March 26, 2013 Everybody complains when ScuttleButton puzzles are too easy. Well, this week's offering is anything but easy.
March 25, 2013 Is it too soon to be thinking about 2016? Not really, especially after watching Hillary Clinton talk on same-sex marriage and Rand Paul on changes to immigration policy. Plus: a brief history of the GOP's rise in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District.
March 18, 2013 America's two great pastimes — baseball and ScuttleButton — came together in last week's puzzle. Now you have a new one to figure out.
March 18, 2013 Public opinion is clearly shifting on the issue of gay marriage; even one Republican senator has come out in favor of it. But it was a different story in 1996, when an overwhelming majority of congressional D's and R's supported the Defense of Marriage Act and a Democratic president signed it.
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March 13, 2013 If you've come here to learn the identity of the next Pope, you've made a grievous mistake. But while you're here you may as well uncover the latest ScuttleButton puzzle.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaks at the Reagan Library after autographing his new book 'Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution' on March 8 in Simi Valley, Calif.
March 11, 2013 Forget about 2012 presidential burnout. The 2016 campaign has already begun, at least according to what has been written in the past week about Jeb Bush's new book on immigration. Plus: Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) won't run again in 2014.
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