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The Return Of 'Political Junkie'

Some exciting news to report. The weekly Political Junkie column that you knew and (sometimes) loved is returning.

It will return on Sept. 6, the day after Labor Day, and be a regular fixture on Mondays.

The column will continue to focus on today's campaigns and elections, with occasional looks back to the past. We are in the midst of a ferocious battle for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination and an intense struggle for control of the House and Senate, with an equally fierce battle anticipated for the fall general election. The intention of posting the column on Mondays is to look ahead at the political calendar for the rest of the week and beyond.

But at the same time, there will be the irresistable references to campaign history. For example, I can't look at the New Hampshire primary without thinking of Ronald Reagan insisting that he "paid for that microphone," or the kids who showered and cut their hair for Eugene McCarthy in his improbable challenge to President Johnson, or Bob Dole growling that George Bush should "stop lying about my record."

Still, if we focus only on the past, we fail to understand the present and are unprepared for the future. Just look at what happened in 2006 and 2008, when voters were tired of Republican rule and made their displeasure known at the ballot box. And then look at 2010, just two years later, when it was the Democratic Party that was so completely repudiated. We will have a lot to say, and learn, before we come to a conclusion about 2012.

As always, the column will take questions from readers on everything and anything to do with politics. And the answers, as before, will be supplemented with items from my vast campaign button collection. No question is too trivial. That's what a political junkie loves: the horse race, the history, the minutiae, the campaign lore. And that's what Political Junkie will once again be about.

And that's not all. While Political Junkie will be published every Monday, there will be an extra feature – the return of the ScuttleButton puzzle – which will appear in this space every Wednesday. Each week a randomly-selected person who sends in the correct answer will not only have their name mentioned during the Junkie segment on Talk of the Nation, but they will also win a TOTN t-shirt. Is this a great country or what?

Send me your questions and I will try to get to as many as possible per column. Not every question can be personally answered, but I will guarantee every one will be read.

I'll see you Sept. 6.