'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup
"It's All Politics" features Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving and Political Editor Ken Rudin. They dissect the latest news from inside the beltway, along with other political stories from around the country.
June 7, 2013 N.J. Gov. Chris Christie's political future is affected by the death of Sen. 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 podcast.
May 31, 2013 NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving offer a tearful goodbye to Michele Bachmann, a premature but constitutional welcome to James Comey to head the FBI and some Boardwalk Fries to President Obama and Gov. Christie. But they're not sure about Eric Holder's longevity as attorney general.
May 24, 2013 Seriously, with E.W. Jackson in Virginia and Anthony Weiner in New York, what more do NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin need for their podcast? OK, maybe throw in the ongoing IRS controversy, Lois Lerner pleading the Fifth, an immigration deal coming out of Senate Judiciary and a new mayor in LA.
May 17, 2013 Ron Elving and Mara Liasson look back at the week of scandals rocking the Obama administration. The president is angry over the IRS' targeting of groups with names that include "Tea Party" and "patriot." And Eric Holder testifies on the Justice Department's seizing of phone records of journalists
May 10, 2013 They're baaack! Mark Sanford and Benghazi made triumphant returns to the national consciousness, as Sanford won a special election in South Carolina and diplomat Gregory Hicks testified about what happened in Libya. Meanwhile, NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving are still seeking their own redemption.
May 3, 2013 The president celebrates the 100th day of his second term by holding a news conference in which he seems unsure as to why he held it in the first place. As President Obama discusses "rumors of my demise," South Carolina's 1st District prepares for a special — and surreal — election.
April 26, 2013 Politics has been gloomy lately, but NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving try to improve the mood this week, offering analysis on the politicization of the Boston bombings, Max Baucus' potential successor and Senate primary battles in Massachusetts and Hawaii. Plus: Jeb Bush gets some 2016 advice.
April 19, 2013 A somber week, with people wasting no time putting the Boston tragedy in political terms. President Obama unleashes on Congress after a background check rider to the gun bill goes down. At least the latest exploits of Mark Sanford and Anthony Weiner keep NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving amused.
April 12, 2013 It may be temporary, but it was a week of promise. There's been movement on guns and immigration. Obama hopes to work out a deal on the budget. Rand Paul reaches out at Howard University. But a return of Anthony Weiner? It could only happen in a post-Annette Funicello America.
April 5, 2013 President Obama launches a brain mapping initiative, but he can't concentrate enough to shoot better than 2-for-22 on the basketball court. Mark Sanford wins the GOP runoff in South Carolina. Plus, NPR's Ron Elving and Julie Rovner on the NRA's proposal of having armed guards in schools.