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Rep. Mike Michaud talks to an Associated Press reporter Monday in Portland, Maine, about his public announcement that he is gay.
November 4, 2013 Maine Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud's announcement Monday that he's gay is expected to have little effect on his run for governor — except, perhaps, when it comes to the money race.
New York State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D)
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April 2, 2013 Authorities allege that state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D) tried to bribe some GOP officials — and that they were willing to take his money. Smith has said he is innocent.
March 28, 2012 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the Political Junkie recaps the week in politics and a pilot sheds light on life in the cockpit. In the second hour, background checks and social media, and the new short biography Hitler.
December 27, 2011 Former first lady Betty Ford, vice presidential nominees Geraldine Ferraro and Sargent Shriver, and former giants from the Senate, including Charles Percy and Mark Hatfield, are among those from the political world who died in the past year.
January 25, 2011 In Political Junkie: Previewing Obama's State of the Union address, a new wrinkle in Rahm Emanuel's plan to be the next mayor of Chicago. Plus: winners are named in the 2010 election contest!
December 17, 2010 On this day in 2007, Joe Lieberman, the Democratic nominee for VP in 2000, endorses Republican Sen. John McCain for president.
December 3, 2010 On this day in 1991, John Sununu, President Bush's chief of staff who had become a political liability for the White House, announces his resignation.
November 19, 2010 On this day in 1986, President Reagan holds a news conference insisting, as he has before, that the money sent to Iran was to encourage moderates in that country and not to be used to free U.S. hostages being held by Hezbollah in Lebanon.
November 12, 2010 On this day in 1975, Associate Justice William O. Douglas, who served on the Supreme Court longer than anyone in history, retires.
October 22, 2010 On Oct. 22, 1962, President Kennedy announces a quarantine of Cuba, blocking additional Soviet warships from delivering missiles to the island. It becomes the leading issue of the 1962 midterm elections.
October 15, 2010 On this date in 1992, President George Bush, Democratic challenger Bill Clinton and independent candidate Ross Perot hold their second debate, at the University of Virginia, a debate that used a "town hall" meeting format.
October 1, 2010 On this day in 1987, Pat Robertson, a conservative televangelist who recently gave up his stint as host of the "700 Club," declares his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination.
September 24, 2010 On this day in 1980, the House ethics committee votes to expel Michael "Ozzie" Myers, a Pennsylvania Democrat, from the House for his role in the Abscam scandal.
September 21, 2010 Grudges and slights have always been held in American political history. But Jimmy Carter's grudge against Ted Kennedy for fighting him on health care continues to this day, 30 years later.
September 17, 2010 On this day in 1972, Rep. William Ryan (D), a liberal member of Congress from Manhattan's Upper West Side, dies of cancer at age 50. He had recently clobbered Rep. Bella Abzug in a Democratic primary.
September 10, 2010 On this day in 1968, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller of New York names a Republican, Congressman Charles Goodell, to replace the late Robert Kennedy, a Democrat, in the Senate. Kennedy was assassinated in June.
September 7, 2010 Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, apparently defeated in her bid for another term in the Aug. 24 GOP primary -- she conceded the race last week -- may have a change of heart. She is considering all options, including remaining on the ballot in some way.
September 2, 2010 Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski has conceded her primary battle with challenger Joe Miller. But what if -- for argument's sake -- the remaining votes all went to Murkowski? Would she win, even if she conceded?
September 1, 2010 Some dispute over language during today's trivia question on NPR's Talk of the Nation. The question: Before Lisa Murkowski, who was the last woman elected senator or governor to be defeated in the primary?
August 5, 2010 The 37 votes in the Senate against the confirmation of Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court is the 6th highest of any court nominee since World War II, and the 3rd highest for those who were confirmed.
July 30, 2010 On this day in 1964, President Lyndon Johnson says he will not name any member of his Cabinet as his running mate, an announcement that everyone understood to be a message to Attorney General Robert Kennedy, who had a tense relationship with LBJ.
July 23, 2010 On this day in 1962, President Kennedy, at his regular news conference, lashed out at congressional Republicans for opposing his agenda and vowed to campaign against them this fall in the midterm elections.
July 16, 2010 On this day in 1960, Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts, the Democratic nominee for president, names Sen. Scoop Jackson of Washington to head up the DNC. He also names his brother Robert as his campaign manager.
July 15, 2010 Elise Boulding, a long time battler for peace, died last month at the age of 89. She also waged a write-in campaign for Congress from Michigan in 1966, the subject of a reader's question.
July 14, 2010 Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty suggests the possibility of fraud in the close 2008 Senate race between Al Franken (D) and Norm Coleman (D).
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