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.
December 14, 2011 What's more delicious? Opening up a can of Bumblebee Tuna, or finding out you are the winner of last week's ScuttleButton puzzle?
December 12, 2011 A change in the primary delegate rules may extend the battle for the Republican nomination into the spring. But, if history is a guide, some candidates may not survive the Iowa caucuses.
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December 7, 2011 Herman Cain is gone. Now the only thing left to make us roll our eyes is the weekly ScuttleButton puzzle.
With a month to go before Iowa kicks off the 2012 election calendar, Newt Gingrich has improbably found himself as the GOP frontrunner.
December 5, 2011 POLITICAL JUNKIE: No one saw this coming. But why should we have? Newt Gingrich's entire career is pockmarked with the kind of problems that would normally disqualify anyone seriously considering a run for president.
November 30, 2011 In the first hour of today's Talk of the Nation, guest political junkie Mara Liasson on Rep. Barney Frank's retirement. Plus Ted Koppel on the diplomatic showdown between Britain and Iran. In today's second hour, do people believe in American exceptionalism? And the new show All-American Muslim.
November 23, 2011 In today's first hour of Talk of the Nation: Political junkie Ken Rudin on the early voting states. Plus the National Security Adviser's candid remarks on Iran. In the second hour, Amy Dickinson advises callers on politics at the Thanksgiving table, and sounds your kids may never hear.
November 23, 2011 If the media were really doing their job during this series of presidential debates, don't you think at least one question should have been about the ScuttleButton puzzle? And shouldn't you, as a loyal American, be able to solve it?
Hillary Clinton's "inevitability" became less certain after a debate in Philadelphia at Drexel University in October 2007.
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November 21, 2011 Once, a winning candidate for the presidential nomination relied on money or campaign organization to get him there. This year, doing well in the debates have replaced the roadmap of old. All that and more in the new "Political Junkie" column.
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November 16, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation Political Junkie Ken Rudin on Herman Cain's meltdown and the politics of debate season, and a year in the life of the National Book Award winner. In the second hour, author Robert Frank on the volatility of The High-Beta Rich, and the end of Occupy Wall Street?
November 16, 2011 One of the greatest honors in the world is hearing your name randomly selected each Wednesday on Talk of the Nation to be this week's ScuttleButton winner. Will it be you this week?
November 10, 2011 With all the focus on Herman Cain's problems, I should be grateful that people aren't concentrating on how lame last week's ScuttleButton puzzle was. The new one is at least more challenging.
November 2, 2011 After the most exciting World Series in ages comes a rather simple ScuttleButton puzzle. What can I say?
Vice President Joe Biden smiles after filing papers for President Obama to be on the N.H. primary ballot. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
October 31, 2011 This week's Political Junkie: Joe Biden is not ruling out a bid for the presidency in 2016, when he will be 74 years old. Also: what to make of those Herman Cain ads that have gone viral on the Internets.
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October 26, 2011 There will be at least six, if not seven, games in this year's World Series. But there is only one ScuttleButton.
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