July 27, 2011 Of all the challenges facing President Obama and congressional leaders, none is greater than solving this week's ScuttleButton puzzle. Maybe it's because they don't know how to play? It's easy, try it!
Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) poses for photographs after his televised address to the nation about the federal budget and debt ceiling crisis at the U.S. Capitol July 25, 2011.
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July 27, 2011 Today's Political Junkie segment: The ongoing (and ongoing) debt talks, a new strategy for Jon Huntsman, the Ames Straw Poll ballot, farewell to Charles Manatt, and Rep. David Wu's departure from Congress.
July 20, 2011 Today on the Political Junkie segment with NPR's Ken Rudin: the Gang of Six debt ceiling proposal, the impending straw poll in Iowa, Elizabeth Warren's future, Minnesota's government goes back to work and Rep. Maxine Waters wants her ethics probe closed.
July 13, 2011 Political Junkie Ken Rudin preview's the week's show, from the debt ceiling standoff to the battle for the White House. Plus, as ever, a trivia question, and something special this week: A button tribute to former First Lady Betty Ford.
February 1, 2011 This edition of the Political Junkie features the limits of U.S. foreign policy in Egypt, the announcement that Charlotte will be the Democrats' choice for their 2012 convention, and the latest ScuttleButton winner.
January 21, 2011 This issue of Political Junkie features the long decline in popularity of Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Connecticut independent who announced his retirement earlier this week.
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January 18, 2011 Political Junkie reverts back to a weekly column after two years as a blog. This week's focus: the retirement announcement of North Dakota Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad.
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January 5, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the political junkie and the new congress. In the second hour, the challenges and stigma of surrogacy, and the new edition of Huck Finn drops the "n-word."
November 24, 2010 Most people said that Republicans were going to win 55 to 65 seats in the House -- and they were right. NPR's Ken Rudin didn't. He offers a look into his thinking. Was it bias?
November 10, 2010 In our first hour of Talk of the Nation, the political junkie in Cleveland, and Harvey Pekar and the American dream. In our second hour, the changing face of American manufacturing, and reclaiming abandoned properties.
November 3, 2010 The Political Junkie will disappear for a week, as Ken Rudin will be traveling to Palm Beach, Rockford and finally Cleveland for speeches and member station visits.
November 3, 2010 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the political junkie weighs in on the results of last night's midterm election. In our second hour, what happens now, and looking ahead to 2012.
October 27, 2010 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the political junkie, and Marvel comics' creator Stan Lee. In the second hour, the author of "First Family: Abigail and John Adams," and the World Series opens.
October 26, 2010 In today's first hour of Talk of the Nation: "elite," "extreme" and other political code words, and Sec. of Transportation Ray LaHood. In our second hour, aging in prison, and a mini political junkie.
May 13, 2009 Today's TOTN: Political Junkie, chatty Cheney, living with OCD, and tolling the bell for voicemail.
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