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.
March 29, 2013 As Democrats belatedly line up behind marriage equality and Republicans see it as a losing cause for them, all that's left is what the Supreme Court decides. Mayor Bloomberg unleashes a $12 million campaign on guns. Plus: South Dakota's Tim Johnson retires and Ashley Judd won't run in Kentucky.
March 22, 2013 Last week's CPAC event shows conservatives are split. Immigration and guns divides Americans. Mark Sanford's comeback bid leaves South Carolina Republicans torn. And NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving aren't even sure if they like each other. This week's podcast hopes to solve these disputes.
March 15, 2013 The white smoke has appeared and that can mean only one thing: the latest It's All Politics podcast with NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving is ready. It also means that there's no budget deal in Congress, that CPAC is underway and that Carl Levin has decided that 36 years in the Senate is enough.
March 8, 2013 Proving they can't be outdone by Rand Paul, NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving filibuster their way through the latest podcast, assessing Jeb Bush's words on immigration, President Obama's strategy on sequestration and the results of the Los Angeles mayoral election.
March 1, 2013 The sequester is upon us and NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving explain how it affects them. It's a good week for Chuck Hagel, who gets the votes he needs to become Defense Secretary, and Robin Kelly, who wins the Democratic primary in Illinois' 2nd district and is likely to succeed Jesse Jackson Jr.
February 15, 2013 NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving dissect President Obama's State of the Union address, make the obligatory and sophomoric quench-filling jokes about Marco Rubio and look at what seems to be the makings of a filibuster against Defense Secretary-nominee Chuck Hagel.
February 8, 2013 Marco Rubio, Republicans' pick to respond to Obama's State of the Union address, decides Tupac is not a political action committee. Plus: Karl Rove's group plays sides in GOP primaries, Democrats stay silent (for the most part) over drones, and we remember Ed Koch.
February 1, 2013 The issue in this week's podcast is about follow-through. There have gun law hearings, but what will get passed? There's a bipartisan group of senators working on immigration changes, but what will Congress really do? Plus: John Kerry leaves the Senate — and two more senators say they're done.
January 25, 2013 NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving lip sync the entire podcast, focusing on the themes from the inauguration as well as musing over what has changed for America and the president since 2009. Plus: Hillary Clinton's give-and-take with Senate Republicans and a sleight-of-hand move by the GOP in Virginia.
January 18, 2013 President Obama lays down his marker on guns and exhorts Congress to act. But the House has no intention of banning assault weapons, and rural Senate Democrats remain skittish. Also: Mark Sanford hopes all is forgiven. But if he deserves a second chance, then so do NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving.
January 11, 2013 President Obama's choice of Chuck Hagel to lead the Defense Department faces hurdles, and there are questions about John Brennan at the CIA. Plus: Joe Biden tries for a consensus on guns. And Barney Frank wants to be an interim senator. NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving try to make sense of it all.