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.
January 4, 2013 What's the verdict on John Boehner? He was pushed to the sidelines during the fiscal cliff deal and criticized by colleagues over Sandy aid, but he was re-elected Speaker. Also: Hawaii's governor names a surprise pick to succeed Sen. Inouye, and Dems rally around a candidate to succeed John Kerry.
December 27, 2012 There's no deal on the fiscal cliff; there's no deal on guns. There won't even be Ben Affleck in the U.S. Senate. But we might see more of Mark Sanford. Even worse, you have to listen to NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving explain all of that in this week's episode of the "It's All Politics" podcast.
December 14, 2012 Labor pains in Michigan, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner head to the cliff, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice is steamed, and we're still waiting for a Senate replacement for Jim DeMint in South Carolina. It looks like the only folks smiling in this week's podcast are Ken Rudin and Ron Elving.
November 30, 2012 NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin take you over the cliff in the latest podcast. This week: a less-than-friendly reception for Susan Rice among Senate Republicans; some in the GOP declare their independence from the no-tax pledge; and an update in the battle to succeed Jesse Jackson Jr.
November 21, 2012 The election may be over, but the bickering continues, and not just between NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin. As President Obama defends his U.N. ambassador, Republicans continue to lambast her for "misleading" reports about what happened in the aftermath of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.
November 16, 2012 The week after Election Day is full of surprises, with news of scandal enveloping top Gens. David Petraeus and John Allen. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney reflects on his loss and what he calls Obama's "gifts" to the electorate, while the president pledges not to overreach in his second term.
November 9, 2012 Election Day has come and gone, but NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin are still trying to make sense of it all. Was it close? Well, a 50-to-48 percent popular-vote edge for President Obama certainly indicates that. But the Electoral College split was another story.
November 2, 2012 Superstorm Sandy, the October surprise no one anticipated, throws a monkey wrench into the final days of the campaign. NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving spend the final pre-Election Day podcast scouting the key presidential battleground states and have a forecast of control over the House and Senate.