October 12, 2012 The one and only matchup of the vice presidential candidates in a debate brought on the heat. NPR's Ron Elving and Scott Horsley hash out which jabs by the candidates caused the most sting. They also look ahead to the next presidential debate and weigh in on Big Bird's staying power.
October 5, 2012 Republican Mitt Romney delivers a needed jolt to his campaign at the first presidential debate. Ron Elving and Ken Rudin dissect the memorable moments and look ahead to next week's matchup between Vice President Joe Biden and Romney's running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
September 28, 2012 Less than six weeks to go and President Obama seems to have opened up a lead in key battleground states. Mitt Romney's best hope could be in the debates, which begin next week. Also to no one's surprise — and Sen. Claire McCaskill's delight — Todd Akin stays in the Missouri Senate race.
September 21, 2012 September can't end soon enough for Mitt Romney, as a leaked video — and some disappointing poll numbers in swing states — add to his woes. Republicans, trying to win a Senate majority, get some surprise encouragement in Connecticut. News out of Indiana and Wisconsin brings cheers to Democrats.
September 14, 2012 In an election that's supposed to be about the economy, tragic deaths overseas push foreign policy onto the political stage in the race between Mitt Romney and President Obama. While Romney seems to have lost the initial battle, questions remain about the administration's Middle East goals.
September 7, 2012 The Republicans and the Democrats have had their say. The bad news: NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin now have to have their say. This week's episode of the "It's All Politics" podcast reviews both conventions, the highs and the lows, and what if anything it all means for November.
August 31, 2012 NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin discuss highlights of the Republican National Convention — the speeches, the delegates, and what it all means for this year's election. In other news, Rep. Ben Quayle loses the GOP congressional primary in Arizona. Does that signal the end of his political career?
August 17, 2012 Ken Rudin and Ron Elving reflect on their prediction last week that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney would tap Ohio Sen. Rob Portman as his running mate. They also discuss whether Romney's actual selection, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, was the best for his campaign.
August 10, 2012 In what could be the last podcast before Romney's V.P. announcement, NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin once again review the finalists. Plus, a look at the latest Obama and Romney ads, more battleground state polls, primary results in Missouri and elsewhere, and a look ahead to the next Tea Party target.
August 3, 2012 Holy mackerel, it's the holy site edition of the podcast. NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin look back at the memorable — and controversial — moments of Mitt Romney's foreign trip, and then look ahead to the upcoming Republican and Democratic conventions. Also, a new Tea Party star is born.
July 20, 2012 Mitt Romney is under attack over taxes, Bain and outsourcing. But he's still tied with President Obama in nearly every poll. Plus, we weigh in on potential veeps, Ron Paul and Sarah Palin await their convention invites, Harry Reid complains, and Anthony Weiner mulls a comeback. Really.
July 13, 2012 Mitt Romney, hearing boos at the NAACP convention, now knows what we go through each week on the podcast. President Obama, facing poor economic news, changes the subject with an assault on Romney and the GOP on taxes. Plus updates on Reps Charlie Rangel (victory), Jesse Jackson Jr. (health), Shelley Berkley (ethics) and Thad McCotter (skadoodle).
July 6, 2012 If the Supreme Court says President Obama's Affordable Care Act includes a tax, then why is his rival Mitt Romney paying a political price? And,who would have guessed in the aftermath of the ruling the right would attack Chief Justice John Roberts? Plus: It's getting nerve-wracking for Charlie Rangel.
June 29, 2012 A landmark decision by the Supreme Court on health care reverberates across the nation — and now come the political implications. NPR's Ron Elving and Don Gonyea break down the ruling and what it means for November. Plus, the House votes to hold the attorney general in contempt.