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.
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.