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.
June 8, 2012 All the interpretations you ever wanted to hear about the Wisconsin recall results are in this week's podcast: what it means for labor, what it means for November, and, most importantly, what it means for your podcast hosts. Plus, a look at Tuesday's primaries. And what is Bill Clinton up to, anyway?
June 1, 2012 Mitt Romney gets enough delegates, in some counts, to go over the top in his bid for the GOP nomination. But his celebration is upstaged by Donald Trump. Plus: The Texas GOP goes into overtime to find a Senate nominee, Rep. Thad McCotter plans a write-in campaign, and a look ahead to Wisconsin.
May 25, 2012 This week, Ken Rudin and Ron Elving discuss Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker criticizing the president's tactics on Bain Capital, the Tea Party's goals in next week's Texas Senate primary, and general dysfunction in D.C. In other words, it's the Booker "Tea" Washington edition of the podcast.
May 18, 2012 It's the 300th episode of the podcast! We hear from Ron Elving and Ken Rudin — and from The Listener, too. Plus: an anti-Obama group wavers on hearing more from the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Nebraska Republicans say they've had enough mudslinging, and Americans Elect fails to find a candidate it can promote.
May 11, 2012 Gay marriage gets an advocate in the White House, but only after Biden has his say. Obama's announcement came a day after N.C. voters rejected the concept. Dick Lugar's Senate career comes to an end in Indiana. And in the W. Va. primary, Obama defeats a jailed felon from Texas, 59-41 percent.