September 2, 2010 Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski has conceded her primary battle with challenger Joe Miller. But what if — for argument's sake — the remaining votes all went to Murkowski? Would she win, even if she conceded?
September 1, 2010 Some dispute over language during today's trivia question on NPR's Talk of the Nation. The question: Before Lisa Murkowski, who was the last woman elected senator or governor to be defeated in the primary?
August 5, 2010 The 37 votes in the Senate against the confirmation of Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court is the 6th highest of any court nominee since World War II, and the 3rd highest for those who were confirmed.
July 30, 2010 On this day in 1964, President Lyndon Johnson says he will not name any member of his Cabinet as his running mate, an announcement that everyone understood to be a message to Attorney General Robert Kennedy, who had a tense relationship with LBJ.
July 23, 2010 On this day in 1962, President Kennedy, at his regular news conference, lashed out at congressional Republicans for opposing his agenda and vowed to campaign against them this fall in the midterm elections.
July 16, 2010 On this day in 1960, Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts, the Democratic nominee for president, names Sen. Scoop Jackson of Washington to head up the DNC. He also names his brother Robert as his campaign manager.
July 15, 2010 Elise Boulding, a long time battler for peace, died last month at the age of 89. She also waged a write-in campaign for Congress from Michigan in 1966, the subject of a reader's question.
July 14, 2010 Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty suggests the possibility of fraud in the close 2008 Senate race between Al Franken (D) and Norm Coleman (D).
July 9, 2010 On this day in 1952, backers of Gen. Dwight Eisenhower win a major victory over Sen. Robert Taft on the floor of the Republican National Convention, a victory that will lead to Ike getting the GOP presidential nomination.
July 8, 2010 The reworded trivia question during Wednesday's Political Junkie segment on Talk of the Nation may not have produced the correct answer.
July 2, 2010 On this day in 2007, President Bush commutes the 30-month prison sentence of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, who got ensnarled into the investigation of how CIA operative Valerie Plame's name was leaked.
June 29, 2010 Republicans say that Elena Kagan's clerking for the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall belies a liberal/activist bias.
June 28, 2010 Barring some bombshell, Elena Kagan is likely to be confirmed as the nation's 112th Supreme Court justice.
June 25, 2010 On this day in 1966, Edward Brooke takes the first step on his way to becoming the Senate's first black member since Reconstruction, winning the endorsement of the Massachusetts GOP at its convention.
June 24, 2010 The answer to Wednesday's trivia question as to who are the last children of former senators/governors to win election to Congress: Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Dan Boren (D-Okla.)