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Political Junkie : NPR

Ken Rudin's Political Junkie column appears every Wednesday. It includes readers' questions about politics past and present.

Last Build Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:52:00 -0500

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From Congress To The Cabinet

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:52:00 -0500

It's not yet clear how many openings President-elect Obama will create in Congress as he assembles his administration. But in recent decades, many of those selected from the House and Senate by newly elected presidents saw their seats taken over by the opposite party.

Will Bill Clinton Doom Hillary For Secretary Of State?

Mon, 17 Nov 2008 11:14:00 -0500

The latest buzz has Hillary Clinton as a potential choice for secretary of state in the Obama administration. But some of the same questions that surrounded Clinton during the vice presidential process are still around, and for the most part, they are about her husband.

Let The Obama Transition Begin

Tue, 11 Nov 2008 10:46:00 -0500

Following the elections, the Democrats find themselves reveling in their wins, while the Republicans are rife with recriminations. Also, a look at how the Political Junkie fared with his predictions.

Prediction: Obama Wins; Dems Gain In Congress

Mon, 03 Nov 2008 09:51:00 -0500

By Political Editor Ken Rudin's count, every state John Kerry carried four years ago is in Barack Obama's column today, and he is also ahead in several states that President Bush won. In addition, Rudin expects the Democrats to pick up seven seats in the Senate and 17 in the House.

Is 2008 The 'Year Of The Woman'?

Wed, 29 Oct 2008 11:26:00 -0400

Some observers have christened 2008 that way, but if you look beyond Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin, you'll find a landscape that is at best mixed for women. The outlook is not so great for Senate and gubernatorial hopefuls, although better for women competing in House races.

The Republican Party After Bush

Wed, 22 Oct 2008 08:15:00 -0400

Regardless of what happens to John McCain on Nov. 4 — and, with two weeks to go, it's not promising — there's going to be a new Republican Party come Nov. 5. The GOP is likely to feel a post-election tug toward the right, but it could also turn into a tug of war.

Democrats Lead In Presidential, Senate Contests

Tue, 07 Oct 2008 00:01:00 -0400

This election's October Surprise seems to be the severe crimp that the Wall Street collapse has put in John McCain's hopes of winning the White House. Going into Tuesday's presidential debate, the Political Junkie's predictions have Obama within a hair's breadth of the magic 270 electoral votes.

Low Expectations, Critical Role For Palin In Debate

Wed, 01 Oct 2008 11:22:00 -0400

If Sarah Palin has a Dan Quayle-like deer-in-the-headlights moment on Thursday, it could very well decide who wins on Nov. 4. The vice presidential debate takes on added importance this time around because of John McCain's age and Barack Obama's relative lack of experience.

Debates Deciding The Presidency? It's Debatable

Wed, 24 Sep 2008 11:16:00 -0400

What could decide the winner of this year's presidential campaign — perhaps once and for all — are the upcoming debates.

Palin Moved The Electoral Map, But For How Long?

Wed, 17 Sep 2008 12:04:00 -0400

With 48 days to go, the presidential election is up for grabs. The race is once again focused on a very familiar list of states, just about the same from four years ago. The magic number of 270 electoral votes will be culled from these states.

Will The Running Mates Matter This Year?

Wed, 10 Sep 2008 11:27:00 -0400

John McCain's pick for running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is dominating the election talk, and a race once viewed as Barack Obama's to lose is now considered no worse than even. But there's still time for the momentum to shift yet again.

Kennedys And Conventions: An Emotional History

Tue, 26 Aug 2008 11:26:00 -0400

Monday night's emotional appearance at the Democratic National Convention by Sen. Ted Kennedy wasn't the first time convention delegates were brought to tears by a Kennedy.

The VP Picks: Good And Bad

Wed, 20 Aug 2008 12:40:00 -0400

We'll soon know Barack Obama's and John McCain's vice presidential choices, but the verdict on whether the selection was a good one won't immediately be known. Will the running mate be a good campaigner? How will he or she fare in the VP debate? A look at VP picks since 1964 offers clues to what to look for.

John Edwards And The Role Of The Media

Thu, 14 Aug 2008 12:55:00 -0400

With so much at stake, it is silly to simply say that John Edwards' extramarital affair is a private matter that's nobody's business. It theoretically could have affected the course of the nation for the next four years.

Stevens' Indictment Latest Blow To GOP Hopes

Wed, 30 Jul 2008 11:58:00 -0400

Given that Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) had been under an ethics cloud for months, his indictment on Tuesday nonetheless came pretty much as a shock. The 84-year-old lawmaker, in office since 1968, is the longest-serving Republican in the history of the Senate.