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Ken Rudin is NPR's Political Junkie. For most of the past 20 years, Rudin has been the eyes and ears of political coverage as political editor. In 2011, Rudin added to his duties by becoming part of the network's StateImpact.

Last Build Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2013 11:03:00 -0400

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It's The Final ScuttleButton Puzzle ... For Now

Wed, 19 Jun 2013 11:03:00 -0400

Sadly, this week's ScuttleButton is the last time it will appear on the NPR Web site. Contact Ken Rudin at to learn about the future of Political Junkie and the button puzzle.

It's ScuttleButton Time!

Tue, 11 Jun 2013 12:34:00 -0400

The real question about sending in this week's ScuttleButton answer is whether the NSA will see it before Ken Rudin does.

Lautenberg Death Complicates Christie's Road To November, And 2016

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 10:39:00 -0400

The death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg has thrown a monkey wrench onto the plans of N.J. Gov. Chris Christie. Calculations about Lautenberg's successor, and when to hold the special election, may affect Christie's re-election path this year ... as well as a potential White House bid in 2016.

It's ScuttleButton Time!

Tue, 04 Jun 2013 06:45:00 -0400

Let's just see if the Chinese can hack into the answer to this week's ScuttleButton puzzle.

Virginia Lt. Gov. Nominee Excites The Right, And Democrats Couldn't Be Happier

Wed, 29 May 2013 06:50:00 -0400

The nomination of E.W. Jackson for lieutenant governor of Virginia has excited movement conservatives, who love his no-holds-barred rhetoric. Democrats are also pleased with his nomination, arguing that he can help turn moderate swing voters away from the GOP.

It's ScuttleButton Time!

Wed, 29 May 2013 06:15:00 -0400

If ScuttleButton disappears from this Web site, how will you cope? Sign up now for the Political Junkie mailing list in order to be informed where these delightful features end up.

It's ScuttleButton Time!

Wed, 22 May 2013 15:55:00 -0400

I'm hoping the administration won't go through my personal e-mails to reveal the answer to this week's ScuttleButton puzzle. Hopefully they'll wait a week, like everyone else.

Why Don't We Pay (More/Any) Attention To Los Angeles Mayoral Elections?

Tue, 21 May 2013 13:52:00 -0400

After eight years of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles voters will pick a, shall we say, more charismatically-challenged successor.

It's ScuttleButton Time!

Wed, 15 May 2013 11:43:00 -0400

President Obama says we don't have time to be playing these kinds of political games. Was he talking about Benghazi or ScuttleButton?

It's ScuttleButton Time!

Wed, 08 May 2013 16:46:00 -0400

Seriously, who cares about the Jodi Arias verdict when there's a new ScuttleButton puzzle to be solved? Actually, even if there weren't a new ScuttleButton puzzle.

Joe Biden Has History On His Side But Little Else If Hillary Clinton Runs

Tue, 07 May 2013 06:30:00 -0400

History says that if a sitting vice president wants to succeed his retiring boss, the nomination is usually his. Think: Nixon '60, Humphrey '68, Bush '88, Gore '00. But history may not help Joe Biden in 2016.

Open Democratic Senate Seats Again Give Big Opportunity For GOP, Or Not

Tue, 30 Apr 2013 17:59:00 -0400

Of the eight senators retiring in 2014, six of them are Democrats. Which should be good news for the Republicans. Maybe. Plus: take our poll, please, as to who will win in South Carolina next week.

It's ScuttleButton Time!

Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:55:00 -0400

America has rushed to embrace the first openly gay NBA active player. Now if it would only embrace ScuttleButton, the popular waste-of-time button puzzle.

It's ScuttleButton Time!

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 06:40:00 -0400

The complaints begin anew. First, it was indignation over the April Fool's puzzle. Now, it's how EASY last week's one was. Well, here's another ScuttleButton for you to figure out.

It's ScuttleButton Time!

Fri, 19 Apr 2013 06:15:00 -0400

Please forgive me for the cruel, April Fool's ScuttleButton, which ultimately was deliberately unsolvable. This week's puzzle is on the up and up.