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Political Commentator and Columnist
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The Political Junkie. Former NPR, ABC, Hotline, Camp Lokanda. Junkie podcast/column/ScuttleButton have all returned!

Ken Rudin's Political Junkie — An exciting week of politics, with more candidates getting into the race and others about to do so. What makes it complete of course is ... ScuttleButton. How to Play ScuttleButton, as you may know, is that weekly waste-of-time exercise where we post a vertical sequence of campaign buttons.

Ken Rudin's Political Junkie — There's something devilishly fun putting up ScuttleButton on April 1st. That's all I'm going to say. How to Play ScuttleButton, as you may know, is that weekly waste-of-time exercise where we post a vertical sequence of campaign buttons. Your job is to take one word (or concept) per button and add 'em up to arrive at a famous name or familiar expression.

Reid Gives Up Senate Seat; Rubio Is Next — The retirement announcement of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid was deservedly front-page news, but it's hard to make the case that it was a surprise. The 75-year old Nevada Democrat suffered serious eye and facial injuries in a New Year's Day exercise accident, his numbers at home were not great and, for the first time, there has been open disenchantment among his fellow Democrats about his leadership.

Rudin: Reid's sunset could leave Dems as party of no

Rand Paul Hoping For Kentucky Version Of LBJ Law — Rand Paul has a dilemma. The first-term Republican senator from Kentucky is a clear favorite for re-election next year. But he also wants to run for president as well. The rub? State law prohibits him from seeking more than one post at the same time.

Ken Rudin's Political Junkie — I'm not sure if using a baseball card in a ScuttleButton during college basketball's March Madness is exactly the right approach, but once again we were left with no alternative. (And it's a Boston Red Sox baseball card no less.)

Is Rahm In Trouble? — It's hard to imagine that Rahm Emanuel , the mayor of Chicago with a $15 million war chest, is in trouble in his April 7 runoff with Jesus "Chuy" Garcia , the Cook County commissioner who got enough of the vote in the initial Feb.

Ken Rudin's Political Junkie — There's only one thing worse than a snowstorm blanketing Washington. And that's a ScuttleButton puzzle that violates the rules. It's true. This week's offering breaks the bond of trust I've had with you since this contest began by using a non-button as the final clue.

Rahm Hoping To End Chicago Race Today — He has a solid campaign organization, tons of money, and even the president of the United States in his corner. But if reports are to be believed, Rahm Emanuel is running scared in his bid (on Tuesday, Feb. 24) for a second term as mayor of Chicago.

Whither V.P. Biden; Welcome Gov. Brown — One of the more entertaining aspects of following politics is watching how journalists cover Sarah Palin . To a person, they swear up and down that they'll never write about her again. Then she'll say something - as she did last month, when she told a reporter that she's "seriously thinking" about running for president - which puts everyone in a tizzy.
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Apr 17, 2015

Bob Griffin, the GOP senator from Michigan who served as his party's whip during the '70s, is dead at age 91. Lost seat to Levin in '78.

Apr 17, 2015

If elected president, Mike Huckabee would be the first former Arkansas governor ever to do so. Or maybe the second.

Apr 17, 2015

Very exciting announcement made today by #MikeHuckabee on Fox News: He will make an announcement on May 5th. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Apr 17, 2015

BUTTON OF THE DAY: One of the great things about all of this is not only do I have the opportunity…

Apr 17, 2015

Podcast: Lincoln Chafee talks about his potential bid for prez ... and his problems with Hillary's vote on Iraq.

Apr 17, 2015

This button is the answer to last week's trivia question. To see the question, go to

Apr 17, 2015

Mike Huckabee is expected to announce his presidential candidacy tonight, on Fox News' “Special Report With @BretBaier" (6 pm ET).

Apr 17, 2015

An absolutely terrific interview with Walter Mondale in this week's Political Junkie podcast

Apr 16, 2015

@samuelisaac Only one in history -- Sam Houston, who was governor of Tenn. and Texas (19th century).

Apr 16, 2015

First, great interviews w/ Walter Mondale and Linc Chafee. Now: ScuttleButton! Is this a great country or WHAT?

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