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

Odds Still Say GOP Takes Senate, But Wild Cards Remain — If you're a partisan - a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat or Republican - you're probably a nervous wreck these days. With just over two weeks to go and with all the twists and turns and surprises, the battle for the Senate is nothing short of nail-biting-to-the-bone, if not heart-stopping.

Predict The 2014 Election Winners! — Let's be honest here. This is the most topsy-turvy election cycles in years. So many conflicting polls, so many surprises, so many twists and turns. To make it even more perplexing, now you have to submit your predictions for some of the closest races in the country.

Ken Rudin's Political Junkie — Have you ever done a ScuttleButton presentation before a live audience and had to endure massive booing? That's what happened to me on Tuesday night in Sacramento in an otherwise wonderful Political Junkie Roadshow. Actually, it was all in good fun. I think. But there's a new ScuttleButton puzzle out today.

Ken Rudin's Political Junkie — Yes, yes, it's pretty sad - and frightening - that the Secret Service somehow allowed a person to jump the fence of the White House and get into the president's quarters. Or that an ex-felon who was armed at the time somehow wound up on the same elevator as Obama in Atlanta.

How Senators Up This Year Voted On Arming Syrian Rebels — Here's how senators up in 2014 voted on President Obama's plan to train and arm Syrian rebels. The measure passed on Thursday by a vote of 78-22. (The House passed it the day before...

Ken Rudin's Political Junkie — I may have lost my voice - as you can tell by listening to this week's Political Junkie program - but I can never lose 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.

What's The Matter With Kansas? — You remember Ben Paulen , right? How could you not? He was a member of the Kansas legislature, served as the state oil inspector for a time, then was elected lieutenant governor before winning two terms as governor.

Ken Rudin's Political Junkie — President Obama, asked at his news conference on Thursday about what to do in Syria regarding the Islamic extremist threat there, said, "We don't have a strategy yet." While I'm sure millions of Americans were relieved to hear that, it got even more confusing when the media would ask about ISIS and the president would talk about ISIL.

Ken Rudin's Political Junkie

It's Not The Vacation, Mr. President, It's The Tone — There's a devastating scene in Michael Moore's 2004 documentary film, Fahrenheit 9/11 , in which President George W. Bush , on vacation in Kennebunkport, is telling reporters that "we must stop the terror" and "I call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop these terrorist killers" ...
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Oct 20, 2014

Is your radio station taking the Political Junkie pre-election special program? It should!

Oct 20, 2014

Two weeks to go! Election chats today with @MPRnews' @DailyCircuit at 10:45am ET and @CapRadioNews' "Insight" at 12:30pm ET.

Oct 20, 2014

Congrats to #PeytonManning on breaking Brett Favre's all-time career touchdown passing record. He's now at 510 and counting.

Oct 19, 2014

A Romney re-do in 2016? It's not going to happen, but just in case, here's some history:…

Oct 18, 2014

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Oct 17, 2014

BUTTON OF THE DAY: Today's offering is part ScuttleButton and part Trivia. The answer to last week's…

Oct 16, 2014

@LarryMcVA I understand. But I'm an AL fan. The Royals haven't been in the playoffs since '85, SF won it 2x recently. A great story.

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