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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.

Ken Rudin's Political Junkie — What's Friday the 13th without a ScuttleButton puzzle to be solved? 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.

Ken Rudin's Political Junkie — You can't figure out what Seattle coach Pete Carroll was thinking when he called for that ill-fated pass play during the Super Bowl? How do you think we feel when we can't figure out who all these local campaign buttons refer to??
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Mar 31, 2015

Reid it and weep: My column in today's USA Today on Harry Reid.

Mar 31, 2015

@williamson_jf NHPR is live at 9am the 1st Wed. of every month. I also have a weekly podcast (#70 is this week) --

Mar 31, 2015

RT: On April 1st! @NHPRExchange: Tmrw at 9: check in w/ Political Junkie @KenRudin. #Indiana, #TedCruz, & more.

Mar 31, 2015

What are the odds? President Goodluck Jonathan of #Nigeria is defeated for re-election.

Mar 30, 2015

Obama's praise today of Ted Kennedy's legacy -- "he bridged the partisan divide" -- has resulted in countless #Chappaquiddick tweets.

Mar 30, 2015

Rep. #TammyDuckworth (D-IL) announces her bid for the Senate to take on GOP incumbent Mark Kirk. Her video:

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