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

Wrong-man, wrong-time Romney: Column — A GOP machine on autopilot lifted Romney to the 2012 nomination. His turn is over. The Romney-for-president boomlet that seems to be sweeping the Romney household is not hard to understand.

Ken Rudin's Political Junkie — Just in case you've been feeling deflated lately, a new ScuttleButton puzzle to lift your spirits! 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: Obama's "SOTU" agenda a call to his base — Without prayer of becoming law, president's laundry list didn't even try to persuade GOP. The president was so forceful, so self-assured, that one almost forgot which party was the big winner in last year's elections. Barack Obama has said for quite some time that "elections have consequences."

The King For President Campaign That Never Was — The fascinating debate over historical accuracy in the movie "Selma" and the respective roles the real and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. played continue. One thing not in question: LBJ believed in solving things through politics, while King hoped to influence politics and policy through action.

Slim Pickens For GOP In 2016 Senate Races — The Senate campaign news of the week was the retirement announcement by Barbara Boxer , the 74-year old California Democrat who said she would not seek a fifth term next year. Usually, when a Senate incumbent steps down, it's good news for the opposite party.

With Paul Ryan Saying No, FDR Remains The Last To Do It — How's that for a cryptic headline? Rep. Paul Ryan , the Wisconsin Republican who was his party's nominee for vice president in 2012, announced this week - to little fanfare - that after great deliberation, he would not seek the presidency in 2016.

After '84, Cuomo fled more than he led: Column — The former N.Y. governor inspired the country, but his legacy is one of indecision and unrealized potential. History is filled with what ifs. What if John F. Kennedy didn't fly to Texas to settle a feud between warring Democrats in that state? What if Al Gore won Florida?

What Howard Baker Left Us — What makes a successful politician? We often don't fully know the answer to that until they are gone from the scene, and even then the answer is not clear. Harry Truman , for example, left office in 1953 with abysmal polling numbers (22% approval according to Gallup), but in the decades since his departure his stock has risen considerably.

The Population Bowl: Florida Gets By New York — In the scheme of things, it may be more about bragging rights than anything else. As the told it, Florida Gov. Rick Scott couldn't contain himself. "Today's news of Florida officially becoming the third most populous state is exciting," he said on Tuesday.

Ken Rudin's Political Junkie — I don't know who's responsible for the Internet outage in North Korea, but whatever, it means that the fun folks in Pyongyang won't be able to see this week's ScuttleButton. And that's a shame, because, as anyone on the Korean peninsula knows, these button puzzles are good for the Seoul.
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Jan 31, 2015

What's your fave political TV show? The Americans? Homeland? Scandal? House of Cards? Parks & Rec? That, and more:

Jan 30, 2015

I hear that more people cried at this week's Political Junkie podcast than they did at the #Parenthoodfinale.

Jan 30, 2015

Here's a fun exercise: Go thru Twitter & check out the countless Tweets from people who've learned from "top sources" that Romney will run.

Jan 30, 2015

Networks reporting Mitt Romney will NOT run. Perhaps he read my piece in USA Today:

Jan 30, 2015

What to do with so much politics in the air? Listen today, on @wunc's @state_of_things with host Frank Stasio, 12 noon Eastern time.

Jan 30, 2015

@rennybadra It's the limits of Twitter. Stevenson was the last person to lose the election and repeat as the nominee 4 years later.

Jan 30, 2015

BUTTON OF THE DAY: Mitt Romney thinking about running for president a third time reminds me of this…

Jan 30, 2015

Mitt Romney to announce his intentions at 11am today. Will he run or self-deport? Last repeat nominee: Adlai Stevenson, 1956.

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