'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup
May 17, 2013 — Ron Elving and Mara Liasson look back at the week of scandals rocking the Obama administration. The president is angry over the IRS' targeting of groups with names that include "Tea Party" and "patriot." And Eric Holder testifies on the Justice Department's seizing of phone records of journalists
May 3, 2013 — The president celebrates the 100th day of his second term by holding a news conference in which he seems unsure as to why he held it in the first place. As President Obama discusses "rumors of my demise," South Carolina's 1st District prepares for a special — and surreal — election.
Apr 26, 2013 — Politics has been gloomy lately, but NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving try to improve the mood this week, offering analysis on the politicization of the Boston bombings, Max Baucus' potential successor and Senate primary battles in Massachusetts and Hawaii. Plus: Jeb Bush gets some 2016 advice.
Apr 19, 2013 — A somber week, with people wasting no time putting the Boston tragedy in political terms. President Obama unleashes on Congress after a background check rider to the gun bill goes down. At least the latest exploits of Mark Sanford and Anthony Weiner keep NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving amused.
Apr 12, 2013 — It may be temporary, but it was a week of promise. There's been movement on guns and immigration. Obama hopes to work out a deal on the budget. Rand Paul reaches out at Howard University. But a return of Anthony Weiner? It could only happen in a post-Annette Funicello America.
Apr 5, 2013 — President Obama launches a brain mapping initiative, but he can't concentrate enough to shoot better than 2-for-22 on the basketball court. Mark Sanford wins the GOP runoff in South Carolina. Plus, NPR's Ron Elving and Julie Rovner on the NRA's proposal of having armed guards in schools.
Mar 29, 2013 — As Democrats belatedly line up behind marriage equality and Republicans see it as a losing cause for them, all that's left is what the Supreme Court decides. Mayor Bloomberg unleashes a $12 million campaign on guns. Plus: South Dakota's Tim Johnson retires and Ashley Judd won't run in Kentucky.
Mar 22, 2013 — Last week's CPAC event shows conservatives are split. Immigration and guns divides Americans. Mark Sanford's comeback bid leaves South Carolina Republicans torn. And NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving aren't even sure if they like each other. This week's podcast hopes to solve these disputes.
Mar 15, 2013 — The white smoke has appeared and that can mean only one thing: the latest It's All Politics podcast with NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving is ready. It also means that there's no budget deal in Congress, that CPAC is underway and that Carl Levin has decided that 36 years in the Senate is enough.
Mar 8, 2013 — Proving they can't be outdone by Rand Paul, NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving filibuster their way through the latest podcast, assessing Jeb Bush's words on immigration, President Obama's strategy on sequestration and the results of the Los Angeles mayoral election.