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Political Junkie Ken Rudin On The New Congress, Cuba Relations, & Obama's Priorities

Kainaz Amaria

In our monthly check-in with political junkie Ken Rudin, we're covering some of the top national political stories of recent weeks, including the swearing in of a new Congress, the President holding the line on his priorities, and an ever-growing crop of presidential contender possibilities.


  • Ken Rudin – host of The Political Junkie, a weekly radio show covering national, state, and local politics. He is an expert in U.S. politics and campaign history, and a former NPR political editor. He joins us once a month on The Exchange.


  • Ken's USA Today column about Mario Cuomo: "The life and career of former New York governor Mario Cuomo, who died Thursday at 82, is also about what ifs. From the moment he gave his keynote address at the 1984 Democratic National Convention, Cuomo became the object of an eight-year campaign by liberal activists around the country to draft him for the presidency. What if he ran in 1988, or 1992? What if he were elected?"
  • Political Junkie podcast from the first week of January, covering the new Congress, a nomination for the Secretary of Defense, and Mario Cuomo's death
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