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Playing Politics

Playing Politics

Listening to the "Playing Politics" podcast from the Star Tribune and WCCO Radio is like taking a seat at the Editorial Board table and hearing an informed and opinionated weekly discussion of all things political in Minnesota and the nation. "Playing Politics" features WCCO’s Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune’s John Rash in addition to editorial writer Patricia Lopez and columnists Lori Sturdevant and D.J. Tice – award-winning journalists who bring varied perspectives to the issues of the day.


Episode 118: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Anonymous Op-Ed dominates week in Washington

President Donald Trump participates in the September 11th Flight 93 Memorial Service, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in Shanksville, Pa. Trump is marking 17

A commentary from a "senior official" is the latest challenge for the Trump administration. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 117: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Kavanaugh hearings split Senate and maybe the nation

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, center, joined by from left, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Sen.

Highly charged confirmation proceedings reflect America's deep divisions. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.


Episode 116: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Manafort conviction, Cohen plea put pressure on Trump

President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, leaves New York Federal Court after making a plea deal on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. Co

The president's former lawyer directly implicates him on payoffs. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.


Episode 115: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Primary races down to the wire

Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, left, and Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson are battling for the Republican nomination for Minnesota governor.

Political turbulence continues heading into Tuesday's election. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Scott Gillespie.


Episode 114: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Tariffs tear into Trump support

In this July 12, 2018 photo, farmer Don Bloss examines a tall sorghum plant in his field in Pawnee City, Neb. Farmers and agricultural economists are

The president's $12 billion aid plan for farmers is ripped by some Republicans. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 113: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Despite walk back, Trump firestorm burns on

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, listens to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palac

The president tried to clarify his news conference comments, but the controversy continued. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.


Episode 112: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Supreme Court rulings boost Trump, GOP

Demonstrators opposed to abortion outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, June 26, 2018. A state law requiring "crisis pregnancy center

Three key decisions go the administration's way. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.


Episode 111: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Firestorm forces Trump reversal on detained children

A 2-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018, in McAllen, Texas. The

As the president heads to Duluth, he signs an executive order on his controversial policy. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 110: 'Playing Politics' podcast: A wild week in Minnesota politics

Democratic U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison files to run for Minnesota attorney general.

The stakes in state and congressional races ramp up as multiple seats are put in play in the primary and general election. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.


Episode 109: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Summit an uphill diplomatic climb

In this May 26, 2018 photo provided on May 27, 2018, by South Korea Presidential Blue House via Yonhap News Agency, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, r

Negotiations over a potential summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un seem to mostly be about the meeting itself. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 108: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Will Dayton's vetoes frame 2018 campaign?

Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the Republican tax bill at Bruce Vento Elementary in St. Paul and called attention to his own bid to pressure Republicans to a

The Minnesota governor's dismissal of major tax and spending bills will likely resonate in the next election. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Adam Carter and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.


Episode 107: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Legislature stalls as state races heat up

FILE - In this May 24, 2017, file photo, sun rises behind the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. Minnesota lawmakers return to Capitol on Tues

Unfinished business at the Capitol contrasts with an active campaign season. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Adam Carter and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.


Episode 106: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Will Iran deal breaking impact North Korea negotiations?

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters after announcing that he is pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal in the Diplomatic Room of the White House

President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the global accord may affect his upcoming summit with Kim Jong Un. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Adam Carter and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.


Episode 105: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Shifting stories on the Stormy Daniels case

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, left, welcomed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a 2016 campaign rally in Charlotte, N.C.

Rudolph Giuliani's new narrative amplifies the political – and possibly legal – challenges facing President Donald Trump. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Adam Carter and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 104: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Sit-in as Legislature stands pat on gun laws

Erin Maye Quade of Apple Valley holds a 24-hour sit-in on the House floor for stronger gun laws. Other DFL reps are joining her. She is here with Raym

DFLer Erin Maye Quade led a protest against her colleagues' lack of action on gun legislation. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.


Episode 103: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Comey book roils Washington

This combination photo shows President Donald Trump speaking during a roundtable discussion on tax policy in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., on April 5,

The former FBI director's high profile contrasts with the low profile of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.


Episode 102: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Trump ramps up trade dispute with China

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Baltic leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Washington.

Beijing's response to Washington's tariffs may hit Minnesota and other Midwestern states. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez


Episode 101: 'Playing Politics' podcast: North Korea negotiations gaining traction?

In this March 26, 2018, photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center left, his wife Ri Sol Ju, left, are accompanied by Chinese counterpart Xi Jinpi

Kim Jong-Un's surprise trip to China suggests a substantive meeting with President Donald Trump is possible. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.


Episode 100: 'Playing Politics' podcast: The politics – and business – of the gun debate

A Dick's Sporting Goods store is seen in Arlington Heights, Ill., Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018.

The shift by Dick's Sporting Goods on its gun-sales policies reflects an evolving societal stance on guns. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.


Episode 99: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Legislative session starts calmly. Storm clouds ahead?

FILE - In this May 24, 2017, file photo, sun rises behind the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. Minnesota lawmakers return to Capitol on Tues

The 2018 campaign hangs over the 2018 session as lawmakers are gaveled to work. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.