Playing Politics | Star Tribune
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 142: 'Playing Politics' podcast: A slow-going legislative session

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R-Nisswa), center, speaks to the press following the Budget and Economic Forecast with other members of the House

Minnesota's DFL governor and GOP-led Senate are once again sliding into stalemate. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 141: 'Playing Politics' podcast: The politics of grounding planes

In this photo dated November 12, 2018, the actual Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 - Max 8 plane, that crashed Sunday March 10, 2019, shortly after take-

President Donald Trump announces an immediate grounding of Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.


Episode 140: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Omar controversy continues

Rep. Ilhan Omar spoke to attendees of a Minneapolis immigration round table discussion in January.

The Fifth District Democrat may be implicitly rebuked by her congressional colleagues. 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 139: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Cohen questioning reflects nation's partisan split

Michael Cohen, former attorney for U.S. President Donald Trump, is sworn in before testifying before the House Oversight and Reform Committee in the R

The president's former lawyer's testimony rivets the nation. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Jason DeRusha and the Star Tribune's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 138: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Walz budget, Mueller investigation

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz proposed a state budget that would raise gas and vehicle taxes and spend more money on priorities he touted as a candidate.

The Minnesota governor's call for a gas tax to fund roads and bridges might mean legislative gridlock. Plus, news from Washington. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.


Episode 137: 'Playing Politics' podcast: National spotlight on Omar, Klobuchar

Omar: “We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identi

Minnesota representative's tweets and senior senator's presidential bid reverberate. 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 136: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Elusive unity

President Donald Trump gives his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 at the Capitol in Washington, as Vic

Congress, president still seem at odds after the State of the Union address. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 135: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Trump takes on intelligence officials

From left: FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Gina Haspel and National Intelligence Director Dan Coats testify at a hearing with the Senate I

The president's worldview diverges sharply with the annual threat assessment. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 134: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Shutdown impact intensifies

The dome of the U.S. Capitol at sunset in Washington, Jan. 22, 2019. Senate Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday offered the first glimmers of a poten

Washington's ongoing gridlock is having widespread political and governance ramifications. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune's John Rash and D.J. Tice.


Episode 133: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Russia intrigue intensifies

FILE - In this July 7, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Hamburg. Putin is more

Back-to-back stories from the New York Times and Washington Post bring more scrutiny to President Donald Trump. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.


Episode 132: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Washington stalemate

President Donald Trump spoke Tuesday night from the Oval Office about border security.

Primetime addresses by President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders fail to end the partial shutdown of the federal government. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 131: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Shutdown showdown

President Donald Trump listens during a cabinet meeting at the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Washington.

The standoff between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats reflects a changing political dynamic in Washington. 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 130: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Trump's withdrawal from Syria

In this photo taken Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, Turkish and U.S. troops conduct joint patrols around the Syrian town of Manbij, as part of an agreement th

Allied, congressional concern is voiced over the implications of the president's plan. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.


Episode 129: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Oval Office spat suggests tough governing times ahead

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence meet with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

A televised dispute between President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders shows how political dynamics are shifting in Washington. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 128: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Mourning a man, and an era

In an undated photo from his presidential library, President George H.W. Bush. Bush, the 41st president of the United States and the father of the 43r

Former President George H. W. Bush's passing evokes calls to improve the political environment. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune's John Rash and D.J. Tice.


Episode 127: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Mueller investigation targets Manafort

FILE - In this May 23, 2018, file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the Federal District Court after a h

The ongoing probe of the 2016 campaign comes back into focus. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 126: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Post-midterm malaise hits White House

U.S President Donald Trump, second left, watches French President Emmanuel Macron putting his hand on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's knee during ce

President Donald Trump faces controversy regarding his trip to France, tweets on California, and other issues. 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 125: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Election reveals deepening divides

DFL gubernatorial candidate Tim Walz was congratulated by supporters as he was led through the kitchen to give a victory speech after his win.

The DFL sweep reflects an amplifying of the metro-rural split in Minnesota. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.


Episode 124: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Trump challenges birthright citizenship

FILE - In this March 23, 2016 photo, the Constitution is held by a member of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump says he wa

The president continues his campaign focus on the immigration issue. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis with WCCO Radio's Jason DeRusha and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 123: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Pipe bombs reflect overheated political environment

A member of the FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction team works outside the Time Warner Center, in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. A police bomb squad

Explosive devices were sent to former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, CNN and others. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.