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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 153: 'Playing Politics' podcast: The Democrats debate

The first of two debates scheduled to take place in Detroit among Democratic candidates for president in 2020 kicked off Tuesday night.

Sharp contrasts marked the first of two key contests. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 152: 'Playing Politics' podcast: How much will Mueller matter?

Former special counsel Robert Mueller, is sworn in before he testifies before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on his report on Russian election

Congressional testimony by the special counsel may only serve to further solidify partisan perspectives on the Russia investigation. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's D.J. Tice and John Rash.


Episode 151: 'Playing Politics' podcast: The politics of the Jeffrey Epstein case

Labor Secretary Alex Acosta speaks at the Department of Labor, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in Washington.

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta is under fire for his role in the financier's sex-crimes case. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 150: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Border crisis resonates

FILE - In this June 17, 2018, file photo, provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, people who have been taken into custody related to cases of

The treatment of migrant detainees at the southern border – and a searing photograph of a father and daughter who didn't make it – has become a major political issue. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.


Episode 149: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Trump kicks off 2020 (or is it 2016?) campaign

President Trump was at center stage Tuesday night in Orlando, where he kicked off his 2020 reelection campaign at a rally.

The president reprised several themes – and targets – as he began his reelection push. 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 148: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Omar controversies continue

Rep. Ilhan Omar spoke to attendees of an immigration round table discussion Tuesday in Minneapolis. ] Aaron Lavinsky ¥ aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com

Scrutiny over U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar's tax filings place the Minnesota Democrat under ever-greater scrutiny. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 147: 'Playing Politics' podcast: A not-so-special session

Governor Tim Walz, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka and House Speaker Melissa Hortman held a press conference Sunday night to announce a budget agr

In what is becoming more common, legislators and the governor need extra time to finish their business. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 146: 'Playing Politics' podcast: New governor, legislative leaders – same old gridlock

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz speaks with reporters at the State Capitol Monday during a break in talks with House Democratic and Senate Republican leaders

The 2019 session stalls on fiscal, philosophical issues. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 145: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Mueller memo at center of Barr hearings

FILE -- Attorney General William Barr testifies before a subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee about the Justice Department's 2020 budge

The special counsel objected to the attorney general's initial description of the Mueller report. 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 144: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Can Klobuchar break through?

Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar speaks during a roundtable discussion on health care, Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Miami. Klobuchar met

The Minnesota senator faces an increasingly crowded and competitive field of Democratic presidential candidates. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 143: 'Playing Politics' podcast: White House wrestles with border issue

President Trump speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, before boarding Marine One helicopter, Wednesday, A

President Donald Trump searches for solutions to the growing humanitarian challenge on the U.S.-Mexico border. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.


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.