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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 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.


Episode 122: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Khashoggi case becomes foreign policy crisis

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, meets with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. Pompeo met with

The disappearance and apparent murder of a Saudi journalist has international and domestic political implications. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 121: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Walz-Johnson race heats up

Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson (left), republican, along with Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Congressman Tim Walz, DFL, participated in

A sharper contrast in priorities, and style, emerges in the campaign for Minnesota governor. 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 120: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Ellison allegations cloud campaign(s)

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison on June 17, 2018, in Minneapolis. (Craig Lassig/Zuma Press/TNS)

Accusations from a former girlfriend of the DFL-endorsed candidate for attorney general are impacting other elections, too. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.


Episode 119: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Kavanaugh nomination headed for a Senate showdown

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Commit

The Supreme Court nominee faces new accusations prior to Thursday's testimony. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


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.