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 75: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Bipartisan backlash to Trump's inflammatory comments

President Donald Trump spoke to reporters from the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, on Tuesday.

Corporate leaders and lawmakers reacted to President Donald Trump's comments on Charlottesville. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.


Episode 74: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Trump-Kim war of words heightens fears

President Donald Trump said Tuesday, “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

The president's rhetoric about unleashing "fire and fury" reverberated worldwide. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis with WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 73: 'Playing Politics' podcast: The political week in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Washington

New White House Chief of Staff John Kelly talks with President Donald Trump after being privately sworn in during a ceremony in the Oval Office, Monday, July 31, 2017, in Washington.

The mayoral race comes into focus, increasing Republican and DFL divides statewide, and Gen. Kelly is tapped as chief of staff. Hear the "Playing Politics" podcast analysis with WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.


Episode 72: 'Playing Politics' podcast: A tumultuous week in Washington

In this image from video provided by Senate Television, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. speaks the floor of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 25, 2017. McCain returned to Congress for the first time since being diagnosed with brain cancer.

From the Senate debate on health care legislation to Attorney General Jeff Sessions to President Donald Trump's transgender troop ban, it was a chaotic week in the capital. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.


Episode 71: 'Playing Politics' podcast: The global, local impact of Justine Damond's shooting death

Justine Damond, of Sydney, Australia, was fatally shot by police in a south Minneapolis alley Saturday night.

The shooting of the Minneapolis woman brings police-community relations to the forefront. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Jordana Green and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.


Episode 70: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Collusion question clouds White House policy priorities

FILE -- President-elect Donald Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower in New York, Jan. 11, 2017. Two weeks after Trump clinched the Republican presidential nomination last year, his eldest son arranged a meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer who has connections to the Kremlin, according to confidential government records described to The New York Times. (Sam Hodgson/The New York Times)

Donald Trump, Jr.'s email exchange has dominated the news narrative in Washington and beyond. Hear the "Playing Politics" podcast analysis from WCCO Radio's Jordana Green and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.


Episode 69: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Trump turns to international issues

President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, wave after arriving Thursday for the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

The president travels to the G-20 Summit and a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin after his speech in Poland. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Jordana Green and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 68: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Minnesota National Guard soldiers train in LIthuania

Spc. Carter Johns of the Minnesota National Guard took part in the Saber Strike 17 training exercise in Lithuania. Participants noticed similarities in the landscape there with that of northern Minnesota; nonetheless, the experience on actual territory that might be fought upon was valued.

WCCO Radio's Jordana Green interviews John Rash about his trip to Lithuania to cover the Minnesota National Guard taking part in a multinational military exercise called Saber Strike 17.


Episode 67: 'Playing Politics' podcast: A nation reflects on a tragic shooting

FBI Evidence Response Team members document the scene at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park following a shooting in Alexandria, Va., June 14, 2017. The shooting, at a baseball field where members of a congressional team regularly practice, left five injured, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), police said. President Donald Trump said that the shooting suspect had died. (Al Drago/The New York Times)

A deplorable act of violence, this time targeted at a congressional baseball team. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Jordana Green and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.


Episode 66: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Capitol Hill hearings amplify Russia issue

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, left, and National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers take their seats to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 7, 2017. The officials are expected to be asked about their interactions with President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

Senators questioned top Trump officials as Washington braced for former FBI Director James Comey's testimony on Thursday. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Jordana Green and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 65: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Legislative loggerheads

Gov. Mark Dayton at his news conference early Tuesday evening.

The special session in St. Paul still didn't solve the impasse between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and the GOP-led Legislature. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Jordana Green and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 64: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Legislative session goes up to – and over – the last minute

Some lawmakers huddled under blankets at 6:33 a.m. as the special session 7:00 a.m. adjournment time came closer.

Despite a budget surplus and a special session, lawmakers have not yet reached agreement on key budget bills. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.


Episode 63: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Turmoil at home as Trump heads abroad

President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., on March 24, 2017. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Continuing controversy regarding Russia and the FBI engulfs Washington as the president gets set for his first major diplomatic trip. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 62: 'Playing Politics' podcast: FBI firing rocks Washington

FILE -- FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, in Washington, May 3, 2017. President Donald Trump fired Comey on May 9. (Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times)

President Trump's dismissal of FBI Director James Comey ramps up the Russia issue. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Jill Burcum.


Episode 61: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Legislature stalled over transit, other issue roadblocks

Gov. Mark Dayton talked at a news conference in October.

The GOP-led House and Senate differ sharply from DFL Gov. Mark Dayton as time slips away on the 2017 session. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.


Episode 60: 'Playing Politics' podcast: 100 days of upheaval

President Donald Trump poses for a photograph Friday along the West Wing Colonnade at the White House after an interview with the Associated Press.

Has there been more political than policy change during the president's first few months? Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D. J. Tice.


Episode 59: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Special election in Georgia turns into Trump referendum

In a Monday, March 27, 2017 photo, Democratic congressional candidate Jon Ossoff is seen with supporters outside of the East Roswell Branch Library in Roswell, Ga., on the first day of early voting. President Donald Trump is attacking Ossoff, the leading Democratic candidate for a special election in a typically conservative Georgia congressional district, with Republicans bidding to avoid a major upset. On Twitter, Trump said Monday April 17, 2017, that "The super Liberal Democrat in the Georgia Congressional race tomorrow wants to protect criminals, allow illegal immigration and raise taxes!" (AP Photo/Alex Sanz)

An Atlanta-area House race reflects a national split on the president's performance. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 58: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Deep divisions at the State Capitol

The Minnesota State Capitol gets ready for the 2017 legislative session January 3 after years of renovation and a $300 million makeover. ] GLEN STUBBE * gstubbe@startribune.com Wednesday, December 28, 2016 The Minnesota State Capitol gets ready for the 2017 legislative session January 3 after years of renovation and a $300 million makeover. ORG XMIT: MIN1612281544187822

A projected budget surplus hasn't yet bought political compromise between Gov. Dayton and the Republican House and Senate. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.


Episode 57: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Gorsuch vote is Washington's next flashpoint

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch takes his seat as he arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 20, 2017, for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The impending vote on President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, the president's rollback of Obama-era environmental measures and ongoing fallout on the failure of the House healthcare bill are among the issues discussed on this week's "Playing Politics" podcast with WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.


Episode 56: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Another wild week in Washington

FBI Director James Comey, left, and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers, testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 20, 2017, before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The capitol roiled from hearings on the Russian meddling in the U.S. election, the healthcare debate, and a Supreme Court nomination. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.