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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 90: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Smith appointment, Jones victory rock politics

Confetti falls as Democrat Doug Jones and his wife Louise wave to supporters Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election on Tuesday, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The ascension of senators in Minnesota and Alabama will have immediate impact 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 89: 'Playing Politics' podcast: A cascade of calls for Franken's resignation

Sen Al Franken waited to take the stage with wife Franni.

Several Democratic senators called on their colleague Al Franken to resign in response to escalating allegations of sexual harassment. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 88: 'Playing Politics' podcast: North Korea crisis escalates

In this Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, photo distributed on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers a statement in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's speech to the United Nations, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Kim, in an extraordinary and direct rebuke, called Trump "deranged" and said he will "pay dearly" for his threats, a possible indication of more powerful weapons tests on the horizon. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

The latest ballistic missile test is the latest governing test for President Donald Trump and other world leaders. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 87: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Franken allegations, resignations from Legislature rock state politics

Al Franken

The national sex harassment story hit home this week. 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 86: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Harassment scandals roil politics nationally, locally

The opening sketch on "Saturday Night Live" featured Miked Day playing Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore on a visit to the White House.

Allegations against Roy Moore in Alabama and complaints about two Minnesota legislators lead to calls for reform. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 85: 'Playing Politics' podcast: City elections generate a generational shift

Minneapolis mayor elect Jacob Frey spoke to the media at his headquarters after it was announced that he won Tuesday night's mayoral election.

Youth will be served as Jacob Frey and Melvin Carter are chosen by Minneapolis and St. Paul voters. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 84: 'Playing Politics' podcast: In St. Paul, attacks scramble mayoral race

St. Paul mayoral candidate Melvin Carter pictured during a forum in April.

A controversial campaign ad is met with backlash in the capital as both St. Paul and Minneapolis near next Tuesday's 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 83: 'Playing Politics' podcast: How and why we make Editorial Board endorsements

A voter displays a "I voted" sticker in a polling station at the Chinese Community Church in Washington, April 3, 2012. Voters are headed to the polls in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington Tuesday to continue the narrowing of the field in the Republican presidential nominating contest. (Doug Mills/The New York Times) ORG XMIT: MIN2012103114204975 ORG XMIT: MIN1605270022560612

Endorsements will begin next week for key races in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis on that and other political topics from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.


Episode 82: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Trump-Corker feud fuels more White House turmoil

FILE — Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) during a Senate Budget Committee meeting in Washington, Oct. 4, 2017. President Donald Trump laced into Corker, whose support he will need on tax reform and the future of the Iran nuclear deal, saying on Twitter that the senator had decided not to run for re-election because he “didn’t have the guts.” (Tom Brenner/The New York Times)

The president spars with a senator of his own party, and Democrats reel after allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 81: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Las Vegas shooting rekindles gun control debate

A makeshift memorial to victims of the mass shooting on Sunday night, on the northern end of the Las Vegas strip, Oct. 3, 2017. A lone gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort on Sunday night, killing at least 59 and wounding at least 527 more at a country music festival below. (Hilary Swift/The New York Times) ORG XMIT: MIN2017100312082522

Calls for Congress to address gun safety legislation increased in the wake of the tragedy. 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 80: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Minnesota's political impasse intensifies

Gov. Mark Dayton spoke at a press conference in Governor's Reception Room after mediation breaks down with Legislature's GOP leaders. ] GLEN STUBBE ï glen.stubbe@startribune.com Friday September 22, 2017 Gov. Mark Dayton holds press conference in Governor's Reception Room after mediation breaks down with Legislature's GOP leaders. Speaker Daudt, Leader Gazelka newser to follow immediately outside House chamber.

The enduring dispute between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP legislative leaders shows no sign of ending. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.


Episode 79: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Trump's blunt U.N. address

President Donald Trump speaks Tuesday during the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York.

The president's speech to the U.N. General Assembly was, like Trump himself, nontraditional. 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 78: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Rising crime in downtown Minneapolis

Minneapolis skyline with Capella Tower, IDS, Foshay, others. ] GLEN STUBBE * gstubbe@startribune.com Friday, April 10, 2015 EDS, seen from Target HQ 26th floor. USE FOR ANY PURPOSE ORG XMIT: MIN1504101706555091

Public safety in a booming downtown is a key issue for Minneapolis, and for the city's Nov. 7 election. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Patricia Lopez and Denise Johnson.


Episode 77: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Targeting 'Dreamers' is latest Trump controversy

Juliana Torres, 16, center, of Baltimore, rallies in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA, outside of the White House, in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017.

The president's decision to scrap the Obama-era DACA program faces bipartisan criticism. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.


Episode 76: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Trump turns to the war in Afghanistan (and with the press)

President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Phoenix Convention Center, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) ORG XMIT: MIN2017082308442006

Two distinctly different addresses in two days reflect the president's perspective on South Asia and Charlottesville. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


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.