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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 John Williams 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 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.


Episode 55: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Trump's taxes (and Maddow's reporting) in spotlight

President Donald Trump gives a 'thumbs-up' as he walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, before boarding Marine One for the short flight to nearby Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Trump is traveling to Michigan and Tennessee and returning to Washington later this evening. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

A busy news week in Washington and St. Paul includes more questions than answers regarding the president's tax returns. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash.


Episode 54: 'Playing Politics' podcast: GOP resistance over Obamacare replacement

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks during a news conference at the Republican National Committee Headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, as the GOP works on its long-awaited plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Democratic opposition to the House plan was expected, but Republicans pose the most significant hurdle. 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 53: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Hard work ahead after Trump speech, state budget forecast

President Donald Trump arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, for his address to a joint session of Congress. At right is Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Image via AP)

Congress and the Minnesota Legislature must focus on governing after president's address and an update on state revenues. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Jordana Green and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.


Episode 52: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Keith Ellison and the future of the Democratic National Committee

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Juli·n Castro, center, tours the Minneapolis Promise Zone with north Minneapolis with U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges on Thursday, August 6, 2015. ] LEILA NAVIDI leila.navidi@startribune.com / BACKGROUND INFORMATION: In April, HUD announced the expansion of the Promise Zones Initiative to eight additional cities from across the country, including Minneapolis, MN. ORG XMIT: MIN1508061731220018

This weekend's election for DNC chair will signal a direction for the Democrats in the Trump era. 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 51: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Flynn's resignation and the Russian question

President Donald Trump passes National Security Adviser Michael Flynn as he arrives via Air Force One at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. Trump stopped for a visit to the headquarters for U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command before returning to Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ORG XMIT: MIN2017021412503022

Scrutiny intensifies after reports of Trump campaign contacts with Russian intelligence officials. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 50: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Suite use prompts capitol grilling

Ted Mondale and Michele Kelm-Helgen responded after Minnesota Legislative Auditor James Nobles delivered his report to the committee.

A report from the legislative auditor found the use of luxury suites at U.S. Bank Stadium to be unethical. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.


Episode 49: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Consequential confirmation votes ahead

President Donald Trump applauds as he stands with Judge Neil Gorsuch in East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, after announcing Gorsuch as his nominee for the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) ORG XMIT: MIN2017020111220820

Senate showdowns still await some of President Trump's cabinet nominees and his Supreme Court selection. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 48: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Dayton, health care in Capitol spotlight

Gov. Mark Dayton's cancer diagnosis comes amid debate over state priorities. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.


Episode 47: 'Playing Politics' podcast: An unprecedented presidency begins

President-elect Donald Trump boards an evaluator after meeting with Martin Luther King III at Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, Jan. 16, 2017. President-elect Donald Trump met with King to discuss the legacy of his father, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and observe the holiday of the civil rights icon. (Hilary Swift/The New York Times)

What does the turbulent transition presage for President-elect Trump? 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 46: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Trump meets the press

President-elect Donald J. Trump prepares to take more questions from reporters after his lawyer, Sheri Dillon, spoke about his business operations, at Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in New York, Jan. 11, 2017. The event is his first formal news conference since July. (Damon Winter/The New York Times)

The president-elect held his first news conference since July. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 45: 'Playing Politics' podcast: A new session at a refurbished capitol

Dan Stewart and Par Kamrath of JE Dunn dusted on the third floor just before the stsrt of session. Parts of the Capitol are still under construction.

Political focus shifts to St. Paul as the 2017 legislative session commences. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.


Episode 44: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Counterterrorism in the Trump era

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2016 file photo, President-elect Donald Trump talks to media as he stands with retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J. Trump is tapping another four-star military officer for his administration. He has picked Kelly to lead the Homeland Security Department, according to people close to the transition. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) ORG XMIT: MIN2016120715425773

A new name – and new policies – may be in store for efforts to counter violent extremism. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Jill Burcum.


Episode 43: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Russia's role in election roils transition

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, right, and Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil's chief executive smile during a signing ceremony in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011. Russia's state-owned Rosneft teamed up with U.S. company ExxonMobil on Tuesday to develop huge offshore oil fields in the Russian Arctic in return for access to resources in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, pool)

President-elect Donald Trump chooses a secretary of state amid allegations of Russian influence in the U.S. election . Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 42: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Campaign echoes in Trump transition

President-elect Donald Trump and Mitt Romney shake hands as Romney leaves Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016.

From choosing cabinet secretaries to methods of communication, nearly every aspect of President-elect Trump's transition is unprecedented. 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 41: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Presidential transition

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 file photo, President-elect Donald Trump smiles as he arrives to speak at an election night rally, in New York. Mexico is starting to seriously contemplate the possibility that millions of its migrants could be deported under the proposals put forward by President-elect Trump. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The latest "Playing Politics" features analysis of the 2016 presidential vote in Minnesota, plus discussion of the personnel choices President-elect Trump must make to shape his administration. Editorial writers Patricia Lopez and Lori Sturdevant join WCCO's John Williams.


Episode 40: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Trump upends political order

Twitter is trying to cope with Trump-era America.

The improbable election resets Washington – and America. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez


Episode 39: 'Playing Politics' podcast: An October surprise tightens the race

FILE ó James Comey, the director of the FBI, testifies in front of the House Oversight Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 7, 2016. Just before Comey announced new evidence in the Hillary Clinton email scandal, he had been strongly discouraged by the Justice Department, for fear that he would be seen as meddling in the election. (Al Drago/The New York Times)

FBI Director James Comey's announcement on Friday was just the latest jolt to the presidential race. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.


Episode 38: 'Playing Politics' podcast: As campaign nears end, talk of a rigged election

Donald Trump's allegations seem to have some traction with voters, according to a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Scott Gillespie.


Episode 37: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Editorial endorsements: Why and how

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton made their points Wednesday in Las Vegas during the final presidential debate of the campaign.

Sunday's Star Tribune Editorial Board endorsement for president kicks off a series of selections in national, state and local races. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from Editorial Page Editor Scott Gillespie and host John Rash.