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Ken Rudin, the Political JunkieKen Rudin has a problem: he is hooked on politics. The political junkie regularly joins The State of Things for Friday discussions about the political world in North Carolina. Ken’s experience spans three decades of political coverage, most recently at NPR.From the latest congressional news to behind-the-scenes views on the campaign trail, Ken offers political insight, historical analysis and trivia. More information, including his weekly scuttlebutton puzzle, can be found at his website.

The Political Junkie: Shutdown Looms, Bannon Resists Subpoena, Thomas Farr Nomination Advances

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to the chamber to appeal for an end to the partisan stare-down over demands by Democrats.

The House has approved a stopgap measure to fund the government through mid-February, but Senate Democrats seem dissatisfied. They want concessions including deportation protection for some young immigrants before giving their vote.

Meanwhile former White House strategist Steve Bannon has been subpoenaed by the Mueller investigation to speak before a grand jury, and now he has also been subpoenaed by The House Intelligence Committee. But it does not look like he will been sharing state secrets anytime soon. Bannon’s lawyer has called the order to re-appear in front of the committee just two days after first appearing an “unreasonable” call by the House Intelligence Committee.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved President Trump’s controversial nomination of Thomas Farr for federal judge in the Eastern District of North Carolina. Farr is a former lawyer for Jesse Helms. His nomination now moves to a full Senate vote. Plus, the Supreme Court blocked the redraw of North Carolina’s congressional districts. How will upcoming rulings in Texas and Maryland be affected? Host Frank Stasio speaks with Political Junkie Ken Rudin for his analysis of the latest political headlines.


Laura Pellicer is a digital reporter with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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