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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.

As Impeachment Trial Begins And Iowa Creeps Closer, The Political Junkie Shares His Take

Adam Schiff stands at a podium holding his hands above the surface of the table.
(Senate Television via AP)

This week the U.S. Senate formally began the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump — the third such trial in American history. Democrats made their arguments this week, with the president’s lawyers making their case starting on Saturday. Political Junkie Ken Rudinshares his analysis of the trial so far with host Frank Stasio.

Democrats only need four Republican senators to side with them to allow witnesses and documents in the trial, and Rudin highlights which members of the GOP he is watching to break ranks on this issue. Plus, the impeachment trial means that three top U.S. senators vying for the Democratic presidential nomination are stuck in Washington D.C. as the Iowa Democratic caucuses loom: Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. How will this time away from the front lines of the campaign affect these candidates? Rudin shares his thoughts on this and other top news out of Capitol Hill.

Amanda Magnus is the executive producer of Embodied, a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships and health. She has also worked on other WUNC shows including Tested and CREEP.
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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