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The Political Junkie: Sessions Ousted And Midterm Analysis

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  The headlines shifted quickly this week from analysis of the historic midterm elections to news that Jeff Sessions was ousted from the White House. Political Junkie Ken Rudin talks about the fast week in political news, including the appointment of acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker.

Whittaker, who has been outspoken about diminishing Mueller’s power, is now in charge of the investigation into Russian meddling. Will he exert that power or recuse himself as the Democrats have asked? Plus, Republicans in North Carolina lost their supermajority even with gerrymandered districts. What message does that send to Republicans locally and nationally? Rudin talks with host Frank Stasio about the mixed message voters sent, the races that are still too close to call, and the wave of new faces coming to Congress next year.

Dana is an award-winning producer who began as a personality at Rock 92. Once she started creating content for morning shows, she developed a love for producing. Dana has written and produced for local and syndicated commercial radio for over a decade. WUNC is her debut into public radio and she’s excited to tell deeper, richer stories.
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.