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Congress returns from its August recess next Tuesday. Lawmakers will debate raising the debt ceiling. They also need to pass a funding bill by September 30 to avoid a government shutdown. And they may have to take up a funding bill to provide billions in relief aid to victims of Hurricane Harvey. President Trump traveled to Texas to view the storm's destruction Tuesday and plans to return again this week.

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Senator John McCain is diagnosed with brain cancer but still travels to Washington for a health care vote, President Trump continues to publicly demean his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, Jared Kushner testifies about meetings with Russians, and Sean Spicer is out and Anthony Scaramucci is in.

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The Republican party divides over the senate's version of a healthcare bill, the White House bans cameras and recording devices from press briefings, Democrats go 0 - 4 in special congressional elections, which is causing division in their party, and President Trump continues his claims about fake news.

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This Saturday marks President Donald Trump's one hundredth day in office. While that 100th day is an arbitrary benchmark, it is the milestone we have come to use in measuring a president's performance.

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The failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, revelations of an FBI investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, unfounded claims former President Obama wire-tapped Trump Tower and turmoil within the Republican party. 

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The Trump administration has been in place now for just over one month, though it seems, much, much longer. President Trump has already signed more than two dozen executive actions, fired and replaced his National Security Advisor, and ramped-up his battle with the media and the court system.

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So much for the honeymoon period a president typically enjoys upon entering office. Many considered President Trump's inauguration speech dark and divisive. 

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With just over five weeks left before inauguration day, we now have a good idea of who President-elect Donald Trump wants in his cabinet and on his team of close advisors when he enters the White House. 

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News organizations across the country and around the world summed up Donald Trump's decisive victory over Hillary Clinton to become the nation's 45th president with one word: shocking. 

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Though most political pundits say Donald Trump's chances to win 270 electoral votes, and the White House, are unlikely, latest polling shows the race is now a virtual tie between Trump and Hillary Clinton. 

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Monday night's match-up between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was the most-watched presidential debate in history, with more than 84 million viewers. 

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The first of three presidential candidate debates is just more than three weeks away. 

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The conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia are done, the candidates have hit the campaign trail and the dash to November 8 is fully underway. 

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Hillary Clinton was in town Sunday for a fundraising dinner, followed Monday by a campaign event with Elizabeth Warren at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. Donald Trump is scheduled to come to Cincinnati next Wednesday for a fundraiser. 

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton won Washington State's primaries Tuesday. It looks all but certain the two will face-off in November. But Bernie Sanders has vowed to stay in the race until the convention.

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Soon after Tuesday's Indiana primaries, both Ted Cruz and John Kasich suspended their campaigns, leaving Donald Trump the apparent GOP nominee. And even though Bernie Sanders pulled out a narrow win over Hillary Clinton, it is all but certain she will be the Democratic nominee. So at this point it looks as if the candidates who will run in the general election are two people who, according to recent polls, most Americans just do not like all that much. And members of both parties are left asking, "Now what?" 

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We're in the middle of a full week without a primary, but that doesn't mean there has been a lull in the race to the White House. The candidates and their campaigns are keeping things interesting, if not all that presidential.

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As the strangest presidential primary race in recent memory continues and we head into Super Tuesday, Political Junkie Ken Rudin and WVXU political reporter Howard Wilkinson join us to discuss the latest news in the Republican and Democratic contests.

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After months of campaigning, we are finally just days away from the first vote on the path to the presidency, the Iowa caucuses. Followed just a week later by the New Hampshire primary.

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With less than two months left before the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries, the Republican presidential candidates met Tuesday night for their last debate of 2015. And the Democrats will hold their last debate of the year this Saturday.

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The attacks in Paris last Friday placed national security and the continued threat from the Islamic State and other terrorist groups at the forefront of political discussions this week.

Political outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson continue to lead the Republican field of candidates by wide margins, Hillary is polling far ahead of Bernie Sanders, though his numbers actually went up after the first Democratic debate. And now neither has to worry about Vice President Joe Biden jumping into the race.

With two debates under their belts, the remaining Republican presidential contenders continue the fight, though The Donald and Dr. Ben Carson are still leading the polls. 

With the presidential election still almost fifteen months away, many of us are already getting tired of hearing from and about the candidates, and the potential candidates, for president. But with, at last count, 22 declared candidates, the rising popularity of Bernie Sanders, Hillary’'s emails and the Trump, Trump, Trump of The Donald, for those who follow politics for a living, it is truly a wonderful time to be alive.

Last night it was all about the GOP presidential primary, with the seven candidates who didn'’t make the cut for the official debate participating in a separate forum, followed by the ten top-polling candidates taking the stage for the main event, including current front-runner Donald Trump.

Only the top ten candidates, based on an average of five national polls, will be allowed to participate in the first Republican Primary debate on August 6. But by then there are likely to be 16 GOP candidates in the race. The Democrats won’'t need as much space for their first primary debate, to take place this fall.

As we head into summer, things are starting to heat up, and we'’re not just talking about the weather. The number of Republicans vying for their party’'s presidential nomination is growing each month, while many Democrats are hoping there are other candidates willing to step-up and challenge Hillary Clinton.

 

 Republicans Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul have officially declared their run for the presidency, as has Democrat Hillary Clinton. But the field could get a lot more crowded in coming months, with ten other Republicans looking and talking like probable candidates, along with a handful of Democrats.

The Political Junkie Road Show is happening tonight at the Cincinnati Masonic Center downtown, featuring the men who made Wednesday afternoons appointment listening: The Political Junkie Ken Rudin, and former host of Talk of the Nation, Neal Conan. They are in town for the live show, but will join us today -  from Studio A at CET with a live audience - along with our Howard Wilkinson, to talk politics, midterm elections, ask a trivia question, and take your calls and questions.

Tickets for The Political Junkie Road Show tonight at 7:30pm can be purchased at the door. The Cincinnati Masonic Center is located at 317 E. Fifth Street, next to the Taft Theatre.

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