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Political Junkie: Impeachment Vote, Biden, Buttigieg and the Bloomberg Factor

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks as South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg listens during a Democratic presidential primary debate Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks as South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg listens during a Democratic presidential primary debate Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles.

The House of Representatives voted mostly along party lines to impeach President Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The next step would send impeachment papers to the Senate, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is delaying that action until Senate leaders reach an agreement on the ground rules of the trial.Host Anita Rao is talks Political Junkie Ken Rudin about the week in political news.

Meanwhile, a new Gallup Poll shows Trump’s approval rating has moved up during the impeachment proceedings. What does it all mean? Political Junkie Ken Rudin talks about this historic moment and how it compares to the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton. He also weighs in on the latest round of the Democratic debates. Most polls have former Vice President Joe Biden leading the pack, but an Iowa State University poll has South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg as the frontrunner for the upcoming Iowa Democratic Presidential Caucus. Rudin talks about Biden, Bernie, Buttigieg and the Michael Bloomberg factor. Plus, Republican U.S. Reps. Mark Meadows and Mark Walker both announced they will not run in 2020. What does that mean for the political landscape of North Carolina? Political Junkie Ken Rudin joins host Anita Rao for another passionate political discussion.

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Anita Rao is the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content. She has traveled the country recording interviews for the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps production department, founded and launched a podcast about millennial feminism in the South, and served as the managing editor and regular host of "The State of Things," North Carolina Public Radio's flagship daily, live talk show. Anita was born in a small coal-mining town in Northeast England but spent most of her life growing up in Iowa and has a fond affection for the Midwest.
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.