In the past few weeks, The Political Landscape — National Journal's weekly podcast — has focused on reviewing the top stories from 2012 and looking forward to the top stories of 2013. After a week off, the podcast is moving from its weekend release to a Thursday afternoon release moving forward.
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In the coming weeks, we have some great topics and guests lined up.
- Senate Historian Donald Ritchie and former Senate Parliamentarian join us this week to discuss filibuster history and filibuster reform. Listen to hear Ritchie share the story of Wisconsin Sen. Robert LaFollette, who, mid-filibuster in 1912, furiously spit out his milk claiming it had been poisoned.
- Next week, we'll speak to Jim Bendat, an Inauguration Day historian and the author of Democracy's Big Day: The Inauguration of Our President 1789-2013. He'll share the best Presidential inauguration stories, like the time Thomas Jefferson returned after being sworn in, only to find his dining room table full. Not wanting to be rude, the President retired for the evening without eating. Or there was the time that Andrew Jackson had to put a tub of whiskey on the White House front lawn to get his rambunctious party guests to leave.
- In the weeks after, we'll go over President Obama's second-term cabinet, and how the leadership changes will shape policy in coming years.
- And later, we'll explore why constitutional amendments may have become a thing of the past.
- And just for fun, we'll dive into the best political conspiracies out there today. We're hoping to get two "self-described time travelers" on the show to explain how they met Obama during a teleportation trip to Mars in the late 1960s.
Stay tuned for an exciting 2013...