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‘Political Rewind’ replay: Steve Bannon exits the White House tent

6:03 pm Aug. 18, 2017

On today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind,” the late Friday exit of White House strategist Steve Bannon couldn’t be avoided.

Here’s the question: Would it have been better – as Lyndon Johnson might have said — to keep the Breitbart executive inside the tent, [looking] out, or outside the tent [looking] in?

If you couldn’t catch it live, click below to listen now:

Today’s panelists: Host Bill Nigut; yours truly; Michael Owens,

‘Political Rewind’ replay: Donald Trump and the aftermath of Charlottesville

5:42 pm Aug. 16, 2017

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” focuses on President Donald Trump’s decision to walk back his condemnation of a rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va.

But first was the sound from the memorial service for Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman killed when a white nationalist rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters. From the Associated Press:

“They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well,

Johnny Isakson: Donald Trump shouldn’t have dithered over Charlottesville

5:25 pm Aug. 14, 2017

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson on Monday leveled some sharp criticism of President Donald Trump’s failure to immediately condemn racist organizers of a Charlottesville, Va., protest that turned deadly this weekend.

Isakson made his remarks on GPB Radio’s “Political Rewind,” in what was essence a prequel to this evening’s town hall meeting at Kennesaw State University.

Asked if he were satisfied with Trump’s response, Isakson said:

“If something that rises to

‘Political Rewind’ replay: A November decision looms for a nuclear power project

4:51 pm Aug. 4, 2017

If you’re a Georgia Power customer, today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” was for you.

The first half of the program features Tim Echols, a Republican member of the state Public Service Commission, who laid out the dilemma faced by Southern Co. over the construction of two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle.

A decision to continue construction, expected to be made by November, could raise your bill by as much

‘Political Rewind’ replay: Congress puts Donald Trump in a Russian box

5:35 pm Aug. 2, 2017

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” opens on Donald Trump’s decision to sign a bill imposing new sanctions on Russia (and Iran and North Korea) – despite the president’s description of the bill as seriously flawed.

Then there’s the New York Times piece suggesting that the Trump administration is preparing to go after affirmative action in the nation’s colleges and universities, on behalf of whites and Asians who claim

‘Political Rewind’ replay: ‘Scaramouche, Scaramouche, take your leave and fandango’

4:38 pm Jul. 31, 2017

In the first half of the latest edition of GPB’s ‘Political Rewind,’ your intrepid commenters noted that, despite the appointment of retired Gen. John Kelly as the new White House chief of staff, ought would change if the new communications director, the foul-mouthed Anthony Scaramucci, retained direct access to President Donald Trump.

Mid-way through the program, “the Mooch” was out after only two weeks into the job.

We are humbled by

‘Political rewind’ replay: Donald Trump’s worst week – so far

5:49 pm Jul. 28, 2017

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” works backwards from the early Friday morning vote in the U.S. Senate that killed – for now – the Republican effort to repeal Obamacare.

I’m rather proud of this one. Even as host Bill Nigut questioned whether yours truly had climbed out on a limb by predicting the ouster of White House chief of staff Reince Preibus – it had already happened.

If you couldn’t

‘Political Rewind’ replay: A transgender ban announced on Twitter

5:05 pm Jul. 26, 2017

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” focuses on President Donald Trump’s surprise announcement that transgender individuals would no longer be allowed to serve in the U.S. military.

The Twitter declaration caught members of Congress and the Pentagon, too, off-guard. If you couldn’t catch it live, click below to listen now:

Today’s panelists: Host Bill Nigut; Kyle Wingfield, the AJC columnist; longtime GOP strategist Heath Garrett; Andra Gillespie, the Emory University political

‘Political Rewind’ replay: Pardon me, but are you Bob Mueller?

5:59 pm Jul. 24, 2017

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” takes in a Senate Intelligence Committee appearance by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and the father-in-law’s musings about his powers to pardon.

Crocodile tears are shed by our Republican participant over the departure of White House press secretary Sean Spicer. Also, we celebrate National Tequila Day.

If you couldn’t catch us live, click here to listen now:

Today’s panelists: Host Bill Nigut; yours truly; Republican

‘Political Rewind’ replay: Where’s Donald Trump headed on health care?

5:39 pm Jul. 19, 2017

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” opens with the U.S. Supreme Court decision to require a “grandparent” adjustment to the Trump administration travel ban on six majority-Muslim countries.

The big question is what to make of President Donald Trump’s Wednesday afternoon abandonment of repeal-delay of Obamacare — in favor repeal-and-replace.

If you couldn’t catch it live, click here to listen now:

Today’s panelists: Host Bill Nigut; Greg Bluestein, one of your AJC