Ken Rudin http://ktep.org en It's The Final ScuttleButton Puzzle ... For Now http://ktep.org/post/its-final-scuttlebutton-puzzle-now Some words I never thought I would utter: This is the last <strong>ScuttleButton</strong> puzzle that will ever appear on the NPR Web site.<p>With the cancellation of <em><strong>Talk of the Nation</strong></em>, and of course the weekly <em><strong>Political Junkie</strong></em> segment that goes with it, the long relationship between <em><strong>Political Junkie</strong></em> and NPR is coming to an end.<p>Thus, this is the last button puzzle, with the final winner (and t-shirt and button prizes) announced on Wednesday, June 26th — the final Junkie segment on TOTN.<p>There will also be a fin Wed, 19 Jun 2013 15:05:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 19250 at http://ktep.org It's The Final ScuttleButton Puzzle ... For Now It's ScuttleButton Time! http://ktep.org/post/its-scuttlebutton-time-29 The sad thing about this week's <strong>ScuttleButton</strong> puzzle is that <em><strong>Edward Snowden</strong></em> has already revealed the answer.<p>ScuttleButton, of course, is that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Tuesday or Wednesday I put up a vertical display of buttons on this site. Your job is to simply take one word (or concept) per button, add 'em up, and, hopefully, you will arrive at a famous name or a <em><strong>familiar</strong></em> expression. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:34:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 18717 at http://ktep.org It's ScuttleButton Time! Lautenberg Death Complicates Christie's Road To November, And 2016 http://ktep.org/post/lautenberg-death-complicates-christies-road-november-and-2016 One of the last things Alaska Gov. <em><strong>Walter Hickel</strong></em> did before he resigned to join the Nixon Cabinet was to fill a Senate vacancy caused by the December 1968 death of <em><strong>E.L. Bartlett</strong></em>, a Democrat. Hickel picked a GOP state representative by the name of <em><strong>Ted Stevens</strong></em>. Stevens, who only months before lost a Republican primary bid for a different seat, went on to serve more than 40 years in the Senate, longer than any Republican in history. Wed, 05 Jun 2013 14:39:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 18294 at http://ktep.org Lautenberg Death Complicates Christie's Road To November, And 2016 It's ScuttleButton Time! http://ktep.org/post/its-scuttlebutton-time-28 It's time to solve this week's <strong>S</strong><strong>cuttleButton</strong> puzzle.<p>ScuttleButton, of course, is that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Tuesday or Wednesday I put up a vertical display of buttons on this site. Your job is to simply take one word (or concept) per button, add 'em up, and, hopefully, you will arrive at a famous name or a <em><strong>familiar</strong></em> expression. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 10:48:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 18197 at http://ktep.org It's ScuttleButton Time! Virginia Lt. Gov. Nominee Excites The Right, And Democrats Couldn't Be Happier http://ktep.org/post/virginia-lt-gov-nominee-excites-right-and-democrats-couldnt-be-happier It's taken awhile, but Tea Party activists and social conservatives are finally beginning to get smiles on their faces. Wed, 29 May 2013 10:53:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 17804 at http://ktep.org Virginia Lt. Gov. Nominee Excites The Right, And Democrats Couldn't Be Happier It's ScuttleButton Time! http://ktep.org/post/its-scuttlebutton-time-27 Just a reminder that there is a possibility <strong>ScuttleButton</strong> may disappear from the NPR Web site in the next month or so. So if I were you, I'd sign up for the <em><strong>Political Junkie</strong></em> mailing list (info below) to make sure you'll be in the know as to where these irreplaceable and delightful features wind up.<p>ScuttleButton, of course, is that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Tuesday or Wednesday I put up a vertical display of buttons on this site. Wed, 29 May 2013 10:18:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 17798 at http://ktep.org It's ScuttleButton Time! It's ScuttleButton Time! http://ktep.org/post/its-scuttlebutton-time-26 They can wiretap my phone and snoop through my e-mail all they want, but I will never reveal the answer to this week's <strong>ScuttleButton</strong> puzzle. At least until next week.<p>ScuttleButton, of course, is that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Tuesday or Wednesday I put up a vertical display of buttons on this site. Your job is to simply take one word (or concept) per button, add 'em up, and, hopefully, you will arrive at a famous name or a <em><strong>familiar</strong></em> expression. Wed, 22 May 2013 19:55:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 17370 at http://ktep.org It's ScuttleButton Time! Why Don't We Pay (More/Any) Attention To Los Angeles Mayoral Elections? http://ktep.org/post/why-dont-we-pay-moreany-attention-los-angeles-mayoral-elections <em><strong>Horace Greeley</strong></em> may have suggested at one point that going west might be a good idea, but he probably wouldn't be happy to see what's going on with Los Angeles as of late. The Dodgers are in last place in the National League West, the Angels are hovering near the bottom of the American League West, and the Lakers' appearance in the playoffs was brutally short. Tue, 21 May 2013 18:36:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 17281 at http://ktep.org Why Don't We Pay (More/Any) Attention To Los Angeles Mayoral Elections? It's ScuttleButton Time! http://ktep.org/post/its-scuttlebutton-time-25 We know how the president feels about it. "We don't have time to be playing these kinds of political games in Washington," Barack Obama said on Monday, in what many took to be a full attack on <strong>ScuttleButton</strong>, America's favorite political game.<p>I beg to differ. I say we DO have time to play these kind of political games, especially when a tee-shirt and Political Junkie button are at stake. With Talk of the Nation going off the air in ks a month-and a half and the future of ScuttleButton at risk, I say this is the BEST time to be playing. Wed, 15 May 2013 15:43:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 16867 at http://ktep.org It's ScuttleButton Time! It's ScuttleButton Time! http://ktep.org/post/its-scuttlebutton-time-24 Disgraced but asking for redemption.<p>I'm describing me, of course, after a spate of uneven <strong>ScuttleButton</strong> puzzles. Though, I must admit, I liked last week's offering.<p>ScuttleButton, of course, is that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Monday or Tuesday — or, as they call today, "Wednesday" — I put up a vertical display of buttons on this site. Your job is to simply take one word (or concept) per button, add 'em up, and, hopefully, you will arrive at a famous name or a <em><strong>familiar</strong></em> expression. Wed, 08 May 2013 20:46:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 16415 at http://ktep.org It's ScuttleButton Time! Joe Biden Has History On His Side But Little Else If Hillary Clinton Runs http://ktep.org/post/joe-biden-has-history-his-side-little-else-if-hillary-clinton-runs It's pretty much a truism in American political history: If the president is not running again and the vice president wants his party's nomination, it's his for the asking.<p>That was the case in 1960, with <em><strong>President Eisenhower</strong></em> term-limited and Vice President <em><strong>Richard Nixon's</strong></em> path to the GOP nomination unimpeded.<p>It was also true in 1968, when <em><strong>President Johnson</strong></em> decided not to run again and his vice president, <em><strong>Hubert Humphrey</strong></em>, won the Democratic nomination despite not having entered a single Tue, 07 May 2013 10:33:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 16294 at http://ktep.org Joe Biden Has History On His Side But Little Else If Hillary Clinton Runs Open Democratic Senate Seats Again Give Big Opportunity For GOP, Or Not http://ktep.org/post/open-democratic-senate-seats-again-give-big-opportunity-gop-or-not The headlines have not been especially kind to Senate Democrats lately as they, for the second consecutive cycle, head into an election with a numerical disadvantage and more open seats to defend.<p>But looking at an election by simply counting the number of seats up that year or where incumbents are retiring misses the point. In 2012, the mantra was the Republican Party was going to win a Senate majority because the numbers so clearly favored them; they needed a net gain of just four, and of the 33 seats up that year, 23 were held by the Democrats. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:59:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 15866 at http://ktep.org Open Democratic Senate Seats Again Give Big Opportunity For GOP, Or Not It's ScuttleButton Time! http://ktep.org/post/its-scuttlebutton-time-23 An openly gay basketball player? Next thing you know, there will be openly clever <strong>ScuttleButton</strong> puzzles.<p>Only not this week.<p>ScuttleButton, of course, is that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Monday or Tuesday I put up a vertical display of buttons on this site. Your job is to simply take one word (or concept) per button, add 'em up, and, hopefully, you will arrive at a famous name or a <em><strong>familiar</strong></em> expression. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:58:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 15842 at http://ktep.org It's ScuttleButton Time! It's ScuttleButton Time! http://ktep.org/post/its-scuttlebutton-time-22 Lots of people have been inquiring about the future of <strong>ScuttleButton</strong>. While I wish I had an answer — I don't, not yet — I'd like to suggest that you sign up for the Political Junkie/ScuttleButton mailing list. That way, I will be able to share the information once I have it (see info below).<p>And what exactly IS ScuttleButton, you may ask?<p>It is, of course, that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Monday or Tuesday I put up a vertical display of buttons on this site. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 10:43:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 15335 at http://ktep.org It's ScuttleButton Time! It's ScuttleButton Time! http://ktep.org/post/its-scuttlebutton-time-21 Hopefully, the disappointment/frustration of that April Fool's <strong>ScuttleButton</strong> has subsided and now you're ready for the real stuff.<p>ScuttleButton, of course, is that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Monday or Tuesday I put up a vertical display of buttons on this site. Your job is to simply take one word (or concept) per button, add 'em up, and, hopefully, you will arrive at a famous name or a <em><strong>familiar</strong></em> expression. Fri, 19 Apr 2013 10:18:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 15116 at http://ktep.org It's ScuttleButton Time! Sanford And Weiner: Different Humiliations, Same Remorseful Script http://ktep.org/post/sanford-and-weiner-different-humiliations-same-remorseful-script In the past three decades or so, when writing about political sex scandals became an art form, the tendency has always been to lump everyone together. There are many differences between, say, what <em><strong>Anthony Weiner</strong></em> did and what <em><strong>Mark Sanford</strong></em> did. Wed, 17 Apr 2013 16:11:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 14995 at http://ktep.org Sanford And Weiner: Different Humiliations, Same Remorseful Script It's ScuttleButton Time! http://ktep.org/post/its-scuttlebutton-time-20 I'm on vacation this week, and thus no Political Junkie column, Talk of the Nation appearance or podcast for me. But giving up <strong>ScuttleButton</strong>? No way.<p>ScuttleButton, of course, is that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Monday or Tuesday I put up a vertical display of buttons on this site. Your job is to simply take one word (or concept) per button, add 'em up, and, hopefully, you will arrive at a famous name or a <em><strong>familiar</strong></em> expression. Mon, 01 Apr 2013 10:08:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 13849 at http://ktep.org It's ScuttleButton Time! It's ScuttleButton Time! http://ktep.org/post/its-scuttlebutton-time-19 In the thousand-plus or so emails I get each time a <strong>ScuttleButton</strong> puzzle is posted, I invariably will get dozens and dozens of complaints that it was just too easy, that it insulted their intelligence, that I need to make them more challenging. That was clearly the case last week, as there were nearly 100 such emails.<p>Well, be careful what you wish for. This week's puzzle is one of the most difficult.<p>ScuttleButton, of course, is that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Monday or Tuesday I put up a vertical display of buttons on this site. Tue, 26 Mar 2013 16:42:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 13490 at http://ktep.org It's ScuttleButton Time! Is It 2016 Yet? Moves By Hillary Clinton & Rand Paul Suggest Yes http://ktep.org/post/it-2016-yet-moves-hillary-clinton-rand-paul-suggest-yes If you have any interest in politics at all, you pretty much know two things. One, that the next presidential election, on Nov. 8, 2016, is only 1,324 days away. And two, you won't be surprised if people are focusing on it in March of 2013.<p>Sometimes the speculation is silly, but sometimes it's not. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 19:40:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 13421 at http://ktep.org Is It 2016 Yet? Moves By Hillary Clinton & Rand Paul Suggest Yes It's ScuttleButton Time! http://ktep.org/post/its-scuttlebutton-time-18 An absolute pleasure running into so many old friends on Saturday at the meeting of the American Political Items Collectors in Tyson's Corner, Va.<p>Yes, such an organization exists. No, I was not the craziest person there. But the best part was learning that so many people there are diehard <strong>ScuttleButton</strong> fans!<p>ScuttleButton, of course, is that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Monday or Tuesday I put up a vertical display of buttons on this site. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 18:32:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 12977 at http://ktep.org It's ScuttleButton Time! Gay Marriage, DOMA And The Dramatic Shift In Public Opinion In One Year http://ktep.org/post/gay-marriage-doma-and-dramatic-shift-public-opinion-one-year It is remarkable how fast the issue of same-sex marriage has moved the American public. Of course, some long-time proponents will argue the opposite, that it has taken far too long for it to gain acceptance. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 10:18:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 12933 at http://ktep.org Gay Marriage, DOMA And The Dramatic Shift In Public Opinion In One Year It's ScuttleButton Time! http://ktep.org/post/its-scuttlebutton-time-17 If any of you happen to see the "white smoke" in the next day or so, you should immediately know what that means: I've been once again using hallucinogens to come up with the new <strong>ScuttleButton</strong> puzzle.<p>ScuttleButton, of course, is that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Monday or Tuesday I put up a vertical display of buttons on this site. Your job is to simply take one word (or concept) per button, add 'em up, and, hopefully, you will arrive at a famous name or a <em><strong>familiar</strong></em> expression. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 15:02:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 12626 at http://ktep.org It's ScuttleButton Time! How Jeb Bush Did In His 2016 Tryout http://ktep.org/post/how-jeb-bush-did-his-2016-tryout Contrary to what you read, everything politicians say and do don't necessarily always have to be only about 2016. Sometimes, really and truly, presidential calculations are not part of the conversation.<p>But regarding the coverage of <em><strong>Jeb Bush</strong></em> in the past week, it's hard to think anything else. Bush, of course, is the son and brother of former presidents. He has been urged to run for president since 2008, and the drumbeat for 2016 is getting louder ... especially since he helped it along by saying he is not ruling it out. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 16:53:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 12498 at http://ktep.org How Jeb Bush Did In His 2016 Tryout It's ScuttleButton Time! http://ktep.org/post/its-scuttlebutton-time-16 Apologies for those on my <strong>Political Junkie/ScuttleButton</strong> mailing list who didn't get a notification last week about the new column and new puzzle. NPR has adjusted its e-mail server and my mass mailing from last week didn't see the light of day. I'm hoping the problem will be addressed this week.<p>ScuttleButton, of course, is that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Monday or Tuesday I put up a vertical display of buttons on this site. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 11:13:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 12072 at http://ktep.org It's ScuttleButton Time! Who's 'Right' — CPAC Or Chris Christie? http://ktep.org/post/whos-right-cpac-or-chris-christie For a city that thrives on huge controversies and breathtaking tremors, perhaps last week's mini-squabble over whether or not to invite <em><strong>Chris Christie</strong></em> to the <a href="http://conservative.org/cpac/2013/">Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)</a> later this month is not what you would call a big deal. But the decision — not to invite him — says something about the conservative movement ... Mon, 04 Mar 2013 11:18:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 11997 at http://ktep.org Who's 'Right' — CPAC Or Chris Christie? It's ScuttleButton Time! http://ktep.org/post/its-scuttlebutton-time-15 Has anyone figured out how the sequester would affect <strong>ScuttleButton</strong>?<p>I didn't think so.<p>ScuttleButton, of course, is that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Monday or Tuesday (or, as they call today, "Wednesday") I put up a vertical display of buttons on this site. Your job is to simply take one word (or concept) per button, add 'em up, and, hopefully, you will arrive at a famous name or a <em><strong>familiar</strong></em> expression. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 15:33:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 11681 at http://ktep.org It's ScuttleButton Time! Chicago's Robin Kelly On Track To Join List Of Black Women To Serve In Congress http://ktep.org/post/chicagos-robin-kelly-track-join-list-black-women-serve-congress Once, the special election to succeed the disgraced <em><strong>Jesse Jackson Jr.</strong></em> in Illinois' 2nd District seemed impossible to handicap, especially with some two dozen or so candidates on the ballot. Thus, it became not so much a horse race discussion as a conversation dominated by concerns about race and guns. Now, according to many observers, many of the questions have given way to the sense that Tuesday's winner will be <em><strong>Robin Kelly</strong></em>, a former state representative. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 11:18:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 11511 at http://ktep.org Chicago's Robin Kelly On Track To Join List Of Black Women To Serve In Congress It's ScuttleButton Time! http://ktep.org/post/its-scuttlebutton-time-14 One category that, regrettably, won't be discussed during next Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony: best on-line button puzzle.<p>I don't know about you, but in my book that would be <strong>ScuttleButton</strong>.<p>ScuttleButton, of course, is that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Monday or Tuesday I put up a vertical display of buttons on this site. Your job is to simply take one word (or concept) per button, add 'em up, and, hopefully, you will arrive at a famous name or a <em><strong>familiar</strong></em> expression. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 20:52:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 11179 at http://ktep.org It's ScuttleButton Time! Nebraska Sen. Johanns Won't Run Again; Was Support For Hagel Nomination A Factor? http://ktep.org/post/nebraska-sen-johanns-wont-run-again-was-support-hagel-nomination-factor Nobody saw this one coming.<p>Sen. <em><strong>Mike Johanns</strong></em>, a reliably conservative Republican from Nebraska, announced yesterday (Feb. 18) he would retire rather than seek a second term in 2014 ... one where he was considered the overwhelming favorite. A former two-term governor and agriculture secretary under President <em><strong>George W. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 11:33:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 11138 at http://ktep.org Nebraska Sen. Johanns Won't Run Again; Was Support For Hagel Nomination A Factor? It's ScuttleButton Time! http://ktep.org/post/its-scuttlebutton-time-13 Knowing you the way I do, I figured it would make no sense putting up <strong>ScuttleButton</strong> later in the day today. Not while you're getting ready for President Obama's State of the Union address to Congress.<p>So I decided to have it ready early this morning, giving you more time to solve this week's puzzle. And, I daresay, it's a bit harder than usual.<p>ScuttleButton, of course, is that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Monday or Tuesday I put up a vertical display of buttons on this site. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 10702 at http://ktep.org It's ScuttleButton Time!