Ken Rudin http://apr.org en It's The Final ScuttleButton Puzzle ... For Now http://apr.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 32655 at http://apr.org It's The Final ScuttleButton Puzzle ... For Now It's ScuttleButton Time! http://apr.org/post/its-scuttlebutton-time-18 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 32154 at http://apr.org It's ScuttleButton Time! Lautenberg Death Complicates Christie's Road To November, And 2016 http://apr.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 31755 at http://apr.org Lautenberg Death Complicates Christie's Road To November, And 2016 It's ScuttleButton Time! http://apr.org/post/its-scuttlebutton-time-17 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 31669 at http://apr.org It's ScuttleButton Time! Virginia Lt. Gov. Nominee Excites The Right, And Democrats Couldn't Be Happier http://apr.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 31292 at http://apr.org Virginia Lt. Gov. Nominee Excites The Right, And Democrats Couldn't Be Happier It's ScuttleButton Time! http://apr.org/post/its-scuttlebutton-time-16 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 31290 at http://apr.org It's ScuttleButton Time! It's ScuttleButton Time! http://apr.org/post/its-scuttlebutton-time-15 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 30901 at http://apr.org It's ScuttleButton Time! Why Don't We Pay (More/Any) Attention To Los Angeles Mayoral Elections? http://apr.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 30818 at http://apr.org Why Don't We Pay (More/Any) Attention To Los Angeles Mayoral Elections? It's ScuttleButton Time! http://apr.org/post/its-scuttlebutton-time-14 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 30427 at http://apr.org It's ScuttleButton Time! It's ScuttleButton Time! http://apr.org/post/its-scuttlebutton-time-13 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 29994 at http://apr.org It's ScuttleButton Time! Joe Biden Has History On His Side But Little Else If Hillary Clinton Runs http://apr.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 29874 at http://apr.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://apr.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 29497 at http://apr.org Open Democratic Senate Seats Again Give Big Opportunity For GOP, Or Not It's ScuttleButton Time! http://apr.org/post/its-scuttlebutton-time-12 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 29475 at http://apr.org It's ScuttleButton Time! It's ScuttleButton Time! http://apr.org/post/its-scuttlebutton-time-11 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 29029 at http://apr.org It's ScuttleButton Time! It's ScuttleButton Time! http://apr.org/post/its-scuttlebutton-time-10 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 28820 at http://apr.org It's ScuttleButton Time!