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0000017a-3b40-d913-abfe-bf44a4f90000Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU news team as the politics reporter and columnist in April 2012 , after 30 years of covering local, state and national politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. On this page, you will find his weekly column, Politically Speaking; the Monday morning political chats with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik and other news coverage by Wilkinson. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio gubernatorial race since 1974, as well as 16 presidential nominating conventions. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots, the Lucasville prison riot in 1993, the Air Canada plane crash at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983, and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. And, given his passion for baseball, you might even find some stories about the Cincinnati Reds here from time to time.

Political Junkies Discuss The Latest News, From The Shutdown To Roger Stone

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Stouffer's handed out free meals to federal workers in Solon, Oh., Wednesday, Jan. 16. Gayle Bell works at the Department of Treasury and has gone without pay for weeks.

President Trump signs a bill ending the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. For three weeks. The president says if he doesn't get what he thinks is a fair deal from congress by February 15, the government will shut down again, or he will declare a national emergency to fund a border wall. 

Friday's arrest of longtime Trump associate Roger Stone is one of the most high-profile indictments by Robert Mueller in his Russia investigation to date.

And while the 2020 presidential election is more than a year away, the Democratic field of candidates is already getting crowded, with California Senator Kamela Harris and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg the latest to announce their bids for the White House.

Joining Cincinnati Edition for a look at these and other top stories out of Washington D.C. are Political Junkie Ken Rudin (@kenrudin) and WVXU Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson (@howardwilkinson).

Tune in to Cincinnati Edition Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. to hear this segment.