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Midterms, a "Knife Fight" for Republicans, Senate Majority Says

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Like “a knife fight in a brawl” – that’s how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell describes the close Senate midterm races.


On this politics day edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer and guests Wayne Moyer, Rosenfield Professor and professor of political science at Grinnell College, and Scott Peters, professor and department head at the University of Northern Iowa’s Department of Political Science, take stock with just over 50 days remaining before the midterm election.


Also in the hour: a look back at Brett Kavanaugh’s U.S. Supreme Court confirmation, the impact of Bob Woodward’s new book on the Trump Administration, and former President Obama’s decision to hop back on the campaign trail as the midterm election window closes.


Later, the conversation moves abroad, exploring the Trump Administration's decision to close the Palestine Liberation Organization Office in D.C., possible sanctions against Chinese officials over Muslim detention centers, and a look at what could be the final push to oust militants from the last vestige of Islamic State territory in Syria.


Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River