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The two or so hours of the political debate you see on TV are just a fraction of what’s become an all-day event for the candidates and the journalists. McClatchy Washington bureau Political Editor Steve “Buzz” Thomma goes behind the scenes of a po
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The two or so hours of the political debate you see on TV are just a fraction of what’s become an all-day event for the candidates and the journalists. McClatchy Washington bureau Political Editor Steve “Buzz” Thomma goes behind the scenes of a po

The Buzz is a political commentary segment hosted by Steve "Buzz" Thomma, McClatchy Washington bureau political editor. Buzz has been covering US politics since the 1976 Jimmy Carter campaign, and been a Washington correspondent since 1987. From the elections process to the daily workings of congress and everything in between, Buzz explains how the larger themes of American government affect everyone outside the beltway.

What do Hillary’s emails and Monica Lewinsky have in common? Both were scandals discovered because Congress investigated a Clinton. As Hillary prepares to appear before the Benghazi Committee on October 22, McClatchy political editor Steven “Buzz”

 

Presidential hopeful Donald Trump will host Saturday Night Live on November 7, 2015, 11 years after his first gig hosting the weekend skit comedy show. Trump's second hosting appearance also comes in the midst of a battle between NBC (SNL's parent

Why is everyone always talking about 'campaign finance?’ Do political donations actually matter? Washington bureau political editor Steven "Buzz" Thomma and political correspondent David Lightman explain why those donations might go further in Con

Every politician has an opinion about Syrian refugees - from governors declaring they will accept or reject refugees to presidential candidates suggesting religion tests, it's hard to know whose word is law on refugees in America. McClatchy politi

Congress has extended its deadline to compromise on the budget before the government "shuts down." But when a government shutdown looms, the conflict is rarely about a "clash of values" — as McClatchy Bureau Editor Steven "Buzz" Thomma explains, i

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