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As the US prepares to vote in its crucial midterm elections, RNZ's Tim Watkin goes to one of Donald Trump's rallies and discovers it isn't about facts and figures, it's about tribes and theatre.
The midterm elections are taking place next week in the US, but what exactly are they? And what does it mean for Trump? Tim Watkin takes a look. Video
Analysis - The Clare Curran controversy will show the PM that it's better to pull off a Band-Aid quickly than a slow, painful tear, and woe betide the next flailing minister, writes Tim Watkin.
There are a couple of scenarios - either the person claiming to have leaked Simon Bridges' expenses details is a National MP or someone impersonating one, writes Tim Watkin.
Analysis - Marama Fox has joined the ranks of those wanting to dance with the stars, but politicians have a history of dance disasters she should heed, RNZ's Tim Watkin writes.
As Bill English stands aside, this is the time for National's next generation to step up, writes Tim Watkin.
Analysis: While there will be inevitable worries that Jacinda Ardern can juggle running the country with a pregnancy, two former PMs say it's just another part of the job, writes Tim Watkin.
Opinion - A Washington Post opinion piece claiming New Zealand was being "poisoned" by the far right provoked a fierce backlash on social media. Tim Watkin offers his rebuttal.
Analysis - New Zealand will not fall apart while we wait for a government to be negotiated. But that does not mean we should accept a lack of respect for transparency, Tim Watkin writes.
Analysis - After two years of battling for transparency over the Saudi sheep deal Tim Watkin got some answers this week, but he still has plenty of questions.
The government has always argued its $11.5m sheep deal was to avoid an expensive lawsuit, but ministry documents - released two years after being requested - show there was no such MFAT advice. Audio
Analysis - Under MMP we're voting for a coalition government and it's time politicians started acting like it, Tim Watkin writes.
Analysis - Gareth Morgan is trying to force his way into TVNZ's minor party debate. Tim Watkin looks back at Colin Craig's efforts to do the same thing.
RNZ's acclaimed 9th Floor podcast series is soon to be released as a book. Here's a sneak peek.
Analysis - The rise of Jacinda Ardern and the resignation of Peter Dunne suggest a generational shift in New Zealand's political scene, writes Tim Watkin.
Volcanoes, failing antibiotics, whether coconut oil is good for you and whether the Lions can win a test... Tim Watkin has the podcasts with the answers.
Had enough of hearing about US politics this week? Get away from it all with RNZ's top podcasts of the week, with a spotlight on drugs, fashion, food from a conflict zone and a NZ Napoleon. Audio
Whether you're stuck in traffic or stuck at home, RNZ's Tim Watkin has some ideas for an escape, with the best of this week's podcasts. Audio