There is no organizing theme to politics these days. The kissing congressman remains parts unknown, some new guy was nominated by Republican voters in Florida to replace the cocaine congressman. Meanwhile, Congress remains on recess — but they are back soon!

President Obama spent last week in Asia, talking about Russia. He’s back soon, too. In the intervening hours, the Press Pool with Julie Mason occupied its time in the usual ways: Talking about Rick Perry, and prior presidential administrations, transparency, Tehran. As one does.

Jerry Portwood of OUT Magazine was on the show talking about the political types included in their annual list of the 50 most influential gays in America.

Jay Solomon from the Wall Street Journal came into the studio to talk about his recent reporting trip to Tehran. He compared the city to his hometown of Los Angeles.

Josh Gerstein of Politico has been closely tracking the release of presidential documents from the Clinton administration. He reported that former President George W. Bush of all people appeared to be slightly more open with his presidential papers these days.

Julie always finds Alex Pappas of the Daily Caller highly entertaining in a pert sort of way. Alex was on the show talking about departing Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebilius — and her pension benefits.

And Julie tried in vain to entrap Todd Gillman of the Dallas Morning News into a round of gentle mockery of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, on the occasion of Perry challenging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to a debate. It was worth a try.

Join Julie and the rest of the press gang weekdays from 3-6 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s POTUS channel 124.

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