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Ep. 35: Steps to Repealing Obamacare and the Republican Stragglers ​
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CQ Roll Call's resident budget guru Paul Krawzak spells out the steps Republicans will take to achieve a repeal of Obamacare. The fast-track approach, however, is facing resistance within the GOP, says Health reporter Erin Mershon.

Ep. 32: Trump Request Complicates Government Funding
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Lawmakers have until Dec. 9 to pass a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running until President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in. But Trump has asked that the temporary spending bill be extended to March 31, a delay that would keep government funding at current levels. That would, among other things, constrain the Pentagon, explain CQ Roll Call's Budget and Economics Editor Jane Norman and Managing Editor Adriel Bettelheim. Listen to find out more.

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Ep. 30: The GOP's Tool to Fast-Track Trump’s Plans, Privatize Medicare
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Republican lawmakers could use a decades-old procedural maneuver, known as reconciliation, to bypass Democratic opposition and accelerate Donald Trump’s legislative initiatives. That could include cutting taxes, repealing parts of President Barack Obama’s health care law, privatizing Medicare or turning Medicaid into a block grant to the states. All they would need is a simple majority vote in the Senate. CQ Magazine deputy editor Shawn Zeller, CQ Roll Call’s Senate leadership reporter Bridget Bowman and Managing Editor Adriel Bettelheim explain how it could take shape.

Ep. 31: Why Trump’s Drive to Replace Obamacare Faces a Bumpy Ride
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With control of the White House and Congress, Republicans can easily repeal big parts of President Obama’s health care law, but finding alternatives could prove to be a political minefield, say CQ Roll Call health reporter Erin Mershon and Managing Editor Adriel Bettelheim.

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Ep. 27: Obamacare Premium Hikes a Headache for Policymakers
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CQ Roll Call's Erin Mershon goes beyond the headlines and breaks down in detail why insurance is going to cost more next year under the 2010 health care law — and whether Congress or the next administration can step in to fix it. ...
Ep. 27: The Next U.S. President’s Challenges in Iraq and Syria
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The U.S.-backed military campaign in Iraq to drive the Islamic State from the city of Mosul is expected to succeed, but it could open the door to a host of problems the next U.S. administration will have to tackle, says Paul Salem of the Middle East Institute. In a conversation with CQ Roll Call’s National Security reporter Ryan Lucas and Managing Editor Adriel Bettelheim, Salem explains the complications hindering stability in Iraq, including the conflict in Syria, where U.S. diplomatic efforts face challenges from an assortment of players, including Russia and Iran.

Ep. 26: Women Could Make Up a Quarter of the Senate Next Year
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If Democrats sweep on Election Day, the group of newly elected U.S. senators will be disproportionately female, better educated and not as white as the current Senate, says Roll Call senior editor David Hawkings. Find out who are the likely newcomers that will add a touch of diversity to the chamber that has been dominated by white, middle age or older men.

Ep. 25: Kaine, Pence Square Off
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CQ Roll Call Columnist Walter Shapiro, CQ Policy Editor Catalina Camia and CQ Roll Call’s News Director Steve Komarow weigh in on the vice presidential debate and what Tim Kaine and Mike Pence must do to elevate Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

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Ep. 24: Justice Breyer's Pivotal Role
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The Supreme Court begins its new term with several hot-button issues to consider, says CQ Roll Call's Legal Affairs writer Todd Ruger. A justice to watch is Stephen Breyer, who could play a pivotal role on the short-handed court in deciding transgender bathroom rights, redistricting and how it affects voting and immigration law. Show Notes:

Ep. 24: Flint Aid Averts Government Shutdown
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A deal to fund the government until December 9 all came down to House Republicans giving in to Democratic demands to help Flint, Michigan, address its contaminated water crisis. CQ Roll Call’s Managing Editor Adriel Bettelheim and Budget and Economy editor Jane Norman break down the late night deals and what happens after the government once again runs out of money on December 9.

Ep. 23: Clinton, Trump Battle on Long Island
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Jonathan Allen, Roll Call columnist and co-author of the New York Times best-seller HRC:State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton, sets up Monday night's first presidential debate, discussing what Hillary Clinton needs to do to keep Donald Trump off balance, and what Trump must do to appear presidential.

Ep. 23: The Obstacles to Funding the Government Past Sept. 30
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Ep. 22: Government Stopgap & Impeaching the Tax Guy
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Ep. 22: GOP Tries to Defang Agency That Fined Wells Fargo
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Ep. 21: Funding Feud, Political Plotting & Deadly Drugs
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Three weeks before the government runs out of money, Congress has two options: a three-month extension of current spending favored by most lawmakers or a six-month fix pushed by a group of House conservatives, says CQ Roll Call’s Budget and Economics editor Jane Norman. Each option has political advantages and pitfalls, which CQ Roll Call’s senior editor David Hawkings spells out. On another front, soon after lawmakers passed a bill to deal with the epidemic of opioid abuse, they’re confronted with the dangerous presence of lab-made synthetic drugs like fentanyl, blamed for hundreds of overdoses, including that of music icon Prince.

Ep. 21: US Is Failing Some Families of the Fallen
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Usually easy to laugh at bureaucratic and political dysfunction, but man oh man oh man this is awful. https://t.co/4YM6TUmBfK

Some Survivors of the Fallen Are Shorted on Benefits ($) https://t.co/sjQy6xhwey via @johnmdonnelly#CQmagazinepic.twitter.com/emQ4pCZHPq

Ep. 19: Congress’ Geek Caucus Tackles Tech
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Congress is grappling with a plethora of technology-related legislation that appears to be headed nowhere fast, in part because of concerns over security and privacy. As CQ Roll Call’s Adriel Bettelheim and technology reporter Alisha Green explains, the Internet of Things Caucus hopes to provide a bridge for understanding the issues at stake when it comes to technology policy — and find areas where lawmakers can work together.

Ep. 18: What It Would Take to Dump Trump From GOP Ballot
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Many have asked what it would take to remove Donald Trump from the GOP ticket and nominate a new presidential candidate. CQ Roll Call’s senior Senate reporter Niels Lesniewski and managing editor Adriel Bettelheim lay out how it could be done.

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Ep. 19: Is Russia Trying to Manipulate the US Elections?
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The alleged hacking of Democratic party computer systems by Russian interests pose a dilemma for U.S. officials tasked with looking for the source of the infiltration and coming up with a response. CQ Roll Call’s national security reporter Ryan Lucas, political editor David Hawking and managing editor Adriel Bettelheim unravel the web of intrigue. #CozyBear #FancyBear  

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Ep. 17: TPP Trade Pact Drives Wedge in Democratic Party
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The 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement has become a thorny issue for presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her Democratic Party, says CQ Roll Call’s trade reporter Ellyn Ferguson, who explains in detail what’s at stake. Donald Trump’s and Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign rhetoric has emboldened anti-TPP activists, who have turned a usually wonky debate to a national conversation that transcends party politics.

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