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Podcast: The GOP’s Fiscally Toxic Combo
CQ on Congress, Episode 90

Bob Bixby, executive director of The Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan group that encourages fiscal responsibility in Washington, explains how the adoption of the deficit-busting budget deal could affect the overall economy and why cutting entitlements may pose a problem for the GOP.

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Podcast: Shutdown Scramble
CQ Budget, Episode 45

CQ Budget Tracker Editor David Lerman has the latest on the government shutdown and why Senate lawmakers are at an impasse.

 

Podcast: Surveillance Is Back
CQ on Congress, Episode 87

Congress disregarded concerns about government surveillance of Americans and on Jan. 18 reauthorized a controversial anti-terrorism law. CQ cybersecurity editor Patrick Pexton explains how the security hawks beat the civil libertarians — energized by the 2013 revelations from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

 

Podcast: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Times in Obama's 'Final Year'
Political Theater, Episode 2

Watch: ‘The Final Year’ Captures the Personal Narrative of Global Politics

“The Final Year,” director Greg Barker’s documentary about a year in the life of the Obama administration’s foreign policy team, opens this Friday in theaters. It traces 2016 through the eyes of Secretary of State John Kerry, U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes and, of course President Barack Obama as they navigate the challenges of high-stakes diplomacy in an election year.

Podcast: Tax Bills Stir Anxiety in Largest Generation — Millennials
The Week Ahead, Episode 80

Millennials are the largest living generation and are just starting their careers, so the GOP’s tax plan would affect them all of their working lives. They’re concerned about the proposed changes to the tax treatment of housing, education, health care and income, says CQ reporter Laura Weiss.

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Podcast: What Businesses Have to Gain From the Tax Overhaul
The Week Ahead, Episode 78

Rachelle Bernstein of the National Retail Federation and a long time voice on tax policy around Capitol Hill explains what businesses, large and small, are looking for in the tax overhaul and the lessons learned from the Bush-era tax cuts.

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Ep. 45: House Russia Inquiry Goes Public With FBI, NSA
The Week Ahead

In a highly anticipated hearing, the House Intelligence Committee's investigation of Russia's election meddling makes its public debut with lawmakers set to press the directors of the FBI and the NSA about the Kremlin's interference operation and potential ties with the Trump campaign, says CQ Roll Call's intelligence reporter Ryan Lucas. Listen in for details.

Ep. 5: Why Trump’s New Budget Director Should Prepare for a Fight
Budget Tracker Extra

President Donald Trump finally has his budget director Mick Mulvaney in place, but with a daunting agenda it’s unclear how much he can get accomplished, says CQ Budget Tracker Editor David Lerman. Mulvaney faces, among other challenges, an April deadline when government funding expires and the unknown costs of Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Ep. 41: The New Liberal Tea Party and What it Can Learn From its Foes
The Week Ahead

Democrats and liberals hoping to build a movement against the policies of President Donald Trump should take a page out of the Tea Party's 2010 movement and focus on "policies that build power," says Vanessa Williamson, the co-author of the 2012 book The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism. Like the Tea Party in 2010, anti-Trump activists plan to storm lawmakers’ offices and town hall meetings during Congress’ President’s Day recess and Williamson explains what it means for politics and for governance on Capitol Hill.

Ep. 4: How Obamacare Could Lead Republicans to a Fiscal Train Wreck
Budget Tracker Extra

Various fiscal issues are piling up for Congress but remain unresolved, largely due to the GOP’s inability to agree on a roadmap to repealing Obamacare, says CQ Roll Call’s senior budget reporter Paul Krawzak. He explains how the Trump administration is approaching its first budget, but cautions that the end result might even be no budget at all.

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Ep. 40: The Public Education of Betsy DeVos
The Week Ahead

After a bruising Senate confirmation process, Betsy DeVos is now Education Department chief. But she still has a lot of distrust to overcome, says CQ Roll Call’s education reporter Emily Wilkins. Even so, she's poised to influence how Congress and America view one of the pillars of American life – public schools.

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Ep. 40: Elizabeth Warren’s War: Risk or Rebuke?

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's selectively applied rebuke of Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren touched on volatile issues of race and gender, say, CQ Roll Call's Leadership editor Jason Dick and policy Editor Catalina Camia.

Ep. 38: Trump and GOP: The New Odd Couple
The Big Story

 

Ahead of the GOP retreat, CQ Roll Call's leadership editor Jason Dick and White House correspondent John Bennett provide insight into the awkward relationship developing between President Donald Trump and the Republicans who control Congress.

Ep. 35: Steps to Repealing Obamacare and the Republican Stragglers ​
The Week Ahead

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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
The Big Story

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
The Week Ahead

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
The Big Story

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
The Week Ahead
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
The Big Story

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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
The Week Ahead

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.