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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: Town Hall Voter Anger May Force GOP to Stall Obamacare Repeal

As they head back into their states and districts next week, lawmakers could continue to face angry voters at town halls over repealing the Affordable Care Act, says CQ Roll Call’s political reporter Simone Pathé and health reporter Erin Mershon. This and fear of a backlash in the 2018 election, they explain, could further delay any action on the GOP’s six-year quest to repeal Obamacare.

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. 3: Earmark Debate Returns for House Republicans
Budget Tracker Extra

 

President Donald Trump’s pledge to drain the swamp hasn’t stopped some House Republicans from discussing bringing back earmarks, even as tea party lawmakers have called the practice pork-barrel spending. CQ Roll Call’s Budget editor Jane Norman and appropriations reporter Jennifer Shutt explain how the issue has gained enough traction to prompt House Speaker Paul D. Ryan to promise public hearings.

Ep. 39: How Trump and His Supreme Court Pick Could Clash Over Religious Liberties
The Week Ahead

Based on his religious rulings, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch could find himself at odds with the president particularly over the executive order restricting refugees and immigrants, who are mostly Muslim, says CQ Roll Call's Legal Affairs writer Todd Ruger.

Ep. 39: Not Even the Usually Lofty Senate Can Escape the Trump Tumult
The Big Story

The Senate is known for its courtesies and decorum, but it’s just two weeks into the Donald Trump administration and the chamber has become as chaotic as it’s been in a long time, says CQ Roll Call’s senior editor David Hawkings. The carping and parliamentary brinkmanship over Cabinet nominees could bode ill for the legislative agenda ahead, say CQ Roll Call’s leadership editor Jason Dick and senior reporter Niels Lesniewski.

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Ep. 2: How Trump’s Wall May Become a Money Pit for U.S. Taxpayers
Budget Tracker Extra

CQ Roll Call's budget editor Jane Norman and appropriations reporter Ryan McCrimmon explain the various scenarios for funding President Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico. McCrimmon also explains why one top Republican lawmaker may vote against Trump’s pick to manage the nation’s budget office.

Ep. 38: The Prickly Road Ahead for Repealing Obamacare
The Week Ahead

CQ Roll Call Health reporter Joe Williams brings us up to speed on the developments of Republican efforts to decimate Obamacare, what came out of the GOP policy retreat in Philadelphia and whether President Donald Trump’s executive order makes any difference.

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