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Podcast: It’s the Economy Stupid? Maybe Not​
Political Theater, Episode 6

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. warned House Democrats at their recent retreat not to be complacent about their chances for winning the majority in November. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Roll Call Political analyst Stu Rothenberg explains why GOP gains in a generic ballot represent just a part of the overall political picture and political reporter Bridget Bowman previews Arizona's upcoming special election.

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Podcast: The Lone Star Midterm Lowdown
Political Theater, Episode 5

The Lone Star State kicks off primary season on March 6. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

Texas kicks off primary season in less than a month, and will shape midterm contests that could help determine majorities in the House and and Senate. Roll Call Senior Political Writer Bridget Bowman runs down with Political Theater's Jason Dick everything from the marquee Senate race there to House campaigns that lawmakers will definitely be breaking a sweat over. 

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Podcast: Can The Trump Show Win Over a New Audience?
Political Theater, Episode 4

President Donald Trump speaks during the joint session of Congress to deliver his State of the Union Address in the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

As President Donald Trump starts his second year in office, he will need Democrats to secure meaningful legislative accomplishments. His first official State of the Union address was a prime-time, nationally televised opportunity to reach across the aisle.

Ben Terris, national political reporter at The Washington Post, discusses with Roll Call whether Trump was able to use his State of the Union to build congressional coalitions, and whether the speech will help or hurt the legislative agenda.

Podcast: Senate Democrats’ High-Wire Act
Political Theater, Episode 3

Claire McCaskill of Missouri is one of the Senate Democrats who faces voters in a Republican friendly state, putting pressure on her in the closely divided chamber. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Democrats are seeing red. Of the 26 Democrats facing the voters in November, 10 of them are running in states President Donald Trump won in 2016, and five of those are in states the president won handily.  Roll Call political reporters Simone Pathé and Bridget Bowman discuss the Democrats' dynamics in a closely divided Senate, and a midterm election campaign that is revving up.

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.

Political Football, Donald Trump-Style
Podcast: Political Theater, Episode 1

A cardboard cut-out of President Donald Trump stands outside a souvenir store at the entrance to the McPherson Square Metro subway station near the White House on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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President Donald Trump loves football. He played in high school. He owned a USFL team, the New Jersey Generals. He tried to buy the Buffalo Bills. He inserted himself into the NFL imbroglio over players kneeling during the National Anthem. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise he attended part of the College Football Championship Game in Atlanta on Monday between the University of Alabama and University of Georgia.