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All 11 Congressional Special Elections Have One Thing in Common
Political Theater Podcast, Episode 31

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There have been 11 special elections for the U.S. Congress in the last two years, and they all have one thing in common: Democrats have performed better than the partisan breakdown would suggest. Political Theater host Jason Dick breaks it all down with senior political writer Simone Pathé and elections analyst Nathan L. Gonzales.

From Oakland to Birmingham, and Everything In Between
Deaths of two very different members of Congress highlight dynamism of the legislative branch

Rep. Ronald V. Dellums, D-Calif., right, talks with Ren Cooper of The Washington Post at the Democratic National Convention on July 15, 1992. Dellums died on July 30. (Maureen Keating/CQ Roll Call file photo)

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The deaths of two very different former members of Congress this past week is a reminder of what a dynamic place Capitol Hill can be. Rep. Ronald V. Dellums, D-Calif., and Sen. Maryon Pittman Allen, D-Ala., did not have too terribly much in common. But they became a small part of the whole that is the American experiment.

Podcast: Left to Its Own Devices: Medical Tech, Congress and the Public
Political Theater, Episode 30

Director Kirby Dick and producer Amy Ziering discuss their movie "The Bleeding Edge" with Political Theater podcast host Jason Dick and CQ Health Editor Rebecca Adams. (Bian Elkhatib/CQ Roll Call)

Better Off Now — So Much Better Than ‘Better Off Dead’
GOP hoping the sequel business is good for them

Expect to see more of this: Speaker Paul D. Ryan brandishing the GOP’s Better Off Now talking points in the run-up to the November election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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“Better Off Now.” No, it’s not the sequel to “Better Off Dead,” the classic surrealist teen comedy starring John Cusack.

Podcast: The Capitol Shooting That Changed Everything
Political Theater, Episode 29

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July 24, 1998 changed everything on Capitol Hill. The shooting and ensuing deaths of two Capitol Police officers left a scar on the close-knit community and began a ramping up of hardened security around the legislative branch that continues today. Roll Call Senior Editor David Hawkings covered the event, and Roll Call multimedia reporter Thomas McKinless produced a documentary about the episode with fresh eyes. They discuss what they remembered, and what they learned on the latest Political Theater Podcast. 

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Podcast: Democrats Cashing In on 2018 Midterms
Political Theater, Episode 28

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Midterm elections typically have lower voter turnout than presidential ones. If that turns out to be the case in 2018, it won't be because of a lack of cash or candidates. In short, the midterm cycle is awash in campaign money. Breaking down some of the gobsmacking amounts and what it means for the control of Congress are Roll Call political correspondents Simone Pathé and Bridget Bowman on the latest Political Theater podcast.  Listen here:

 

Podcast: When Political ‘Dark Money’ Rode to Town
Political Theater, Episode 27

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Filmmaker Kimberly Reed grew up in Montana with little anticipation her home state would be ground zero for a massive fight over money in politics. But her new documentary, “Dark Money,” tells a tale worthy of any Western, as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle fight for their own prerogatives in the face of out-of-state interests gunning for them.

With the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the high court’s role as the ultimate referee over money’s role in politics is back in focus. Reed and Campaign Legal Center founder Trevor Potter and CQ Roll Call campaign finance reporter Kate Ackley discussed the film, money in politics and the campaign landscape on this week’s Political Theater Podcast. 

Podcast: A Peek at Congress
Political Theater, Episode 26

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Photographers Bill Clark and Tom Williams are veteran journalists whose images define not just Roll Call but also the new book “Under the Dome” by Political Theater host Jason Dick. They discussed their craft and approach in the latest Political Theater podcast. “One of the sayings we’ve always kind of had here is, is the closer you get to the podium, the worse the photo gets,” Clark says in a freewheeling conversation with Williams and Dick. 

 

Podcast: New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Joe Crowley Down
Political Theater, Episode 25

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House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joseph Crowley is the seemingly archetypal New York pol: A big, blue collar, Bruce Springsteen loving, guitar slinging Irishman from Queens whose booming presence secured a spot as a possible speaker-in-waiting. But politics can change things abruptly. Witness the 10-term Crowley's primary loss to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a newcomer who turned the incumbent’s Capitol influence on its head. In this week’s Political Theater Podcast, host Jason Dick discusses with Roll Call Elections Analyst Nathan Gonzales how the results show the Democratic establishment just isn’t what it used to be.

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Podcast: What the Congressional Softball Game Says About Lawmakers
Political Theater, Episode 24

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