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Ep. 40: The Public Education of Betsy DeVos
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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. 39: How Trump and His Supreme Court Pick Could Clash Over Religious Liberties
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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. 38: The Prickly Road Ahead for Repealing Obamacare
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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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Ep. 37: NAFTA, Consumer Regulations on Trump's Undo List
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By Shawn Zeller and Ellyn Ferguson

President Donald Trump is likely to use executive orders to repeal Obama administration regulations and address long-standing concerns about the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada, says CQ Roll Call's Trade reporter Ellyn Ferguson. Amit Narang, with the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, talks about what his group and others will do to challenge Trump's orders, particularly ones involving financial regulations.

Ep. 36: Spooked by Russia
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CQ Roll Call’s intelligence reporter Ryan Lucas separates fact from fiction on all the Russia-related reports that have thrown the nation’s capital into a tizzy. 

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. 34: GOP’s Ethics Debacle Could Keep Focus on Trump
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House Republicans’ late night, closed-door effort to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics gave Democrats a winning messaging tool, says CQ Roll Call’s Money and Politics reporter Kate Ackley. The public relations debacle also could result in keeping the spotlight on President-elect Donald Trump’s perceived conflicts of interest, adds Editor Catalina Camia. Also, did you know that the ‘drain the swamp’ phrase popularized by Trump was first used by a leading Democrat?

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Ep. 33: Senate Hearing on Trump’s Pick for Justice Department Could Preview Supreme Court Battle
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Even before President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in, the Senate will move forward with a hearing on Trump’s nomination of Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions to head the Justice Department, which has already inspired fierce opposition and support, say CQ Roll Call’s Legal Affairs writer Todd Ruger and Senior Political reporter Alex Roarty. Sessions’ hearing could also set the tone for Trump’s upcoming Supreme Court nomination.

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Ep. 32: Repealing Obamacare Could Undermine New Mental Health Initiative
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Democratic Congressman Frank Pallone of New Jersey discusses his fear that a $6.3 billion health package that would also overhaul the mental health system could be undercut by GOP efforts to repeal the health care law. He tells CQ Roll Call’s Health reporter Andrew Siddons and Managing Editor Adriel Bettelheim that Medicaid cuts are of particular concern. Congress passed the bipartisan “21st Century Cures” bill, which would, among other things, provide extra money for brain research at the National Institutes of Health, help fight the opioid epidemic, fund Vice President Joe Biden’s ‘Moonshot’ cancer project and better integrate mental health care into standard medical practice.

Ep. 31: Why Nancy Pelosi Will Have to Put Out Fires in Her Caucus
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