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Podcast: Why Republicans Haven’t (Yet) Said Nyet to Trump on Russia
The Big Story, Episode 63

CQ Roll Call columnist Walter Shapiro and senior editor David Hawkings consider the Watergate scandal and what its rhythms reveal about why today’s GOP lawmakers are still taking a wait-and-see approach to the sprawling, sometimes confusing connections between the Russians and President Donald Trump.

Podcast: No Budget, No Problem
Budget Tracker Extra, Episode 25

Former House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers expressed support for an omnibus, 12-bill approach. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s back to the future for House lawmakers who are once again this year considering bundling up in an omnibus all 12 fiscal 2018 spending bills to keep the government funded beyond September, a shortcut avenue in the absence of an actual budget blueprint, say CQ appropriations reporters Kellie Mejdrich, Jennifer Shutt and Ryan McCrimmon.

Word on the Hill: The Week Ahead
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Vice President Mike Pence greets tourists as he walks down a back stairway near the meeting room where Senate Republicans unveiled their new version of health care plan last week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Welcome back to another busy full week of Congress.

Health care is the talk of the town and starting today, an assortment of liberal groups are holding “People’s Filibuster” rallies on Capitol Hill to oppose the Senate Republican effort to repeal the 2010 health care law.

Podcast: How the GOP Is Shopping for Health Bill Votes
The Week Ahead, Episode 62

Protesters march around the Capitol to voice their opposition to the GOP health care legislation on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republican lawmakers, by keeping two Obamacare taxes on the wealthy, hope to mute Democratic arguments that their health care plan would take away benefits from the poor to help the rich, say CQ Roll Call health reporter Kerry Young and tax reporter Alan K. Ota. But that doesn't mean that the wealthy won't get their tax cuts in legislation yet to come. 

 

Podcast: Short Recess, Long on Goals
The Big Story, Episode 62

The Senate will stick around Washington a little longer in August, shortening its recess to focus on an ambitious agenda. The list of things to do could include confirming the new FBI director. CQ Roll Call Senior Senate Reporter Niels Lesniewski and Leadership Editor Jason Dick break down what is doable.

Podcast: Congress' Many Hurdles to a Budget Plan
Budget Tracker Extra, Episode 24

The health care debate has taken up valuable time and lawmakers don’t appear to be any closer to a resolution, which means efforts to craft a fiscal 2018 budget plan before the August recess are running into an assortment of obstacles, says CQ Budget Tracker editor, David Lerman.

Word on the Hill: Week Ahead
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A member of Circus Harmony in Florissant, Mo., performs with rings in the big top at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the Mall on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

It’s Monday and Congress is returning after the July Fourth recess.

There’s a lot going on this week and there’s a lot for staffers to do outside their offices, from running around the cemetery to free bananas.

Podcast: Congress Has Air Traffic Control and Passenger Woes on its Radar
The Week Ahead, Episode 61

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz testifies before a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing in the Rayburn Building May 2, 2017. United president Scott Kirby appears at right. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Lawmakers are debating legislation that would put air traffic control into private hands, provide protections to airline passengers and regulate drones, says CQ's transportation reporter Jacob Fischler. He and transportation editor Randy Walerius explain what's at stake.

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Podcast: GOP’s Health Care Puzzle Not Solved by Protests, Parades
The Big Story, Episode 61

Protesters march around the Capitol to voice their opposition to the GOP health care legislation on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell likened his search for 50 senators willing to vote for the same repeal-and-replace legislation to solving a Rubik’s Cube, a task not helped by many GOP skeptics getting besieged back home this July 4 recess. Roll Call reporters Bridget Bowman and Niels Lesniewski see no reason to predict the health care impasse is about to be broken.

 

Podcast: Trump's Travel Ban Tests Family Ties
The Week Ahead, Episode 60

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: A protester faces off with a supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump during a demonstration against the immigration ban that was imposed by President Trump at Los Angeles International Airport on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Thousands of protesters gathered outside of the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport to denounce the travel ban imposed by President Trump. Protests are taking place at airports across the country. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

CQ Roll Call reporters Dean DeChiaro and Gopal Ratnam explain the latest on President Donald Trump's travel ban, which went into partial effect June 29 following a Supreme Court decision. They explain who is now allowed into the United States and who is not and discuss the legal and policy debates to come.