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Podcast: GOP Farm Bill Targets Food Stamps, Heads for House Vote
CQ Budget, Episode 57

House Agriculture Chairman K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, at podium, aims to have a House vote on the GOP-written farm bill in early May . Flanking him, from left, Reps. Neal Dunn, R-Fla., James R. Comer, R-Ky., Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., Roger Marshall, R-Kan., Ralph Abraham, R-La., Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, and Rick W. Allen, R-Ga.  (Ellyn Ferguson/CQ Roll Call)

Podcast: New Climate Change Threats Alarm Scientists
CQ on Congress, Episode 99

A catfish on the shore of Lake Erie near North Toledo, Ohio, in 2017. (Andy Morrison/The Blade via AP)

A CQ Magazine special report this week examines alarming new consequences of climate change, such as beetles killing trees, coral reef die-offs and food losing nutritional value. Brenda Ekwurzel of the Union of Concerned Scientists and CQ reporter Elvina Nawaguna explain the threats.

Podcast: Tending to the Congressional Mind, Body and Spirit
Political Theater, Episode 15

House Chaplain Patrick J. Conroy, blesses the walnut tree during the tree planting ceremony in memory of Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Conroy announced his retirement this week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Podcast: Use of Force vs. Use of Power
Roll Call Decoder, Episode 8

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., talks with reporters in the basement of the Capitol on March 20, 2018. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senators on both sides are pushing to rewrite the law authorizing military force, untouched for 16 years. Even after airstrikes on Syria the debate is likely to fade fast, White House correspondent John Bennett explains, part of a complex modern war-making power dynamic that favors presidents over Congress.

Show Notes

Podcast: Pitfalls Under New Tax Law
CQ Budget, Episode 56

Next year's tax obligations under the new law could surprise some taxpayers if they don't act this year.

Podcast: Pentagon Reluctant to Enter Syrian War
CQ on Congress, Episode 98

Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., escorts Secretary of Defense nominee James Mattis to the hearing room for his confirmation hearing in the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Podcast: Paul Ryan Departure Leaves GOP Spinning
Political Theater, Episode 14

Speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., arrives for a press conference to announce his won't seek re-election on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Press Secretary Ash Lee Strong leads the way. Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

Podcast: Back to the Future for the 2018 Spending Bill
CQ Budget, Episode 55

President Donald Trump and his administration are discussing a process with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy that could allow Republicans to rescind some funds they recently approved in the bipartisan omnibus spending bill. Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo

Podcast: How Congress Could Force Facebook to Strengthen Data Privacy
CQ on Congress, Episode 97

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faces a grilling in Congress next week.  Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

 

Podcast: Trump Makes a Run for the Border
Political Theater, Episode 13

Two Border Patrol Agents on horseback ride along the U.S.-Mexican Border. "[The horses] can go places vehicles can't, they've been pretty darn effective" Agent Brian Kemmett said. President Donald Trump wants the National Guard to help the Border Patrol along the Southern border. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump's desire to have the National Guard help patrol the Southern border is not all that different from actions taken by former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, but that does not mean there are not areas of concern about the action. 

On the latest Political Theater Podcast, Megan Scully, national security editor at CQ, breaks down the history of such border deployments and why the United States has laws preventing the military from engaging in domestic law enforcement.