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Despite the Rhetoric, Congress is Unlikely to Tackle Deficit, Entitlements
CQ Budget Podcast, Episode 83

The rising deficit, the president's request for 5% in budget cuts and discussions of needing to trim Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security set off a storm of debate just three weeks before the midterms. Roll Call's senior Senate reporter Niels Lesniewski, senior CQ budget reporter Paul M. Krawzak and co-host Jennifer Shutt explain why Congress is unlikely to deal with any of it.

This Former GOP Rep Says Nothing Wrong With Confronting Politicians in Public
‘It is who we are as Americans,’ ex-Florida rep says

Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., attends a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere hearing in Rayburn Building, October 1, 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Florida GOP Rep. David Jolly has no problem with Americans confronting their elected officials in public.

In fact, he thinks they should do it more.

Trump Claims Migrant Caravan in Mexico Has ‘Unknown Middle Easterners’
President threatens to end U.S. aid to central american countries

A boy and father from Honduras are taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents near the U.S.-Mexico Border on June 12, 2018 near Mission, Texas. A caravan of other migrants largely from that country is heading for the U.S.-Mexico border. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Without offering evidence to support the claim, President Donald Trump on Monday contended a large caravan of Central American migrants also includes “unknown Middle Easterners.”

He also threatened to end foreign aid to countries from which most members of the caravan are from. That list includes Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Trump has proposed foreign aid cuts before only to have Republican and Democratic lawmakers reject them and allocate the funds via massive spending bills Trump was forced to sign to avert more government shutdowns on his watch.

Pick Your 2018 Midterm Over/Unders for a Shot at $500 — No, Seriously
Predict the Nov. 6 Senate and House results for a chance to win

Campaign signs outside the Activity Center at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg, Md., for early voting on June 18. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Test your political knowledge for a chance to win a $500 American Express gift card from Roll Call! We have chosen a dozen House and a dozen Senate contests that are on the ballot this fall, and set a point spread for each. Your challenge is to correctly pick against the spread.

For example, in the Florida Senate race, we rate incumbent Bill Nelson a 2-point favorite over Rick Scott. So if you choose Nelson, he just has to win by a margin of more than 2 points; if you choose Scott, he must win or lose by fewer than 2 points. If we rate the race a “pick ’em,” you just need to choose the winner. If a race finishes even to the point spread, no points will be awarded to entries.

Nuclear Plants Go Belly Up in Democratic Districts. Then What?
Most declining plants are in blue areas, and Congress is taking notice

There wasn’t much celebration when the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant shut its doors — just worry over how to decommission. (Michael Springer/Getty Images file photo)

In Vermont, the relationship between the town of Vernon and its nuclear power plant, known as the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station, had always been contentious.

From 1970s-era antinuclear protests to more recent legal battles over a proposal to extend the plant’s license, Vermont residents and their state legislature kept a skeptical eye on the power source, which at one point provided some 70 percent of the state’s electricity.

Could a Blue Wave Miss Nevada?
Rep. Jacky Rosen faces GOP Sen. Dean Heller, who has never lost a race

Rep. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., the Nevada Democratic nominee for Senate, dances with a supporter at the East Las Vegas Community Center on Saturday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

LAS VEGAS — Democrats in Nevada are optimistic of unseating Republican Sen. Dean Heller, but they acknowledge it won’t be easy.

“I don’t think anybody should be sleeping well,” said Sylvia Lazos, a law professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, who spent Saturday — the first day of early voting — canvassing for Democratic candidates, including Heller’s opponent, Rep. Jacky Rosen.

November Elections Bring High Stakes for Medicaid
From expansion to work requirements, the future of the program hangs in the balance

What voters do at the polls Nov. 6 will shape access to Medicare in several states. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The midterm elections could bring sweeping changes to Medicaid, from possible eligibility expansions to new rules requiring low-income people to work, depending on voters’ choices for governors’ offices and state legislatures across the country.

Medicaid covers more people than any other federally funded health program.

Kirkpatrick Works to Recreate Old Magic in New Arizona District
Ex-congresswoman brings tried-and-tested strategy to race for McSally’s seat

Arizona Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick talks to volunteers Saturday at the Pima County Democratic Party headquarters in Tucson. (Alex Gangitano/ CQ Roll Call)

TUCSON, Ariz. — Former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick served three terms representing Arizona’s largely rural 1st District. She’s seeking a comeback this year from a new seat, the neighboring 2nd, anchored here in the state’s second largest city. But she finds not much has changed.

“The issues are the same,” she said Saturday at the Pima County Democratic Party headquarters. “People are just really concerned about protecting social security and medicare, about keeping their health care. Students are really concerned about getting good paying jobs to pay off their student loans.”

Trump Pushes New Tax Cuts Before Election Day
But with both chambers gone, it’s a guessing game as to what the president was talking about

President Donald Trump says his administration is working on “a very major tax cut for middle-income people.” (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump told reporters on Saturday that his administration was working with House Republicans on new tax cuts ahead of Election Day.

Trump said his administration was “looking at putting in a very major tax cut for middle-income people.”

Trump and Biden Fire Up the Bases as Nevada Starts Early Voting
Biden makes his case for a Democratic Congress as Trump pushes GOP ticket

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Nevada Democrats’ early vote rally Saturday at the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 in Las Vegas (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

LAS VEGAS — The start of early voting in Nevada always brings out the stars, and 2018 was no exception.

President Donald Trump concluded a western swing Saturday morning with a rally in the remote city of Elko just after former Vice President Joe Biden fired up Democrats here in Las Vegas in the crucial Senate race.