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The walls sure are thin in the West Wing. That is just one takeaway from the testimony of former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol. CQ Roll Call Editor at Large John T. Bennett covered the presidency of Donald Trump in sometimes very close quarters at the executive…
 
As Pride Month ends, celebration is tempered by setbacks across the country, from laws that ban transgender athletes from competing in school sports to efforts to remove books on the LGBTQ experience from library shelves. And with a Supreme Court willing to overturn precedent, many wonder if LGBTQ rights will be next. What is needed, culturally and…
 
Washington's professional football team has a long history of controversy, and Congress and local governments spend a lot of time picking apart its foibles. Would this happen in Jacksonville, though? With us to discuss in Brandon Wetherbee, managing editor of District Fray. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Two major congressional committees have now spoken on the fiscal 2023 Pentagon budget. Peter Cohn and John M. Donnelly discuss how the Armed Services panels will keep the pressure on appropriators to add tens of billions of dollars more to President Joe Biden's defense proposals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
A bipartisan Senate defense authorization bill upped the ante on defense spending for the coming fiscal year. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Peter Cohn explain the new battle lines over defense spending that could stall appropriations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices由CQ Roll Call
 
This week marks the 50th Anniversary of the Watergate break-in, a scandal that eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. This is one of history's great dramas, and we're still telling and hearing great stories about it. Case in point: "The Martha Mitchell Effect," a new Netflix documentary about one Watergate's most colorful, an…
 
House appropriators are about to begin their markups on fiscal 2023 spending bills after taking a shortcut on a budget blueprint. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Paul M. Krawzak outline what lies ahead for appropriators and assess the latest effort to resurrect a "Build Back Better" reconciliation package. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit me…
 
"Top Gun: Maverick," the legacy sequel to the 1986 movie "Top Gun," has soared at the box office since its Memorial Day weekend opening, making more than 550 million dollars and counting. People might just be going to see Tom Cruise in action, but there might be something more going on here. The first "Top Gun" is an iconic piece of pop culture, a …
 
May, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, has special significance in 2022, as both acknowledgment of contributions and reminder of a resurgence of xenophobic rhetoric and violence. Civil rights groups, academia and businesses have responded with action, education and activism, part of a “Stop AAPI Hate” coalition. Mary C. Curtis spe…
 
Tuesday’s primary races in states — be they Idaho, North Carolina, Pennsylvania or Oregon — were good news for the establishment of both political parties. Or bad news. It kind of depends on how you define the establishment. Jacob Rubashkin of Inside Election joins the podcast to walk us through all the mixed messaging. Learn more about your ad cho…
 
A lone senator's objection stymied bipartisan hopes for speedy passage of a $40 billion Ukraine aid measure. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Peter Cohn explain the cause of the holdup and what it may mean for pandemic-related funding bills waiting in the wings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
As the November midterm elections continue to come into focus, several Senate and House incumbents are vulnerable in their bids for re-election. Some are Democrats in danger of getting caught up in a GOP wave. Some are Republicans facing tough primary challenges. And some are just plain unique. The CQ Roll Call political team breaks it down for the…
 
Disputes over school meal waivers, immigration policy and business assistance are some of the moving pieces complicating aid measures for Ukraine and COVID-19. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Lindsey McPherson discuss the latest twists and turns in assembling billions of dollars of supplemental funding. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megap…
 
Reps. Derek Kilmer and Williams Timmons are under no illusion about the challenges to make Congress a more modern and efficient institution. But as the leaders of the House Selection Committee on the Modernization of Congress, the two are walking the walk: pursuing a bipartisan approach and setting an example for how to work together for the public…
 
New aid for Ukraine is tied up in a fight over pandemic relief and immigration policy. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Peter Cohn explain the tangle over supplemental funding and assess the prospects for fiscal 2023 appropriations, a downsized "Build Back Better" measure and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
For the first time since 2019, the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner is back, stepping gingerly into the COVID-19 era, awkward jokes and all. CQ Roll Call Chief Correspondent Niels Lesniewski stops by to talk about what to expect. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
It's the year of our Midterm Election, 2022, and Q1 fundraising numbers are in. What's a million dollars get you these days? How are incumbent members running against other incumbents doing? How much are members targeted by former President Donald Trump doing in the money game? We run through all this and more on the latest Political Theater podcas…
 
Lawmakers face a jam-packed agenda after the April recess that includes pandemic aid, restaurant relief, a semiconductor manufacturing measure, fiscal 2023 appropriations, and possibly a resurrected "Build Back Better" package. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Paul M. Krawzak outline the to-do list and assess the prospects for passage. Learn more ab…
 
We're going to hear a lot about the congressional generic ballot as we get deeper into the 2022 midterm campaign. But, as Edwin Starr might ask, "What is it good for?" How much can we use it to make sense of the political path we are on? Nathan L. Gonzales, publisher of Inside Elections and Roll Call's elections analyst, joins the podcast to discus…
 
A $10 billion aid package for COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics fell victim to the politics of immigration. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Aidan Quigley examine how a bipartisan compromise came unglued and the prospects for salvaging it. They also assess competing efforts to funnel more aid to restaurants and other pandemic-battered industries. L…
 
Major League Baseball is back — and it's got some cryptocurrency-sportsbook-anti-competitive-business-practice baggage. District Fray's Brandon Wetherbee joins Political Theater to discuss our new baseball order, weird public art, tobacco and booze advertising and whether the National Baseball Hall of Fame should just start over. Learn more about y…
 
President Joe Biden's budget request for the coming fiscal year sets the stage for a replay of the partisan struggle over defense and nondefense spending levels that delayed appropriations for months. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Peter Cohn outline the key elements of Biden's budget and assess the state of play on a new pandemic relief package a…
 
When it comes to really geeking out about politics and campaigns, nothing beats redistricting. Jason Dick and Michael Macagnone break down how the pandemic-altered Census crashed into the decennial reapportionment of congressional seats, which sent the already typically crazy redistricting of House seats into a fine tizzy of gamesmanship, hard feel…
 
President Joe Biden's fiscal 2023 budget request, due Monday, will propose new spending levels for defense and nondefense programs at a time of soaring inflation in an election year. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Paul M. Krawzak preview the major elements of a budget package that Congress will wrestle with in coming months. Learn more about your …
 
Christina Bellantoni, a former Roll Call editor who is now professor of professional practice at the University of Southern California, is training the next generation of journalists. Part of that is showing them how to report stories from out in the field, including congressional races in Texas and Virginia. Bellantoni discusses that and more, inc…
 
While the fiscal 2022 omnibus spending package steered clear of tax legislation, lawmakers are preparing to push for several tax measures in coming months, including breaks for charitable donations, research and development, employee retention and more. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Laura Weiss outline the congressional tax agenda and efforts to …
 
The stakes for Supreme Court nominations have always been high. But starting in 2016, when Senate Republicans refused to consider the nomination of Merrick B. Garland, the high court confirmation process has been defined by deep partisan rifts, accusations of unfairness and hypocrisy and hard feelings. With that kind of background, what might Judge…
 
It came more than five months late, but omnibus appropriations for the current fiscal year made it across the finish line this week. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Lindsey McPherson explain what took so long, how a compromise was reached, and the sacrifices made to get a deal done. They also assess a new fight over additional pandemic aid. Learn m…
 
For the remaining prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba detention facility, “time becomes elastic,” in the words of filmmaker Alex Gibney. One long-time detainee, for instance, Abu Zubaydah, just had his petition to get information from the CIA about his torture and treatment denied by the Supreme Court. But Gibney, in his most recent documentary, …
 
With one week to go before current government funding runs out, lawmakers are struggling to reach a deal on fiscal 2022 appropriations while accommodating a new White House request for additional Ukraine aid and pandemic relief. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Peter Cohn assess the state of spending negotiations and discuss a lower-profile bill off…
 
In the last 50 years, only six first-term presidents have been graced with their party in the majority in the House and Senate, and those majorities come under a lot of pressure in midterm elections. That brings us to Joe Biden, one of the six. Nathan Gonzales, publisher of Inside Elections and Roll Call’s political analyst, joins Jason Dick to tal…
 
Rep. Jamie Raskin was already embroiled in a political struggle of titanic proportions when tragedy struck in late 2020: the death of his son, Tommy. Madeleine Carter’s documentary “Love and the Constitution” tells that story, one of personal tragedy against the backdrop of the future of the republic. Raskin and Carter discuss the film on the lates…
 
Big spending increases for roads and other transportation projects approved in the bipartisan infrastructure law remain on hold until Congress passes an appropriations bill. In this episode of CQ Budget, budget tracker David Lerman speaks to experts Peter Cohn and Jessica Wehrman to understand what the hold up is and the political implications. Lea…
 
This Super Bowl Sunday marks the conclusion of the one of the NFL’s mosts successful and entertaining seasons — and also one where its questionable business practices and work environment got amplified from the sports section to the halls of Congress. Jane Coaston, host of the New York Times podcast “The Argument” joins Political Theater to discuss…
 
The path to avoiding a government shutdown is changing by the hour. And if an agreement on spending isn't reached in two weeks, the government will come to a grinding halt. CQ Roll Call's Paul M. Krawzak and David Lerman discuss what may go to the House floor as soon as Tuesday and what the details of a deal could look like. Learn more about your a…
 
Black history is often celebrated as though it were not American history. So many presidents have held up proclamations on behalf of Black history month while their policies betray Black Americans. Mary C. Curtis talks with Boston Globe opinion writer Renee Graham about the need to expose hypocrisy and view Black history in a way that honors Black …
 
Voting rights is about as hot a topic as it gets in politics right now, with the debate centered around whether voting laws pushed by Republicans amount to discrimination of minorities. One thing FEC filings are showing, though, is that amid the debate, several high-profile minority candidates and lawmakers are raising a lot of money for their 2022…
 
Democrats have so much to do and so little time. Congress faces a Feb. 18 deadline to complete overdue appropriations but distractions are multiplying. That means as each day passes the chances for a revival of the "Build Back Better" package dwindles. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Lindsey McPherson preview what is coming up in a very busy next f…
 
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