Adriel Bettelheim

Ep. 27: Obamacare Premium Hikes a Headache for Policymakers
The Week Ahead
CQ Roll Call's Erin Mershon goes beyond the headlines and breaks down in detail why insurance is going to cost more next year under the 2010 health care law — and whether Congress or the next administration can step in to fix it. ...
Ep. 28: Assured Freshmen Will Boost House Diversity
The Big Story

Long before the polls close, 29 nominees for open seats are all but certain to win and they could end up as half or more of the House’s Class of 2016. CQ Roll Call’s senior editor David Hawkings and Managing Editor Adriel Bettelheim examine the newcomers and explain how demographics assure more diversity on Capitol Hill next year.

Ep. 27: The Next U.S. President’s Challenges in Iraq and Syria
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The U.S.-backed military campaign in Iraq to drive the Islamic State from the city of Mosul is expected to succeed, but it could open the door to a host of problems the next U.S. administration will have to tackle, says Paul Salem of the Middle East Institute. In a conversation with CQ Roll Call’s National Security reporter Ryan Lucas and Managing Editor Adriel Bettelheim, Salem explains the complications hindering stability in Iraq, including the conflict in Syria, where U.S. diplomatic efforts face challenges from an assortment of players, including Russia and Iran.

Ep. 26: Women Could Make Up a Quarter of the Senate Next Year
The Week Ahead

If Democrats sweep on Election Day, the group of newly elected U.S. senators will be disproportionately female, better educated and not as white as the current Senate, says Roll Call senior editor David Hawkings. Find out who are the likely newcomers that will add a touch of diversity to the chamber that has been dominated by white, middle age or older men.

Ep. 26: GOP Assesses Damage After Trump’s Lewd Comments
The Big Story

Republicans are polling to see if their House and Senate candidates have been tainted by Donald Trump’s crude comments about women captured on video, says CQ Roll Call’s Elections editor Nathan Gonzales. Senior political reporter Simone Pathé is watching the most vulnerable House Republicans and Missouri’s Sen. Roy Blunt, whose surprisingly competitive race is trending in the wrong direction for the GOP.

Ep. 24: Justice Breyer's Pivotal Role
The Week Ahead

The Supreme Court begins its new term with several hot-button issues to consider, says CQ Roll Call's Legal Affairs writer Todd Ruger. A justice to watch is Stephen Breyer, who could play a pivotal role on the short-handed court in deciding transgender bathroom rights, redistricting and how it affects voting and immigration law. Show Notes:

Ep. 24: Flint Aid Averts Government Shutdown
The Big Story

 

A deal to fund the government until December 9 all came down to House Republicans giving in to Democratic demands to help Flint, Michigan, address its contaminated water crisis. CQ Roll Call’s Managing Editor Adriel Bettelheim and Budget and Economy editor Jane Norman break down the late night deals and what happens after the government once again runs out of money on December 9.

Ep. 23: Clinton, Trump Battle on Long Island
The Week Ahead

Jonathan Allen, Roll Call columnist and co-author of the New York Times best-seller HRC:State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton, sets up Monday night's first presidential debate, discussing what Hillary Clinton needs to do to keep Donald Trump off balance, and what Trump must do to appear presidential.

Ep. 21: Funding Feud, Political Plotting & Deadly Drugs
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Three weeks before the government runs out of money, Congress has two options: a three-month extension of current spending favored by most lawmakers or a six-month fix pushed by a group of House conservatives, says CQ Roll Call’s Budget and Economics editor Jane Norman. Each option has political advantages and pitfalls, which CQ Roll Call’s senior editor David Hawkings spells out. On another front, soon after lawmakers passed a bill to deal with the epidemic of opioid abuse, they’re confronted with the dangerous presence of lab-made synthetic drugs like fentanyl, blamed for hundreds of overdoses, including that of music icon Prince.

Ep. 21: US Is Failing Some Families of the Fallen
The Big Story

Usually easy to laugh at bureaucratic and political dysfunction, but man oh man oh man this is awful. https://t.co/4YM6TUmBfK

Ep. 20: Funding Fight Doesn't Squelch Zika Research
The Big Story

Though Congress and the Obama administration are still fighting over how to respond to the Zika virus outbreak, the gridlock hasn’t kept government scientists from trying to develop an effective vaccine. CQ Roll Call’s managing editor Adriel Bettelheim talks to senior Senate reporter Niels Lesniewski to learn more. 

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Ep. 18: What It Would Take to Dump Trump From GOP Ballot
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Many have asked what it would take to remove Donald Trump from the GOP ticket and nominate a new presidential candidate. CQ Roll Call’s senior Senate reporter Niels Lesniewski and managing editor Adriel Bettelheim lay out how it could be done.

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Ep. 19: Is Russia Trying to Manipulate the US Elections?
The Week Ahead

The alleged hacking of Democratic party computer systems by Russian interests pose a dilemma for U.S. officials tasked with looking for the source of the infiltration and coming up with a response. CQ Roll Call’s national security reporter Ryan Lucas, political editor David Hawking and managing editor Adriel Bettelheim unravel the web of intrigue. #CozyBear #FancyBear  

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Ep. 18: Obama Says Hillary Clinton Only Choice for President
The Week Ahead: Convention Special

The third night of the Democratic National Convention was devoted to A-list speakers — from President Barack Obama to former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg — whose rousing speeches were filled with praise for Hillary Clinton and sharp attacks for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. CQ Roll Call’s Chief Content Officer David Ellis sums up what the water-cooler talk will be about today and what he expects of Clinton, poised to accept the Democratic nomination.  

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