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Podcast: Pentagon Aims at Russia, China With Big Budget Boost
CQ on Congress, Episode 91

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)

Congress' budget deal gives the Pentagon the money it says it needs to deter the world's other great powers. CQ defense reporter Andrew Clevenger and Mandy Smithberger of the Project on Government Oversight discuss lawmakers' reasoning in approving the big budget boost.

 

Podcast: It’s the Economy Stupid? Maybe Not​
Political Theater, Episode 6

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. warned House Democrats at their recent retreat not to be complacent about their chances for winning the majority in November. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Roll Call Political analyst Stu Rothenberg explains why GOP gains in a generic ballot represent just a part of the overall political picture and political reporter Bridget Bowman previews Arizona's upcoming special election.

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Podcast: Trump Budget Could Conflict With Spending Plans
CQ Budget, Episode 48

Boxes containing the President Donald Trump’'s fiscal year 2019 budget request are unpacked by staff in the House Budget Committee hearing room on Monday morning. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Roll Call senior Senate reporter Niels Lesniewski and CQ appropriations reporter Jennifer Shutt preview the Trump administration’s fiscal 2019 budget request, which is being released just days after Congress passed a $153 billion increase to next year’s discretionary spending cap.

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Podcast: The GOP’s Fiscally Toxic Combo
CQ on Congress, Episode 90

Storm clouds pass over the dome of the U.S. Capitol building on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Bob Bixby, executive director of The Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan group that encourages fiscal responsibility in Washington, explains how the adoption of the deficit-busting budget deal could affect the overall economy and why cutting entitlements may pose a problem for the GOP.

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Podcast: The Lone Star Midterm Lowdown
Political Theater, Episode 5

The Lone Star State kicks off primary season on March 6. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

Texas kicks off primary season in less than a month, and will shape midterm contests that could help determine majorities in the House and and Senate. Roll Call Senior Political Writer Bridget Bowman runs down with Political Theater's Jason Dick everything from the marquee Senate race there to House campaigns that lawmakers will definitely be breaking a sweat over. 

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Podcast: ​In Search of the Ideal Political Map
Roll Call Decoder, Episode 3

Shirley Connuck, right, of Falls Church, Va., holds up a sign representing Texas’ 18th District, as the Supreme Court hears a case on possible partisan gerrymandering by state legislatures on October 3, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Courts are weighing in as never before on whether gerrymandering can be too political. If red and blue can no longer constitutionally dominate the mapmakers’ work, what are they to do? As Roll Call election analyst Nathan Gonzales explains, it’s very difficult to draw districts that are at once competitive, compact and fair to minority voters. And the 2018 primaries are about to get started.

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Podcast: Another Stopgap Coming as Congress Readies to Spend, Spend, Spend
CQ Budget, Episode 47

Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., right, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., arrive for a news conference at the media center during the House and Senate Republican retreat at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., on February 1, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Negotiations to keep the government funded beyond Feb. 8 are underway, as lawmakers prepare to add even more to the nation's credit card, say CQ's senior budget reporter Paul M. Krawzak and appropriations reporter Jennifer Shutt. Also, the race heats up for the next chair of the powerful House Appropriations Committee.

 

Podcast: Roadblocks to Rebuilding America's Roads and Bridges
CQ on Congress, Episode 89

The White House says it will not include any new revenue sources to finance its plan for about $200 billion in infrastructure spending. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Trump says he wants a $1.5 trillion to rebuild America's roads, bridges and other infrastructure, but differences over how to pay for it could prevent his ambitious plan from getting off the ground. CQ transportation reporter Jacob Fischler and budget editor Peter Cohn explain.

Podcast: Can The Trump Show Win Over a New Audience?
Political Theater, Episode 4

President Donald Trump speaks during the joint session of Congress to deliver his State of the Union Address in the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

As President Donald Trump starts his second year in office, he will need Democrats to secure meaningful legislative accomplishments. His first official State of the Union address was a prime-time, nationally televised opportunity to reach across the aisle.

Ben Terris, national political reporter at The Washington Post, discusses with Roll Call whether Trump was able to use his State of the Union to build congressional coalitions, and whether the speech will help or hurt the legislative agenda.

Podcast: Hoping to Avoid Another Shutdown
CQ Budget, Episode 46

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks during the Senate Democrats press conference following the Senate Democrats' policy lunch. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)