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Podcast: A Mystery PAC and the Rest of the Strange Alabama Senate Finale
The Big Story, Episode 82

Roy Moore is facing allegations of sexual misconduct. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A week before Alabama's special election, Roll Call election analyst Nathan Gonzales describes how he unearthed an obscure political action committee supporting Roy Moore — just one more twist in a campaign where his alleged preying on teenage girls is the main issue, and has created a deep rift among his fellow Republicans.

 

Podcast: Why Democrats Are Willing to Play Ball With Trump
The Big Story, Episode 81

President Donald Trump makes a brief statement to the media as Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., left, and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, right, look on, after a meeting with the House Republican Conference in the Capitol to discuss the GOP’s tax reform bill earlier this month. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Even though Democratic leaders snubbed President Donald Trump's invitation to the White House this week, it doesn't mean they don't want to negotiate with him. Roll Call's White House reporter John T. Bennett explains.

 

Podcast: Sexual Harassment in Congress — More to Come
The Big Story, Episode 80

California Rep. Jackie Speier introduced legislation last week to address and prevent sexual harassment on Capitol Hill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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Podcast: All Politics Is State and Local
The Big Story, Episode 80

Roll Call columnist Walter Shapiro, left, and Leadership Editor Jason Dick discuss the politics of the tax overhaul on The Big Story Podcast on Nov. 15, 2017. (Toula Vlahou/CQ Roll Call)

All politics is state and local.

Positions on the Republican tax legislation break down not just on a partisan level but regional ones. That's because several members of the House, including vulnerable Republicans, represent high-tax states like New York and New Jersey where their constituents currently deduct state and local taxes from their federal returns. 

Podcast: What Tuesday's Elections Signal for the 2018 Congressional Map
The Big Story, Episode 79

Virginia Gov.-elect Ralph Northam greets supporters at an election night rally November 7, 2017 in Fairfax, Virginia. Northam defeated Republican candidate Ed Gillespie. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

While the Democratic surge in the off-year voting gives the party reason to smile, the midterm election is a long way off. Roll Call reporters Simone Pathé and Bridget Bowman detail what the results in Virginia, New Jersey and elsewhere mean for the Democrats' quest to take back the House. 

 

Podcast: Republicans Tinker With Tax Plan, As Lobbyists Dig In
The Big Story, Episode 78

House's top tax writer Kevin Brady of Texas. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

 

Podcast: Women's Political Power in the Age of Trump
The Big Story, Episode 77

Marilyn Gates-Davis, CQ Magazine

Donald Trump's presidency has encouraged women to make campaign contributions in unprecedented numbers. Will more women run for Congress, too? CQ lobbying reporter Kate Ackley and Roll Call political reporter Simone Pathé explain.

Podcast: Reading Is Fundamental, Just Not Always in Congress
The Big Story, Episode 76

The House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol is seen before lawmakers arrive in 2015. (Al Drago/Roll Call File Photo)

Do lawmakers read or understand the legislation they pass? They are about to pass a budget resolution they say isn’t about the budget and passed legislation last year that defanged the DEA during an opioid epidemic. Roll Call senior Senate reporter Niels Lesniewski walks through what’s going on. 

 

Podcast: Primary Elections and Steve Bannon’s Role
The Big Story, Episode 75

Former Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., poses with former White House strategist Steve Bannon on Wednesday in Washington. (Michael Caputo via Twitter)

Roll Call political reporters Simone Pathé and Bridget Bowman explain how the primaries are shaping up ahead of the 2018 midterm elections amid a Republican Party civil war.

 

Podcast: Cassidy Says He's Not Giving Up on His Health Care Plan
The Big Story, Episode 74

Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., arrives in the Capitol for a vote on Thursday, September 15, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Louisiana's Sen. Bill Cassidy, a key architect of the Graham/Cassidy health care overhaul proposal, tells CQ Roll Call that with some adjustments and time he believes he can gain enough support to pass the measure and end Obamacare.

He talks to Roll Call leadership editor Jason Dick, political reporter Joseph William and CQ health reporter Mary Ellen McIntire.