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Podcast: An Immigration Hardliner's Reasoning
CQ on Congress, Episode 108

A group of mothers and their children protesting the separation of families at the southern border are escorted out of a House Oversight hearing Tuesday June 19, 2018. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, says tough border policies are crucial to helping low-skilled workers in America. And CQ immigration reporter Dean DeChiaro breaks down the immigration enforcement bill that failed in the House on June 21, and Speaker Paul Ryan's compromise measure, still pending in the House, which would give so-called Dreamers a path to citizenship.

Podcast: What the Congressional Softball Game Says About Lawmakers
Political Theater, Episode 24

Political Theater

Podcast: A Flurry of Budget Activity
CQ Budget, Episode 65

Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., will bring the first spending package of fiscal 2019 to the Senate floor this week. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

CQ budget and appropriations reporter Jennifer Shutt breaks down the various budget measures Congress will take up this week, including the three-bill spending package and a possible House fiscal 2019 budget resolution to set spending and revenue guidelines for the coming fiscal year.

 

Podcast: Some Red States Coming Around to Obamacare
CQ on Congress, Episode 107

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., speaks during the Senate Democrats' rally against Medicaid cuts in front of the U.S. Capitol on  June 6, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Voters in some GOP-leaning states will get a chance to adopt the 2010 health care law's Medicaid expansion by ballot initiative this November while others may elect governors who support it, says CQ health care reporter Misty Williams. It's an indication that even some conservative states are coming to accept the Affordable Care Act as the law of the land.

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Podcast: Congressional Baseball Game Enters New Era
Political Theater, Episode 23

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Podcast: Will a Minibus Rescue Hill’s GOP?
Roll Call Decoder, Episode 12

Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., left, and Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., talk before a Senate Appropriations Committee markup in the Dirksen Building on June 7, 2018. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file)

Republicans would love to avoid shutdown drama before the midterm but a tight timetable stands in the way. CQ’s appropriations reporter Kellie Mejdrich explains why the budgetary salvage vehicle is called a “minibus” and why it just might work.

Podcast: Minibus, Rescission Package Go to Senate, But Can They Pass?
CQ Budget, Episode 64

GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham said of the rescissions package: “It’s going nowhere.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House moved two big appropriations packages — a bundle of spending bills and a measure to cancel almost $15 billion already allocated — but their future remains uncertain amid Democratic opposition,  says CQ Budget and Appropriations Editor Peter Cohn.

 

Podcast: Cake Case Leaves Gay Rights Questions Unanswered
CQ on Congress, Episode 106

Gay marriage rights activists hold a giant rainbow flag outside the U.S. Supreme Court before the start of oral arguments on marriage equality on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

CQ Supreme Court Reporter Todd Ruger and University of Colorado Law Professor Craig Konnoth say that the Supreme Court victory of a Colorado baker, who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple, could be short-lived, given the court's narrow decision in his favor.

"Indeed, if the couple...go back to that same baker tomorrow and suffered discrimination...they could file another suit and that might lead to a completely different outcome,'' says Konnoth.

Podcast: No Recess For You!
Political Theater, Episode 22

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Senate has scaled back its August recess, with Republican leaders citing the big workload and complaining that Democrats are needlessly delaying the proceedings with delay tactics. 

As political theater goes, this is an oldie but goodie: Lawmakers like to tell voters that they are working very, very hard. But it's unclear what kind of effect that message might have on voters, or whether they care. And the Senate is not dealing with anything out of the ordinary when it comes to obstruction and delay tactics. Ed Pesce, managing editor of CQ Senate, takes us through the numbers on the latest Political Theater podcast.

Podcast: Here Come the Minibuses
CQ Budget, Episode 63

House Appropriations. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)