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CQ, formerly Congressional Quarterly, is the gold standard for authoritative, nonpartisan congressional news. Every week, CQ on Congress hosted by Shawn Zeller brings you inside the halls of the House and Senate for an insightful, smart discussion into pressing policy and political debates. CQ's gav…

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    Political Theater: Mitch and Rick, the GOP's 'Odd Couple'

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 25:01


    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell prefers to work behind the scenes. Rick Scott, chairman of Senate Republicans' campaign arm is an outspoken, outgoing salesman for the GOP. Like with Neil Simon's "Odd Couple" -- Felix the neat freak and Oscar the slob -- we're asking: Can McConnell and Scott live together without driving each other crazy? Roll Call Editor at Large John Bennett, joins Political Theater to discuss this key duo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Fintech Beat: Do NFTs require decentralized law?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 33:16


    Stu Levi, a partner at Skadden, breaks down what IP law means for NFTs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    CQ Budget: Final countdown

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 20:34


    Lawmakers have less than a week left to pass a stopgap spending measure to avoid a partial government shutdown. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Aidan Quigley outline the likely game plan for completing a deal and the hurdles still standing in the way.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Political Theater: We love it when you're vulnerable: Swing districts, members versus members and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 31:56


    Elections always come down to a choice. Someone wins, someone loses, and Roll Call has long chronicled the path to Election Day by reporting on Congress' most vulnerable incumbents. It's an evolving cast, and with roughly a month-and-half to go, we take measure on Political Theater with our Politics Team, Herb Jackson, Kate Ackley and Mary Ellen McIntire.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Fintech Beat: Home Prices and Mortgage Costs: Why the US Housing Regulator is Looking Into Fintech

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 22:51


    Jason Cave, Deputy Director of the FHFA talks fintech and what the agency's new office for innovation might mean for mortgage markets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    CQ Budget: Spending talks morass

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 25:20


    Negotiations on a short-term measure to avoid a partial government shutdown next month have stalled, as disputes over environmental permitting, coronavirus aid, disaster relief and more create obstacles to a deal. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Peter Cohn outline the sticking points and a likely path to resolution. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Political Theater: Law and order revisited at "Riotsville, USA"

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 28:56


    Filmmaker Sierra Pettengill's documentary, “Riotsville, USA,” examines the history of the government's efforts to crack down on protest movements. The title refers to the ersatz towns the military built for counter-protest training, and the film's archival approach is a chronicle and meditation on politics then and now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    CQ Budget: Obstacles to stopgap funding

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 24:42


    A short-term funding measure to head off a partial government shutdown is now caught up in fights over emergency spending requests and an effort to streamline federal permitting for energy projects. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman, Lindsey McPherson and Aidan Quigley outline the challenges facing Congress to pass stopgap funding by the end of this month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Political Theater: Weird times, Weird poll numbers

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 23:21


    Politics works in patterns. But we might be in one of those outlier election cycles, when politics don't always match up with typical narratives. Roll Call Elections Analyst Nathan L. Gonzales joins the Political Theater podcast to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Equal Time with Mary C. Curtis: Progress? Certainly. But has the Americans with Disabilities Act changed the country enough?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 39:25


    Marking its 32nd anniversary this year, the Americans with Disabilities Act has inspired the world to see disability through the lens of equity, opening opportunities for persons with disabilities to contribute to our global progress. But, from creating more consistency for academic accommodations to providing additional employment opportunities, what needs to be done in the next 32 years and beyond? “Equal Time” host Mary C. Curtis talks with Nicole Patton, the Manager of State Government Relations at the National Down Syndrome Society, and Charlotte Woodward, the Education Program Associate for NDSS. Charlotte, who was born with Down syndrome, as well as a heart condition, is one of the few people born with Down syndrome to receive a life-saving heart transplant. She went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from George Mason University with a bachelor's degree in sociology, with a concentration in inequality and social change. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Fintech Beat: Ransomware (and Crypto) 101

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 24:52


    Elementus founder Max Galka joins Julian Ha to talk ransomware and crypto. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    CQ Budget: A win for Democrats

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 30:14


    Democrats celebrated the passage of their climate, health and tax package, but debate over the partisan measure now moves to the campaign trail. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman, Laura Weiss and Paul M. Krawzak examine what the new law could mean for the midterm elections and how both parties could use it to their political advantage. They also discuss the upcoming fight over a stopgap funding measure to ward off a partial government shutdown. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Political Theater: Strange days are here: August in Washington

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 32:34


    August can be a strange month, especially in a place like Washington. On one hand, things are slow. Congress goes on recess. People take vacations. On the other hand, kids head back to school. It's peak political primary season. How different is it from other places? Brandon Wetherbee of Recommend If You Like magazine drops by to riff on the dog days, the Cubs' microphone system, Michael Keaton, Dan Snyder and lost movies, among other topics.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Political Theater: Moving right along: A political reporter's turning point

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 26:55


    Amanda Becker is a veteran political journalist. The Washington correspondent for The 19th News has covered a variety of beats here in The Swamp over the last decade-plus for her current newsroom, as well as Reuters, and, once upon a time, for Roll Call. She is about to move to the Boston area to start one of journalism's most prestigious fellowships, the Nieman, was kind enough to discuss some of her reflections on the job of political reporting, what she hopes to get out of her fellowship and any other odds and ends at this inflection point for her career. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    CQ Budget: Democrats unite

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 28:31


    Democrats appear to have the votes they need to pass a revised version of their health, climate and tax package along party lines in the evenly divided Senate. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Peter Cohn outline the changes that led to a new agreement with Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and explain the procedural hurdles that still await the package. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Political Theater: The long story for victims of Camp Lejeune gets a new chapter

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 18:52


    President Joe Biden will soon sign legislation that will give easier access to health and disability benefits to more than 3.5 million veterans who were exposed to toxic substances on overseas deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan and more. It wasn't easy to get through Congress. The Senate passed that bill after weeks of delay, and not before high-profile advocacy from comedian Jon Stewart and others. But underneath those bigger headlines, folded into the bill, is a provision allowing families poisoned for decades at the Marine Corps' Camp Lejeune to get compensation from the federal government. Todd Ruger, legal affairs editor at CQ Roll Call discusses this story with Mike Magner, an editor at CQ Roll Call who has followed the stories of families from Camp Lejeune. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    CQ Budget: Joe Manchin's 180

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 33:30


    A surprise change of heart from the West Virginia Democrat put a revamped "Build Back Better" plan back on the table. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman, Lindsey McPherson and Laura Weiss examine the twist of fate and the challenges awaiting Democrats in trying to pass the measure.They also discuss microchip and veterans benefits legislation and the latest on appropriations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Fintech Beat: European Parliament Vice President Eva Kaili and EU's Peter Kerstens on MICA

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 29:03


    Peter Kerstens and Eva Kaili join the podcast to discuss the EU's new rules for crypto. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    CQ Budget: Microchips and drug pricing

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 27:40


    Before their August recess, lawmakers hope to pass a major funding package to bolster domestic semiconductor manufacturing and a measure designed to lower the cost of many prescription drugs. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman, Aidan Quigley and Lauren Clason outline the challenges awaiting Congress to pass those bills.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Fintech Beat: Richard Bookstaber on Fintech, Diversification and the Volatility Paradox

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 27:57


    Richard Bookstaber, author of the End of Theory and Demons of Our Own Design, Demystifies Fintech Market Volatility Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Political Theater: Previously on the 2022 primary show: crazy cash, ISIS brides and representatives prohibited from representing

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 25:40


    We are at a pause in the congressional primary season, with several major states having selected their nominees for November's general election, including Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. In August, things ramp back up, with more than a dozen states holding primaries and in battlegrounds like Arizona, Michigan and Florida. So what have we learned so far from the elections that have taken place? And what might we expect as the general election match-ups become clearer? CQ Roll Call Politics Editor Herb Jackson joins Political Theater to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Equal Time with Mary C. Curtis: From data privacy concerns to worsening care inequities, the ramifications of the Roe decision

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 55:18


    The Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade raised many questions on the future of abortion rights in the United States. With search histories and health apps possibly used for tracking, how can data be protected and kept private? Will the health-care outcomes of African-American women, already three times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than white women, worsen? In this month's episode of Equal Time, to shed some light on life in a post-Roe world, host Mary C. Curtis talks with Amie Stepanovich, Vice President for U.S. Policy at the Future of Privacy Forum, and a nationally recognized expert in domestic surveillance, cybersecurity and privacy law, and Kwajelyn Jackson, Executive Director at Feminist Women's Health Center in Atlanta, Georgia, an independent, non-profit, multi-generational, multi-racial reproductive health, rights, and justice organization.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    CQ Budget: `Build Back Better' unravels

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 28:37


    West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin III told fellow Democrats he could no longer support climate provisions or higher taxes as part of any budget reconciliation package that comes to a vote before the August recess. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman, Lindsey McPherson and Laura Weiss examine how Democratic negotiations unraveled, what can still be salvaged, and what it means for their broader legislative agenda. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Political Theater: 'Gabby Giffords Won't Back Down' has impeccable timing

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 25:07


    The new documentary from filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen “Gabby Giffords Won't Back Down” comes out amid a nationwide debate about gun safety, the animating crusade of the former congresswoman, and as her husband, Sen. Mark Kelly, runs for re-election in a race that will be key in this year's midterms. It also tells a good story and has a rockin' soundtrack. West and Cohen talk about their film on the latest Political Theater podcast.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Fintech Beat: Blockchains as "Last Mile" Infrastructure in the Global South

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 34:28


    Robby Greenfield shares how Umoja Labs are leveraging blockchain-based tools to deliver financial inclusion in Africa and beyond. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    CQ Budget: Crunch time for Democratic agenda

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 26:23


    Senate Democrats want to pass a downsized "Build Back Better" reconciliation package before the August recess despite a threat from the Republican leader to hold up a bipartisan chip manufacturing and economic competitiveness bill in retaliation. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Peter Cohn examine the legislative options for what could be a chaotic and unpredictable July work session on Capitol Hill. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Political Theater: Cruel summer: The Supreme Court's lengthy break in the spotlight

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 23:11


    Supreme Court justices have it made: Not only do they get to remake American society with a few opinions, they get to take three months off afterward! Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. has joked that ”only Supreme Court justices and schoolchildren are expected to and do take the entire summer off.” So what do they do during that quarter-year break, and is it changing now that the high court has stepped into a more prominent political role? CQ Roll Call Legal Affairs Editor Todd Ruger joins the Political Theater podcast to talk about the life jurisprudence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Fintech Beat: The "How" of the Global Economy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 26:34


    Author of “The Field Guide to Global Payments, Sophia Goldberg, joins Amias Gerety to answer the age old question: Are payments companies getting paid too much (or too little) for the value they provide?   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Political Theater: It's a small White House after all

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 19:42


    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 mansion. He joins Political Theater to discuss things you can overhear and see first hand at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Equal Time with Mary C. Curtis: For Pride Month, reflecting on progress and the road ahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 52:57


    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 legally, to insure forward movement on the path to equality for all Americans? What can organizations and corporations do to be more intentional in supporting the LGBTQ community? Equal Time host Mary C. Curtis explores what comes next with guests Sasha Buchert, a Senior Attorney in the Washington D.C. office of Lambda Legal, and Kendra R. Johnson, Executive Director at Equality North Carolina. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Fintech Beat: BIS's Hyun Song Shin on Crypto, CBDCs, and Designing Money

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 35:26


    Hyun Song Shin, the BIS economic advisor, joins the show to talk about recent disruptions in crypto markets, and the advantages of CBDCs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Political Theater: Send lawyers, footballs and money: the strange twists and turns of Washington's football team

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 20:25


    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

    CQ Budget: Military budget set to swell

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 27:30


    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

    CQ Budget: Defense spending battle lines

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 25:38


    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

    Fintech Beat: Market Swings, Software-Based Investing--and Community Banking

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 25:32


    Amias Gerety interviews M1 CEO Brian Barnes on relationship investing and automation in the fintech economy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Political Theater: "The Martha Mitchell Effect" gives voice to one of Watergate's great characters

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 19:11


    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, and tragic, characters. Directors Anne Alvergue and Debra McClutchy discuss their project in all its colorful and poignant archival glory.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    CQ Budget: Appropriations kickoff

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 22:08


    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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Politcal Theater: How ‘Top Gun: Maverick' reflects a stranger, more vulnerable political time

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 20:08


    "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 product of its times: a hot movie that came out at the coldest point of the Cold War. This "Top Gun?" It's also a product of its times, a weirder, more asymmetrical one for geopolitics. With us to discuss in CQ Roll Call Editor at Large John T. Bennett. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Fintech Beat: There's nothing Micro about a Billion Women: Mary Iskenderian on Microfinance

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 33:13


    Mary Ellen Iskenderian, the CEO of Women's World Banking, talks about her new book and the opportunities and challenges facing women entrepreneurs in developing countries. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Equal Time with Mary C. Curtis: For Asian Americans, celebration, challenges and action

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 48:03


    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 speaks about the past, the present and future solutions with Anne Lee Benedict, active with MCCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing diversity, inclusion and equity in the legal profession, and Dr. Joanne L. Rondilla, an assistant professor in Sociology and Interdisciplinary Studies and Asian American Studies at San José State University. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    CQ Budget: Pandemic aid derailment

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 26:26


    Senate spending hawks blocked a $48 billion aid package for restaurants and some other small businesses. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Lindsey McPherson assess the fallout and prospects for any future aid attempt. Recorded 5/20/22 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Political Theater: So, who exactly is the establishment in politics now?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 42:27


    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 choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Fintech Beat: Robinhood on Volatility, Regulation, and the New Retail Investor

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 32:51


    Chief Legal Officer Dan Gallagher joins Fintech Beat to talk about what changes in the economy and regulation mean for the company. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    CQ Budget: Senate fumble on Ukraine aid

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 24:48


    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

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