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    Seven states have 60 days to divide a key water source

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 12:30

    Climate change and worsening drought have driven water stores to dangerous lows. Now states have to figure out who has to live with less. Lara Korte reports.

    Tech surveillance in a post-Roe world

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 14:34

    Our digital footprints can easily reveal who's providing abortion care, who's seeking an abortion and who's protesting. Sam Sabin reports on digital privacy after Roe.                                           

    SCOTUS handcuffs Biden on climate

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 12:50

    The Supreme Court delivered a major setback to President Biden's ambitious climate change goals in Thursday's West Virginia v. EPA ruling. The 6-3 ruling is an obstacle for Biden's hopes of dealing with global warming through executive order, barely six months after a Senate stalemate shut down his hopes for Congress's biggest-ever climate bill. Alex Guillén reports.

    We watched 34 primaries so you didn't have to. Here's what we learned.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 12:37

    More than half of the states in the U.S. have held primary elections ahead of the midterms. As Trump looms over the GOP and Democrats attempt to limit losses, politics editor Scott Bland shares five takeaways and a report card on the state of the race.

    States are shaping the future of abortion. Here are the places to watch

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 12:28

    For decades, state lawmakers had limited avenues to control abortion. Now, the power to decide when — and whether — abortion should be legal is squarely in their hands. Megan Messerly looks at the states and people re-shaping abortion policies in 2022 and 2023.  

    Biden's got global problems. The G-7 won't solve them

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 10:42

    The coziest club on the global summit circuit is back together, but its inability to solve inflation, Russia's war in Ukraine, and climate change is raising questions about whether G-7 leaders need to spend more time out of their democratic comfort zone. Ryan Heath reports.

    Republicans brace for the impact of reversing Roe

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 12:04

    Everything was going right for Republicans in the midterm campaign. Then the Supreme Court decision came down. David Siders reports.

    Inside the wild world of D.C.'s matchmakers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 14:09

    D.C.'s single power players are enlisting an expensive, awkward, and sometimes even romantic method to find love: matchmakers. Jessica Goldstein reports.

    Patients with opioid addiction could soon lose their virtual care

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 12:37

    Federal regulations that have allowed practitioners the flexibility to virtually prescribe buprenorphine, an opioid withdrawal treatment drug, are due to expire along with the Covid-19 public health emergency — even as opioid deaths reach record levels. Krista Mahr reports.

    Election administrators go to Washington

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 12:59

    Election workers from across the country are flying into the nation's capital to beg Washington for two things that have vexed officials since the last election: security and funding. Zach Montellaro reports.

    Georgia, Proud Boys and more: Jan. 6 hearings head to the second half

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 10:49

    Today, the Jan. 6 committee looks at Trump's role in the plan to replace electors at the state level to overturn election results. But tensions are growing between members of the committee and the DOJ, who want access to full interview transcripts to aid in their own investigations. Kyle Cheney reports.

    The cannabis gold rush that wasn't

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 10:46

    The nation's marijuana industry boomed during the pandemic. Weed sales hit $27 billion in 2021, nearly doubling figures from just two years earlier — and revenues are projected to double again over the next six years. But the still-green industry is mired in a financial funk: Stock prices have plummeted. Capital raises have crashed. And marijuana prices have slumped. Paul Demko reports.

    Global abortion-rights advocates worry their countries are next if Roe falls

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 8:17

    Activists said they spoke to officials not only about their fears of the international impact if Roe v. Wade were to fall, but also proposed changes to U.S. policy that has long restricted funding for abortions abroad. Daniel Payne reports.

    Saudi Arabia, ‘pariah' to potential partner

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 13:10

    President Joe Biden will travel to the Middle East next month, making stops in Israel, the West Bank and then Saudi Arabia, where he'll seek to rebuild relations after vowing to make the kingdom a “pariah.” Nahal Toosi reports.

    Recession vibes are swirling

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 11:42

    We are in a paradoxical economic moment. The economy is hot by certain metrics — unemployment, job openings, consumer demand — but inflation is way up, and soaring gas and grocery prices are driving the narrative. Victoria Guida reports.

    How Elon Musk's Starlink changed the war in Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 11:44

    From artillery strikes to Zoom calls, the tech billionaire's satellite internet service has become a lifeline in the war with Russia. Christopher Miller reports.

    Presenting Playbook Deep Dive: He defied Trump and still survived a GOP primary

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 45:14

    This week in the GOP primary for South Dakota's at-large district, Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) defeated a challenger from his right who claimed he wasn't aligned closely enough with former President Donald Trump, even though Johnson agrees with Trump on many policies. Johnson's vote for a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attacks and his support for Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) to remain in House Leadership was cited as proof he is not an ally of the former president. Johnson also faced more than $500,000 in spending against him from Drain the DC Swamp PAC. He tells Ryan Lizza that South Dakotans like Trump – but they also like Dusty Johnson. Find out how he overcame the challenges faced from defying Trump and how he survived to win the Republican nomination on this week's episode of Playbook Deep Dive. Ryan Lizza is a Playbook co-author for POLITICO. Rep. Dusty Johnson is the congressman at-large for South Dakota. Afra Abdullah is an associate producer for POLITICO audio. Kara Tabor is a producer for POLITICO audio. Brook Hayes is a producer for POLITICO audio. Adam Allington is senior producer for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is executive producer for POLITICO audio.

    The January 6 hearings are (finally) here

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 11:24

    The House committee, after nearly a year investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, introduces its findings tonight to a prime-time TV audience. Kyle Cheney explains the challenges ahead.

    The newest research into long Covid

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 11:50

    There is no test for long Covid, and the CDC and the medical community have no official definition. But health care workers across the country are diagnosing patients who have previously contracted Covid-19 based on a wide-ranging set of symptoms. A CDC study released May 27 said that one in five adults in the U.S. may develop the condition — but there are still more questions than answers. Erin Banco reports.

    The frustrations inside the West Wing

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 10:30

    Soaring global inflation. Rising fuel prices. A deadlocked Congress unable to tackle sweeping gun safety legislation. President Biden and his aides are frustrated by a cascade of challenges — and the window for a political revival is closing. Jonathan Lemire reports.

    Can wind save oil country?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 8:47

    The Gulf Coast's long reign as a hub for oil and gas production could help it secure a lead role in generating energy from wind and green hydrogen, but it will face some big obstacles. Kelsey Tamborrino reports.

    Warning signs cloud tech industry's SCOTUS victory

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 11:14

    The 5-4 decision blocking Texas' social media law was closer than expected, and Justice Samuel Alito's dissent suggests conservative judges may be shifting on the free speech rights of tech platforms. Brendan Bordelon reports.

    Vax injury compensation programs were already stressed. Then came Covid

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 13:12

    A pair of federal programs compensating people who suffer injuries from vaccines and pandemic treatments are now facing so many claims that thousands of people may not receive payment for their injuries any time soon. Covid has only made it more complicated. Lauren Gardner reports.

    Rick Caruso's $pricey$ LA primary

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 13:08

    Even by the cash-flush standards of modern politics, Rick Caruso's run for mayor of Los Angeles has been a shock-and-awe campaign of financial bombardment. Elena Schneider reports.

    Anita Dunn's return brings Amazon ties under scrutiny

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 9:00

    As the White House this month weighed how hard to engage Amazon founder Jeff Bezos over his criticism of its economic policies, it brought back senior advisor Anita Dunn, whose former firm does work for  Amazon. Hailey Fuchs reports.

    Inside FEMA's biased flood program

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 12:43

    A new investigation from Politico's E&E News has pulled back the curtain on FEMA's unfair flood grant programs, which for years have favored wealthy and white areas. Tom Frank reports.

    How big of a threat is monkeypox?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 12:39

    Governments warn against panicking, but they are planning for the worst outcome. Carmen Paun reports.

    How 'Made in America' worsened the formula crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 9:22

    Due to a combination of Food and Drug Administration regulations and trade policy, 98% of the infant formula consumed in the United States is made here. But the current nationwide shortage of infant formula is proving a cautionary tale. Doug Palmer reports.

    The big midterm questions answered today

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 12:50

    What's next for Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp? Will the national fight over abortion lead to Rep. Henry Cuellar's (D-Texas) defeat in the primary? Scott Bland shares his burning questions ahead of tonight's primaries.

    McConnell takes on MAGA over Ukraine aid

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 11:20

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is determined to stamp out an isolationist, pro-Trump wing of his party that has pushed back on $40 billion in aid to Ukraine — and U.S. support more broadly. Andrew Desiderio reports.

    Kamala Harris wants to get out of D.C.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 12:01

    The Vice President has cast more tie-breaking votes than all but two predecessors. It's starting to frustrate some staff. Eugene Daniels reports.

    How Fetterman could shake up cannabis policy on Capitol Hill

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 13:46

    Legalizing weed isn't the top priority for most voters, but Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman — who clinched the Dem nom for Senate — is betting that it could help draw people to the polls. Natalie Fertig reports.

    Ghana finally has enough Covid shots. But many still won't take it

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 13:05

    When friends and family got sick last year, people across Ghana scrambled to get shots. But there weren't enough. Now, many say they don't want the jab. Local volunteers are struggling to change their minds. Erin Banco reports.

    Is this the end for Madison Cawthorn?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 13:07

    Today, primary voters in North Carolina's 11th Congressional District will decide whether their representative has become more trouble than he's worth. Once a rising conservative star, Cawthorn is now mired in controversy, facing the very real possibility his electoral career might end as quickly as it began. Michael Kruse reports.

    The millions of tons of grain stuck in Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 10:41

    A growing number of U.S. lawmakers are pressing the Biden administration to establish a humanitarian corridor in the Black Sea, to help transport millions of tons of grain from Ukraine to the world food supply. But doing so is complicated — and could provoke retaliation from Russia. Meredith Lee reports.

    Biden pilots new rural resources program

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 11:56

    President Joe Biden and Democrats have pushed through billions of dollars in new funding for rural development. But now comes the hard part — working through a federal bureaucracy that makes it almost impossible for local leaders in the smallest, poorest areas to figure out how to get the money. Ximena Bustillo reports on a new system that hopes to solve the problem.

    Post Roe, what's next for birth control?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 13:21

    Blue-state governors and lawmakers from California to New York are vowing to turn their states into sanctuaries for people seeking abortions. Plus, the years-long push for over-the-counter birth control is ramping up inside the FDA in the wake of a potential Supreme Court decision rolling back abortion rights. Lauren Gardner reports.

    Bitcoin's drop renews risk concerns

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 11:36

    The debate over Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies took on a new dimension last month when Fidelity Investments, one of the world's largest asset managers, announced that it would soon allow participants in its 401(k) plans to invest some of their retirement savings in Bitcoin. Last Wednesday, that led Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Tina Smith, D-Minn., to send Fidelity a letter challenging the decision. Ben Schreckinger reports.

    'RINO' versus 'political prostitute' in West Virginia

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 11:41

    A bitter GOP primary in West Virginia has turned into one of the most hard-fought Republican primaries of the midterms, testing everything from Trump's influence and the potency of ideological purity to small government to whether a GOP congressman can sell his primary voters on the merits of a bipartisan compromise in a hyper-polarized climate. Ally Mutnick reports.

    Leaked Ukraine intelligence complicate US involvement

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 13:31

    Last week, speculation spread that the U.S. provided intelligence to Ukraine that helped target Russian generals and Russia's Moskva warship. Alex Ward explains why these leaks created such a firestorm.

    Lifting the curtain on SCOTUS with a POLITICO reporter who broke the Roe story

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 66:25

    Presenting Playbook Deep Dive:  This week on Playbook Deep Dive, POLITICO's Peter Canellos talks with our own Josh Gerstein, who broke this week's massive news that the Supreme Court's conservative majority has drafted an opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade. Peter and Josh nerd out on everything from the history of the court, to potential implications of the draft opinion — both for the country and the judiciary itself. Peter Canellos is POLITICO's managing editor for enterprise. Josh Gerstein is POLITICO's senior legal affairs reporter. Kara Tabor is a producer for POLITICO audio. Brook Hayes is a producer for POLITICO audio. Adam Allington is senior producer for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is executive producer for POLITICO audio.

    The push to modernize clinical trials

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 11:00

    Clinical trials have long been plagued by inefficiency, lack of diversity and the inability to leverage data. The pandemic increased the need to modernize trials, which pushed many trials to lean on technology to conduct trials remotely. Ben Leonard explains why money is pouring into the space and why many clinical trials are still stuck in the previous century.

    How repealing Roe would rewind Michigan abortion law to 1931

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 11:05

    According to an initial draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito circulated inside the court and obtained by POLITICO, the Supreme Court has voted to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, kicking abortion policy to the states. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer filed a lawsuit last month challenging her state's 1931 law banning abortion, which would go into effect when Roe is struck down. Alice Miranda Ollstein reports.

    Why the U.S. is worried about the Solomon Islands

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 12:07

    The Biden administration is scrambling to counter China's new security pact with the Solomon Islands and a possible military base in the South Pacific nation. Phelim Kine reports.

    FDA warned about infant formula plant months before deaths

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 12:44

    Months before two infants died and another was hospitalized from bacterial infections, a whistleblower alerted senior FDA officials to what he said were "lax practices, including regulatory violations" at an Abbott Nutrition infant formula plant last October. But it was still months before the FDA investigated and formula was recalled. Helena Bottemiller-Evich reports.

    Beltway, stars want an invite: How Tammy throws brunch

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 41:01

    Presenting Playbook Deep Dive: The White House Correspondents' Dinner is back for the first time since 2019. Journalists, A-list celebrities and Washington's power players will pack the cavernous ballroom at the Washington Hilton. That means brunch is back too. On this week's episode, Playbook co-author Ryan Lizza gets a tour from Tammy Haddad at the site of her annual garden brunch, one of the most sought after invites of the weekend. Plus, insights from comedian and WHCD alum Elayne Boosler and Ed Solomon of Anthony's Tuxedos in Georgetown.

    FDA poised to ban menthol cigs

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 12:53

    The FDA may propose a rule banning menthol cigarettes as early as today, a decision 10 years in the making. Katherine Foley reports.

    Elon Musk's collision course with D.C.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 12:43

    The world's richest man has a lot of experience getting his way in Washington. But doing it as Twitter's owner may be different. Rebecca Kern reports.

    Why you should care about the spectrum fight

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 13:02

    Federal regulators are just beginning to tackle a technical flaw that threatens to hold back the United States' next giant leap in communications: Many of our radios suck. John Hendel reports.

    'Modern day slavery' for some farmworkers in Georgia

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 12:53

    An alleged human trafficking ring in Georgia highlights many of the loopholes found in the H-2A agricultural visa program, renewing calls for an overhaul. Ximena Bustillo reports.

    Presenting Playbook Deep Dive: 'You only win if you fight': Will Gallego unseat Sinema?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 28:07

    This week Playbook co-author Ryan Lizza is in Arizona to dig into a few big plotlines ahead of this year's elections. Trump narrowly lost the state in 2020, Senator Mark Kelly – the Democratic incumbent – is one of the most vulnerable senators up for reelection this year and strategists are already looking at the 2024 Senate election to see who will run against Kyrsten Sinema. On this week's Playbook Deep Dive Episode, Ryan joins Rep. Ruben Gallego for a long dinner and a few drinks. They discuss Gallego's fraught history with Sinema, a potential campaign against her in 2024, the political environment in Arizona ahead of midterms and his deployment in the Iraq war. Ryan Lizza is a Playbook co-author for POLITICO. Rep. Ruben Gallego is the congressman for Arizona's 7th district. Kara Tabor is a producer for POLITICO audio. Carlos Prieto is a producer for POLITICO audio. Brook Hayes is senior producer for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is executive producer for POLITICO audio.

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