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    Dec. 2, 2021: Symone says goodbye

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 4:18

    Symone Sanders, a senior adviser and chief spokesperson for VP Kamala Harris, “is expected to leave the White House at the end of the year,” Eugene Daniels, Chris Cadelago and Daniel Lippman reported Wednesday night. “It was not immediately clear where Sanders is heading next or when she will be leaving the vice president's office.  Sanders, a 31-year-old African-American strategist and one of the admin's most recognizable advisers, leaves amid a flurry of stories about internal frictions and disorder in the VP's office. Sanders was often the aide who pushed back on those storylines, defending the VP and advocating for her both publicly and in one-on-one dealings with reporters. Subscribe to POLITICO Playbook. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Dec. 1, 2021: Conservatives plot government shutdown over vaccine mandate

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 5:19

    Friday's shutdown showdown is about to get real — conservatives on both sides of the Capitol are privately plotting to force a government shutdown Friday in an effort to defund the Biden administration's vaccine mandate on the private sector, multiple GOP sources told Playbook. Capitalizing on a last-minute scramble to fund the government, a group of Senate conservatives is planning to object to quick consideration of a stopgap measure to extend funding into early 2022 unless Democratic leaders agree to deny money to enforce the mandate. Because of the tight schedule — and Senate rules that require unanimous consent to move quickly — the senators believe they'll be able to drag out the process well past midnight on Friday, when funding officially expires. Subscribe to POLITICO Playbook. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Nov. 30, 2021: How the continuing resolution stole Christmas

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 5:19

    Most people on Capitol Hill are kissing Christmas — or at least most of December — goodbye this year. “We could be in every weekend between now and Christmas, so … sorry,” Sen. Debbie Stabenow told reporters Monday night. Sen. Patrick Leahy is so worried about being here on Christmas that he and his wife bought a holiday tree for their home in D.C. Here are some reasons for the growing pessimism. Subscribe to POLITICO Playbook. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Nov. 29, 2021: Dems' dicey decision — Punish Boebert or not?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 5:26

    The drama surrounding Rep. Lauren Boebert's Islamophobic comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar is about to heat up as lawmakers return from Thanksgiving recess this week. Sources tell us a faction of Democrats is expected to push leadership to strip Boebert of her committee assignments or censure her after she joked about Omar, who is Muslim, being safe to ride with in an elevator because she wasn't wearing a backpack. Subscribe to POLITICO Playbook. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Nov. 24, 2021: Buttigieg 2024 buzz grows

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 4:37

    Amid the swirling speculation that President Joe Biden won't run again in 2024, Democrats have been atwitter for weeks about whether Biden's Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg might mount a campaign. The man, after all, has been front and center in selling the Biden agenda across the nation, and — some suspect — is laying the groundwork for another try for the White House. Just in time, our Alex Thompson hit the road with the former mayor of South Bend, and found “a man who seems to be in a perpetual hurry.” Subscribe to POLITICO Playbook. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Nov. 23, 2021: Trump's 2024 map

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 5:26

    Because we're POLITICO, Marc Caputo has a story up this morning on Donald Trump's potential 2024 map. Granted, it's not terribly surprising, centering on the five states that Joe Biden flipped in 2020. But the level of engagement within Trumpworld this far out — that we didn't necessarily expect.  “Trump's shadow campaign … recently polled Trump-Biden matchups in the five states, all of which were decided in 2020 by fewer than 3 percentage points. According to the poll …  the former president led Biden in Arizona by 8 percentage points, Georgia by 3 points, Michigan by 12 points, Pennsylvania by 6 points and Wisconsin by 10 points. And, With Sean Parnell dropping his campaign for Senate in Pennsylvania, some of his former supporters who are close to Donald Trump Jr. are now pushing hedge fund millionaire David McCormick to run. Subscribe to POLITICO Playbook. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Nov. 22, 2021: The case for why Biden is screwed

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 4:24

    Jonathan Chait's latest — “Joe Biden vs. the Democrats” — poses this question on the new cover of New York magazine: “Why is a once-popular president with an even more popular agenda in so much trouble?” And, the Biden White House has become much more attuned to the political damage that the highest inflation since 1992 is inflicting. On Tuesday, the president will make remarks about lowering prices, an issue that now claims the kind of attention previously reserved for fighting the pandemic and promoting his infrastructure and reconciliation bills. Subscribe to POLITICO Playbook. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Nov. 19, 2021: After months of wrangling, what's another few hours?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 5:05

    If a “New York minute” is a few passing seconds, then the opposite is a “McCarthy minute” — something that drags on and on for hours. On Thursday night, at 8:38 p.m., House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy took to the House floor with a speech designed to delay Democrats' passage of the Build Back Better package.  This morning, at 5:10 a.m., some 8 hours and 32 minutes later, he finally stopped talking.  Subscribe to POLITICO Playbook Deep Dive. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Nov. 18, 2021: 3 headlines, 1 Congress

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 3:58

    There are three headlines that describe most big events in the 117th Congress so far: (1) “Dems in Disarray” (2) “Kevin McCarthy Defends Far-Right Member, Who [fill in the blank]” (3) “Congress Sends Biden Historic Legislation” Long stretches of Democratic infighting over policy are punctuated by semi-regular acts of extremism by the fringe of the House Republican Conference. And every so often, a massive spending bill ends up on the president's desk.  This was supposed to be a “Dems in Disarray” week, but thanks to Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), it turned into a “McCarthy Defends …” week. Subscribe to POLITICO Playbook. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Nov. 17, 2021: McCarthy's latest crazy-town headache

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 4:57

    If you want to know more about the state of the House GOP conference, today should provide a pretty telling snapshot. Ten months after rioters stormed the Capitol hunting for lawmakers, most House Republicans are expected to vote against rebuking one of their colleagues, Paul Gosar, who posted an anime video of himself stabbing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. And, voters have increasing doubts about the health and mental fitness of President Joe Biden, the oldest man ever sworn into the White House, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.” Subscribe to POLITICO Playbook. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Nov. 16, 2021: A victory lap and a reality check

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 4:10

    It was all smiles and selfies at the White House on Monday as Democrats celebrated passage of the bipartisan infrastructure deal. But rising voter concern about inflation has cast a pall over President Joe Biden's victory lap.  The White House has tried to frame the president's agenda as a long-term answer to inflation. A pair of stories this morning in POLITICO, however, underscores why those claims are probably wishful thinking. Subscribe to POLITICO Playbook. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Nov. 15, 2021: Washington's mystery mansion buyer unmasked

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 4:53

    In August, former Trump Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and his wife Hilary Geary Ross sold their 10,000-square-foot home in Woodland-Normanstone for $13 million, according to D.C. tax records. It is the most expensive D.C. home sale of the last 12 months. The August deal was shrouded in mystery. The purchaser used an LLC called Salona Village Holdings that concealed their identity. The Rosses are barred by a confidentiality agreement from disclosing the real buyer's name, Geary Ross told Daniel Lippman. But the secret is out. Subscribe to POLITICO Playbook. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Nov. 12, 2021: Trump sours on DeSantis

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 5:00


    Donald Trump has been complaining to members and guests at Mar-a-Lago that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis still hasn't joined the other 2024 hopefuls in pronouncing that he won't run for president if Trump runs. And, the toughest trial Rep. Kevin McCarthy faces on his way to becoming House speaker isn't reclaiming the majority. It's what comes afterward.” That's the blunt takeaway from Olivia Beavers' big piece this morning drawing on interviews with more than 40 Republicans, which “point to two worrisome factions for McCarthy in a future vote for speaker: conservatives and wild cards.”  Subscribe to POLITICO Playbook. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.


    Nov. 11, 2021: The other big intra-Democratic fight

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 6:28

    Earlier this year, the Biden administration forecast that the annual rate of inflation would be 2 percent. On Wednesday the Labor Department reported that inflation hit 6.2 percent, the biggest spike in prices since 1990, and the news is reverberating across every aspect of American politics.  And, while the reconciliation bill, government funding and the debt limit will all play starring roles in the Senate between now and New Year's Eve, don't sleep on the drama over the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Subscribe to POLITICO Playbook. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Nov. 10, 2021: New reminders that this is not normal

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 5:22

    We spend a lot of time in the weeds of congressional negotiations on the major legislation President Joe Biden, with some bipartisan help, is slowly moving through the system. At times it has all seemed pretty normal: 69 votes for an infrastructure package in the Senate that was hailed by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a less tidy but still pretty typical process of wrangling Democrats together for the much more partisan climate and social welfare reconciliation bill. Even Tuesday's results in the off-year election in Virginia, which sent a message to the new president about overreach, were perfectly in line with recent history.  But there were two stories Tuesday that reminded us of how, outside of the (relatively) routine sausage-making on Capitol Hill, some enormously worrisome undercurrents remain in American politics. Subscribe to POLITICO Playbook. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Nov. 9, 2021: Jan. 6 committee targets more Trump aides

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 5:29


    All eyes are on Sean Parnell when he testifies today for the second and final time in an ugly child custody battle with his estranged wife, Laurie Snell. Though Parnell unequivocally denied abusing his wife and children on the stand Monday, the Republican Senate candidate in Pennsylvania is starting to bleed high-level support, two sources familiar with the matter told Playbook.  The Jan. 6 panel issued subpoenas Monday to a half-dozen Trump advisers, including campaign manager Bill Stepien, campaign senior adviser Jason Miller, national executive assistant to the campaign Angela McCallum and former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Subscribe to POLITICO Playbook. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.


    Nov. 8, 2021: Big obstacles await Biden after big win

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 4:02

    Congress is out this week and the Biden administration will spend much of the next few days promoting the benefits of BIF, making the case for the reconciliation bill and pushing parents and schools to get kids vaccinated. So enjoy a brief window of calm in between last week's Virginia and BIF news and the holiday insanity coming to Congress. The must-read of the day to get prepared for what's coming is this WSJ piece by Nick Timiraos, Natalie Andrews and Ian Talley on the obstacles looming for Biden. Subscribe to POLITICO Playbook. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Nov. 5. 2021: Let's try this again

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 6:01

    The House adjourned just after 10 p.m. on Thursday night as Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team struggled to round up votes to pass the twin infrastructure and Build Back Better bills. Democratic leadership announced the House will be back in session at 8 a.m. and votes would happen today. — One reason for Democrats to be optimistic today: “[M]any in the caucus are set to embark on overseas trips ahead of next week's recess.” A deadline, in other words, could help push them to act. — One reason for Democrats to be pessimistic: “But party leaders' failure to corral the votes they need on Thursday — after several exhausting weeks spent hashing out many of the same issues — has left some Democrats privately wondering how they'll pull it off on Friday.” Subscribe to POLITICO Playbook. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Nov. 4, 2021: For Dems, it's ‘2009 all over again'

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 4:29

    Following an embarrassing election night for Democrats, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her caucus have redoubled their efforts to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill (BIF) and Build Back Better package (BBB) through their chamber this week. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced Wednesday night that both bills could even see a floor vote as soon as today. For now, the GOP sweep in Virginia and Dems' razor-thin victory in New Jersey seem to have done what months of negotiations on the Hill could not: force moderates and progressives into line on passing both bills. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Nov. 3, 2021: Let the Democratic freakout begin

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 4:29

     New Jersey's gubernatorial race is still too close to call as you wake up this morning. With 88% of the expected vote in, incumbent Phil Murphy is trailing Republican Jack Ciattarelli by just over 1,000 votes.  President Joe returned from Europe overnight to a Washington where politics has been completely upended since he left six days ago.  Before he departed, Biden told House Democrats, “I don't think it's hyperbole to say that the House and Senate majorities and my presidency will be determined by what happens in the next week.” He meant inaction on his two legislative priorities, leaving Europe with no congressional backing for his climate proposals, and potential defeats in one or more crucial elections Tuesday that would make everything worse. Biden may have been prescient. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Nov. 2, 2021: Youngkin's crowds dwarf McAuliffe's on election eve

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 4:25


    Terry McAuliffe's final message was almost entirely negative, focused on tying his opponent to Trump. Glenn Youngkin's pitch was more complicated. He spent far more time advocating for job training programs, fixing the Virginia DMV, eliminating the state's grocery tax and admiringly name-checking George W. Bush than he did talking about how he would ban critical race theory (a topic he's leaned on plenty during the campaign to activate the MAGA base, despite the fact it's not being taught in schools). Still, Virginia is a blue state that Joe Biden won by 10 points, and the obvious intensity gap on display in the final days can be deceiving. Subscribe to POLITICO Playbook. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.


    Nov. 1, 2021: It's zero hour for Virginia and Build Back Better

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 4:38

    Could prescription drug pricing reform make it into the reconciliation bill after all? Senate and House Democrats and the White House came close to reaching a deal on the issue Sunday, report Burgess Everett, Alice Miranda Ollstein and Heather Caygle. The plan in the works would allow some Medicare negotiations with pharmaceutical companies — but if it comes together, it would still be much narrower than many Democrats initially intended. And, the race for governor in Virginia heads into the final stretch. The final polls: FiveThirtyEight's poll tracker has Youngkin surging into a slight lead, now up by an average of 0.6 points. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Oct. 29, 2021: Why Joe Biden already won

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 4:04


    To say Thursday was a roller coaster for President Joe Biden's agenda wouldn't do justice to how truly head-spinning the day was. The White House releases a Build Back Better (BBB) deal backed by Manchinema (now they're getting somewhere) — only to watch Bernie Sanders balk (never mind). The president delays his trip to Europe to rally House Democrats behind his plan — then whiffs, somehow neglecting to deliver the tough love message Democratic leaders wanted him to so they could pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill (BIF) this week.  But just when it looked like the day would end in embarrassment for Democrats, the Congressional Progressive Caucus issues a surprise endorsement of the president's compromise plan — removing one of the last big obstacles in its way.  Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.


    Oct. 28. 2021: A worst-case scenario for Biden

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 5:19

    A senior White House official recently described the reconciliation negotiations as a “nine-way teeter-totter.” Wednesday was a good example. Ever since Sen. Kyrsten Sinema nixed the party's plan to raise corporate, capital gains and individual tax rates to pay for the bulk of the reconciliation bill, Democrats have been struggling to re-balance the revenue plank. And, House Majority Whip James Clyburn had this to say speaking to the Jewish Federation of Charleston on Wednesday night: “I'm not too sure that Democrats have yet developed the will to win in 2022.”  Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Oct. 27, 2021: Except for every sticking point, Dems are close to a deal

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 5:09

    President Joe Biden was hoping to announce a deal on his legislative agenda before he heads to Europe on Thursday. But it's Wednesday already, and so far this week, it's been two baby steps forward, one giant leap backward for Democrats. We're not saying a deal won't materialize; odds are it will — eventually. Here's a look at the state of play. And, A local TV station in Nevada took down a pro-Catherine Cortez Masto ad Tuesday after the NRSC complained it included “flagrantly false” information about the vulnerable senator's GOP challenger.  Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Oct. 26, 2021: Biden's new problem on the left

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 4:30

    President Joe Biden might be finally homing in on a deal with Sen. Joe Manchin, but a sense of discontent is starting to bubble up among progressives on the Hill, and it threatens to impede what the White House hoped would be a big week for the Biden agenda.  As the reconciliation bill's provisions on Medicare, climate and family leave get watered down — if not axed entirely — progressives who initially sounded a positive note after meetings at the White House are now expressing concerns. And those worries are steering the left into a moment of reckoning over how hard to fight for their priorities. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Oct. 25, 2021: The 9 most important days of Biden's presidency

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 3:51

    The next nine days are the most important of Joe Biden's young presidency: He needs to rescue his legislative agenda in Congress, rescue his party's political candidates in two states and rescue America's leadership on climate policy in Scotland. The White House is hoping for a virtuous cycle of developments that will help accomplish all three goals: Securing a deal on the reconciliation bill could help Democratic candidates in Virginia and New Jersey. The climate provisions of the final deal will tell world leaders at next week's COP26 how serious the United States is when it comes to reaching Biden's stated emissions goals. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Oct. 22, 2021: The rundown on reconciliation

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 4:09

    Taking questions at a live town hall in Baltimore, Biden got into the nitty-gritty of the reconciliation negotiations, speaking about his mix of frustration with and respect for Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) with surprising candor. He also made some news about the particulars of the bill/framework at this point in time. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Oct. 21, 2021: The backstory on David Corn's Manchin scoop

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 6:20

    The Joe Manchin news that shook Washington on Wednesday was David Corn's report in Mother Jones that the West Virginia senator is considering motoring his houseboat out of the Democratic dock: “In recent days, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has told associates that he is considering leaving the Democratic Party if President Joe Biden and Democrats on Capitol Hill do not agree to his demand to cut the size of the social infrastructure bill from $3.5 trillion to $1.75 trillion, according to people who have heard Manchin discuss this. Manchin has said that if this were to happen, he would declare himself an ‘American Independent.' And he has devised a detailed exit strategy for his departure.” A rather angry Manchin told our Burgess Everett that Corn's story was “bullshit.” We talked to Corn on Wednesday night and came away with the impression of a reporter who is 1,000% sure his story was correct.  Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Oct. 20, 2021: Breaking down Biden's latest Build Back Better plan

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 4:38

    President Joe Biden began pitching lawmakers on an outline for his Build Back Better plan Tuesday night. The proposal, pegged in the range of $1.75 to $1.9 trillion, is far from a done deal: Moderates and progressives will have plenty to say before giving anything their blessing. But Hill Democrats are relieved that Biden is getting his hands dirty after sitting on the sidelines for weeks.  “This was a productive conversation and also one that demonstrates momentum,” said a senior congressional aide briefed on one of several meetings Tuesday between the president and lawmakers. “This is a sign that the White House is actually putting pen to paper.” Here's what Biden told lawmakers about the state of play, as well as our own analysis of the latest. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Oct. 19, 2021: The carbon tax makes a comeback

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 5:41

    An unusual confluence of factors have brought back a climate-change fighting policy that many Democrats saw as politically toxic: the carbon tax. While the idea has long been the favored tool of economists (Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is a strong supporter), some Republicans (like Sen. Mitt Romney) and the American Petroleum Institute, the Biden White House has always opposed pricing carbon. The president's staff has feared both the general politics and the specific fact that a carbon tax could violate the president's pledge not to raise taxes on Americans making under $400,000 a year. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Oct. 18, 2021: It's crunch time (again) on Capitol Hill

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 5:06

    Congress returns from recess today with 13 days until Speaker Nancy Pelosi's new Halloween deadline to pass the party's package of infrastructure and social services legislation. One problem: The latter has yet to be written — or really even outlined. And yet: A series of calls Sunday with sources we trust to give us an honest read on the state of play turned up some genuine optimism they can get it done. At least perhaps an outline of an agreement. The end of October is both the official deadline to renew transportation funding and the effective deadline to provide a boost to Democrat Terry McAuliffe in his surprisingly close campaign for Virginia governor. As Heather Caygle and Burgess Everett wrote over the weekend, there's a recognition among top Democrats that they've got to get this done to help save the state — and that a loss could be seen as an indictment of the party's legislative agenda. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Oct. 15, 2021: DCCC edges out NRCC cash haul

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 4:48

    Fox News' Paul Steinhauser writes that House Democrats have the upper hand over House Republicans in fundraising ahead of the 2022 midterms. A quick look at the numbers: - In September: DCCC raised $14.5 million; NRCC raised $12.2 million - In Q3 (July-Sept.): DCCC: $35.8 million; NRCC: $25.8 million - In the first nine months of 2021: DCCC: $106.5 million; NRCC: $105 million - BUT BUT BUT… cash on hand: DCCC: $63 million; NRCC: $65 million And, former chiefs of staff to Obama and Bush agree that Ron Klain may be spending too much time on Twitter while managing the leader of the free world. Listen and subscribe to Playbook Deep Dive Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Oct. 14, 2021: Jan. 6 committee meets Trump's stone wall

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 6:52

     It's a story we've become all too familiar with since Democrats took control of the House in 2019: Lawmakers issue subpoenas to Trump White House officials — who then stonewall at his behest.   Today, the Jan. 6 committee could find itself hitting the same roadblocks. Steve Bannon and Kash Patel have been subpoenaed for questioning today, and Mark Meadows and Dan Scavino are slated for Friday. Trump has asked them not to cooperate, claiming executive privilege bars their participation — an assertion Democrats call bogus.  Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Oct. 13, 2021: Scoop — Manchin-Sinema split vexes the White House

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 4:02

    So what's the state of negotiations between the White House and Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema? The talks have been shrouded in mystery, but we have some fresh details we can share this morning. More is known about Manchin than Sinema, and for a good reason: While Manchin has been willing to discuss his priorities in detail with his colleagues in the Senate, Sinema only negotiates with the White House. Part of solving the Manchinema puzzle is that the 74-year-old former governor from a coal state and the 45-year-old former Green Party activist from Arizona are at odds on some major policies. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Oct. 12, 2021: The next legislative pile-up is coming

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 5:33

    With the exception of today — when the House briefly returns to clear the Senate-passed, short-term debt ceiling stopgap — Congress is out on recess this week after lawmakers kicked the can on their entire legislative to-do list.   The big question on everyone's mind right now is this: Will the delay help them get it all done, or just make matters worse?  Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Oct. 8, 2021: Will endorsement-happy Trump cost GOP the Senate?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 5:03

    A shouting match erupted on the Senate floor after the vote to delay the debt limit crisis for two months. Sens. John Thune and Mitt Romney confronted Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer after he lambasted Republicans in a floor speech right after the vote. And, it's no secret that Trump's endorsements have been impulsive, and it looks like he jumped the gun again by giving an early nod to Sean Parnell in the open Pennsylvania Senate race. Republicans we talked to in Washington and Trump-world are clearly worried since the news broke this week that Parnell requested a gag order on his estranged wife Laurie and her lawyer during their custody battle. Shortly after Trump endorsed Parnell in September, rival Jeff Bartos revealed that Parnell's wife filed two protective orders against him in 2017 and 2018. Both were expunged, but some Republicans worry that there may be more shoes to drop. Take the POLITICO Podcast Listener Survey Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Oct. 7, 2021: Why McConnell backed down

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 5:48


    Donald Trump and Sen. Elizabeth Warren actually agree on something: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell backed down Wednesday when he offered Democrats an extension of the debt ceiling until December. (As of early this morning, the two sides hadn't finalized the deal.) “McConnell caved,” said Warren. “Looks like Mitch McConnell is folding to the Democrats, again,” said Trump. Was it the filibuster? McConnell backed down after Democratic threats of nuking the filibuster for the debt ceiling started to become more real. At their Tuesday lunch, Democratic senators discussed how McConnell's blockade on the debt ceiling was boosting the case of filibuster reformers. Later that day, Biden, generally a skeptic of filibuster reform, said such a change for the debt ceiling was now a “real possibility.” Take the POLITICO Podcast Listener Survey Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.  


    Oct. 6, 2021: What's Chuck's Plan B?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 4:45

    Republicans are set to filibuster Democrats' latest bid to raise the debt ceiling today, just as Mitch McConnell has been saying they'd do since this summer. What is Chuck Schumer's Plan B? The majority leader, a political animal to his core, never passes up an opportunity to put the GOP on record on issues he thinks make Republicans look hypocritical. But privately, many Democrats acknowledge this isn't going to get them out of the pickle they're in because McConnell is seemingly impervious to shame — and Dems are running out of time. Take the POLITICO Podcast Listener Survey Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Oct. 5, 2021: Biden getting frustrated with Manchin and Sinema

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 5:26

    President Joe Biden summoned progressives to a Zoom meeting to deliver a simple message, per a senior White House official: “He told them that the end point would be about $2 trillion and he wanted their input on what it should look like.” It was part of a weeklong project by Biden, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to let it gradually sink in that the reconciliation bill will be dramatically scaled back. Nobody we talked to left the roughly 90-minute call with a detailed understanding of what might be cut or how the new top line would be achieved. Take the POLITICO Podcast Listener Survey Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Oct. 4, 2021: How Democrats could still get it done

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 6:09

    Now that the dust has settled from last week's drama on the Hill, let's take stock of where things stand with President Joe Biden's core legislative agenda. Oct. 31 is the new Sept. 30: Congress extended the highway bill, which expired Thursday, until Halloween. “Our goal is to get both bills done in the next month,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said at an event in New York on Sunday. Take the POLITICO Podcast Listener Survey Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Another big day for Biden's presidency: What to watch

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 4:59


    So much for that make-or-break Thursday vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill. Speaker Nancy Pelosi delayed the roll call just before 11 p.m. after a flurry of late-night meetings trying to strike a deal with Sens. Krysten Sinema and Joe Manchin over the still-not-final reconciliation package, Build Back Better, at the heart of progressives' reluctance to pass the BIF at this moment. Here are some takeaways from a crazy day on Capitol Hill... Take the POLITICO Podcast Listener Survey Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.


    Sept. 30, 2021: Your guide to a critical day for Biden's agenda

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 5:50

    It's died a million deaths before. Today might be the latest — albeit, perhaps not the last. Sen. Joe Manchin pretty much ensured defeat of the bipartisan infrastructure deal known as BIF, if the House votes on it at all today. While Manchin signaled he'd support a more modest reconciliation package to roll back the GOP's 2017 tax cut, that does nothing for Democrats demanding a vote today — or for those vowing to tank it absent a deal. Asked Wednesday night if she intends to pull the vote, Speaker Nancy Pelosi reiterated that “the plan is to bring the bill to the floor.” Is she worried she doesn't have the votes? “One hour at a time,” she said. Here are the scenarios we could see play out today, from most to least likely. Take the POLITICO Podcast Listener Survey Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Sept. 29, 2021: T-minus 24 hours — The view from the W.H.

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 5:41

    Tuesday was the day it became clear either: A) President Joe Biden's legislative agenda is about to implode or B) Biden made serious progress toward a deal to salvage his agenda. The public evidence points to option A. By the end of the day, there was no indication Democrats were near a deal that would allow BIF to pass the House on Thursday. But the real action was shrouded in secrecy: the talks between Biden and the two senators who control the fate of his presidency, Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema. So you can't rule out option B.  Take the POLITICO Podcast Listener Survey Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Sept. 28, 2021: Pelosi and the Squad brace for a showdown

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 5:34


    The Democrats' “two-track” process is no more. After weeks of linking passage of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package (BIF) to the party's larger reconciliation bill, Speaker Nancy Pelosi told her members Monday night that she's forging ahead with a stand-alone vote on BIF as the much larger social spending bill is being hashed out.   It's a reversal by not only Pelosi but Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and President Joe Biden. Their previous position was that one should not — indeed, cannot — pass without the other. This sets up a major showdown between Pelosi and the Squad, as well as other members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. CPC Chair Pramila Jayapal has been saying her members will tank the Thursday vote if the Senate doesn't pass the larger multitrillion-dollar reconciliation bill first. Take the POLITICO Podcast Listener Survey Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.


    Sept. 27, 2021: ‘Everything is hanging by a thread'

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 5:18

    Congress is three days out from a critical vote on a key plank of the president's agenda — a massive $1.2 trillion infrastructure package (BIF) — and President Joe Biden and House Democratic leaders haven't even started the whipping process, we're told from sources across the Democratic spectrum. Our colleagues Natasha Korecki and Laura Barrón-López reported Sunday night that the president was making calls and doing Zoom sessions from Camp David over the weekend on BIF and the larger reconciliation package. But the seeming lack of urgency so far — given the sheer scale of the task and mere days to complete it — is alarming some House Democrats going into a critical week, multiple people involved told us Sunday night. “I don't understand why the president isn't whipping his own historic bill,” said one moderate House Democrat. Take the POLITICO Podcast Listener Survey Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

    Introducing Global Insider: Covid precautions and fears dominate Day One at the UNGA

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2021 10:18

    Subscribe to Global Insider Global Insider's Ryan Heath runs all over New York, capturing the madness of UNGA's kickoff, accompanied by his sidekick, producer Olivia Reingold. Hear from Ryan's go-to “U.N. whisperer,” Richard Gowan of the Crisis Group, and Penny Abeywardena, New York City's Commissioner for International Affairs. Plus: protestors accusing the U.S. of “vaccine apartheid” stop New York City traffic, setting the tone for critics of the Biden administration to come throughout the week. Also: if you have the time, we're trying to learn more about our listeners. We'd appreciate it if you're able to take our short survey.  Ryan Heath is the host of the "Global Insider" podcast and newsletter.  Olivia Reingold produces “Global Insider.”  Irene Noguchi edits “Global Insider” and is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.  Richard Gowan is the Crisis Group's UN director.  Penny Abeywardena is New York City's Commissioner for International Affairs.  Linda Thomas-Greenfield is the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.   You can subscribe to Ryan's “Global Insider” newsletter here.

    Sept. 24, 2021: Pelosi plans to bring reconciliation to the floor next week

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 5:12


    Buckle up. That was the advice from Capitol Hill late Thursday night as news got out that Speaker Nancy Pelosi privately told her committee chairs that she does, in fact, intend to bring the reconciliation bill to the floor next week, reports Heather Caygle. The question now: Is it bravura or bravado? And, The Arizona Republic scooped the results of the Maricopa County “audit” paid for by “Stop the Steal” and Donald Trump allies: It found that Trump lost the key county by a wider margin than the official election results. To put a finer point on this: The firm selected by the people promoting the election lie, Cyber Ninjas, did its own count and found that Joe Biden won. Take the POLITICO Podcast Listener Survey Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.


    Sept. 23, 2021: Inside the room of Biden's talks with Dems

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 5:15


    Here's the most important development that came from President Joe Biden's five hours of meetings with 23 legislators in the Oval Office on Wednesday, according to a senior White House official: “Moderates agreed that they need to coalesce around an offer to the liberals.” It might not sound like much. But given how dug in both sides have been, the White House views the commitment from the Manch-ema wing as “a real breakthrough.” And, the killing of 20-year-old Army soldier Vanessa Guillen, who had told family she was being sexually harassed by several soldiers prior to her disappearance at Fort Hood last year, has galvanized calls to change how the military deals with sexual assault and harassment.  Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Joni Ernst, a veteran and a sexual assault survivor, have long pushed Congress to act on the issue. Join Playbook's Rachael Bade today at 1 p.m. for a Women Rule virtual joint interview with Ernst and Gillibrand to discuss the state of their proposed legislation and what it will take to curb sexual assault and sexual harassment in the military. Register here Take the POLITICO Podcast Listener Survey Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.


    Sept. 22, 2021: Pelosi's toughest whip campaign

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 4:55


    Can the House get to 218 on the BIF? That's the big question on Capitol Hill after Speaker Nancy Pelosi made clear Tuesday her team would not delay a Monday vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill, aka the BIF. Here's what we're watching as Pelosi's whipping operation gets underway for what promises to be a close vote. Take the POLITICO Podcast Listener Survey Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.


    Sept. 21, 2021: Double trouble for Biden

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 6:47


    Internal Democratic discord has wounded President Joe Biden's massive social spending plan, raising the prospect that the package could stall out, shrink dramatically — or even fail altogether. Myriad problems have arisen. Moderate Senate Democrats Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) continue to be a major headache for party leadership's $3.5 trillion target. The Senate parliamentarian just nixed the party's years long push to enact broad immigration reform. House members may tank the prescription drugs overhaul the party has run on for years. And a fight continues to brew over Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) push to expand Medicare. And today, Biden interrupts his mission to rescue his agenda in Congress with a mission to rescue his agenda with world leaders. He'll speak at 10 a.m. before the U.N. General Assembly to an audience far more skeptical about his insistence that “America is back” than they were in the afterglow of Donald Trumps loss, which was (mostly) celebrated around the world.  Take the POLITICO Podcast Listener Survey Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio.  Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.


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