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No one knows Capitol Hill and the corridors of Washington power like National Journal, and now NJ brings you Quorum Call—a weekly podcast on Congress, policy, and politics. Hosted by National Journal's veteran reporting team, new episodes of Quorum Call will be available every Monday.

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    • Nov 15, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
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    Episode 242: Final Byrd Bath Before Flying South

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 24:01

    On the latest episode, Managing Editor Mackenzie Weinger is joined by House correspondent Casey Wooten and Senate reporter Zach Cohen to discuss the Build Back Better Act, the annual defense policy bill, the appropriations process, and more.

    Episode 241: Midterm Majority Makers

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 61:22

    The Hotline discusses key takeaways from its Midterm Majority Makers series to mark one year out from Election Day. Plus, the team discusses New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu's decision not to run for Senate, and potential obstacles to Republicans' plans to run a Glenn Youngkin-inspired strategy across the map.

    Episode 240: Home and Away

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 26:16

    On the latest episode of the podcast, editor in chief Jeff Dufour talks to Senate correspondent Zach C. Cohen about the final push to enact President Biden's spending priorities, now that the Democratic Party's disparate factions all seem to be on board. Then, White House correspondent George E. Condon Jr. breaks down Biden's trip to Europe for meetings with the pope, the G-20, and the COP-26 climate summit.

    Quorum Call Episode 239: Before the Finish Line

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 33:00

    On the latest episode of the podcast, Hotline Editor in Chief Leah Askarinam is joined by Associate Editor Alex Clearfield, state politics reporter Mary Frances McGowan and House races reporter Kirk Bado to check in with the Virginia governors race and some important House races in Florida and Ohio as Election Day looms near.

    Episode 238: The Outlook on Capitol Hill

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 24:20

    In a special edition of the podcast, Senate reporter Zach Cohen and health care correspondent Erin Durkin join managing editor Mackenzie Weinger during a recently recorded National Journal members' webinar to chat about Democrats' big spending bill—what's in the proposal, what's on the chopping block, and where Democrats go from here. They also tackle the negotiations over the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the larger outlook for Capitol Hill for the rest of this year.

    Episode 237: Presidents Past, Present ... and Future?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 24:29

    On the latest edition of the podcast, editor Jeff Dufour and White House correspondent George Condon focus on all things presidential—from Donald Trump's recent rally in Iowa to the subpoenas the Jan. 6 committee has served to his former advisors to how President Biden can find a path back to the light and stabilize his presidency.

    Episode 236: To the Principal's Office

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 29:13

    As Democrats bicker over the intricacies of passing legislation to advance President Biden's agenda, we zoom out to identify what's actually causing intraparty rifts and where Democrats might eventually find common ground. Hotline editor in chief Leah Askarinam talks with National Journal congressional correspondents Zach C. Cohen and Casey Wooten about the key figures who are dividing the party, President Biden's efforts to restore order, and the political implications of the current policy debate.

    Episode 235: Make Or Break

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 30:05

    Congressional Democrats hope to sign off on as much as $4.7 trillion in new domestic-agenda items this week. But first, they have to agree on what policies to include. National Journal Senate correspondent Zach C. Cohen talks to National Journal policy reporters Casey Wooten and Brian Dabbs about the tax and energy provisions Democrats need to agree to in order to pass their reconciliation package.

    Episode 234: Back to the Future

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 27:25

    Hotline editor in chief Leah Askarinam brings in Hotline states correspondent Mary Frances McGowan and National Journal's Josh Kraushaar to discuss the role of pandemic politics in 2021's gubernatorial races. The team also discusses polling in both California and Virginia's governors' races, along with how President Biden's current slump could play a role as Virginia begins early voting.

    Episode 233: Wake Me Up When September Ends

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 30:25

    On the latest episode of the podcast, managing editor Mackenzie Weinger is joined by House correspondent Casey Wooten and energy and environment reporter Brian Dabbs to discuss what's on the legislative agenda this month.

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    Episode 232: The Long Tail of Afghanistan

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 19:25

    On our post-Labor Day podcast, editor Jeff Dufour chats with White House correspondent George Condon and national security correspondent Cristina Maza about whether the U.S. can ever have normal diplomatic relations with the Taliban and what the "Biden Doctrine" is shaping up to be. The team also discusses Biden's recent political struggles ... and whether the Texas abortion law can possibly come to the rescue of him and the Democrats.

    Episode 231: The Fall of Kabul

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 36:21

    On the latest edition of the podcast, Editor Jeff Dufour chats with White House correspondent George Condon, Senate correspondent Zach Cohen, and House correspondent Casey Wooten about Biden's speech on Afghanistan, the congressional response, and comparisons to foreign policy crises of the past.

    Episode 230: New York and California and Virginia, oh my!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 31:09

    On the latest episode of the podcast, Hotline editor in chief Leah Askarinam brings on state politics correspondent Mary Frances McGowan and National Journal Associate Editor Alex Clearfield discuss Andrew Cuomo's resignation as governor. Then, the team discusses 2021 gubernatorial races, including the California recall election.

    Episode 229: Infrastructure Week: A New Legacy

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2021 31:05

    On the latest episode of the podcast, managing editor Mackenzie Weinger is joined by House correspondent Casey Wooten to discuss where Congress stands on infrastructure. Then, health care correspondent Erin Durkin breaks down all the issues surrounding vaccine mandates.

    Episode 228: Pandemic Politics

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 29:51

    In Texas, President Trump is betting his reputation as the party's kingmaker on the results of Tuesday's special election. Across the country, Republicans are more vocally encouraging their constituents to get vaccinated, though the team analyzes why neither political party seems eager to make the pandemic a centerpiece of their messaging. Hotline editor Leah Askarinam and correspondents Kirk Bado, Erin Covey, and Mini Racker discuss on the latest episode of the podcast.

    Episode 227: Inside 2022's Off-Season

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 33:10

    House and Senate candidates raked in millions of dollars in the last three months. On the latest edition of the podcast, guest host Zach C. Cohen talks with Hotline Senate races reporter Matt Holt and Hotline House races reporter Kirk A. Bado about what those totals mean for control of Congress in less than two years.

    Episode 226: Keep It Between the Lines

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2021 28:34

    The Senate returned this week, with the House soon to follow. On the latest edition of the podcast, Editor in Chief Jeff Dufour talks to Senate correspondent Zach C. Cohen and House correspondent Casey J. Wooten about the latest developments on infrastructure negotiations, including pay-fors like a minimum corporate tax. Then they get into the looming battle over the debt celling, and whether Majority Leader Chuck Schumer can find any more votes in favor of a voting-rights package.

    Episode 225: We're Feeling '22

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2021 40:10

    Republicans have history on their side as they attempt to retake the Senate majority, with Democratic Senators in a handful of states President Biden narrowly won up for reelection. In Arizona and Georgia, however, President Trump seems to be complicating what should be Republicans' top pickup opportunities. Hotline correspondents Madelaine Pisani and Matt Holt walk through the dynamics in these key battleground states, along with North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and a detour through Alaska.

    Episode 224: Do or Die

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2021 30:13

    After a potentially devastating verbal slip last week, President Biden and his aides seemingly have put the compromise infrastructure package back on track. But will Mitch McConnell get on board? How about congressional progressives? Editor in chief Jeff Dufour, White House correspondent George Condon, and columnist Josh Kraushaar discuss on the latest episode of the podcast.

    Episode 223: A Line in the Sanders

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2021 27:19

    On the latest episode of the podcast, managing editor Mackenzie Weinger is joined by House correspondent Casey Wooten and energy & environment reporter Brian Dabbs to talk all things infrastructure, from pay-fors to progressives.

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    Episode 222: Where to Find Bipartisanship in the Senate

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2021 26:54

    Hotline editor in chief Leah Askarinam asks Senate correspondents Zach C. Cohen and Madelaine Pisani to evaluate whether bipartisanship still exists in the Senate and how that could change in 2022.

    Episode 221: The New, Old Biden?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2021 30:01

    On this episode of the podcast, Editor Jeff Dufour talks to White House Correspondent George E. Condon Jr. about whether the infrastructure negotiations are finally revealing the dealmaking Joe Biden that he promised on the campaign trail, as well as President Trump's first foray back into the in-person events. Then, national political correspondent Mini Racker joins to discuss the Asian American vote, and trends in AAPI politics.

    Episode 220: The Endless Endless Frontier Act

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2021 28:28

    On the latest episode of the podcast, tech policy reporter Brendan Bordelon joins managing editor Mackenzie Weinger to break down everything that happened, and didn’t, with the Senate’s massive R&D package meant to counter China. Then, health care correspondent Erin Durkin joins to discuss the legal uncertainties surrounding mandating COVID-19 vaccines in schools, as well as the future of lobbying on the Hill for patient advocates.

    Episode 219: Commission Collisions

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2021 29:44

    On the latest episode of the podcast, Hotline House races correspondent Kirk A Bado and national security correspondent Harrison Cramer discuss the House bill that Democrats passed with support from 35 Republicans to form a commission investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Senate correspondent Zach Cohen joins to dive into the politics of the issue and what the future of this legislation looks like.

    Episode 218: The Long Tail of Trumpism

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2021 28:53

    On the latest episode of the podcast, House Correspondent Casey Wooten talks to Editor in Chief Jeff Dufour about the future of the House GOP Conference, who can lay claim to lead the anti-Trump faction, and the supplemental appropriations to harden Capitol security. Then Hotline's National Political Correspondent Matt Holt discusses how state parties are managing Trumpism, and the 45th president's coming return to in-person rallies.

    Episode 217: Getting the Boot

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2021 28:13

    On the latest edition of the podcast, managing editor Mackenzie Weinger is joined by Senate correspondent Zach Cohen and House reporter Casey Wooten to preview what’s happening on the Hill this week. Members are back in town and they’ll be tackling everything from Wednesday’s consequential leadership vote in the House to a markup on a major Democratic priority over in the Senate.

    Episode 216: What Comes Next

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2021 26:26

    On the latest edition of the podcast, Hotline Editor in Chief Leah Askarinam asks health care correspondent Erin Durkin and columnist Jerry Hagstrom, author of the Hagstrom Report, about the public health issues that will linger even after everyone who wants a vaccine gets one. The team also discusses the Republicans who have pushed their constituents to get vaccinated, and the delicacy of offering economic help to those who need it most.

    Episode 215: Keeping It 100

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2021 33:07

    On the latest edition of the podcast, White House correspondent George Condon talks with Editor in Chief Jeff Dufour about President Biden weighing in on the George Floyd verdict, the biggest surprises of his first 100 days, and what to expect from his first address to Congress. Then, tech correspondent Brendan Bordelon discusses Facebook's oversight panel, the next wave of rulemaking on net neutrality, and the latest developments on antitrust actions against big tech.

    Episode 214: Johnson & Johnson & Schumer

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2021 27:47

    On the latest edition of the podcast, managing editor Mackenzie Weinger is joined by Senate correspondent Zach Cohen, who breaks down the Senate’s plans for the rest of April. Then, health care reporter Erin Durkin discusses the latest news on the pandemic, from the Johnson & Johnson pause to how the U.S. plans to handle vaccine hesitancy. She also provides important updates on the health care situation of children who are crossing the southern border.

    Episode 213: Seeing Red

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2021 31:09

    On the latest edition of the podcast, Hotline Editor in Chief Leah Askarinam discusses the implications of former President Trump lambasting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell at an RNC retreat over the weekend, with national politics correspondent Matt Holt and state politics correspondent Mary Frances McGowan. The discussion spans from Trump's role on the 2021 gubernatorial race in Virginia, to the early formation of the 2024 presidential primary field.

    Episode 212: A Bridge to Sell You

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2021 31:31

    On this episode of the podcast, White House correspondent George E. Condon Jr. and House correspondent Casey Wooten join editor Jeff Dufour to discuss the fate of President Biden's ambitious infrastructure plan, both legislatively and politically. They also talk Capitol security in light of the deaths last week of an officer and an assailant, and mull over the strange case of Rep. Matt Gaetz.

    Episode 211: Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography and Other Stories

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2021 29:04

    National security correspondent Harrison Cramer and technology reporter Brendan Bordelon join managing editor Mackenzie Weinger to discuss U.S.-China relations and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's plans for a legislative package this spring focused on countering Beijing.

    Episode 210: House Is Out, Elections Are In

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2021 35:29

    Hotline editor in chief Leah Askarinam is joined by Senate correspondent Zach Cohen and House correspondent Casey Wooten, who preview what to watch in Washington this week, including what's left in Senate confirmations and how the House's work continues even as it's out of session. Then, Hotline's Kirk A. Bado and Mary Frances McGowan discuss the House and gubernatorial races to watch in 2021.

    Episode 209: Ideas of March

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2021 31:11

    On the latest edition of the podcast, Editor in Chief Jeff Dufour chats with White House correspondent George Condon about Biden's first televised speech, how he'll try to sell the stimulus plan, and when we might see his first press conference. Then Zach Cohen discusses the legislative lessons from the stimulus bill, the future of the filibuster, and the fate of Biden's remaining Cabinet nominees.

    Episode 208: Live Every Week Like Infrastructure Week

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2021 37:27

    Health care correspondent Erin Durkin joins managing editor Mackenzie Weinger to break down the latest news on everything from immigration policy to the vaccine rollout. Energy and environment reporter Brian Dabbs is also the show on to discuss what Democrats are planning on the climate change front this year.

    Episode 207: Irreconcilable Differences

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2021 36:33

    Senate correspondent Zach Cohen and staff correspondent Mini Racker join Hotline editor in chief Leah Askarinam to discuss the chances for bipartisanship in the Senate. Then, reviewing the events at CPAC and emerging House primary races, Hotline House races correspondent Kirk A. Bado and associate editor Alex Clearfield preview the political challenges each party will face ahead of 2022 and 2024.

    Episode 206: I Can't Quit You, Baby

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2021 29:01


    White House correspondent George Condon and national political correspondent Matt Holt join editor in chief Jeff Dufour to assess the Biden presidency at the one-month mark. They also discuss how Republicans at the national and state level just can't seem to quit Donald Trump, and how Rush Limbaugh paved the way for the Trump presidency.


    Episode 205: Security, Security, Security

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2021 26:19

    House correspondent Casey Wooten and national security correspondent Harrison Cramer join managing editor Mackenzie Weinger to talk about the end of Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, how lawmakers plan to address the security of the Capitol going forward, and the latest on where things stand in Democrats’ push for a new COVID aid bill.

    Episode 204: Impeachment, Act II

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2021 33:53

    Hotline editor-in-chief Leah Askarinam is joined by Senate correspondent Zach Cohen and staff correspondent Madelaine Pisani to talk about the politics of Trump’s impeachment trial. Then, health care correspondent Erin Durkin and Hotline digital editor Erin Covey talk about the political debate around reopening schools.

    Episode 203: The First Ten Days

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2021 33:05

    Health care correspondent Erin Durkin joins Editor in Chief Jeff Dufour to discuss the Biden administration's challenges in ramping up vaccine distribution. Then, national security correspondent Harrison Cramer talks about securing the Capitol, lawmakers' new moves to thwart right-wing extremists, and what a Biden foreign policy will look like. Finally, tech correspondent Brendan Bordelon explains how the riot at the Capitol may have changed the calculus on regulating the tech industry.

    Episode 202: Biden's To-Do List

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2021 40:15

    Senate correspondent Zach Cohen joins managing editor Mackenzie Weinger to talk about former President Trump's upcoming impeachment trial as Congressional Democrats simultaneously start drafting another COVID-19 aid package. Then, energy and environment correspondent Brian Dabbs talks about the Biden administration's climate agenda.

    Episode 201: Four Years Later

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2021 41:28

    Hotline editor Leah Askarinam is joined by White House correspondent George Condon and staff correspondent Matt Holt to talk about plans for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration and how much this year's ceremony will impact future presidential transitions. Then, Senate correspondent Zach Cohen and staff correspondent Kirk Bado break down the House's impeachment vote and the upcoming Senate trial.

    Episode 200: Inside the Capitol on January 6

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2021 34:07

    Editor in Chief Jeff Dufour is joined by House correspondent Casey Wooten, who shares his experience inside the Capitol when a pro-Trump mob stormed the building last week. Then, White House correspondent George E. Condon Jr. breaks down the latest from the White House in the final days of the Trump administration.

    Episode 199: The 117th Congress

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2021 32:09

    Managing Editor Mackenzie Weinger is joined by House correspondent Casey Wooten, Senate correspondent Zach Cohen, and health care correspondent Erin Durkin to discuss the newly sworn-in 117th Congress. They preview Republicans' plans to object to the certification of the Electoral College results and break down the latest on vaccination and COVID relief.

    Episode 198: A Christmas Miracle

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2020 32:26

    House correspondent Casey Wooten and Senate correspondent Zach Cohen join Editor in Chief Jeff Dufour to talk about Congress' massive omnibus bill and coronavirus stimulus package. Then, White House correspondent George E. Condon Jr., Hotline editor Leah Askarinam, and senior national political columnist Josh Kraushaar break down President Trump's final days in the White House and the Georgia Senate runoffs.

    Episode 197: Distribution and Defense

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2020 25:35

    Health care correspondent Erin Durkin joins Managing Editor Mackenzie Weinger to discuss vaccine distribution, coronavirus relief, and surprise billing reform. Then, national security correspondent Harrison Cramer discusses the defense policy bill and Trump's veto threat.

    Episode 196: Just Peachy

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2020 35:32

    Digital editor Mini Racker is joined by Hotline editor Leah Askarinam and staff correspondents Matt Holt, Mary Frances McGowan, and Madelaine Pisani to talk all things Georgia. The team breaks down Trump's latest efforts to overturn results in the state and the two Senate runoffs, and also previews future Georgia elections.

    Episode 195: If We Make It Through December

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2020 34:51

    White House correspondent George E. Condon Jr. joins Editor in Chief Jeff Dufour to talk about the transition between the Trump and Biden administrations and Biden's White House staff announcements. Senate correspondent Zach Cohen and House correspondent Casey Wooten then discuss what Congress hopes to pass during the lame duck session, including a government funding bill, the National Defense Authorization Act, a coronavirus stimulus package, and other smaller pieces of legislation.

    Episode 194: Waiting on the World to Change

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2020 25:12

    Senate correspondent Zach Cohen and House correspondent Casey Wooten join managing editor Mackenzie Weinger to talk about Congress' lame duck session as talks on another pandemic relief bill remain stalled. They also discuss Republicans' refusal to acknowledge Biden's win, the state of House leadership elections, and negotiations for a government-funding bill.

    Episode 193: Hindsight Is 2020

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2020 44:15

    Digital editor Mini Racker is joined by Hotline editor Leah Askarinam, Editor in Chief Jeff Dufour, senior national political columnist Josh Kraushaar, and associate editor Alex Clearfield to break down the election results. The team discusses demographic trends, the biggest surprises of the past week, and the Georgia Senate runoffs.

    Episode 192: Election Eve

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2020 39:41

    Digital editor Mini Racker is joined by Hotline editor Leah Askarinam, Editor in Chief Jeff Dufour, senior national political columnist Josh Kraushaar, and associate editor Alex Clearfield to share their election predictions. Then, staff correspondents Kirk Bado, Matt Holt, Madelaine Pisani and Mary Frances McGowan join the show to discuss what to watch on Election Day.

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