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Best podcasts about jenny ament

Latest podcast episodes about jenny ament

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Jan. 19, 2022: What we're watching for during Biden's presser

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 3:49


President Joe Biden will face the White House press corps today at 4 p.m. He's due for a grilling given the state of his presidency one year in: His poll numbers are underwater, his agenda is stalled, inflation is soaring, Covid-19 is raging. And the midterms are­ coming. Subscribe to POLITICO Playbook. Raghu Manavalan is the Host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the Senior Producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Jan. 18, 2022: Outlook remains dreary for Dems this week

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 3:37


Welcome back to a four-day workweek in Washington. Today, Senate Democrats resume their doomed push on voting rights and election reform, taking up legislation that already passed the House. Expect more of the fiery speeches we've heard from both sides recently as Democrats open the debate. And, what's next for the BBB? Front-line House Democrats, eager to boost their prospects in November, are urging party leadership to break up Build Back Better into a series of votes on popular planks — even if it means giving up on one grand bill. Subscribe to POLITICO Playbook. Raghu Manavalan is the Host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the Senior Producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Jan. 14, 2022: Bill and Hillary peek their heads out

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 5:19


With the Democratic Party on course for a devastating midterm election and party elder statesmen stepping in to help, Playbook's Tara Palmeri reports that people close to Bill and Hillary Clinton said the former first couple sees it as an opportunity to insert themselves back into political life. The intra-party divisions have given them a chance to flex their centrist, dealmaking brand of politics as a way to move the party forward. Subscribe to POLITICO Playbook Deep Dive: What Joe Manchin told Steve Clemons at dinner Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO's Nerdcast
What Joe Manchin told Steve Clemons at dinner

POLITICO's Nerdcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 62:11


Steve Clemons is a DC institution — an operator who connects some of the biggest power players in the capital. He also happens to be the confidant of the most powerful senator in Washington, Democrat Joe Manchin. Playbook author Ryan Lizza joins Clemons for breakfast at the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown to dish on what's motivating Manchin behind the scenes, and what he might do next. Ryan Lizza is a Playbook co-author for POLITICO. Steve Clemons is Editor At Large of The Hill Kara Tabor is a producer for POLITICO audio. Carlos Prieto is a producer for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO audio.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Jan. 13. 2022: Biden and Manchin come face to face

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 4:46


At 1 p.m., the president will appear at a Democratic Caucus meeting to try to rally senators behind the party's voting reform proposal. In keeping with his Georgia speech this week, he's expected to call on them to do whatever it takes — including making an end run around the filibuster — to “save” democracy.  But Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) aren't budging on the filibuster. Subscribe to POLITICO Playbook. Raghu Manavalan is the Host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the Senior Producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Jan. 12, 2022: Our exclusive new poll on voting rights

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 4:11


We have fresh numbers, via the latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, on how the public views the major voting rights and electoral reform proposals being considered in Congress. Crosstabs … Toplines Let's start with the most interesting takeaway: the first data we've seen about reforming the Electoral Count Act, the 19th-century law that Donald Trump tried to use to subvert the Electoral College on Jan. 6. 2021. Fifty-five percent of voters support ECA reform. Subscribe to POLITICO Playbook. Raghu Manavalan is the Host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the Senior Producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Jan. 11, 2022: Biden gets a rude welcome to Georgia

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 4:26


Democratic leaders hoped to spend the week before Martin Luther King Jr. Day presenting a united front for voting rights legislation and blasting Republicans as undemocratic.  So much for that. Multiple high-profile voting rights leaders are planning to skip President Joe Biden's speech on the matter in Atlanta today, dismissing the address as too little too late. “We're beyond speeches. We're beyond events,” said LaTosha Brown, the leader of Black Voters Matter. (h/t Sam Gringlas from NPR's Atlanta Bureau) Subscribe to POLITICO Playbook. Raghu Manavalan is the Host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the Senior Producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Jan. 7, 2022: Biden finds a new Manchin whisperer

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 4:52


The White House is looking to Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) to help thaw out its frosty relationship with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) in hopes of resurrecting President Joe Biden's Build Back Better plan. Subscribe to POLITICO Playbook. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO's Nerdcast
Jamie Raskin's plan to hold Trump accountable

POLITICO's Nerdcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 32:38


One year later, the ripples of the Jan. 6th riot continue to reverberate throughout American politics. For Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), who led the second impeachment of Donald Trump, bringing the people responsible for the attack to account has become his driving priority. Today, Playbook author Rachael Bade talks to Rep. Raskin and congressional reporter Olivia Beavers about the continued fallout from the Capitol siege. Rachael Bade  is a Playbook co-author for POLITICO. Olivia Beavers is a congressional reporter for POLITICO. Rep. Jamie Raskin is Maryland's 8th District in Congress. Kara Tabor is a producer for POLITICO audio. Carlos Prieto is a producer for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO audio.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Jan. 6, 2022: Jan. 6 is about Donald Trump

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 4:48


For those who always despised him, feel betrayed by him, or fear his return to power, today is about remembering — never forgetting — Donald Trump's lowest point as president: the day he incited a mob to attack Congress while it affirmed Joe Biden's clear victory, the final desperate move in a plot to overthrow an American presidential election. For those who love him, merely tolerate him, or crave his return to the White House, today is a media stunt: a contrived anniversary of an insignificant event boosted by Democrats and the press to punish Republicans and cynically advance Biden's legislative priorities.  Americans often have a shared understanding about big traumatic national events. That is not the case with Jan. 6, which is why the cliché about our politics feeling like a civil war has more and more resonance.  Subscribe to POLITICO Playbook. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Jan. 5, 2022: Republicans dodge and deflect ahead of Jan. 6

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 4:30


Republicans don't want to talk about Jan. 6. Period. End of story. On a private call Tuesday, House GOP leaders encouraged their members to stick to attacking President Joe Biden — or, at most, talk about ongoing security concerns at the Capitol. Republican senators, meanwhile, dodged questions about the Thursday anniversary.  Indeed, it's becoming increasingly clear that — with the exception of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and perhaps a few others — the day of remembrance will be a nearly all-Democratic affair. And, the GOP did get some good Jan. 6 news: Trump's decision to cancel his Mar-a-Lago press conference, where he was expected to defend the rioters and spew election falsehoods. Congressional Republicans were privately dreading it, knowing reporters would once again demand their responses to whatever the former president said. Subscribe to POLITICO Playbook. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Jan. 4, 2022: The election reform idea gaining currency on the right

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 6:52


Today's Big Event: Senate Democrats will hold a virtual meeting at 12:45 p.m. It will be the first opportunity of the new year for all 50 caucus members to talk about where Build Back Better 2.0 stands and what they think of Majority Leader CHUCK SCHUMER's new voting rights push. On both issues — as usual — every utterance of JOE MANCHIN (W.Va.) and KYRSTEN SINEMA (Ariz.) will be examined like a haruspex inspecting a sheep liver The Latest Deadline: As we previewed Monday, voting rights and election reform will dominate the debate in Washington over the next weeks. Meeting self-imposed deadlines has not exactly been the Democrats' forte over the last year, but Schumer said Monday he wants the Senate to consider rules changes by Jan. 17 if voting rights legislation is filibustered. Subscribe to POLITICO Playbook. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Jan. 3, 2022: Dems to use Jan. 6 anniversary to supercharge voting rights push

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 4:20


It's going to be an emotional week for a lot of people on Capitol Hill. With the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol siege Thursday, Congress is planning an array of memorials and speeches to commemorate one of the darkest days in American history. Lawmakers will have the opportunity to tell their personal stories of what it was like to hide from angry rioters. Cable news will blanket the airwaves with harrowing footage of the assault. Leaders of the Capitol Police will testify before the Senate Rules Committee about the security situation one year later.  But Democrats are hoping that Thursday will be more than just a day of remembrance. In the Senate, we hear from well-positioned sources, there's a desire to take the opportunity to supercharge the party's long-stalled voting rights legislation — possibly even using the anniversary to try to get Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to go nuclear on the filibuster or embrace rules changes. Subscribe to POLITICO Playbook. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Energy
The Puerto Rican grid experiment

POLITICO Energy

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 6:47


Puerto Rico's power grid, which has been devastated by natural disasters and mismanagement, could be revamped using emergency funding from the U.S. federal government. But, as POLITICO's Gloria Gonzalez explains, clean energy advocates and opponents are divided on how to do that.   Gloria Gonzalez is the Deputy Energy Editor at POLITICO Pro. Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer.  Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the interim executive producer of POLITICO's audio department.

POLITICO Dispatch
Presenting Playbook Deep Dive: “Meet DC's “Lobbyist Hunter”

POLITICO Dispatch

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 27:01


“Somebody's gotta do it. It might as well be me.” So says Ivan Adler, the “lobbyist hunter” who plucks D.C.'s most idealistic Hill staffers and turns them into K Street top dogs. POLITICO's Hailey Fuchs and Playbook co-author Ryan Lizza pry open the revolving door between the Hill and K Street — one of the most controversial but everlasting features of Washington's underbelly. Ryan Lizza is a co-author of POLITICO Playbook. Hailey Fuchs is a reporter at POLITICO covering money & influence in D.C. Ivan Adler is 'The Lobbyist Hunter' and an executive recruiter. Adrienne Hurst is a producer for POLITICO audio. Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is senior producer for POLITICO audio. Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio. Read Hailey's full story: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/10/15/lobbyist-hunter-ivan-adler-516069

POLITICO Energy
From the archives: Humanity's code red

POLITICO Energy

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 8:54


It's probably too late for 1.5. On Monday, the UN's top climate panel released a milestone report on the status of climate change, and according to scientists, it's very unlikely the world will meet the most ambitious target of limiting global climate change rising 1.5 degrees Celsius. But POLITICO's Zack Colman says things could still get much worse if bold action isn't taken. Zack Colman is an energy reporter for POLITICO. Anthony Adragna is an energy reporter for POLITICO and host of POLITICO Energy. Raghu Manavalan is an editor for POLITICO Audio. Carlos Prieto is a Politico podcast producer. Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.

POLITICO Energy
From the archives: Is clean hydrogen an illusion?

POLITICO Energy

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 6:00


Some scientists looking for clean energy solutions have spent years researching the capabilities of hydrogen. Earlier this month, the Senate included funding for clean hydrogen technologies in hopes that it will be part of America's net-zero emissions future. But is hydrogen actually net zero? Today, POLITICO's Matthew Choi explains how complicated this question is. Matthew Choi is an energy reporter at POLITICO. Kelsey Tamborrino covers Energy for POLITICO. Raghu Manavalan is an editor for POLITICO Audio. Carlos Prieto is a Politico podcast producer. Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.

POLITICO Energy
From the archives: Inside Exxon's lobbying playbook

POLITICO Energy

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 6:54


Earlier this year, Britain's Channel 4 released an explosive story where a lobbyist for Exxon disclosed what he called the company's lobbying playbook. According to the lobbyist, the company's public climate campaign is the opposite of what it pushes senators behind closed doors, and that's just the beginning. Today, POLITICO's Ben Lefebvre discusses the company's strategy, and how this revelation could shift the ongoing climate discussions. Ben Lefebvre covers energy for POLITICO. Anthony Adragna is an energy reporter for POLITICO and host of POLITICO Energy. Carlos Prieto is a Politico podcast producer. Raghu Manavalan is an editor for POLITICO Audio. Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Dec. 17, 2021: 'This is a real ----ing problem'

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 6:47


"This is a real ----ing problem." That's how one vulnerable House Democrat summarized growing discord between members in battleground districts and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. That member and five others Playbook spoke with the past week alleged that the Democratic organization whose purpose is to help the party keep the House next year is instead hurting their chances of reelection. We granted the members and their staff anonymity to speak freely about their frustrations. Subscribe to Playbook Deep Dive Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Dispatch
Italy's succession dilemma

POLITICO Dispatch

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 12:37


At least 65% of Italians agree on one thing: Prime Minister Mario Draghi is doing a good job. So good a job he's a good candidate for president — in addition to Prime Minister. The problem? Those jobs are mutually exclusive. Hannah Roberts reports. Hannah Roberts is a health care reporter for POLITICO. Annie Rees is a host for POLITICO Dispatch. Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio.

POLITICO's Nerdcast
Joe Biden's inflation whisperer

POLITICO's Nerdcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 22:38


Unemployment is dropping and the economy, by many measures, is humming. But spiraling inflation is creating a serious drag on the economic recovery and hurting President Joe Biden's approval ratings. This week Playbook co-author Ryan Lizza chats with Jared Bernstein, a member of Biden's Council of Economic Advisers, and POLITICO's Kate Davidson about Build Back Better and the administration's response to rising costs throughout the economy. Jared Bernstein is a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Kate Davidson is the author of POLITICO's Morning Money. Ryan Lizza is a Playbook co-author for POLITICO. Kara Tabor is a producer for POLITICO audio. Carlos Prieto is a producer for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO audio. Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Dec. 16, 2021: Manchinema's Christmas present to Dems: A blunt reality check

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 4:20


It's a fitting end to a year dominated by two Senate Democrats at the center of pretty much everything in 2021: Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema have all but put the kibosh on two major proposals their own party was hoping to pass before the holiday break. First: Manchin's talks with President Joe Biden over Build Back Better hit a brick wall. Earlier this week, Senate Democrats were looking to the president to bring the stubborn West Virginia Democrat around. Instead, Burgess Everett, Alex Thompson and Jonathan Lemire report that their discussions have gone so poorly that they're “straining their friendly relationship.” Second: Realizing the BBB challenges with Manchin, Senate Democrats this week did an about-face on their topic du jour. Instead of narrowing in on their $1.7 trillion social spending bill, they started eyeing a Senate rule change to enable passage of a long-stalled voting rights bill. Subscribe to POLITICO Playbook. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Dispatch
Getting to know Biden FDA pick Robert Califf

POLITICO Dispatch

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 12:57


Robert Califf sailed through his Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday, despite some opposition from Democrats ranging from Bernie Sanders to Joe Manchin. A confirmation vote in January would give the agency a permanent political leader for the first time during the Biden presidency. Adam Cancryn reports. Adam Cancryn is a health care reporter for POLITICO. Annie Rees is a host for POLITICO Dispatch. Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Dec. 15, 2021: A junkie's guide to the 2022 midterms

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 5:37


The Senate passed a debt limit increase of $2.5 trillion Tuesday afternoon, and the House followed suit just after midnight. Congress should be freed from addressing the issue again until 2023. A final vote on the long-stalled NDAA is likely in the Senate today. Congress has funded the government through mid-February. It shouldn't exactly get a big pat on the back for doing the basics, but the three issues were all cleared with some degree of bipartisanship and less brinkmanship and drama than expected. The next big hurdle for Democrats? Senator Joe Manchin. And, Doug Sosnik was an adviser to Bill Clinton for six years, and for some dozen years he has written regular memos about national trends that have attained something of a cult following among political junkies. We know many of our readers are fans of his wonky missives, so we're pleased to present Sosnik's latest memo, “A Look Ahead to the 2022 Midterm Elections and Beyond,” exclusively to the Playbook audience. Subscribe to POLITICO Playbook. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Dispatch
The 36 Governor elections happening next year

POLITICO Dispatch

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 8:23


In the land of beignets and Jazz, the Democratic Governors Association had its winter meeting to discuss reversing nationwide trends at the polls after losses last month in Virginia and New Jersey. If next year's races are going to be any different, Democratic governors say the party needs to do a better job of hearing voters' concerns about a frustratingly persistent pandemic. Zach Montellaro reports. Zach Montellaro is a  reporter covering state politics for POLITICO. Annie Rees is a host for POLITICO Dispatch. Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Dec. 14, 2021: The threat to democracy

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 5:30


The Jan. 6 committee on Monday night released a slew of text messages that Meadows handed over to the panel before he stopped cooperating. Here are a few takeaways from the messages sent by members of Congress, conservative media and even Trump's own family — all pleading with the former congressman to get Trump to call off the rioters. And,  one of the most consistent criticisms of the political press these days is that it treats politics and policy as “normal” when the United States is facing an unprecedented crisis of democracy. Subscribe to POLITICO Playbook. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Dispatch
Georgia on the (political) mind

POLITICO Dispatch

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 12:44


After a wave of blue wins in 2020 in Georgia, the GOP-led state legislature is taking steps toward dismantling the Atlanta-area engine that turned Georgia blue. Maya King reports. Maya King  is a national politics reporter for POLITICO. Annie Rees is a host for POLITICO Dispatch. Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Dec. 13, 2021: All eyes on the Joes

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 5:29


President Joe Biden is set to speak with Sen. Joe Manchin as early as today in what Hill sources tell us will be a make-or-break moment for passing the Build Back Better Act (BBB) before Christmas.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has been adamant that his chamber will clear the party's $1.7 trillion social spending package before senators leave for the holidays. Yet everyone knows that won't happen without the stubborn West Virginia Democrat — and Democrats are looking for some presidential arm-twisting to get him there.  Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Dispatch
The tea leaves on Friday's SCOTUS ruling

POLITICO Dispatch

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 12:58


The Supreme Court's S.B. 8 ruling on Friday was mixed. It allows for some cases brought by opponents of the restrictive law to proceed — but closed major avenues for legal challenges, including one that has been sought by the Biden administration. Josh Gerstein reports. Josh Gerstein is a senior legal affairs reporter for POLITICO. Annie Rees is a host for POLITICO Dispatch. Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Dec. 10, 2021: Trump's terrible Thursday, followed by Biden's bad Friday?

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 4:40


Thursday was a double-whammy for former President Donald Trump. First, New York state A.G. Tish James announced that she was suspending her campaign for governor and would instead run for reelection. That all but assures the law enforcement officer who has been perhaps the most aggressive in investigating Trump will continue to focus her attention on the ex-president.  Then, a federal appeals court flatly rejected that Trump's claims of executive privilege, which he used to block the National Archives from turning over documents to the Jan. 6 committee. It's not the final word on the matter — the Supreme Court could still intervene this month — but it's a big win for the select committee.  If Trump had a bad day Thursday, it might be Joe Biden's turn on Friday. A pair of critical reports out today could cause a spate of negative headlines just as the White House is looking to push Build Back Better (BBB) past the finish line.  Listen and subscribe to Playbook Deep Dive Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Dispatch
What the diplomatic boycott says about US-China relations

POLITICO Dispatch

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 13:12


While athletes prepare to travel to Beijing this February for the Winter Olympics, Canada, Australia and the U.K. joined the United States this week in announcing diplomatic boycotts of the Chinese Olympic games. Phelim Kine reports. Phelim Kine is a DC-based China correspondent for POLITICO. Annie Rees is a host for POLITICO Dispatch. Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio.

POLITICO's Nerdcast
Has Twitter warped politics?

POLITICO's Nerdcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 32:22


Can Twitter carry a politician to victory in an election? Playbook co-author Eugene Daniels and deputy editor Zack Stanton talk to Republican digital strategist Eric Wilson, former Andrew Yang presidential campaign manager Zach Graumann, and Aaron Smith, director of the Pew Research Center's Datalab, about the role of social media in political campaigns and the limitations of the platforms. Eugene Daniels is a Playbook co-author for POLITICO. Zack Stanton is Playbook's deputy editor. Zach Graumann was the campaign manager for Andrew Yang presidential run. Eric Wilson is a Republican digital strategist. Aaron Smith is the director of the Pew Research Center's Data Lab. Kara Tabor is a producer for POLITICO audio. Carlos Prieto is a producer for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO audio.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Dec. 9, 2021: Why tongues are wagging inside the House GOP

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 4:35


Former Rep. Renee Ellmers announced on Twitter Wednesday that she's running for Congress again in North Carolina's 4th district — and sent the House GOP gossip mill into overdrive. Ellmers, you'll recall, lost her primary in 2016 following allegations that she was having an extramarital affair with Kevin McCarthy, who also lost his bid for speaker around that time in part due to the controversy. (Both denied the allegations.) Oddly enough, her foray back into politics comes as McCarthy is in his best position yet to attain the job he's wanted for years.   And, President Joe Biden will open his two-day Summit for Democracy with opening remarks at 8 a.m. Watch live here. Subscribe to POLITICO Playbook. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Dispatch
Congress looks at prescription drug prices (for real this time)

POLITICO Dispatch

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 12:10


President Biden on Monday nudged members of his party in Congress push through his signature Build Back Better plan, which includes health provisions to change prescription drug pricing. Democrats' ability to meaningfully impact drug prices, however, depends heavily on Congress passing the party's $1.7 trillion social spending bill in the coming weeks. Alice Miranda Ollstein reports. Alice Miranda Ollstein is a health care reporter for POLITICO. Annie Rees is a host for POLITICO Dispatch. Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Dec. 8, 2021: ‘The least bad deal'

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 3:28


The idea started out promising, at least from the GOP's perspective. Over the summer, Mitch McConnell surprised much of Washington when he drew a bright line on the debt ceiling, demanding Democrats use reconciliation to raise the borrowing cap on their own. The idea was to force President Joe Biden's party to vote to increase the $29 trillion debt by a specific number — then hammer them for out-of-control spending on the camping trail. Republicans cheered. But while McConnell struck a deal with Chuck Schumer on Tuesday that will ultimately achieve the same result, his method of getting there has left many of his own rank-and-file members unhappy. Instead of gumming up the works by forcing Democrats to use reconciliation, he agreed to a convoluted strategy that enables Democrats to bypass the filibuster. It goes like this: At least 10 Republicans will have to join Democrats as early as Thursday in approving new legislation allowing Schumer's party to temporarily raise the debt ceiling by a simple majority vote. Maybe they'll get more GOP backing; but maybe not. 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.

POLITICO Dispatch
The new memo shaking up Capitol Hill

POLITICO Dispatch

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 10:11


In a 36-page memo to the Jan. 6 committee, Col. Earl Matthews slams the Pentagon's inspector general for what he calls an error-ridden report. Plus, Marc Short, former chief of staff to Mike Pence, is cooperating with the Capitol riot committee. Meridith McGraw reports. Meridith McGraw is a national political correspondent for POLITICO. Annie Rees is a host for POLITICO Dispatch. Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Dec. 7, 2021: Biden's Whac-A-Mole Covid problem

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 5:22


There's still a lot we don't know about the Omicron variant: It could be like Delta and current vaccines will offer robust protection. But there's also a chance that Omicron could be vaccine resistant, so vaccine makers are readying a booster to protect against the new variant, just in case. That could be the future: a new variant, followed by a new vaccine booster to defend against it, followed by a new variant… Rinse. Repeat. It's what we do to fight the annual flu. But it all takes time, and a new coronavirus variant can spread rapidly and kill a lot of people during the process. And, ahead of President Joe Biden's highly anticipated video conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, sources tell NYT's David Sanger and Eric Schmitt that the president is “expected to encourage diplomatic de-escalation over the conflict in Ukraine,” and warn Putin that “if he orders the Russian forces poised at the border to invade Ukraine, Western allies may move to cut Russia off from the international financial system and seek direct sanctions on Mr. Putin's closest associates.” How BIden handles this meeting could mean the difference between a free and independent Ukraine and one overrun by Russian troops. No pressure.  Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the executive producer for POLITICO Audio. 

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Dec. 6, 2021: Return of the debt ceiling drama

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 5:06


Congress' holiday season theme of governing by crisis continues this week, as lawmakers return to Washington to address what could be the trickiest issue of the month: the debt ceiling. House Democratic leaders have discussed adding a provision addressing the debt ceiling to the final National Defense Authorization Act and voting on it as soon as this week, according to a senior Democratic aide. That's assuming, of course, that compromise NDAA language is ironed out between the two chambers. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has privately signaled to Majority Leader Chuck Schumer that he could go along with this idea, which would end their months-long stalemate.  But, there are serious questions about whether this defense-debt ceiling sandwich could pass the House. And much of that is because of one man who might typically be aligned with McConnell, but on this issue appears opposed: Kevin McCarthy. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Dec. 3, 2021: Crisis averted after conservatives cave

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 5:13


Congress avoided a government shutdown after Senate conservatives dropped their demands to nix President Joe Biden's vaccine mandates in the funding bill — and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer gave them a way out.  Conservatives will argue they got something out of this drama: a vote on their issue. In reality, it was a face-saving measure. The far-right started out demanding that Congress effectively scuttle the mandates, then reduced their ask to a mere vote they knew would fail, ensuring smooth passage of a continuing resolution a full 30 hours before the shutdown deadline.  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.

POLITICO Dispatch
Presenting Playbook Deep Dive: The Biden family's secrets

POLITICO Dispatch

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 30:53


After seven Senate terms and three runs for president, Joe Biden has mastered his folksy image. But behind "the Delaware way" are secrets in Joe's family tree and son Hunter's foreign deals. National political correspondent Ben Schreckinger tells Playbook's Ryan Lizza about what he uncovered while investigating his book, “The Bidens: Inside The First Family's Fifty-Year Rise to Power.” Ryan Lizza is a co-author of POLITICO Playbook. Ben Schreckinger is a national political correspondent for POLITICO and the author of "The Bidens: Inside The First Family's Fifty-Year Rise to Power." Adrienne Hurst is a producer for POLITICO audio. Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is senior producer for POLITICO audio. Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio. Read an excerpt of Ben's book in Politico Magazine here: https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2021/09/14/how-joe-biden-became-irish-511637

POLITICO's Nerdcast
Houses on the Hill aren't for living. They're for lobbying

POLITICO's Nerdcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 24:54


From their lofty offices along K street, Washington lobbyists have spent decades trying to pull the levers of power. But changing times sometimes call for changing scenery, and these OG influencers are trading luxurious office space near the White House for quaint, intimate townhouses right across the street from Congress. Today, Playbook co-host Tara Palmeri with lobbyists Brian Bell and Scott Eckart and POLITICO's Hailey Fuchs on why lobbyists are flooding Capitol Hill townhouses, and whether proximity equals power. Tara Palmeri is a Playbook co-author for POLITICO. Brian Bell is a lobbyist for the Allied Pilots Association. Scott Eckart is a co-founder of Emergent Strategies. Kara Tabor is a producer for POLITICO audio. Carlos Prieto is a producer for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO audio. Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Dec. 2, 2021: Symone says goodbye

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

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.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Dec. 1, 2021: Conservatives plot government shutdown over vaccine mandate

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

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.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Nov. 30, 2021: How the continuing resolution stole Christmas

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

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.

POLITICO Dispatch
The edge of legalization, part two: Ripe for corruption

POLITICO Dispatch

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 11:18


By making local officials the gatekeepers for million-dollar businesses, states have unintentionally created a breeding ground for bribery and favoritism. POLITICO's Mona Zhang reports. This episode is the second in a two-part series on the unintended consequences of marijuana legalization laws. This episode originally aired in May 2021. Mona  Zhang is POLITICO's states cannabis policy reporter. Jeremy Siegel is a host for POLITICO Dispatch. Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.

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

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

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.

POLITICO Dispatch
The edge of legalization, part one: Border weed

POLITICO Dispatch

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 14:59


Welcome to Ontario, Oregon, home of the tater tot — and now, a massive marijuana market for customers crossing the Idaho border. POLITICO's Natalie Fertig explains how the tiny town border town of 11,000 people became one of America's cannabis capitals — and what it means for other towns as weed legalization spreads. This episode is the first in a two-part series on the unintended consequences of marijuana legalization laws. This episode originally aired in May 2021. Natalie Fertig is POLITICO's federal cannabis policy reporter. Jeremy Siegel is a host for POLITICO Dispatch. Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.

POLITICO Dispatch
Presenting Playbook Deep Dive: Kiss your swing districts goodbye

POLITICO Dispatch

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 34:14


Gerrymandering: Depending on where you stand, it's either the cause of, or solution to, many of America's political problems. Here's what that fight looks like — from the outside looking in, and from the inside looking out. Playbook co-author Ryan Lizza dives into the subject with GOP strategist (and former gerrymanderer) Jeff Timmer, Common Cause North Carolina executive director Bob Phillips and Politico's Ally Mutnick. Jeff Timmer  is a senior advisor for the Lincoln Project. Bob Phillips is the executive director of Common Cause North Carolina. Ally Mutnick covers House campaigns and redistricting for POLITICO. Ryan Lizza is a Playbook co-author for POLITICO. Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO audio. Carlos Prieto is a producer for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO audio. Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.

POLITICO Dispatch
A dreadful December of deadlines

POLITICO Dispatch

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 10:13


Funding the federal government. Preventing a default on the national debt. Voting on Build Back Better. Congress has a lot to do in one month. POLITICO's Nicholas Wu reports. Plus, the Biden administration asks a court to lift an order halting its vaccine-or-test mandate for private employers. And a bipartisan group of senators asks for cannabis banking provisions in the defense spending bill. Nicholas Wu is a Congress reporter for POLITICO. Jeremy Siegel is a host for POLITICO Dispatch. Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio.

POLITICO's Nerdcast
Kiss your swing districts goodbye

POLITICO's Nerdcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 34:14


Gerrymandering: Depending on where you stand, it's either the cause of, or solution to, many of America's political problems. Here's what that fight looks like — from the outside looking in, and from the inside looking out. Playbook co-author Ryan Lizza dives into the subject with GOP strategist (and former gerrymanderer) Jeff Timmer, Common Cause North Carolina executive director Bob Phillips and Politico's Ally Mutnick. Jeff Timmer  is a senior advisor for the Lincoln Project. Bob Phillips is the executive director of Common Cause North Carolina. Ally Mutnick covers House campaigns and redistricting for POLITICO. Ryan Lizza is a Playbook co-author for POLITICO. Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO audio. Carlos Prieto is a producer for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO audio. Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.