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POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Feb. 1, 2023: Why you shouldn't expect much from the Biden-McCarthy summit

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2023 9:20


President Joe Biden and Rep. Kevin McCarthy are scheduled to meet today in the Oval Office at 3:15 p.m. Keep your expectations in check.  “Boring,” a top White House official said, when we asked about the first one-on-one session between the president and new House speaker. “First meeting of a hundred to follow.” McCarthy has set a similarly low bar. “I think the first thing he should do,” McCarthy told reporters on Tuesday, “especially as president of the United States, is say he's willing to sit down and find a common ground and negotiate together.” The White House released a memo setting its own limited priorities for the meeting, saying Biden will pose two questions to McCarthy today: - “Will the Speaker commit to the bedrock principle that the United States will never default on its financial obligations…?” - “When will Speaker McCarthy and House Republicans release their Budget?” Playbook co-author Rachael Bade stops by to explain what she'll be watching for when Biden and McCarthy meet later today. Subscribe to the POLITICO Playbook newsletter Raghu Manavalan is the host and senior editor of POLITICO's Playbook Daily Briefing. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO's Nerdcast
Behind the RNC's anti-Trump revolt

POLITICO's Nerdcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2023 36:54


After losing both chambers of Congress during Trump's presidency and after waging a disappointing campaign to recapture them in 2022, the Republican Party is having a lot of intra-party feuds. This week, the post-election search for new leadership moved to the Republican National Committee. Right now, there's no agreed-upon leader of the party, so like the recent battles in the Senate and the House, the RNC election has turned into a fight to define the GOP's future. And once again, Donald Trump is at the center of the debate. Playbook co-author Rachael Bade flew to Orange County, California, to watch the fireworks at the RNC's winter meeting, where the three-time incumbent chair Ronna McDaniel faced a challenge from conservative lawyer Harmeet Dhillon. To understand what this fight is all about, Rachael had breakfast with Bill Palatucci, a longtime party member who is also a close ally of Chris Christie's and a loud critic of Donald Trump. In this week's episode, Palatucci explains how the Dhillon-McDaniel contest isn't just about the RNC chairmanship – it's about who will lead the Republican Party into 2024 — and beyond — and why the GOP could languish for a very long time depending on the outcome. Ryan Lizza is a Playbook co-author for POLITICO. Bill Palatucci is an RNC national committee man for New Jersey. Afra Abdullah is an associate producer for POLITICO audio. Kara Tabor is a producer for POLITICO audio. Alex Keeney is a senior producer for POLITICO audio. Brook Hayes is a senior editor for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the executive producer for POLITICO audio.

POLITICO Energy
Manchin looms large over a post-Glick FERC

POLITICO Energy

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 23, 2023 8:44


Under acting chair Willie Phillips, FERC could move to consider the climate and environmental justice impacts of projects the agency approves, including fossil fuel infrastructure. But that's a direction Senator Joe Manchin doesn't like, which is a major reason why former FERC chair Richard Glick didn't get a re-confirmation hearing last year. POLITICO's Catherine Morehouse breaks down FERC's direction under Phillips and Manchin's looming influence. Plus, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has officially approved the first advanced small nuclear reactor design in the United States.   Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO.  Catherine Morehouse is an energy reporter for POLITICO.  Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO's audio department.

POLITICO Energy
The Arizona transmission model that defied permitting obstacles

POLITICO Energy

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2023 7:57


On Thursday, top Biden administration officials attended the groundbreaking of Ten West Link, a major Arizona transmission project, which could be a model for the shift toward renewables and how future lines can make it through the difficult permitting process. POLITICO's Catherine Morehouse and James Bikales discuss the importance of Ten West Link and its potential impact on future transmission projects. Plus, environmental advocates sue the Biden administration for approving a proposed oil export terminal in the Gulf of Mexico.   Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO.  Catherine Morehouse is an energy reporter for POLITICO.  James Bikales is the host of Morning Energy and a reporter for POLITICO.  Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO's audio department.

POLITICO's Nerdcast
The people of New Hampshire vs. Joe Biden

POLITICO's Nerdcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2023 52:09


What do you do when you are one of the guardians of your state's most precious political and cultural institution — the very thing that defines New Hampshire — and the president you love and the party you've served your whole life, tells you to destroy it? To find out, we spoke to Ray Buckley. Buckley has served as the chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party since 2007 and he was involved in every New Hampshire presidential primary campaign since he was an organizer for Jimmy Carter. A big part of his job is protecting the status of the New Hampshire primary, which by state law is required to be the first in the nation. Any Democrat who wants to be president makes a point of becoming Ray Buckley's friend. When Buckley got a call in December from Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, the worst part was that it was Joe Biden who had screwed him. Biden had decided to end New Hampshire's decades-long reign by hosting the first presidential primary — at least for the Democrats. In its place: South Carolina, the state that resurrected Biden's candidacy in 2020. On this episode of Playbook Deep Dive, Playbook co-author Ryan Lizza speaks to Buckley about New Hampshire's fight to preserve their first-in-the-nation primary. Ryan Lizza is a Playbook co-author for POLITICO. Ray Buckley is the chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. Afra Abdullah is an associate producer for POLITICO audio. Kara Tabor is a producer for POLITICO audio. Alex Keeney is a senior producer for POLITICO audio. Brook Hayes is a senior editor for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the executive producer for POLITICO audio.

POLITICO Energy
Is Europe winning the energy war with Russia?

POLITICO Energy

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2023 9:03


Europe is faring better than anyone expected in its energy war with Russia -- and President Vladimir Putin's attempt to leverage his country's vast gas and oil resources is actually beginning to look like a losing strategy. POLITICO's Charlie Cooper breaks down how, so far, Europe has managed to keep the lights and heat on without Russia. Plus, New FERC chair Willie Phillips is pledging a transmission push in line with President Joe Biden's climate goals.   Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO.  Charlie Cooper is the Chief UK correspondent at POLITICO Europe. Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO's audio department.

POLITICO Energy
No, the feds aren't coming for your gas stoves

POLITICO Energy

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2023 7:29


The Biden administration isn't proposing a federal ban on gas stoves but that didn't stop conservative pundits and lawmakers from expressing alarm about such a move in the latest fight in the culture wars. POLITICO's Alex Guillén breaks down why this gas stove issue started, and what the right's gas stove freakout is really about. Plus, the Interior Department is shaking up which of its agencies will manage renewable energy responsibilities.    Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO.  Alex Guillén is an energy reporter for POLITICO Pro.  Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO's audio department.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Jan. 18, 2023: What McCarthy gave up, drafting DeSantis and more

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2023 12:42


NBC's Scott Wong and Kyle Stewart did the work on putting together a comprehensive list of where all of the antagonizers who slowed McCarthy's ascension to the speakership ended up after committee assignments were settled Tuesday. A few of the notables: - Reps. Andy Biggs (R- Ariz.), Dan Bishop (R-N.C.) and Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) kept their seats on the Judiciary Committee; - Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), who like Biggs and Gaetz voted ‘present' on the final ballots, won a seat on the Oversight and Accountability Committee, in addition to keeping her seat on Natural Resources; - Rep. Michael Cloud (R-Texas) won a spot on the coveted Appropriations Committee; and - Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.), who was nominated to run against McCarthy for speaker and flipped to him on the 12th ballot, was awarded a seat on Financial Services as well as a spot on the House GOP steering committee, which doles out panel assignments. And Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is getting prodded to jump into the 2024 presidential primary field from an unexpected — and distant — camp: Michigan Republicans. “Last month, Bryan , the Republican floor leader in the Michigan state House, flew to Florida and hand-delivered DeSantis a letter encouraging him to run for president,” our colleague Alex Isenstadt reports this morning. “The letter — which was signed by 18 Republican members of the state House, one quarter of the party's caucus — called DeSantis ‘uniquely and exceptionally qualified to provide the leadership and competence that is, unfortunately, missing'” in the White House. “While the letter doesn't explicitly endorse DeSantis over [Donald Trump], it illustrates simmering discontent with the former president among Republicans, following a series of elections that saw the party get bludgeoned at the ballot box,” Alex writes. Plus, Playbook editor Mike DeBonis and deputy Zack Stanton look at how senate primaries are starting to take shape ahead of the 2024 cycle, including in the pivotal battleground state Michigan. Subscribe to the POLITICO Playbook newsletter Raghu Manavalan is the host and senior editor of POLITICO's Playbook Daily Briefing. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Energy
Why the DOE might loan millions to a controversial mine project

POLITICO Energy

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2023 8:22


Last week, the Department of Energy's Loan Programs Office conditionally agreed to provide a $700 million loan to a controversial lithium mining project in Nevada. The site would extract critical minerals crucial to meeting President Joe Biden's clean energy goals, but has drawn significant environmental concerns. POLITICO's Kelsey Tamborrino breaks down the debate over the project and why the loan office is expected to be a major oversight focus of the GOP-controlled House. Plus, FERC is expected to vote on a final rule to strengthen utility cybersecurity standards.   Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO.  Kelsey Tamborrino is a reporter covering clean energy. Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO's audio department.  

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Jan. 17, 2023: Rep. Jim Banks leans into the culture war with Senate bid

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2023 14:54


Today, ambitious Indiana Republican Rep. Jim Banks launches his bid to replace retiring GOP Sen. Mike Braun. (Watch his announcement video here.) The 42-year-old former chair of the Republican Study Committee is widely seen as the favorite in the race, which has already attracted interest from fellow Rep. Victoria Spartz. But he could face a challenging primary if former Hoosier State Gov. Mitch Daniels jumps in.  And, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen sent a letter to Speaker Kevin McCarthy and other congressional leaders last Friday urging Congress to act “promptly” to raise the debt ceiling and avoid defaulting. Yellen writes that the debt is projected to reach its “statutory limit” this Thursday, though she says it is “unlikely that cash and extraordinary measures will be exhausted before early June.” Playbook editor Mike DeBonis and deputy Zack Stanton discuss the upcoming fight over debt ceiling and the state of Indiana's GOP senate primary.  Subscribe to the POLITICO Playbook newsletter Raghu Manavalan is the host and senior editor of POLITICO's Playbook Daily Briefing. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Energy
Why a partisan SPR messaging bill got bipartisan support

POLITICO Energy

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2023 8:13


On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed legislation with strong bipartisan support aimed at preventing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve from being shipped to China. POLITICO's Josh Siegel and Ben Lefebvre discuss the legislation's bipartisan appeal, prospects in the Senate, impact on China, and how it fits into the GOP's energy priorities in the new Congress. Plus, the Biden administration plans to update offshore renewable energy regulations.   Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO.  Ben Lefebvre is an energy reporter for POLITICO.  Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO's audio department.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Jan. 13, 2023: Joe Biden's gift to Jim Jordan

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2023 4:42


In a September interview with CBS' Scott Pelley for “60 Minutes,” President Joe Biden blasted DONALD TRUMP for taking sensitive classified materials with him to Mar-a-Lago. When he learned the news, Biden said he instantly wanted to know “how that could possibly happen.” He worried that the documents contained information “that may compromise sources and methods.” He was flummoxed how “anyone could be that irresponsible.” Now, four months later, those same pointed reactions are aimed at Biden after the revelation yesterday that a trove of classified documents were discovered in the garage at his home in Wilmington, Del. — prompting AG Merrick Garland to appoint former U.S. Attorney Robert Hur as special counsel to probe Biden's handling of classified documents. For the White House, it's a burgeoning political nightmare that comes just as Biden tries to draw a contrast with the new House Republican majority, which the administration is eager to cast as chaotic and irresponsible. Subscribe to the POLITICO Playbook newsletter Raghu Manavalan is the host and senior editor of POLITICO's Playbook Daily Briefing. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Energy
The U.S. green supply chain is expanding in a big way

POLITICO Energy

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2023 8:11


Since President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, clean energy companies like Q Cells are pouring billions of dollars into investments to build out the sector's domestic manufacturing. POLITICO's Kelsey Tamborrino breaks down what's going on in the sector and why it's still facing supply constraints. Plus, the chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission disavowed chatter about a national gas stove ban.   Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO.  Kelsey Tamborrino is a reporter covering clean energy. Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO's audio department.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Jan. 12, 2023: Is Biden's best defense a good offense?

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2023 12:27


January is a time of new beginnings in Washington. A new Congress. A new Republican-led House. A new speaker, Kevin McCarthy. New investigations into Biden by GOP-helmed committees. And now, in light of all of the above, there's a new effort from the White House to go on offense against Republicans like never before. Like so many Washington trends these days, it started with a tweet.  “It's a giant tax cut for rich tax cheats. Bill #1 from the new House GOP,” Ron Klain, the very online White House chief of staff, wrote in a Monday afternoon tweet about an effort to roll back Biden's IRS funding boost. Later that evening, VP Kamala Harris echoed the sentiment, accusing House Republicans of “rushing to … allow too many millionaires, billionaires and corporations to cheat the system.” On its face, those messages can seem fairly run-of-the-mill. Playbook deputy editor Zack Stanton and co-author Eugene Daniels discuss how a closer look reveals the change at hand — one informed by a few key calculations. Subscribe to the POLITICO Playbook newsletter Raghu Manavalan is the host and senior editor of POLITICO's Playbook Daily Briefing. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Energy
Inside Biden's plan to cut emissions in transportation

POLITICO Energy

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2023 8:20


On Tuesday, the Biden administration released a plan to guide the U.S. to eliminate carbon emissions from the transportation sector, the leading emitter of U.S. greenhouse gasses warming the planet, by 2050. That blueprint includes spending billions of public dollars to expand the use of electric vehicles and low-carbon fuels. POLITICO's Catherine Morehouse breaks down the details of the administration's plan and its challenges. Plus, President Joe Biden appointed Elizabeth Klein to lead the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which has drawn criticism from Republicans and some Democrats for its lack of oil lease sales.   Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO.  Catherine Morehouse is an energy reporter for POLITICO.  Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO's audio department.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Jan. 11, 2023: Blake Hounshell, 1978-2023

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2023 9:00


Most listeners to this show or readers of the Playbook newsletter didn't know Blake Hounshell, but all of you were influenced by him. He nurtured and mentored dozens of young journalists who now populate virtually every significant news organization. He plucked brilliant academics from obscurity and turned them into influential writers. He shaped the world of online political news, newsletters and social media for over a decade at Foreign Policy, POLITICO and The New York Times. He put together the current incarnation of Playbook. He helped create POLITICO Magazine. He taught beat reporters how to become longform storytellers. He relentlessly spotted and recruited new talent. He was a terrific reporter with a rare breadth of knowledge — just go read his archive of stories over the last two years at the Times. “Blake had lots of insights,” our Sam Stein noted to us last night. “And observations. And advice. He was informed but inquisitive; hyperactive but not overbearing. Those were qualities that made him a great editor.  “What made him a brilliant one was that he loved to stir up shit. When … he hired me for the role of White House editor, he said he was eager to cause ‘some good trouble.' He loved to push the envelope. He wanted to build: stories and newsrooms and products. And he did. Great ones. What a wonderful legacy to leave.” We lost Blake yesterday. It was sudden and baffling. His friends were texting and emailing with him — about dinner plans and story ideas and a new class he was set to teach at NYU. He was tweeting. And then he was gone. He committed suicide after a long struggle with depression.  Blake was a singular figure in Washington journalism, and we asked those who knew Blake best to share some remembrances of him. We were ultimately overwhelmed by the extraordinary array of Playbookers whose lives he had touched — so many, in fact, that we're hard-pressed to share them all here. Uncut, those tributes run to 13 pages, and we'd love to hear more still: playbook@politico.com.  Subscribe to the POLITICO Playbook newsletter Raghu Manavalan is the host and senior editor of POLITICO's Playbook Daily Briefing. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Energy
The brewing House GOP energy fight

POLITICO Energy

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2023 8:52


House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is hardly seen as an advocate for climate change policy, but he's been more open to addressing the issue than many others in the GOP. And the concessions he made to House conservatives last week to secure his new role are likely to complicate any future party-line energy package. POLITICO's Kelsey Tamborrino and Josh Siegel discuss what's in store. Plus, a new study concludes that human-driven climate change contributed to drought in the western United States.   Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO.  Kelsey Tamborrino is a reporter covering clean energy. Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO's audio department.

POLITICO Energy
EPA's proposed soot rule: Too far, or not far enough?

POLITICO Energy

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2023 8:26


The EPA has proposed lowering the annual average soot exposure limit, predicting such a move would yield tens of billions of dollars per year in public health benefits. But the proposal, which would overturn a Trump-era decision that left the regulation unchanged, is already drawing criticism from industry, even though it fell short of environmentalists' expectations. POLITICO's Alex Guillén reports.  Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO. Alex Guillén is an energy reporter for POLITICO Pro. Kara Tabor is an audio producer for POLITICO. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO's audio department.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Jan. 9, 2023: Speaker McCarthy's first governing test

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2023 16:23


The rules package that will govern how the House operates this session is scheduled for a vote this evening. It's shaping up as Speaker Kevin McCarthy's first big test in governing what is shaping up to be an ungovernable Republican majority.  The package is the closest thing to a contract drawn up between McCarthy and his internal critics. Alongside various side deals dealing with committee assignments, budget policy and other matters, the rules changes define the devolution of power away from leadership and towards the House Freedom Caucus. If tonight's vote goes down, the entire project unravels. And President Joe Biden will meet with Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador at the North American Leaders' Summit in Mexico City – the pair are expected to talk through trade issues, drug trafficking, and migration.  Playbook editor Mike DeBonis and  deputy editor Zack Stanton break down the day ahead in DC. Subscribe to the POLITICO Playbook newsletter Raghu Manavalan is the host and senior editor of POLITICO's Playbook Daily Briefing. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Energy
Why Biden's interim FERC chair pick is controversial

POLITICO Energy

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2023 8:19


The Biden administration has named FERC commissioner Willie Phillips as interim chair of the commission, a decision that isn't without controversy. Environmental justice groups and renewable industry interests have long lobbied for the more progressive FERC commissioner Allison Clements to be named chair. Phillips, the more moderate choice, is viewed by some environmental groups as too accommodating to utilities and gas companies. POLITICO's Cat Morehouse explains the impact Biden's decision to elevate Phillips — even temporarily — could have on FERC's agenda. Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO. Catherine Morehouse is an energy reporter for POLITICO. Kara Tabor is an audio producer for POLITICO. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO's audio department.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Jan. 6, 2023: Unrest swells among McCarthy's backers

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2023 5:38


Around Christmas, Texas Republican Rep. Roger Williams' wife suffered a medical emergency. This week, as she underwent treatment, her husband was eager to be by her side.  Instead, he has been stuck in Washington taking failed vote after failed vote in Kevin McCarthy's quest to become speaker. “This is killing him,” one of Williams' GOP lawmaker friends told us late Thursday night. “I've never seen Roger as down as he was yesterday.”  Williams isn't alone. On Thursday, Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) felt ill; his colleagues had to convince him it was OK to duck out of the speakership drama and go home for rest. Rep.-elect Wesley Hunt (R-Texas) is eager to return to Texas after his wife gave birth this week. Rep. Kevin Hern's (R-Okla.) mother died this week; he wants to attend her funeral on Saturday. “There's a lot more at stake than whether Kevin McCarthy's going to be able to get the gavel,” the aforementioned GOP lawmaker told us. “We've got lives that are being impacted right now, and this is tough for people.” There's been wall-to-wall coverage of the 20 anti-McCarthy rebels. But as the GOP leader faces down what will likely be his 12th failed bid for the gavel today, the story is about to shift to McCarthy's increasingly tenuous support network.  Subscribe to the POLITICO Playbook newsletter Raghu Manavalan is the host and senior editor of POLITICO's Playbook Daily Briefing. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Jan. 5, 2023: Inside McCarthy's brewing speaker deal

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2023 6:38


After spending the last 48 hours on life support, Kevin McCarthy's bid for the speakership is seeing a potential revival. Following a rollercoaster of a Wednesday during which the California Republican failed three more times to secure the 218 votes for the gavel, McCarthy and some of his critics finally got in a room and had what both sides are describing as productive conversations. This morning, after slamming coffee at midnight and working the phones until the wee hours, we have a readout of new concessions McCarthy has offered his critics and where things stand. Will this be enough to land McCarthy the speakership? That's TBD.  Subscribe to the POLITICO Playbook newsletter Raghu Manavalan is the host and senior editor of POLITICO's Playbook Daily Briefing. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Energy
Biden's EV tax credit plan draws mixed reviews

POLITICO Energy

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2023 6:50


Before 2022 came to a close, the Treasury Department released new rules regarding electric vehicle tax credits offered in the Inflation Reduction Act. The law contained “Made in America” requirements that rankled the European Union and other trading partners, who said the provisions would disadvantage their EV manufacturers and other clean tech industries. The Biden Administration is now showing some flexibility in how it will implement the revised EV tax credits, but it may not be enough to satisfy critics. POLITICO's Doug Palmer reports. Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO. Doug Palmer is a senior trade reporter for POLITICO. Kara Tabor is an audio producer for POLITICO. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO's audio department.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Jan. 4, 2023: How long can McCarthy hang on?

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2023 15:23


So how does this end? And how long will it take to end it? Those are the questions towering over the new House Republican majority, which for the first time in 100 years, found itself unable to choose a speaker on the first ballot — or two others afterward. The House is now paralyzed, unable to swear in its members or form committees or adopt rules — let alone pass legislation. And the scary realization for the GOP rank-and-file is that there's no easy way out of this mess and no sign that one is going to appear anytime soon. Playbook editor Mike DeBonis and co-author Rachael Bade break it all down, plus West Wing Playbook co-author and White House correspondent Eli Stokols stops by to discuss the view from the Biden administration. Subscribe to the POLITICO Playbook newsletter Raghu Manavalan is the host and senior editor of POLITICO's Playbook Daily Briefing. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Energy
Biden wades into the WOTUS saga

POLITICO Energy

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2023 8:37


Ever since Congress passed the Clean Water Act more than fifty years ago, the EPA, the White House and the Supreme Court have wrestled over what legally constitutes “Waters of the United States.” This past Friday, the Biden administration finalized a rule to expand protections from the Clean Water Act nationwide, but the Supreme Court's decision in an upcoming case could complicate the situation. POLITICO's Annie Snider reports. Kelsey Tamborrino is a clean energy reporter for POLITICO. Annie Snider is a water issues reporter for POLITICO Pro. Kara Tabor is an audio producer for POLITICO. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO's audio department.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Jan. 3, 2023: The House GOP's epic game of chicken

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2023 11:57 Very Popular


Welcome to the 118th Congress, the new Republican House majority, and one of the most unpredictable and potentially chaotic scenarios we've seen on Capitol Hill. The House will gavel in at noon, and following a prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance and a quorum call, the clerk will immediately start the live roll call to elect the next speaker. GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, however, still hasn't clinched the votes he needs, and the day could drag late into the night, we're told, as Republicans grapple with choosing their leader. Be prepared for surprises and a lot of drama. Even veteran lawmakers who emerged from meetings with McCarthy on Monday evening weren't entirely sure how this will all shake out. We're told that McCarthy's plan, however, is to continue voting — over and over again — in a bid to wear down his detractors until he gets the gavel. Playbook editor Mike DeBonis and co-author Rachael Bade discuss the long day ahead for Kevin McCarthy. Subscribe to the POLITICO Playbook newsletter Raghu Manavalan is the host and senior editor of POLITICO's Playbook Daily Briefing. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Energy
Why the U.S. power grid is facing an alarming surge in attacks

POLITICO Energy

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2023 6:54


People are shooting, sabotaging and vandalizing the nation's power system at a pace unseen in at least a decade, according to DOE data analyzed by POLITICO. Pro's Catherine Morehouse breaks down the alarming trend and how federal regulators are responding, especially as the Biden administration and Congress seek to expand the power grid to accommodate renewable energy and electric vehicles.    Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO.  Catherine Morehouse is an energy reporter for POLITICO.  Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO's audio department.

POLITICO Energy
Geothermal energy is poised to grow. The oil industry wants in.

POLITICO Energy

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2022 8:41


Geothermal energy — the technology that harnesses the heat beneath the Earth's crust — is poised for growth due to an influx of federal funding, advances in technology, state incentives and interest from the Biden administration and the oil and gas sector. POLITICO's Kelsey Tamborrino breaks down why geothermal energy is drawing fresh interest now and the different regulatory, financial and technological obstacles it still faces. Plus, the Senate passed a $1.7 trillion government funding bill on Thursday, sending the package to the House for approval today ahead of a midnight deadline.    Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO.  Kelsey Tamborrino is a reporter covering clean energy. Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO's audio department.

POLITICO Energy
What to know about New York's new climate plan

POLITICO Energy

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2022 7:40


On Monday, an influential New York panel adopted a road map of climate and clean energy measures designed tohelp the state meet its ambitious green goals. But several concerns remain about the implementation of New York's plan. POLITICO's Marie French breaks down the state's new climate effort and unanswered questions. Plus, environmental groups are suing the Interior Department to stop the planned Cook Inlet oil lease sale.    Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO.  Marie J. French covers energy and the environment for POLITICO New York.  Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO's audio department.

POLITICO Energy
Why California and the oil industry are on a climate collision course

POLITICO Energy

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2022 7:55


California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state's aggressive policies to transition off fossil fuels are posing a growing threat to the state's oil industry – and a new tax on refining is the latest front in the battle. But the industry says it isn't giving up without a fight. POLITICO's Wes Venteicher breaks down why Newsom and the oil industry are on a major collision course. Plus, inside the energy and climate toplines in the $1.7 trillion year-end omnibus spending package released by senior lawmakers early Tuesday.    Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO.  Wes Venteicher covers climate and energy energy news in California for POLITICO.  Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO's audio department.

POLITICO Energy
The transatlantic rift over the Inflation Reduction Act

POLITICO Energy

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2022 8:04


European officials have been critical of the clean energy subsidies in the Inflation Reduction Act. But that criticism has raised eyebrows in Washington, where officials say the law does exactly what Europe has long pressed the United States to do: get serious about fighting climate change. POLITICO's Karl Mathiesen breaks down the European outrage over the IRA, America's response, and how the legislation could actually influence European decarbonization policies. Plus, a new proposal from the Department of Energy aims to strengthen efficiency standards for lightbulbs.    Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO.  Karl Mathiesen is the senior climate correspondent for POLITICO Europe.  Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO's audio department.

POLITICO Energy
Why the oil industry and green groups are fighting over chemical recycling

POLITICO Energy

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2022 8:50


Oil and chemical companies are investing in chemical recycling, aided by favorable laws passed primarily by GOP-controlled state legislatures. These companies say the technology can help address the country's plastics crisis by increasing recycling rates and reducing the amount of waste dumped into landfills and polluting the world's waterways. But environmental groups argue that the pollutants released by the process could be dangerous enough to negate any potential benefits. POLITICO's Jordan Wolman breaks down the pros and cons of chemical recycling. Plus, the Biden administration is set to start refilling Strategic Petroleum Reserve.   Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO.  Jordan Wolman is a sustainability reporter for POLITICO.  Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO's audio department.

POLITICO Energy
What Glick's exit means for FERC and Biden's climate goals

POLITICO Energy

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2022 7:35


On Thursday, FERC Chair Richard Glick said he will depart the agency at the end of the year when the Senate adjourns. Glick's long-anticipated exit will leave behind a 2-2 deadlock on the commission, which could delay progress on the agency's ambitious transmission agenda and impact consideration of environmental justice and climate change factors in the permitting process. POLITICO's Catherine Morehouse breaks down why Glick is leaving and how it impacts FERC. Plus, Senator Joe Manchin's permitting push suffered a final defeat in a Senate vote Thursday.   Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO.  Catherine Morehouse is an energy reporter for POLITICO.  Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO's audio department.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Dec. 16, 2022: McCarthy's ongoing speaker battle paralyzes House

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2022 8:13


The latest news this morning comes via our colleagues Olivia Beavers, Jordain Carney and Sarah Ferris, who note that McCarthy is now “punting conferencewide races for committee leadership slots until after his speaker election on Jan. 3,” which could “incapacitate Republicans during a crucial planning period, virtually guaranteeing a sluggish start for the new House majority.” McCarthy can't risk pissing off members who lose these races to run House Committees.  The downside of this delay is stark: “days, if not weeks, of uncertainty for GOP committees as they begin their stint in the majority. Some of the most important panels, including those charged with tax-writing and border security, won't be able to prepare bills, tee up hearings, or even hire staff. While some House committees already have uncontested leaders in place, those chairs won't be able to choose their member lineup or potentially pay staff. The GOP's subpoena power, too, will be frozen.” Plus, deputy editor Zack Stanton and co-author Eugene Daniels recap Eugene's trip to the White House Holiday Party.  Subscribe to the POLITICO Playbook newsletter Raghu Manavalan is the Host and Senior Editor of POLITICO's Playbook Daily Briefing. Jenny Ament is the Executive Producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Dec. 15, 2022: Scoop: Why GOP moderates are blocking for McCarthy

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2022 7:32


On Friday, after a group of seven House conservatives issued a public letter outlining the demands that GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy would need to meet to win their support in his bid for speaker, a key McCarthy backer quietly reached out to several moderate Republicans with a request, according to people familiar with the conversations. The Freedom Caucus rabble-rousers had reiterated their demand that McCarthy restore a 200-year-old, now-infamous House rule known as the “motion to vacate,” which allows any one member to force a floor vote to oust the speaker at any moment.  McCarthy's camp wanted the centrists to push back hard on the proposal, which the speaker-hopeful fiercely opposes. If they did, McCarthy would be able to point to their opposition, say his hands are tied and refuse to give in to conservatives' demands. McCarthy's office declined to comment to Playbook. Subscribe to the POLITICO Playbook newsletter Raghu Manavalan is the Host and Senior Editor of POLITICO's Playbook Daily Briefing. Jenny Ament is the Executive Producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Energy
Why East Coast states want to show the fishing industry the money

POLITICO Energy

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2022 7:17


Nine east coast states on Monday released a plan to create a fund that would compensate fishing interests for losses related to offshore wind development. These fishing interests are worried that the wind farms will hurt their profitability and create more competition. But some states like New York and New Jersey — along with the Biden administration — are hoping to use the clean energy generated from these wind farms as part of their ambitious plans to combat climate change. POLITICO's Ry Rivard breaks down the plan and what's at stake if it falls apart. Plus, California is poised to cut incentives for rooftop solar today.   Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO.  Ry Rivard covers energy, the environment and transportation in New Jersey for POLITICO.  Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO's audio department.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Dec. 14, 2022: Biden's Africa dilemma

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2022 5:24


Congressional negotiators announced late Tuesday they had reached agreement on a “framework” for FY2023 spending, clearing the way for passage of an omnibus appropriations package before Christmas. Appropriators are not expected to reveal detailed top-line spending levels until a bill is written and filed, but negotiators had largely settled on a $858 billion defense budget while haggling over the nondefense number. The parties had been roughly $26 billion apart, with Republicans refusing to exceed the $1.65 trillion in total discretionary spending in President Joe Biden's budget request. And more than eight years ago, President Barack Obama stood before dozens of African leaders and made promises at the opening session for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the first of its kind. The summit, it was hoped, would be a jumping-off point for stronger ties between the United States and the continent. Fast-forward eight years later: Biden is hosting a sequel, and he is likely to give very similar remarks.  But the situation on the continent has only grown more dire, with global crises such as climate change, Covid-19 and the fallout from Russia's invasion of Ukraine all hitting the continent especially hard. And after four years of Donald Trump at best neglecting and at worst denigrating the continent, this summit is something of a Hail Mary pass to improve relations.  Subscribe to the POLITICO Playbook newsletter Raghu Manavalan is the Host and Senior Editor of POLITICO's Playbook Daily Briefing. Jenny Ament is the Executive Producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Energy
The nuclear fusion breakthrough that could change clean energy

POLITICO Energy

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2022 7:30


After decades of research, US scientists can now create a nuclear fusion reaction that produces more energy than the reaction requires. The breakthrough means that decades from now, nuclear fusion could become a source of clean, inexpensive energy that doesn't create long-lived radioactive waste or worsen global warming. However, the technology still faces many obstacles to commercial use, namely money. POLITICO's Ben Lefebvre and Josh Siegel break down what to know about DOE's experiment and how lawmakers are reacting. Plus, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer vows to vote on a permitting proposal as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act.   Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO.  Ben Lefebvre is an energy reporter for POLITICO.  Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO's audio department.

POLITICO Energy
Why greens see New York's partial crypto mining ban as a model

POLITICO Energy

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2022 7:06


Last month, New York passed the first partial ban on cryptocurrency mining in the nation, which is sending ripple effects throughout the digital currency industry and also encouraging environmentalists to push for similar measures across the nation. POLITICO's Marie French breaks down the ban and what it means for New York, environmentalists and the industry overall. Plus, a new report from EPA says the average fuel economy of 2021 model vehicles sold in the U.S. remained flat as purchases of less efficient vehicles have ramped up.   Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO.  Marie J. French covers energy and the environment for POLITICO New York.  Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO's audio department.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Dec. 13, 2022: So much for that SBF testimony

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2022 5:07


Today's House Financial Services Committee hearing on the collapse of the FTX cryptocurrency exchange will go on as scheduled without its star witness: Former CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, who was arrested in the Bahamas on Monday at the behest of U.S. prosecutors who have secured indictments on a range of fraud charges. National political correspondent Ben Schreckinger stops by to share to what to expect. Panel chair Maxine Waters said in a statement Monday night she still wants to hear from Bankman-Fried, saying “the American public deserves to hear directly … about the actions that've harmed over one million people, and wiped out the hard-earned life savings of so many.” Current FTX CEO John Ray III, a cleanup expert known for his work at Enron after its 2002 collapse, will testify as planned.  “The public has been waiting eagerly to get these answers under oath before Congress, and the timing of this arrest denies the public this opportunity,” Waters added. “While I am disappointed that we will not be able to hear from Mr. Bankman-Fried tomorrow, we remain committed to getting to the bottom of what happened.” More from NYT And House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro is the biggest remaining obstacle to a huge government spending compromise that congressional leaders are circling, Caitlin Emma, Sarah Ferris and Burgess Everett report. Time is running short, but DeLauro said she's “optimistic we can get to yes.” The Senate appropriations leaders have closed the $26 billion gap between Democrats' and Republicans' proposals, but “they've so far been unable to win DeLauro's buy-in.”  — Meanwhile, Congress has to pass a stopgap funding bill this week to avoid a shutdown and buy more time to negotiate the long-term deal. More from the WSJ Subscribe to the POLITICO Playbook newsletter Raghu Manavalan is the Host and Senior Editor of POLITICO's Playbook Daily Briefing. Jenny Ament is the Executive Producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Energy
Why Democrats won't change EV tax credits despite allies' anger

POLITICO Energy

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2022 8:46


European and Asian allies are furious at the Biden administration for being cut out of the lucrative U.S. tax credits for electric vehicles. While President Joe Biden has promised to address the situation, he's pretty limited in what he can do. And congressional Democrats say they have no regrets. POLITICO's Steven Overly breaks down why Democrats are unrepentant as US trading partners fume over the EV credits. Plus, the House Oversight Committee has accused oil companies of ‘lying' about climate actions.   Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO.  Steven Overly is a global trade and economics Reporter for POLITICO.  Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO's audio department.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Dec. 12, 2022: Reading the omnibus tea leaves, SBF heads to DC and more

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2022 13:09


Senate Appropriations Chair Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Sunday night that Democrats would not proceed as planned with a vote today on their own spending package, citing “sufficient progress in negotiations … over the weekend.” Government funding runs out Friday. Talks have stalled for weeks as the parties wrangle over funding levels, with Republicans thus far refusing to give Democrats the nondefense plus-ups they desire. Could the distant chime of jingle bells finally be having an effect? There's no way an omnibus can be negotiated, drafted and passed in the next five days, so expect another stopgap to move this week. Beyond that? There's already chatter about negotiations dragging right up to and even through the holiday season. We'll see who blinks first. More from Roll Call Playbook editor Mike DeBonis and co-author Rachael Bade discuss the funding fight plus the week ahead, including Sam Bankman-Fried's visit to Congresss and President Joe Biden's planned signing ceremony for the Respect for Marriage Act on the South Lawn.  Subscribe to the POLITICO Playbook newsletter Raghu Manavalan is the Host and Senior Editor of POLITICO's Playbook Daily Briefing. Jenny Ament is the Executive Producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Energy
The big sticking point in permitting talks? Transmission.

POLITICO Energy

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2022 8:56


After Democrats failed for a second time to pass permitting reforms, finger pointing on the Hill is in full swing. Democrats blame the GOP for the latest collapse and argue that they offered significant compromises to broker a deal. But, those compromises weren't enough for Republicans, especially regarding transmission. POLITICO's Catherine Morehouse breaks down why transmission was a sticking point in permitting negotiations for Democrats and Republicans. Plus, Special Climate Envoy John Kerry said people are “exploiting” the war in Ukraine and the surge in energy prices this year to push for more fossil fuel use.   Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO.  Catherine Morehouse is an energy reporter for POLITICO.  Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO's audio department.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Dec. 9, 2022: Breaking: Sinema leaves the Democratic Party

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2022 11:27


POLITICO's Burgess Everett with a mega-scoop this morning: “Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is changing her party affiliation to independent, delivering a jolt to Democrats' narrow majority and Washington along with it. “In a 45-minute interview, the first-term senator told POLITICO that she will not caucus with Republicans and suggested that she intends to vote the same way she has for four years in the Senate. ‘Nothing will change about my values or my behavior,' she said. “Provided that Sinema sticks to that vow, Democrats will still have a workable Senate majority in the next Congress, though it will not exactly be the neat and tidy 51 seats they assumed. They're expected to also have the votes to control Senate committees. And Sinema's move means Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) — a pivotal swing vote in the 50-50 chamber the past two years — will hold onto some but not all of his outsized influence in the Democratic caucus.” Plus, Mike DeBonis and Rachael Bade discuss the feasibility of a so-called unity House speaker, and FDA reporter and astrology emperor Katherine Foley stops by for some birthday news.  Subscribe to the POLITICO Playbook newsletter Raghu Manavalan is the Host and Senior Editor of POLITICO's Playbook Daily Briefing. Jenny Ament is the Executive Producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Dec. 7, 2022: Raphael Warnock's amazing feat

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2022 9:37


Over the past 30 months, Raphael Warnock has won a Senate primary, got the most votes in two general elections and won two runoffs. On Tuesday night, he finally won a full six-year term in the United States Senate.  A lot has been said about how flawed a candidate that Warnock's opponent, Herschel Walker, was. (A lot.) And so much of the conversation and coverage of Georgia's election centered on what it would mean for the power of a current and a former president.  But Warnock's three-point win Tuesday underscored his own talents and cemented the 53-year-old pastor as one of the nation's most compelling and effective Democratic politicians. Plus, Playbook editor Mike DeBonis and author Rachael Bade stop by to discuss the hot-and-cold relationship between House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Subscribe to the POLITICO Playbook newsletter Raghu Manavalan is the Host and Senior Editor of POLITICO's Playbook Daily Briefing. Jenny Ament is the Executive Producer of POLITICO Audio.  

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Dec. 5, 2022: Looming lessons from the Georgia runoff

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2022 18:38


 In roughly 37 hours, Georgians will cast the final votes of the 2022 midterms, deciding the Senate runoff between incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock and Republican football legend Herschel Walker. The two campaigns spent the final weekend very differently. Warnock continued his flood-the-zone strategy, with six events across the state, while Walker held just one public event, on Sunday with GOP Sens. Tim Scott (S.C.) and John Kennedy (La.). Playbook editor Mike DeBonis and deputy editor Zack Stanton preview the race in Georgia, Wednesday's SCOTUS case on the ‘independent legislature' theory that could radically reshape elections and South Carolina's request to hold the first presidential primary on the calendar.  Subscribe to the POLITICO Playbook newsletter Raghu Manavalan is the Host and Senior Editor of POLITICO's Playbook Daily Briefing. Jenny Ament is the Executive Producer of POLITICO Audio.  

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Dec. 2, 2022: A major legal defeat for Trump

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2022 10:10


The 11th Circuit delivered a unanimous opinion shutting down the special master review of the documents that the FBI seized from Mar-a-Lago and dismissing Donald Trump's civil lawsuit over the matter. The opinion was an embarrassing rebuke of U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon, who was widely criticized for indulging what legal scholars across the ideological spectrum described as Trump's specious arguments. The appeals court did not think the case was even a close call. “This appeal requires us to consider whether the district court had jurisdiction to block the United States from using lawfully seized records in a criminal investigation,” the opinion began. “The answer is no.”  Plus, tech reporter Rebecca Kern stops by for the latest update on Elon Musk's purchase of Twitter, including his endorsement of possible GOP 2024 presidential contender Ron DeSantis, his possible spat with Apple and CEO Tim Cook and the future of anti-trust legislation.  Subscribe to the POLITICO Playbook newsletter Raghu Manavalan is the Host and Senior Editor of POLITICO's Playbook Daily Briefing. Jenny Ament is the Executive Producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Dec. 1, 2022: ‘Dems in disarray' makes a (brief) comeback

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2022 6:37


Since Election Day, the drama in the House has been concentrated on the GOP side, as Kevin McCarthy tries to overcome a MAGA world mutiny to get the gavel, and Democrats smoothly elect three new leaders to succeed Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer and Jim Clyburn. But it turns out things are not all kumbaya in the House Dem caucus.  — Amid some Democrats' discontentment about Clyburn's insistence on staying in leadership, Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) has decided to challenge him for the assistant leader job — a vote that will happen later today.  — And there's an intense whisper campaign happening behind the scenes about Rep. Tony Cárdenas' (D-Calif.) bid to head the DCCC — one that compiles ugly past allegations about sexual assault, as well as new alleged connections to a man known as the “boogeyman of porn.”  Subscribe to the POLITICO Playbook newsletter Raghu Manavalan is the Host and Senior Editor of POLITICO's Playbook Daily Briefing. Jenny Ament is the Executive Producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Nov. 30, 2022: The Hill's big choice: Omnibus or struggle bus?

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2022 8:10


The four congressional leaders spent over an hour with President Joe Biden in the Roosevelt Room on Tuesday, and when they emerged from the White House and spoke to reporters, something unusual happened: They all agreed. What they agreed on was something that appeared awfully iffy earlier this week: that the lame-duck Congress should negotiate and pass an omnibus appropriations bill in the coming weeks. Plus, national politics reporter Natalie Allison stops by for an update on the Senate runoff election between Sen. Raphael Warnock and GOP challenger Herschel Walker.  Subscribe to the POLITICO Playbook newsletter Raghu Manavalan is the Host and Senior Editor of POLITICO's Playbook Daily Briefing. Jenny Ament is the Executive Producer of POLITICO Audio.

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing
Nov. 29, 2022: Why ‘Union Joe' put the screws to rail workers

POLITICO Playbook Audio Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2022 6:08


In 1992, two days into a crippling railroad strike, then-Sen. Joe Biden came to the Senate floor and decried the lopsided nature of federal labor laws dealing with the rail industry — laws, he argued, that essentially allowed corporations, regulators and, ultimately, Congress to run roughshod over workers. “We need to restore a measure of balance to these negotiations,” he said, before voting with just five other senators against halting the strike. Thirty years later, as president, Biden is turning to those very same laws to prevent another strike and impose a tentative contract agreement that his administration brokered but multiple rail unions voted to reject. “As a proud pro-labor President, I am reluctant to override the ratification procedures and the views of those who voted against the agreement,” the president said in a statement. “But in this case — where the economic impact of a shutdown would hurt millions of other working people and families — I believe Congress must use its powers to adopt this deal.” Subscribe to the POLITICO Playbook newsletter Raghu Manavalan is the Host and Senior Editor of POLITICO's Playbook Daily Briefing. Jenny Ament is the Executive Producer of POLITICO Audio.