Podcasts

Assessing the bleak options for ending the shutdown
CQ Budget Podcast, Episode 94

The shutdown is now the longest in modern history. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

As the longest shutdown in modern history enters its fourth week, CQ’s fiscal policy reporter Doug Sword assesses the options for ending the spending impasse. But none appear promising, as President Donald Trump has rejected the latest proposals.

Congress for newbies: practical advice from a pro
Political Theater, Episode 51

Former Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., talks about how to get things right out of the gate in your first year in Congress on Roll Call’s Political Theater podcast. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call).

 “Decide what kind of member of Congress you want to be,” says Tom Davis, the former congressman from Virginia. “Voters see through phoniness pretty quickly.”

EU to move first on crypto rules. Will US follow?
Podcast, Episode 135

Chris Brummer (right), a Georgetown Law professor and faculty director of the Institute of International Economic Law, talks to the CQ on Congress podcast host Shawn Zeller (left) at CQ Roll Call's studio  Jan. 8, 2019. (Photo by Nathan Ouellette/CQ Roll Call)

 

European officials are expected to fire the first shot in the regulation of cryptocurrencies, with recommendations on what should be done to protect investors and preserve the integrity of financial markets. 

How shutdown will sting across the board
CQ Budget Podcast, Episode 93

A sign outside of the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum notifies visitors that all Smithsonian museums are closed due to the government shut down on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

 

Within days of the government shutdown setting a record,  federal agencies, employees and the general public will begin to feel the pain, says CQ budget and appropriations reporter Kellie Mejdrich. She also gives the latest developments in what is turning out to be a prolonged political battle.

Pelosi stresses climate action, but activists push for more
Podcast, Episode 134

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The 116th Congress and the week of the woman
Elizabeth Warren on Monday, Nancy Pelosi on Thursday, and record number of women sworn in

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is congratulated in the Capitol’s House chamber Thursday after winning the speakership on the first day of the 116th Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

We’ve had a couple of Years of the Woman — 1992 and certainly 2018 could be classified that way. But this week has been a week defined by women. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren kicked it off on Monday when she announced she was running for president, and Nancy Pelosi on Thursday made history again, reclaiming the speaker’s gavel after eight years in the minority, becoming both the first and second woman to lead the House. Oh, and a record number of women will serve in the 116th Congress, 24 percent of the House, 25 percent of the Senate.

In this week’s Political Theater podcast, we discuss the new Congress and what to expect from it: A record number of women in the House and Senate, new ethics rules, divided government, maybe even hats on the House floor! And amid it all, the 2020 presidential race is already well underway. 

What to Expect as the New 116th Congress Gets Underway
Political Theater, Episode 50

The Capitol will be a changed place as the 116th Congress gets underway. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

If it’s a new year in an odd-numbered year, then you’ve got yourself a new Congress. As the 116th Congress is sworn in, things are going to look and operate differently: A record number of women in the House and Senate, new ethics rules, divided government, maybe even hats on the House floor! Also, amid it all, the 2020 presidential race is already well underway. Roll Call staff writer Katherine Tully-McManus breaks down the biggest changes for Political Theater. 

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The Most Listenable Political Theater Podcasts of 2018
The year in review, sort of, of some of our favorite talks

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On Roll Call’s Political Theater Podcast, you won’t always get what you want. You won’t always get what you need. But you’ll never be bored. We hope. With that in mind, here are a few of our favorite podcasts from the year that was, which just happened to be our first.

[Subscribe to Political Theater at RollCall.com]Matt Bai, Jason Reitman and Jay Carson talking about Gary Hart and their film “The Frontrunner.”

Sen. Tester Targets Dark Money
Podcast, Episode 133

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., talks with constituents before a parade at Crow Fair in Crow Agency, Mont., on August 19, 2018. Tester is being challenged by Republican Matt Rosendale for the Senate seat. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Congress and Tax Cuts, A Love Story
Even amid the Christmas shutdown showdown, more talk of tax cuts

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., is retiring, but he’ll keep talking about tax cuts until then. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Despite the looming Christmas holiday, and despite an intractable fight over government funding and a border wall, and despite the unpopularity (and blow to the deficit) of the last big tax cut last year, it’s still raining tax cuts, or at least the politicians who love them. 

Witness the House taking time Thursday to push through a package of tax cuts that the Senate has shown no interest in taking up as the legislative calendar ticks down to zero. 

Did Tax Reform Scrooge the Holiday Party Spirit?
Political Theater, Episode 49

The holiday party circuit was a bit subdued this year. Did Congress take away incentives to live it up during this time of the year? (CQ Roll Call file photo)

Whether it was a cramped schedule, the funeral of a president, changes to the tax code or overall crankiness, the holiday party scene this year seemed a little, um, meh. CQ Roll Call's Niels Lesniewski, Kate Ackley and Peter Cohn crash the party that is Political Theater to discuss the wine, song and tax deductions of the Washington holiday party circuit. 

Hell Week Amid Shutdown Fears
CQ Budget Podcast, Episode 92

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's staff sets up a "#TRUMPSHUTDOWN" poster before her press conference earlier this year.  The poster was taken down before the press conference started. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Congress on Cusp of Criminal Justice Changes In Year-End Surprise
Podcast, Episode 132

Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., spearheaded the effort in the House to overhaul prison programs. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Political Football That is Washington Redskins Football
Political Theater, Episode 48

Every once in a while, professional football turns to politics. That's happening as the Washington Redskins need congressional and city approval to move back to the city from Maryland's suburbs. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

Trump’s Christmas Wish List: Billions for Wildfire Suppression, Unaccompanied Children
CQ Budget Podcast, Episode 91

Trump is seeking billions more in spending. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images