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Nomination politics and disjunctive presidents with Julia Azari

Mattt and Laura are joined by special guest Julia Azari, professor at Marquette University, to talk about the politics of the 2020 nomination and Trump in historical context.


Interview with Former Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)

Laura, Mark, and Josh sit down with former Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen from South Florida to discuss her career and life in Congress, former speakers, Cuba libres, and the challenges ahead for the 116th Congress.


Can Pelosi flip enough votes? Probably not without conceding her job.

The attempted Pelosi ouster is crumbling. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) heads into today’s Democratic Caucus leadership elections unopposed in the race for Speaker. However, her quest for the gavel isn’t over. Pelosi needs a majority of those “voting for speaker by name” to prevail when the full House votes in January. Winning


November is a time of change (to your budgets)

November is a beautiful month of transition. The air is cooler. The leaves are turning.  And because it’s an even-numbered year, the change is particularly jarring on Capitol Hill. Appropriators are wrapping up their business while Americans are electing a new Congress. The confluence of elections and appropriations in November is fitting because the election


Jennifer Shutt, Appropriations, and Breaking News

Mark, Matt, and Josh have special guest Jennifer Shutt to talk appropriations until breaking news about Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination interrupts. Come for Capuano impersonations, stay for the appropriations news.


Congressional Staff with Casey Burgat

Special Guest Casey Burgat of the R Street Institute joins Josh, Laura, and Matt to talk about congressional staff.


Tariffs, Omnibus, and Elections, with Fat Tire Ale

Josh, Mark, and Matt discuss the president’s proposed steel an aluminum tariffs, the coming omnibus appropriations bill, and the effects of the 2018 elections on congressional politics.


Congress in 2018: What’s left?

Last month Congress struck a two-year deal that greases the budget wheels to the tune of an extra $320 billion. While political posturing and two brief government shutdowns hampered bipartisan negotiations, congressional leaders in the House and Senate ultimately settled on a budget that outlines discretionary spending, lifts the Budget Control Act’s(aka sequestration) caps


Art of the Very Difficult Budget Deal

Three months into the 2018 fiscal year, Congress and the President have yet to finalize a budget deal. Delayed funding of government is not new to this Congress or its predecessors. Similar debates about how much to raise the Budget Control Act (BCA) caps (commonly referred to as sequester) occurred in 2013 and 2015, and


Republicans’ Inability to Do Routine Things Is Scuttling Their Big Plans

The 2016 election was a near universal shock. President Trump beat (nearly) all prognosticators. House Republicans only lost 6 seats, retaining their 4th largest House majority since 1930. Senate Republicans also beat the odds and held on to a 52 seat majority. Suddenly, the 2016 Election that was supposed to go bad for Republicans turned


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