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Sarah Binder on Congress and coronavirus politics

Josh and Mark talk with Sarah Binder, Brookings Senior Fellow and professor of political science at George Washington University, about Congress and the politics affecting its coronavirus responses.


Pandemic, Two Beers In.

Matt, Mark, and Josh discuss Congress’s coronavirus response, remote voting, and what happens when too many lawmakers get sick.


Remote voting would have some bad consequences.

Amid a growing pandemic where social interaction could threaten health, many questions have been raised about the continuity of operations on Capitol Hill. Not for the first time, remote voting is among the ideas being floated. It has been more frequently mentioned in congressional discourse since smartphones became commonplace. Over the past couple of weeks, however,


The Senate, post-impeachment, with James Wallner

Special guest James Wallner joins Matt, Josh, and Mark to talk about the Senate “trial,” and why Senators no longer act. James Wallner is a Senior Fellow at the R Street Institute, a former senior staffer in the Senate, and the author of several books on the Senate. He tweets from @jiwallner, can be found


Polarization vs Partisanship in the Context of the Impeachment Debate

“Polarization” is used as a near blanket explanation for anything political, from congressional dysfunction and lack of compromise to disdain for the opposite party. And now, it is also to blame for the impeachment, the trial, and the impending acquittal of President Trump. Except it isn’t, at least not entirely. While polarization has become a


An Impeachment Trial in the Senate

Matt and Josh discuss the politics surrounding the Senate impeachment trial. Also vote stacks came up somehow.


Impeachment, Appropriations, and almost Shutdowns

Mark and Josh discuss impeachment, appropriations, and continuing resolutions with CQ reporter Jennifer Shutt.


Impeachment Politics Requires a Different Vote Calculator

Anyone who watched School House Rock knows how bills become law. From a numbers standpoint, it is straightforward.  It needs 218 votes in the House, 51 votes in the Senate (60 to cut off a filibuster), and a presidential signature. Given this math, some wonder why Speaker Pelosi is hesitating to pass a resolution—which


Impeachment, bipartisanship, and women’s suffrage with Colleen Shogan

Special guest Colleen Shogan joins Matt and Josh to discuss impeachment, bipartisanship, and women’s suffrage. Colleen is Assistant Deputy Librarian at the Library of Congress, former Deputy Director of the Congressional Research Service, and the Co-Chair of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission.


Emergency Impeachment Podcast

Matt and Josh discuss how impeachment politics is shaping up in the House and Senate. Some relevant links: The memorandum of conversation between Trump and the Ukrainian president. Pelosi’s 9/24 announcement. The op-ed by seven Democratic freshmen.


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