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” 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
Matt and Josh discuss the politics surrounding the Senate impeachment trial. Also vote stacks came up somehow.
Mark and Josh discuss impeachment, appropriations, and continuing resolutions with CQ reporter Jennifer Shutt.
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
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.
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.
HuffPost congressional reporter Matt Fuller joins Josh, Mark, and Matt to discuss the tensions in the House Democratic caucus, the prospects for a Freedom Caucus of the left, the congressional budget deal, and the politics of impeachment in the House.
Matt, Mark, Laura, and Josh discuss a the Speaker, budgets, NDAA, and the curious case of Justin Amash on this week’s podcast.
Laura, Josh, Mark, and Matt are joined by political scientist and award-winning precinct captain Richard Skinner to discuss the large field of congressional POTUS candidates, the politics of impeachment in the House, and current issues in congressional reform.