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CQ Budget: Omnibus Spending Talks Heat Up

After weeks of inaction, top appropriators and congressional leaders began making headway on a bipartisan deal that would pave the way for an overdue omnibus spending package, but big sticking points remain. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman, Lindsey McPherson and Paul M. Krawzak outline the state of negotiations and discuss prospects for raising the debt limit and the fate of a proposed earmarks ban. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

26m
Dec 02
Political Theater: Race, football and religion: Sorting through the Georgia Senate runoff

On Dec. 6, the last race of the 2022 campaign will conclude, when voting in Georgia ends in the runoff between Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker. This campaign has been close since the get-go; It is the first time the major parties have nominated Black men to run against each other in Georgia, and who these two are and where they come from means a lot to the state. Joining us on Political Theater is Clyde McGrady, an enterprise reporter at the New York Times (and former reporter at Roll Call), who has deep connections to Georgia.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

30m
Dec 01
Political Theater: Measure for measure, the drama of the 2022 midterms starts to conclude

Things we know about the 2022 midterms: There will be a House Republican majority and a Senate Democratic majority. Elections went pretty smoothly. Incumbents for the most part held on. Things we don't know: How big those majorities will be. What governing will look like in the coming 118th Congress. And what lessons public officials will take away from an anomalous campaign. Roll Call Elections Analyst Nathan L. Gonzales joins the podcast.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

24m
Nov 17
CQ Budget: Lame-duck fiscal agenda

After a split verdict in the midterm elections, a lame-duck Congress under Democratic control will try to complete its fiscal agenda. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Peter Cohn assess the impact of the elections on the prospects for an omnibus spending package, lifting the statutory debt limit, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

28m
Nov 17
Fintech Beat: Figure CEO Mike Cagney on (Real World) Blockchain Applications

Mike Cagney joins Chris Brummer to talk about concrete use cases for blockchain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

30m
Nov 15
Political Theater: The known knowns of the 2022 midterm election

As we prepare for Election Day, what are the things we know that we know about the 2022 midterm election? As the late Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld once said, there are known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns. Let's apply that to this campaign season with Nathan L. Gonzales, Roll Call’s election analyst and the publisher of Inside Elections. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

22m
Nov 03
Equal Time with Mary C. Curtis: A celebration and reflection – and looking to the future -- after National Hispanic Heritage Month

When America started officially honoring Hispanic heritage in 1968, it was a one-week celebration. Though the country now marks National Hispanic Heritage Month, acknowledging how generations of Hispanic Americans have influenced and contributed to our nation doesn't have to end when that month is over. This episode of Equal Time reflects on the issues and challenges facing the community and the country now and into the future. Equal Time host Mary C. Curtis speaks with Larry Gonzalez, an experienced participant in policy-making at the federal and state levels, and a founder and principal of The Raben Group, a national public affairs and strategic communications firm, and Teresa Puente, an assistant professor who teaches journalism at California State University Long Beach, and has spent her career reporting on immigration and Latino issues in the U.S., with extensive reporting from Mexico.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

45m
Oct 31
Political Theater: Up close and superPAC: Fisher Stevens and Karim Amer on their docuseries ‘The Lincoln Project’

The history of The Lincoln Project is a flash point in contemporary politics. A superPAC founded by high-profile Republican strategists who opposed then-President Donald Trump, the group set out to peel away GOP voters and deny Trump a second term in 2020. Filmmakers Karim Amer and Fisher Stevens chronicled their campaign and its aftermath in their documentary series "The Lincoln Project" on Showtime. The two discuss their project and the upcoming midterm election on Political Theater. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

28m
Oct 25
Political Theater: 'No Time to Fail' — An empathetic look at the people who make elections work

There has never been a better time to see how elections work. With intense interest in campaigns, and with the foundations of representative democracy at stake, filmmakers Sara Archambault and Margo Guernsey have brought us “No Time to Fail,” a behind-the-scenes look at the 2020 election that chronicles the experiences of election officials in Rhode Island, from the state level to the cities of Providence, Cranston and Central Falls. Navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, disinformation and threats spurred by former President Donald Trump’s baseless accusations of fraud, the documentary shows how public servants ensure voters are able to just, simply, vote.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

26m
Oct 19
Fintech Beat: Mairead McGuiness on Innovation, Crypto Regulation and Europe

Commissioner McGuiness, Europe's most powerful regulator, discusses crypto regulation and innovation policy at DC Fintech Week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

34m
Oct 18
Political Theater: Supreme Court keeps on truckin'

Congress is in its pre-election recess lull. The president is signing a bunch of bills people can’t remember. But the Supreme Court is running at full speed. Its last term is defined by the overturning of Roe versus Wade and the nationwide right to an abortion. The current term will likely continue redefining Americans’ participation in state and federal government and elections. Since the court convened, on the first Monday of October, it has already heard highly significant cases. With us to discuss is Todd Ruger, CQ Roll Call’s Legal Affairs Editor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

30m
Oct 12
Fintech Beat: What Fintechs and Regulators Have in Common

Jo Ann Barefoot joins co-host Amias Gerety to explain the necessity of taking policy, and innovation, seriously. You can check out Jo Ann’s podcast, The Barefoot Innovation Podcast, at https://www.jsbarefoot.com/podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

38m
Oct 07
Fintech Beat: Converging on DC Fintech Week

Dante Disparte and Chris Brummer sit down to talk about the Circle's Converge conference and DC Fintech Week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

21m
Oct 05
CQ Budget: Stopgap funding finale

President Joe Biden signed a short-term spending measure that staves off the risk of a partial government shutdown until mid-December. But a lame-duck session after the November elections will be a busy one. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Peter Cohn outline a to-do list that includes an omnibus funding package, hurricane relief, coronavirus aid, and compensation to families of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

26m
Oct 03
Political Theater: Mitch and Rick, the GOP's 'Odd Couple'

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell prefers to work behind the scenes. Rick Scott, chairman of Senate Republicans’ campaign arm is an outspoken, outgoing salesman for the GOP. Like with Neil Simon's "Odd Couple" -- Felix the neat freak and Oscar the slob -- we're asking: Can McConnell and Scott live together without driving each other crazy? Roll Call Editor at Large John Bennett, joins Political Theater to discuss this key duo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

25m
Sep 28
Fintech Beat: Do NFTs require decentralized law?

Stu Levi, a partner at Skadden, breaks down what IP law means for NFTs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

33m
Sep 27
CQ Budget: Final countdown

Lawmakers have less than a week left to pass a stopgap spending measure to avoid a partial government shutdown. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Aidan Quigley outline the likely game plan for completing a deal and the hurdles still standing in the way.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

20m
Sep 23
Political Theater: We love it when you're vulnerable: Swing districts, members versus members and more

Elections always come down to a choice. Someone wins, someone loses, and Roll Call has long chronicled the path to Election Day by reporting on Congress' most vulnerable incumbents. It’s an evolving cast, and with roughly a month-and-half to go, we take measure on Political Theater with our Politics Team, Herb Jackson, Kate Ackley and Mary Ellen McIntire.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

31m
Sep 21
Fintech Beat: Home Prices and Mortgage Costs: Why the US Housing Regulator is Looking Into Fintech

Jason Cave, Deputy Director of the FHFA talks fintech and what the agency's new office for innovation might mean for mortgage markets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

22m
Sep 19
CQ Budget: Spending talks morass

Negotiations on a short-term measure to avoid a partial government shutdown next month have stalled, as disputes over environmental permitting, coronavirus aid, disaster relief and more create obstacles to a deal. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Peter Cohn outline the sticking points and a likely path to resolution. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

25m
Sep 16
Political Theater: Law and order revisited at "Riotsville, USA"

Filmmaker Sierra Pettengill’s documentary, “Riotsville, USA,” examines the history of the government’s efforts to crack down on protest movements. The title refers to the ersatz towns the military built for counter-protest training, and the film's archival approach is a chronicle and meditation on politics then and now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

28m
Sep 15
CQ Budget: Obstacles to stopgap funding

A short-term funding measure to head off a partial government shutdown is now caught up in fights over emergency spending requests and an effort to streamline federal permitting for energy projects. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman, Lindsey McPherson and Aidan Quigley outline the challenges facing Congress to pass stopgap funding by the end of this month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

24m
Sep 09
Political Theater: Weird times, Weird poll numbers

Politics works in patterns. But we might be in one of those outlier election cycles, when politics don’t always match up with typical narratives. Roll Call Elections Analyst Nathan L. Gonzales joins the Political Theater podcast to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

23m
Sep 08
Equal Time with Mary C. Curtis: Progress? Certainly. But has the Americans with Disabilities Act changed the country enough?

Marking its 32nd anniversary this year, the Americans with Disabilities Act has inspired the world to see disability through the lens of equity, opening opportunities for persons with disabilities to contribute to our global progress. But, from creating more consistency for academic accommodations to providing additional employment opportunities, what needs to be done in the next 32 years and beyond? “Equal Time” host Mary C. Curtis talks with Nicole Patton, the Manager of State Government Relations at the National Down Syndrome Society, and Charlotte Woodward, the Education Program Associate for NDSS. Charlotte, who was born with Down syndrome, as well as a heart condition, is one of the few people born with Down syndrome to receive a life-saving heart transplant. She went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from George Mason University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, with a concentration in inequality and social change. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

39m
Aug 30
Fintech Beat: Ransomware (and Crypto) 101

Elementus founder Max Galka joins Julian Ha to talk ransomware and crypto. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

24m
Aug 25
CQ Budget: A win for Democrats

Democrats celebrated the passage of their climate, health and tax package, but debate over the partisan measure now moves to the campaign trail. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman, Laura Weiss and Paul M. Krawzak examine what the new law could mean for the midterm elections and how both parties could use it to their political advantage. They also discuss the upcoming fight over a stopgap funding measure to ward off a partial government shutdown. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

30m
Aug 18
Political Theater: Strange days are here: August in Washington

August can be a strange month, especially in a place like Washington. On one hand, things are slow. Congress goes on recess. People take vacations. On the other hand, kids head back to school. It’s peak political primary season. How different is it from other places? Brandon Wetherbee of Recommend If You Like magazine drops by to riff on the dog days, the Cubs’ microphone system, Michael Keaton, Dan Snyder and lost movies, among other topics.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

32m
Aug 17
Political Theater: Moving right along: A political reporter’s turning point

Amanda Becker is a veteran political journalist. The Washington correspondent for The 19th News has covered a variety of beats here in The Swamp over the last decade-plus for her current newsroom, as well as Reuters, and, once upon a time, for Roll Call. She is about to move to the Boston area to start one of journalism’s most prestigious fellowships, the Nieman, was kind enough to discuss some of her reflections on the job of political reporting, what she hopes to get out of her fellowship and any other odds and ends at this inflection point for her career. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

26m
Aug 12
CQ Budget: Democrats unite

Democrats appear to have the votes they need to pass a revised version of their health, climate and tax package along party lines in the evenly divided Senate. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Peter Cohn outline the changes that led to a new agreement with Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and explain the procedural hurdles that still await the package. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

28m
Aug 05
Political Theater: The long story for victims of Camp Lejeune gets a new chapter

President Joe Biden will soon sign legislation that will give easier access to health and disability benefits to more than 3.5 million veterans who were exposed to toxic substances on overseas deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan and more. It wasn’t easy to get through Congress. The Senate passed that bill after weeks of delay, and not before high-profile advocacy from comedian Jon Stewart and others. But underneath those bigger headlines, folded into the bill, is a provision allowing families poisoned for decades at the Marine Corps' Camp Lejeune to get compensation from the federal government. Todd Ruger, legal affairs editor at CQ Roll Call discusses this story with Mike Magner, an editor at CQ Roll Call who has followed the stories of families from Camp Lejeune. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

18m
Aug 04