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Welcome to “5 on 45”, real-time commentary and analysis from experts at Brookings about the 45th POTUS, his administration, and Congress. Subscribe now to get each new episode as it happens!

Welcome to “5 on 45”, real-time commentary and analysis from experts at Brookings about the 45th POTUS, his administration, and Congress. Subscribe now to get each new episode as it happens!
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Welcome to “5 on 45”, real-time commentary and analysis from experts at Brookings about the 45th POTUS, his administration, and Congress. Subscribe now to get each new episode as it happens!

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Trump cuts refugee admissions to a historic low

9/18/2018
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Fellow Jessica Brandt discusses the State Department’s announcement to cut the number of refugees admitted to the United States, including the negative impact it will have on our allies and the lives of those seeking asylum. Listen to Brookings podcasts here or on iTunes, send email feedback to bcp@brookings.edu, and follow us and tweet us at @policypodcasts on Twitter.

Duration:00:03:45

Have US counterterrorism efforts improved since 9/11?

9/10/2018
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Ahead of the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Senior Fellow Daniel L. Byman reflects on what has gone well and what has gone poorly in US counterterrorism efforts in the seventeen years since the attacks. Listen to Brookings podcasts here or on iTunes, send email feedback to bcp@brookings.edu, and follow us and tweet us at @policypodcasts on Twitter. Editor’s note: This conversation was recorded remotely by phone call

Duration:00:06:41

Why Trump won’t be removed by the 25th Amendment

9/7/2018
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Senior Fellow John Hudak explains how the Constitution’s 25th Amendment allows the vice president, Cabinet, and Congress to remove the president from office, and why that it is unlikely to be invoked against President Trump. Listen to Brookings podcasts here or on iTunes, send email feedback to bcp@brookings.edu, and follow us and tweet us at @policypodcasts on Twitter.

Duration:00:05:44

Senate Democrats’ strategy on Kavanaugh

9/5/2018
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Fellow Molly Reynolds describes how Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are challenging Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, including their focus on transparency, objections over the lack of available documents from Kavanaugh’s previous positions, and how this approach protects more vulnerable Democratic senators up for re-election in the fall. Listen to Brookings podcasts here or on iTunes, send email feedback to bcp@brookings.edu, and follow us and tweet us at...

Duration:00:04:39

The US and Mexico make NAFTA progress, but where’s Canada?

8/27/2018
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Fellow Geoffrey Gertz discusses the recent NAFTA announcement by the United States and Mexico, and predicts how Canada is likely to respond. Listen to Brookings podcasts here or on iTunes, send email feedback to bcp@brookings.edu, and follow us and tweet us at @policypodcasts on Twitter.

Duration:00:05:52

Arming teachers won’t improve school safety

8/24/2018
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After news broke this week that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was considering letting states use federal grant funding to buy guns for schools, Senior Fellow and Brown Center on Education Policy Director Michael Hansen discusses the problematic proposal to use taxpayer money to arm teachers and faculty, and offers recommendations for less risky policies to make schools safer. Listen to Brookings podcasts here or on iTunes, send email feedback to bcp@brookings.edu, and follow us and tweet...

Duration:00:04:37

Trump tries to cut foreign aid without Congress

8/23/2018
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Senior Fellow George Ingram discusses the Trump administration’s attempts to cut foreign assistance funding without congressional approval and how it hurts US international interests. Listen to Brookings podcasts here or on iTunes, send email feedback to bcp@brookings.edu, and follow us and tweet us at @policypodcasts on Twitter.

Duration:00:05:37

New tariffs escalate the US-China trade war

8/23/2018
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Senior Fellow David Dollar discusses the latest exchange of retaliatory tariffs between China and the U.S. and the risks of further escalating the trade war between the two countries. Listen to Brookings podcasts here or on iTunes, send email feedback to bcp@brookings.edu, and follow us and tweet us at @policypodcasts on Twitter.

Duration:00:06:40

The legal threat Michael Cohen poses for President Trump

8/22/2018
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Senior Fellow Norm Eisen explains the recent events in the Manafort and Cohen trials, and how they affect President Trump and his likelihood of being convicted of criminal charges. Listen to Brookings podcasts here or on iTunes, send email feedback to bcp@brookings.edu, and follow us and tweet us at @policypodcasts on Twitter.

Duration:00:04:36

How the Manafort and Cohen news could impact the midterm elections

8/22/2018
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Senior Fellow John Hudak analyzes how the Manafort and Cohen guilty pleas and conviction will affect voting and candidate behavior in the 2018 midterm elections. He also explains why Trump is unlikely to be removed from office, even if he is impeached. Listen to Brookings podcasts here or on iTunes, send email feedback to bcp@brookings.edu, and follow us and tweet us at @policypodcasts on Twitter.

Duration:00:04:17

Is it unconstitutional for Trump to revoke John Brennan's security clearance?

8/17/2018
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Senior Fellow Norm Eisen discusses President Trump’s decision to revoke former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance, the constitutional issues the action raises, and whether the courts will respond. Subscribe to Brookings podcasts here or on iTunes, send email feedback to bcp@brookings.edu, and follow us and tweet us at @policypodcasts on Twitter.

Duration:00:04:59

Does the Ohio special election signal a blue wave in the midterms?

8/8/2018
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Senior Fellow Elaine Kamarck discusses the results from the special election in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District and analyzes why Republicans should worry as both parties head into the midterm elections. Kamarck also explains various ways to use political trends to predict election outcomes. Listen to Brookings podcasts here or on iTunes, send email feedback to bcp@brookings.edu, and follow us and tweet us at @policypodcasts on Twitter.

Duration:00:05:29

Will the Senate’s “minibus” strategy prevent a government shutdown?

8/7/2018
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Fellow Molly Reynolds discusses the Senate’s “minibus” appropriations strategy—packaging spending legislation in a few small bills rather than one larger “omnibus” bill. Reynolds analyzes whether or not this tactic will successfully keep the government funded and avoid a government shutdown. Listen to Brookings podcasts here or on iTunes, send email feedback to bcp@brookings.edu, and follow us and tweet us at @policypodcasts on Twitter.

Duration:00:04:48

Trump fuel-economy standards roll back environmental reforms

8/3/2018
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Timmons Roberts discusses the implications of President Trump’s new fuel-economy standards, which roll back Obama-era reforms. Roberts explains that backing out of our carbon commitments angers states with comprehensive regulation, and disappoints our international partners. Subscribe to Brookings podcasts here or on iTunes, send email feedback to bcp@brookings.edu, and follow us and tweet us at @policypodcasts on Twitter.

Duration:00:08:13

Tensions with Turkey escalate in wake of US sanctions

8/2/2018
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Robert Bosch Senior Fellow Amanda Sloat explains the complicated circumstances around the U.S. decision to impose sanctions on Turkish officials, and unpacks what’s at stake in the region if the U.S. relationship with NATO ally Turkey deteriorates further. Subscribe to Brookings podcasts here or on iTunes, send email feedback to bcp@brookings.edu, and follow us and tweet us at @policypodcasts on Twitter.

Duration:00:07:32

Koch brothers go head to head with Trump

8/2/2018
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Senior Fellow Elaine Kamarck analyzes the Koch brothers’ decision to pull funding from several Republican candidates in the upcoming midterm elections over disagreements on several policy issues. She explains that the rift in the GOP has been growing for much of the last two years and, as a result, the Republican base has been shrinking. Subscribe to Brookings podcasts here or on iTunes, send email feedback to bcp@brookings.edu, and follow us and tweet us at @policypodcasts on Twitter.

Duration:00:05:51

Did the US and EU secure a trade deal?

7/27/2018
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Following the meeting between President Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Douglas Rediker argues that the two were successful in staving off an all-out trade war, but that the lack of specificity in the joint statement means we’re far from a trade deal with the European Union. Subscribe to Brookings podcasts here or on iTunes, send email feedback to bcp@brookings.edu, and follow us and tweet us at @policypodcasts on Twitter.

Duration:00:05:08

Making sense of Pakistan’s elections

7/27/2018
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Nonresident fellow Madiha Afzal explains the results of Pakistan’s historic general election, why the results are being contested, the shifting political dynamics in the country, and what to expect from Pakistan’s prime minister. Subscribe to Brookings podcasts here or on iTunes, send email feedback to bcp@brookings.edu, and follow us and tweet us at @policypodcasts on Twitter.

Duration:00:09:03

Did the Trump-Putin summit resolve any arms control issues?

7/17/2018
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Senior Fellow Frank Rose offers his observations on the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki, and explains what the meeting might mean for the future of arms control between the U.S. and Russia. Subscribe to Brookings podcasts here or on iTunes, send email feedback to bcp@brookings.edu, and follow us and tweet us at @policypodcasts on Twitter.

Duration:00:05:49

What does Putin want from Trump?

7/11/2018
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Ahead of the Trump-Putin summit, Rubenstein Fellow Alina Polyakova discusses what Russian President Vladimir Putin might be looking to gain, including a reduction of U.S. troops in Europe, an end to NATO expansion, and U.S. recognition of Russia’s Crimea takeover. Subscribe to Brookings podcasts here or on iTunes, send email feedback to bcp@brookings.edu, and follow us and tweet us at @policypodcasts on Twitter.

Duration:00:05:43