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#17 The Looming Social Security Cliff

6/22/2018
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Senior Policy Analyst Tim Shaw returns to the program to break down the recent Social Security Trustees’ Report and explain why no news is bad news. Read More

Duration:00:26:35

#16 How Improving Housing Can Improve Health

6/8/2018
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BPC’s Jake Varn and Andy Winkler discuss a new report that recommends ways federal agencies can better coordinate to bridge the gap between health policy and housing policy.Read More

Duration:00:25:27

#15 The Opioid Crisis: How We Got Here

5/25/2018
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The nation’s opioid crisis: how it’s affecting people and communities, and what Congress and the Trump administration are doing to solve it.Read More

Duration:00:25:01

#14 What’s an AUMF?

4/27/2018
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Policy analyst Jessica Michek joins host Jordan LaPier to explain the role of Congress in authorizing military action in the context of the ongoing fight against ISIS and the recent airstrikes in Syria. Read More

Duration:00:20:51

#13 Coming Soon: $1 Trillion Deficits

4/13/2018
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This week the Congressional Budget Office released new projections that federal budget deficits are expected to exceed $1 trillion by 2020. What does this mean and how did we get here?Read More

Duration:00:31:04

#12 Do Immigrants Commit More Crimes?

3/30/2018
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A recent Trump administration report pointed to federal prison data to suggest that immigrants commit crimes at higher rates than native-born Americans. Read More

Duration:00:31:34

Changing SNAP

3/16/2018
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The SNAP is up for reauthorization this year in the 2018 Farm Bill which provides the opportunity to change SNAP. Experts unpack newly released BPC recommendations that aim to leverage SNAP.Read More

Duration:00:25:34

#10 Defining Gerrymandering

2/23/2018
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What exactly constitutes gerrymandering? And is this as big of a problem as we think it is? Jordan LaPier discusses all of this and more with BPC Associate Director Matt Weil. Read More

Duration:00:32:03

#09 The Future of America’s Infrastructure

1/26/2018
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BPC senior policy analyst Andy Winkler sits down with Jordan LaPier to unravel what’s in the president’s plan to rebuild the country’s infrastructure.Read More

Duration:00:30:14

#08 A Looming Government Shutdown

1/12/2018
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The next federal funding deadline is a week away. Are we headed for a government shutdown? What exactly happens in a government shutdown?Read More

Duration:00:25:04

#07 Year in Review

12/15/2017
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Ashley Swearingen and Rachael Gresson sit down with BPC's VP of Communications, Robert Traynham to unpack all that happened in 2017 and look ahead to what bipartisan moments are feasible in 2018. Read More

Duration:00:27:59

#06 Reza Zarrab and the Fate of U.S. Turkish Relations

12/1/2017
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Ashley Swearingen sits down with BPC policy analyst Jessica Michek to breakdown the Zarrab case and discuss what lies ahead for the U.S. and Turkey. Read More

Duration:00:24:19

#05 Immigration and the American Workforce

11/17/2017
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BPC's Ashley Swearingen and Rachael Gresson sit down senior policy analyst Kenny Megan to discuss how immigration impacts the economy and the American workforce.Read More

Duration:00:24:07

#04 Reforming the Nation’s Tax Code

11/3/2017
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Ashley Swearingen sits down with BPC senior policy analyst Tim Shaw to discuss the issues with the current tax code and break down some of the key provisions in the latest legislation. Read More

Duration:00:22:56

#03 What Happened to CHIP?

10/20/2017
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Thus far this year, Congress has not reauthorized the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). CHIP offers health care coverage to 9 million children across the country annually. Read More

Duration:00:32:28

#02 Rebuilding Puerto Rico

10/6/2017
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Puerto Rico will be rebuilding for decades to come from the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The destruction and aftermath demonstrate that, as a country, we must develop a better way to prepare for, respond to, and pay for natural disasters.Read More

Duration:00:28:44

#01 Regular Order?

9/22/2017
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Last month, Senator John McCain urged the Senate to return to "regular order." What exactly does this mean? And how well is the legislative process working in the 115th Congress?Read More

Duration:00:30:59