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Jeff Flake Feels the Heat

Sen. Jeff Flake's path to re-election is complicated. The Arizona Republican was potentially vulnerable even before President Donald Trump touched down in Phoenix to criticize him at a campaign style rally. Now Flake, who has argued for more civility in politics, finds himself in a big fight in both the GOP primary and, if he gets past that, a compressed general election. Roll Call Elections Analyst Nathan Gonzales discusses the 2018 Senate race in Arizona with Roll Call Leadership Editor...

Duration: 00:15:31

After Charlottesville, Civil Rights Under Trump at the Fore

Last weekend’s bloody Virginia demonstrations incited by white supremacists will focus new attention on how the Trump administration is altering the Justice Department’s approach to hate crimes and other civil rights issues, CQ legal affairs reporter Todd Ruger explains. It’s a big test for Attorney General Jeff Sessions, already under fire from the president and because of his own record on race.

Duration: 00:14:26

Alabama's Strange Election Turns Anti-McConnell But Pro-Trump

Republicans competing for Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat in Alabama are striving to tell primary voters just how much they support President Donald Trump and, perhaps surprisingly, are using Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as a punching bag.

Duration: 00:10:38

Inside the Senate’s Struggle With Civility

Senators are heading home for summer break, after a health care implosion highlighted the partisan ill will that’s festered all year. Ed Pesce, who edits CQ’s Senate coverage, explains how hardline GOP procedural tactics have taken the chamber to a new low, and what could get civil deliberations back on track.

Duration: 00:14:44

What's the Spiel With Democrats' Better Deal?

The Democratic Party rolled out a new platform to win back voters, but is the reboot going to work? Roll Call Columnist Jonathan Allen, Senior Reporter Bridget Bowman and Leadership Editor Jason Dick assess the strategy.

Duration: 00:17:40

Why Republicans Haven’t (Yet) Said Nyet to Trump on Russia

CQ Roll Call columnist Walter Shapiro and senior editor David Hawkings consider the Watergate scandal and what its rhythms reveal about why today’s GOP lawmakers are still taking a wait-and-see approach to the sprawling, sometimes confusing connections between the Russians and President Donald Trump.

Duration: 00:17:33

Short Recess, Long on Goals

The Senate will stick around Washington a little longer in August, shortening its recess to focus on an ambitious agenda. The list of things to do could include confirming the new FBI director. CQ Roll Call Senior Senate Reporter Niels Lesniewski and Leadership Editor Jason Dick break down what is doable.

Duration: 00:13:15

GOP’s Health Care Puzzle Not Solved by Protests, Parades

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell likened his search for 50 senators willing to vote for the same repeal-and-replace legislation to solving a Rubik’s Cube, a task not helped by many GOP skeptics getting besieged back home this July 4 recess. Roll Call reporters Bridget Bowman and Niels Lesniewski see no reason to predict the health care impasse is about to be broken.

Duration: 00:17:04

McConnell's Health Care Seesaw

The Senate majority leader hasn’t abandoned hope of finding 50 votes for the year’s top GOP priority. But postponement over the July Fourth break won’t make it easier to bridge the gap between those focused on Obamacare’s repeal and those worried about too stingy a replacement, Roll Call's Niels Lesniewski and David Hawkings explain.

Duration: 00:17:25

What We Learned From the 2017 Special Elections

Special election season is over, yielding an expensive status quo in the House’s partisan balance. But there are lessons to learn from these contests, including how they will affect the congressional agenda and what it means for the 2018 elections. Roll Call’s Simone Pathe and Jason Dick discuss the fallout.

Duration: 00:15:51

Democrats' Big Test in Georgia

Roll Call political correspondent Simone Pathè explains how the most expensive House race in history, next week's contest to fill an open seat in suburban Atlanta, has already revealed plenty about the new congressional electoral landscape in the age of Trump.

Duration: 00:16:12

Podcast: Senate Picks Up Pace on GOP Health Care Bill

After a series of fits and starts, the Senate is starting to clear a path so it can consider legislation dismantling Obamacare, say CQ Roll Call's Jason Dick and Ed Pesce. They review how the Senate got there and what's next.

Duration: 00:16:21

In Congress, GOP at a Legislative Standstill

Even with the first all-Republican government in a decade, Congress has yet to send any meaningful legislation to President Donald Trump, say CQ Roll Call congressional leadership reporters Niels Lesniewski and Lindsey McPherson. They explain why health care, taxes, the budget and confirmations will likely remain stuck at least through the summer.

Duration: 00:15:31

Lessons of a "Shattered" Campaign

Democrats heading into the 2018 midterm elections should pay attention to the party hubris that likely contributed to Hillary Clinton's presidential loss, says Jonathan Allen, CQ Roll Call columnist and co-author of the best-selling book "Shattered."

Duration: 00:18:22

Special Elections in the Time of Trump

Special elections are coming up in Montana, Georgia and South Carolina and candidates are trying to work around the seemingly endless White House drama, says CQ Roll Call’s @jasonjdick ‏and @Simone Pathé.

Duration: 00:13:45

House GOP at Home Defending Health Vote, Not Always Truthfully

The Republican effort to replace Obamacare has put some electorally vulnerable House Republicans on the defensive, CQ Roll Call political reporter Bridget Bowman says. And, health editor Rebecca Adams explains some members haven’t been accurate back home in explaining what would change. Meanwhile, the Senate debate looks to be long and complex, senior editor David Hawkings predicts.

Duration: 00:12:52

The Art of the Spending Deal

Congress struck a deal on a long-overdue spending bill to keep the government running, and all hell broke loose. CQ Roll Call’s Jason Dick, Niels Lesniewski and Walter Shapiro discuss how Washington’s dynamics prevent even a small victory party from breaking out.

Duration: 00:20:09

Trump's About-Face in His First 100 Days

The first 100 days of an administration have been used as a benchmark to gauge the progress made by a sitting president. Donald Trump’s first 100 days are punctuated by successes such as confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee and self-inflicted wounds such as the travel ban, says CQ Roll Call’s White House correspondent John T. Bennett. But what is most striking about Trump thus far, adds Bennett, is the difference between candidate Trump and President Trump.

Duration: 00:20:23

Troubled Climate for Trump’s First Earth Day

President Donald Trump is moving on several fronts to deregulate environmental protection, prompting some states to intervene. But deep EPA budget cuts will get tamed by Congress, and the U.S. might stay with the Paris climate accord; even business leaders and conservative voters worry the anti-green push has gone too far, CQ Roll Call’s Mike Magner and Jeremy Dillon explain.

Duration: 00:15:05

Trump’s Ethics Give Democrats a Midterm Weapon

President Donald Trump has a blasé approach to the long list of complaints about his ethical conflicts and quandaries, and his GOP base hardly seems to mind, CQ Roll Call’s lobbying reporter Kate Ackley says. But all the questionable behavior by the president, his senior aides and his family are already giving Democrats on the Hill plenty of talking points for the midterm campaign.

Duration: 00:11:12

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