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Why You Shouldn’t Be Alarmed Over North Korea...Yet

8/11/2017
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Trump’s fiery rhetoric over North Korea’s nuclear program should not be taken seriously just yet, says CQ Roll Call’s foreign policy reporter Rachel Oswald, adding that Congress may take further action when it returns in September.

Duration: 00:11:54


Inside the Senate’s Struggle With Civility

8/4/2017
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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: 00:14:54


Trump and GOP Lawmakers at Odds

7/28/2017
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The demise of the Republican health care bill has added to a growing list of disagreements between President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress, from the future of Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Russia sanctions to transgender people serving in the military. Is the relationship breaking down? CQ Roll Call White House reporter John T. Bennett and Defense reporter John M. Donnelly explain.

Duration: 00:21:52


On Russia, Congress Looks at the Collusion Question

7/21/2017
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Lawmakers will likely hear from three key figures in the Russia investigation next week, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, his son, Donald Trump Jr., and his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort. CQ Roll Call Legal Affairs Reporter Todd Ruger previews what figure to be blockbuster hearings.

Duration: 00:12:35


How the GOP is Shopping for Health Bill Votes

7/14/2017
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Republican lawmakers, by keeping two Obamacare taxes on the wealthy, hope to mute Democratic arguments that their health care plan would take away benefits from the poor to help the rich, say CQ Roll Call health reporter Kerry Young and tax reporter Alan K. Ota. But that doesn't mean that the wealthy won't get their tax cuts in legislation yet to come.

Duration: 00:16:25


Congress Has Air Traffic Control and Passenger Woes on its Radar

7/8/2017
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Lawmakers are debating legislation that would put air traffic control into private hands, provide protections to airline passengers and regulate drones, says CQ's transportation reporter Jacob Fischler. He and transportation editor Randy Walerius explain what's at stake.

Duration: 00:12:27


Trump's Travel Ban Tests Family Ties

6/30/2017
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CQ Roll Call reporters Dean DeChiaro and Gopal Ratnam explain the latest on President Donald Trump's travel ban, which went into partial effect June 29 following a Supreme Court decision. They explain who is now allowed into the United States and who is not and discuss the legal and policy debates to come.

Duration: 00:17:33


Obamacare in Peril

6/24/2017
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CQ's health reporter Kerry Young and magazine editor Shawn Zeller explain the consequences of the draft health care bill crafted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who can cement his legislative legacy by slashing Medicaid — a program that helps almost 70 million people who live in or near poverty or have disabilities.

Duration: 00:19:15


Inside the Senate’s Secret Health Care Talks

6/16/2017
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Capping Medicaid payments is just one of several ideas Republican senators are kicking around as they struggle to fashion a health care bill to overhaul Obamacare, says CQ Roll Call health care reporter Kerry Young, who provides the latest developments.

Duration: 00:15:21


In Comey We Trust?

6/9/2017
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Lawmakers could be in for more drama in the days ahead as they are expected to question other Trump administration officials following the testimony of former FBI director James Comey on the ongoing Russia-related investigation. CQ Roll Call's intelligence reporter Ryan Lucas, White House reporter John Bennett and legal affairs writer Todd Ruger explain why it all matters.

Duration: 00:20:19


Comey Ready to Talk

6/3/2017
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Ex-FBI Director James Comey is scheduled to testify on June 8 at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about the conversations with President Donald Trump that led to his firing last month. CQ Roll Call's legal affairs writer Todd Ruger and intelligence reporter Ryan Lucas preview what Comey could say and whether it might implicate Trump in obstructing the FBI’s Russia investigation. Trump could still cite executive privilege to block Comey from appearing.

Duration: 00:17:23


Trump Budget a Shock to Farmers, Needy and Environment

5/26/2017
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President Donald Trump's first budget calls for mammoth cuts to programs that benefit everyone from farmers to the poor to offset a boost to the Pentagon. Even Red State Trump supporters aren’t spared, say CQ Roll Call’s agriculture reporter Ellyn Ferguson and environmental reporter Elvina Nawaguna.

Duration: 00:15:56


A Special Counsel for Russia

5/19/2017
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Former FBI Director Robert Mueller is now leading the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the special counsel's work will likely eclipse four concurrent congressional investigations, says CQ Roll Call's Todd Ruger and Niels Lesniewski. They provide the latest political and legal developments on the rapidly expanding probe.

Duration: 00:17:43


All the Russia Probes Dogging the President

5/12/2017
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Congressional investigations, as well as the FBI's, into Russian interference in the 2016 election are ongoing, but what will happen to them now that President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey? CQ Roll Call's legal affairs writer Todd Ruger and intelligence reporter Ryan Lucas examine the dynamics on Capitol Hill and at the Justice Department.

Duration: 00:16:47


Vexed by North Korea

5/5/2017
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Plans to confront the nuclear threat from North Korea include building a missile defense system in Hawaii, say CQ Roll Call's defense reporters Megan Scully and Rachel Oswald. The two reporters take a deep dive into the vexing issue and the geopolitical considerations that U.S. officials are weighing, including setting aside concerns about China's trade deficit.

Duration: 00:14:24


Another Attempt to Undo Obamacare, Another Set of Problems

4/29/2017
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The new effort by Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare helped secure conservative votes, says CQ Roll Call health editor Rebecca Adams, but it raises new issues for moderates: Of particular concern for many lawmakers is that it could allow states to permit insurers to sock people who have pre-existing conditions with huge premium increases.

Duration: 00:10:11


The Long Road Ahead to Fixing America’s Transportation System

4/21/2017
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President Donald Trump wants to invest $1 trillion into the nation’s crumbling roads, bridges, tunnels and airports, as well as into drinking water, electric and telecommunications systems, says CQ Roll Call’s transportation reporter Jacob Fischler. But the hurdle to that ambitious agenda is finding the money. Fischler and transportation editor Randy Walerius discuss what role Congress could play in the plan.

Duration: 00:09:11


Democrats Turning Up the Heat to Flip a Georgia District

4/14/2017
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This could be the Democrats best chance, says CQ Roll Call reporters Simone Pathé and Greg Tourial, to flip Georgia's 6th District, where Republicans are scrambling to stop Democrat Jon Ossoff from winning in an April 18 all-party primary. ossoff FlipThe6th

Duration: 00:14:27


Why Trump is Slow-Walking His Trade Policy

4/8/2017
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President Donald Trump is taking his time reshaping his trade policies, says CQ Roll Call's trade reporter Ellyn Ferguson. She provides valuable insight on where things stand with the president's campaign pledges to rip up NAFTA and officially label China as a currency manipulator - neither of which has happened.

Duration: 00:14:44


Why You Shouldn't Count On the Trump Tax Cuts

3/31/2017
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President Trump has promised big tax cuts but as CQ Roll Call's tax editor Catalina Camia explains a tangled web of interests and Republican disunity in Congress could spoil efforts for the first major tax legislation in 30 years.

Duration: 00:13:30

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