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Cecilia Rouse is the first Black woman to chair theCouncil of Economic Advisers, a White House think tank, of sorts, on economic policy. Yes, she has an impressive background — dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and a member of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers. But her mandate seems near impossible. She's…
 
Lawmakers are bracing for a hectic few months, with President Biden’s budget request expected by Memorial Day, House committee markups in June, and a potential reconciliation bill for Biden’s infrastructure, education and child care plans. CQ Roll Call’s David Lerman and Peter Cohn discuss everything coming down the pike over the next few months. L…
 
Heading into the 2022 midterm elections, history and redistricting favor House Republicans. But even with built-in advantages, there are some wild cards to consider, particularly former President Donald Trump’s effect and some internal party drama that threatens to spill into public view. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoic…
 
What do paying taxes and racial equity have to do with one another? As it turns out, quite a lot since American tax policy is written in a way that keeps Black Americans impoverished, according to Professor Dorothy Brown, author of “The Whiteness of Wealth: How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans — And How We Can Fix It." Brown, who has bee…
 
New analysis from Penn Wharton finds that President Biden’s family aid package — which would expand child care, education and more — would cost more than advertised if passed, and the proposed tax increases won’t raise as much as expected. Doug Sword reports. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Sopnendu Mohanty, Singapore’s fintech chief, breaks down Partior, the “watershed” blockchain-based platform for cross-border payments announced by JPMorgan Chase, Singapore’s Temasek Holdings and DBS Group Holdings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesDi CQ Roll Call
 
President Joe Biden outlined his plan for spending big on key areas in his prime-time address to Congress, calling for over $4 trillion in new spending with tax hikes on corporations and upper-income households. CQ Roll Call’s Jennifer Shutt and David Lerman discuss the hurdles Democrats will face trying to pass the proposal. Learn more about your …
 
"It is deeply broken." That is the overall assessment of the process and policy to let refugees into the country from the former head of the agency in charge of immigration. Both sides of the aisle likely agree with Doris Meissner, a senior fellow with the Migration Policy Institute. CQ Roll Call's Shawn Zeller takes a deep dive into the current po…
 
Mark McKinnon, long-time political adviser and current co-host of the Showtime political documentary series The Circus joins Political Theater to discuss President Joe Biden’s approach to the art of the possible, the president's move from transitional to transformational figure, the “Manch Cam” focus on West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin III and how po…
 
Jaime Harrison gained national attention last year when he broke fundraising records running against South Carolina incumbent Senator Lindsey Graham. While Harrison didn't win the election, his candidacy gave notice that the Old South is now the New South. Curtis sits down with the DNC Chair and talks race, his grandfather's life lesson, and what 2…
 
Senate Republicans unveiled a five-year, $568 billion infrastructure proposal on Thursday that they hope can be a starting point for negotiations with Democrats. Senate Budget Chairman Bernie Sanders says the proposal “goes nowhere near what has to be done to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure.” CQ Roll Call’s Jennifer Shutt and David Lerman disc…
 
It’s been 30 years since the world saw Rodney King on video being beaten by Los Angeles police officers. Since then, the list of Black people killed at the hands of police has grown -- Eric Garner, Daunte Wright and Ma’Khia Bryant, the 16-year old Black girl shot hours before Chauvin was pronounced guilty of murdering George Floyd. Mary C. Curtis s…
 
It's no secret that in the corridors of power there is a struggle for the soul of the Democratic Party. While Joe Biden won the presidency, there certainly wasn't a blue wave. Moreover, House Democrats lost seats, and while they hold a slim-majority in the Senate, infighting in the party has presented challenges in President Biden's agenda. CQ Roll…
 
The National Institutes of Health announced it would loosen restrictions on using fetal tissue in biomedical research and revert to the process in place before 2019. Here’s CQ Roll Call health care reporter Sandhya Raman on Friday’s announcement. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Democrats are struggling to decide whether to pursue a bipartisan infrastructure bill or go it alone through another budget reconciliation process. Some are advocating a two-step strategy that combines both approaches, but skeptics abound as Republicans prepare their own slimmed-down version. CQ Roll Call’s Jennifer Shutt and David Lerman break dow…
 
The political money game is changing. Small donor fundraising is at an all-time high, while corporations are holding off on donating in the wake of the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol. What do these changes mean for political contributions, and how will they change campaigning going forward? Sheila Krumholz joins us this week to discuss the l…
 
The Biden administration released a proposed rule on Wednesday that would reinstate eligibility for federal family planning funds to organizations that provide abortions or abortion referrals — a move that would directly affect groups like Planned Parenthood. Here’s CQ Roll Call health care reporter Sandhya Raman on the reactions to this rule and t…
 
The United States is amid a period of self-reflection and contentious debate on race relations and President Joe Biden is leaning into it. Rashawn Ray, a scholar at the Brookings Institution and sociology professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, discusses Biden’s practical and personal approach to race relations, from executive orders…
 
States and the federal government are trying to stop the COVID-19 vaccine equity gap from growing as vaccine eligibility opens up to all adults — but officials don’t have much time. CQ Roll Call’s Ariel Cohen has more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesDi CQ Roll Call
 
A debate is raging among some top infectious disease experts as calls are growing to administer as many first doses of two-dose COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible. CQ Roll Call’s Emily Kopp reports on questions facing the White House about why it’s not redirecting vaccines to hot spots as some U.S. regions see surges of the disease. Learn more a…
 
The Biden administration’s fiscal 2022 defense budget request would eliminate the so-called Overseas Contingency Operations account, a seemingly bottomless box of money that had become emblematic of Washington’s fiscal flimflammery. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesDi CQ Roll Call
 
The Biden administration underscored its focus on climate change in the first glimpse of its fiscal 2022 budget proposal, calling for tens of billions of dollars in new spending from Congress and framing the warming planet as a pervasive threat that seeps into daily life in myriad ways. Ben Hulac reports. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit meg…
 
The Biden administration on Friday released its wish list for discretionary spending for fiscal 2022. The proposal would boost non-defense spending by 16 percent and defense spending by 1.7 percent over current funding levels. CQ Roll Call’s Jennifer Shutt and David Lerman discuss the details of the plan, the winners and the losers. Learn more abou…
 
After a heated and contentious presidential election in 2020, voting rights are under attack. Georgia just passed a law that makes it harder for those who may be disenfranchised to cast their ballots. Other states are following suit. Mary C. Curtis speaks to Rashad Robinson, president of the social justice organization Color of Change, on what is a…
 
Rep. Mike Johnson is emblematic of the Republican Party of which he is now, in his third House term, and a leading member. He joined fellow Republicans in January in backing the former president's campaign to overturn state election results. More than 60 percent of voters in his northwest Louisiana district voted for Trump and Johnson views Trump a…
 
Frederik Mijnhardt, CEO of Secfi, joins Fintech Beat to explain why 80 percent of startup employees don’t exercise their stock options — and what that means for drivers of wealth in the innovation economy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesDi CQ Roll Call
 
The Biden administration says its $2 trillion infrastructure plan would boost the economy, fight climate change and address racial inequity. But Republicans are already pushing back, arguing that an increase in taxes to pay for the measure would slow down the economy. CQ Roll Call’s Jennifer Shutt and David Lerman discuss the ins and outs of the bi…
 
President Donald Trump is ensconced at Mar-a-Lago and everyone — on all sides of the aisle — is curious to know what his influence will be on the GOP. We turn to Rep. Mike Johnson, Republican of Louisiana, who has risen fast in the party ranks since his 2016 election. He is a former lawyer, defends religious liberty and opposes same-sex marriage. H…
 
President Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure plan includes money to repair roads, bridges and beef up transit, but what it doesn't do is mention the gas tax. Not everyone is happy. CQ Jessica Wehrman has more on what's in the plan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesDi CQ Roll Call
 
Unified control of the White House and Congress does not happen all that often. We are in one of those periods now, with President Joe Biden and his fellow Democrats in the majority in the House and Senate. And they are pursuing policy like they know they know their time is limited. Political Theater host Jason Dick discusses why unified control is…
 
The Biden administration has reached out to key lawmakers and the criminal justice community for guidance on a slate of appointments to revive the sentencing commission, a move that also could influence congressional efforts to further change the nation’s criminal justice system. Todd Ruger reports. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone…
 
Democrats are working to build support around a set of proposals, some legislative, that would order a series of structural changes to the State Department with the goal of increasing diversity. CQ Roll Call's Rachel Oswald reports. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesDi CQ Roll Call
 
The Biden administration announced today that J&J, Moderna and Pfizer are on target to meet first quarter goals. And half of the states will open eligibility to all adults by mid April. CQ Roll Call's Sandhya Raman reports. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesDi CQ Roll Call
 
Secretary Tom Vilsack and a Black former Agriculture Department official he once forced out of her job testify on the department’s treatment of Black farmers. CQ Roll Call's Ellyn Ferguson reports. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesDi CQ Roll Call
 
The Equal Rights Amendment known as ERA — yes that ERA — is back. The House passed a bill last week that would extend the deadline to ratify the amendment to the Constitution prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex. But is this five-decade-old amendment up to this moment? A moment that includes #MeToo, rising hate crimes against women of col…
 
This week marks the 11th anniversary of Barack Obama’s signing of the Affordable Care Act, something Joe Biden, then the vice president, now the president, famously described as a “Big F-ing Deal.” He was right. It is one of the signature moments in American health care policy, along with the passage of Medicare and Medicaid, the Children's Health …
 
The House Republican Conference will allow its members to submit earmark requests, ending a decade-old prohibition. CQ Roll Call’s Jennifer Shutt and David Lerman discuss whether Senate Republicans will follow suit and what earmarks mean for the appropriations process. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
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