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Podcast: Banking Deregulation in the Air
CQ on Congress, Episode 95

CQ banking reporter Doug Sword explains the state of play as Republicans (and some Democrats) try to relax banking regulations enacted during the Obama administration to safeguard against a repeat of the 2008 financial meltdown.

Podcast: The Risks to Trump's Unconventional Approach to Tariffs, North Korea
CQ on Congress, Episode 94

CQ trade reporter Ellyn Ferguson and defense reporter John M. Donnelly spell out the risks posed by President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and his agreement to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

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Podcast: Russia Meddles, Trump Fiddles, Midterms in Peril
CQ on Congress, Episode 93

Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the head of U.S. Cyber Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee this week that the Defense Department believes Russia will target state election systems, which tally votes, during the 2018 election. But CQ cybersecurity reporter Gopal Ratnam says that neither Congress, nor the Trump administration, has done anything to help states shore up their defenses.


Podcast: A Twist in the Gun Control Debate
CQ on Congress, Episode 92

Avery Gardiner, co-president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, wants Congress to toughen background checks, but not if it also means shielding more gun sellers from liability lawsuits.

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Defense Bill’s New Lobbying Restrictions May Send Contractors Scrambling

Lobbying compliance lawyers around Washington are drawing attention to a provision in the defense authorization law Congress passed in December.

It bars retiring military officers of high rank and top Defense Department civilians who leave the Pentagon from lobbying there for two years, while some lower level officers now face a one-year lobbying ban.

Podcast: Pentagon Aims at Russia, China With Big Budget Boost
CQ on Congress, Episode 91

Congress' budget deal gives the Pentagon the money it says it needs to deter the world's other great powers. CQ defense reporter Andrew Clevenger and Mandy Smithberger of the Project on Government Oversight discuss lawmakers' reasoning in approving the big budget boost.


Podcast: The GOP’s Fiscally Toxic Combo
CQ on Congress, Episode 90

Bob Bixby, executive director of The Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan group that encourages fiscal responsibility in Washington, explains how the adoption of the deficit-busting budget deal could affect the overall economy and why cutting entitlements may pose a problem for the GOP.

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Podcast: Roadblocks to Rebuilding America's Roads and Bridges
CQ on Congress, Episode 89

President Trump says he wants a $1.5 trillion to rebuild America's roads, bridges and other infrastructure, but differences over how to pay for it could prevent his ambitious plan from getting off the ground. CQ transportation reporter Jacob Fischler and budget editor Peter Cohn explain.

Podcast: Trump's Tangled War on Trade
CQ on Congress, Episode 88

CQ trade reporter Ellyn Ferguson looks at whether President Donald Trump will impose more tariffs and withdraw from more international trade agreements in 2018, or pursue a more moderate path.


FISA Fight Marks Win for Intelligence Committee Over Judiciary

The Jan. 19 signing of legislation to reauthorize a government surveillance authority that has, in some cases, given intelligence and law enforcement agents access to Americans’ correspondence without a warrant, was a victory for security hawks over civil libertarians.

It also marked a win for the House Intelligence Committee over its counterpart, House Judiciary, and a shift in the balance of power on government surveillance from three years ago.

Podcast: Surveillance Is Back
CQ on Congress, Episode 87

Congress disregarded concerns about government surveillance of Americans and on Jan. 18 reauthorized a controversial anti-terrorism law. CQ cybersecurity editor Patrick Pexton explains how the security hawks beat the civil libertarians — energized by the 2013 revelations from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.


Podcast: Immigration Imbroglio
CQ on Congress, Episode 86

CQ immigration reporters Camila DeChalus and Dean DeChiaro dig into the complications of finding an agreement to safeguard immigrants with special protections while funding a border wall demanded by the Trump administration.

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Podcast: The Senate GOP's Math Problem
CQ on Congress, Episode 85

The Week Ahead Podcast is now CQ on Congress. New look but same great show. CQ Senate reporter, Niels Lesniewski, says the Senate Republican majority, now just one seat, will struggle to pass legislation and confirm judges in 2018.


Podcast: Opportunity to Flip Congress?
The Week Ahead, Episode 84

Roll Call political reporters Bridget Bowman and Simone Pathé dissect the political landscape in 2018, when all 435 House seats and 34 in the Senate are up for grabs.

Why Net Neutrality Isn't Dead Yet
The Week Ahead, Episode 83

Internet service providers say they'd like Congress to pass a law mandating net neutrality now that the Federal Communications Commission has rescinded the rule requiring them to abide by it. But the providers also want Congress to exempt them from broader FCC regulation, says Rick Boucher, a former Democratic representative who now works for the industry. CQ reporter Alan Ota says such a measure faces a tough road on Capitol Hill.


Podcast: Tax Bill Would Cost Charities Billions
The Week Ahead, Episode 82

Jamie Tucker of Independent Sector, which represents charities from The Red Cross to the Salvation Army, says the GOP tax bill could reduce charitable giving by as much as $20 billion and force charities to lay off hundreds of thousands of employees.


Podcast: Tax Bills Stir Anxiety in Largest Generation — Millennials
The Week Ahead, Episode 80

Millennials are the largest living generation and are just starting their careers, so the GOP’s tax plan would affect them all of their working lives. They’re concerned about the proposed changes to the tax treatment of housing, education, health care and income, says CQ reporter Laura Weiss.

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Podcast: Trip Wires Await the GOP Tax Proposals
The Week Ahead, Episode 79

Roll Call reporters Lindsey McPherson and Niels Lesniewski, who cover the House and Senate, walk us through the hurdles that Republicans have to overcome to pass the legislation.

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Podcast: What Businesses Have to Gain From the Tax Overhaul
The Week Ahead, Episode 78

Rachelle Bernstein of the National Retail Federation and a long time voice on tax policy around Capitol Hill explains what businesses, large and small, are looking for in the tax overhaul and the lessons learned from the Bush-era tax cuts.

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