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Podcast: Trump's About-Face in His First 100 Days
The Big Story, Episode 51

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.

Podcast: Here's Why Congress Is Facing an Unprecedented Budget Puzzle
Budget Tracker Extra, Episode 14

An unprecedented situation is developing in Congress as lawmakers are confronted with not only finishing the fiscal 2017 budget but beginning work on a fiscal 2018 budget, says CQ’s senior budget reporter Paul M. Krawzak. But adding uncertainty to the work are the so-called reconciliation instructions attached to the 2017 budget resolution that spell out how Republicans can repeal Obamacare. At what point do these instructions expire and it's game over for an easy health care repeal? Krawzak explains why this question has become so important, and offers a prediction on when President Trump will present his full budget to Congress.

Podcast: The Long Road Ahead to Fixing America’s Infrastructure
The Week Ahead, Episode 50

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.

Podcast: Troubled Climate for Trump’s First Earth Day
The Big Story, Episode 50

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.

Ep. 13: Federal Workforce Reductions Could Hurt Veterans

 

The Trump administration has plans to reduce the number of government workers in the months and years ahead, says CQ Roll Call’s budget reporter Ryan McCrimmon. But those efforts could directly cost veterans in more ways than one, adds Kellie Mejdrich.

Ep. 49: Democrats Turning Up the Heat to Flip a Georgia District
The Week Ahead

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

Ep. 49: Trump’s Ethics Give Democrats a Midterm Weapon
The Big Story

President Donald Trump (C) walks along the West Wing colonnade with his daughter Ivanka Trump (L) and his son-in-law and Senior Advisor to the President for Strategic Planning Jared Kushner. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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.

Ep. 48: Why Trump is Slow-Walking His Trade Policy
The Week Ahead

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.

 

Podcast: Trump’s Empty Seats
Ep. 48: Senate could become ‘full-time confirmation machine,’ squeezing time needed for legislation

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The Senate is waiting for hundreds of high-profile nominations to lead the federal government and the U.S. court system, but it might be a long time before any of those people settle into their new jobs, says CQ Roll Call’s Senior Legislative Analyst Ed Pesce. Many must wade through the Senate’s approval process and that could turn the chamber into a "full-time confirmation machine,'' squeezing time needed for legislation.

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Ep. 11: Military Brass Balks at Another Stopgap Funding Measure
Budget Tracker Extra

Military chiefs are expected to tell Congress this week that unless new funding is approved for the remainder of fiscal 2017, the armed services would have to cancel vital programs from grounding large portions of their aircraft squadrons to calling off military training exercises, says CQ Roll Call’s defense reporter John M. Donnelly, who obtained a copy of communiques that outline the Pentagon’s worries. Continuing to fund the remainder of fiscal 2017 at last year’s level would be a first for the U.S. military, says Donnelly.

Ep. 11: Military Brass Balks at Another Stopgap Funding Measure