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Podcast: Obamacare in Peril
The Week Ahead, Episode 59

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

CQ's health reporter Kerry Young and magazine deputy 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.

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Podcast: Inside the Senate’s Secret Health Care Talks
The Week Ahead, Episode 58

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

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.

 

Podcast: In Comey We Trust?
The Week Ahead, Episode 57

Podcast: Comey Ready to Talk
The Week Ahead, Episode 56

CQ Roll Call's legal affairs writer Todd Ruger and intelligence reporter Ryan Lucas preview the Senate committee testimony of Ex-FBI Director James Comey.  President Donald Trump could still cite executive privilege to block Comey from appearing.

Trump Budget a Shock to Farmers, Needy and Environment
The Week Ahead, Episode 55

A Special Counsel for Russia
The Week Ahead, Episode 54

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.

All the Russia Probes Dogging the President
The Week Ahead, Episode 53

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.

Vexed by North Korea
The Week Ahead, Episode 52

Another Attempt to Undo Obamacare, Another Set of Problems
The Week Ahead, Episode 51

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., conducts a news conference after a meeting of the House Republican Conference in the Capitol on April 26. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., also appear. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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.

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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.