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 2021-04-21 13:45 

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Political Theater: The future of the Democratic Party...

We begin with Jason Dick offering a tribute to former Vice President Walter Mondale — who he was and how he helped build the Democratic Party of today. Then we thought it would be a good idea to give Political Theater listeners a chance to hear our ...

 2021-04-21 13:00 

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Amtrak's proposed $80 billion windfall: Too much or too little?...

The $80 billion that President Joe Biden proposes to give Amtrak over eight years in his $2 trillion infrastructure proposal would be a windfall for an enterprise that typically receives $2 billion from the federal government per year. But both critics an...

 2021-04-21 11:00 

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Capitol Ink | Political chess grandmaster...

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 2021-04-21 10:30 

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Rep. Grace Meng on fighting COVID-19 and hatred aimed at Asian Americans...

The Senate has bipartisan votes scheduled for Wednesday on a bill sponsored by Hawaii Democrat Mazie K. Hirono to address a rise in violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders tied to the coronavirus pandemic. New York Rep. Grace Meng, who intr...

 2021-04-21 09:00 

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Modernization Committee eyes accountability and new proposals...

Reps. Derek Kilmer, a Democrat from Washington, and William R. Timmons IV, a Republican from South Carolina, talk over each other on a joint phone call for just a moment before recognizing that they are in agreement and trying to say the same thing. The p...

 2021-04-21 08:53 

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Progressive lawmakers push for free college for most families...

Progressive lawmakers on Wednesday introduced the latest version of legislation to make four years of college or university free for most families in the country, paid for by new taxes on stock and bond transactions. The legislation, led by Sen. Bernie Sa...

 2021-04-20 19:29 

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For Black Caucus, relief and resolve after Chauvin verdict...

Shouts and gasps could be heard as nearly 20 members of the Congressional Black Caucus huddled around a laptop computer and a mobile phone in an ornate room steps from the House floor Tuesday to learn that a jury found former Minneapolis police Officer De...

 2021-04-20 19:20 

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'This is accountability' — Lawmakers react to Chauvin guilty verdict...

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus gathered in the Capitol to hear the judge read the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin on Tuesday afternoon. Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was found guilty on all three counts in the killing of G...

 2021-04-20 18:03 

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Axing 'SALT' limit would widen income gap, witness tells panel...

Democrats' lead witness at a Senate Finance Committee hearing Tuesday on inequality in the U.S. tax code agreed with GOP assertions that repealing the $10,000 cap on the deduction of state and local taxes would run counter to efforts to close income a...

 2021-04-20 17:52 

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Military commanders disavow notion of extremists in their ranks...

Two top military officers on Tuesday told senators there are "zero" white supremacists under their command, despite evidence of a long-simmering problem within the ranks that came to the forefront following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol i...

 2021-04-20 17:49 

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Democrats defeat House GOP effort to censure Maxine Waters...

House Democrats voted to kill a resolution from Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to censure Rep. Maxine Waters for remarks she made this weekend saying Black Lives Matter protestors would need to "get more confrontational" if Minneapolis police offi...

 2021-04-20 16:51 

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Senators squabble over voting rights, underscoring deep division on state efforts...

A divisive Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday made it clear that Senate action on voting rights remains highly unlikely under the chamber's current rules, as 47 states consider hundreds of proposed laws that would make it harder to vote. Democ...

 2021-04-20 15:56 

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Rep. Rogers fined $5,000 for skipping security screening for House floor...

Rep. Harold Rogers is facing a $5,000 fine after bypassing a security check on his way to the House floor, becoming the third Republican to be handed the penalty after violating a rule adopted in the wake of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. The Kentucky ...

 2021-04-20 13:42 

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House Democratic leaders fight back against GOP delay tactics...

The House will consider a rule Tuesday to allow Democratic leaders to regain control of floor time that's been taken up by Republicans forcing roll call votes on noncontroversial, bipartisan bills. "I expect that rule to be adopted today," Hou...

 2021-04-20 13:02 

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Watch: Tribes see progress in COVID-19 fight...

The COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted harsh health disparities experienced by American Indian and Alaska Native populations. This group has the highest death and hospitalization rates from the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control an...

 2021-04-20 12:00 

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Veterans hit by huge pandemic-related records backlog...

After Navy veteran Jack Ray Hoaglan died from the coronavirus in December, his family tried to arrange a military funeral for the 73-year-old. They needed paper records from the National Personnel Records Center to prove the Ohio native's service aboa...

 2021-04-20 11:00 

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Capitol Ink | Eternal known unknown...

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 2021-04-20 10:44 

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Lack of national COVID testing strategy drives confusion...

The United States still lacks a comprehensive COVID-19 testing strategy more than a year into the pandemic, as the spread of variants and increasing case counts threaten to undermine the effects of the vaccine rollout. Some public health experts say the r...

 2021-04-20 10:30 

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Tech tools help deepen citizen input in drafting laws abroad and in U.S. states...

Earlier this month, New Jersey's Department of Education launched a citizen engagement process asking students, teachers and parents to vote on ideas for changes that officials should consider as the state reopens its schools after the pandemic closed...

 2021-04-20 10:15 

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As VAWA awaits Senate vote, experts weigh in on the way we talk about abuse...

The House passed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act in March, but society's language around domestic violence (and even the bill name itself) has been criticized in recent years. Instead of focusing on the problem of preventing abus...

 2021-04-20 10:00 

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Leadership PACs are often overlooked. These corny names can't be ignored...

If you won your seat in Congress by one of the narrowest margins ever — six votes — you can't run away from it. And Iowa GOP Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks showed she's owning that narrow win in choosing the name for her leadership PAC,...

 2021-04-20 09:00 

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Lawmakers fret over backdoor entry to banking for big companies...

Lawmakers from both parties are expressing concerns about potential risks posed by state-chartered industrial loan companies that can blend financial services and other commercial activities. At a hearing last week, they questioned whether the process sou...

 2021-04-20 08:00 

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The fintech jobs market...

Executive recruiter David Richardson joins the show to talk about where the fintech jobs are and what sectors have been most impacted by the industry's explosive growth. More podcast content Show Notes: Mapping fintech in Latin America Most startup em...

 2021-04-20 00:28 

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Capitol Police officer's 'natural' death to remain classified as in the line of duty...

Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick's death will remain classified as a line of duty death after D.C.'s chief medical examiner found the 42-year old's manner of death was natural and caused by two strokes. Sicknick spent hours defending the ...

 2021-04-19 22:06 

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Walter Mondale, Minnesota liberal who transformed vice presidency, dies at 93...

Former Vice President Walter Mondale, an unapologetic Senate liberal whose White House aspirations were shattered in an epic landslide defeat at the hands of Ronald Reagan in 1984, died on Monday at the age of 93. The arc of Mondale's career extended ...

 2021-04-19 18:25 

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Food fight: Rubio targets House Sodexo contract over voting rights support...

Sen. Marco Rubio might be out for a bicameral food fight. On Monday the Florida Republican called on House leaders to reconsider their contract with food services vendor Sodexo because the company signed onto a statement opposing restrictive new voting la...

 2021-04-19 17:06 

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Photo of the day: WWI Memorial...

Hannah Bove, of Boston, reads a memento that was placed at the National World War I Memorial in downtown Washington on Monday. The memorial, which opened Friday with the First Color ceremony, sits in Pershing Park near the White House and is the first mon...

 2021-04-19 16:38 

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Senate moves toward bipartisan endgame on AAPI hate crimes legislation...

The Senate is on track to vote this week on an expanded version of a bill to address a rise in violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, as a House committee plans work on its own similar legislation Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Charles E...

 2021-04-19 15:06 

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White House fears bumpy rollout deterring people from COVID-19 vaccine shots...

Top White House health officials are concerned the COVID-19 vaccination campaign's slow rollout early on could be deterring people from getting their first shots, and are emphasizing that every American adult is now eligible for a vaccine. "Things...

 2021-04-19 14:24 

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Survey sees COVID-19 dip in clean energy jobs amid spending debate...

The clean energy workforce in the U.S. shed about 300,000 jobs last year as pandemic restrictions prevented technicians from entering commercial buildings and homes, the solar industry contracted and jobs in grid modernization slowed, a survey released Mo...

 2021-04-19 14:01 

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Tribes see progress in COVID-19 fight...

Last summer, the Navajo Nation had the highest per capita COVID-19 infection rate in the country. The nation's largest Native American reservation reported 2,304 cases per 100,000 people in mid-May, compared to the U.S. average in mid-May of 8 per 100...

 2021-04-19 13:01 

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Lawmakers divided over need for new domestic terrorism law...

More than three months after the insurrection and attack on the Capitol, lawmakers are grappling with how best to respond to the rising threat of violent white supremacy nationally. Divisions have emerged between those who take the threat of domestic righ...

 2021-04-19 10:55 

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The GOP's fallout with big business is already mending...

ANALYSIS — Some of America's most prominent corporations infuriated Republicans in Congress earlier this month when they protested a Georgia law setting state voting rules. The longtime alliance between the GOP and business seemed on the verge o...

 2021-04-19 10:43 

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Ohio Rep. Steve Stivers to leave Congress next month...

Rep. Steve Stivers, an Ohio Republican, said Monday he would depart Congress next month to take a lobbying job. He plans to join the Ohio Chamber of Commerce as president and CEO, Stivers said on Twitter. The move comes amid speculation that Stivers might...

 2021-04-16 17:48 

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How the Jan. 6 riot is affecting campaign fundraising...

Industry PAC contributions to House Republicans who voted against certifying Electoral College results in January fell during the first quarter of the year, but many made up for it with an influx of contributions from small donors. Meanwhile, Republicans ...

 2021-04-16 16:14 

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Democrats torn over strategy for passing $2T infrastructure plan...

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 p...

 2021-04-16 15:55 

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NIH lifts Trump-era restrictions on fetal tissue research...

The National Institutes of Health on Friday announced it would loosen restrictions on using fetal tissue in biomedical research and revert to the process in place before 2019. The change was issued in a notice Friday afternoon. Fetal tissue research has b...

 2021-04-16 15:49 

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Biden maintains Trump-era refugee cap, sparking outrage...

President Joe Biden on Friday signed a presidential determination that sets this year's refugee admissions level at 15,000 refugees, maintaining a historically low level set by his predecessor but altering Trump-era regional allocations. Biden had pro...

 2021-04-16 14:25 

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'What's my vote supposed to be?' — Congressional Hits and Misses...

Congress is back from recess and up to its usual antics. Rep. Mark Takano went sideways, Rep. Jim Jordan sparred with Anthony Fauci and former Speaker John A. Boehner had some sharp words for a few of his fellow Republicans. Welcome back! [Also watch: ...

 2021-04-16 14:00 

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More than a century later, WWI gets its memorial in Washington...

Washington does not want for monuments, but a new one to an old war opened with a flag-raising ceremony Friday. The National World War I Memorial in Pershing Park is the first monument in the nation's capital to all the 4.7 million Americans who serve...

 2021-04-16 13:29 

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Four fundraising takeaways in the battle for the Senate...

Senators facing competitive races in 2022 are building their campaign war chests as many await opponents, the latest fundraising reports show. The four Democratic incumbents in states Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates as Senate battlegrounds ...

 2021-04-16 13:20 

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CDC to ramp up COVID-19 variant sequencing...

The Biden administration will direct $1.7 billion to sequence the emerging variants of the virus that causes COVID-19, the White House announced Friday. New variants of the coronavirus make up about half of the current COVID-19 cases in the United States,...

 2021-04-16 12:00 

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CQ Future: Money in politics...

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 Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. What do these changes mean for political contributions, and how wil...

 2021-04-16 12:00 

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How Aaron Burr may have created the filibuster by mistake...

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin III says the filibuster isn't going anywhere, citing it as a critical tool to help small states like his. Other senators over the years, including President Joe Biden, have hailed the filibuster as a recipe from the foun...

 2021-04-16 11:46 

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Photos of the week ending April 16, 2021...

Recess is over, and Congress is back in Washington. After a two-week Easter break, Congress returned to Washington on Tuesday, with their first order of business to honor fallen U.S. Capitol Police officer Billy Evans. CQ Roll Call also went on the road t...

 2021-04-16 10:44 

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Johnson & Johnson pause slows vaccines for homeless, homebound...

The pause on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine may be jeopardizing access for some of the trickiest people to vaccinate, public health experts say. While the pause won't make much of a dent in overall supply because of pre-existing manufacturing ...

 2021-04-15 18:30 

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At the Races: Quarterly questions...

Welcome to At the Races! Each week we'll bring you news and analysis from the CQ Roll Call campaign team. Know someone who'd like to get this newsletter? They can subscribe here. By Bridget Bowman, Kate Ackley and Stephanie Akin It's that time...

 2021-04-15 18:01 

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Capitol Police did not act on past intel recommendations from IG...

The U.S. Capitol Police Department failed to act on several intelligence recommendations from its inspector general in the years leading up to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, a House Administration Committee hearing revealed Thursday. Capitol Police Ins...

 2021-04-15 17:21 

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Key Democrats flex 'SALT' muscles ahead of infrastructure debate...

A new caucus pressing for repeal of the $10,000 limitation on state and local tax deductions boasts the support of more than one-third of Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee, which will be ground zero for critical revenue portions of the upcom...

 2021-04-15 16:39 

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Health officials push vaccinations as Fauci and Jordan spar...

The nation's top infectious disease officials were hesitant during a House committee hearing Thursday to set a specific COVID-19 caseload threshold for rolling back public health guidelines meant to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Anthony Fauci, t...

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