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CQ, formerly Congressional Quarterly, is the gold standard for authoritative, nonpartisan congressional news. Every week, CQ on Congress hosted by Shawn Zeller brings you inside the halls of the House and Senate for an insightful, smart discussion into pressing policy and political debates.

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CQ, formerly Congressional Quarterly, is the gold standard for authoritative, nonpartisan congressional news. Every week, CQ on Congress hosted by Shawn Zeller brings you inside the halls of the House and Senate for an insightful, smart discussion into pressing policy and political debates.

    Historic impeachment trial begins. Now what?

    Historic impeachment trial begins. Now what?

    With elections looming, how politically perilous is the impeachment trial for senators — on both sides of the aisle — who are up for re-election in November? We turn to CQ Roll Call's elections analyst Nathan Gonzales to look at some key races and how impeachment will — or will not — play into them. Plus, congressional reporter Katherine Tully-McManus offers a view from inside the Senate chambers from day one of the impeachment proceedings.
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    • 16 min
    Between Iraq and a hard place: Congress

    Between Iraq and a hard place: Congress

    CQ on Congress begins 2020 by examining what's next after the targeted killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad. Host Shawn Zeller talks to two Iraq War veterans, Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., and Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., to get their takes on a House resolution that has reignited the debate over Congress' authority over acts of war, and policy towards Iraq and Iran.
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    • 25 min
    House Dems in Trump districts risk it all with impeachment vote

    House Dems in Trump districts risk it all with impeachment vote

    Elissa Slotkin is one of 31 House Democrats who represents a district Trump won in 2016. Nearly all of them voted to impeach Trump this week. But Slotkin’s decision is not sitting well with some of her constituents, which republicans hope will hurt her in the next election. CQ Roll Call reporter Simone Pathe reports from Slotkin's district. Then, CQ Roll Call reporter Bridget Bowman, who covered the impeachment vote, joins the podcast to explain what comes next. 
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    Curbing unexpected medical bills has bipartisan backing in Congress

    Curbing unexpected medical bills has bipartisan backing in Congress

    Many Americans have been to the hospital in an emergency, or for a procedure, only to get a huge bill after because a doctor treating them doesn’t take their insurance. Republicans and Democrats have reached agreement on legislation to ban so-called surprise billing. CQ Roll Call reporter Mary Ellen McIntire joins the podcast to explain the likely outcome of this bill. Claire McAndrew, Director of Campaigns and Partnerships at FamiliesUSA, which advocates for health care consumers, also joins the show.
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    How robocalls may be the thing to unite Congress

    How robocalls may be the thing to unite Congress

    Those pesky robocalls may be the one thing that this deeply divided Congress can agree on. A bill passed by the House this week by New Jersey Democrat Frank Pallone aims to combat the billions of automated phone calls that flood this country's phone lines each month. A companion bill in the Senate by South Dakota Republican John Thune appears headed for passage. CQ Roll Call reporter Katherine Tully-McManus joins the podcast this week, along with lawyer Kevin Rupy who represents phone companies. 
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    To beat Trump, Democrats need to win Wisconsin. The impeachment inquiry isn't helping.

    To beat Trump, Democrats need to win Wisconsin. The impeachment inquiry isn't helping.

    Donald Trump won Wisconsin in 2016 by just 27,000 votes. Now, to beat him in 2020, it is crucial that Democrats win the state. A new poll from Marquette University Law School finds that Democrats face an uphill battle and, it seems, the impeachment hearings in Washington aren’t helping them. Charles Franklin, who runs the Marquette poll, joins the podcast today to talk about why Wisconsinites believe that the president pressured Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden, but they also don't think it was an impeachable offense.
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Customer Reviews

TM in DC ,

Go To Policy News Source

Quick, easy to digest and always a non-partisan, unbiased opinion. Great for the morning commute to help you stay ahead.

HomeisJax ,

March 8, 2019

I can’t believe the hate & bashing I heard on this episode! It’s sad that it has crept into every aspect of life, even hiding under the guise of Pro-Israel! Just another partisan podcast pushing deception! Disappointing!

krs617 ,

Useful and pragmatic

This is a useful, informative, and to the point podcast that tells you what’s going on and offers some dispassionate analysis. It’s a nice break from all the opinionating heard elsewhere.

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