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Mueller report’s second act: congressional scrutiny
CQ on Congress podcast, Episode 149

Pages of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, which was printed out by House Judiciary staffers on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

CQ legal affairs reporter Todd Ruger says House Democrats now have plenty of leads from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report to investigate, especially as to whether President Donald Trump sought to obstruct justice.

Assessing the new tax law as April 15 arrives
CQ on Congress podcast, Episode 148

Internal Revenue Service building in Washington (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

 

How Congress helps companies hire foreign workers over Americans
CQ on Congress podcast, Episode 147

Setting sun hits the U.S. Capitol dome. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Why progressives are ready to ditch Obamacare
CQ on Congress podcast, Episode 146

The U.S. Capitol building is seen behind two ambulances last summer. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The 2010 health care law has left tens of millions uninsured, leading to a groundswell of support from the left for a single-payer system, or “Medicare for All.” Health care reporter Mary Ellen McIntire explains why progressives are ready to move on, what it would take politically to get there, and how they would transform American health care.

Big Tech's Breakup With Democrats
CQ on Congress podcast, Episode 145

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., says it's time to break up tech giants like Google, Facebook and Amazon. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, but especially Democrats, are saying that the government should intervene to rein in, or even break up, tech giants like Amazon, Google and Facebook. CQ technology reporter Dean DeChiaro says an antitrust action would require a novel legal approach focused less on pricing power and more on market dominance, while Patrick Pexton, CQ's tech editor, says the tech industry, long aligned with the Democratic Party, could shift its political loyalties

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Navy spends epically on shoddy ships
CQ on Congress podcast, Episode 144

E8MKBB Pacific Ocean, April 23, 2014 - The littoral combat ships USS Independence (LCS 2), left, and USS Coronado (LCS 4) are underway. (Photo: Alamy)

Two Takes on Rep. Omar, Democrats and Israel
CQ on Congress podcast, Episode 143

Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Dean Phillips, D-Minn., attend a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing  on Feb. 13, 2019. Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Challenges for Trump’s Democratic overseers
CQ on Congress podcast, Episode 142

Michael Cohen, former attorney for President Donald Trump, testifies during the House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats have ramped up oversight of President Donald Trump and his administration with hearings this week on Trump’s finances, the Russia inquiry, the immigrant child separation policy and more.

But holding hearings and asking questions is only the first step in successful oversight, says Justin Rood, director of the Congressional Oversight Initiative at the Project on Government Oversight and a former staff investigator for Oklahoma GOP Sen. Tom Coburn. Congressional overseers must then grapple with their targets to make sure they cooperate, or cultivate whistleblowers who will provide information outside the standard channels.

Rants aside, Trump scores big with Congress
Podcast, Episode 141

Trump in the House during his State of the Union address on Feb. 5, 2019. Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

The Americans paying more taxes
Podcast, Episode 140

The IRS currently faces the tough task of implementing the most sweeping tax overhaul in decades. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

 

Tax season has begun, and upper-middle-income taxpayers earning between $120,000 and $200,000 in states with high local taxes are the most likely to be among the 5 percent who paid more last year because of the 2017 law, says Kyle Pomerleau, director of the Center for Quantitative Analysis at the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan think tank. Doug Sword, CQ’s tax reporter, explains how congressional Democrats, and those running for president, are attacking the law.