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Podcast: An Immigration Hardliner's Reasoning
CQ on Congress, Episode 108

A group of mothers and their children protesting the separation of families at the southern border are escorted out of a House Oversight hearing Tuesday June 19, 2018. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, says tough border policies are crucial to helping low-skilled workers in America. And CQ immigration reporter Dean DeChiaro breaks down the immigration enforcement bill that failed in the House on June 21, and Speaker Paul Ryan's compromise measure, still pending in the House, which would give so-called Dreamers a path to citizenship.

Podcast: Some Red States Coming Around to Obamacare
CQ on Congress, Episode 107

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., speaks during the Senate Democrats' rally against Medicaid cuts in front of the U.S. Capitol on  June 6, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Voters in some GOP-leaning states will get a chance to adopt the 2010 health care law's Medicaid expansion by ballot initiative this November while others may elect governors who support it, says CQ health care reporter Misty Williams. It's an indication that even some conservative states are coming to accept the Affordable Care Act as the law of the land.

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Podcast: Cake Case Leaves Gay Rights Questions Unanswered
CQ on Congress, Episode 106

Gay marriage rights activists hold a giant rainbow flag outside the U.S. Supreme Court before the start of oral arguments on marriage equality on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

CQ Supreme Court Reporter Todd Ruger and University of Colorado Law Professor Craig Konnoth say that the Supreme Court victory of a Colorado baker, who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple, could be short-lived, given the court's narrow decision in his favor.

"Indeed, if the couple...go back to that same baker tomorrow and suffered discrimination...they could file another suit and that might lead to a completely different outcome,'' says Konnoth.

Podcast: Putting Trump's Immigration Crackdown in Context
CQ on Congress, Episode 105

Immigration rights activists rally in Dupont Circle in Washington before their May Day march to the White House to voice opposition to President Donald Trump's immigration policies on May 1, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump's move to criminally prosecute migrants crossing the border illegally, and to separate them from their children, aims to end the longstanding practice of releasing immigrants into the country, pending deportation, says CQ immigration reporter Dean DeChiaro. Trump's also boosting enforcement inside the country, but sanctuary city policies are impeding his efforts, explains Ariel Ruiz Soto of the Migration Policy Institute.

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Podcast: Why the Made-for-TV Summit With North Korea Flopped
CQ on Congress, Episode 104

South Koreans watch a television broadcast reporting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping at Seoul Railway Station in March. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images file photo)

President Donald Trump's decision to cancel his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un marks a failure of communications and messaging by both sides, says Jenny Town, managing editor of the think tank 38 North, a website that tracks developments in North Korea for the Stimson Center, a Washington think tank. Town explains what needs to be done for the two sides to negotiate in good faith while CQ cybersecurity editor Patrick Pexton explains how it's playing on Capitol Hill.

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Podcast: Trump Misses NAFTA Deadline
CQ on Congress, Episode 103

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer says NAFTA partners are ''nowhere near'' a deal to update the trade pact. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump's trade agenda is in disarray after his negotiators failed to reach a deal to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico by May 17, when congressional Republicans said they would need it in order to ratify it by year's end. CQ trade reporter Ellyn Ferguson explains what is holding Trump's team up.

Podcast: Conservatives Fight Trump on Trade When Congress Won't
CQ on Congress, Episode 102

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and President Donald Trump pose for photographs at the White House in October. The United States, Canada and Mexico are currently engaged in renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images file photo)

Podcast: Opioid Legislation on Deck
CQ on Congress, Episode 101

Legislation to combat the nation's opioid crisis has moved through the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee chaired by Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., who is with ranking member Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.

Podcast: Trump's Iran Deadline Is Nearly Here
CQ on Congress, Episode 100

French President Emmanuel Macron tells members of Congress on April 25, 2018 that France intends to stay in the Iran nuclear deal. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Podcast: New Climate Change Threats Alarm Scientists
CQ on Congress, Episode 99

A catfish on the shore of Lake Erie near North Toledo, Ohio, in 2017. (Andy Morrison/The Blade via AP)

A CQ Magazine special report this week examines alarming new consequences of climate change, such as beetles killing trees, coral reef die-offs and food losing nutritional value. Brenda Ekwurzel of the Union of Concerned Scientists and CQ reporter Elvina Nawaguna explain the threats.