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No one knows Capitol Hill and the corridors of Washington power like National Journal, and now NJ brings you Quorum Call—a weekly podcast on Congress, policy, and politics. Hosted by National Journal's veteran reporting team, new episodes of Quorum Call will be available every Monday.
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Oct 19, 2020

Editor in Chief Jeff Dufour is joined by White House correspondent George E. Condon Jr. to talk about President Trump's failure to stay on message and Trump and Joe Biden's dueling town halls last week. Then, technology correspondent Brendan Bordelon discusses social media platforms' reactions to the New York Post's story about Hunter Biden and the debate over Section 230.

Oct 13, 2020

Digital editor Mini Racker is joined by Hotline editor Leah Askarinam, Senate correspondent Zach Cohen, and staff correspondent Madelaine Pisani to break down the ongoing Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett and the latest updates on competitive Senate races. They discuss which candidates are raising the most money and campaign messaging around health care and the Supreme Court.

Oct 5, 2020

Digital Editor Mini Racker is joined by Hotline editor Leah Askarinam and staff correspondents Kirk A. Bado and Matt Holt to discuss President Trump's Covid-19 diagnosis. The team also previews the vice presidential debate and provides an update on the race for the House.

Sep 28, 2020

Editor in Chief Jeff Dufour joins White House correspondent George E. Condon Jr. and staff correspondent Matt Holt to discuss Trump's tax returns, the latest presidential polling, and Trump and Biden's campaign travel. They also preview the upcoming debate.

Sep 21, 2020

Senate correspondent Zach Cohen joins Managing Editor Mackenzie Weinger to discuss the impending Supreme Court nomination battle over who will replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Health care correspondent Erin Durkin also joins the show to talk about the most recent coronavirus pandemic developments, and energy and environment correspondent Brian Dabbs talks about the role of climate change this election cycle.

Sep 14, 2020

Digital Editor Mini Racker is joined by Hotline editor Leah Askarinam and staff correspondents Mary Frances McGowan and Madelaine Pisani to preview Hotline's Senate power rankings and break down gubernatorial races to watch. They also discuss last week's ruling on felony disenfranchisement in Florida and the challenges to mail in voting.

Sep 8, 2020

With the Senate back in session this week, House correspondent Casey Wooten and Senate correspondent Zach Cohen join Editor in Chief Jeff Dufour to talk about Congress's deadline to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government. They also discuss the state of coronavirus relief legislation and other items on the Congressional checklist.

Aug 24, 2020

National Journal Editor in Chief Jeff Dufour, Hotline Editor Leah Askarinam, and staff correspondent Matt Holt join digital editor Mini Racker to discuss takeaways from the Democratic National Convention and preview this week's Republican National Convention. They break down what did and didn't work at the virtual event, if Biden has seen a boost since the convention, and the RNC lineup.  

Aug 17, 2020

Hotline Editor Leah Askarinam and staff correspondent Matt Holt join Editor in Chief Jeff Dufour to preview the Democratic National Convention this week, discussing the impact of a mostly virtual event, if rising stars in the party will have breakout moments, and the traditional post-convention polling bump. Then, national security correspondent Harrison Cramer explains the GAO's report that the top two Department of Homeland Security officials were illegally appointed.

Aug 10, 2020

Digital Editor Mini Racker, Hotline Editor Leah Askarinam, and staff correspondent Matt Holt talk sexism in Joe Biden's VP's search, President Trump's latest executive orders, and the upcoming Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

Aug 3, 2020

Managing editor Mackenzie Weinger is joined by health care correspondent Erin Durkin and White House correspondent George E. Condon Jr. to discuss the status of a deal between Congress and the White House on a coronavirus aid package, Dr. Fauci's update on the development of a vaccine, and President Trump's messaging on the pandemic. Condon also talks about the upcoming party conventions and Joe Biden's vice presidential pick.

Jul 27, 2020

Senate correspondent Zach C. Cohen and House correspondent Casey Wooten join managing editor Mackenzie Weinger to talk about the contents of the next coronavirus aid package. The team also discusses legislative responses to Trump's deployment of federal agents to protests and Congress' memorial to the late Rep. John Lewis.

Jul 20, 2020

Digital Editor Mini Racker, Hotline editor Leah Askarinam, and staff correspondents Kirk A. Bado and Madelaine Pisani talk about Rep. John Lewis' legacy and how congressional candidates are dealing with racial issues. They also discuss top fundraisers in the second quarter and key upcoming primaries in August.

Jul 13, 2020

Editor in Chief Jeff Dufour joins White House correspondent George E. Condon Jr. and staff correspondent Matt Holt to discuss the plausibility of a Biden landslide, Trump's campaign operation, and recent Supreme Court decisions. They also break down Biden's bet on rural Black voters in Georgia and Trump's use of military planes in his reelection campaign.

Jul 6, 2020

Managing editor Mackenzie Weinger is joined by health care correspondent Erin Durkin to discuss how coronavirus has impacted education, housing, and public health policy. Then, technology correspondent Brendan Bordelon joins the show to break down Congress' focus on China's technological rise and the effort at home to reform big tech's legal shield. 

Jun 29, 2020

Digital Editor Mini Racker is joined by Hotline editor Leah Askarinam and staff correspondents Mary Frances McGowan and Madelaine Pisani to talk about how mail-in voting is affecting voters across the country, tomorrow's gubernatorial primary in Utah, and upcoming Senate primaries in Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Texas, and Alabama.

Jun 22, 2020

Editor in chief Jeff Dufour is joined by health care correspondent Erin Durkin to discuss the rise in coronavirus cases and the latest congressional response. Then, White House correspondent George E. Condon Jr. joins the show to talk about President Trump's rally in Oklahoma, John Bolton's book, and plans for the upcoming Republican National Convention.

Jun 15, 2020

Managing Editor Mackenzie Weinger, Senate Correspondent Zach Cohen, and House Correspondent Casey Wooten discuss congressional efforts to pass a police reform bill, the hold up on anti-lynching legislation, and the latest coronavirus updates from the Hill.

Jun 8, 2020

Hotline Editor Leah Askarinam, Digital Editor Mini Racker, and staff correspondent Kirk Bado talk about black Republicans' responses to the protests against police brutality and how progressive policies are picking up more steam during this moment. They also preview upcoming House primary races in Georgia, South Carolina, and New York.

Jun 1, 2020

Editor in Chief Jeff Dufour joins White House correspondent George E. Condon Jr. and staff correspondent Matt Holt to discuss Trump's response to the protests over the death of George Floyd, Biden's lead in recent general election polling, and what Biden should look for in a running mate.

May 26, 2020

Managing editor Mackenzie Weinger is joined by health care correspondent Erin Durkin and national security correspondent Harrison Cramer to discuss vaccine production, the Open Skies Treaty, and the situation in Hong Kong. 

May 18, 2020

Hotline editor Leah Askarinam and staff correspondents Madelaine Pisani and Kirk Bado join digital editor Mini Racker to talk about Hotline's Senate power rankings, the special elections in California's 25th district and Wisconsin's 7th district last week, and other downballot races that the team is following.

May 11, 2020

Editor in chief Jeff Dufour joins White House correspondent George E. Condon and House correspondent Casey Wooten to discuss the arrival of COVID-19 in the White House, illuminate what kind of legislation Congress may begin to work on this week, and evaluate Trump's new press secretary.

May 4, 2020

Managing editor Mackenzie Weinger joins Senate correspondent Zach C. Cohen to discuss what's on the Senate's agenda now that it's back in session. Energy and environment correspondent Brian Dabbs also joins the podcast to talk about the impact of environmental policy on pandemic relief efforts in the U.S. and around the world.

Apr 27, 2020

Hotline editor in chief Leah Askarinam, associate editor Alex Clearfield, and staff correspondent Matt Holt join digital editor Mini Racker to discuss the latest with Joe Biden's possible VP picks, President Trump's coronavirus briefings, governors' popularity amid the pandemic, and key down-ballot races.

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