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Quorum Call

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 18, 2021

In a special edition of the podcast, Senate reporter Zach Cohen and health care correspondent Erin Durkin join managing editor Mackenzie Weinger during a recently recorded National Journal members' webinar to chat about Democrats' big spending bill—what’s in the proposal, what’s on the chopping block, and where Democrats go from here. They also tackle the negotiations over the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the larger outlook for Capitol Hill for the rest of this year.

Oct 12, 2021

On the latest edition of the podcast, editor Jeff Dufour and White House correspondent George Condon focus on all things presidential—from Donald Trump's recent rally in Iowa to the subpoenas the Jan. 6 committee has served to his former advisors to how President Biden can find a path back to the light and stabilize his presidency.

Oct 4, 2021

As Democrats bicker over the intricacies of passing legislation to advance President Biden's agenda, we zoom out to identify what's actually causing intraparty rifts and where Democrats might eventually find common ground. Hotline editor in chief Leah Askarinam talks with National Journal congressional correspondents Zach C. Cohen and Casey Wooten about the key figures who are dividing the party, President Biden's efforts to restore order, and the political implications of the current policy debate.

Sep 27, 2021

Congressional Democrats hope to sign off on as much as $4.7 trillion in new domestic-agenda items this week. But first, they have to agree on what policies to include. National Journal Senate correspondent Zach C. Cohen talks to National Journal policy reporters Casey Wooten and Brian Dabbs about the tax and energy provisions Democrats need to agree to in order to pass their reconciliation package.

Sep 20, 2021

Hotline editor in chief Leah Askarinam brings in Hotline states correspondent Mary Frances McGowan and National Journal's Josh Kraushaar to discuss the role of pandemic politics in 2021's gubernatorial races. The team also discusses polling in both California and Virginia's governors' races, along with how President Biden's current slump could play a role as Virginia begins early voting.

Sep 13, 2021

On the latest episode of the podcast, managing editor Mackenzie Weinger is joined by House correspondent Casey Wooten and energy and environment reporter Brian Dabbs to discuss what’s on the legislative agenda this month.

Sep 7, 2021

On our post-Labor Day podcast, editor Jeff Dufour chats with White House correspondent George Condon and national security correspondent Cristina Maza about whether the U.S. can ever have normal diplomatic relations with the Taliban and what the "Biden Doctrine" is shaping up to be. The team also discusses Biden's recent political struggles ... and whether the Texas abortion law can possibly come to the rescue of him and the Democrats.

Aug 17, 2021

On the latest edition of the podcast, Editor Jeff Dufour chats with White House correspondent George Condon, Senate correspondent Zach Cohen, and House correspondent Casey Wooten about Biden's speech on Afghanistan, the congressional response, and comparisons to foreign policy crises of the past.

Aug 10, 2021

On the latest episode of the podcast, Hotline editor in chief Leah Askarinam brings on state politics correspondent Mary Frances McGowan and National Journal Associate Editor Alex Clearfield discuss Andrew Cuomo's resignation as governor. Then, the team discusses 2021 gubernatorial races, including the California recall election.

Aug 2, 2021

On the latest episode of the podcast, managing editor Mackenzie Weinger is joined by House correspondent Casey Wooten to discuss where Congress stands on infrastructure. Then, health care correspondent Erin Durkin breaks down all the issues surrounding vaccine mandates.

Jul 26, 2021

In Texas, President Trump is betting his reputation as the party's kingmaker on the results of Tuesday's special election. Across the country, Republicans are more vocally encouraging their constituents to get vaccinated, though the team analyzes why neither political party seems eager to make the pandemic a centerpiece of their messaging. Hotline editor Leah Askarinam and correspondents Kirk Bado, Erin Covey, and Mini Racker discuss on the latest episode of the podcast.

Jul 19, 2021

House and Senate candidates raked in millions of dollars in the last three months. On the latest edition of the podcast, guest host Zach C. Cohen talks with Hotline Senate races reporter Matt Holt and Hotline House races reporter Kirk A. Bado about what those totals mean for control of Congress in less than two years.

Jul 12, 2021

The Senate returned this week, with the House soon to follow. On the latest edition of the podcast, Editor in Chief Jeff Dufour talks to Senate correspondent Zach C. Cohen and House correspondent Casey J. Wooten about the latest developments on infrastructure negotiations, including pay-fors like a minimum corporate tax. Then they get into the looming battle over the debt celling, and whether Majority Leader Chuck Schumer can find any more votes in favor of a voting-rights package.

Jul 6, 2021

Republicans have history on their side as they attempt to retake the Senate majority, with Democratic Senators in a handful of states President Biden narrowly won up for reelection. In Arizona and Georgia, however, President Trump seems to be complicating what should be Republicans' top pickup opportunities. Hotline correspondents Madelaine Pisani and Matt Holt walk through the dynamics in these key battleground states, along with North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and a detour through Alaska.

Jun 28, 2021

After a potentially devastating verbal slip last week, President Biden and his aides seemingly have put the compromise infrastructure package back on track. But will Mitch McConnell get on board? How about congressional progressives? Editor in chief Jeff Dufour, White House correspondent George Condon, and columnist Josh Kraushaar discuss on the latest episode of the podcast.

Jun 21, 2021

On the latest episode of the podcast, managing editor Mackenzie Weinger is joined by House correspondent Casey Wooten and energy & environment reporter Brian Dabbs to talk all things infrastructure, from pay-fors to progressives.

Jun 15, 2021

Hotline editor in chief Leah Askarinam asks Senate correspondents Zach C. Cohen and Madelaine Pisani to evaluate whether bipartisanship still exists in the Senate and how that could change in 2022.

Jun 7, 2021

On this episode of the podcast, Editor Jeff Dufour talks to White House Correspondent George E. Condon Jr. about whether the infrastructure negotiations are finally revealing the dealmaking Joe Biden that he promised on the campaign trail, as well as President Trump's first foray back into the in-person events. Then, national political correspondent Mini Racker joins to discuss the Asian American vote, and trends in AAPI politics.

Jun 1, 2021

On the latest episode of the podcast, tech policy reporter Brendan Bordelon joins managing editor Mackenzie Weinger to break down everything that happened, and didn’t, with the Senate’s massive R&D package meant to counter China. Then, health care correspondent Erin Durkin joins to discuss the legal uncertainties surrounding mandating COVID-19 vaccines in schools, as well as the future of lobbying on the Hill for patient advocates.

May 24, 2021

On the latest episode of the podcast, Hotline House races correspondent Kirk A Bado and national security correspondent Harrison Cramer discuss the House bill that Democrats passed with support from 35 Republicans to form a commission investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Senate correspondent Zach Cohen joins to dive into the politics of the issue and what the future of this legislation looks like.

May 17, 2021

On the latest episode of the podcast, House Correspondent Casey Wooten talks to Editor in Chief Jeff Dufour about the future of the House GOP Conference, who can lay claim to lead the anti-Trump faction, and the supplemental appropriations to harden Capitol security. Then Hotline's National Political Correspondent Matt Holt discusses how state parties are managing Trumpism, and the 45th president's coming return to in-person rallies.

May 10, 2021

On the latest edition of the podcast, managing editor Mackenzie Weinger is joined by Senate correspondent Zach Cohen and House reporter Casey Wooten to preview what’s happening on the Hill this week. Members are back in town and they’ll be tackling everything from Wednesday’s consequential leadership vote in the House to a markup on a major Democratic priority over in the Senate.

May 3, 2021

On the latest edition of the podcast, Hotline Editor in Chief Leah Askarinam asks health care correspondent Erin Durkin and columnist Jerry Hagstrom, author of the Hagstrom Report, about the public health issues that will linger even after everyone who wants a vaccine gets one. The team also discusses the Republicans who have pushed their constituents to get vaccinated, and the delicacy of offering economic help to those who need it most.

Apr 26, 2021

On the latest edition of the podcast, White House correspondent George Condon talks with Editor in Chief Jeff Dufour about President Biden weighing in on the George Floyd verdict, the biggest surprises of his first 100 days, and what to expect from his first address to Congress. Then, tech correspondent Brendan Bordelon discusses Facebook's oversight panel, the next wave of rulemaking on net neutrality, and the latest developments on antitrust actions against big tech.

Apr 19, 2021

On the latest edition of the podcast, managing editor Mackenzie Weinger is joined by Senate correspondent Zach Cohen, who breaks down the Senate’s plans for the rest of April. Then, health care reporter Erin Durkin discusses the latest news on the pandemic, from the Johnson & Johnson pause to how the U.S. plans to handle vaccine hesitancy. She also provides important updates on the health care situation of children who are crossing the southern border.

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