Welcome to Playbook Deep Dive, the stories behind the power. From Congress and the White House to bar stools and back rooms, POLITICO's top reporters and Playbook authors bring you the most compelling and confounding stories that explain what’s really going on in Washington.
“If we miss this opportunity, God help us.” Joe Manchin and Lisa Murkowski. Two moderate senators smack in the middle — and on either side — of a split 50-50 Senate. On our first episode of Playbook Deep Dive, the two friends open up in a rare interview with POLITICO’s Burgess Everett. They get personal: about reconciliation, frustration over the Senate’s hurdles — even why Murkowski hogs the best fishing holes. And Manchin reveals a major endorsement, heard first on this show.
California is the country’s leader when it comes to climate policies. But not even Democrats could impose a ban on fracking despite holding all levels of power in California. On POLITICO Energy, Colby Bermel explains why.
On this bonus episode of POLITICO Dispatch: Who is “Kacey Montagu”?
Christopher Cadelago tells the wild and weird story of how a fictitious
correspondent rose from the depths of internet role playing to the White
House briefing room.
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Playbook Deep Dive is a new weekly podcast from Politico — for the stories that seem stranger-than-fiction, but are all too real. Underneath all the theater, backstabbing and strategy in DC are colorful characters and real life consequences. You know those stories that stop you in your tracks? That's what we're going to tell each week. Featuring Playbook authors, reporters from all across the Politico newsroom, and characters from all over DC. Launching April 23.
Five cities, four countries and 15 days locked down in Australia: Global Translations author Ryan Heath talks to Playbook's Tara Palmeri about his 68-hour travel journey to get Down Under. He peers inside the hellish future of global travel and explains why it might be more expensive for travelers. Plus, a surprise ending to this special Nerdcast episode.
Black civil rights leaders, voting rights advocates and elected officials are putting more and more pressure on Senate Democrats to nix the filibuster. The argument? Keep the filibuster OR pass voting rights legislation... 'cause you can’t do both! Playbook author Eugene Daniels and reporter Zach Montellaro dig into the politics behind the filibuster and voting rights legislation.
POLITICO Playbook co-author Ryan Lizza interviews Senator Brian Schatz
(D-HI) to talk the next bill on the Democrats' agenda, whether or not
Democrats will have to go around Republicans to get anything done and
what his philosophy degree can tell us about this moment. Come for the
policy, stay for the Kant*.
*Actually it was the German poet Novalis (formally Georg Friedrich
Philipp von Hardenberg) who said "Philosophy can bake no bread; but she
can procure for us God, Freedom, Immortality...
Bipartisanship didn’t happen with Covid relief. But President Joe
Biden says he really, really wants to go bipartisan on infrastructure —
plus, he'll need the Republican votes. POLITICO Playbook co-author
Rachael Bade calls up transportation reporter Sam Mintz to talk Biden's
infrastructure hopes, the major players in Congress, and why at this
early stage, there’s every indication that GOP cooperation is less
likely on a massive public works bill than it was on the pandemic
On today's episode, the PR campaign the government is waging on vaccine
hesitancy and equitable access for vaccine. Playbook co-author Eugene
Daniels talks to Dr. Ebony Hilton and POLITICO healthcare reporter Adam
Cancryn about whose job is it to combat hesitancy, and how the Biden
administration is stacking up.
Eugene Daniels is a co-author of POLITICO Playbook.
Dr. Ebony Hilton is associate professor of anesthesiology at UVA and a
critical care physician...
On today's episode, everything you want to know about the mysterious but
powerful Senate Parliamentarian. Elizabeth MacDonough ruled Thursday
that Senate Democrats would be deemed out of order if they include a $15
minimum wage in their coronavirus relief package. Congress editor Elana
Schor and congressional budget reporter Caitlin Emma talk to host Scott
Bland about the Senate's referee and this blow to the progressive
Scott Bland is a politics editor at POLITICO...