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June 6, 2023: The dark horses in the 2024 race
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. continues to garner double-digit support in polls of Democratic presidential primary voters, and he's been a fixture in the political news cycle the past couple of days. Eugene provides an update on how President Joe Biden's orbit is approaching him. Plus, why Vivek Ramaswamy and other Republican nominees are increasingly focused on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. All that, and the rest of the news you need to know today. Playbook co-author Eugene Daniels talks with national political reporter Natalie Allison.
June 5, 2023: The increasingly crowded Republican primary
The biggest political news of the week is likely to be found on the campaign trail, with a number of notable new entries to the Republican presidential field. Eugene and Mike break them down. All that, and the rest of the news you need to know today. Playbook editor Mike DeBonis talks with Playbook co-author Eugene Daniels.
June 2, 2023: The DeSantis-Trump cold war turns hot
The United States will not be going into default. Last night around 11 p.m., the Senate passed the bipartisan debt deal, sending it to President Biden's desk in the nick of time. And with the debt ceiling crisis effectively resolved, attentions in Washington are turning to 2024 as the long-brewing rivalry between Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump heats up. All that, and the rest of the news you need to know today. Playbook deputy editor Zack Stanton talks with reporter Lisa Kashinsky.
June 1, 2023: Your move, Senate
On Wednesday night, the House passed a bipartisan debt ceiling deal, sending it to Senate. Plus, what we know about the reports that federal prosecutors have an audio recording of former President Trump discussing a sensitive military document he kept after leaving the White House. All that, and the rest of the news you need to know today. Playbook co-author Eugene Daniels talks with Congress reporter Nicholas Wu.
May 31, 2023: McCarthy's victory lap?
It was a roller coaster of a day on Capitol Hill yesterday, but lawmakers in the House are slated to actually pass the debt ceiling agreement. Plus, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis threw some jabs at Donald Trump on the campaign trail. All that, and the rest of the news you need to know today. Playbook co-author Rachael Bade breaks down her reporting.
May 30, 2023: Getting the debt ceiling deal over the finish line
Leaders in both parties are going to be spending much of the day whipping their rank-and-file to make sure they can get the 218 votes needed to pass the debt ceiling bill. All that, and the rest of the news you need to know today. Playbook co-author Rachael Bade breaks down her reporting.
May 26, 2023: Deal or no deal?
With mere days left before the projected June 1 X-date, negotiators appear to be homing in on a debt ceiling deal that would avert an economic catastrophe. A source familiar with the talks told Playbook late last night that the two sides have all but finalized the spending portion of discussions. Rachael Bade breaks down her reporting.
May 25, 2023: Tech glitches mar DeSantis’ rollout
EPISODE NOTES: The Florida governor announced his presidential campaign in a glitch-filled Twitter Spaces event. Plus, inside Democrats' debt ceiling messaging tiff, where some Democratic members have privately fumed that President Biden has refused to use his bully pulpit to deliver a clear and concise message on the debt ceiling talks — even as Republican negotiators have used frequent reporter gaggles and off-the-cuff press conferences to make their own case. Playbook co-author Eugene Daniels talks with politics reporter Sally Goldenberg.
May 24, 2023: Enter Ron DeSantis
The Florida governor’s entry into the Presidential race will immediately shake up a Republican primary that has been dominated by former President Donald Trump. All that, and everything else you need to know in politics today. Playbook co-author Ryan Lizza talks with National Political Correspondent Meridith McGraw.
May 23, 2023: Four debt limit scenarios
With only days until the earliest possible default on June 1, we’re going to address the question lawmakers aren’t ready to face: What happens if Biden and McCarthy can’t make a deal? Playbook spent several hours yesterday afternoon and evening working the phones. Rachael Bade breaks down four possible scenarios, ranked most to least likely. Playbook co-author Rachael Bade breaks down her reporting.
May 22, 2023: The debt limit's parade of horribles
We are just days away from a potential federal default, and Washington this week is going to be consumed with the latest twists and turns on whether Congress will act to raise the debt limit in time to prevent a whole parade of horribles – from a tanking stock market to skyrocketing borrowing costs to mass unemployment. Over the weekend bipartisan negotiations went from on again to off again to on again, and today’s main event is a White House meeting between President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Playbook editor Mike DeBonis and author Rachael Bade break it down, along with the rest of the news you need to know today.
May 19, 2023: Progressives ramp up pressure on debt limit
Though House Speaker Kevin McCarthy suggested a couple days ago that he wanted to have a debt-limit deal by the start of the weekend, as of right now on Friday morning, that doesn’t seem likely to happen — we break down the pressure points. All that, and the rest of the news you need to know today. Playbook deputy editor Zack Stanton talks with Playbook co-author Ryan Lizza.
May 18, 2023: The mystery woman at Feinstein’s side
When Sen. Dianne Feinstein walked into the Capitol last week, ending a monthslong medical absence, she was accompanied by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a small entourage of aides — and a close personal confidant with a storied political pedigree: Nancy Corrine Prowda, the eldest child of former Speaker Nancy Pelosi. All that, and the rest of the news you need to know today. Playbook co-author Rachael Bade breaks down her reporting.
May 17, 2023: The debt ceiling negotiators
Yesterday President Joe Biden agreed to a key process demand by Speaker Kevin McCarthy: shrinking the size of the negotiating table. Inside the negotiators Biden and McCarthy appointed. Plus, the action around Rep. George Santos. All that, and the rest of the news you need to know today. Playbook co-author Rachael Bade breaks down her reporting.
May 16, 2023: Unpacking the GOP's work requirement demands in debt talks
President Joe Biden is expected to meet today with congressional leaders on the debt limit, and Republicans are feeling increasingly optimistic they can force Biden to make concessions on work requirements for safety net programs as part of the talks taking place this week. All that, and the rest of the news you need to know today. Playbook co-author Eugene Daniels talks with food and agriculture policy reporter Meredith Lee Hill. In this episode: GOP grows more optimistic about work requirement demands in debt talks
May 15, 2023: Reading the debt limit vibes
It’s gonna be all about the vibes this week as we look for clues to how the big debt ceiling standoff is going to get resolved. Plus, unpacking Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in Iowa over the weekend. All that, and the rest of the news you need to know today. Playbook editor Mike DeBonis on the week ahead.
May 12, 2023: What's next after Title 42?
Biden's big meeting on the debt limit got punted to next week, and the major story driving the day today is the end of Title 42. All that, and the rest of the news you need to know today. Playbook deputy editor Zack Stanton talks with Playbook co-author Ryan Lizza.
May 11, 2023: The end of Title 42
Title 42, the pandemic-era policy used to block migrants at the southern border is coming to an end tonight. Officials have had more than two years to prepare for this moment. Plus, CNN’s New Hampshire town hall with Donald Trump last night may have done more to boost his chances of winning the GOP presidential nomination than anything that’s happened since the 2020 election. All that, and the rest of the news you need to know today. Playbook co-author Eugene Daniels talks with Daniella Diaz.
May 10, 2023: Trump after the verdict
Another day of debt limit negotiations; President Biden's visit today to Valhalla, New York, a GOP district that he carried in 2020, with vulnerable Republican Rep. Mike Lawler; and Trump after the verdict. All that, and the rest of the news you need to know today. Playbook co-author Eugene Daniels talks with legal reporter Erica Orden.
May 9, 2023: How the debt limit debate is playing out in the 2024 GOP primary
Everyone in Washington is talking about the debt limit. Biden will meet with congressional leaders today at the White House -- but at the same time, it will be a while before the negotiations get into the nitty gritty. All that, and the rest of the news you need to know today. Playbook co-author Ryan Lizza talks with national political correspondent Meridith McGraw.