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info_outline Thank You Alcee 05/03/2021
Thank You Alcee Rep. Alcee Hastings: We just lost a good one. As we thank CD producers in this bonus thank you episode, we flashback to our favorite Alcee moment, learn why Bill Gates is a monster, ponder what the dingleberry method could be used for in 2021, hear apologies for various Thank You episode ramblings, and air our first producer voicemail!
info_outline CD231: Lights Out: What Happened in Texas? 04/26/2021
CD231: Lights Out: What Happened in Texas? In mid-February 2021, a not-as-rare-as-it-used-to-be winter storm swept across the country, causing massive power outages in the state of Texas with deadly consequences. In this episode, hear the highlights of the congressional investigation into the causes of the extended power outages. They were foreseeable, and in fact foreseen, and similar power outages can be prevented; the only question is whether they will be.
info_outline Thank You Matt Gaetz 04/18/2021
Thank You Matt Gaetz Rep. Matt Gaetz is accused of sex trafficking. In this episode, we look at the trustworthiness of the allegations before turning our attention to another powerful member of Congress whose selfish actions are far easier to prove. Jen then thanks the wonderful producers who make Congressional Dish possible.
info_outline CD230: Pacific Deterrence Initiative 04/12/2021
CD230: Pacific Deterrence Initiative The 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the Coronabus both enacted laws aiming to stop China from advancing their Belt and Road economic system that may soon be able to compete with the "rules based international order", which the United States has been leading the implementation of since the end of WWII. In this episode, learn about the NDAA's most significant changes, including a new U.S. military build up in China's neighborhood: The Pacific Deterrence Initiative.
info_outline Thank You Erik 03/29/2021
Thank You Erik The 2021 hits just keep on coming. In this episode, learn about a wonderful soul who left this Earth far too young before Jen thanks Congressional Dish producers. Also in this episode is a request for producer opinions about how to present our Congressional Dish episodes to the public in the future, an update on the state of the firing wave, and the most absurd Congressional Dish pink slip of all time.
info_outline CD228: The Second Impeachment Trial of Donald Trump 02/28/2021
CD228: The Second Impeachment Trial of Donald Trump Donald Trump was acquitted of "Incitement of Insurrection" at the end of his second impeachment trial. Many seem to think this result was inevitable, but that wasn't the case. In this episode, by examining the evidence and how it was presented by the House Impeachment Managers, learn how the trial could have been structured to provide the possibility of a different outcome.
info_outline CD227: Coronabus Health Care 02/15/2021
CD227: Coronabus Health Care The 116th Congress finished their reign by passing every section of government funding into law with COVID relief attached. In this episode, learn about the new COVID relief law after you hear about a surprise dingleberry that promises to end surprise medical billing in the United States. That's right! Something good happened! Find out in this episode how the new provisions will positively affect you.
info_outline No Thank You, Project Owl 02/08/2021
No Thank You, Project Owl On a sad day, Jen provides some follow up to past episodes including correcting a possible mistake about the capitol storm story, an update on the congressional COVID count, and we get a confirmation on a suspicion we had about Google rigging their search results to favor corporate news sources. After the updates, Jen thanks all the wonderful souls who produce Congressional Dish.
info_outline CD226: The 116th Lame Duck 01/25/2021
CD226: The 116th Lame Duck We just lived through the craziest lame duck period - the time between when the President and members of Congress keep their power after being fired in an election - in United States history. In this episode, we look at everything that happened, from start to finish. That was literally one Hell of a ride.
info_outline Thank You for Failing, Capitol Stormers 01/10/2021
Thank You for Failing, Capitol Stormers 2021 is off to quite a 2020 start! In this bonus thank you episode, Jen starts the show sharing a summary of and her thoughts about the January 6th storming of the election certification in Congress by President Donald Trump's misguided supporters and then thanks the producers who have ensured that this podcast exists to cover such insane events in Congress.
info_outline CD225: Targets of the Free Marketeers 12/21/2020
CD225: Targets of the Free Marketeers While the focus of the world has been on the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress has been busy preparing a war authorization for the incoming Joe Biden administration. In this episode, we examine the advice given to Congress in nine recent hearings to learn which countries are on the World Trade System naughty list, as Jen prepares to read the NDAA that's soon to become law.
info_outline Thank You Hawley and Sanders 12/14/2020
Thank You Hawley and Sanders At the end of a frustrating week observing mind-boggling congressional disfunction, Jen rages against the monster preventing COVID relief for working people and small businesses, updates us on the status of government funding, previews the episodes to be produced at the start of the 117th Congress, reviews the results of the 2020 Election, explains why worrying about The Great Reset is a waste of brain power, and thanks the wonderful community of humans who produce Congressional Dish.
info_outline CD224: Social Media Censorship 11/30/2020
CD224: Social Media Censorship Everyone who uses Facebook, Google, and Twitter has probably noticed the disappearance of posts and the appearance of labels, especially during the 2020 election season. In this episode, hear the highlights from six recent House and Senate hearings where executives from the social media giants and experts on social media testified about the recent changes.
info_outline Thank You Alaska 11/23/2020
Thank You Alaska The Election is still not over but we did get some more results. In this bonus "thank you" episode, get updated on the election news before we thank the CD producers who are making this podcast possible. Please Support Congressional Dish – Quick Links to contribute monthly or a lump sum via to support Congressional Dish for each episode via Patreon Send payments to: Send payments to: @Jennifer-Briney Send payments to: $CongressionalDish or Use your bank’s online bill pay function to mail contributions to: Please make checks payable to Congressional Dish Thank you for supporting truly independent media! Articles/Documents GovTrack Article: By James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, November 18, 2020 CNN Fox News Article: Fox News, November 3, 2020 Article: By Philip Bump, The Washington Post, September 25, 2020 Article: FiveThirtyEight, May 19, 2020 Article: By John Laloggia, FactTank, May 15, 2019 Document: United States Census Bureau, 2011 Wikipedia Wikipedia Wikipedia Cover Art Design by Only Child Imaginations Music Presented in This Episode Intro & Exit: by (found on by mevio)
info_outline CD222: 116th Congress Performance Review 10/31/2020
CD222: 116th Congress Performance Review In the last episode before the 2020 election, let's take a comprehensive look at what went on in the 116th Congress, a divided Congress during which the House of Representatives was controlled for the first time since Congressional Dish began by the Democratic Party. It was a chaotic two years, with a series of unprecedented events. Did our Congress serve us well in these crazy times?
info_outline CD221: Kicking the Funding Can 10/12/2020
CD221: Kicking the Funding Can Surprise, surprise! Congress failed to fund the government on time again. In this episode, discover the hidden secrets in the bill that temporarily funds the government and the politics behind the dingleberries that hitched a ride into law.
info_outline Thank You Green Room 10/05/2020
Thank You Green Room The Green Room is live! In this bonus thank you episode, learn how producers can access a private podcast feed only for Congressional Dish insiders before getting updates on government funding, non-existent COVID relief, and the Supreme Court nomination.
info_outline CD220: Postal Service Sabotage 09/07/2020
CD220: Postal Service Sabotage The mail has been slow this summer, no doubt about it, but did the Trump administration slow the mail down on purpose in order to interfere with mail-in voting? In this episode, listen to highlights of recent emergency Congressional hearings in order to learn what's really going on at USPS. The sabotage is real, but the situation is different from what you probably think. Special guest: Alexis Claypool Glaser
info_outline Thank You Indentured Firefighters 08/28/2020
Thank You Indentured Firefighters In the middle of a historically intense week, Jen records this bonus “thank you” episode to thank Congressional Dish producers and rant about the state of the country. Topics include fires, murders, riots, strikes, COVID, and a surprisingly intense hurricane. It’s a very 2020 episode.
info_outline CD219: Oversights of CARES 08/16/2020
CD219: Oversights of CARES COVID still rages, CARES Act provisions have expired, and Congress is on another vacation. In this episode, by piecing together information discovered in six CARES Act oversight hearings, find out what problems weren’t solved by the CARES Act, what happened to the CARES Act money, and get an idea of what is possible in the next COVID relief bill... If there is one.
info_outline Thank You John Lewis 08/14/2020
Thank You John Lewis In this bonus "thank you" episode, Jen shares a goodbye letter from Rep. John Lewis, updates the list of the COVID infected in Congress, and reads lots of excellent, information rich comments from the Congressional Dish producers. Please Support Congressional Dish – Quick Links to contribute monthly or a lump sum via to support Congressional Dish via Patreon (donations per episode) Send payments to: Send payments to: @Jennifer-Briney Send payments to: $CongressionalDish or Use your bank’s online bill pay function to mail contributions to: Please make checks payable to Congressional Dish Thank you for supporting truly independent media! Recommended Episodes The Impeachment of John Koskinen : Save the Post Office! Articles/Documents Article: By Claudia Grisales and Audrey Carlsen, npr, August 7, 2020 Article: By Wade Davis, Rolling Stone, August 6, 2020 Article: By Shia Kapos, Politico, August 5, 2020 Article: By Sarah Rumpf, Mediaite, August 1, 2020 Article: By John Lewis, The New York Times, July 30, 2020 Article: By KJ Edelman, Mediaite, July 29, 2020 Article: By Alan Fram and Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press, July 29, 2020 Article: By Glen Morgan, We the Governed, July 29, 2020 Article: By Leo Sun, The Motley Fool, June 16, 2019 Article: By Adams Rogers, Wired, November 1, 2018 Article: By Brigadier General John Adams, US Army (Retired), Associated Press, May 13, 2013 Additional Resources Tweet: , Twitter, July 29, 2020 Video: , Thorium Energy Alliance Conference #8, YouTube Video: , Thorium Energy Alliance Conference #8, YouTube Video: , Thorium Energy Alliance Conference #8, YouTube, August 22, 2017 Video: , Thorium Energy Alliance Conference #8, YouTube, August 21st, 2017 Video: , Thorium Energy Alliance Conference #8, YouTube, August 21, 2017 Video: , Thorium Energy Alliance Conference #8, YouTube, August 21, 2017 Webpage: Journal: Cover Art Design by Only Child Imaginations Music Presented in This Episode Intro & Exit: by (found on by mevio)
info_outline CD218: Minerals are the New Oil 07/31/2020
CD218: Minerals are the New Oil Rare earth minerals are essential ingredients for many of the technologies that are important today and will be key in the future. In this episode, we learn about a new global economy being created around rare minerals and how the United States can catch up to the commanding lead that China has established in dominating the mineral dependent industries.
info_outline Thank You COVID Travelers 07/26/2020
Thank You COVID Travelers In this bonus thank you episode, Jen is feeling like it's March all over again and discusses options for continuing life and travel during the never ending COVID crisis before thanking the Congressional Dish producers. She also recalls getting arrested in front of the White House, a vastly different experience in the Obama years compared to what the brave protestors are experiencing during the reign of Trump.
info_outline CD217: Proxy Voting 07/13/2020
CD217: Proxy Voting The House of Representatives is now allowing absent members to vote via members who are physically present on the House floor, in a process called proxy voting, for the first time in US History. In this episode, we examine the unnecessary, unprecedented changes to the way the House passes bills that might also be unconstitutional.
info_outline Thank You COVID-Move 07/03/2020
Thank You COVID-Move Jen just moved to Southern California to join her family in a COVID-safe life pod. In this bonus "thank you" episode, she updates you on how moving went during a pandemic spiced with nationwide protests, and the producers of the show are thanked for keeping Congressional Dish alive. Conversation topics include avoiding fame, some disturbing truths about doctors, bayonets, barking dogs, and, of course, Chipotle.
info_outline CD216: Dingleberries Against Police Brutality 06/14/2020
CD216: Dingleberries Against Police Brutality As the U.S. erupted in protests against police brutality, the House Democrats wrote the Justice in Policing Act. In this episode, we see how the bill would limit the transfer of military equipment to cops, create a public database for information about cops, ban no-knock raids on our homes, and limit the qualified immunity that allows cops to use violence with impunity. We also look at The Dingleberry Method, which is the best play for Democrats to use if they want any of this to become law.