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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.
info_outline CD215: COVID-19 Testimony 06/01/2020
CD215: COVID-19 Testimony When Congress (finally) returned from their COVIDcation, experts in medicine, vaccine development, law, and business testified under oath. In this episode, hear the highlights from 17 hours of that expert testimony during which you'll learn about a concerning new vaccine development policy, Mitch McConnell's dangerous demands for the next COVID-19 response law, and how Republicans and Democrats failed for the last two decades to secure the nation's medical mask supply.
info_outline Thank You Stupid Bay of Pigs 05/31/2020
Thank You Stupid Bay of Pigs In this bonus "thank you" episode, Jen provides some updates on recent bills including the HEROES Act and the reauthorization of the USA Freedom Act followed by a promised summary of the attempted coup in Venezuela. Also in this episode is a perfect example of corporate influence in mainstream media followed by thank yous for all the producers who keep corporate influence out of Congressional Dish.
info_outline CD214: Facial Recognition 05/17/2020
CD214: Facial Recognition Over the last year, various Congressional committees have been investigating the expanding use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement and the private sector. In this episode, hear the highlights of these investigations which will enlighten you about the extent that this technology is being used to put your face in criminal investigation line-ups, determine your employability, and more.
info_outline Thank You STOCK Act 05/15/2020
Thank You STOCK Act In this thank you bonus episode, some CARES Act updates, including a debunking of a rumor that the CARES Act was written before the crisis, a list of the greedy Senators who used their behind-closed-doors Congressional COVID-19 briefing’s to hit the jackpot on the stock market, and the reason why Boeing hasn’t yet claimed their $17 billion CARES Act gift. Jen then thanks all the producers who make this podcast possible
info_outline CD213: CARES Act - The Trillions for COVID-19 Law 04/27/2020
CD213: CARES Act - The Trillions for COVID-19 Law The U.S. Treasury has been legally robbed! In this episode, discover the secret provisions in the multi-trillion dollar CARES Act that no one is talking about (like the new process for over the counter drug approvals) and discover the reasons behind problems that everyone is talking about (like why Mom & Pops can't get a small business loan approved but Fogo de Chao can.) The good news is that the problems are so obvious that they are easily fixed... If Congress ever comes back from vacation.
info_outline Thank You Doctors 04/27/2020
Thank You Doctors In this thank you bonus episode, members of our community - including a doctor on the frontlines of COVID-19 who has been forced to take a pay cut during a pandemic - update us on how their COVIDpocalyspe is going as Jen thanks all the producers who make Congressional Dish possible.
info_outline CD212: The COVID-19 Response Laws 04/06/2020
CD212: The COVID-19 Response Laws Since COVID-19 began ravaging the human race, Congress has passed three bills into law that are meant to respond to both the health care crisis and the financial crisis. In this episode, Jen highlights the first two laws in their entirety and the provisions from the third law that are most likely to help the most Americans. She also documents the process used to pass all three bills into law, because this is NOT the way Congress is supposed to function. We have some firing to do.
info_outline Thank You Neighbors 04/06/2020
Thank You Neighbors In the longest bonus thank you episode ever recorded, Jen and Husband Joe have a few drinks, discuss the infuriating state of our government, and respond to notes from the producers of episodes 210 and 211. Warning: Jen may not mean everything she says in this episode; it's possible Donald Trump cares about Tiffany.
info_outline CD211: Coronavirus (COVID-19) 03/21/2020
CD211: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Coronavirus. A lot of people are scared - and money is being made off of our fear. In this episode, let's take a calm look at the facts presented under oath by health professionals in Congress and in official press conferences. What is happening? How does this virus work? How is it transmitted? Why are we all being told to stay home? By the end of this episode, you will have those answers and (hopefully) be better prepared to handle the bad news that’s soon to come.
info_outline CD210: The Afghanistan War 03/08/2020
CD210: The Afghanistan War The Trump administration has made a deal with the Taliban which has been reported as "the beginning of the end" of the Afghanistan war... But is it? In this episode, an examination of Afghanistan's past helps us understand our current role in Afghanistan and by looking into the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, 2020 government funding law, and some key Congressional hearings, we get some insight into our possible future in terms of America's "forgotten war".
info_outline Thank You Dr. Drew 03/08/2020
Thank You Dr. Drew We're all going to die! Or not. In this bonus "thank you" episode, Dr. Drew and legit health experts put some perspective on the coronavirus hysteria, Jen outlines the new emergency coronavirus law that funnels tax money to the pharmaceutical industry, Jen shares her Super Tuesday poll worker experience and rants about Joe Biden's horrendous voting record, and we get an update on the not-a-Brexit before Jen thanks the wonderful souls who made episode CD210 possible.
info_outline CD209: USMCA with Lori Wallach 02/23/2020
CD209: USMCA with Lori Wallach The Trump administration renegotiated NAFTA and the 116th Congress passed those changes in order to make the USMCA into law. In this episode, international trade expert Lori Wallach, the Director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, joins Jen to explain the differences between NAFTA and the USMCA. What you hear may surprise you.
info_outline Thank You Kang and Kodos 02/23/2020
Thank You Kang and Kodos What should we call the wealth hoarders who are rigging the world economy? In this bonus "thank you" episode, Jen and Husband Joe discuss the best term for describing the global economy architects, an enlightening piece of CIA history, and the new job prospects for Mike Bloomberg sycophants as we thank all the wonderful souls who make Congressional Dish possible.
info_outline CD208: The Brink of the Iran War 02/09/2020
CD208: The Brink of the Iran War 2020 began with a bombing in Iraq - ordered by President Trump - which killed one of Iran's highest ranking military officers. In this episode, we take a close look at the recent history of our relationship with the Iranian government in order to understand how we started the year on the brink of another war. Also, since our President is a total wildcard, we look at what Congress authorized for 2020 in terms of war with Iran, Iraq, and Syria.
info_outline Thanks for Policing the Primary 02/09/2020
Thanks for Policing the Primary Impeachment, elections, resignations, oh my! In this bonus "thank you" episode, Jen dishes about the acquittal of President Trump, the State of the Union, and why it's so important for us peasants to personally police the presidential primary elections this year. After the updates, it's thank you time!
info_outline Thanks for (Finally) Sending the Articles 01/18/2020
Thanks for (Finally) Sending the Articles The House has finally sent the impeachment articles to the Senate. In this episode, Jen gives an update on the process and gives an important update on whether or not the President may have committed a crime. After the updates, thank you notes are read and responded to. This episode is not sponsored by Chipotle.
info_outline CD207: State of Corporatism 01/13/2020
CD207: State of Corporatism It's 2020 and the government was actually funded before the new year! However, as always, dozens of bills hitched a ride into law attached to the government funding. In this episode, learn about some of the dingleberry laws that could effect your retirement savings, cable bills, and our partners in war.
info_outline CD206: Impeachment: The Evidence 12/23/2019
CD206: Impeachment: The Evidence President Donald Trump has been impeached. In this episode, hear the key evidence against him presented by the witnesses called to testify in over 40 hours of hearings that took place in the "inquiry" phase of the impeachment. Using this episode, you will be able to judge for yourself how strong the case against President Trump really is as the country prepares for his Senate trial.
info_outline Thanks for 5,270 Pages in a Week 12/23/2019
Thanks for 5,270 Pages in a Week In this bonus "thank you" episode, Jen provides an update on the last work days of 2019 in Congress, which included an offensive amount of legislation that passed while the country was distracted by the Trump Impeachment Show. Also in this episode is the announcement of a new podcast Jen is co-hosting called Talking Fat and Jen shares contributor notes and emails.
info_outline CD205: Nuclear Waste Storage 11/25/2019
CD205: Nuclear Waste Storage For 38 years, the United States government has been trying to figure out what to do with the radioactive nuclear waste that was created when the Defense Department developed nuclear weapons and the nuclear waste that continues to be created by nuclear power generation. In this episode, learn the history of this on-going dilemma and listen in on the debate as it currently rages in the 116th Congress.
info_outline Thanks-giving Crisis Averted 11/24/2019
Thanks-giving Crisis Averted A "thank you" bonus episode featuring another last minute government funding law (with a Patriot Act dingleberry), a date for this year's Christmas Crisis, and an update on your favorite dizzy podcaster who will soon be looking like Lady Millhouse on a daily basis.
info_outline CD204: Why Brexit the EU? 11/12/2019
CD204: Why Brexit the EU? The European Union is a partnership of 28 countries that the United Kingdom has been trying to escape from since 2016. In this episode, we examine the European Union in order to understand the decision the citizens of the UK were asked to make and learn why the United States has become a theme in the Brexit debate.
info_outline CD203: Scattering Interior 10/31/2019
CD203: Scattering Interior Public land belongs to all Americans and the bureaus of the Interior Department are responsible for balancing conservation and resource extraction on our land. The Trump administration is making some major changes to this important agency which few Americans are aware of. In this episode, learn what their plans are, how those plans are being implemented, and who stands to benefit from the changes. Spoiler alert! Fossil fuel companies will be pleased.