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info_outline CD236: January 6: The Capitol Riot 07/26/2021
CD236: January 6: The Capitol Riot Congress has conducted at least eleven bipartisan hearings to investigate the security failures that permitted a mob of American citizens to riot inside the Capitol Building and successfully disrupt Congress while they certified the 2020 election results on January 6, 2021. In this episode, hear key highlights pulled from over 30 hours of testimony to understand exactly what happened that day.
info_outline Thank You FinCEN Files 07/19/2021
Thank You FinCEN Files How did Jen miss the FinCEN files? In this bonus thank you episode, Jen adds some information to the sanctions topic that should have been in CD235, shares some clues that suggest that the Afghanistan withdrawal is a bunch of malarkey, and responds to lots of notes from producers. Thanks for supporting the show!
info_outline CD235: The Safe Haven of Sanctions Evaders 07/11/2021
CD235: The Safe Haven of Sanctions Evaders Sanctions are weapons of economic war. In this episode, learn the troubling history of ever-expanding sanctions powers granted to the President designed to allow him to cut off people, companies, and governments from our financial system. You'll also hear fascinating testimony to Congress about how the targets of U.S. sanctions are getting around them. Their evasion techniques are probably not what you think.
info_outline Thank You Tom Malinowski 07/04/2021
Thank You Tom Malinowski President Biden is dropping bombs. Another congressman made suspicious stock market trades before the lockdowns. Ivermectin might be a COVID wonder drug (and this episode might be censored for that sentence). Race based COVID relief programs are getting shut down in court. In this episode, get updates on all those topics and more while Congressional Dish producers are thanked for supporting the show.
info_outline CD234: AWOL Recall: The Rock and Play Sleeper 06/27/2021
CD234: AWOL Recall: The Rock and Play Sleeper In 2009, Mattel's Fisher-Price started selling the Rock and Play Sleeper, a recklessly designed baby bed. During the ten years that it was sold to parents around the world, dozens of babies died and thousands were injured. Learn the results of a congressional investigation into how the Rock and Play Sleeper was invented, why Mattel and Fisher-Price refused to recall their their dangerous but profitable product, and why we desperately need Congress to change to our product safety laws as soon as possible.
info_outline Thank You Variants 06/20/2021
Thank You Variants It's been a long month since the last bonus Thank You episode! In this episode, get an update on the ongoing regime change operation in Belarus and find out why the vaccine intellectual property waiver actually has a chance of becoming a reality. After those updates, Jen responds to a lot of notes from producers. Thanks for supporting the show!
info_outline CD233: Long COVID 06/14/2021
CD233: Long COVID "Long COVID" is the name for the phenomenon experienced by people who have "recovered" from COVID-19 but are still suffering from symptoms months after the virus invaded their bodies. Listen to highlights from a 7 hour hearing in Congress about Long COVID so that you can recognize the disease and know where to turn for treatment. Long COVID is far more common that you probably think and is almost certainly going to affect someone you know. Executive Producer: Michael Constantino
info_outline CD232: American Rescue Plan 05/27/2021
CD232: American Rescue Plan In March 2021, a year after the official beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the fully Democratic Party controlled Congress sent President Joe Biden their version of a COVID relief bill to sign, a bill that was rejected by the entire Republican Party. In this episode, examine the new law in detail to learn how it could help you and to judge whether this new law was something you would have liked your representatives in Congress to support.
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