Episode #196: What The Hill Happened

President Trump’s decision to bypass Republican congressional leaders and forge a deal with Democrats Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi sent shock waves through GOP ranks, leading observers to speculate about the future of Trump-congressional relations.  Jack Pitney of Claremont McKenna College talks about what the deal could mean for the future of the Party of Lincoln.

Hillary Clinton’s new book, “What Happened,” has been described as a score-settling tome, blaming James Comey, the Russians, Bernie Sanders, sexism and the media for her defeat to Donald Trump.  Jennifer Palmieri, Clinton’s communications director during the campaign shares her reaction to the book and the commentary that’s followed since its release.

Bryan Schott of Utahpolicy.com reports that should Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch hang it up next year, Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, is preparing a bid for the seat.

And Chuck Hagel, the former two-term senator from Nebraska and Secretary of Defense under President Obama, walks us through his improbable political career.

Photo via Carlos Barria/Reuters

Music used in this podcast: 

Get a Job by The Silhouettes

Take It So Hard by Keith Richards

Band and Blame by R.E.M

Second Chance by 38 Special

Got a Feelin’ by The Mamas & the Papas

Going Home by The Rolling Stones

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