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New Year, New Congress, Same Stupid Trump Shutdown

New Year, New Congress, Same Stupid Trump Shutdown

In 2019's first episode, Jesse Lee and Sam Berger discuss the new House majority and President Trump's government shutdown.

Happy New Year! There’s a new House majority in town, and their first order of business is forging a deal to reopen the government. Pressuring President Donald Trump to let go of his so-called border wall to end the shutdown may prove difficult, but Sam Berger and Jesse Lee—both senior advisers at the Center for American Progress and former officials in the Obama White House—are here for our first episode of 2019 to walk us through how we got here, why this shutdown is different from others in the past, and whom this political ploy helps (and harms).

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Daniella Gibbs Legér is the senior vice president for Communications and Strategy at the Center for American Progress. Ed Chung is the vice president for Criminal Justice Reform at the Center. Rachel Rosen is the senior director of Broadcast Communications at the Center. Kyle Epstein is the media relations manager at the Center. Chris Ford is the broadcast coordinator at the Center. Jesse Lee is a senior adviser for Communications at the Center. Sam Berger is a senior adviser at the Center.

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Daniella Gibbs Léger

Executive Vice President, Communications and Strategy


Ed Chung

Senior Fellow

Rachel Rosen

Senior Director, Broadcast Communications

Kyle Epstein

Manager, Media Relations

Chris Ford

Broadcast Manager

Jesse Lee

Senior Adviser

Sam Berger

Former Vice President, Democracy and Government Reform