October 29th, 2015
Episode 181 of 272 episodes
Things are pretty weird in the House of Representatives right now. Paul Ryan was just chosen to be the next speaker of the House, a position he never wanted, after a fractured Republican Party united behind him. Republicans have the largest majority of seats in the House since 1920, so it should be a golden time to move their agenda forward. Instead, it's been pretty miserable. Lots of fingers are pointing to the House Freedom Caucus, a group of about 40 of the most conservative members of the House. This week on the podcast, we decode the Freedom Caucus—who they are, what they want and how the rest of the Republican conference, including newly elected Speaker Paul Ryan, plans to deal with them.