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Since Joe Biden took office, the US has been seen as an ally in the fight against climate change. But just a change at the helm doesn’t mean the American ship will fully line up with all of Europe’s climate plans. Today, POLITICO’s Zack Colman discusses how the president’s European trip reflected the differences. Zack Colman is an energy reporter f…
 
When we talk to European diplomats and officials, they all say the same thing — the Biden presidency is a “sigh of relief” after the “near-death experience” of Trump. This week we checked in with the former U.S. ambassador to the EU, Anthony Gardner, about Biden’s first foreign trip. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament i…
 
Joe Biden's trip to Europe, an interview with Germany's transatlantic coordinator, the European Parliament's strange return to Strasbourg, and a brewing Brussels brouhaha over the French language all feature in this episode. As Biden makes his first overseas presidential trip for a series of summits — with the G7, NATO, the EU and Vladimir Putin — …
 
Kyrsten Sinema's advisers heard it constantly from her during her 2018 campaign for Senate: “I want to be the next John McCain.” After she won, Sinema called the late senator a “legend” and “my personal hero.” This year, when she voted against a minimum wage hike, she rankled the left by mimicking McCain’s iconic thumbs-down that tanked the GOP’s e…
 
In a special episode marking the fifth anniversary of the Brexit referendum, Jack Blanchard interviews the two men behind the crucial spin campaigns for Leave and Remain. In a rare interview, Paul Stephenson, director of communications for Vote Leave, reflects on the often-controversial tactics pioneered with his friend Dominic Cummings, which conv…
 
We take stock of Joe Biden's visit to Europe and what it means for EU allies. And our special guest is European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde, discussing the uphill battle for gender equality in finance. Kicking off our special 4th birthday edition, POLITICO's Andrew Gray and Rym Momtaz welcome Ryan Heath — the original host of EU Confid…
 
As he returns from Europe, President Joe Biden faces a major decision that will have consequences for the rest of his agenda: Does he take a bipartisan compromise on infrastructure and hope the rest of his agenda can pass on reconciliation without assurances from Sinema and Manchin? Or does he move on and go for one big Democrats-only proposal? Rag…
 
President Joe Biden is scheduled to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin for some five hours of talks in Geneva starting at 7:10 a.m. Eastern time. It’s their first meeting in a decade. On the agenda: cyberwarfare, ransomware, the New START treaty, Syria, Ukraine, climate change, human rights, sanctions, a potential return of ambassadors. Plus, th…
 
Earlier this month, environmentalists scored a major win they’d spent years fighting for: the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline. But while that project died, there is another pipeline that’s been carrying oil sands from Canada to the US for years: Enbridge’s Line 3. Line 3 has long needed critical maintenance to operate at full capacity, and…
 
President Joe Biden's entire agenda appears to be in jeopardy amid Democratic infighting over how to proceed on infrastructure. That’s a sweeping statement, and it’s possible this all gets sorted out for Democrats after a frenzied Monday in the Senate. But the party ended the day with things looking pretty grim. In short, Majority Leader Chuck Schu…
 
Over the weekend, leaders of the largest developed economies gathered in Cornwall, England to discuss their plans to tackle some of the world’s biggest issues, including how best to fight climate change.Today, POLITICO’s Ryan Heath discusses how these leaders are aligned on many of the broad goals, but critical details about the future of the coal …
 
Senior Democrats were telling us Sunday night they think the White House is actually considering the trillion-dollar bipartisan infrastructure deal floated by 10 centrist senators Friday. First, however, they need to see if their own members can swallow it. Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for P…
 
Two Joes are keeping faith that bipartisanship can deliver a deal on infrastructure: President Biden and Senator Joe Manchin. But amid mounting concerns from progressives a deal won’t include strong enough climate provisions, lawmakers are reminding the administration that their votes are also required for passage and they won’t rubber stamp just a…
 
Last year, Trump’s EPA announced a controversial rule to define the scope of a new controversial water rule. And on Wednesday, the White House announced it would roll back the rule and begin the process of creating a new one. Today, POLITICO’s Annie Snider analyzes the chances of a new rule sticking around. Anthony Adragna is an energy reporter and…
 
As the G7 summit gets underway in Cornwall, Jack Blanchard speaks to Tony Blair and a host of former senior government officials about what it's like to attend these surreal events — and whether they're really still relevant in the modern age. Blair reminisces about his first big summit — a Bill Clinton-hosted G8 in Colorado in 1997 — and the most …
 
VP Kamala Harris' trip to Guatemala and Mexico — like just about every foreign trip by a president or VP — was a mix of policy and politics. On the policy, her aides, her allies and those in the immigration advocacy space tell us she did what she was supposed to do. On the politics, they admit her performance could have been smoother. Raghu Manaval…
 
Biden wants his administration to be a transformative period in American climate policy — that much was clear in the original infrastructure bill. Now, after months of no progress in negotiations with Senate Republicans, the White House’s climate advisor says the bill could omit some climate proposals — though she says they’ll keep fighting for all…
 
In Washington, relationships come and go. In a quick succession of phone calls on Tuesday, Joe Biden exited negotiations with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and started them with Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.). Could a compromise on infrastructure be on the way? Raghu Manavalan is the host of POLITICO's Playbook. Jenny Ament is the senior producer …
 
Just over a month ago, Russian hackers forced a weeklong shutdown of America’s most important pipeline. Yesterday, senators grilled Colonial Pipeline's CEO over Colonial’s cybersecurity measures and the decision to pay the multi-million dollar ransom. Today, POLITICO’s Ben Lefebvre discusses the hearing's highlights of the hearing, and what it mean…
 
A host of Black and civil rights leaders will visit Sen. Joe Manchin to discuss voting rights this morning — two days after the West Virginia moderate announced his opposition to Democrats’ top legislative priority on the matter, the For the People Act (aka H.R. 1/S. 1). Those who know Manchin tell us the senator’s mind isn’t exactly open to persua…
 
In recent years, US companies have been able to export liquefied natural gas to eastern Europe and Asia thanks to government investment in international deals and export facilities. Now, President Joe Biden has to decide whether the gas is lean enough to be part of his administration’s international climate policy or if renewable energies should be…
 
Last year, Joe Biden had to expand and embolden his climate change agenda to get the support of environmental activists. Now, as the administration continues to search for bipartisan agreement on infrastructure, a big green group is bringing the heat to ensure climate action isn’t left behind. Anthony Adragna is an energy reporter for POLITICO and …
 
If you thought President Joe Biden’s offer to keep the corporate tax rate at 21% might yield a breakthrough on infrastructure…not so much. Raghu Manavalan is the new host of POLITICO's Playbook Olivia Reingold is an editor-producer for POLITICO Audio. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio. Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of …
 
In Pennsylvania, fossil fuels were king even before US independence. First with coal, and then with natural gas, energy production has been a key driver of the state's economic growth. So, can the state’s governor succeed in getting Pennsylvania under a multi-state cap and trade system and curtail carbon emissions in the region? POLITICO’s Anthony …
 
Jack sits down with the Tory MP and former Cabinet minister Owen Paterson, whose wife Rose killed herself last summer. Owen talks about the shock of learning that someone you love has died by their own hand, and the devastating impact it has on all those around them. He shares his favorite memories of his late wife, and reflects on the changing nat…
 
Claims that Denmark helped the U.S. spy on European leaders, demands for the EU to step up on defense and bellwether state elections in Germany's Saxony-Anhalt all feature in this episode. Mary Robinson is our special guest. POLITICO's Rym Momtaz and David M. Herszenhorn analyze new revelations by Danish media that the country's intelligence servic…
 
Here's what Playbook was able to learn about Shelley Moore Capito's one-on-one meeting with President Joe Biden over a possible infrastructure deal. Olivia Reingold is an editor-producer for POLITICO Audio. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio. Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.…
 
Earlier this year, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock flipped both of Georgia’s Senate seats to give Democrats control of Congress. Now, Sen. Ossoff is breaking the mold of a Democratic senator in the south and making action on climate change a priority. Today, POLITICO’s Anthony Adragna speaks with the senior Georgia senator. Anthony Adragna is an ene…
 
By elevating the infrastructure negotiations with the GOP to a one-on-one meeting with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), President Joe Biden is risking taking on more blame if talks fall through in the end. Olivia Reingold is an editor-producer for POLITICO Audio. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio. Irene Noguchi is the execut…
 
The Trump administration tucked a gift into the 2017 tax bill long sought by oil companies: a legal mandate for the federal government to allow oil production in part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. But now, President Biden is stepping in, and POLITICO contributor Adam Federman reports that the administration is halting oil exploration at A…
 
A century after the Tulsa Race Massacre, President Joe Biden will head to Tulsa today to offer words of healing, once again donning his hat as sympathizer-in-chief. Olivia Reingold is an editor-producer for POLITICO Audio. Jenny Ament is the senior producer for POLITICO Audio. Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO Audio.…
 
Summertime is bringing the heat on the negotiations for an infrastructure package. In recent weeks, the White House and Senate negotiators have worked tirelessly to get bipartisan agreement on an ambitious package. But in an exclusive interview with POLITICO’s Anthony Adragna, New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich says effective climate policy is worth g…
 
May 26th, 2021 could go down in the history books as a momentous day in the fight against climate change. In a matter of hours, one of the world’s biggest oil companies was ordered by a court to drastically slash its emissions, while shareholders at two of America’s biggest companies took major steps to force the companies to green their operations…
 
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