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The Political Life - from campaigns to capitols and everywhere in between. A show about the people whose lives are immersed in the political world, and how they got there. Politicians, lobbyists, pollsters, and business people. If they're on the show, they're living the political life.

Hosted by Jim O'Brien, The Political Life introduces you to the personalities and "day in the life" experiences of some of the most interesting and dynamic individuals in the field. 

Dec 20, 2021

This week on the show we welcome back Rich Gold, who is a Partner at Holland & Knight. Holland & Knight is one of the largest lobbying firms in D.C., and Rich serves as the leader of the firm’s Public Policy and Regulation team.

Rich provides some insights as to what Congress and the President will do next in the wake of Sen. Manchin's announcement yesterday that he will not support the "Build Back Better" proposal. 

We also discuss a number of other issues:  

  • Whether Sen. Manchin will remain in the Democratic Party, or if he'll end up becoming an Independent that caucuses with the Democrats;
  • Senator Cruz's deal to get a vote on sanctions tied to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in exchange for removing holds on numerous presidential nominees;
  • The impacts of rate increases by the Fed; and,
  • The impact of several changes in the auto industry to reduce carbon emissions. 

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