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Political Theater, Episode 175

A woman kicks over a "Help Still Wanted" sign on the East Front of the Capitol as Trump supporters begin to gather at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. Goldman Sachs filled the lawn with 10,000 signs to call attention to the need for more government assistance to small businesses.
A woman kicks over a "Help Still Wanted" sign on the East Front of the Capitol as Trump supporters begin to gather at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. Goldman Sachs filled the lawn with 10,000 signs to call attention to the need for more government assistance to small businesses. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Wednesday’s joint session of Congress will be a long, potentially tortuous affair to count the Electoral College votes to certify Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 presidential election.

A number of Republicans plan on objecting to the proceedings and forcing what usually takes under an hour to potentially become a dayslong affair. They don’t have the votes to overturn the certified results from states. But it’s going to take a long time to get through. In this special episode of the Political Theater podcast, CQ Roll Call’s Katherine Tully-McManus and Niels Lesniewski explain what to expect and why this is happening.

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