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A months-long debate on the nation's debt limit could lead to a constitutional challenge

River to River, hosted by Ben Kieffer

River to River host Ben Kieffer talks with political scientists Jim McCormick and Megan Goldberg about the latest political happenings this week, from the state legislative session nearing its end to the Philippines President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. visiting the White House amid increasing tensions with China.

They also give analysis on Congressional leaders battling over how to address the nation's borrowing limit as the U.S. moves closer to defaulting on its debt if the cap is not lifted.


  • Jim McCormick, professor of political science, Iowa State University
  • Megan Goldberg, assistant professor of American politics, Cornell College
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Samantha McIntosh is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio. Prior to IPR, Samantha worked as a reporter for radio stations in southeast and west central Iowa under M&H Broadcasting, and before that she was a weekend music host for GO 96.3 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.