In our nation's Capital, the temperature's been lowered and Biden's agenda is moving forward. COVID-19 vaccinations are widely available, schools are reopening, and the economy is strengthening. U.S. foreign policy is returning to historic norms. Now the hurdles include passing infrastructure, immigration reform, voting rights, and climate change legislation. Congress wrestles with the filibuster, reconciliation, and extreme partisanship. State legislatures debate abortion rights as well as voting access. The midterms, racial equity, policing issues, and the influence of the former president complicate the political process. We try to make sense of it all, providing a forum for discussion of news focusing on Washington and beyond, empowering OLLI members to understand different perspectives on the federal government and other areas of national concern. In the first hour we will engage in in-depth discussion of a major issue, such as health care or immigration reform. The second hour is devoted to current hot news stories selected by the study group members. This is a fast-paced study group. Students are expected to be, or become, keen observers of national news through a variety of sources. Reading assignments and topics will be distributed by email. Differing points of view are respectfully welcomed.