The first wave of National Guard troops has arrived at the border, even while the bulk of them are still in training. In Thursday’s Capital Tonight, we looked at the role they’re playing and why some local business leaders say they’re not needed.

Plus, we explained how a key piece of information could cause some to lose the coverage they signed up for under the Affordable Care Act.

BUDGET BATTLE

The next two-year budget process is underway, with Sen. Jane Nelson at the helm. Our capital commentators, Harold Cook and Ted Delisi weigh in on some of the minefields finance chair Jane Nelson will have to navigate in what Delisi predicts will be a “highly political environment.”

LEADERSHIP ROLES

Does gender matter when it comes to political leadership? Ann Beeson of the Center for Public Policy Priorities joined us to give her take on why putting women in charge is about more than demographics.