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Every Friday, Amy Walter brings you the trends in politics long before the national media picks up on them. Known as one of the smartest and most trusted journalists in Washington, D.C., Amy Walter is respected by politicians and pundits on all sides of the aisle. You may know Amy her from her work with Cook Political Report and the PBS NewsHour where she looks beyond the breaking news headlines for a deeper understanding of how Washington works, who's pulling the levers of power, and how it ...
 
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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy on Aging Infrastructure, Vaccine Appointments, And More Governor Murphy joins the Takeaway for a conversation about the state’s pandemic response, school reopenings, and election reform in the state. Divisions Emerge Over Biden's Proposal to Raise the Corporate Tax Rate One of the biggest debates emerging around Pres…
 
One of the biggest debates emerging around President Joe Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure proposal is how to pay for it. The Biden administration wants to raise the corporate income tax rate from 21% to 28% in order to cover the costs. Meanwhile, Republicans, prominent business leaders, and even some moderate Democrats say 28% is too high. Accord…
 
On Thursday, President Joe Biden announced a number of executive actions, aimed at curbing gun violence: "We have a long way to go," Biden said. "It seems like we always have a long way to go. But also, today, we’re taking steps to confront not just the gun crisis, but what is also a public health crisis." The announcement comes after several viole…
 
This week, Washington received some interesting procedural news after the Senate parliamentarian, the rules expert, determined that Democrats could pass additional legislation through the budget reconciliation process. This ruling means that Democrats can use the budget process to pass legislation related to taxing and spending with just 51 votes, …
 
This Wednesday, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear signed into law a bipartisan bill to expand voting access in the state. The bill, HB 574, passed in both chambers of the Republican-controlled state legislature before making it to the Democratic governor’s desk—bucking the recent trend of GOP efforts to restrict voting access in states like Georgia, T…
 
Fourteen months into a global pandemic, and we’re still struggling with rising COVID-19 infections, kids home from school, and the economy in tatters. And all of that falls at the doorstep of governors. To finish up her week hosting the show, guest host Nancy Solomon looks at the place she knows best: New Jersey, which is grappling with so many of …
 
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy on Aging Infrastructure, Vaccine Appointments, And More Governor Murphy joins the Takeaway for a conversation about the state’s pandemic response, school reopenings, and election reform in the state. Divisions Emerge Over Biden's Proposal to Raise the Corporate Tax Rate One of the biggest debates emerging around Pres…
 
This week, the trial of Derek Chauvin continues. He is the former Minneapolis police officer, on trial for the killing of George Floyd. And witnesses this week continue to denounce Chauvin’s actions, including Chief of the Minneapolis Police Department -- Medaria Arradondo. "Once there was no longer any resistance, and clearly when Mr. Floyd was no…
 
In the 1980s, there were around 200 lesbian bars across the United States. They provided a dedicated place for lesbians to meet and build a sense of community, particularly as discrimination against the LGBTQ community was widespread. Today, there are only about 15 lesbian bars left in the U.S. LGBTQ bars as a whole have declined in number and that…
 
Following last summer's protests against police brutality, calls for civilian oversight of police became widespread in cities across the U.S. Often referred to as civilian oversight or review boards, this type of police reform allows a group of people outside of law enforcement to monitor and review police activity, including instances of misconduc…
 
In recent weeks, multiple states have taken steps to limit the rights of their transgender residents, particularly trans youth. Earlier this week, the Arkansas state legislature overrode a veto by Governor Asa Hutchinson on House Bill 15-70. The bill makes Arkansas the first state in the nation to criminalize gender-affirming procedures for transge…
 
Arkansas Becomes First State to Ban Gender-Affirming Treatment for Transgender Youth Earlier this week, the Arkansas state legislature overrode a veto by Governor Asa Hutchinson on House Bill 15-70. Is Civilian Oversight Effective? Following last summer's protests against police brutality, calls for civilian oversight of police became widespread in…
 
A scientist studying the minds of psychopaths gets dangerously close. A father’s inability to recognize faces tests his relationships. And a brother is reunited with his North Korean sister for the first time in over five decades. You can look human and you can sound human... but what happens when you take a good hard look inside and realize... you…
 
In 2015, after the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the city of St. Louis established a Civilian Oversight Board, to review investigations of officer-involved shootings. The board was supposed to serve as an independent body to review investigations and determine steps forward. But since the board was established, the St. Louis Metro…
 
Corporations Take A Stand Against Republican Voting Laws Senator Mitch McConnell retaliated by accusing corporations of “behaving like a woke parallel government." Rethinking the Federal Response to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Last week, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced the creation of a new unit to coordinate between feder…
 
After a year of isolation, wearing masks, and staying six feet apart, our brains—like most everything else—have adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic. They’ve had to rewire themselves to deal with the stress and monotony of pandemic life. And for some of us, that’s led to serious brain fog, whether that’s meant forgetting the names of acquaintances or g…
 
Last week, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced the creation of a new unit tasked with coordinating between federal agencies on cases involving missing and murdered Indigenous women. According to the Urban Indian Health Institute, while there were more than 5,700 Indigenous women and girls reported missing in 2016, the Department of Just…
 
Republican lawmakers across the U.S. have introduced more than 360 bills that aim to restrict voting rights. In Georgia, Republican Governor Brian Kemp recently signed into law SB 202, an election bill that has been accused of placing additional restrictions on voters after Democrats flipped the state blue for the first time in almost 30 years. The…
 
Last week, President Joe Biden announced 11 nominees for the federal bench, as part of his effort to reshape the federal courts after four years of Donald Trump. His first slate of nominees is among the most diverse ever in terms of race, gender, and legal background, including three Black women for vacancies on the appeals court and the first Musl…
 
The global vaccine rollout has looked vastly different from country to country. And even within the U.S., there are widespread access issues between different racial and economic groups. But for all of the disparities the pandemic has exposed, there is still some hope as more and more people get vaccinated every day. This has all meant a collective…
 
The continent of Africa has administered less than two percent of global vaccine distribution, despite making up 17 percent of the global population, according to NPR. The continent has seen a relatively low number of cases, but scientists fear this may be due to an undercounting of cases which could lead to uncontrolled spread and mutations of the…
 
Vaccine Versus Variants: The State of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the U.S. More than 61 million people have been fully vaccinated in the U.S., with more than 106 million people at least partially vaccinated. Vaccine Distribution Disparities in Africa The continent of Africa has administered less than two percent of global vaccine distribution, despite…
 
Last week, the 18th season of the cooking competition show Top Chef premiered on Bravo. The series brings together talented chefs from across the country to showcase their culinary skills and the food that defines them. The latest season of Top Chef was shot in Portland, Oregon, during the pandemic, but that isn’t the only thing different about sea…
 
More than 61 million people have been fully vaccinated in the U.S., with more than 106 million people at least partially vaccinated. With more and more people receiving vaccines, it may start to feel like it’s the beginning of the end of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. With summer coming along, many of us are looking forward to socializing wi…
 
COVID-19 Vaccine Disparities Persist Worldwide High-income countries have purchased over half of the world’s supply of vaccines, even though they make up less than a fifth of the global population. Why Advocates Say D.C. Statehood is Long Overdue Momentum has grown around statehood for Washington, D.C., and advocates say it has wide-ranging implica…
 
Last month, one of the most successful singer-songwriters in Latin America won her second Grammy Award. Natalia Lafourcade, the Mexican singer-songwriter won her Grammy Award for her album “Un Canto Por México Volume One.” In 2017, a devastating earthquake struck Mexico, killing thousands and destroying many areas in southern Mexico. In the state o…
 
In March, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform held a hearing in consideration of a bill that would make Washington, D.C. a state. Speakers supporting statehood included Mayor Muriel Bowser, who argued that D.C. residents are US citizens that lack full rights. The city’s nearly 700,000 residents pay more in federal taxes than 22 states but h…
 
More than 55 million people in the U.S. have been fully vaccinated — that’s 17 percent of the total population, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the outlook is far less rosy globally. High-income countries, like the U.S., have purchased over half of the world’s supply of vaccines, even though they make …
 
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