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Washington Week


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    New biography captures George Floyd's life before he died at the hands of police

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022

    On our Washington Week Extra, we explore a breakout biography on George Floyd's life titled, “His Name is George Floyd: One Man's Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice.” Washington Post reporters Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa, who co-authored the book, join Yamiche Alcindor to discuss.

    Primary elections in battleground states spotlight Trump's hold on the GOP

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022

    Critical primary elections were held this week in North Carolina and Pennsylvania. In the Tarheel state, candidates endorsed by former President Trump had mixed results. In Pennsylvania, GOP Senate candidates Dr. Mehmet Oz and David McCormick are locked in a tight race to challenge Democrat John Fetterman as election denier Doug Mastriano won the Republican primary for governor.

    Grief and anger in Buffalo as the nation mourns another mass shooting

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022

    In Buffalo, an alleged gunman driven by white supremacist ideology murdered 10 people and injured three more at a supermarket. Most of the victims were Black, making it one of the deadliest racist massacres in recent American history. President Biden traveled to Buffalo to grieve with the community as the House passed a bill to tackle domestic terrorism that has yet to gain Senate approval.

    Washington Week full episode, May 20, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022

    The path ahead for addressing gun violence and racist ideologies remains unclear after a gunman allegedly murdered 10 Black people in Buffalo. Also, a tight midterm race in a pivotal battleground spotlights election deniers' electability. Join moderator Yamiche Alcindor, NPR's Kelsey Snell and The Washington Post's Toluse Olorunnipa and Robert Samuels as they discuss these stories and more.

    Will abortion rights be a factor in midterm elections?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022

    The fallout from the leak of the Supreme Court's draft opinion on Roe v. Wade continued this week, with the issue likely to play a role in this year's midterm elections. A vote in the Senate to protect abortion access failed, as demonstrators staged protests outside the homes of some Supreme Court justices. Meanwhile, the power of former President Trump's endorsement was seen in GOP primary races.

    U.S. reaches a million COVID deaths as Congress deadlocks on pandemic funding

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022

    The U.S. this week reached 1 million deaths from COVID-19, a tragic new milestone in the pandemic that comes amid new warnings of an upcoming surge in infections. A battle is now underway on Capitol Hill that will determine President Biden's request for billions in additional funding for testing, vaccines and treatment.

    Washington Week full episode, May 13, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022

    The U.S reached 1 million deaths from COVID-19 as Congress stalls over funding for the pandemic. Plus, a bill that would have protected abortion access failed to pass in the Senate. Also, former President Trump's impact is seen in GOP primary races. Join moderator Judy Woodruff, The Washington Post's Seung Min Kim, USA Today's Susan Page, and CNN's Manu Raju, to discuss these stories and more.

    Trump's influence on display in key Republican primary races

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022

    Former President's Trump's impact on the Republican Party was highlighted this week as the primary election season began in Ohio and Indiana, where the majority of the candidates he supported scored victories in key races. Chief among the winners was Senate candidate JD Vance, an author and venture capitalist, who was once a Trump critic before turning into a vocal supporter.

    Republicans search for source of Roe leak as Democrats try to fortify abortion rights

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022

    A leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion sent shockwaves across the nation this week with revelations that the majority of justices support overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark case that has federally protected a woman's right to an abortion. Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed the authenticity of the text but said it is not final, while also announcing an investigation into the leak.

    'This Will Not Pass' uncovers explosive new revelations about Jan. 6

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022

    The newly released book “This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden and the Battle for America's Future,” contains eye-opening findings on the actions of former President Trump, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and others, in the days surrounding Jan. 6. New York Times national political correspondents Alex Burns and Jonathan Martin, who co-authored the book, join Yamiche Alcindor to discuss.

    Washington Week full episode, May 6, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022

    A bombshell scoop by Politico this week revealed five Supreme Court justices support overturning Roe v. Wade. Plus, former President Trump's grip on the GOP was on full display in Ohio and Indiana primary races. Join moderator Yamiche Alcindor, Julia Ainsley of NBC News, Josh Gerstein of Politico, Jonathan Martin of The New York Times and Abby Phillip of CNN as they discuss these stories and more.

    Biden moves to end Title 42 amid backlash on Capitol Hill over migrant surge

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022

    President Biden is facing pressure from Republicans and Democrats over his repeal of a Trump-era immigration restriction known as Title 42. The policy has forced migrants seeking asylum to remain in Mexico because of health concerns during the pandemic. Now, the Department of Homeland Security is focusing on how to handle a likely influx of migrants if Title 42 is lifted.

    Vice President Harris catches COVID as Fauci clarifies comment on state of the pandemic

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022

    COVID-19 struck deep within the White House this week when Vice President Kamala Harris's office announced that she had tested positive for the virus. The revelation came as Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Biden, raised eyebrows when he told the PBS NewsHour Tuesday that the U.S. is now "out of the pandemic phase," a comment he later walked back.

    Biden requests billions to aid Ukraine as Putin warns West about interfering in the war

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022

    With Russia's invasion of Ukraine now in its tenth week, Russian missiles struck Kyiv as the U.N. secretary general was visiting. That came amid fears the war could expand beyond Ukraine's borders. Russian President Putin warned the West that any outside interference in the conflict would be met with a quick response, while President Biden asked Congress for $33 billion more in aid for Ukraine.

    Washington Week full episode, April 29, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022

    Russia warns the West not to interfere in Ukraine as President Biden requests billions more in aid, Dr. Anthony Fauci makes headlines on the state of the pandemic, and Biden's plan to change a Trump era-border policy receives backlash. Join moderator Yamiche Alcindor, Nikole Killion of CBS News, Hans Nichols of Axios, and Michael Shear of The New York Times as they discuss these stories and more.

    How is the GOP reacting to leaked audio of McCarthy's pledge to urge Trump to resign?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022

    New audio obtained by the authors of a soon to be released book reveals that in the days after January 6th, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy considered asking former President Trump to resign, and told GOP lawmakers that Trump acknowledged bearing some responsibility for what happened.

    The mask mandate for travel is over. Or is it?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022

    After a federal judge overturned the federal mask mandate for air travel and public transportation, the Justice Department signaled they'd appeal to reinstate the rules. But how will the public react?

    After three months of war in Ukraine, what has Russia gained?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022

    As the war in Ukraine enters its third month, we take a look at Putin's claims of victory in Mariupol and how the U.S. is responding to the conflict. Join Yamiche, Dan Balz of the Washington Post, Laura Barrón-López of Politico and David Sanger of the New York Times as they discuss the latest developments.

    Washington Week full episode, April 22, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022

    As the war in Ukraine enters its third month, we take a look at Putin's claims of victory in Mariupol and how the U.S. is responding to the conflict. Plus, exactly what do Republicans say behind closed doors when it comes to former President Trump? Join Yamiche, Dan Balz of the Washington Post, Laura Barrón-López of Politico and David Sanger of the New York Times as they discuss these stories and more.

    Jan. 6 panel questions members of Trump's inner circle

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022

    Jan. 6 panel questions members of Trump's inner circle

    Democrats try to tackle inflation as the GOP centers on culture wars ahead of midterms

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022

    Democrats try to tackle inflation as the GOP centers on culture wars ahead of midterms

    Biden accuses Russia of genocide as Putin warns the West about military aid in Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022

    Biden accuses Russia of genocide as Putin warns the West about military aid in Ukraine

    Washington Week full episode, April 15, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022

    Washington Week full episode, April 15, 2022

    Republicans block COVID aid as cases rise among Washington elite

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022

    A number of high-profile leaders in Washington this week tested positive for COVID-19, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Attorney General Merrick Garland, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, Sen. Susan Collins, and others. This comes as Senate Republicans blocked a $10 billion COVID aid bill over their desire to keep Trump-era border restrictions in place. Also, new revelations are discovered on the Jan. 6 attack.

    Ketanji Brown Jackson makes history as first Black woman on the Supreme Court

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022

    After a contentious confirmation hearing, Ketanji Brown Jackson made history this week as the first Black woman to ascend to the highest court in the land. Three Republicans joined 50 Democrats in voting to confirm Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court. She celebrated her confirmation at the White House Friday with President Biden and Vice President Harris.

    Global outrage grows as Russia's retreat from Kyiv exposes atrocities

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022

    The Russian invasion of Ukraine is now entering its seventh week, as the world saw carnage and brutality unlike anything seen before in the conflict. Russia's military withdrawal , from Bucha, a suburb of Kyiv, exposed atrocities against Ukraine's civilians. President Biden this week introduced a new round of sanctions targeting Russian banks and elites, including President Putin's daughters.

    Washington Week full episode, April 8, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022

    Russian atrocities against civilians are drawing global outrage as Russia shifts its battle lines to eastern Ukraine and President Biden doubles down on his condemnation of President Putin. Then, Ketanji Brown Jackson makes history, becoming the first Black woman confirmed to the Supreme Court.

    What the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act means for the decades-long fight for civil rights

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2022

    President Biden on Tuesday signed the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act into law. The law makes lynching a federal hate crime for the first time in U.S. history. The bill's named after Emmett Till, a 14-year-old Black boy who was brutally murdered in 1955 by a group of white men in Mississippi. His mother's decision to have an open casket funeral for him made a huge impact on the civil rights fight.

    New details emerge in Jan. 6 probe over Trump's call logs during the Capitol insurrection

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2022

    New revelations surfaced from the congressional investigation into the Capitol attack about former President Trump's White House call logs during the siege, a new NBC poll shows many American blame President Biden for inflation rather than Russia's war with Ukraine, and Russia changes tactics as the invasion enters its sixth week and Kyiv and Moscow hold peace talks.

    A Look Inside Efforts to Overturn the 2020 Election

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 26, 2022

    This week, new reports emerged that Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, repeatedly pressed former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to pursue efforts to overturn the 2020 election results.

    Biden Travels to Europe and An Historic SCOTUS Confirmation Hearing

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 26, 2022

    President Biden travels to Brussels and Poland for emergency meetings with western allies, aimed at solidifying support for Ukraine.

    President Biden's Challenges Here and Abroad

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 19, 2022

    The Biden Administration warned this week the government is running out of critical money aimed at pandemic mitigation efforts.

    The War in Ukraine Continues With No End In Sight

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 19, 2022

    As the war in Ukraine enters its fourth week, Russia continues targeting civilians.

    Full Episode: The Devastation of War

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 12, 2022 13:22

    It's been almost three weeks since Russia invaded Ukraine and the death toll is rising.

    President Biden's Domestic Agenda

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 12, 2022

    Inflation hits a 40-year high and economists expect that number to increase throughout March.

    10 Years Since Trayvon Martin's Fatal Shooting

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 5, 2022

    Saturday marked the 10-year anniversary of Trayvon Martin's fatal shooting.

    A Week of War in Europe and Challenges at Home

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 5, 2022

    As Russia's war with Ukraine escalates, President Biden and NATO allies are ramping up sanctions on the Russian economy.

    War in Europe and A Historic Supreme Court Pick

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 26, 2022

    The world is seeing the largest military attack in Europe since World War II. Meanwhile, at home, President Biden announced he is nominating Federal Appeals Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court.

    Russia-Ukraine Conflict Impacts American Economy and Foreign Policy

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 26, 2022

    As Russia's invasion of Ukraine dominates the headlines, oil prices broke above 100 dollars for the first time since 2014, natural gas prices increased by 6.5 percent, and stock markets dropped globally.

    Russia - Ukraine Tensions and Domestic Risks

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 19, 2022

    President Biden said he is convinced Vladimir Putin has decided to invade Ukraine.

    Domestic Challenges

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 19, 2022

    As the Russia-Ukraine conflict dominates headlines, Americans are still dealing with inflation.

    Foreign Threats and Domestic Divisions

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 12, 2022

    Tensions escalate between Russia and Ukraine. Trump's handling of documents is scrutinized

    After the Shooting of Amir Locke, New Calls for Police Reform

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 12, 2022

    The panel discussed renewed calls for police reform in Minneapolis after Amir Locke's death.

    Pence Speaks Out and President Biden Under Pressure

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 5, 2022

    Biden held a bipartisan meeting with senators to discuss his future Supreme Court nominee.

    Challenges Ahead for President Biden

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 5, 2022

    The challenges continue for President Biden as he deals with rising tensions with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    President Biden Looks for a Reset

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 29, 2022 10:16

    The panel discussed a vacancy on the Supreme Court and the president's trip to Pittsburgh.

    Justice Breyer Retires and The Latest from Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 29, 2022 25:51

    President Biden has been consumed with two major issues: The Supreme Court and the growing threat of a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine.

    President Biden's Challenges

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 22, 2022

    On the anniversary of taking office, President Biden faces challenges on all fronts.

    President Biden's First Year in Office

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 22, 2022

    This week marked one year since Biden took office and he's facing pressure from all sides.

    Sedition Charges, Voting Rights and COVID Confusion

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 15, 2022

    This week, 11 members of the Oath Keepers, including founder Stewart Rhodes, were charged with seditious conspiracy for their involvement with the Jan. 6 riot.

    The Jan. 6 Investigation and What Comes Next for Congress

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2022

    The conversation about the Jan. 6 attack continues on the Washington Week Extra.

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