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Is It Safe For Kids To Return To School?
Wednesday 08 July 2020
: The President is insistent: kids must return to school in the fall. But its not his decision to make and school districts are struggling to...
Young People Drive Coronavirus Surge
Tuesday 07 July 2020
: The US is now regularly seeing days with more than 50,000 new cases of the coronavirus, up from the previous peak of 30 thousand a day in...
President Revives "American Carnage" Message
Monday 06 July 2020
: In a speech Friday at Mount Rushmore, President Trump returned to the divisive "law and order" rhetoric and white identity politics that...
How Black Americans Experience Patriotism
Friday 03 July 2020
: The U.S. is experiencing a reckoning over the fact that the promises of America are not fulfilled equally. Black Americans share how they...
US Added Jobs In June—But Now The Pandemic Is Getting Worse
Thursday 02 July 2020
: The unemployment rate fell to 11.1%. But there are indications that the job growth has slowed recently amid a surge of new coronavirus...
Trump Remakes Federal Judiciary In His Image
Wednesday 01 July 2020
: In June, the Senate confirmed President Trump's 200th judge to the bench. With a dearth of legislative achievements to point to, reshaping...
Trump's Disapproval Climbs Alongside US Coronavirus Cases
Tuesday 30 June 2020
: Amid a renewed spike in coronavirus cases, the number of voters disapproving of the job President Trump is doing is at an all-time high, a...
Supreme Court Overturns Restrictions On Abortion Access
Monday 29 June 2020
: Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court's four liberals, citing the Supreme Court's adherence to precedent, to invalidate a Louisiana...
Weekly Roundup: June 26th, 2020
Friday 26 June 2020
: At the first coronavirus taskforce briefing in months, Vice President Mike Pence reiterated that the White House was there to support states...
Congress Probably Won't Agree On Police Reform
Thursday 25 June 2020
: A day after Democrats blocked a Republican proposal in the Senate, they are set to pass a reform plan of their own in the House. Lawmakers...
U.S. Coronavirus Cases Holding Steady
Wednesday 24 June 2020
: The United States isn't experiencing a second wave of the coronavirus—because the first wave never ended. While original hotspots of the...
Who Will Kentucky Pick To Face Mitch McConnell?
Tuesday 23 June 2020
: Closely-watched congressional primaries in New York and Kentucky will test how well progressives fare in two very different parts of the...
Trump Fires Lawyer Who Prosecuted His Allies
Monday 22 June 2020
: President Trump has removed a top Justice Department official, Geoffrey Berman, whose office has overseen the prosecutions of several of the...
Weekly Roundup: June 19th, 2020
Friday 19 June 2020
: In Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday, President Trump will hold his first campaign rally since the coronavirus pandemic seized the United States....
In 5-4 Decision, Supreme Court Lets DACA Stand
Thursday 18 June 2020
: The Supreme Court has extended a life-support line to some 650,000 so-called "Dreamers" on Thursday, allowing them to remain safe from...
NPR Analysis: Biden Has Early Edge On 2020 Political Map
Wednesday 17 June 2020
: President Trump is in a political hole and has a lot of ground to make up over the next five months if he hopes to win another term, an NPR...
What Trump's Policing Order Does (And Doesn't) Do
Tuesday 16 June 2020
: President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday encouraging police departments to improve training — a step critics say falls short...
Supreme Court: LGBTQ Employment Discrimination Is Illegal
Monday 15 June 2020
: The vote was 6-3 with conservatives Chief Justice John Roberts and Neil Gorsuch joining the court's four liberal justices in the majority....
It's Been a Minute: 'Not Just Another Protest'
Sunday 14 June 2020
: There is so much to unpack in this current moment. Sam has a candid conversation with Aunt Betty about how history has shaped her view of...
The Ground Is Shifting In Trump's Culture War
Friday 12 June 2020
: President Trump and his campaign are sticking to culture war messaging even as some congressional Republicans cede ground on police reform...
The End Of Police In Minneapolis
Thursday 11 June 2020
: After one of the city's police officers killed George Floyd, a veto-proof majority of the Minneapolis city council has pledged to disband...
"Is that what a black man's worth? Twenty dollars?"
Wednesday 10 June 2020
: Philonise Floyd, whose brother was killed by Minneapolis police, testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. The...
President Trump Denies Systemic Racism In Policing. Most Americans Disagree.
Tuesday 09 June 2020
: As Joe Biden's campaign touted his plans for police reform, President Trump denied that there is a systemic problem with American policing;...
Democrats Want To Reform, Not Defund, Police
Monday 08 June 2020
: Congressional Democrats on Monday unveiled the Justice in Policing Act of 2020, which aims to install wide-ranging reforms for police...
Weekly Roundup: June 5th, 2020
Friday 05 June 2020
: As the country erupts in protests over police brutality and racism, two-thirds of Americans think President Trump has increased racial...