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FBI Head Says Domestic Extremists Are Top Threat To US
Tuesday 02 March 2021
: FBI Director Christopher Wray defended his department saying it warned law enforcement ahead of the insurrection at the capitol. He also...
Trump Is The Past, Present, And Future Of The Republican Party
Monday 01 March 2021
: The former president's speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference is confirmation that Donald Trump won't go quietly into...
Weekly Roundup: February 26th
Friday 26 February 2021
: President Biden hasn't reinstated family separation policies, but his choice to keep migrant children in a shelter facility has drawn...
How Young Activists Are Working With America's Oldest President
Thursday 25 February 2021
: Many young progressive groups were openly hostile to Joe Biden's primary campaign, but they rallied to support him once he secured the...
How Much Credit, Blame Does Biden Deserve For The State Of The Pandemic?
Wednesday 24 February 2021
: Vaccination rates are trending up and deaths are trending down since President Biden took office—but another hundred thousand Americans...
Ousted Capitol Security Heads Face Questions About Attack
Tuesday 23 February 2021
: Under questioning from senators about the attack on the Capitol, the law enforcement officials who oversaw the building's security were...
Merrick Garland On Glidepath To Confirmation As Biden AG
Monday 22 February 2021
: In his confirmation hearing to serve as Attorney General, Merrick Garland emphasized loyalty to the people of the United States over fealty...
Weekly Roundup: February 19th
Friday 19 February 2021
: Millions of Texans have been without power or potable water for days following unusually harsh winter weather. The Republican governor...
Biden Wants To Re-Open Schools, But How Much Can He Really Do About It?
Thursday 18 February 2021
: President Biden has made reopening schools a benchmark for how his administration is handling the pandemic. It is a politically tricky goal,...
Trump Puts McConnell On Blast
Wednesday 17 February 2021
: In a statement former President Donald Trump called Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a "dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack"...
What Is In The Next Covid Relief Bill
Tuesday 16 February 2021
: House Democrats are putting the finishing touches on their Covid-19 relief package. It is expected to include everything from direct...
Seven Republicans Voted To Convict Trump. Where Does The GOP Go From Here?
Monday 15 February 2021
: Seven Republican senators voted to convict former President Donald Trump of inciting an insurrection, making this impeachment the most...
Donald Trump Acquitted In Second Impeachment Trial
Sunday 14 February 2021
: All fifty members of the Democratic caucus and seven Republicans said Donald Trump is guilty of inciting an insurrection at the Capitol —...
Is Trump's Whataboutism Defense Enough Cover For GOP Acquittal?
Saturday 13 February 2021
: In a combative but brief showing, former president Trump's defense team highlighted past uses of fight metaphors by Democratic politicians...
Democrats Tell Senators A Conviction Could Prevent Future Violence
Friday 12 February 2021
: The House impeachment managers concluded their case against Donald Trump by characterizing a Senate conviction as a way to prevent of future...
Democrats Ground Case Against Trump In Jarring Insurrection Videos
Thursday 11 February 2021
: The Democratic impeachment managers played a series of graphic videos demonstrating just how close senators came to encountering violent...
56 Votes Is Enough To Continue Trump's Trial—But Short Of What's Needed To Convict
Wednesday 10 February 2021
: Six Republicans voted with Democrats that it is constitutional to try a former president in the Senate after he or she has left office. But...
What To Know About Trump's Second Impeachment Trial
Monday 08 February 2021
: The impeachment trial gets underway tomorrow. A new brief suggests that Trump's lawyers will defend him on both process and substance. And a...
Weekly Roundup: February 5th
Friday 05 February 2021
: In his first major foreign policy address since assuming office, President Biden promised that the country would once again be a reliable...
Is Impeachment About More Than Removal? Depends Who You Ask
Thursday 04 February 2021
: The question is at the center of next week's impeachment trial in the Senate, which begins Tuesday. Donald Trump's defense team says you...
GOP Weighs Who To Punish: Conspiracy Theorist And/Or Impeachment Supporter
Wednesday 03 February 2021
: Liz Cheney is the third-ranking House Republican; she voted for President Trump's second impeachment. Marjorie Taylor Greene is a freshman...
Trump Is Charged With Inciting An Insurrection—What's His Defense?
Tuesday 02 February 2021
: The former president's impeachment trial begins next Tuesday. His new attorneys say the Senate doesn't have the grounds to proceed now that...
Should President Biden Strike A COVID Compromise?
Monday 01 February 2021
: Ten Republican senators are meeting with President Biden at the White House Monday to discuss their coronavirus relief proposal — which is...
Weekly Roundup: January 29th
Friday 29 January 2021
: Republican strategists close to Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue's failed Senate campaigns tell WABE's Emma Hurt that former President...
Interview: Tired Of Gridlock, GOP Sen. Rob Portman Won't Seek Reelection
Thursday 28 January 2021
: Republican Rob Portman of Ohio talks with NPR's Susan Davis about his retirement from the Senate, the Republican party after Trump, as well...