What Will COVID-19 Mean for Higher Education in the Fall? The Takeaway-2020-07-08

What Will COVID-19 Mean for Higher Education in the Fall?

Colleges and universities across the U.S. are grappling with when and how to reopen in the upcoming school year, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  

Judges Around the Country Have Troubling Records, Yet They Still Serve on the Bench

A new Reuters investigation looks at the lack of accountability judges face for misconduct.

How Has Social Media Become So Divisive?

Shoshana Zuboff, author of “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism,” joined the Takeaway to discuss the role of social media in society and how it became the juggernaut it is today. 

Will Coronavirus Put a Stop to the 2020 Baseball Season?

Major League Baseball’s opening day is fast approaching but will the virus keep that from happening?  

What’s the Relationship between Journalism and Patriotism? 2020-01-09

What’s the Relationship between Journalism and Patriotism?

As tensions between the U.S. and Iran escalate, a familiar debate is resurfacing on cable news.

The NFL’s Rooney Rule is Not Working Like it Was Intended To

The Rooney Rule was created to help minorities get more head coaching opportunities in the NFL, it hasn’t exactly worked as intended. 

An Environmental Rule Change That Ignores Climate Change

Federal agencies would no longer have to take climate change into account when measuring the environmental impact of major infrastructure projects.

Elizabeth Warren Goes After the Latinx Vote

When Julián Castro dropped out of the 2020 race, he joined team Warren, which has been trying to close a gap with Latino voters.

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Senate Republicans Split From Trump, What Does This Moment Mean for the Future of the GOP?

Two things happened on the Hill this week. The most high profile of course came on Thursday when the Republican-controlled Senate voted with Democrats, in a rebuke of President Trump’s national emergency declaration for funding of the border wall.

But here’s something that might have gotten lost: The day before seven Republican senators voted along with Democrats to end U.S. support of the Saudi led war in Yemen.

What does this split tell us about President Trump’s relationship with Republicans in congress? Eliana Johnson is a White House Reporter for Politico. She’s been following this and is here to help us make sense of it all.

We also hear from former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld who is considering a primary challenge to President Trump.

Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and an opinion columnist at the Washington Post, thinks Governor Weld or any other ‘moderate’ Republican considering a challenge to President Trump is on a fool’s errand.  

This month, Jay Inslee, the Democratic governor of Washington state, declared he is running for President, and climate change is his number one issue.

According to a recent Pew Research Survey, about 67 percent of Democrats see climate change as a top priority, but only 21 percent of Republicans feel that way. Amy asked Governor Inslee how he plans to bring the country together over an issue that only half of the country views as a priority.

Amy’s Final Take: 

Since that day in 2015 when he descended the golden escalator in Trump tower, people like me have wondered whether the GOP would split apart over Donald Trump. His populist, pro-tariff views would alienate business-friendly GOP types. His past support for abortion rights and his multiple divorces would scare off evangelical voters. And, his anti-immigration rhetoric went against the advice of establishment Republicans who warned that unless the GOP expanded its appeal beyond white voters, it would find itself in a demographic death-spiral. Yet, here we are – almost four years later – and the president is as popular with the GOP base as ever.

What keeps the GOP together? The president has given Republicans what they wanted – and avoided (for now) the things they worried about him doing. Many don’t like the steel and aluminum tariffs. But, back in 2016 he warned of imposing a 45 percent tariff on Chinese-made goods. Instead of unilaterally pulling out of NAFTA, as he once warned he’d do, he re-negotiated the trade deal. And, he’s not wavered on cultural or social issues that are important to evangelical voters. In other words, he’s giving most Republicans what they wanted.

Another unifying factor for the GOP: the 2020 democratic candidates. Even if you don’t like Trump, well, the potential Democratic nominee could be much, much worse.  This is why the president is spending so much time and energy labeling Democrats as the party of socialism.

So, the GOP sticks with Trump because he’s giving them most of what they want, but also because the Democratic choice is unpalatable. We should stop asking if Trump is going to lose support from Republicans – he probably won’t. Instead, what we should be looking for is whether he can keep GOPers as motivated to turn out and vote.  Trump had an enthusiasm advantage over Clinton in 2016. In 2018, it was Democrats who were more motivated. Let’s see what 2020 brings.

Read Amy’s latest Cook Political report here.

“I Felt the System Was Raping Me All Over Again”: Senator McSally Reveals Sexual Assault in the Military

“I Felt the System Was Raping Me All Over Again”: Senator McSally Reveals Sexual Assault in the Military

Republican Senator Martha McSally from Arizona shared her story of assault in the military. Reports show things have not changed much since her rape by a superior officer.

Trans Athletes Navigate the World of High School Sports

As more high school students come out as trans, their experience as athletes can vary greatly depending on where they live. 

Trump Rescinds Drone Strikes Transparency Order

President Trump rolled back an Obama-era measure that requires the military and CIA to publish data on drone strikes carried out in non-combat zones. 


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Lory Manning

Katie Barnes

Jeremy Scahill

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Honduras Caravan: Thousands of Hondurans Fleeing Violence Head to U.S. Amid Trump’s Threats

Honduras Caravan: Thousands of Hondurans Fleeing Violence Head to the U.S. Amid Trump’s Threats

President Trump has urged Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador — known as the Northern Triangle — to stop the people from traveling north, threatening to pull aid to the countries.

How Effective is Major League Baseball’s Domestic Violence Policy?

This season, the Houston Astros traded for a player after he was suspended for domestic violence allegations. Now, the team is announcing efforts to combat domestic violence.

Legalizing Marijuana, Canada Navigates New Social and Legal Implications

Canada is just the second country to legalize recreational marijuana.

U.S. Relationship with Saudi Arabia Poses Risks to National Security

The apparent slaying of Jamal Khashoggi has exposed the geopolitical risks inherent in the U.S.’s relationship with Saudi Arabia.

A Booming Jobs Market: What Does It Mean For All Americans?

A booming labor market means it’s also a great time for employees to ask for more money in their current role, or to find new, better work. But who is left out of this prosperous moment?


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Sarah Kinosian

Whitney McIntosh

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Serena Williams’ Emotional U.S. Open Loss Points to Broader Bias in Sport

Serena Williams’ Emotional U.S. Open Loss Points to Broader Bias in Sport

Retired tennis player Rennae Stubbs and ESPN culture critic Soraya McDonald discusses Serena Williams’ emotional loss at the 2018 U.S. Open Championship Tennis final. They also take a look at how race and archaic tennis rules shaped the backdrop for the explosive final. 

Trump Administration Proposes Regulation to Detain Migrant Children Indefinitely

In a bid to extend its zero-tolerance immigration policy, the Trump administration is seeking to lift court-imposed limits on how long it can hold migrant children in detention.

Yeganeh Torbati, covers immigration for Reuters, joins The Takeaway to explain what the Flores settlement is and why the Trump administration wants to bypass it. 

The Trump Administration Discussed Plans for a Coup in Venezuela

These discussions bring Latin America grim reminders of the U.S. intervention in the region.

Dramatic Increase in Social Media Use by Teens

The percentage of teenagers who use social media frequently has almost doubled in the last six years, a new study finds.

Colby Zintl, Vice President of External Affairs at Common Sense Media, discusses the findings of her organization’s new survey with The Takeaway.

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How Muslim Players Bring their Faith to the Field

The Takeaway speaks with with Roger Bennett, from “Men in Blazers” and “American Fiasco,” about the World Cup. We continued our look at soccer with a discussion of religion and how Muslim players, who will be competing as Ramadan ends, bring their faith to the field. Plus, we have a conversation with Gurbir Grewal, the first Sikh in US history to hold the position of statewide AG; the Yemen Crisis; and our new bi-weekly culture roundup, where we’ll be discussing notable or surprising moments of the week in TV, film, music and more.

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Ahead of North Korea Summit, President Trump Spurns U.S. Allies

On Tuesday, one of the most widely anticipated diplomatic events in recent history will be carried out at an island resort in Singapore, a summit between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. The Takeaway speaks with the leader of Secretary Albright’s North Korea delegation when she paid a visit to the hermetic country. Plus, we review the new Supreme Court decision to uphold Ohio’s voter purge law; the recent decision by I.C.E. to house 1,600 detainees in federal prisons; a surge in assassinations of political candidates in Mexico; the legacy of racism in Russian soccer as the World Cup gets underway; and the Justice Department’s secret seizure of a reporter’s phone and e-mail records.

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A Reckoning in Puerto Rico, Eight Months After Maria

A new study out this week came to a grim conclusion about the number of deaths in Puerto Rico attributable to Hurricane Maria. A survey of surviving residents on the island, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that more than 4,600 Puerto Ricans may have perished due to the hurricane. The Takeaway reviews this alarming new study with voices at the center of Puerto Rico’s resilience. Plus, a push by student activists to incorporate Asian-American history into college curricula; an examination of maternity leave policies in women’s tennis after Serena Williams historic return; and a look at Philadelphia rock band ‘Dr. Dog’ in their 20th year.

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Olympic Heads Grilled by Congress Over Sexual Abuse Scandals

On Wednesday, Susanne Lyons, the acting head of the U.S. Olympic Committee, and representatives from Gymnastics, Swimming, Taekwondo and Volleyball testified before Congress around issues of sexual abuse in the Olympic community. Earlier this year, U.S.A. Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was found guilty of abusing hundreds of athletes. The Takeaway reviews the Olympic leaders’ testimony in light of the torrent of allegations made within their ranks. Plus, we look at the ongoing trend of African-American parents deciding to homeschool their kids; and the next phase of #TheGunTalk as initiated by gun-owning parents.

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