School Politics, Pioneering Women, Obama's Foreign Policy Legacy

The Takeaway

Coming up on today's show:

  • Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of education, goes before the Senate today. Defenders of DeVos say her efforts to disrupt the educational establishment can only improve graduation rates across the country. But many opponents have concerns that she will use her wealth to entice states to take money away from public schools.  James Goenner,president and chief executive of the National Charter Schools Institute, and Diane Ravitch, a former assistant secretary of education under President George H.W. Bush, weigh in. 
  • Over the weekend, Democrats and activists rallied to fight the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Mary Agnes Carey, senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News, discusses the lesser-known provisions that could be lost under a repeal.
  • British Prime Minister Theresa May delivered a landmark address on Tuesday on the U.K.'s plan to leave the European Union. During her speech, she rejected partial membership in the E.U. and said the United Kingdom would "not seek membership of the single market but the greatest possible access to it." Robin Wigglesworth, U.S. markets editor for The Financial Times, explains. 
  • Today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Lynch v. Dimaya, an immigration case that will consider whether part of the definition of “crime of violence,” which makes individuals deportable, is unconstitutionally vague. The case involves a man from the Philippines who was convicted of burglary. Pratheepan Gulasekaram, a law professor at Santa Clara University, hast the details. 
  • As the nation’s capital prepares to host tens of thousands of women for the Women’s March on Washington, we look back at a number of female trailblazers with Julie Scelfo, journalist and author of "The Women Who Made New York."
  • Is the United States stronger or weaker because of President Obama's foreign policy decisions? For answers, we turn to Susan Glasser, foreign affairs columnist at POLITICO, and Steve Clemons, Washington editor-at-large for The Atlantic.