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

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.

A link to the West Side story will be available here soon.

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

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.

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

"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. 

Guests:

Patricia Murphy

Lory Manning

Katie Barnes

Jeremy Scahill

Ned Price

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

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?

Guests:

Nina Lakhani 

Sarah Kinosian

Whitney McIntosh

Vanmala Subramaniam

Nader Hashemi

Harry Holzer

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