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Every Friday, Amy Walter brings you the trends in politics long before the national media picks up on them. Known as one of the smartest and most trusted journalists in Washington, D.C., Amy Walter is respected by politicians and pundits on all sides of the aisle. You may know Amy her from her work with Cook Political Report and the PBS NewsHour where she looks beyond the breaking news headlines for a deeper understanding of how Washington works, who's pulling the levers of power, and how it ...
 
Daily highlights from The Takeaway, the national morning news program that delivers the news and analysis you need to catch up, start your day, and prepare for what's ahead. The Takeaway, along with the BBC World Service, The New York Times and WGBH Boston, invites listeners every morning to learn more and be part of the American conversation on-air and online at thetakeaway.org.
 
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Climate Change is Here. How Should Cities Adapt? Some experts say this could be the beginning of a string of catastrophic natural disasters caused by climate change, and the time has come for local leaders to take action and adapt. Surfside Collapse Highlights Florida's Unstable Insurance Market The Surfside collapse is creating new unrest to Flori…
 
Amid State of Emergency in Tokyo, Majority of Japanese Voters Want to Postpone the Olympics There are more than two dozen COVID-19 infections among people involved with the Olympics, and an estimated 62 percent of the Japanese voters oppose the games. The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Disrupting Global Supply Chains As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens around t…
 
Biden Administration Transfers Its First Detainee from Guantánamo Bay On Monday, the Biden administration announced that it had repatriated Abdul Latif Nasser out of the Guantánamo Bay prison complex. What the Bucks Being in the NBA Finals Means for the City of Milwaukee The Bucks' NBA Finals have put Milwaukee in the spotlight. What is Disability …
 
Is Big Tech in Big Trouble? There are six bills currently in Congress aiming to limit the power of big tech companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon. Questions Continue Two Weeks After Assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moïse Following the assassination, there are still many questions about what happened, who was involved, and …
 
Rep. James Clyburn on Voting Rights, the Filibuster and More Top Democratic lawmakers, including House Majority Whip James Clyburn, are urging their colleagues in the Senate to reform the filibuster in order to pass voting rights legislation. Inflation Is On the Rise in the U.S. As cities and states across the country reopen, inflation is on the ri…
 
Rep. James Clyburn on Voting Rights, the Filibuster and More Top Democratic lawmakers, including House Majority Whip James Clyburn, are urging their colleagues in the Senate to reform the filibuster in order to pass voting rights legislation. Inflation Is On the Rise in the U.S. As cities and states across the country reopen, inflation is on the ri…
 
93,000 Drug Overdose Deaths Highlight Another Toll of the Pandemic On Wednesday, the CDC released data showing that more than 93,000 people in the U.S. died from drug overdoses in 2020. Tigray Rebels Gain Ground in Ethiopian Conflict Earlier this week, rebel forces claimed that they captured Alamata, the major town in the southern part of Tigray. D…
 
Texas House Democrats Flee the State Plus, under pressure from activists and civil rights leaders, President Joe Biden has called for a new coalition to defend voting rights. Pollution from the Cane Sugar Harvest in Florida is Making Residents Sick Residents in western Palm Beach Country are challenging sugar companies with a lawsuit in federal cou…
 
Is Democracy Dying? A report put out this year by the non-profit Freedom House says that 2020 was the 15th consecutive year in which global freedoms declined, as authoritarian leaders gained more power. A Record Number of Rural Hospitals Closed During the Pandemic Since 2010, 138 hospitals in rural communities have closed, and the COVID-19 pandemic…
 
Haiti Struggles in the Aftermath of President Jovenel Moïse's Assassination Following the assassination, Haiti’s police force has killed four people it suspects in the president’s killing. Do Olympic Rules on Marijuana Need to Change? Last week, 21-year-old Sha'Carri Richardson's Olympic dreams ended abruptly after she tested positive for marijuana…
 
U.S.D.A. Plans to Pay Debt Relief for Minority Farmers After Months of Delay The U.S. Department of Agriculture is planning to start paying off loans for Black farmers and other farmers of color. Congresswoman Alma Adams on the Latest Delays in Debt Relief to Black Farmers Last month, a federal judge placed a temporary restraining order on a progra…
 
The Battle Over Critical Race Theory Getting critical race theory out of schools has become a conservative rallying cry this year. Does Critical Race Theory Have a Role in the Military? Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, set off a firestorm last week after he endorsed the use of critical race theory, saying he wants to underst…
 
Let's Celebrate Black Joy Finding moments of Black joy has become an outlet from what can feel like a never-ending cycle of news about the pandemic and other injustices. Calls to Repatriate Art Reignite As Countries Contend With Colonialist Legacies As Europe and the United States grapple with their racist and colonialist pasts, calls to repatriate…
 
What the Pandemic Meant for the Mental Health of Teenagers Do schools have the resources necessary to address what the last year has meant for the mental health of their students? Naomi Osaka's French Open Exit Spotlights Mental Health Pressures for Black Athletes Naomi Osaka’s decision to exit the French Open is part of a much longer history of Bl…
 
Biden Rolls Out Plans for Closing Racial Wealth Gap, Advocates See More Work to Be Done Despite the White House’s stated commitment to closing the racial wealth gap, some advocates believe that the federal government’s new plans don’t go nearly far enough. The U.S. is Seeing More Cancer Diagnoses in 2021 Due to the pandemic, people were not able to…
 
New Supreme Court Decision Diminishes Voting Rights On Thursday, in a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court’s conservative justices ruled to uphold two voting laws in Arizona that critics say target voters of color. What's the Deal with Ranked-Choice Voting? New York City may be the largest jurisdiction to turn to ranked-choice voting, but it’s far from …
 
Heat Wave Underscores Disparities for Vulnerable Communities As global warming becomes more pronounced, communities with fewer resources will bear the brunt of the burden. Bill Cosby's Sexual Assault Conviction Overturned This comes just a month after the comedian was denied parole, due in part for refusing to participate in a program for sexually …
 
Why Is Infrastructure So Expensive in the U.S.? Plus, a look at the incalculable toll of highways and other infrastructure projects on Black communities and low-income communities throughout history. Aligning Our Beauty Routines with Our Values Has our year of collective consciousness has affected how we define, create, and consume personal beauty?…
 
Ethiopia Declares a Ceasefire in the Tigray Region Ethiopia’s government has declared an immediate ceasefire in the Tigray region, where a conflict has been raging since last November. Does Critical Race Theory Have a Role in the Military? Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, set off a firestorm last week after he endorsed the u…
 
U.S. Prepares to Reckon with Past Atrocities Against Indigenous Children Interior Secretary Deb Haaland will be launching an initiative investigating “the loss of human life and the lasting consequences” of former Native American boarding schools. Melissa Harris-Perry on A Mother's Love Guest host Melissa Harris-Perry on Chauvin and a mother's love…
 
President Biden Looks to Address Crime On Wednesday, President Biden laid out his plans for addressing the nationwide rise in violent crime and homicides. Amid Decline in Vaccination Rates, Biden Visits North Carolina Plus, how community organizers are leading the charge with culturally relevant outreach. Who Will Be New York City's Next Mayor? Whi…
 
President Biden Looks to Address Crime On Wednesday, President Biden laid out his plans for addressing the nationwide rise in violent crime and homicides. Amid Decline in Vaccination Rates, Biden Visits North Carolina Plus, how community organizers are leading the charge with culturally relevant outreach. Who Will Be New York City's Next Mayor? Whi…
 
Airline Industry Takes Off As Vaccinations Continue in the U.S. Earlier this month, TSA airport security screenings went above two million people per day for the first time since March of 2020. Why Are Tornadoes So Difficult to Predict? From Illinois to Alabama, a number of states have been hit by devastating tornadoes in recent weeks. Guest Host M…
 
Delta Variant on Track to Becoming Dominant Strain Worldwide The World Health Organization also warns that the Delta variant is “fitter” and “faster” than all previously identified variants. Democrats' Path Forward on Voting Rights Legislation Uncertain Following GOP Filibuster On Tuesday, Senate Democrats put the For the People Act, a voting right…
 
The Battle Over Critical Race Theory Getting critical race theory out of schools has become a conservative rallying cry this year. Closing the Philanthropy Gap The philanthropy world has long ignored the needs of Black girls and women. Do African Americans Have Second Amendment Rights? In her new book, Professor Carol Anderson argues that the right…
 
This week, President Joe Biden signed a bill into law officially establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday. Juneteenth marks the day that enslaved people in Texas found out they were free, two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. For some people, including guest host Melissa Harris-Perry, Juneteenth is a ce…
 
This week, President Joe Biden signed a bill into law officially establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday. Juneteenth marks the day that enslaved people in Texas found out they were free, two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. For some people, including guest host Melissa Harris-Perry, Juneteenth is a ce…
 
California Attorney General Has an Aggressive Reform Agenda Rob Bonta is the first Filipino American to serve as Attorney General of California. Conservatives Are Winning Legal Fights Against Government Aid for People of ColorLast weekend, nearly 3,000 restaurant owners who had been approved for grants under a plan prioritizing people of color and …
 
How Is the U.S. Military Losing Weapons?A new investigation from the Associated Press found that around 1,900 military firearms were either lost or stolen during the past decade. Bureau of Prisons Rejected Thousands of Requests for Compassionate Release During the PandemicMany died of Covid-19 behind bars, while the BOP rejected applications for co…
 
President Biden Attempts to Reset International RelationsA look at what the reset of American posturing on the world stage means for diplomacy. How the Biden Administration is Viewing Israel's New Political RealityThe Biden administration is hoping the new Israeli parliamentary coalition will succeed, but their policy goals may diverge. Crisis in N…
 
Vaccine Diplomacy on Display at the G7 SummitEfforts to end the pandemic and distribute vaccines globally were a top agenda item for leaders at the G7 summit in England. A Westminster Dog Show Wrap UpOn Sunday night, a Pekingese named Wasabi was crowned Best in Show at the 145th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Why Major Cities Are Experime…
 
Biden Rolls Out Plans for Closing Racial Wealth Gap, Advocates See More Work to Be Done Despite the White House’s stated commitment to closing the racial wealth gap, some advocates believe that the federal government’s new plans don’t go nearly far enough. What the Pandemic Has Meant for the Mental Health of Teenagers The isolation combined with th…
 
Black Music Month Honors the Black Artists Who Have Shaped Music Started more than 40 years ago, the observance celebrates the history and scope of Black music from classical and folk to hip hop and rock. Construction of Oil Pipeline in Minnesota Meets Resistance Many are watching to see how the Biden administration will respond to the Line 3 pipel…
 
FDA Approves Alzheimer's Drug for the First Time Since 2003 Aducanumab aims to slow the cognitive decline often associated with the disease, but there’s debate over whether or not it actually works. What Our Dependence on Meat Means for Climate Change The announcements were met with mixed reactions and reignited conversations about the role and res…
 
U.S.D.A. Plans to Pay Debt Relief for Minority Farmers After Months of Delay The U.S. Department of Agriculture is planning to start paying off loans for Black farmers and other farmers of color. People Are Flocking to Backyard Chickens During the Pandemic A silver lining for many over the last year has been time spent gardening. "High on the Hog" …
 
This week marked the start of June, which is the last month of the Supreme Court’s current term. That means we’ll be seeing a number of important rulings in the coming days and weeks on everything from voting restrictions to LGBTQ+ rights to the Affordable Care Act. In total, SCOTUS has at least 20 cases left to decide before the end of the term. A…
 
This week marked the start of June, which is the last month of the Supreme Court’s current term. That means we’ll be seeing a number of important rulings in the coming days and weeks on everything from voting restrictions to LGBTQ+ rights to the Affordable Care Act. In total, SCOTUS has at least 20 cases left to decide before the end of the term. A…
 
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