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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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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…
 
Despite Rising Vaccinations, Alarming Racial Disparities Persist in Current COVID-19 InfectionsEven amid dropping case numbers across the country, the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on communities of color persist. Calls Grow from U.S. Officials to Examine Origins of COVID-19Although it was originally thought that COVID-19 came from a wet mar…
 
Texas Democrats Walk Out of Legislative Session to Protest Restrictive Voting LegislationTexas Democrats have referred to the bill as "anti-voter legislation" and are demanding federal legislation to shore up elections nationwide. Report Details How Black Girls are Disproportionately Affected by Covid-19 and Systemic RacismA new report shows how Bl…
 
The Status of Laws and Policies Targeting the Transgender Community Across the country, state legislators have introduced bills that target members of the transgender community. Calls to Repatriate Art Reignite As Countries Contend With Colonialist LegaciesAs Europe and the United States grapple with their racist and colonialist pasts, calls to rep…
 
Breaking Down President Biden's $6 Trillion 2022 Budget The president's budget attempts to incorporate plans on infrastructure, housing, and healthcare, and is likely to receive conservative backlash for raising the federal deficit. Biden's Child Care Tax Credit: What It Does and Who It Leaves Out The American Rescue Plan that President Joe Biden s…
 
Breaking Down President Biden's $6 Trillion 2022 Budget The president's budget attempts to incorporate plans on infrastructure, housing, and healthcare, and is likely to receive conservative backlash for raising the federal deficit. Biden's Child Care Tax Credit: What It Does and Who It Leaves Out The American Rescue Plan that President Joe Biden s…
 
It's Been One Year Since George Floyd was Murdered A look at how the murder of George Floyd changed how many people's understanding of the role that racism plays within American institutions. George Floyd's Murder Sparked a Global Movement People in Thailand, Argentina, Mexico, Japan, and other countries across the globe demonstrated solidarity wit…
 
A Look at Immigration Courts Under the Biden Administration President Biden and his administration have vowed to change the way the U.S. carried out immigration policy under Trump. The Mystery Behind Havana Syndrome More than 100 U.S. diplomats and officials have been affected by this mysterious illness, but there’s no consensus about where it's co…
 
President Biden Signs COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act Into Law The legislation aims to address the uptick in hate crimes targeting the Asian Americans and Pacific Islander population during the pandemic. House Votes to Establish Bipartisan Commission Looking Into Capitol Attack The idea to form a commission—in the style of the one that investigated the 9/…
 
President Biden Signs COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act Into Law The legislation aims to address the uptick in hate crimes targeting the Asian Americans and Pacific Islander population during the pandemic. House Votes to Establish Bipartisan Commission Looking Into Capitol Attack The idea to form a commission—in the style of the one that investigated the 9/…
 
What's Next for Progressive District Attorneys? This week, Philadelphia's progressive district attorney Larry Krasner defeated his Democratic primary challenger. Breaking Down Media Coverage of the Violence in Israel and Palestine Against the backdrop of the ongoing violence in Israel and Palestine, debates have also been raging about media coverag…
 
As Some States Move to Abolish the Death Penalty, South Carolina Brings Back Firing SquadsLast week, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster signed a bill requiring people on death row to choose between firing squad or the electric chair, if lethal injection isn’t available. How the Pandemic Changed the Housing MarketIndividuals and households with …
 
Under Biden, Thousands of Migrant Children Held in Mass Shelters It is questionable whether there is proper oversight for these shelters. Why COVID-19 Infections for Fully Vaccinated People Are Not Cause for Alarm When vaccinated people do get COVID-19, these cases are often referred to as “breakthrough infections.” CDC data indicates that these ca…
 
Netanyahu Says No Clear End in Sight for Israel-Palestine Conflict The conflict between Israel and Palestine has been raging for more than a week now. In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army has killed close to 200 people, including 58 children. The USMCA Trade Deal Faces a Test The AFL-CIO, the SEIU, and an independent Mexican labor union allege that …
 
A Look at Covid-19 Vaccine Incentives: Will They Work? There's a long history of using incentives to promote public health. Some Republican-led States Plan to End Enhanced Unemployment Benefits Early A look at the growing number of red states opting out of the pandemic era unemployment program. New Deal-Inspired Program Would Pay Writers to Documen…
 
A Look at Covid-19 Vaccine Incentives: Will They Work? There's a long history of using incentives to promote public health. Some Republican-led States Plan to End Enhanced Unemployment Benefits Early A look at the growing number of red states opting out of the pandemic era unemployment program. New Deal-Inspired Program Would Pay Writers to Documen…
 
Is Legislation the Answer to Removing Extremists from Police Departments? Since George Floyd was murdered by a white police officer in Minneapolis last summer, the role of racism and bias in policing has been front and center for many Americans. How Private Sector Can Strengthen Cybersecurity in Wake of Colonial Pipeline Hack Beyond concerns around…
 
What Advances in MDMA-assisted Therapy Mean for People with PTSD A new study out this week examines the role that MDMA, which is found in ecstasy or Molly, can play in helping people dealing with PTSD. U.S. Birth Rate Continues to Decline During Pandemic According to new data from the federal government, the birth rate declined by four percent in 2…
 
What the April Jobs Report Tells Us About the Economy According to the U.S. Labor Department, the unemployment rate rose from 6 percent in March to 6.1 percent, with employers adding just 266,000 jobs in April. How Barry Jenkins Reimagined Slave Narratives in "The Underground Railroad" Both the book and the series center around Cora, an enslaved wo…
 
Democratic Bill Seeks to Combat Voting Restriction Legislation. But Will Congress Pass It? We speak with Senator Jeff Merkley about the For The People Act. New Data Indicates Homelessness Declined in Washington, D.C., But Long-term Issues Persist According to recent data, Washington, D.C.'s unhoused population fell by around 20 percent last year. B…
 
Democratic Bill Seeks to Combat Voting Restriction Legislation. But Will Congress Pass It? We speak with Senator Jeff Merkley about the For The People Act. New Data Indicates Homelessness Declined in Washington, D.C., But Long-term Issues Persist According to recent data, Washington, D.C.'s unhoused population fell by around 20 percent last year. B…
 
Donald Trump is Still Banned from Facebook On Wednesday, Facebook’s Oversight Board ruled to uphold the social network’s suspension of former President Donald Trump. Epic Games Challenges Apple in Antitrust Suit A lawsuit against Apple related to the videogame Fortnite began this week. Comedian Joel Kim Booster Wants to Take His Stand-Up Indoors Ag…
 
How Educators Are Talking to Students About Systemic Racism As teachers are trying to facilitate conversations about systemic racism and privilege with their students, some critics are trying to stop them. The U.S. is Seeing More Cancer Diagnoses in 2021 Due to the pandemic, people were not able to receive preventative care for cancer. What "Pose" …
 
What You Need to Know About Kids and the COVID-19 Vaccine Thousands of children, some as young as six months are currently enrolled in vaccine trials. We discuss the latest on these trials and when to expect results. Is Herd Immunity Possible in the United States? Recent reporting from The New York Times found that experts think that herd immunity …
 
President Joe Biden's First 100 Days President Biden has used his first hundred days in office to drive the largest expansion of government seen in decades. Newsom Opponents Have Gathered Enough Signatures to Trigger a Recall—Now What? California is facing its first gubernatorial recall in nearly two decades. Should We Be Optimistic About the U.S. …
 
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