How'd we get here? Where are we going? What does it all mean? CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Major Garrett takes a step back from the daily gush of headlines for a deeper look into the issues of our time. New episodes are available right here, first thing Tuesday mornings.
The Climate Crisis Part 1: Our Planet
The Earth is changing at a faster pace than at any point in the history of human civilization. Industrialization and increased carbon emissions have caused the global temperature to rise by over a degree Celsius since the turn of the last century.
This seemingly small increase has had a massive impact. Melting ice sheets are causing sea levels to rise. The oceans are warming due to increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Extreme weather events are becoming more and more frequent. Species are dying at record rates.
This may sound dire -- and the calls for greater immediate action are growing louder. But there's cause for hope.
In part one of our two-part series, Major speaks with climate experts, policymakers, and advocates who see the climate crisis as a unique opportunity for equality and a greener and more prosperous future.
Compensation: The NCAA's Big Dance
As the NCAA's March Madness ends, athletes for both men's and women's basketball teams face the harsh reality that has plagued student-athletes for years: their sweat, tears, and hard work draw millions of viewers, and millions more in revenue for the NCAA, television networks, and universities, but no money for themselves or their teammates.
The Supreme Court is taking a new look at the NCAA's amateurism rules and should have a ruling by summer, but as state legislatures move to create a more equitable system for college athletes the NCAA finds itself in a bind.
Major Garrett dives into the steep racial and gender inequalities within the NCAA's current system, growing calls for change regarding compensation, and what the future could look like for collegiate athletes.
Last week, Georgia's Republican governor signed into law sweeping changes to the state's voting procedures. The legislation, which passed with only Republican support, mandates photo ID for mail-in ballots, trims the window for requesting an absentee ballot and places new restrictions on ballot drop boxes, among other provisions.
Iowa also adopted more restrictive voting laws earlier this month. Instead of 29 days to vote early in person, voters will now have 20 days, and polls will close an hour earlier.
The changes to voting laws, led by Republican governors and GOP-controlled state legislatures, come in the wake of the so-called "Big Lie" -- that the election was rigged, Donald Trump actually won, and was fraudulently denied a second term.
And yet, 2020 was arguably the most successful election in history. Never before has an election been more secure or had more people participate. Not to mention it was conducted amid a global pandemic.
This week, Major Garrett looks at the state of voting rights in 2021. What's changed since the November election? Have we made it easier or harder to vote and why? And what changes could be coming?
The Pandemic and Paper
We wanted to mark the one-year anniversary of pandemic lockdown without doing a year-from-hell retrospective. So we decided to explore a relationship to something that might embody how the pandemic has changed our habits and led us back to some old ones.
Perhaps no relationship with any common object has changed as much as it has with paper. Think about it. We're using less at work and more at home. Our screen-weary eyes long for printed books and puzzles.
We're writing more letters. Many of us voted at home with mail-in ballots. Those Amazon boxes are piling up and our consumption of disinfectant wipes and paper towels has skyrocketed.
And who can forget the great toilet paper shortage of 2020?
This week, Major Garrett marks one year of the pandemic and paper.
Children at the Border
The new administration is grappling with a decades-old problem: how to deal with the surge of migrants at the southern border. With President Biden’s new policy of not turning away unaccompanied minors, the number of children arriving at the border has rapidly increased, up nearly 30% in the last week alone.
Over 4,200 children are currently being held in overcrowded Customs and Border Protection facilities, and nearly 3,000 have been in CBP custody for longer than the 72 hours required by law.
Some children in these jail-like facilities meant for adults have described being hungry, taking turns sleeping on the floor, showering once in 7 days, and not seeing the sun.
Coronavirus precautions in Health & Human Services shelters, which provide medical services, educational resources, and counseling, mean fewer available beds – leaving officials scrambling to find space for unaccompanied minors.
This week, Major explores the influx of migrant children arriving at the border – what is driving them here, the conditions they face along the perilous journey, what awaits them once they arrive, and the Biden administration’s response to this humanitarian crisis.
$2 Trillion For What?
A trillion of anything is hard to fathom. It's a million millions. Or a thousand billions.
Now double it.
This week, the House of Representatives is expected to pass the nearly $2 trillion COVID relief package and a signature from President Biden will make it law. The legislation will send money just about everywhere - to families struggling to get by, to states and cities where tax revenue has fallen, to restaurants and to the unemployed.
The White House is calling it the most progressive bill ever passed because it will also provide money for Obamacare premiums, tax credits for parents, money to fight hunger and funding for schools for years.
Republicans have called the bill "wasteful," "bloated," and a "slush fund." None are expected to support it, which would make this the only pandemic relief package to pass without bipartisan support.
Major Garrett digs into the politics and process of passing the American Rescue Plan, and attempts to answer the titular question: $2 Trillion for what?