We take you inside POLITICO, where journalists break news, work sources and pull back the curtain on politics and policy. Fast. Short. Daily.
June 17, 2021: POLITICO Policy Briefing
The United States looks to counter China’s growing military and aggressive behavior in the Pacific region. A big tech critic becomes the chair of the Federal Trade Commission. And, Juneteenth becomes a federal holiday.
Weedcast: The Mormon playbook for passing medical marijuana
On this week's Weedcast, POLITICO's Natalie Fertig breaks down how the Mormon church was able to help get medical marijuana green lit in deeply red Utah.
The New York City mayoral primary tries out ranked-choice voting
Reporter Sally Goldenberg talks to Playbook co-author Tara Palmeri about the mayoral candidates in the Democratic primary and how ranked-choice voting may be shaping the kind of campaigning the candidates are doing.
Where does NYC mayoral candidate Eric Adams live?
Reporter Sally Goldenberg talks to Playbook co-author Tara Palmeri about her recent scoop showing that Eric Adams, the leading contender for Mayor in New York City, has provided conflicting information on official documents about where he resides.
The year that broke America’s mayors
Covid, economic collapse, mass protests and unrest. 2020 was tough — especially for city leaders. POLITICO’s Lisa Kashensky explains why mayors across the country are calling it quits after a year like no other. Plus, Schumer says the Senate will vote to repeal the nearly two-decade-old authorization for the use of military force in Iraq. And the Justice Department watchdog says the U.S. Marshals Service has ‘inadequate’ resources to protect judges.
The mainstreamification of anti-vaxxers
Before the pandemic, anti-vaxxers were mostly fringe groups, falsely claiming that shots could cause autism in children. Now, Covid culture wars and red state laws to restrict vaccine mandates are reinvigorating the anti-vaccine movement nationwide — and that's a problem for ending the pandemic. POLITICO's Lauren Gardner reports. Plus, Biden nominates nine ambassadors. And progressive tech critic Lina Kahn is set to chair the FTC.