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 all impacts you.
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Politics: Democratic Strategy Ahead of 2022 Midterm Elections
Democratic Strategy Ahead of 2022 Midterm Elections
Six months into Biden’s presidency, The Takeaway looks at the administration's strategy ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
Conservatives Are Changing Their Tune on Vaccines
A significant number of high-profile members of conservative media are now urging their audiences to get vaccinated.
What the U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan Will Mean for Veterans
Many veterans of the war in Afghanistan will face physical, emotional, and financial battles for decades.
Politics: Rep. James Clyburn on Voting Rights, the Filibuster and More
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 rise.
The Future of the Child Tax Credit
On Thursday, families across the United States began receiving a monthly child tax credit payment.
Confirmation Hearing for Sheriff Ed Gonzalez Shows Signs of Biden's ICE Strategy
On Thursday, a confirmation hearing was held for Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, President Biden’s nominee to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Politics: Crime on the Rise, Biden Visits North Carolina, NYC's Next Mayor
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?
While the general election is still months away, the winner of the Democratic primary is expected to come out on top in November.
Guest hosted by Melissa Harris-Perry.
Politics: A Very Special Juneteenth Episode
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 celebration of Black culture and freedom.
With that in mind, The Takeaway revisits a conversation from earlier this month about Black Music Month, with Nabil Ayers, writer and general manager of the record label 4AD, and Mark Anthony Neal, James B. Duke Distinguished professor of African and African American Studies at Duke University and host of the podcast, Left of Black. Black Music Month is an annual celebration every June of the Black musicians, producers, songwriters and more. Started more than 40 years ago, the observance celebrates the history and scope of Black artistry spanning musical genres from classical and folk to hip hop and rock.
Then, The Takeaway turns to KalaLea, host of Blindspot: Tulsa Burning and audio journalist for NPR’s Latino USA, Slate Studios, NPR’s Interfaith Voices, and The New Yorker podcasts. Blindspot: Tulsa Burning highlights the events leading up to the Tulsa Race Massacre.
Finally, to close out the show, The Takeaway speaks to women lawmakers, including Rep. Alma Adams, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, and Rep. Lauren Underwood, about their dads for a very special Father's Day segment.
(Rep. Lauren Underwood with her father)
Politics: Latest in Immigration, West Virginia and Senator Manchin
Guest host: Melissa Harris-Perry.
Politics: Supreme Court Prepares for Busy June of Decisions
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. Already this week, there have been decisions in a handful of cases. In a unanimous ruling on Tuesday, for example, SCOTUS affirmed the authority of tribal police and government in United States v. Cooley.
So what other cases should we be watching — and what’s really at stake? The Takeaway spoke about all that and more with Kate Shaw, professor at Cardozo School of Law and co-host of the Supreme Court podcast, Strict Scrutiny. Plus, Robert Barnes, Supreme Court correspondent at The Washington Post, describes the calls for Justice Stephen Breyer to retire ahead of the 2022 midterms while Democrats still control Congress.