Category Archives: Politics

Morning News Podcast: U.S. Airstrike In Syria, Covid Relief Plan, Airlines

President Biden orders U.S. airstrike targeting Iran-backed militia, GOP mayors embrace pandemic relief plan, and complaints against airlines and travel agencies hit record high.

Morning News Podcast: Covid Vaccine Locations, Saudi Arabia, Postal Delay

The Centers for Disease Control has launched a website to help Americans find locations of COVID-19 vaccines in an effort to increase the pace of vaccinations. 

Also, the Biden administration is set to release a U.S. intelligence assessment on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi operatives. And, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy faced heavy criticism in a House committee hearing about ongoing mail delays at the U.S. Postal Service.

Morning News Podcast: Minimum Wage Debate, Capitol Riot & Home Depot

We’re in the longest period of time since the minimum wage has been created that it hasn’t been adjusted. You’ve probably heard the progressive and Congressional Democrats argument for a $15 an hour federal minimum wage.

Now, some Republicans are responding with a proposal to raise it to $10 an hour by 2025. Plus, what we’re just learning about security around the Jan. 6 insurrection. And, how Home Depot is a proxy for the housing markets.

Morning News Podcast: Covid Vaccine Priorities, Capitol Riot Hearings

The Biden administration has prioritized vaccinating the country quickly and equitably. But making sure vaccines reach communities of color has been a challenge.

Also, the Senate holds the first hearing into the Capitol riot on January 6. And, we go to the recovery efforts in Houston, Texas in the wake of the disastrous winter storm and power outages that struck the state last week.

Politics Monday: Tamara Keith And Amy Walter On Trump, Covid RElief Bill

NPR’s Tamara Keith and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report join Yamiche Alcindor to discuss the latest political news, including President Biden’s COVID-relief package, his handling of the pandemic since taking office and former President Trump’s continued impact on the Republican Party.

Morning News Podcast: U.S. Covid Deaths At 500K, Biden Cabinet Nominees

The U.S. is nearing 500,000 deaths from COVID-19, almost a year since the country’s first death from the disease.

Also, Judge Merrick Garland finally gets a confirmation hearing, but this time it is to take the role of President Biden’s attorney general. And, Texans who were fortunate enough to have power last week during a devastating winter storm are now facing massive electricity bills. Why?

Morning News Podcast: Texas Drinking Water Probelms, Biden Speech

In Texas the power is back after several days for most of the population, but now they have to worry about whether the water is safe after treatment plants were temporarily offline.

 Also, President Biden gives his first speech to world leaders. He wants to move beyond his predecessor’s “America First” policies. And, Native American tribes have been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. But tribes are quickly and efficiently vaccinating their communities.

Morning News Podcast: Damaged Power Grids In Texas, Republican Battles

New winter storm threatens fragile power grids in Texas, Trump and McConnell wrestle for the future of the Republican party, and why you shouldn’t store your food outside if you lose power.

Morning News Podcast: Texas Power Failure, Biden Covid Vaccine Rollout

A historic winter storm swept across the U.S., hitting particularly hard in Texas, where millions were left without power in record low temperatures. 

Also, President Biden held a town hall as part of a tour to sell Americans and Congress on his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. And, an impending deadline for U.S. troop withdrawal in Afghanistan is putting pressure on President Biden to make a choice his predecessors could not.