Five stories to know for July 22: Pelosi blocks GOP, infrastructure debate, Oregon wildfire, China floods, Pfizer and AstraZeneca shots
1. The top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives withdrew his five nominees to serve on the special committee probing the Capitol attack after Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two of them.
2. Senate Republicans blocked a move to open debate on a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure measure that is a top priority for Democratic President Joe Biden, but the chamber was poised to take it up again as early as Monday.
3. A destructive Oregon wildfire that ranks as the largest among dozens raging across the drought-parched Western United States in recent weeks was ignited by lightning.
4. Tens of thousands of people were being evacuated from flood-hit regions of central China as officials raised the death toll from heavy rain that has deluged Henan province for almost a week to 33 people.
5. Two doses of Pfizer or AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine are nearly as effective against the highly transmissible Delta coronavirus variant as they are against the previously dominant Alpha variant, a study showed.
Five stories to know for May 24: Belarus diverts plane, Ronald Greene video, George Floyd, Jan. 6 Capitol riot, and China ultramarathon
1. Western politicians accused Belarus of state piracy amounting to a “warlike act” after Minsk forced a plane to land and arrested a dissident journalist.
2. More video of a fatal 2019 encounter of Ronald Greene with police in Louisiana was released by authorities late Friday.
3. Relatives of George Floyd, the Black man whose death triggered protests against racism and police brutality across the United States and around the world, gathered in a rally to mark the first anniversary of his death.
4. Republicans in Congress clashed over the need for an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
5. Twenty-one people were killed when extremely cold weather struck during an ultramarathon in rugged Gansu province in northwestern China.
New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week in politics, including the latest jobs report, the internal politics in the Republican party as it attempts to oust Rep. Liz Cheney, and the latest string of election law changes in conservative states.
New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week in politics, including Republican reluctance to get the COVID-19 vaccine, the response to violence against Asian Americans and the Atlanta attacks, and the Biden administration’s immigration policy.
Just this year alone, the pandemic and social justice movements have dramatically changed the trajectory of the election. So today, we’re taking a moment to acknowledge what’s different – whether it comes to what our country looks like, who is voting and how the last eight months have shaped this historic election.
Guests: Axios’ Margaret Talev, Chris Jackson, senior vice president of Ipsos Public Polling, and Mark Hugo Lopez, director of global migration and demography research at Pew Research Center.