New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week in politics, including President Trump’s historic impeachment, the fallout from the Capitol insurrection and President-elect Biden’s economic relief plan.
On January 6th, Rioters stormed the U.S. capitol building to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. These events were inspired by President Trump and organized and promoted on the platforms of publicly traded companies, most notably Facebook and Twitter. To avoid further violence, those companies, and then many more thereafter including YouTube, banned or blocked President Trump’s access to the megaphone they provide. This exposed a major flaw in the business model of many social media platforms: share first, think later. Tech experts Chamath Palihapitiya, Roger McNamee, Chris Kelly and Dick Costolo all predict major changes coming in the social media landscape and Section 230. Watch the video to find out how big tech may be forced to change.
President Trump impeached by the House for second time, criminal charges proliferate against members Capitol mob, and young Montana girl writes letter to officer injured in Capitol riots.
The Wall Street Journal analyzed hours of video and audio from the Capitol riot to better understand how a mob of thousands overran police and attacked the U.S. Capitol. Photo illustration: Laura Kammermann
‘Several’ Capitol police officers suspended over pro-Trump riot, Democrats, GOP face defining moments after Capitol riot, and Amazon, Walmart tell consumers to skip returns of unwanted items.
Democrats demand accountability for President Trump’s actions. If their push to invoke the 25th Amendment fails, they’ll try to impeach him again. But what difference does it make if his term is up in nine days?
Law enforcement officials continue to investigate and arrest rioters, but they’re also preparing for next week’s inauguration. Far-right extremists say they’ll be back. And only about a third of the available coronavirus vaccines have been administered. The incoming Biden administration plans to make nearly all vaccines immediately available.
A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week: the shame and the opportunity of Trump’s legacy, how to deal with China (8:50), and why the crazy upward march in stock prices might just continue (15:45).