Rank #1: “Stirring the Hornets Nest:” US Airstrike Kills Qassim Soleimani 2020-01-03
By now you’ve heard the headline...General Qassim Soleimani, Iran’s most powerful military commander, was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad. Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have grown from an already simmering level. Cities and security officials in the U.S. have ramped up efforts in anticipation of retaliation.
Soleimani’s death was mourned angrily in Iran, where thousands rallied in Tehran and the general’s hometown of Kerman.
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollaha Khamenei, said in a statement: “Revenge awaits those criminals who have tainted their filthy hands with his blood and the blood of the other martyrs of last night's incident."
Soleimani’s killing was cheered here at home, by the administration, and former officials like John Bolton, who tweeted: “Long in the making, this was a decisive blow against Iran’s malign Quds Force activities worldwide.”
Meanwhile, on Friday morning on CNN, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explained the administration’s rationale for the strike, saying that the action was intended to help with “De-escalation.” Detractors say that’s a fantasy, and regardless, Democrats in Congress are wondering this weekend why they weren’t consulted on the move.
And that’s where the debate really is on this: Most American politicians agree that Soleimani was a threat to the United States, but does the move create instability in the region that we can’t escape? Was it worth the risk of a war with Iran? “What’s next?” is obviously the question on everyone’s mind.
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Jan 03 2020
Rank #2: 1619: The Enduring Legacy of Slavery in the United States
Four hundred years ago this month, the first group of enslaved Africans were forcibly brought by British colonists to what is now the United States.
Sandy Darity breaks down the long term economic consequences of the aftermath of slavery and ties it into the racial wealth gap that we’re seeing today.
Scholar Clint Smith explains why we don’t show the same empathy to those who suffer the consequences of our country’s actions against African Americans even today.
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William Darity, who goes by Sandy.
Aug 20 2019
Rank #3: How Local and Federal Policies are Criminalizing Homelessness 2020-01-02
Homelessness is on the rise throughout the country, and so is its criminalization.
2019 had an overwhelming amount of national news that may have caused us to lose sight of the important foreign policy issues.
The U.S. immigration protocols that force migrants to wait for their asylum hearing court date in Mexican border towns are extremely dangerous for asylum seekers.
The new version centers around the Mexican-American siblings whose immigrant parents get deported to Mexico.
Jan 02 2020
Rank #4: Politics with Amy Walter: Are Democrats Breaking Up with Big Tech?
What began as a love affair is now a relationship on the rocks. This week on Politics with Amy Walter, a look at the relationship between Democrats and big tech giants like Amazon, Facebook, and Google.
When it comes to big tech, the conversation has shifted from if they should be regulated to how and by whom. For a long time, these tech giants grew quickly and quietly beyond what many of us could’ve imagined. As a result, incredible wealth and power started to concentrate in Silicon Valley, largely unchecked by Congress.
Tim Wu, the author of The Curse of Bigness and a professor at Columbia University, explains how big tech companies became embedded in the social and economic fabric of our country. Senator Mark Warner is one of a growing number of Democrats who are critical of how much power big tech has amassed, and he shares his ideas on how to rein them in on today's show. Representative Ro Khanna, the Democrat who represents Silicon Valley in Congress, walks us through the adversarial nature of the relationship between Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C.
Plus, Cecilia Kang, a tech reporter at the New York Times, gives an update on the antitrust investigations going on. Finally, journalist and author Charles Duhigg explains the spectacular growth of Amazon, from its early days as an online retailer to the tech giant it is today.
Oct 25 2019
Rank #5: How Should the Media Be Covering Impeachment? 2019-09-30
The latest Trump administration scandal has pushed the impeachment news cycle into overdrive, as mainstream media and right-wing outlets battle over control of the narrative.
The Anti-Defamation League added 36 entries to its online catalog of extremist symbols, from logos of extremist groups to numbers that carry secret codes.
Sep 30 2019
Rank #6: Trump Administration Moves Ahead with Major Foreign Policy Overhauls Amid Impeachment Inquiry 2019-10-07
Even as the Ukraine scandal embroils the White House, President Trump has continued to press forward with an often unpredictable approach to foreign policy.
Civilian casualties have risen in many of the conflicts the U.S. is involved in since President Trump took office.
Products with smart speakers have become very popular with consumers, but they have also been criticized for the way that they erode privacy and hand over personal information to Amazon.
The EEOC recently ruled that certain companies using targeted job ads on Facebook violated civil rights law by restricting ads based on age.
Oct 07 2019
Rank #7: Politics with Amy Walter: Digital Campaign Advertising and 2020
Even though Congress is technically on recess, it has been a busy week in the nation’s capital.
The week started with a letter from White House Counsel Patrick Cipollone to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, informing the House leader that the White House was not going to participate in an impeachment inquiry that it considered unconstitutional. Resistance to the impeachment inquiry escalated when the White House refused to let the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, testify to Congress.
Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, joined Politics with Amy Walter to discuss the latest on the impeachment inquiry and how the House will continue their investigation without a cooperating White House.
Also, Eugene Kiely and Erika Franklin Fowler discuss the implications of political digital advertising for 2020. Congresswoman Katherine Clark weighs in about the House Democratic Caucus and efforts to prioritize the issue of gun violence. Finally, Peter Beinart shares why the presidency might skip generation X.
Oct 11 2019
Rank #8: A Historical Look at Impeachment 2019-09-25
Sep 25 2019
Rank #9: Podcast: Rifts Emerge Between Progressive and Moderate Democrats Heading into 2020 2019-07-08
Recent tensions within the Democratic Party played out this weekend when Nancy Pelosi called out progressive Democratic politicians in an interview with the New York Times.
Jul 08 2019
Rank #10: Podcast: The History Behind President Trump's Accusations of "Disloyalty" Against Jewish Americans 2019-08-22
On Tuesday, President Trump said that any Jewish person who votes for a Democrat is either guilty of ignorance or “great disloyalty," an anti-Semitic trope that dates back centuries.
What does this mean for migrant families and children in government custody?
As sports get more expensive, lower and middle-income children are dropping off while their wealthier peers get into the game.
The government will not administer the flu vaccine to families in detention camps, despite the fact that several children in detention facilities have died as a result of the flu.
Aug 22 2019
Rank #11: More Democrats Call for Impeachment Amid Whistleblower Reports 2019-09-24
Two members of Congress join to discuss whether or not impeachment is inevitable.
It is a tremendous risk for women to publicly come forward with their experiences of sexual assault.
When people don’t have internet at home, or don't know how to use digital tools, they turn to their local libraries.
There's a lot of confusion over what exactly Ukraine's role is.
Sep 24 2019
Rank #12: Why Are People Leaving Some of Biggest U.S. Metro Areas? 2019-09-12
New data from the Census Bureau shows that populations are declining in some of the biggest metro areas in the country, like New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
The spy was removed by the CIA from Russia in 2017.
The film's writer and director, Lorene Scafaria, hired the stripper Jacqueline Francis to consult on the movie. Jacqueline ensured that the film dealt with the subject honestly.
Israel's prime minister announced Tuesday that he will move to annex part of the occupied West Bank if he wins the election next week.
Las Vegas telemarketer Richard Zeitlin and his companies have taken nearly 90 percent of what they've raised for for charities and super PACS.
Sep 12 2019
Rank #13: Politics with Amy Walter: Texodus: Can Democrats Turn the Lone Star State Blue?
A number of Republicans in the House have announced their retirements... and turns out many are in suburban districts, where the GOP’s support has been dwindling. In June, we saw one of the more high-profile Republican retirements when Congresswoman Susan Brooks, who represents Indiana’s 5th congressional district, announced that she would not seek reelection.
In fact, 4 of the 11 retirements are Congressman in Texas. This on top of 5 Texas Republican retirements in 2018 and two districts where Democrats flipped the seat. Could this turn Texas -- a historically red state -- blue, or at least purple?
This week, we break down these Republican retirements.
Brendan Buck is a partner at Seven Letter Communications and the former chief communications advisor and counselor to Speaker Paul Ryan.
Susan Brooks (R), represents Indiana’s 5th congressional district.
Pete Sessions (R), former Congressman from Texas.
Cal Jillson, professor of political science at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Manny Garcia, executive director of the Texas Democratic Party.
Aug 16 2019
Rank #14: Podcast: U.S. Hispanic Population is at All-Time High, But Growth is Slowing 2019-07-11
We analyze the U.S. Hispanic population demographically, economically, and politically, and look into what this means for the Latino vote in 2020.
The Chicago Defender is one of the most important black publications in U.S. history and it will now only publish its content online.
When filmmaker Lulu Wang’s grandmother was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer six years ago, Wang's family chose not to tell her grandmother that she had been given just months to live.
Michael Johnson was sentenced to nearly 31-years in prison for not telling his partners he had HIV. His trial and release are making people take another look at HIV criminalization laws.
The trial of seven former France Télécom executives, charged with creating work conditions that led 35 of their employees to die by suicide, will be over Friday.
Jul 11 2019
Rank #15: Politics with Amy Walter: The State of the Democratic Primary Field
The road to the White House is rarely a linear path. That was abundantly clear this week when Senator Kamala Harris announced that she was suspending her campaign. The announcement came as a surprise to many because at the time of launch, Senator Harris was one to watch. Political reporters Darren Sands, Laura Barron-Lopez, and Maya King join us to discuss the end of her campaign and what challenges the Democratic Party faces in putting forth the best candidate.
Dec 06 2019
Rank #16: Politics with Amy Walter: Will Unions Deliver 2020 to the Democrats?
In the episode before Labor Day, we look at the rise and fall of the labor movement, particularly unions. By collectively bargaining for better work conditions, unions elevated the middle class. Over the years, many unions have watched their membership numbers decline. As a result of a few Supreme Court decisions, a loss in manufacturing jobs, and a lack of increased federal protections, the influence of unions was reduced.
As we edge closer to 2020, candidates hoping to win the Democratic nomination have made rebuilding the middle class the central tenant of their candidacies. So, what role will unions and organized labor play in 2020? Plus, we look at domestic workers and caregivers and how they've been left out of the conversation when it comes to labor protections.
Guests:Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers
Lee Saunders, President of AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Stephanie Bloomingdale, President of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO
Rusty McAllister, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Nevada ALF-CIO
Rick Bloomingdale, President of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO
Dave Jamieson, Labor Reporter at the Huffington Post
Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance
Aug 30 2019
Rank #17: Politics with Amy Walter: The Impeachment Will be Televised
This week marked a shift in the ongoing impeachment inquiry as the first round of televised testimony began on Wednesday. Marie Yovanovitch, the well-respected former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine until May of this year became the third televised testimony on Friday. Yovanovitch believes she was removed from her post by President Trump because as she sees it, she was impeding his - and Rudy Guiliani’s - personal political agenda.
While the televised inquiry didn't reveal much new information, it provided an opportunity for those watching from home to hear from long-time government civil servants involved in Ukrainian foreign policy. Amanda Terkel from HuffPost and Anita Kumar from Politico join Politics with Amy Walter to discuss the latest on impeachment. Pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson weighs in on public opinion surrounding the President and the inquiry.
Barbara Perry of the University of Virginia's Miller Center describes how social media and the 24-hour news cycle changes how Americans metabolize impeachment. Alan Frumin walks us through the rules that govern impeachment proceedings.
Nov 15 2019
Rank #18: Politics with Amy Walter: The Divided States of Government
Not that long ago, state government was seen as one of the last places for functional governing. But, over the last 10 years, state politics have become as polarized as Washington, DC.
At the same time, 2020 Democratic candidates for president are debating which approach they should take to governing. Some, like former Vice President Joe Biden, argue that voters want a return to a more pragmatic style of governing. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are less interested in bringing GOP legislators to the table than they are in bringing a grass-roots revolution to Washington.
Wisconsin State Senator Janet Bewley joins us to discuss what it's like to govern in the minority. Governing reporter Alan Greenblatt weighs in about how state legislatures have become increasingly entrenched in party politics.
Political analysts Joel Payne and Ty Mastdrof join us for analysis of the last debate. Plus, New York Times congressional reporter Nick Fandos fills us in on the latest surrounding the impeachment inquiry.
Nov 22 2019
Rank #19: Is Vaping More Dangerous Than It Seems? 2019-09-05
Hundreds of patients with severe respiratory illnesses have reported using e-cigarette products.
Serena Williams won her 100th singles victory at the Open, despite reports that she injured her ankle just days before.
What do these clashes tell us about the protests' future?
Three North Carolina judges gave the Republican state legislature until September 18th to redraw the map.
Beth Fertig is a senior reporter with WNYC and she told us one father’s story.
Sep 05 2019