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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 ...
 
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First Lady of Haiti Speaks Out About Her Husband's Assassination The president’s widow, Martine Moïse, recently gave her first interview about her experience during her husband's assassination. Protests Erupt in Tunisia Amid Public Turmoil Over COVID-19 Surge In response, President Kais Saied dismissed the country’s prime minister, froze parliament…
 
On September 5th, 2021, several of the CARES ACT unemployment benefits are set to expire. But many Republican-led states have already halted the extra $300 per month unemployment insurance payments. In two of these states, Indiana and Maryland, the courts sided with the unemployed workers and the states were forced to pay the additional benefits. O…
 
The pandemic had the potential to bring about complete economic devastation for millions of people in the United States. According to research by Pew, more than 9 million U.S. workers lost their jobs during the first three quarters of 2020. To try to curb that financial damage, lawmakers have passed a range of government aid including stimulus chec…
 
On Tuesday, the House of Representatives held its first hearing on the January 6th insurrection and heard testimony from four Capitol Police officers who dealt with rioters during the attack. The hearing took place despite opposition from most Congressional Republicans, who have resisted Democrats’ attempts to examine the causes of the riot, includ…
 
This week, the Senate voted to move forward with a bipartisan infrastructure deal, which is seen as a political win. However, it faced the threat of a filibuster just a week ago. While infrastructure is seeing progress, the filibuster still looms large when it comes to voting rights, police reform and a multitude of issues. Adam Jentleson, author o…
 
Pandemic-Era Expanded Government Benefits Drive U.S. Poverty Rate Down Roughly 20 million people in the U.S. are expected to be brought out of poverty this year, according to a recent Urban Institute research report. Advocates Win Unemployment Case in Arkansas as Republicans Try to Strip Benefits Many Republican-led states have halted the extra $30…
 
Pandemic-Era Expanded Government Benefits Drive U.S. Poverty Rate Down Roughly 20 million people in the U.S. are expected to be brought out of poverty this year, according to a recent Urban Institute research report. Advocates Win Unemployment Case in Arkansas as Republicans Try to Strip Benefits Many Republican-led states have halted the extra $30…
 
The recent decisions by Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka to withdraw from their sporting events to focus on their mental health shines a light on the grueling and often intense training and scrutiny young women go through when participating at an elite level in sports. Chloe Angyal, a contributing editor at Marie Claire and author of TURNING POINTE: Ho…
 
The decision this week by gymnast Simone Biles to not compete in the Olympic Team Finals or the all around individual competition in order to prioritize her mental health has left many wondering why. Former Olympian and gold medalist Dominique Dawes joins The Takeaway to give an insider perspective on the pressure young women gymnasts face and why …
 
Former Olympian Dominique Dawes on Simone Biles, Mental Health, and More This week, Simone Biles decided to not compete in the Olympics in order to prioritize her mental health. Simone Biles Spotlights Mental Health After Withdrawing from the Olympics Recent decisions by Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka to focus on mental health highlights the grueling…
 
The second season of the beloved television show Ted Lasso recently premiered on Apple TV+. In the show, actor Jason Sudeikis plays the title character — a college football coach from Kansas who is hired to coach an English Premier League soccer team. Despite knowing nothing about the sport, Lasso wins over almost everyone he meets with his earnest…
 
This is the first Summer Olympics since Larry Nassar’s highly publicized sentencing in 2018 for decades of sexual abuse of some of America’s leading Olympic women gymnasts. There have also been allegations of sexual assault in the Olympic Village in Rio in 2016, and allegations against a U.S. fencer who is currently competing in Tokyo. Since 2016, …
 
The podcast The Turning from Rococo Punch and iHeartRadio tells the story of religious sisters who joined Mother Teresa’s order of nuns, but who eventually decided they had to leave. It asks, what is the line between devotion and brainwashing? Can you truly give yourself to God? If you make a lifelong vow, what does it mean to break it? Produced by…
 
The historic protests that began in Cuba on July 11 were the largest seen in the country in decades. Multi-generations of Cubans took to the streets in the thousands across the island nation chanting “Patria y vida”—meaning "homeland and life"—protesting the severe economic crisis, and also restrictions on civil liberties. The demonstrations were i…
 
At the height of the recent protests in Cuba, more than a million Cubans could access the internet despite attempts by the Cuban government to block them from social media platforms. The main reason was because of censorship circumvention software. Keith McManamen, strategic analyst with Psiphon, explains to The Takeaway how they created their tech…
 
On Tuesday, testimony began before the Congressional Select Committee convened to investigate the violent mob attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. The committee heard from four law enforcement officers on duty that day, including U.S. Capitol Police Pfc. Harry Dunn, who described rioters shouting racist epithets at him while in uniform. Inter…
 
This summer marks 50 years since the war on drugs began under President Richard Nixon. But the opioid overdose epidemic continues to ravage the country, and incarceration—especially of Black people—has skyrocketed over the past 5 decades. The Takeaway speaks with Aaron Morrison, the national race and ethnicity writer for Associated Press, about the…
 
Mass Arrests Are Taking Place in Cuba Following Recent Protests Since demonstrations started in Cuba on July 11th, some organizations estimate that as many as 700 protesters have been arrested. In Cuba, Censorship Circumvention Software Helps People Access the Internet At the height of the recent protests in Cuba, more than a million Cubans could a…
 
COVID-19 cases in the United States are on the rise. According to STAT, July has seen cases increase at the fastest pace since last winter. On Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN’s Jake Tapper that the CDC is actively considering bringing back the mask mandate. But masks have been heavily politicized, and most people just don’t like wearing them. Th…
 
On Tuesday, the House select committee tasked with investigating the events that occurred at the Capitol on January 6 will hold its first hearing. Four police officers will give the first public testimony before the select committee. Ahead of these testimonies, Just Security published a list of topics, questions, and potential witnesses that the co…
 
House Select Committee Begins Investigation Into January 6th Capitol Attack Ahead of the first public hearing of the House select committee investigation into January 6th, The Takeaway discusses what to expect. What Sexual Health Can Teach Us About COVID-19 Masks have become heavily politicized, and most people just don’t like wearing them. The sam…
 
Over the weekend, civil rights leader Bob Moses died at the age of 86. Moses was instrumental in registering voters in Mississippi in the 1960s as a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and was a chief coordinator for Freedom Summer in 1964 which brought hundreds of volunteers to the state. He then went out to found the Algebra …
 
The COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium Is Set to Expire This Month The federal ban on evictions is set to expire at the end of July. But 14 percent of renters are still behind on their payments. In Louisiana, House of Tulip Provides Housing to Trans People of Color Data from the U.S. Trans Survey show that 1 in 3 trans Louisianans report experiencing hom…
 
The United States Postal Service is facing continued backlash over its proposed 10-year plan which will slow down mail delivery. The Postal Regulatory Commission, which oversees the post office, recently criticized the proposal saying there’s no basis that the change in service standards will improve the financial situation of the USPS, and there’s…
 
Black and Latinx LGBTQ Southerners are particularly vulnerable to homelessness. Data from the U.S. Trans Survey show that 1 in 3 trans Louisianans report experiencing homelessness at some point in their lives. The House of Tulip is a New Orleans-based non-profit organization dedicated to addressing this crisis. They are buying and restoring homes t…
 
The federal ban on evictions is set to expire at the end of July. But 14% of renters are still behind on their payments and in big cities rent is up by 24% from last year. The Treasury Department is set to announce that it distributed $1.5 billion in rental assistance this month, but states and cities have struggled with getting that assistance to …
 
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