Full episode - September 27, 2020
On Saturday, President Trump nominated 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat. If confirmed, conservative Judge Barrett would become the youngest member serving on the court. Senate Republicans will scramble to confirm Judge Barrett ahead of Election Day, while Democrats argue that Judge Barrett's nomination could hurt the Affordable Care Act and Roe v. Wade.  The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to start hearings on October 12, just a few weeks before the general election.  POLITICO White House Reporter Gabby Orr reacts to the announcement and describes how Judge Barrett's nomination and pending confirmation will impact the rest of the race. 
Full episode - September 25, 2020
The U.S. has observed a week of mourning Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death, in addition to partisan warfare regarding her replacement. Senate Republicans have decided they will move to confirm President Trump's nominee ahead of the general election. His announcement is expected Saturday. President Trump has said that the election could be decided by the Supreme Court and has implied that a justice appointed by him would be loyal in any case involving the election. NBC News National Political Reporter Sahil Kapur discusses what we can expect from the nomination process from now through the election. Wisconsin is among the few states that played a decisive factor in Hillary Clinton's 2016 loss. This year, the state made headlines because of a flawed primary election that took place towards the beginning of the pandemic. Election officials struggled to keep up with absentee ballot requests, thousands of mail ballots were ultimately rejected, and when it came to in-person voting, photos of people waiting in line for hours, at the height of the pandemic, went viral. Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe, Politics Reporter and Washington Bureau Chief for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Craig Gilbert, and Wisconsin Public Radio’s Laurel White dissect Wisconsin's political landscape and share how seriously we should be taking polling. Also, Black voters are the backbone of the Democratic Party. They are one of the party's most reliable voting blocs and failing to secure their votes will have significant electoral consequences. There is also a significant generational gap between younger Black Americans who feel alienated from traditional politics and older Black voters who are typically loyal to the Democratic Party. Vice President and Chief of Campaigns at Color of Change Arisha Hatch shares how Black voters are thinking about the voting process.   These conversations are part of a series called Every Vote Counts.        
Full episode - September 24, 2020
Protests Erupt Around the Country After Grand Jury Announcement on Breonna Taylor Case Protests erupted around the country last night in reaction to the long-awaited decision in the case of the killing of Breonna Taylor. Senator Cory Booker on the Fight to Replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Senator Cory Booker joins The Takeaway to discuss the battle shaping up over the Supreme Court, as well as what he's doing on issues including police reform and the racial wealth gap. As School Year Begins, New Report Examines How Schools Survived Spring High schools across the country provided a variety of social services in order to meet the needs of lower-income students. Unpacking the Reporter-Source Relationship Following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, NPR’s Nina Totenberg paid tribute to her longtime friend.  
Full episode - September 23, 2020
Court System Backlogs Leave Foster Families in the Lurch Although virtual hearings were often substituted, family courts are administered at the local level, meaning responses to the pandemic were inconsistent. The FinCEN Files: How Banks Move Trillions of Dollars for Organized Crime and Shady Characters A new investigation from Buzzfeed News and ICIJ reveal the vast network of dark money. How Senate Races Are Being Impacted By RGB's Death Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death and her now-vacant seat are ratcheting up the pressure in some key Senate races this November. Examining Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Legacy on Racial Justice While much Justice Ginsburg’s legal work indicated clear understandings of racial discrimination, some critics have called out her more personal shortcomings when it came to race.
Full episode - September 22, 2020
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Full episode - September 21, 2020
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Full episode - September 19, 2020
After serving 27 years on the Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday from complications associated with metastatic pancreatic cancer. Justice Ginsburg was the second woman to be appointed to the highest court in the land. Early in her career as a lawyer, she was a champion for gender equality and in the time since has been elevated to a feminist icon. Clara Spera, Ginsburg's granddaughter said her grandmother dictated the following statement before her death: "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed." While the race for the White House had already morphed into a turbulent, hyper-partisan event there's no doubt that Ginsburg's death underscores how consequential the November 3rd election will be.   In a statement issued on Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said President Trump's nominee "will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.” That statement exists in direct opposition to his stance on Barack Obama's 2016 nomination of Merrick Garland.  Professor Barbara Perry, director of presidential studies at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, and Sahil Kapur, national political reporter at NBC News, discuss Ginsburg's legacy and how her death could change the trajectory of the election cycle. 
Full episode - September 18, 2020
Arizona has been a reliably Republican state at the presidential level in every election since 1952 — except when Bill Clinton won in 1996. But a rapidly growing population has chipped away at the Republican advantage. In 2020, Arizona is rated a toss-up. The state has had no-excuse absentee voting since 1991 and the numbers of voters who use this method continue to grow. As the president continues to malign the U.S. Postal Service and absentee ballots and question the integrity of the upcoming election, we hear from Katie Hobbs, Arizona Secretary of State, KJZZ Phoenix host Steve Goldstein, and Professor Lisa Sanchez from the University of Arizona. Latino voters are a growing share of the population in states like Florida, Texas, and Nevada. In Arizona, they account for about a quarter of voters in the state according to Pew.  While national polling indicates that Joe Biden is ahead of President Trump when it comes to Latino voters, he hasn't been able to match Hillary Clinton’s margins from 2016. The Trump campaign is appealing to Latinos with a message centered on crime and the economy. The Biden campaign is using President Trump's response to the pandemic to illustrate that he's unfit to lead.  Daniel Garza, president of the conservative Libre Initiative, and Carlos Odio, co-founder of democratic Latino polling and analysis firm Equis Research, share their insights as to what's at stake for this electorate.   These conversations are part of a series called Every Vote Counts.
Full episode - September 17, 2020
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Full episode - September 16, 2020
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