Full episode - April 08, 2019
Kirstjen Nielsen is Out as Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen’s time in that role has been rocky. How Much Do We Actually Know About CBD? The availability of CBD has skyrocketed in the last year, but how much do we actually know about it, and can CBD really do everything advertises say it can? Mar-a-Lago Breach Raises Questions of National Security at Trump's Private Club A woman slipped through security to illegally enter Mar-a-Lago. She was carrying a thumb drive infected with malware. Guests: Jonathan Blitzer Leon Fresco Laura Sanders David Fahrenthold
Full episode - April 05, 2019
On this week's Politics with Amy Walter: The fight over redistricting and who gets to wield the pen. “Slay the Dragon,” chronicles the challenges to congressional maps in several states that have been accused of partisan gerrymandering including Michigan and Wisconsin. In Michigan, voters approved a ballot measure in 2018 to take map-drawing power out of the hands of the legislature and put it into the hands of an independent commission. The film also follows the legal team involved in Gill v. Whitford as that case from Wisconsin makes its way to the Supreme Court of the United States.  Barak Goodman is the co-director of Slay the Dragon. The film will premiere later this month at The Tribeca Film Festival. Scott Walker was the governor of Wisconsin from 2011 to 2019. During his tenure, Republican lawmakers created new congressional districts which he then signed into law. Walker is now the Finance Chairman of The National Republican Redistricting Trust, but he's also been accused by critics of partisan gerrymandering. Amy Walter speaks to Walker about why he decided to continue to focus on an issue that has embroiled him in so much controversy. Eric Holder, the Attorney General under President Obama, recently wrote an editorial for The Washington Post in which he announced that he will not be running for president, and instead will focus his energies on the “fight to end gerrymandering.” We talk to Holder about why he thinks this is a such an important issue for Democrats to combat right now.  On March 26th, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in this term’s gerrymandering case. Amy Howe, the co-founder of SCOTUSblog, brings us up to speed on what happened and what to watch for. 
Full episode - April 04, 2019
Baltimore's Mayor Embroiled in Children's Book Scandal There are questions about Mayor Catherine Pugh's self-published kids book, and whether or not buyers were given access to government influence. The Death of the Lyell Glacier Yosemite National Park's Lyell Glacier is dying. Writer Dan Duane joined Yosemite geologist Greg Stock in a hike up to the glacier, which is now a fraction of its original size. Making Arab American Theater Muslim and Arab American theater are having a moment. But the communities at the hearts of these shows fear they will only garner attention if they are about that identity. Guests: Alec MacGillis Liz Bowie Dan Duane Greg Stock Jamil Khoury Yussef El Guindi
Full episode - April 03, 2019
Making Reparations Work in America 2020 candidates are speaking up about reparations. But this debate goes far beyond being a political talking point. Congressional Failure to Approve Puerto Rico Recovery Aid Reflects Long History of Bipartisan Neglect Puerto Rico's government recently had to cut food stamp benefits, adding further insecurity to an already vulnerable population. McConnell Moves To Limit Debates Over Judges To Two Hours Mitch McConnell’s latest push to fill the courts with young conservative judges involves a rule change that would limit floor debate over nominations to two hours total. Lori Lightfoot Voted in as Chicago's First African American Woman Mayor On Tuesday, Chicago became the largest U.S. city to elect an African American woman as mayor. Now, all eyes are on how Lori Lightfoot will address issues from gun violence to policing. Lesley McSpadden, Michael Brown's Mother, Loses Ferguson City Council Race The election of Fran Griffin means that the city council now has an even split between black and white representatives for a majority black city that’s rife with racial tension. Guests: Maxine Crump Katherine Franke Nkechi Taifa Dánica Coto Andrea González-Ramírez Lawrence Hurley
Full episode - April 02, 2019
Facebook Promises To Combat Divisiveness and Improve Privacy. Again.  Mark Zuckerberg called for increased oversight to help reign in harmful content and fake news, as well as improve privacy. Governor Ralph Northam Returns to the Public Eye Following Scandal Virginia's Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General all faced scandal, yet all remain in their jobs. What happens from here and how do Virginian's feel about it? In Hulu's "Shrill," a Fat-Phobic World Is the Punchline  Shrill, based on the Lindy West memoir of the same name, explores the personal story of a self-described fat woman in pursuit of her own lost power. Guests: Issie Lapowsky Corey D.B. Walker Samhita Mukhopadhyay
Full episode - April 01, 2019
Trump Administration's Immigration Policies May Be To Blame for the Current Border Crisis Your immigration news roundup: migrant family surge, Central American aid cut, and threats to shut the border. Why Country Music Classifications Often Fall Along Racial Lines Last month, Billboard removed the country-trap song, “Old Town Road,” from its country chart. The decision has highlighted how music genres are often classified along racial lines. After Cyclone Idai, Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe Struggle with Scope of Relief Effort The UN's World Food Programme has equated the challenges to those of the humanitarian crises in Yemen, Syria, and South Sudan. Guests: Dara Lind Lomi Kriel Kiana Fitzgerald Dasen Thathiah
Full episode - March 29, 2019
In 2016, Donald Trump cracked the so-called blue wall in the industrial Midwest winning Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. This week on Politics with Amy Walter, what will it take for Democrats to win back Wisconsin? Plus a conversation with presidential candidate Julián Castro. To begin the hour, Craig Gilbert, Washington Bureau Chief at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, explores what tipped the state to President Trump’s favor in 2016 and what it will take for Democrats to win it back in 2020. Republican Congressman Sean Duffy represents Wisconsin’s 7th district in a rural part of the state. Congressman Duffy talks to Amy Walter about why President Trump performed so well in rural areas in 2016 and weighs in on whether or not Trump’s trade policy and tariffs will hurt him there in 2020.  Congresswoman Gwen Moore joins Amy Walter to reflect on 2016 and the course correction Democrats have made in the state. And Senator Tammy Baldwin, who won re-election in 2018, has been offering advice to some of the 2020 candidates who have asked her the secret to running as a liberal Democrat in the state.  To end the hour, we talk to Julian Castro. Castro served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development during the Obama administration. He was also the mayor of San Antonio. He announced he was running for president on January 12, 2019. 
Full episode - March 28, 2019
It's Not Just the Special Olympics, Betsy DeVos Takes Heat for Special Ed Cuts  The Education Secretary has called for cuts to the Special Olympics, as well as programs to help students who are blind, deaf, and otherwise require special education services.  How a Changing Credit Industry Could Hurt Consumer Privacy Consumer credit-reporting company Equifax and credit score company FICO are partnering to sell consumer data to banks. But how secure is that data following the 2017 Equifax data breach? Adjunct Professors are Organizing; Demanding Better Pay, Respect Facing budget cuts, colleges across the country are hiring less full-time professors and more adjuncts. Guests: Emmanuel Felton AnnaMaria Andriotis Danielle Douglas-Gabriel
Full episode - March 27, 2019
Supreme Court Weighs Arguments Over Partisan Gerrymandering On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard two cases involving the design of congressional maps. The Takeaway looks at how gerrymandering has shaped national politics, particularly since 2010. Trump Administration Gets Behind New Effort to Overturn the Affordable Care Act The Department of Justice announced support of a district court ruling that argued the entire ACA was unconstitutional just as Democrats announce new health care legislation. Ogossagou Massacre: More Than 150 Fulani Villagers Killed in Mali  Part of the rise in violence against the Fulani herding population has come because of charges that the nomadic herding group has ties to Islamist militant groups. How Exposure to Gun Violence Can Impact Young People Recent suicides have drawn attention to the impacts of witnessing a mass shooting, especially in young people. Exposure to any kind of gun violence can have an impact on mental health.  Guests: David Daley Mary Agnes Carey Corinne Dufka  Maryse Richards Sandro Galea
Full episode - March 26, 2019
Will the Mueller Report Shift Public Trust in American Institutions? Following the release of a summary of the Mueller Report, what has the investigation meant for Americans’ trust in our institutions, from the Department of Justice to the media? How Does the Mueller Report Affect Democratic Agenda? The Department of Justice exonerated President Trump at a time when House Democrats are ramping up their investigations into the president. Enforcing Ban on Bump Stocks Will Be Challenging  The federal regulation set to go into effect Tuesday is based mostly on the honor system.  Hunger 9 Strike to Raise Awareness on Gun Violence in Miami Although crime has gone down overall in Miami-Dade County, gun violence disproportionately affects black neighborhoods.  Guests: Margaret Sullivan Aziz Huq Representative Eric Swalwell Karen Rouse Matt Vasilogambros Nadege Green