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Dec. 09, 2022 AT 3:43 p.m. EST
U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock returns to the Capitol in Washington
U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA) gives the thumbs up to reporters outside the U.S. Capitol one day after Warnock beat Republican challenger Herschel Walker in a Georgia runoff election that fortified Democrats' Senate majority, in Washington, U.S., December 7, 2022, REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

Airs Friday, December 9, 2022 at 8PM on PBS (check local listings)

Democrats enjoy some wins.  Republicans clash over Trump:

On Tuesday, incumbent Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock defeated Republican challenger Herschel Walker in the runoff for Georgia’s Senate seat.  In addition to securing a Democratic majority in the Senate chamber and it’s committees, the win ends the need for a power-sharing arrangement and single senators’ - like Joe Manchin (WV) - ability to hold-up President Biden’s agenda. And on Thursday, President Biden celebrated his administration’s negotiating WNBA all-star, Brittney Griner’s release from Russian detention.

Meanwhile, some Republicans are blaming former President Trump for GOP senate candidate, Herschel Walker’s loss in Georgia’s senate run-off race. Trump endorsed the controversial Walker in his fight against more moderate candidates in the GOP primary. Though he remains the favorite to get the Republican nomination for President in 2024, Walker’s loss has many in the GOP concerned about their chances if Trump is at the top of the ticket.

Trump’s increasing legal jeopardy is also undermining his position in the party. Just this week, Trump’s real-estate company was convicted of tax fraud, the committee investigating the Capitol attack announced its considering a criminal referrals, and new reporting revealed more classified documents removed from the White House have been found in a storage unit in Florida. Joining moderator Yamiche Alcindor to discuss this and more:

  • Laura Barrón-López, White House Correspondent, PBS NewsHour
  • Josh Gerstein, Senior Legal Affairs Reporter, POLITICO
  • Maya King, Politics Reporter, The New York Times
  • Marianna Sotomayor, Congressional Reporter, The Washington Post

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