This Week on Washington Week: New reporting on the transfer of power
About 700 people are expected to attend the "Justice for J6" rally on Saturday, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Former President Trump and other Republicans are not expected to attend. The U.S. Capitol Police have taken additional precautions and posted a temporary fence around the Capitol. We will have the latest from Capitol Hill on the security preparations. The panel will also discuss reporting on Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, published in “Peril,” a new book by Bob Woodward and former Washington Week moderator Robert Costa.
This week the United States reached another unfortunate milestone in its war against the pandemic: 1 in 500 Americas have died from COVID-19 since the nation reported its' first infection. Meanwhile, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California celebrated a landslide victory in this week's recall election, with only 36% of voters supporting his being replaced. GOP leaders in California had called for Newsom to be removed because of the governor's Coronavirus policies. What does the recall result tell us about the issues voters care about in the run-up to the 2022 midterm elections? Are Republican polices and positions going too far?
On the other side of the aisle, divisions in the Democratic caucus are putting President Biden’s economic agenda at risk. What's the hold-up on passing infrastructure legislation? Can Democrats craft a voting rights bill that can garner enough Republican votes to make it law? And is there any way to get agreement between Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and the Democrats' progressive wing?
Tune in to the Washington Week Extra for discussion of the Congressional testimony by four elite gymnasts. The athletes told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the FBI and USA Gymnastics mishandled their reports of sexual assault against former USAG Doctor Larry Nassar, which allowed the abuse to continue. Kavitha A. Davidson, National Sports and Culture Writer for the Athletic joins the panel to discuss the implications of the gymnasts’ testimony. The Washington Week Extra streams live on Facebook, YouTube and our website at 8:30PM
Joining moderator Yamiche Alcindor for news and analysis: