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This Week on Washington Week: The Trial of Derek Chauvin Gets Underway

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Coverage of the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd gripped the nation this week. Washington Week will discuss the trial and America's racial reckoning.

President Joe Biden announced the American Jobs Plan on Wednesday, a $2 trillion infrastructure initiative. “It is a once-in-a-generation investment in America. Unlike anything we have seen or done, since we built the interstate highway system and the space race decades ago. In fact, the largest American jobs investment since World War II," Biden said. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky called the plan a "Trojan horse for a massive tax increase." The administration’s sweeping plan faces challenges over the suggested tax increases and over the role the government should play in America. What is included in Biden’s plan? How will it clear Congress? How will it be paid for?

And, good news and bad news on the pandemic front. The good news: Pfizer announced the vaccine is 100% effective for kids 12 to 15 years old and CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Tuesday CDC data suggests vaccinated people do not carry the virus. The bad news: this follows Walensky’s earlier comments warning of “impending doom” about the possibility of COVID-19 cases surging as states roll back public health measures meant to stem the virus's spread.

Lisa Desjardins, Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, is our guest moderator this week. She will be joined by:


The conversation continues on the Washington Week Extra, streaming live on Facebook, YouTube and our website at 8:30PM.