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How will nationwide protests affect the 2020 election?

June 5, 2020
The panel continued the conversation on the nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd, and discussed the potential relocation of the 2020 Republican National Convention from Charlotte, North Carolina.

American democracy is tested in the streets

June 5, 2020
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Death of George Floyd spurs nationwide protests

May 29, 2020
The panel continues the conversation on race and America in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, as a white police officer kneeled on his neck in Minneapolis.

Americans protest unarmed man's death as country passes a grim virus milestone

May 29, 2020
Angry demonstrators across the nation protested, both peacefully and violently, the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, who said that he couldn’t breathe as a white police officer kneeled on his neck in Minneapolis. The Department of Justice has announced a federal civil rights investigation, and the officer has been fired and charged with third-degree murder. The panel also discussed a week of grim virus milestones, as the nation passed more than 100,000 covid-19 deaths and more than 40 million unemployment claims.

What are Washington leaders doing to address the coronavirus crisis?

May 22, 2020
As the coronavirus death toll passed 95,000 on Friday, states continued the process of reopening. The White House and Congress haven’t reached an agreement on what more aid would look like, if there will be any. The panel also discussed President Donald Trump’s campaign strategy and former Vice President Joe Biden’s apology for what he called “cavalier” comments about African American voters. Panel: Dan Balz of The Washington Post, Ayesha Rascoe of NPR, Stephanie Ruhle of NBC News, Jonathan Swan of AXIOS
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Candidates ambitious in virtual veepstakes

May 22, 2020
The panel discussed running mate possibilities for former Vice President and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Panel: Dan Balz of The Washington Post, Ayesha Rascoe of NPR, Stephanie Ruhle of NBC News, Jonathan Swan of AXIOS

The politics of reopening the United States

May 15, 2020
President Trump is optimistic about reopening the U.S. but health experts who testified on Capitol Hill this week warn it could be dangerous. The panel also discussed negotiations between Democrats and Republicans over the next round of coronavirus relief funding and President Trump’s tweets about the Michael Flynn case.
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How to win an election during a pandemic

May 15, 2020
There are fewer than 6 months left until the 2020 presidential election. The panel discussed Joe Biden’s search for a running mate, the Trump campaign’s strategy to win during a pandemic, and the latest polling data.

President Trump Hits the Road as States Reopen

May 8, 2020
President Trump started the week off with a visit to the battleground state of Arizona to tour a mask factory, as many governors are still struggling with securing supplies. And the country reported a staggering jobs loss, at levels not seen since the Great Depression. The panel discussed what’s going on behind the scenes at the White House, where things stand as the states begin to get back to business, and the tensions between the White House and scientific community.