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Reflecting on a Historic Presidential Transition

January 22, 2021
The panelists take the time to reflect on the four years of Donald Trump’s presidency, and the beginning of Joe Biden’s tenure. Our guest moderator Amna Nawaz of the PBS NewsHour discusses this historic moment with the panelists and what it’s like reporting in a time of transition.

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris Take Office

January 22, 2021
It was a groundbreaking week. President Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States alongside Kamala Harris, his barrier-breaking Vice President, both working to reunite the nation and combat the raging virus. As President Biden gets to work, lawmakers are still working to impeach his predecessor, former President Donald Trump. Our guest moderator Amna Nawaz of the PBS NewsHour discusses the inauguration with the panelists, as well as how the Biden administration is taking action.
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Several senior Republicans join impeachment push

January 13, 2021
Josh Dawsey, Mike DeBonis, , Seung Min Kim | The Washington Post
The push for an unprecedented second impeachment of President Trump took a dramatic bipartisan turn Tuesday, as several senior House Republicans joined the Democratic effort to remove Trump for his role in inciting an angry mob to storm the Capitol last week and the White House braced for more defections.
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Pence Reached His Limit With Trump. It Wasn’t Pretty.

January 13, 2021
Peter Baker, Maggie Haberman, Annie Karni | The New York Times
For Vice President Mike Pence, the moment of truth had arrived. After three years and 11 months of navigating the treacherous waters of President Trump’s ego, after all the tongue-biting, pride-swallowing moments where he employed strategic silence or florid flattery to stay in his boss’s good graces, there he was being cursed by the president.
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Biden team briefs Congress on emerging stimulus plan, aims for bipartisan deal

January 13, 2021
Erica Werner, Jeff Stein | The Washington Post
President-elect Joe Biden is finalizing his coronavirus relief plan, with aides briefing congressional staffers Tuesday and indicating that the measure will be tailored to get bipartisan support.

Mob Storms the Capitol, Congress Affirms President-elect Biden’s Win

January 8, 2021
It was a chaotic week. As Congress met to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s win, hundreds of President Trump’s supporters stormed into the Capitol to stop the electoral vote count, an event that stunned the nation. With just 12 days until Trump leaves office, Democrats are calling for him to resign, and calling for invoking the 25th Amendment or moving toward impeachment. Our guest moderator Yamiche Alcindor, discusses with the panel how the incident unfolded, and what deeper challenges could arise for Biden.
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Both Parties Must Navigate Split Priorities In New Congress

January 4, 2021
Kelsey Snell | NPR
A new session of Congress opens, with Nancy Pelosi looking to get reelected speaker with her slimmer majority.
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