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Schumer faces Democratic divisions and skeptical Republicans as Biden agenda hangs in balance

June 22, 2021
Manu Raju, Ted Barrett | CNN
Chuck Schumer is confronting his most daunting series of legislative landmines in his young tenure as Senate majority leader, navigating conflicting demands from his left and his moderates -- all the while facing wary Republicans after years of partisan brawling with the hard-nosed New Yorker.
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Senate Democrats Take Up Act Which Would Expand Voting Rights

June 22, 2021
Susan Davis, Steve Inskeep | NPR
Senate Democrats have scheduled a procedural vote on their massive election overhaul bill. Without support from any Senate Republicans, it is expected to fail and debate on the issue will stall.

President Joe Biden’s First Overseas Trip

June 11, 2021
President Biden is on his first trip abroad, promoting democracy as he meets with the G7 ahead of a meeting next week with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. The panel discussed the challenges abroad, as well as Vice President Harris’s trip to Central America to deal with immigration. Ed O'Keefe of CBS News co-moderates.
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How Trump’s Political Legacy Is on the Ballot in the Virginia Governor’s Race

June 10, 2021
Jonathan Martin | The New York Times
There is a far-reaching and oh-so-familiar shadow stretching across Virginia’s political landscape that could have profound implications for the election of a new governor, a contest that figures to be the only major competitive race in the country this fall. Former President Donald J. Trump won’t be on the ballot in Virginia, but his political legacy will be.

America Faces Its History of Race Violence

May 28, 2021
Next week marks the 100-year anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre that ravaged a community known as “Black Wall Street.” The panel also discussed the 1917 East St. Louis Massacre, the gaps in our education, & what the major political and culture changes seen in the country over the past year.

George Floyd’s Death: One Year Later

May 28, 2021
A year after George Floyd was murdered by former officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, the panel discussed what’s changed, what hasn’t and where racial justice and policing reforms stand in Capitol Hill.
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