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President Biden’s Secretary of Defense, General LLoyd Austin has said he would follow through on President Obama’s efforts to close Guantanamo Bay, the prison for terrorism detainees. Today, its population is down to nearly 40, including six detainees cleared for release. Michel Paradis who has represented Gitmo detainees and has authored the book “ Last Mission To Tokyo” joins for more.
One of the consequences of the chaos of the U.S. Capitol is a distancing of banks and other business from former President Trump. He now faces a delicate and difficult situation with his businesses, debt and taxes. Paul Solman reports.
One of America's greatest athletes, Henry Louis Aaron, died Friday at the age of 86. The famed baseball player endured blatant racism for much of his life, eventually breaking Babe Ruth's home run record. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. Howard Bryant, a sports writer and author of, "The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron," joins Jeffrey Brown to look back on Aaron's life.
As we passed the grim milestone this week of more than 400,000 Americans killed by COVID-19, we take a moment to remember another five of the extraordinary lives lost.
In our news wrap Friday, President Biden invoked the Defense Production Act to ramp up the U.S. supply of COVID-19 vaccines, National Guardsmen are back at the Capitol amid outrage over reports they were ordered out on Thursday, Russia welcomed Biden’s proposal to extend limit on the two countries' nuclear arsenals, and the first ever international treaty to ban nuclear weapons went into effect.
New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week in politics, including the historic inauguration, the Biden administration's early actions and a looming impeachment trial.
The confirmation of Retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as the first Black secretary of defense is a milestone. Nick Schifrin reports on how it also spotlights the racial disparities at the highest level of the military ranks.
Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are nearing a deal to begin an impeachment trial for former President Trump on Feb. 8, as they continue to iron out the final details including the length of a trial and allowing witnesses. This comes amid debates over sharing power in a 50-50 Senate. Dan Bush joins Judy Woodruff to discuss.
President Biden has now signed at least 29 executive actions in his first few days in office, many geared toward marshaling government resources to tackle the myriad issues brought on by the pandemic. White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor joins Judy Woodruff to discuss.
In our news wrap Thursday, at least 32 people were killed in a pair of suicide bombings in central Baghdad, new Labor Department numbers continue to highlight the pandemic’s economic toll, President Biden proposes a five-year extension of a longstanding nuclear arms treaty with Russia, and Twitter temporarily locked the account of China’s embassy in Washington over repression of Muslim Uighurs.
President Biden moved on a broad front Thursday to put his stamp on national policy, unveiling a number of new measures and pledging to confront the nation's public health crisis with COVID-19. White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor joins Judy Woodruff to discuss Biden's response to the pandemic, confirmation hearings and former President Trump's impeachment trial.
Matt Nathanson, a musician known for his blend of folk and rock, is perhaps best known for his 2008 single, "Come On Get Higher." He shares his Brief But Spectacular take on getting older, gaining confidence and finding his voice.
The pace of vaccinations in the U.S. is failing to meet expectations, in part due to inadequate production and supply. But President Biden is planning to invoke the federal Defense Production Act in an effort to ensure companies, manufacturers and states get what they need. Miles O'Brien reports on what some companies are already doing to avoid a bottleneck in production and delivery.
President Biden will try to pass major legislation in the months ahead while navigating the narrowest of margins in the Senate after Democrats captured two seats in Georgia. Stacey Abrams, who in 2018 lost a close gubernatorial race in the state, is the founder of several voting rights organizations that fueled higher voter registration and turnout in Georgia. She joins Judy Woodruff to discuss.
On the first full day for the new Biden administration, there's no shortage of crises or challenges. Jen Psaki is the new White House press secretary. She joins Judy woodruff to discuss President Biden's plans to address the pandemic and the nation's economic crisis.
President Biden is calling for a full-scale wartime approach to the pandemic and its impact. Michael Osterholm, an epidemiologist and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, joins William Brangham to discuss what needs to be done moving forward.
An important glass ceiling was broken Wednesday when Kamala Harris became the country's first female vice president. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton is a longtime civil rights activist and she also represents the District of Columbia in Congress. She joins Judy Woodruff to discuss Harris’ accomplishments, President Biden’s agenda, and security in Washington.
This day has seen the inauguration of Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. as the 46th president of the United States. He was sworn in Wednesday to lead the nation into the post-Trump era, facing deep political divisions and the worst public health crisis in a century. And Kamala Harris made history as the first woman and first person of color to be sworn in as vice president. John Yang reports.
New York Rep. Nicole Malliotakis just began her first term in the House and on Monday was named an assistant Republican whip. She joins Judy Woodruff to discuss how Republicans are viewing the new president and his agenda.
In our news wrap Wednesday, as President Biden took office the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 climbed past 403,000, world governments largely welcomed Biden’s inauguration, China voiced hope for new cooperation with the U.S. under the Biden administration, and Israel's government raced to approve more housing in East Jerusalem and West Bank settlements before Trump left office.