Month: January 2021

‘Rankly Unfit’: The View From a Republican Who Voted to Impeach

This episode contains strong language.  Three days after being sworn into Congress, Representative Peter Meijer, Republican of Michigan, was sitting in the gallery of the House of Representatives as pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol. After the siege, Mr. Meijer made his feelings clear: President Trump’s actions proved that he was “rankly unfit.” A week later,…

Impeached, Again

“A clear and present danger.” Those were the words used by Nancy Pelosi to describe President Trump, and the main thrust of the Democrats’ arguments for impeachment on the House floor. While most House Republicans lined up against the move, this impeachment, unlike the last, saw a handful vote in favor. Today, we walk through…

Is More Violence Coming?

After the attack on the Capitol, social media platforms sprang into action, deleting the accounts of agitators. Without a central place to congregate, groups have splintered off into other, darker corners of the internet. That could complicate the efforts of law enforcement to track their plans. We ask whether the crackdown on social media has…

A Swift Impeachment Plan

At the heart of the move to impeach President Trump is a relatively simple accusation: that he incited a violent insurrection against the government of the United States. We look at the efforts to punish the president for the attack on the Capitol and explain what the impeachment process might look like. Guest: Nicholas Fandos,…

A Pandemic Update: The Variant and the Vaccine Rollout

As 2020 drew to a close, a concerning development in the pandemic came out of Britain — a new variant of the coronavirus had been discovered that is significantly more transmissible. It has since been discovered in a number of countries, including the United States. The emergence of the new variant has added a new…

The Sunday Read: ‘A Mother and Daughter at the End’

Without many predators or any prey, rhinos flourished for millions of years. Humans put an end to that, as we hunted them down and destroyed their habitat. No rhino, however, is doing worse than the northern white. Just two, Najin and Fatu, both females, remain. In his narrated story, Sam Anderson, a staff writer at…

How They Stormed Congress

This episode contains strong language.  The pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol on Wednesday made their plans in plain sight. They organized on social media platforms and spoke openly of their intentions to occupy the Capitol. But leaders in Washington opted for a modest law enforcement presence. In the aftermath, those security preparations are attracting…

An Assault on the Capitol

This episode contains strong language. It was always going to be a tense day in Washington. In the baseless campaign to challenge Joe Biden’s victory, Wednesday had been framed by President Trump and his allies as the moment for a final stand. But what unfolded was disturbing and previously unthinkable: A mob, urged on by…

A Historic Night in Georgia

The long fight for control of the U.S. Senate is drawing to a close in Georgia, and the Democrats appear set to win out — the Rev. Raphael Warnock is the projected winner of his race against Senator Kelly Loeffler, while Jon Ossoff is heavily favored to beat the other incumbent Republican, Senator David Perdue….

The Georgia Runoffs, Part 2: ‘I Have Zero Confidence in My Vote’

Since the presidential election was called for Joe Biden, President Trump has relentlessly attacked the integrity of the count in Georgia. He has floated conspiracy theories to explain away his loss and attacked Republican officials. Today, we speak to Republican activists and voters on the ground and consider to what extent, if at all, Mr….

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