It’s not an exaggeration to say the United States has never had a president like Donald Trump. It’s also not a stretch to say that Trump’s last year in office was unlike any other.
A once in a century pandemic, nation-wide protests and a racial reckoning after the murder of George Floyd and a presidential election that Trump, and others, have screamed was stolen from him were the backdrop for a White House that bounced from one crisis to another.
That year is documented in the new book I ALONE CAN FIX IT: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year by Philip Rucker, co-author and senior Washington correspondent at The Washington Post. Phillip Rucker joins Smart TalkThursday to share details of the book and insights from his years covering the Trump White House.
The Senate on Tuesday advanced a bipartisan infrastructure deal that had been hung up on finance details. The Biden administration has promoted the plan as important to creating and sustaining a green economy to create jobs and fix crumbling infrastructure around the country.
Recognizing the added challenge of climate change, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania recently introduced legislation that would renew the Civilian Conservation Corps. The first Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a work relief program established in the 1930s to employ millions of young men to work on environmental projects during the Depression. The CCC is credited with developing the national and state park systems throughout the country.
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Sen. Casey appears on Smart Talk Thursday to offer details on the legislation (REVIVE the CCC Act S.2414) that would give local communities the authority to design and manage future CCC projects.
For more on public health issues plus a deeper look at the changing tide of healthcare–check out WITF’s Transforming Health. Online at TransformingHealth.org, a partnership of WITF, WellSpan Health and Capital Blue Cross.
A survey by Public Agenda’s Hidden Common Ground initiative continues to take on the very common belief that Americans are ideologically divided, to the point of being incapable of working together.
The organization’s most recent survey was “fielded” in May 2021 and finds that most Americans believe the democracy is in trouble. The respondents differ on ways to fix the problem, but either point to a need to change the political system or simply by electing the right leaders.
Penn State College of Medicine and Highmark Health researchers took the concept a step further by identifying four key themes promoting the disease track. The themes include financial instability, lack of infrastructure, a deteriorating sense of community and family fragmentation.
For more on health issues plus a deeper look at the changing tide of healthcare–check out WITF’s Transforming Health. Online at TransformingHealth.org, a partnership of WITF, WellSpan Health and Capital Blue Cross.
Wildlife managers in the northeast began receiving reports of sick birds as early as May. Dead and dying birds were exhibiting symptoms that included eye swelling, crusty discharge and some neurological signs, as well.
However, the commission has ruled out some potential causes, including salmonella and West Nile virus, for example.
While the investigation into the bird deaths continues, residents are asked to stop feeding birds from backyard feeders and to empty bird baths since birds can pass disease to one another from these gathering spots.
Political instability is nothing new to either country, but the timing spotlights the widespread instability in Latin America. Problems are at a boiling point in many places, compounded by the economic effect of COVID shutdowns and fiscal failures.
Inflation was up 5.4% last month – the highest it’s been in 13 years. Most Americans already knew prices were going up. What we’re paying for gas, many food items, cars, and homes is significantly higher than just a few months ago.
Much of it has to do with supply and demand, but especially supply.
There are many job openings right now but employers are having trouble finding workers to fill those jobs.
The stock market took a wild swing down and up this week.
Washington Post economics correspondent Heather Long is on Wednesday’s Smart Talk with insight into how the pandemic has impacted the economy, what may change and what may be permanent.
New book provides insights into political gerrymandering
Gerrymandering or drawing up Congressional or legislative boundaries to provide a political advantage to one party or another is not new. But as the nation has become more polarized in recent years, it has gotten more attention.
Franklin and Marshall College Government Professor Stephen Medvic, Ph.D., has written a new book, Gerrymandering – The Politics of Redistricting in the United States, that explores the history, consequences of and solutions to map-making for political gain. He appears on Wednesday’s Smart Talk.