Monday, February 01, 2021


"White House adviser Susan Rice on expanding opportunities for AmericansPBS NewsHour 1/26/2021


SUMMARY:  In his first week in office, President Biden has made several moves to address equity in America.  White House Domestic Policy Adviser Susan Rice, who has echoed the President’s commitment to expand opportunities for Americans, joins Judy Woodruff to discuss.



"Biden confronts the climate crisis with a new spate of executive ordersPBS NewsHour 1/27/2021


SUMMARY:  President Biden underscored his sweeping break from former President Trump signing a new batch of executive orders to address the climate crisis.  Those actions include a pause on new oil and gas leases on federal land and water, a focus on environmental injustices and building new clean energy jobs.  Yamiche Alcindor reports.



"Climate adviser Gina McCarthy on what President Biden wants to accomplishPBS NewsHour 1/27/2021


SUMMARY:  President Biden is doing a 180 from his predecessor's policies and is vowing to confront the issue of climate change head on.  But most Republicans have pushed back on climate change efforts.  White House National Climate Adviser and former head of the EPA, Gina McCarthy, joins Judy Woodruff to discuss.



"America’s top diplomat faces challenges on multiple frontsPBS NewsHour 1/27/2021


SUMMARY:  The nation's top diplomat, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, spent his first full day on the job Wednesday.  Nick Schifrin joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the changes the Biden administration is making on the international stage.



"Biden bolsters the Affordable Care Act, rescinds restrictions on reproductive rightsPBS NewsHour 1/28/2021


SUMMARY:  President Biden on Thursday focused on his campaign pledge to strengthen the Affordable Care ActThe President also rescinded the so-called "global gag rule" that bars U.S. funding for health groups abroad that offer abortion counseling, and he took steps to restore federal funding for groups making abortion referrals in the United States.  White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor reports.



"What impact will Biden’s executive orders have on health care?" PBS NewsHour 1/28/2021


SUMMARY:  A key part of one of the executive orders signed by President Biden Thursday will reopen enrollment for the Affordable Care Act.  Biden's other executive action will revoke a policy that barred funding for groups overseas that performed abortions or offered information about them.  Paige Winfield Cunningham, a Washington Post reporter covering health care policy, joins Amna Nawaz to discuss.



"How zoning can restrict, or even prevent, affordable housingPBS NewsHour 1/30/2021


SUMMARY:  In this next installment of our series, “Roads to Recovery,” Christopher Booker reports on efforts to reform Connecticut's land use laws, and the complicated mix of history, politics, and racial dynamics that impact who gets to live where.  Advocates say restrictive land-use laws have led to inequality and a lack of affordable housing, while some local officials worry about losing a say over what can be built and where.  This segment is part of the initiative, Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America.



"Biden administration takes first step to correct old wrongs of housing inequalityPBS NewsHour 1/30/2021


SUMMARY:  The Biden administration has made the issue of housing inequality a priority, acknowledging the role of federal, state and local governments in creating and implementing racist housing policies over the years.  Margery Austin Turner, Institute Fellow, Urban Institute, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the impact of these policies and the importance of the Biden administration’s recognition of the same.

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