The Heat: Impact of COVID-19 on U.S. Election

Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden dealing a crushing blow to rival Bernie Sanders, all but clinching the party’s nomination.

Sanders meantime refusing to bow out, says he’s staying in the fight. All this as the coronavirus takes center stage, threatening to upend the election.
We begin our coverage with CGTN’s Nathan King live at the White House.

  • Mary C. Curtis is a columnist for Roll Call
  • Joel Rubin is a Democratic Strategist and political commentator and analyst.
  • Merrill Matthews is Resident Scholar at the Institute for Policy Innovation.
  • Ameshia Cross is a political analyst and democratic strategist.

 

The Heat: Biden, Sanders lead Super Tuesday

The Democratic party is now divided between a progressive candidate and a moderate.

The contest for the Democratic nomination involved nearly three dozen candidates at one point.

Only a handful are still officially in the race. But just two have the best chance of winning the nomination. Joe Biden won most of the Super Tuesday primaries and took over the delegate lead from Senator Bernie Sanders.

To discuss all of this:

The Heat: US President Trump Impeached

For only the third time in American history, a president of the United States has been impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives. The partisan vote, with no Republicans voting to impeach President Trump, now sets up a trial in the U.S. Senate that will determine if he can remain in office. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made the case on Wednesday, calling the president’s actions reckless.

But Republicans in Congress have denounced the Democrats impeachment action saying there was no merit to the two charges —abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

To discuss all of this: Leonard Steinhorn is a political analyst and professor of Communication and History at American University. Nate Lerner heads “Build the Wave,” a progressive grassroots political organization. Frank Buckley is Foundation Professor at George Mason University’s Scalia School of Law. Mary C. Curtis is a columnist for Roll Call and an NPR contributor.

Fashion Activism at 75th Golden Globes

Hollywood’s ‘Party of the Year’ is Sunday night in Los Angeles. The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards celebrate the best in film and American television, but this year, actors and actresses are using their fashion to send a message about sexual harassment. Mary Curtis, an award-winning journalist and columnist with Roll Call, discusses with CGTN’s Wang Guan.

The financial cost of sexual harassment and assault in the U.S.

CGTN’s Rachelle Akuffo spoke to Mary C. Curtis, award-winning columnist at Roll Call and NBCBL, on the financial impact of sexual harassment and assault at workplace.

The Heat: Trump’s 100 Days

As Trump nears 100 days in office — the 100th day falls on April 29, when government funding is set to expire — the first months of Republican-controlled government have featured a successful Supreme Court nomination and a flurry of activity to roll back regulations issued by the Obama administration.

But Republicans also failed to clear their first big hurdle: repealing and replacing parts of former President Barack Obama’s signature 2010 health law, the Affordable Care Act.

The Heat: Previewing Donald Trump’s First 100 days

New legislation is a crucial part of any president’s first 100 days. It’s not been easy for Donald Trump.

A divided Republican party is trying to recover from a failed healthcare bill; Democrats have delayed a vote on Trump’s Supreme Court Justice nominee and leaders are vowing to block a $12 billion request to fund a Mexican border wall.

The administration is now turning its  attention to the energy sector  and providing middle class tax relief. Trump’s popularity is taking a hit, and the question is  “Can any legislation be passed to salvage the president’s image during the crucial first 100 days?”

The Heat: Journalist round table talks Wikileaks, THAAD, travel ban

China’s Two Sessions continue as the U.S. begins to install the controversial THAAD missile defense system in South Korea. Meanwhile, international outcry as WikiLeaks reveals CIA secrets and Trump’s travel ban makes its second appearance.

All these stories and more on The Heat’s weekly roundtable with a panel of journalists:

    • Qinduo Xu, political analyst for China Radio International
    • Nathan King, CGTN correspondent
    • Eduardo Cue, an international freelance journalist
    • Mary C. Curtis, a columnist for Roll Call