Beltway Briefing Podcast

Looking For A Reset As Crises Mount

January 31, 2022

On Thursday, Justice Stephen Breyer announced that he will retire from the Supreme Court after nearly three decades on the bench, giving President Biden a chance to fulfill his pledge to put the first Black woman on the Court. On Friday, major U.S. stock indexes rallied to finish one of their most tumultuous weeks in memory on a high note. Yet more volatility is expected, as the Fed pivots from stimulating the economy to fighting inflation, a tight labor market continues to be a challenge, and demand outstrips supply in many commodities. Meanwhile, as tensions mount between Washington and Moscow over a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine, questions are becoming sharper as to how the issue will reverberate through American domestic politics. As President Biden enters the second year of his presidency looking for a reset after a tumultuous first 12 months, Public Strategies’ Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, and Towner French, along with guest co-host Brian Flaherty, discuss the calamity he is facing and, as Trump teases a 2024 presidential run, wonder whether the former president still has a real influence within the GOP.

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