President Biden and Russian President Putin hold a video summit today with Ukraine high on the agenda, the US has announced a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics over China's human rights record, and the Department of Justice will file another lawsuit against the state of Texas — this time alleging new redistricting plans disadvantage minority communities
Biden-Putin talks, US diplomatic boycott of Olympics, DOJ sues TX over re-districting
Omicron variant continues to spread over the U.S.; we look at how the rate of vaccination by county correlates with America's political map; following last week's Michigan school shooting, the county prosecutor focuses on the culpability of the adults, who saw the clues but didn't act to prevent the killing.
Omicron's spread, vaccinations and the political map, more arrests in school shooting
A case before the Supreme Court could upend abortion rights for pregnant people across the country. In this episode of Consider This from Wednesday, December 1, NPR's Audie Cornish revisits the only abortion clinic in Mississippi. She also speaks with NPR Chief Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg, SCOTUS Blog's Tom Goldstein, and Florida State University Law Professor Mary Ziegler. They parse the arguments made last Wednesday, and weigh in on how the justices could rule.
Consider This: A Supreme Court Case That Could Upend Roe v. Wade
South Africa is seeing a fourth wave of COVID-19 that's being driven by the Omicron variant. In the U.S., the new variant has arrived and is raising questions about how to stay safe this holiday season. And the parents of a Michigan high school student who is accused of shooting and killing four of his classmates have been charged with involuntary manslaughter.
COVID in South Africa, Living with Omicron in the U.S., Parents of MI Shooter Charged
The omicron variant is spreading quickly across the US as more states confirm new cases. The Biden administration insists they are bringing back a controversial border policy from the Trump administration under duress. And, Alec Baldwin speaks out about the fatal accident on the "Rust" movie set.
Omicron Spreading, Remain in Mexico, Alec Bladwin Speaks Out
The first case of the omicron variant has been identified in San Francisco, California, and experts say it could spread to the rest of the country in a matter of weeks. President Biden will unveil his COVID strategy today as coronavirus cases start to rise this winter. And, the Supreme Court looks poised to roll back abortion rights after hearing arguments in the Mississippi case.
Omicron In US, Biden COVID Strategy, SCOTUS Abortion
As the Omicron variant spreads rapidly around the world, uncertainty over vaccine efficacy is causing concerns. The Supreme Court will hear a case from Mississippi today to decide whether to reverse the court's landmark Roe v. Wade decision on abortion. And, several people were killed during a school shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan.
Omicron Latest, SCOTUS Abortion, Michigan School Shooting
The Biden Administration says it's preparing plans for the possibility that Omicron variant will emerge in US. As concerns over the new variant loom, New York's governor declared a state of emergency to help curb a winter surge of COVID cases. And, Israel is easing a blockade on the Gaza Strip, as diplomats work behind the scenes for a new agreement between old enemies.
Omicron Latest, New York Prepares for Omicron, Gaza Rebuilding & Talks
Two cases of the newly identified omicron variant have been identified in Ontario, Canada, the U.S. is putting travel restrictions in place starting Monday. The trial of of Jeffery Epstein's alleged accomplice, Ghislaine Maxwell, is set to begin in a Manhattan federal court. And, legendary Black designer Virgil Abloh died on Sunday in Chicago after a two-year battle with a rare heart cancer.
A new coronavirus variant out of South Africa called Omicron has been designated by the World Health Organization as a "variant of concern." In response, Friday saw a massive selloff on Wall Street — a phenomenon that extended to Europe and Asia as well. And a titan of American musical theater, Stephen Sondheim, has died at age 91.
New COVID Variant, Dow Has Worst Day of the Year, Stephen Sondheim Dies
The World Health Organization evaluates a new COVID-19 variant, while the delta strain surges in other countries. Diplomats trying to revive a nuclear deal with Iran face new demands and a harder line from Tehran. Plus, holiday shopping could set records, despite inflation, shipping crises, and retail hiring struggles.
New COVID Challenges, Iran Nuclear Talks, Holiday Shopping Kickoff
Three men found guilty of murdering Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia now face federal hate crime charges and possible life prison terms. An estimated 160,000 active military service members and their families have trouble putting food on the table. And mass protests in Sudan demand a return to full government control by civilians.
Arbery's Killers Found Guilty, Food Insecure Military Families, Sudan Protests
A jury in Charlottesville, Virginia finds white nationalists and neo-Nazis liable for millions in damages from the 2017 Unite the Right rally. Jurors in Ohio determine that three of the country's biggest pharmacy chains helped fuel the opioid crisis. And what can Thanksgiving holiday travelers do to cope with what could be the biggest airport crowds in two years?
White Nationalists Found Liable, Landmark Opioids Decision, Thanksgiving Travel Rush
Waukesha, Wisconsin mourns five who died when an SUV struck the city's Christmas parade. Lawmakers react to President Biden tapping Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell for a second term. And Austria becomes the first European country to impose a new national lockdown to fight surging COVID infections.
Waukesha Parade Grief, Fed Chair Rerun?, Austria's New COVID Lockdown
At least five are dead and more than 40 are injured after an SUV sped through a holiday parade and struck dozens of people, including children, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Closing arguments are set for today in the Georgia trial of three white men charged with murdering Ahmaud Arbery. And experts advise how to gather and travel safely for the holidays, even as COVID cases climb.
More than a third of the goods that the United States imports comes through the Ports of LA and Long Beach. So what happens when shipping backlogs mean that ships have to idle just outside those ports? And what can be done to solve the problem? Planet Money takes a trip to three ports around the U.S. to investigate what broke the global supply chain and how the ports are working to clear the bottlenecks.
Kyle Rittenhouse, who fatally shot two people and wounded a third last year amid violent protests over police conduct, has been acquitted of all charges. COVID-19 vaccine boosters are now available to all adults. And after months of arduous negotiation, House Democrats finally approved President Biden's social and climate spending bill, which now goes to the Senate.
Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict, Booster Expansion, House Passes Spending Bill
House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy's marathon speech-making delays a vote on President Biden's spending agenda. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits Nigeria to address climate, COVID, cultural influence, and turmoil. And COVID boosters for all American adults could get a green light from federal regulators today.
Marathon House Speech, Supporting Africa's Democracies, Green-Lighting Adult Boosters
Two men convicted of killing Malcolm X are expected to be exonerated today. One of three men charged with murdering Ahmaud Arbery tells a Georgia jury it was self defense. And President Biden today talks about COVID, methane, and migration with the leaders of Canada and Mexico.
Who Killed Malcolm X?, Defense Testimony On Arbery Killing, North American Summit
Every adult in the U.S. could be eligible for a COVID vaccine booster within days. Democrats open a cross-country blitz to promote President Biden's vision for spending on everything from childcare to climate. And U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken opens a visit to Africa against a tumultuous backdrop of war in Ethiopia and the aftermath of a coup in Sudan.
All-Adult COVID Boosters?, Democrats' PR Blitz, U.S. Diplomacy In Africa
The White House says President Biden raised human rights concerns while setting "guardrails" during a three-hour virtual summit with China's Xi Jinping. Ex-White House adviser Steve Bannon remains defiant in the face of federal contempt charges for ignoring a subpoena from Jan. 6 investigators. And Cuba's government cracks down on dissidents who tried to organize widespread demonstrations.
U.S.-China "Guardrails," Bannon's Contempt, Cuba's Crackdown On Dissent
The White House says today's virtual summit between President Biden and China's Xi Jinping will balance competitive and common interests. COP26 is over, but not all climate delegates are happy with the outcome. And U.S. Catholic bishops are set to debate whether Catholic politicians who favor abortion rights should be denied communion.
Biden-Xi Virtual Summit, COP26 Climate Concerns, Catholic Politicians And Communion
Thousands of youth activists from all over the world gathered in Scotland this week for the COP26 UN climate summit. They say climate change is already transforming their countries — and that their generation has the most to lose if greater action isn't taken. In this episode of Consider This, Host Ari Shapiro speaks to some of those activists in Glasgow.
Consider This: 'We Are Not Drowning. We Are Fighting'