Troy Prestwood, Cristina Antelo, Amanda Makkah, and Stephen Kent join Jim to talk about the challenges ahead for the new administration.
Jim welcomes an all-star panel of returning guests to review President Biden’s Inauguration Day and what the big headlines were on day one. Troy Prestwood, Cristina Antelo, Amanda Makkah, and Stephen Kent weigh in.
President Trump prepares to leave D.C. while the new administration takes shape. But will the specter of Donald Trump loom over President-elect Biden? Business Insider’s Dave Levinthal joined Jim on The Final 5 to break down what hurdles the new POTUS will face, and how the soon-to-be-former commander-in-chief could still make his presence known in Washington.
The 59th Presidential Inauguration was already going to be drastically different in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the added security concerns brought on by the failed Capitol insurrection are making it even more of a challenge. D.C. Shadow Senator Paul Strauss joined Jim on The Final 5 to talk about preparations, what will and will not change, and how he hopes it changes the debate on statehood for the District of Columbia.
Last week, President-elect Joe Biden laid out a massive COVID-19 plan, covering both the cost of dealing with the pandemic, as well as paying for another round of stimulus. But some aspects of the plan are under scrutiny, including a $15 minimum wage, and with a virtual tie in the Senate, may face a long road ahead. Brad Polumbo from the Foundation for Economic Education joined Jim on The Final 5 to explain where the problems may lie for the President-elect’s ambitious plans.
After 25 years in the FBI, former assistant director of counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi has a lot to say. His new bestseller, 'The FBI Way: Inside the Bureau’s Code of Excellence' adopts FBI values to today’s decision makers and business leaders. On 'The Final 5,' he also weighed in on last week’s Capitol insurrection and tells Jim Lokay where he believes it all went wrong.
As Democrats (and a small handful of Republicans) voice their support to impeach President Trump again, this time with only eight days remaining in his term, it still illustrates a divide in the Republican party. Princeton University politics professor Dr. Lauren Wright joined Jim on The Final 5 to look at the optics of impeachment, how the GOP is approaching the reaction to last week's Capitol rioting, and the politics of the House vs. the Senate.
In September, Brian Karem asked President Trump, face to face, if he'd accept a hypothetical electoral loss. Now, two months after the election and a week after the Capitol insurrection, the Playboy Sr. White House Correspondent is revisiting that question and how the President's response then is shaping his response now. Karem joined Jim on The Final 5 to discuss the contentious exchange, the famous rift between the White House and the press corps, and what could unfold before Joe Biden's inauguration.
While the President’s 12-hour ban from Twitter expired on Thursday, paving the way for him to deliver his concession speech and condemn the rioters who charged the Capitol in his name, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts would remain locked until after he leaves office. Steven Overly of POLITICO joined Jim on The Final 5 to break down what it means for the relationship between Republicans and Big Tech, and how Democrats have also expressed consternation over Section 230.
With Georgia’s twin Senate runoffs down to the wire, with candidates in both races deadlocked in razor-thin margins, what lessons can be learned? Ameshia Cross and Alex Flint join Jim on The Final 5 to break down what we know so far, and what it says about Georgia’s electoral future, two months after Joe Biden flipped the state blue.
One day out from a pair of crucial Senate runoffs that will determine control of the chamber, and audio that emerged detailing President Trump’s plea for Georgia’s Secretary of State to manipulate the results in his favor, all attention is on Georgia. Titus Nichols and Dan Eberhar join Jim to break down what could happen, and how this paves the way for Georgia’s future.
The 2020 campaign and election may have been on our political radars all year, but there were other stories that came out of the year that are worth remembering. Stephen Kent from Young Voices joined Jim to break those down, including our nation beginning 2020 on the brink of war, and ending with the rebirth of an American tradition.
Facebook under Mark Zuckerberg has spent plenty of time on Capitol Hill in recent years, but his squabbles with the federal government may just be beginning. People close to the incoming Biden administration believe the President-elect may choose a harder line approach with the tech giant, even as the feds are seeking to break up the company. Politico technology reporter Steven Overly joined Jim on The Final 5 to explain.
While President Trump dragged his heels in signing a COVID-19 relief package, his demand for 2,000 dollar relief checks was taken up by an unlikely ally: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. With the House passing that additional aid, the fate lies in the hands of the U.S. Senate and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. So does it stand a chance of passing? Business Insider senior Washington correspondent Dave Levinthal joined Jim on The Final 5 to talk about what could tip the scales, and how the political calculus includes next week’s Senate runoffs in Georgia that will effectively decide control of the chamber.
In honor of Jim’s last The Final 5 before Christmas, friend of the show, former Ohio senator and author of the cookbook 'United We Eat,' joins in from her kitchen to offer up some last minute baking and gift ideas.
Even as President Trump vows to fight Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory, there’s speculation over what a post-Trump Republican Party will look like. On The Final 5, former RNC chair and former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele weighs in on what the party does next, whether President Trump will run again, and what it means for a party bench for 2024 that could potentially include current Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.
Measures to approve marijuana across the country, both medicinal and recreational, are winning at the ballot box across the country. Now, 15 states (and the District of Columbia) allow for various levels of pot possession. As Virginia ponders legalization, leaders in another commonwealth are trying to push for the cause. Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D) joined Jim to explain why he’s taken up the cause, and why he believes President Trump missed a golden opportunity to jump on the bandwagon.
Kremlin-backed hackers are believed to be behind a series of security breaches on federal computer systems over the weekend. This wouldn’t be the first time Russia is suspected in cyberattacks against U.S. interests, even though Moscow denies the allegations. Jamil Jaffer from the National Security Institute at George Mason University joined Jim Lokay on The Final 5 to explain why the attacks have the hallmarks of a Russian-backed attack, and what could happen next.
Control of the U.S. Senate rest in the hands of Georgia voters when they head to the polls in early January for a pair of runoff elections, both involving incumbent Republicans facing upstart Democrats. Republican supporter and Canary LLC CEO Dan Eberhart joined Jim on The Final 5 to break down what the stakes are, and how Republican efforts to overturn the presidential election may factor in to the runoffs.
On Friday, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives took the unprecedented step of voting to decriminalize marijuana on the federal level for the first time in history. The so-called MORE Act faces almost certain defeat in the Republican-controlled Senate, but what could change the equation? Young Voices senior contributor Dan King joined Jim to break down the bill, the politics of weed, and why it’s not strictly a party-line issue.