What is the point of a personality test

Employers often ask their workers to take them, and they’re seen as a key component of professional development. But when you take a personality test, what does it really accomplish. Young Voices contributor Steven Zhou, who studies the psychology of leadership development, explains what it all means on The Final 5.

McAuliffe gears up to take on Youngkin

The race is set for governor of Virginia. Terry McAuliffe steamrolled his Democratic opponents in Tuesday’s primary, setting up a November faceoff with Republican Glenn Youngkin. McAuliffe joined Jim on The Final 5 to outline his priorities if he’s elected to a second term, and how the early response from the Youngkin camp is shaping the campaign.

Plan B for Economic Stimulus

As bipartisan talks on President Biden’s economic stimulus plan break down, some economists believe there’s still a path forward, even without a massive spending plan. Ryan Young from the Competitive Enterprise Institute joined Jim on The Final 5 to look at the possible alternatives.

Manchin no vote announcement on HR 1 angers fellow Dems

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin’s announcement that he’ll vote no on a comprehensive election reform bill touted by fellow Democrats is raising ire within the party. Manchin says voting reform should be bipartisan, and while Republicans are lauding the move, it effectively torpedoes the effort. Former Georgia state lawmaker Dee Dawkins-Haigler joined Jim on The Final 5 to discuss.

Virginia Governor race - Sen. Jenn McClellan

With early voting already underway in the Virginia Democratic primary, the five candidates seeking to succeed Gov. Ralph Northam are making their final pitches to voters. That includes Richmond-area state Sen. Jennifer McClellan, an attorney who has also served in the House of Delegates. She joined Jim on The Final 5 to lay out her vision for the job, and how the pandemic has changed her approach to campaigning.

COVID numbers dropping, attention turns to more vaccinations

New York was once the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic stateside, but just like the rest of the country, numbers have dipped to numbers not seen since March 2020. That’s a good thing, according to Columbia Presbyterian ENT surgeon Dr. Susannah Hills. She joined Jim on The Final 5 to explain what she’s been seeing in the operating room, and why she believes its important for newly-eligible teenagers to get the shot.

Biden’s big budget bet

As President Biden rolls out a massive $6 trillion budget proposal, fiscal hawks are expressing concern about the deficit it could leave behind. Kat Dwyer from Young Voices joins Jim on The Final 5 to look at the early numbers, and how concerns about the deficit now compare to former President Trump’s tax cut plan, which also paved the way for massive deficits.

Book uncovers the Secret Washington DC

As tourists and school groups flock back to Washington, D.C., they’ll be visiting the landmarks and familiar places everyone associates with the nation’s capital. But author JoAnn Hill says there’s a secret Washington D.C. that even residents can discover. She joined Jim on The Final 5 to talk about her book, Secret Washington, DC: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure, as they exchange some of their favorite sights off the beaten path.

Progress and setbacks on the anniversary of the killing of George Floyd

As George Floyd’s family visited D.C. to continue lobbying federal leaders for action, a year after his death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, many are reflecting on the national conversation of race and policing. Dr. Jason Nichols, senior lecturer of African-American Studies at the University of Maryland, joined Jim on The Final 5 to talk about progress and setbacks, and what work still needs to be done.

January 6 Commission has a slim chances in Senate

As the Senate prepares to take up the House’s recently-passed bill to create a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6 Capitol riots, its chances of passing the evenly-split chamber seem to be nil. Business Insider’s senior Washington correspondent Dave Levinthal joins Jim on The Final 5 to talk about the political maneuvering underway, the Republicans that could side with Democrats, and the potential for last-minute surprises among the Senate.

Glenn Youngkin on the VA Governor Race

The last time a Republican won the Virginia governorship, then-President Obama was a year into his first time, and national sentiment had shifted away from Democrats. Now, newly-minted Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin will try to repeat history. On The Final 5, he told Jim Lokay he believes he has an edge in the campaign so far, because Democrats have yet to nominate their candidate. The former CEO of the Carlyle Group, won the nomination after a contentious convention process that state Republicans opted for over a primary. Now, with his former rivals coalescing behind his campaign, Democrats are turning their sights on Youngkin.

Plans for fulltime National Guard presence at Capitol draw opposition

While National Guard members stationed at the Capitol since the Jan. 6 riots are finally set to see their mission wrap up on May 23, there are calls to keep a full-time Guard presence at the Capitol in the event of future violence. Steve Beynon from Military.com joins Jim to explain where the idea came from, how it could be implemented, and why its drawing some fierce opposition.

What will it take to bring back workers post pandemic

With many businesses claiming enhanced unemployment benefits are incentivizing people to stay at home rather than fill jobs, how can employers change the tide. Quincy McKnight, CEO of Covenant Pay Partners and a Republican candidate for Congress from Tennessee, joins Jim on The Final 5 to discuss what will be next.

How U.S.-Israel relationship has evolved

As military attacks between Israel and Hamas forces in Gaza intensify, the Biden administration continues to face intense political pressure on all sides. Kelley Vlahos from the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft joined Jim on The Final 5 to take a look at what’s changed through the years, what has stayed the same, and the forces calling for a chance in the approach to the relationship with one of America’s most steadfast allies.

SCOTUS agrees to take up Roe v Wade challenge

The Supreme Court will hear arguments in a Mississippi case that could result in the overturning of the landmark Roe v Wade decision. Katie Barlow from SCOTUSBlog joins Jim to talk about why this is the case abortion opponents have been waiting for, plus other controversies surrounding the high court.

Biden pressured to intervene in Middle East conflict

As rockets dot the skies over Gaza while Israelis and Palestinians continue to clash, calls are growing louder for President Biden to step in and mediate the situation. Mark Perry from the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft joined Jim on The Final 5 to look at the complicated involvement of the U.S. in Middle East affairs, and where the President may be able to make an impact.

The man of many voices after Trump

John Di Domenico is a man of many voices, but he’s perhaps best known for his imitation of former President Donald Trump. Tonight on The Final 5, Di Domenico talks about the impression that earned him a regular gig.

Former GOP Representative Inglis on GOP Cheney Rift

As House Republicans gear up for a vote on whether to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) from leadership as punishment for her condemnation of former President Trump, reaction has been swift from both sides. Former Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC) joined Jim on The Final 5 to talk about the optics of a public leadership battle, and where he believes his fellow Republicans should put their focus moving forward.

Colonial Pipeline hack underscores need for more security

As a massive cyberattack plagues one of the nation’s most important pipelines, there are fresh concerns about cybersecurity and how to protect American infrastructure. Jamil Jaffer from the National Security Institute at George Mason joined Jim to discuss what should be done to prevent this from happening again.

McAuliffe weighs in as GOP makes moves in Virginia governor race

In a weekend convention, Virginia Republicans chose former Carlyle Group CEO Glenn Youngkin as their nominee for Governor. Meanwhile, the 5 Democrats in the race continue to crisscross the commonwealth as early voting gets underway ahead of the June 8th primary. Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who’s seeking his old job back, joined Jim on The Final 5 to talk about what’s changed since his last run, and how he’s working to convince undecided voters, even as polls show him with a large lead in the Democratic race.