THE SIGNIFICANCE of the 2020 election in America was clear well before covid-19 hit. Americans will now be delivering a verdict on a transformative president amid the gravest crisis for generations.
The Economist’s newest podcast, “Checks and Balance” launched as the crisis took hold. Our US Editor John Prideaux hosts, together with Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief, and Washington correspondent Jon Fasman.
Every Friday, we take a theme shaping US politics and tap into America’s rich history to answer some big questions:
- How has Donald Trump remade the world?
- How do you hold an election in a pandemic?
- Why is the president trying to raise oil prices?
- How powerful is the Democratic machine?
- Is America ceding global leadership?
Each episode draws on the rigour and expertise of The Economist’s journalists across the US and around the world to dig into the data, the ideas, and the history shaping the race for the White House.
In the latest episode of “Checks and Balance”, a row over the president’s tax returns has arrived in the Supreme Court. Donald Trump is challenging subpoenas that seek to disclose his finances. The court’s power over the presidency is being tested while the justices face the frustrations of remote working.
How might the Supreme Court affect the election? Steven Mazie, the Economist’s Supreme Court correspondent, and legal historian Mary Ziegler join the podcast’s hosts to examine how the Supreme Court became political.
The podcast is complemented by our “Checks and Balance” newsletter, and in this package we aim to give our readers and listeners fair-minded analysis in what will be an emotionally charged media environment. Sign up for our Checks and Balance newsletter on American politics here.
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