Look at Congress being normal again

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Senator Shelley Moore Capito speaks to media at the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. Today the Senate debated the “Endless Frontier Act” as negotiations continued on President Biden’s infrastructure plans. Photo by Graeme Sloan/Sipa USA/Reuters.

There is a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians. Joe Biden told Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday that he expected a significant and swift de-escalation, which he got. But the Biden administration’s overall approach to Israel and Palestine has been to keep expectations low and not get too involved. There are no big peace process hopes here. Is there anything more productive the US can do? 

Then: Congress is being normal again. There’s a big science funding bill that’s probably going to pass with big bipartisan majorities — and lots of pet projects that undermine the bill’s core mission. That’s the regular order Congress is supposed to use — is it any good? We’ll look at Republican opposition to a bipartisan Capitol riot commission. 

The panel talks with expert Rupali Limaye of the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University about incentives for vaccinations, sending doses abroad and more.




Sara Fay