Week In Politics: The Economy, 2020 Polling, Presidential Candidates’ Policy Proposals And More

Aug 19, 2019

President Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a rally in Manchester on August 15, 2019 in Manchester, New Hampshire.

President Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a rally in Manchester on August 15, 2019 in Manchester, New Hampshire.; Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images


AirTalk’s weekly political roundtable recaps the big headlines you might have missed in political news over the weekend and looks ahead to the stories we’ll be watching through the week. Here’s what we’re watching:

  • Does the U.S. have a role to play in Hong Kong’s protests?

  • Stock market, economy check-in – are we in for a recession?

  • 2020 Check-in: 

    • According to a recent Fox News poll, Senator Elizabeth Warren has beat out Senator Bernie Sanders for second place. Plus, over the weekend, it was a tale of two rallies: how do progressives like Warren and Sanders, with similar ideas, differentiate their paths to the White House and dominate the progressive vote?

    • Dem candidates tried to appeal to black voters in Georgia and South Carolina. What is the best approach? And can any of them hold a candle to Biden? 

      • Bernie Sanders released a criminal justice reform proposal

    • After the thwarting of three mass shootings, Beto O’Rourke released a gun control proposal

    • Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has dropped out of the race

    • One of Senator Cory Booker’s proposals includes a ‘baby bond’ 

    • Senator Warren released a new tribal plan 

    • Trump tells New Hampshire voters that they have to vote for him if they don’t the economy to crash — how effective is this messaging? 

  • According to a new WSJ/NBC News poll, about half of Americans are unhappy with the way Trump addressed recent mass shootings 

  • The back-and-forth between Israel and Representatives Tlaib and Omar 

  • Trump apparently is interested in buying Greenland. Denmark has said it’s not for sale 

  • Trump to meet with top advisers to consider deal with Taliban

  • Appeals court bars Trump asylum restrictions for CA, AZ

  • CA sues Trump admin over ‘public charge’ rule denying green cards to immigrants

With guest host Libby Denkmann


Lanhee Chen, research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University; he was an adviser for Marco Rubio’s 2016 presidential campaign and served as policy director for the Romney-Ryan 2012 presidential campaign; he tweets @lanheechen 

Nomiki Konst, former member of the DNC Unity Reform Commission, which worked to increase participation in the Democratic Party and reform the presidential primary process; former Bernie Sanders surrogate in 2016; she tweets @NomikiKonst

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