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State Of The Union Debrief -- Exploring The Content And Rhetoric Of Biden’s Speech

Published March 2, 2022 at 9:24 AM PST
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the U.S. Capitol House Chamber on March 1, 2022  in Washington, DC.  He raises his left hand with his pointer finger pointing up. Behind him, slightly blurred, sits Vice President Kamala Harris (left) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (right). An American flag is draped in the background.
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U.S. President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the U.S. Capitol House Chamber on March 1, 2022 in Washington, DC.

What To Know On Day Seven Of The Russia-Ukraine Crisis

Ukraine Latest 3.2.22

Russia continued its attacks on crowded Ukrainian cities on Wednesday, day seven of its unprovoked invasion, including an assault on the second-largest city Kharkiv. Strikes hit major police and government headquarters, crumbling massive structures and causing four civilian deaths, according to Ukrainian emergency services. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called the attack on Kharkiv “undisguised terror” adding “this attack on Kharkiv is a war crime.” As lengthy convoys of Russian tanks continue to close in on key Ukrainian cities, indiscriminately bombing civilian targets, NATO countries are stepping up to support Ukraine’s military. The Dutch sent rocket launchers, the Czechs are sending machine guns, and even historically neutral countries like Sweden and Finland are sending various weapons. At his State of the Union address to Americans, President Joe Biden threatened to close off U.S. airspace to all Russian flights and vowed to make Russia pay a steep economic price. As countries near and far grapple with how to support Ukraine and condemn Russia, a refugee crisis is unfolding with roughly 847,000 Ukrainians having already fled the country. The U.N. refugee agency warns that mark could soon reach one million.

Today on AirTalk, we learn the latest on the crisis in Ukraine with freelance journalist Kateryna Malofieieva, who has been covering conflict in the city of Donbas since 2014.

With files from the Associated Press

State Of The Union Debrief -- Exploring The Content And Rhetoric Of Biden’s Speech

SOTU Recap 3.2.22

Addressing a concerned nation and anxious world, President Joe Biden vowed in his first State of the Union address Tuesday night to check Russian aggression in Ukraine, tame soaring U.S. inflation and deal with the fading but still dangerous coronavirus.

Biden declared that he and all members of Congress, whatever their political differences, are joined “with an unwavering resolve that freedom will always triumph over tyranny.” He asked lawmakers crowding the House chamber to stand and salute the Ukrainians as he began his speech. They stood and cheered. It was a notable show of unity after a long year of bitter acrimony between Biden’s Democratic coalition and the Republican opposition. Biden’s 62-minute speech, which was split between attention to war abroad and worries at home - reflected the same balancing act he now faces in his presidency. He must marshal allied resolve against Russia’s aggression while tending to inflation, COVID-19 fatigue and sagging approval ratings heading into the midterm elections.

Today on AirTalk, we’ll talk with Bloomberg politics editor Mario Parker and University of Michigan director of debate Aaron Kall about what was (and wasn’t) in President Biden’s first State of the Union address, how members of Congress in attendance responded, and what

With files from the Associated Press.

COVID-19, Homelessness, And The Economy Are Top Issues For Latina/o Voters In L.A. County, New Poll Finds

PBI Latine Survey 3.2.22

A new poll from the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State L.A. and the California Community Foundation taken right before the peak of the Omicron surge finds COVID-19 remains the primary concern for Latina/o residents in Los Angeles County, closely followed by homelessness. It’s a snapshot of the key issues on the minds of potential voters ahead of the 2022 mayoral race and the June primaries, and the first survey from PBI and CCF of Latino residents since 2016.

Today on AirTalk, Larry speaks with Matt Barreto, professor of political science and Chicana/o and Central American studies at UCLA who directed the survey, and Rafe Sonenshein, Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State L.A.

You can find the topline report here, as well as slides detailing the results here.

COVID-19 AMA: Another Round Of Free At-Home Tests, Latest News From The CDC & More

Covid Update 3.2.22

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Sam Torbati, co-chair of the department of emergency medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. 

Topics today include:

  • White House unveils its strategy for next phase of pandemic

    • Another round of free at-home tests will become available next week for Americans
    • Biden administration to launch initiative making antiviral pills free for those COVID-19 positive
  • LAist: LA County's Mask Mandate Could End For Everyone, Regardless Of Vaccination Status, As Soon As Friday
  • Latest from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 

    • C.D.C study finds vaccine protection decreases in adolescents after 5 months
    • Universal case investigation and contact tracing no longer recommended 
    • Estimates show 140 million COVID-19 infections in the United States 
  • NYT Opinion: “We’ve Entered a New Phase of the Pandemic. It’s Time for New Metrics.”
  • California nears 75% vaccination rate against COVID-19

MLB Opening Day Is Canceled -- How Are SoCal Baseball Fans Taking The News?

Triple Play Opening Day Canceled 3.2.22

Major League Baseball has canceled opening day, with Commissioner Rob Manfred announcing Tuesday the sport will scrap regular-season games over a labor dispute for the first time in 27 years after acrimonious lockout talks collapsed in the hours before management’s deadline. Manfred said he is canceling the first two series of the season that was set to begin March 31, dropping the schedule from 162 games to likely 156 at most. Manfred said the league and union have not made plans for future negotiations, and that players won't be paid for missed games. After the sides made progress during 13 negotiating sessions over 16 1/2 hours Monday, the league sent the players' association a “best and final offer” Tuesday on the ninth straight day of negotiations. Players rejected that offer, setting the stage for MLB to follow through on its threat to nix opening day.

Today on AirTalk, we’re joined by Wall Street Journal sportswriter Jared Diamond, who is in Jupiter, Florida covering negotiations, as well as KPCC’s Nick Roman and NPR’s A Martinez to talk about the fallout from the failure to negotiate a deal. Plus, we want to hear from you baseball fans out there -- how are you taking the news that Opening Day is canceled and the fate of the regular season currently hangs in the balance?

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