A wave of books that some consider to be heavy on activism are making their way into bookstores across America, all while schools are increasingly inundated with highly sexualized and even pornographic material. Also on today's podcast, the FDA moves to approve COVID vaccinations for children, despite concerns. An NBA player is calling out Lebron James and Nike for ongoing support of Communist China. These stories and more on today's Daily Rundown.
"Why hasn't the couch I ordered through Amazon arrived yet? Why can't I find frozen french fries at the grocery store? Why is it so impossible to locate a reasonably priced used car? Why is gas so much more?" Most Americans have been asking themselves some variation of these questions over the last few months and the answer is both simple and complex: the nation's supply chain. Delays across the globe are slowing the delivery of many items across a broad swath of industries, and with increasing demand and dwindling supply, fears of inflation abound. Now, with the Christmas shopping season just around the corner, the Biden administration is announcing steps that they hope will help clear up the backlog. Reporter Tara Mergener breaks down some of the astronomical price increases we're seeing and how the government and private industry is trying to fix it.
Is the United States about to enter into another cold war, this time with China? Is it already happening? Tensions are growing after reports last week that the communist nation recently launched a hypersonic missile that is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, a move that military and foreign affairs experts say poses a major threat to American security. This comes as China and Russia conduct joint naval military operations around Japan as well as continued saber rattling by the Chinese over the fate of Taiwan. How is the Biden administration reacting to the threats being posed by China and how worrying is that new hypersonic missile to the U.S. and allies in the region? Reporter Brody Carter is covering the story for CBN News and joins The Rundown today to explain.
Also, one of the first black churches in America was unearthed in colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, but why was it covered up in the first place? Hear how archaeologists dug up the old buildings and why there's hope it can promote the healing that America so desperately needs right now.
It's a local race on a national level. The political tête-à-tête to see who will be Virginia's next governor is a toss-up, with Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe and Republican candidate Glenn Younkin engaging in a race that is tighter than anyone expected. The latest polls show a virtual tie between the two men with a little over a week to go until election day on November 2, and analysts across the country say this election could be a bellwether for the 2022 midterms. Political Reporter for The Hill, Julia Manchester, is covering the race and joins the show to talk about all the major issues that are shaping this off-year election battle.
Also, Attorney General Merrick Garland was feeling the heat during testimony before the House Judiciary Committee this week, answering pointed questions from Republicans concerning a Justice Department memo regarding threats against school board members as well as ethics questions surrounding critical race theory, and from Democrats on his stance toward prosecuting members of President Trump's administration and/or inner circle with regard to January 6. Washington correspondent Jennifer Wishon is covering that story for CBN News and joins The Rundown to talk about Garland's testimony from Thursday.
The wave of cases from the Delta variant is trickling out as the U.S. nears the end of another 2 month COVID curve. While there’s reason to celebrate the drop in case numbers, U.S. citizens are wary of the next wave. There are two main concerns at the moment: booster shots and vaccine mandates. The FDA recommended boosters for seniors and immune-compromised people no sooner than six months after their first shot, but questions remain about which one is most effective. While some are focused on preventative measures, others are focused on what certain measures prevent: i.e. the freedom to choose whether or not to get vaccinated. CBN News Medical Reporter Lorie Johnson is on today’s episode to talk about who is in the booster club and how businesses – and their employees - are responding to the vaccine mandate.
School board meetings across the country have increasingly become cauldrons for parental unrest and political division. What used to be orderly, even boring meetings with few in attendance are now bubbling into disputes about mask mandates, transgender policies, and Critical Race Theory – and gaining national attention. The National School Board Association called parents a “threat,” and Attorney General Merrick Garland directed the FBI to get involved. While some are calling for the suppression of parental input, legislators and parents are saying this is about protecting parental rights in schools. CBN News National Affairs Correspondent Heather Sells is on today’s episode to discuss parental rights in schools versus the duties of school boards, and why these two seem to be at odds at this point in history.
Coronavirus cases and deaths are trending downward for two weeks straight and it appears the worst of the Delta variant may be over. Not only that, Pfizer is requesting that the Food and Drug Administration give emergency approval for a COVID vaccine for children 5-11 years old. Is this the beginning of the end of the pandemic? CBN News Medical Reporter Lorie Johnson joins the Rundown to talk about where we are in the fight against COVID as well as why medical experts think the upcoming flu season could be worse than normal.
Also, it's been a deadly week in Afghanistan, with at least 100 people hurt or killed following the bombing of a Shiite mosque on Friday. This as religious minorities go underground in order to avoid deadly retaliation by the Taliban. Correspondent Brody Carter joins us to talk about a hearing held this week by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom on the state of religious minorities in that country.
It’s the first of its kind – an oral drug that could help treat symptoms from COVID-19. Health experts have been calling for a convenient pill that COVID-19 patients could take at the onset of symptoms. The pharmaceutical company “Merck” answered that call and developed a new oral drug called “Molnupiravir.” The U.S government has already approved one antiviral drug called remdesivir to treat COVID-19, but it is primarily taken intravenously. If authorized by the FDA, Molnupiravir would become the first oral medicine to fight Covid-19, and you might be able to pick it up at your local pharmacy with a prescription by the end of the year. CBN News Middle East Bureau Chief Chris Mitchell talked to an Israeli disease expert and professor about the drug’s progress, and he's on today's podcast to discuss.
This week, the future of President Joe Biden's domestic agenda hung in the balance as lawmakers grappled with a bipartisan infrastructure bill, a $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill, the prospect of raising the debt ceiling, and avoiding a government shutdown. Late nights were the norm as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi aimed to find a compromise between moderate and progressive Democrats over the size and cost of reconciliation, with the White House rolling up their sleeves to try and strike a deal. Capitol Hill correspondent Abigail Robertson joins the podcast to talk about what happened this week and what still lies ahead.
Also, new data from the FBI shows a large jump in homicides last year as Americans were forced indoors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, although some are also pointing the finger at efforts to defund police departments across the country. This as proposed legislation in Congress to tackle police reform has fallen by the wayside. Correspondent Brody Carter joins to break down the numbers and provide some context on the troubling data.
A plane filled with over 28 U.S. citizens, 83 green card holders and six Afghan nationals with special U.S. Immigration Visas - all escaping the Taliban - has been denied landing permissions in the United States by the Department of Homeland Security. This the latest bump in private efforts to evacuate trapped Americans from Afghanistan. This story and more on today's CBN News Daily Rundown.