Coronavirus: Is It Time to Panic?

Jess and Jamal discuss President Trump’s mishandling of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that has crippled China and has been spreading worldwide. At a Friday news conference at the CDC, Trump told reporters that tests for the coronavirus were now available to anyone who needed one. Shortly afterwards, several governors and public health officials said that this was categorically untrue. Co-host Jess Ghannam, PhD provides the latest updates from UCSF’s infectious disease experts to dispel misinformation and to separate fact from fiction.

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The State of the Union

Jess and Jamal decipher President Trump’s State of the Union address and its inaccuracies. They also comment on Republican Senator Mitt Romney’s vote to convict Donald Trump, and the debacle at the Iowa caucuses and its impact on the Democratic Party.

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Trump’s Apartheid Plan

Jess & Jamal discuss the unveiling of President Trump’s so-called “Deal of the Century,” which is tantamount to the Bantustans of South Africa’s apartheid regime. According to the plan, Palestinians lose all claims to Jerusalem and the right of return of refugees. Meanwhile, Israeli Colonial Settlements will be annexed to Israel along with the Jordan Valley, and security forces will continue to be posted inside Palestine, which would have to be demilitarized.

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The “Deal of the Century” Without Palestinians

Jess & Jamal discuss President Trump’s impeachment trial, as Democrats argue that Trump pushed the Ukrainian government to probe Biden and his son because he was worried about facing the former vice president in November’s election.

They also discuss leaked reports that current VP Mike Pence invited Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House, during the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem, to start discussing the “Deal of the Century,” without inviting any representatives from the Palestinian Authority.

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Trump Impeachment Saga

Jess & Jamal discuss President Trump’s impeachment trial in the US Senate, as a trove of texts, voice mail messages, calendar entries and other records from Lev Parnas were released. An associate of the president’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, Parnas offered new details about the Ukraine scandal.

They also discuss the recent uproar over a gaffe made by the producers and host of the popular television game show “Jeopardy!” about the location of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Palestine.

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Trump’s Executive Order Muzzles Critics of Israel on College Campuses

Jess and Jamal discuss President Trump’s executive order designed to cut off aid to colleges that tolerate anti-Semitism. However, many First Amendment advocates see it as an effort to stifle free speech and criticism of Israel. Jess and Jamal discuss the impact of this executive order on academic freedom.

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US Congress Endorses Impeachment Inquiry

Jess and Jamal discuss the recent vote by the US House of Representatives to endorse the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry into President Trump. The vote was 232-196 to approve a resolution that sets out rules for an impeachment process, and it was only the third time in modern history that the House had taken a vote on an impeachment inquiry into a sitting president.

Jess and Jamal also discuss the two-hour raid that led to the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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