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What To Watch For In National Politics in 2021




US President-elect Joe Biden speaks about a foreign policy and national security virtual briefing he held earlier at the Queen Theater on December 28, 2020, in Wilmington, Delaware.
US President-elect Joe Biden speaks about a foreign policy and national security virtual briefing he held earlier at the Queen Theater on December 28, 2020, in Wilmington, Delaware.
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After a tumultuous 2020 that will forever be remembered as the year of the coronavirus pandemic, it might seem ill-advised after the last 12 unpredictable months to even try to forecast what 2021 might look like. But we’re going to try to do so today on AirTalk, through the lens of national politics.

It won’t be long into the new year before we have big political news. The new Congress will be seated on January 3rd, runoff elections to determine who will hold Georgia’s two Senate seats and the balance of power in the Senate will be January 5th, and on January 6th there will be a special joint session of Congress where members of the House and Senate meet to count electoral votes.

Also in sharp focus as we begin 2021 will be the transition from the Trump administration to the Biden administration, and maybe more pointedly, how Biden’s response to the pandemic will differ from his predecessor’s. With the vaccine rollout in its early stages across the U.S., the Biden administration’s oversight of this will undoubtedly be a major talking point at the start of the year. But some public health experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci say despite the vaccine becoming more widely available, it could be mid to late 2021 before the country returns to a level of normalcy similar to what life was like before the pandemic.

There’s also the question of how Congress will work with the Biden administration, specifically what the relationship between the president and the currently Republican-led Senate will look like, though that conversation could change if Democrats are able to win both Georgia Senate seats in the runoffs. With President Trump transitioning out of office, many are speculating on what will come next for the soon-to-be former president. There has been talk about him possibly starting his own media network as an alternative to other conservative media outlets that he believes don’t cover him fairly, in the hopes of laying the rhetorical groundwork for a 2024 presidential run.

Today on AirTalk, guest host Austin Cross will talk with national political watchers to find out what they expect the biggest stories to be in 2021.

With guest host Austin Cross

Guests:

Sudeep Reddy, managing editor at POLITICO; he tweets @reddy

Eliza Collins, national political reporter at the Wall Street Journal; she tweets @elizacollins1