Senator Joe Manchin (WV-D) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) have green-lighted a new climate, healthcare, and tax deal, coined the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, potentially moving forward the Democrats’ stalled agenda. Host of Talkline on West Virginia’s MetroNews, Hoppy Kercheval joins to discuss the attention towards Senator Manchin’s political motives, his standing in the overarching politics of West Virginia, and how Senator Manchin’s role in pushing the package forward could shape his political future.
As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi departs on her trip to Asia, it remains unclear whether or not she will make a stop in Taiwan. The potential visit has not only sparked controversy domestically but has also prompted China to respond with warnings of serious consequences if the trip is carried out. While the U.S. State Department is concerned that Speaker Pelosi’s impending visit would be too provocative an action against China, there is criticism that America’s passive approach toward an aggressive China is failing. Author of “The Great U.S.-China Tech War” and Expert on China, Gordon Chang joins to explain the dynamics behind President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping’s longstanding relationship, why China-U.S. relations are at a critical point in time, and how the U.S. should respond to Chinese intimidation tactics from a diplomatic standpoint.