This week, President Biden confirmed the news that Jeff Zients will replace Ron Klain as White House Chief of Staff. Zients, an entrepreneur, formerly served as President Biden’s Covid-19 response coordinator. Klain’s departure from the White House comes as the President faces political headwinds over classified documents, a looming debt crisis, and a potential re-election campaign in 2024. Former Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush and FOX News Contributor, Karl Rove explains why the Chief of Staff’s role is so critical to the administration and discusses the challenges Zients may face within the role. He also takes a look back at Klain’s career in office and looks ahead at potential Democratic challengers in the 2024 presidential election.
Following their holiday travel meltdown, Southwest Airlines was met with criticism from angry travelers whose plans were disrupted by the mass flight cancellations. The chaos has led to a shift in attention toward an alternative mode of transportation: high-speed railways. President and CEO of Eno Center for Transportation and Brookings Metro Non-Resident Senior Fellow Robert Puentes discusses the current state of rail across the country, how the airline industry has lobbied against rail projects in the past, and why there’s public demand for more competition within the transportation sector today.