Third Jan 6 Hearing.
The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol held the third in a series of public hearings. This time, the focus was on former Vice President Mike Pence. Witnesses testified that Donald Trump subjected Pence to intense pressure to get him to refuse to count electoral votes despite knowing it was illegal. During the insurrection, Pence was a few feet away from a mob that was reportedly trying to attempt on his life.
Guest: José López Zamorano, Political Reporter, Washington, DC.
Gun Violence: Finally a Deal? A bipartisan gun violence bill is expected to be voted in the US Senate this week. The package, drafted after the massacres in Uvalde and Buffalo, includes a bill to support state “red flag” laws and tougher background checks for gun buyers under 21. After thirty years without major federal gun reform, will Democrats and Republicans finally reach a deal? The author of a gun-reform bill shares his views. Also, a Catholic leader deplores the worsening of gun violence in Texas after the mass shooting in El Paso three years ago and he calls on politicians to work on guns control, and on society to fight hate inspired by race or religion, build a sense of community, and search for a “God of Peace.”
Guests: Mark J. Seitz, D.D., Bishop, Catholic Diocese of El Paso, TX; US Rep. Salud Carbajal, D-Santa Barbara, Washington, DC.
California Voters. Voter turnout in the recent primary elections in California was lower than expected because political campaigns and organizations failed to invest in energizing citizen engagement. A national civic leader comments on this and other topics, including the top issues that motivated Latinos to vote.
Guest: Arturo Vargas, Executive Director, National Association of Latino Elected Officials – NALEO, Los Angeles, CA.
Historic Elections in Colombia. With a record voter turnout, Gustavo Petro wins the presidential election in Colombia, becoming the first progressive president in the history of the nation, and the most voted in Colombian elections. Vice President Francia Márquez also made history as the first Black Vice President in Colombia. Petro won the predominantly Afro-Colombian Atlantic and Pacific coastal areas and the young vote. The new government faces huge challenges ahead, including ending the civil war, building peace, return displaced people to their lands and homes, and more.
Guest: Manuel Ortiz, Reporter, Península 360 Press, Redwood City, CA.
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