Will Omicron Overwhelm Us and Will SCOTUS Uphold Employer Vaccination Mandates?
We begin with the new Omicron strain of Covid sweeping Europe, Canada and now beginning to explode in the U.S. combining with the flu season to forebode that within a few months we will pass the one million mark of American deaths from the pandemic. Joining us is Arthur Caplan, Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Division of Medical Ethics at New York University’s Langone Medical Center’s Department of Population Health. He writes a regular column on bioethics for NBC.com and is a monthly commentator on bioethics and health care issues for WebMD/Medscape and joins us to discuss his latest article at Barrons, “No Nation Has Conquered Covid.” We assess the chances of the Supreme Court allowing Biden’s employer mandates for vaccinations to stand now that a Federal Appeals Court has upheld OSHA’s authority to impose them.
Could Voting Rights Bills Head Off the GOP Tsunami of Voter Suppression?
Then we examine the fleeting possibility that voting rights bills might be passed to head off the tsunami of voter suppression the Republicans are engaged in and whether reforms could be implemented in time to blunt the GOP’s brazen assault on American democracy. Joining us is Charles Stewart, Distinguished Professor of Political Science at MIT where his areas include congressional politics, elections, and American political development. He is currently the Director of the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project and his books include Electing the Senate, Fighting for the Speakership, and Analyzing Congress.