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THE SIGNIFICANCE of the 2020 election in America was clear well before covid-19 hit. Americans will now be delivering a verdict on a transformative president amid the gravest crisis for generations.

The Economist’s newest podcast, “Checks and Balance” launched as the crisis took hold. Our US Editor John Prideaux hosts, together with Charlotte Howard, New York bureau chief, and Washington correspondent Jon Fasman.

You can subscribe and listen to “Checks and Balance” on: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google | Stitcher | TuneIn or wherever you get your podcasts.

Every Friday, we take a theme shaping US politics and tap into America’s rich history to answer some big questions:

  • How has Donald Trump remade the world?
  • How do you hold an election in a pandemic?
  • Why is the president trying to raise oil prices?
  • How powerful is the Democratic machine?
  • Is America ceding global leadership?

Each episode draws on the rigour and expertise of The Economist’s journalists across the US and around the world to dig into the data, the ideas, and the history shaping the race for the White House.

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On the latest episode of “Checks and Balance”: plans to abolish the Minneapolis police department after the death of George Floyd are running into opposition, as Jon Fasman reports from the city. Meanwhile, President Trump has promised a surge of federal law enforcement beyond Portland.

City commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty says people there will continue to protest the presence of unidentified armed officers. Might this turn into a law-and-order election?

The podcast is complemented by our "Checks and Balance" newsletter, and in this package we aim to give our readers and listeners fair-minded analysis in what will be an emotionally charged media environment. Sign up for our Checks and Balance newsletter on American politics here.

And to dig deeper:

By The Economist https://www.economist.com/podcasts/2020/07/24/checks-and-balance-our-weekly-podcast-on-american-politics

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