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President Trump Takes Executive Action In Hong Kong-Mainland China Conflict

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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Washington.

The past 24 hours have packed a punch in the political news sphere. Former Vice President Joe Biden announced a $2 trillion climate plan and President Trump took executive action regarding the autonomy of Hong Kong. Meanwhile, COVID-19 continues to shape political conversation.

On this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with political scientists Wayne Moyer and Rachel Caufield for a look at the week's top political headlines, from primary elections to international relations.


  • Wayne Moyer, Rosenfield professor of political science, Grinnell College
  • Rachel Caufield, professor or political science, Drake University
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Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa