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Fate Of Jan. 6 Commission Uncertain

Benny Thompson
Susan Walsh/AP
Rep. Benny Thompson, D-Miss., talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 19, 2021, about legislation to create an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol Complex. Thompson is the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and negotiated the bipartisan legislation. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

In this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with political scientists Donna Hoffman and Rachel Caufield about the likelihood that Congress will approve legislation establishing a commission to investigate the events of January 6, when rioters invaded the U.S. Capitol. House and Senate leadership have indicated they don't support the plan.

They also discuss efforts to censure members of the U.S. House who downplayed the severity of the insurrection, the U.S. Supreme Court agreeing to hear arguments over a Mississippi abortion ban and a new poll showing huge partisan gaps when it comes to perceptions about race relations in the U.S.


  • Rachel Paine Caufield, professor of political science at Drake University
  • Donna Hoffman, professor of political science at University of Northern Iowa


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Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Katherine Perkins is IPR's Program Director for News and Talk