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Saturday, Jan 16, 2021

Biden defeats Trump: What I learned

Washington Post journalists who covered the 2020 campaign reveal their top takeaways and preview what to watch for in 2021. Politics and accountability anchor Libby Casey interviews thirty-six colleagues about their work, including political reporters assigned to cover the campaign, the Washington Post’s director of polling, and The Washington Post Fact Checker.
They talk about the challenges facing President-elect Joe Biden to unite and run the country, questions surrounding the future of both the Democratic and Republican parties, and the need for Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to show Americans what she offers to the electorate.

The Washington Post journalists also focus on President Donald Trump and his continued role defining the Republican Party, even after he leaves office on January 20th, 2021.

The journalists share their goals going forward, including closely covering Hispanic and Asian voter registration, and why the “youthquake” predicted by Bernie Sanders didn’t turn out at the polls. They also discuss their concerns about misinformation and the country’s divisions.

The team digs into polling and discusses how it should be used in political coverage. Libby Casey also asks how the reporters did their jobs amid the coronavirus pandemic, which restricted travel and meeting with voters.

Featuring: Dan Balz, Philip Rucker, Eugene Scott, Arelis Hernández, Amber Phillips, Cleve Wootson, David Weigel, Jacqueline Alemany, JM Rieger, Michael Scherer, Robert Costa, Tom Hamburger, Martine Powers, Lenny Bronner, Emma Brown, Scott Clement, Rhonda Colvin, Matt Viser, Karen Tumulty, David Fahrenthold, Glenn Kessler, Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Jose Del Real, Joyce Koh, Chelsea Janes, Vanessa Williams, Amy Gardner, Aaron Blake, Caroline Kitchener, Jeremy Bowers, Colby Itkowitz, Philip Bump, James Hohmann, Annie Linskey, Ashley Parker, and Amy Wang.






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