Wednesday, March 29

Can Liz Cheney survive?, Tiger brushes back LIV: 5 Things podcast

On today’s episode of the 5 Things podcast: Primaries test Trump strength in Alaska, Wyoming

The former president has endorsed a number of candidates. Congressional reporter Ledge King looks at Rep. Liz Cheney’s chances against one of them. Plus, states take action as drought dries up rivers, national environmental reporter Dinah Voyles Pulver talks about a report on how temperatures are expected to rise over the next 30 years, R. Kelly faces another sex crimes trial and Tiger Woods pushes back on LIV Golf.

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Taylor Wilson:

Good morning. I’m Taylor Wilson and this is 5 Things you need to know Tuesday, the 16th of August, 2022. Today, Trump at the center of primaries in Alaska and Wyoming, plus severe drought, and more.

Here are some of the top headlines:

  1. President Joe Biden will sign the Inflation Reduction Act today. The bill includes record spending on clean energy initiatives along with measures to reduce prescription drug prices and a major tax overhaul.
  2. An 88-year old woman was killed in an alligator attack in South Carolina yesterday. It’s at least the fourth fatal gator attack in the US this year, and came after the woman slipped into a pond while gardening.
  3. And Deputy President William Ruto has been declared the winner of a narrow presidential election in Kenya over long-time opposition figure Raila Odinga. His campaign has signaled he may challenge the results.

It’s a primary Tuesday in Alaska and Wyoming today, and the presence of former President Donald Trump will again loom large. In Alaska voters will select nominees and primaries for senate, governor, and the state’s only House seat. Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski faces a Trump-backed challenger after Murkowski voted to convict Trump during his second impeachment trial after the January 6th insurrection. The challenger, former State Administration Commissioner Kelly Shabaka, has spread false claims of election fraud. Meanwhile, former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential nominee, Sarah Palin, is back on an Alaska ballot today. She’s also backed by Trump, and finished first to qualify for a special election aimed at replacing Congressman Don Young, who died in March. Elsewhere, all eyes are on Wyoming and Congresswoman Liz Cheney.

Liz Cheney:

After our last hearing, President Trump tried to call a witness in our investigation.

Taylor Wilson:

Chaney has been an outspoken critic of Trump, and now faces a competitive primary challenge that she’s not expected to survive. Senior Congressional Reporter Ledge King has more with producer PJ Elliot.

Ledge King:

This is probably, maybe unquestionably, the primary of the year, pitting Liz Cheney – a seasoned, veteran Wyoming Republican Congresswoman, who has a celebrated father, the former Vice President, Dick Chaney, who himself was a Congressman from Wyoming – against Donald Trump and his allies. She has been his chief protagonist within the Republican party. She’s on the January 6th Committee. She has been vocal about how she thinks he, meaning Trump, should no longer be, should hold office. She’s voted for his impeachment. She is just the most prominent figure of the anti-Trump force in the G O P.

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