Wednesday, September 27

Update on primary races, House addresses formula shortage: 5 Things podcast

On today’s episode of the 5 Things podcast: Supreme Court sides with Sen. Ted Cruz in fight over federal campaign loan repayment limits

Supreme Court correspondent John Fritze explains. Plus, an update on yesterday’s primary races, reporter Trevor Hughes tells us how a dropping Lake Mead is uncovering history, travel reporter Morgan Hines talks about getting back to the office and the House votes on a bill to fight the baby formula shortage.

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Hit play on the player above to hear the podcast and follow along with the transcript below. This transcript was automatically generated, and then edited for clarity in its current form. There may be some differences between the audio and the text.

Taylor Wilson:

Good morning. I’m Taylor Wilson and this is 5 Things you need to know Wednesday, the 18th of May 2022. Today, laws on federal campaign loan repayments, plus an update on primary races around the country, and more.

Here are some of the top headlines:

  1. One million Americans have now died of COVID-19. That number is equivalent to a 9/11 attack every day for 336 days. It’s about how many Americans died in the Civil War and World War II combined.
  2. A new study is blaming pollution of all types for 9 million deaths a year globally. The study in the journal, The Lancet Planetary Health, found that the US is the only fully industrialized country in the top 10 for total pollution deaths.
  3. And Finland and Sweden have applied to join NATO. The application must now be weighed by the world’s largest military alliance’s 30 member countries. The move is driven by security concerns over Russia’s war in Ukraine.

This week, the Supreme Court sided with Texas Senator Ted Cruz over a federal law that limits the ability of campaigns to repay loans made by candidates. The ruling could have broader implications for how money is regulated in politics. Supreme Court reporter John Fritze explains what all that means.

John Fritze:

The case involved here is a little bit wonky. It’s sort of a obscure part of the campaign finance law. The bigger picture, though, is that the Supreme Court, over the course of several decisions and over the course of many years, has sort of been chipping away at the requirements that candidates and campaigns have to honor to fund their campaigns. This particular case, dealt with a requirement that limited how much money could be paid back when a candidate basically loans themselves money for the campaign. And that law limited that to $250,000, if they’re using post-election funding. In other words, this is a key, if wonky, point, money that came in after the election to repay a loan that was made to win the election.

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