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The NPR Politics Podcast

Every weekday, NPR's best political reporters are there to explain the big news coming out of Washington and the campaign trail. They don't just tell you what happened. They tell you why it matters. Every afternoon.

Episodes

  • Weekly Roundup: March 5th

    Mar 05 2021

    Despite a strong jobs report last month, the economy is still really struggling. That means there's a lot of energy behind Democrats' COVID relief package—but passing the rest of their agenda will almost certainly be much harder.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and congressional correspondent Susan Davis.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.o...more

  • The Supreme Court Is Expected To Make It Harder For People To Vote

    Mar 04 2021

    The Supreme Court seems poised to uphold voting restrictions in Arizona, setting the stage for Republican legislatures to try to make it more difficult to vote for years to come. This comes at the same time as the House passed a bill expanding and protecting voting rights. Civil rights remain at the center of the debate over who has access to the vote. This episode: White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, voting and disinformation reporter Miles Parks, and legal affairs correspondent Nina Toten...more

  • There Will Be Enough Vaccine Doses For Every US Adult By May, Biden Says

    Mar 03 2021

    President Biden announced yesterday an accelerated vaccination timeline in the United States, but some states are already moving to fully reopen—a move public health experts warn could lead to deadly mutations and a dangerous backslide.This episode: White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, pharmaceuticals correspondent Sydney Lupkin, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast ...more

  • FBI Head Says Domestic Extremists Are Top Threat To US

    Mar 02 2021

    FBI Director Christopher Wray defended his department saying it warned law enforcement ahead of the insurrection at the capitol. He also emphasized the ongoing threat to the United States posed by domestic extremists—including militia members and white supremacists.This episode: White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, and congressional correspondent Claudia Grisales.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NP...more

  • Trump Is The Past, Present, And Future Of The Republican Party

    Mar 01 2021

    The former president's speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference is confirmation that Donald Trump won't go quietly into retirement—loyalty to Trump and white grievance politics will remain the Republican party's central tenets for the foreseeable future.This episode: White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolit...more

  • Weekly Roundup: February 26th

    Feb 26 2021

    President Biden hasn't reinstated family separation policies, but his choice to keep migrant children in a shelter facility has drawn criticism from activists. And the Conservative Political Action Conference has evolved in five short years into a Trump-centric affair.This episode: White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpo...more

  • How Young Activists Are Working With America's Oldest President

    Feb 25 2021

    Many young progressive groups were openly hostile to Joe Biden's primary campaign, but they rallied to support him once he secured the nomination. Now, his administration regularly meets with young organizers—who are hoping to increase their representation in the halls of power.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political correspondent Juana Summers, and White House correspondent Scott Detrow.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr....more

  • How Much Credit, Blame Does Biden Deserve For The State Of The Pandemic?

    Feb 24 2021

    Vaccination rates are trending up and deaths are trending down since President Biden took office—but another hundred thousand Americans have died since he was sworn in. Public health experts suggest it was probably too late to prevent them. Biden's nearly two trillion dollar relief bill is set to be voted on later this week. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, health correspondent Allison Aubrey, and congressional correspondent Kel...more

  • Ousted Capitol Security Heads Face Questions About Attack

    Feb 23 2021

    Under questioning from senators about the attack on the Capitol, the law enforcement officials who oversaw the building's security were quick to lay blame elsewhere. And an NPR investigation offers context on everyone charged in connection with the insurrection.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, and investigative correspondent Tom Dreisbach.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the sh...more

  • Merrick Garland On Glidepath To Confirmation As Biden AG

    Feb 22 2021

    In his confirmation hearing to serve as Attorney General, Merrick Garland emphasized loyalty to the people of the United States over fealty to the president. Monday's hearing comes almost five years after Garland was denied a Supreme Court confirmation hearing by Republican Mitch McConnell.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the...more

  • Weekly Roundup: February 19th

    Feb 19 2021

    Millions of Texans have been without power or potable water for days following unusually harsh winter weather. The Republican governor blamed the outages on renewable energy but that is only 10 percent of the story.Plus, we look at "cancel culture." Where did it come from, and why are conservatives eager to use it as a political cudgel?This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, business reporter Camila Domonoske, KUT's Ashley Lopez, and political r...more

  • Biden Wants To Re-Open Schools, But How Much Can He Really Do About It?

    Feb 18 2021

    President Biden has made reopening schools a benchmark for how his administration is handling the pandemic. It is a politically tricky goal, since those decisions will be made by local districts. We look at the roadblocks to achieving that goal and what the political fight might look like.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Scott Detrow, and education correspondent Cory Turner.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpol...more

  • Trump Puts McConnell On Blast

    Feb 17 2021

    In a statement former President Donald Trump called Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a "dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack" and said Republicans will lose if they stick with the senator. McConnell voted to acquit Trump in the impeachment trial but has been critical of Trump in recent weeks. The division between these top Republicans is just the tip of the iceberg of a deeply divided GOP.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, senior political editor and correspondent...more

  • What Is In The Next Covid Relief Bill

    Feb 16 2021

    House Democrats are putting the finishing touches on their Covid-19 relief package. It is expected to include everything from direct payments to a $15 federal minimum wage, and cost nearly $2 trillion. We break down what's in the bill and what will and will not make it through the Senate.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show ...more

  • Seven Republicans Voted To Convict Trump. Where Does The GOP Go From Here?

    Feb 15 2021

    Seven Republican senators voted to convict former President Donald Trump of inciting an insurrection, making this impeachment the most bipartisan in history. But some of those senators are already facing backlash. As the GOP continues to decide what its future will look like, President Biden forges ahead with his plan to combat the pandemic.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional editor Deirdre Walsh, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.Connect:Subscribe...more

  • Donald Trump Acquitted In Second Impeachment Trial

    Feb 14 2021

    All fifty members of the Democratic caucus and seven Republicans said Donald Trump is guilty of inciting an insurrection at the Capitol — that's ten votes short of the two-thirds majority required for conviction. This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and senior political editor and correspondent Ron Elving.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the ...more

  • Is Trump's Whataboutism Defense Enough Cover For GOP Acquittal?

    Feb 13 2021

    In a combative but brief showing, former president Trump's defense team highlighted past uses of fight metaphors by Democratic politicians to suggest the president's rally speech didn't incite the insurrection.The lawyers also alleged that House Democrats failed to meet various legal standards in their pursuit of conviction — standards that hold little relevance to the political process of impeachment.Follow our live coverage.This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional ed...more

  • Democrats Tell Senators A Conviction Could Prevent Future Violence

    Feb 12 2021

    The House impeachment managers concluded their case against Donald Trump by characterizing a Senate conviction as a way to prevent of future violence — a warning to future presidents who might be also inclined to encourage violence. Tomorrow, the former president's defense team mounts their response.Follow our live coverage.This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Po...more

  • Democrats Ground Case Against Trump In Jarring Insurrection Videos

    Feb 11 2021

    The Democratic impeachment managers played a series of graphic videos demonstrating just how close senators came to encountering violent extremists inside the Capitol. Soon, those senators will have to decide whether Trump was responsible for the riot that put their lives at risk — and threatened to derail the transition of power.Follow our live coverage.This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and congressional reporter Claudia Grisales.Conne...more

  • 56 Votes Is Enough To Continue Trump's Trial—But Short Of What's Needed To Convict

    Feb 10 2021

    Six Republicans voted with Democrats that it is constitutional to try a former president in the Senate after he or she has left office. But it would take another 11 in order to convict him on the impeachment charge. Follow our live coverage.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and justice correspondent Ryan Lucas.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Faceboo...more

  • What To Know About Trump's Second Impeachment Trial

    Feb 08 2021

    The impeachment trial gets underway tomorrow. A new brief suggests that Trump's lawyers will defend him on both process and substance. And a vote to convict the former president always seemed unlikely, but Republican opposition to the president appears to have softened in the month since the insurrection. This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast he...more

  • Weekly Roundup: February 5th

    Feb 05 2021

    In his first major foreign policy address since assuming office, President Biden promised that the country would once again be a reliable ally to its partners. And Kamala Harris faces a common vice presidential dilemma: what is my role in this administration?This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Scott Detrow, and White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez. Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NP...more

  • Is Impeachment About More Than Removal? Depends Who You Ask

    Feb 04 2021

    The question is at the center of next week's impeachment trial in the Senate, which begins Tuesday. Donald Trump's defense team says you can't vote to remove a president who is already gone. House Impeachment managers are prepared to argue that an impeachment conviction ultimately means more than that.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, and legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Poli...more

  • GOP Weighs Who To Punish: Conspiracy Theorist And/Or Impeachment Supporter

    Feb 03 2021

    Liz Cheney is the third-ranking House Republican; she voted for President Trump's second impeachment. Marjorie Taylor Greene is a freshman lawmaker who pushes a range of wild conspiracies. Their Republican colleagues are struggling to decide whether to punish either of them.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitic...more

  • Trump Is Charged With Inciting An Insurrection—What's His Defense?

    Feb 02 2021

    The former president's impeachment trial begins next Tuesday. His new attorneys say the Senate doesn't have the grounds to proceed now that he is out of office.And: President Biden has initiated a task force to reunite children and parents separated by Trump at the border.This episode: congressional reporter Susan Davis, congressional editor Deirdre Walsh, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, and White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the s...more

  • Should President Biden Strike A COVID Compromise?

    Feb 01 2021

    Ten Republican senators are meeting with President Biden at the White House Monday to discuss their coronavirus relief proposal — which is just one-third the size of the president's plan.And Vice President Harris leaves a notable hole in the Senate roster: she was the only Black woman in the body. Organizers say that the Democratic party has long neglected investing in Black women candidates.This episode: political reporter Juana Summers, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and national poli...more

  • Weekly Roundup: January 29th

    Jan 29 2021

    Republican strategists close to Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue's failed Senate campaigns tell WABE's Emma Hurt that former President Trump's interference made it hard to win January's runoff elections in Georgia.Now, Democrats are moving aggressively on President Biden's relief proposal and the GOP is feeling stung by life in the minority. Also: Gamestop?This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional editor Deirdre Walsh, WABE reporte...more

  • Interview: Tired Of Gridlock, GOP Sen. Rob Portman Won't Seek Reelection

    Jan 28 2021

    Republican Rob Portman of Ohio talks with NPR's Susan Davis about his retirement from the Senate, the Republican party after Trump, as well as the former president's impeachment trial.Portman says he thought President Biden's inaugural address struck the right tone, but the president's legislative strategy on his COVID-19 relief proposal has burned some goodwill with Republicans.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast...more

  • Do Biden's Climate Executive Orders Have Teeth?

    Jan 27 2021

    President Biden will "pause" new federal land leases for oil and gas extraction "to the extent possible" — but how much of an impact will that have on greenhouse gas emissions? Also: the US government will order 200 million more doses of coronavirus vaccine.This episode: White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, White House correspondent Scott Detrow, climate reporter Nate Rott, White House correspondent Tamara Keith.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr....more

  • Biden Rolls Out Limited Racial Equity Actions, Says More To Come

    Jan 26 2021

    President Biden signed new executive actions today attempting to address racial inequity. For activists, these initiatives feel like they are lacking and do not tackle critical concerns like policing. The administration says this is just the beginning. This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Polit...more

  • What We Know About The Senate Impeachment Trial

    Jan 25 2021

    Today the House will formally deliver an article of impeachment against former President Trump to the Senate, and the upper chamber has already begun to work out the parameters for the coming trial. Even though it may be for different reasons, Republicans and Democrats both want it to happen as fast as possible. Plus, President Biden continues signing an unprecedented number of executive orders, many targeted at reversing Trump era orders.This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, Whi...more

  • Weekly Roundup: January 22nd

    Jan 22 2021

    President Biden has promised that 100 million doses of vaccines will be administered in his first 100 days — but some public health experts think the country can do much better.Gang of Eight, Gang of Six, Grand Compromise... the storerooms of Congress are littered with tried-and-failed drafts of comprehensive immigration reform proposals from the past four presidents. Now, it is President Biden's turn to give it a go. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House reporter Aye...more

  • The Fifty-Fifty Senate Is Going To Be A Little Bit Weird

    Jan 21 2021

    Vice President Kamala Harris can cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate; that means that Democrats effectively hold a majority in the chamber. But the even split means that the body's top leadership needs to work out terms for how things like committee membership work.This episode: political reporter Juana Summers, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Joi...more

  • Joseph Biden Sworn In As 46th President Of The United States

    Jan 20 2021

    In his inaugural address, he promised to keep all of his work as president in service of people rather than power. And Kamala Harris made history; she is the first Black person, Asian American, and woman to serve as Vice President of the United States.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, White House correspondent Scott Detrow, and political reporter Juana Summers.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpo...more

  • The US Senate Has A Lot To Do

    Jan 19 2021

    The Senate is back in Washington today. The lawmakers will need to consider President-elect Biden's cabinet nominees, weigh his coronavirus relief proposal, and consider President Trump's impeachment. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Liste...more

  • What We Know About The Inauguration And Joe Biden's First Day

    Jan 18 2021

    President-elect Joe Biden's inaugural plans have been reshaped by COVID-19 and concerns over security after the insurrection at the Capitol. Biden is slated to enact a diverse array of policies by way of executive action on his first day as president. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House reporter Rascoe, and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podc...more

  • What Were We Thinking? : Carlos Lozada On The Trump Era

    Jan 16 2021

    For our inaugural NPR Politics Book Club pick, NPR's Danielle Kurtzleben talks to Carlos Lozada about his book What Were We Thinking: A Brief Intellectual History of the Trump Era. Want to join the discussion for our next book? Head to n.pr/politicsgroup.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Listen to our playlist The NPR Politics Daily Workout.Subscribe to the NPR Politics Newsletter.Find and support...more

  • Interview: Kamala Harris on Capitol Riot, Stimulus Package

    Jan 15 2021

    Vice President-elect Kamala Harris talks to NPR's Scott Detrow about how she felt after the attack on the Capitol and the administration's new $1.9 trillion relief package proposal.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith and White House correspondent Scott Detrow.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Listen to our playlist The NPR Politics Daily Workout.Subscribe to the NPR Politics Newsl...more

  • Can Another $1.9 Trillion Rescue The Economy?

    Jan 15 2021

    The pandemic is taking an immense toll on the nation: some 4000 Americans die each day. And, in December, another 140 thousand people lost their jobs. President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a pricy relief package meant to take on those outsized crises, suggesting the price of doing nothing is even greater than the cost of the legislation.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley.Connect:Subscribe to the N...more

  • Donald Trump Impeached On Charge Of Inciting Insurrection

    Jan 14 2021

    Ten Republicans crossed the aisle to support the impeachment. Next, a Senate trial — one that won't take place until after President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and senior political editor and correspondent Ron Elving.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Listen to ...more

  • Trump's Second Impeachment Will Be Bipartisan

    Jan 13 2021

    In a nearly party-line vote, the House encouraged Mike Pence and the presidential cabinet to sideline the president via the 25th amendment. Pence said no. Now, the House will move to impeach Trump over "incitement of insurrection" in what is expected to be a bipartisan vote. The Senate may be warming to the idea of removal.This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.Connect:Subscr...more

  • Rioters Are Facing Consequences—Will Any Politicians?

    Jan 12 2021

    The Justice Department says hundreds will be prosecuted in connection with the Capitol siege. Republican lawmakers like Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz are also dealing with fallout from their support of President Trump's election fraud conspiracy.This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and congressional correspondent Susan Davis.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podc...more

  • Trump Is Likely To Be Impeached Again

    Jan 11 2021

    Vice President Mike Pence the top cabinet officials are unlikely to remove President Trump from power via the 25th amendment. That means House Democrats will move ahead with a second impeachment as soon as Wednesday.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.List...more

  • Weekly Roundup: January 8th

    Jan 08 2021

    Donald Trump could be the first president in American history to be impeached twice. Federal authorities have begun arresting those involved in storming the Capitol. And President-elect Joe Biden's promise to reunite the country takes on a new significance in light of the siege.This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and justice correspondent Ryan Lucas.Connect:Subscri...more

  • 13 Days Before The End Of His Term, Talk Of Removing Trump From Office

    Jan 07 2021

    Amid resignations and condemnation from Trump's Republican allies, top Democrats have said that he should be removed from office by impeachment or through the 25th amendment.This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Listen to our playlist The NPR Politics Daily Workout.Subsc...more

  • After Siege, 127 Republicans Back Failed Effort To Block Certification Of Biden's Win

    Jan 07 2021

    Members of the U.S. House and Senate on Wednesday voted to reject objections to President-elect Joe Biden's election victory in the state of Arizona. Debate continues and there could be further objections, though Biden's win is very likely to be certified in the coming hours.This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow and congressional correspondent Susan Davis.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook G...more

  • Pro-Trump Extremists Storm US Capitol, Delay Election Certification

    Jan 07 2021

    Supporters of President Trump laid siege to the US Capitol today, occupying the building as lawmakers there began the process of certifying President-elect Joe Biden's victory. Before the insurrection disrupted their work, more than fifty Republican lawmakers were also attempting to block the transition of power — by objecting to the certification of Electoral College votes. It is unclear if they will persist in those objections once Congress resumes its work later Wednesday.This episode: politi...more

  • Dems Win At Least One GA Senate Seat. The Other Is Still Too Close To Call.

    Jan 06 2021

    Raphael Warnock defeated Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, according to the AP, inching the Senate closer to a Democratic majority. In the race that would clinch it, Jon Ossoff currently leads Republican David Perdue. This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Listen...more

  • Georgia's Runoff Ends. Doomed Electoral College Certification Fight Begins.

    Jan 05 2021

    Voters cast the final ballots in Georgia's Senate runoff elections Tuesday, ending the state's two months at the center of the political universe.Now, attention shifts back to Washington, where many Republican lawmakers will take a theatrical, if ill-fated, stand against certifying President-elect Joe Biden as president-elect. This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, national correspondent Sarah McCammon, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and senior political editor and corre...more

  • Republicans Are Divided Over Trump's Effort To Overturn Election Loss

    Jan 04 2021

    In a bid to stay in power despite losing the presidential election, President Donald Trump called Georgia's Secretary of State Saturday and pushed him to change the state's vote tally.The state's two runoff races will determine the balance of power in the Senate. Twelve of the chamber's Republicans say they will refuse to certify the Electoral College vote.This episode: political reporter Danielle Kutzleben, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, ...more

  • Weekly Roundup: January 1st

    Jan 01 2021

    A new Congress will be sworn in on Sunday—the Democrats have a slimmer majority and Republicans have elected slightly more women. And Trump's education secretary Betsy DeVos survived his full presidency, making herself out to be a champion of school choice and deregulation. Now, Biden's pick for the job is set to emphasize a new set of priorities.In this episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzlaben, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and educat...more

  • What Will The Courts Look Like Under Joe Biden?

    Dec 31 2020

    President Trump reshaped the federal judiciary and made three lifetime appointments to the Supreme Court. How will that legacy play out under a Joe Biden administration?In this episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Listen to our playlist The NPR Politics Daily Wo...more

  • Exclusive Interview: Jake Sullivan, Biden's National Security Adviser

    Dec 30 2020

    Jake Sullivan is the president-elect's top national security adviser. He told NPR's Scott Detrow that he is worried that a lack of communication from top Trump officials could jeopardize a safe transition.Sullivan also emphasized that Americans' economic well-being will be a central tenet of Joe Biden's foreign policy. Although he served in the Obama administration, Sullivan now feels that it didn't do enough to tie foreign policy to domestic concerns.This episode: political reporter Danielle Ku...more

  • What Will Climate And Health Policy Look Like Under Joe Biden?

    Dec 29 2020

    Joe Biden's climate policy will look a lot different to that of President Trump's... and President Obama's. And, on top of responding to the pandemic, the president-elect will have to wrangle all of the other problems endemic in the American healthcare system.This episode: White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, political correspondent Scott Detrow, climate editor Jennifer Ludden, and health reporter Selena Simmons-Duffin.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpoliti...more

  • Republicans Flout Trump On COVID And Tech

    Dec 28 2020

    After bemoaning elements of a COVID relief deal that his administration helped to negotiate, President Trump ended up signing it anyway. The delay could cost the millions of Americans some of their unemployment assistance.READ: Trump Signs COVID-19 Relief Deal After His Criticism Threatened To Derail ItThis episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Emai...more

  • What Will Justice And Foreign Policy Look Like Under Joe Biden?

    Dec 25 2020

    President Trump's most radical departures from precedent were arguably his handling of the Justice Department and foreign policy. Joe Biden said he would lead a return to normalcy... but what does that look like in practice?This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and White House correspondent Tamara Keith.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the ...more

  • What Will Tech Policy Look Like Under Joe Biden?

    Dec 24 2020

    Tech giants are the subject of censorship scrutiny, anti-monopoly lawsuits, and international trade tension. President-elect Joe Biden will have a lot to handle.This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, tech correspondent Shannon Bond, and tech reporter Bobby Allyn.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Listen to our playlist The NPR Politics Daily Workout.Subscribe to the NPR Politics Newsle...more

  • Christmas Chaos: President Throws Relief Into Doubt

    Dec 23 2020

    President Trump raised last-minute objections, imperiling direct payments and other aid to millions of Americans. He also issued a new round of pardons for politically-connected allies.This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, congressional editor Deirdre Walsh, and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Listen ...more

  • Dominion Makes Voting Machines. Its Employees Have Been Forced Into Hiding.

    Dec 22 2020

    President Trump's baseless electoral fraud conspiracies have frenzied his supporters, some of whom have made violent threats against Americans who work for Dominion, a voting technology company. Some of its employees have gone into hiding; they fear that their lives will never be the same.This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, voting reporter Miles Parks, and Colorado Public Radio reporter Bente Birkeland.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpoliti...more

  • 5,593 Pages: Congress Strikes Spending/COVID Deal

    Dec 21 2020

    From direct payments for American households to mass transit, the Congressional relief package contains money for individuals and institutions affected by the coronavirus pandemic.This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and health reporter Pien Huang.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Listen to our playlist...more

  • Weekly Roundup: December 18th

    Dec 18 2020

    A major hack of federal government computer systems appears to be state-sponsored espionage. And we talk through Joe Biden's latest cabinet picks.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, election security editor Phil Ewing, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, political correspondent Scott Detrow, and White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Listen to our pla...more

  • New Peril Of Local Office? Death Threats.

    Dec 17 2020

    We talk through the apparent details of a pending COVID relief deal. And, local officials across the country are being rattled by threats of violence.READ: Congressional Leaders Near Deal On Roughly $900 Billion COVID-19 Relief BillREAD: From Congress To Local Health Boards, Public Officials Suffer Threats And HarassmentThis episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and political reporter Danielle Kurtzle...more

  • Why People Don't Vote

    Dec 16 2020

    For the eighty million Americans who didn't vote in November, government can feel distant. Non-voters tend to believe that things will go on just as they did before regardless of an election's outcome.READPoll: Despite Record Turnout, 80 Million Americans Didn't Vote. Here's WhyThis episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, demographics and culture reporter Juana Summers, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro. Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here....more

  • 38 Days After Results Became Clear, Mitch McConnell Congratulates Biden

    Dec 15 2020

    Joe Biden's victory in the presidential race became clear on Nov. 7th, 2020, the day the contest was called by the Associated Press. On Tuesday, thirty eight days later, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged that win for the first time.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and correspondent Scott Detrow.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Fac...more

  • Joe Biden Is Fed Up With Trump's Election Conspiracies

    Dec 15 2020

    On the day electors around the country voted to confirm his victory, President-elect Joe Biden expressed his frustration, in a primetime speech, with the baseless election conspiracies spouted by President Trump and fellow Republicans.This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Grou...more

  • Electoral College Convenes; COVID Vaccine Administered

    Dec 14 2020

    The electoral college votes today around the country. After Biden is officially elected, the results head to Congress where they will be finalized. And: the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine were administered today in the United States — the beginning of a months-long process.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, voting reporter Miles Parks, and health reporter Pien Huang.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email...more

  • Weekly Roundup: December 11th

    Dec 11 2020

    The electoral college will cast ballots Monday, officially selecting Joe Biden as the president-elect. Trump and Republicans continue to attempt to overturn the will of voters. And, Joe Biden has selected top Obama administration officials to serve in his White House.This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org....more

  • Where Congress Stands On Coronavirus Relief Negotiations

    Dec 10 2020

    With over 800,000 new unemployment claims filed last week and the previous coronavirus relief programs set to expire at the end of the month, congress is facing more pressure to pass some relief measures. But, after signs of a compromise last week, talks have once again stalled. Plus, President Trump steps in to try to fight social media companies. This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and congressional reporter Claudia Grisales. Connect:Su...more

  • Most Americans Believe The Election Results—Some Don't.

    Dec 09 2020

    A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll shows that just one quarter of Republicans believe the election was legitimate; ot was. And: could old-school pork barrel spending be the solution to Washington gridlock?This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Listen to our...more

  • Democrats Are Skeptical Of Biden's Pentagon Pick

    Dec 08 2020

    Civil rights and advocacy groups have been lobbying Joe Biden over his cabinet picks; Biden has promised to have the most diverse cabinet in history. Retired general Lloyd Austin, Biden's pick for Defense Secretary, will be the first Black man in that role — if he can overcome objections tied to civilian control of the military.This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez....more

  • Here's Who Will Lead Biden's COVID Response

    Dec 07 2020

    Joe Biden has named his picks for top health posts as the nation faces a post-Thanksgiving pandemic surge. And Rudy Giuliani has tested positive for the coronavirus. A vaccine could receive emergency use authorization as soon as this week.This episode: White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, health correspondent Allison Aubrey, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Faceb...more

  • Weekly Roundup: December 4th

    Dec 04 2020

    Georgia's January 5th runoff elections will determine control of the Senate. That's brought 2024 contenders — including Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, and Tim Scott — to the state to campaign.Also, it looks like another coronavirus relief package will actually come together.This episode: correspondent Asma Khalid, reporter Emma Hurt of member station WABE, national political correspondent Don Gonyea, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell.Connect:Subscr...more

  • Don't Expect Donald Trump To Retire

    Dec 03 2020

    Donald Trump still has more than a month left in his presidency. That's plenty of time left for pardons and planning for the future: three sources tell NPR that he's mulling a 2024 reelection bid. Regardless, expect Trump to continue to openly (and baselessly) question the election's legitimacy.This episode: correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, and White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcas...more

  • Relief Will End If Congress Can't Pass A Deal

    Dec 02 2020

    Millions of Americans rely on various relief measures to stay afloat during the pandemic, much of which is set to expire at the end of the year if Congress fails to extend it.Read More: - Millions Face Bitter Winter If Congress Fails To Pass Relief Deal - Bipartisan Group Pushes $908B COVID-19 Plan, But McConnell Crafts Bill Trump Will SignThis episode: correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR...more

  • Despite Conspiracy And Insinuation, The Electoral System Worked—This Time.

    Dec 01 2020

    Local officials continue to certify results despite political pressure from President Trump and his allies, who are seeking to subvert the electoral system in order to keep the president in office. And though that effort appears to have failed at its near-term goal, it may still have a destabilizing effect on elections in the years to come.This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and voting reporter Miles Parks.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podca...more

  • Biden Picks Women And People Of Color For His Economics And Communications Teams

    Nov 30 2020

    With the American economy on uneven footing as coronavirus cases surge nationwide, President-elect Joe Biden formally announced top members of his incoming economic team on Monday. Plus, the Biden team announced his communications team would be led by seven women.This episode: political correspondent Asma Khalid, chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and political correspondent Scott Detrow.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.E...more

  • Weekly Roundup: November 27th

    Nov 27 2020

    This Black Friday we're bringing you a greatest hits of NPR podcasts. Many other shows have been looking at specific policy options on the table for Joe Biden. Planet Money has looked at economic policy, and Short Wave has been looking at climate policy. So we invited them onto our show to share their reporting and take a look at what Biden might do starting on day one.And as a bonus, we sat down with Pop Culture Happy Hour to talk about the tv shows we're missing when we're spending all our tim...more

  • NPR's Throughline: The Shadows of the Constitution

    Nov 26 2020

    In this special episode NPR's Throughline explore the constitution with Heidi Schreck and her play, What the Constitution Means to Me. They discover what the document is really about – who wrote it, who it was for, who it protected and who it didn't.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Listen to our playlist The NPR Politics Daily Workout.Subscribe to the NPR Politics Newsletter.Find and support your...more

  • What Happens When Neither Party Gets To Celebrate The Election?

    Nov 25 2020

    Like two teams that meet in the seventh game of a World Series, both the Democratic and Republican parties bought Champagne for election night. But in this instance, it was hard for either to pop the corks. Days went by. The bubbly got warm and went flat.It was not just the delay that spoiled the party. And this is not a case of post-election hangover. This was simply a sobering election.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, senior editor & correspondent Domenico Montanaro, and ...more

  • Trump Relents, Paving Way For Biden Transition To Formally Begin

    Nov 24 2020

    President Trump is still not conceding that he lost the election, but he's getting closer. On Monday the president tweeted that he had directed the General Services Administration to begin the process of transferring the government to President-elect Joe Biden.Plus, we take a look at the coalition Biden formed to win the election and discuss the odds of it sticking together under the new administration.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, political correspondent Asma Khalid, Wh...more

  • Biden Taps Historic Nominees As He Begins To Fill His Cabinet

    Nov 23 2020

    President-elect Joe Biden has begun to make his selections for key roles in his cabinet. He announced his picks for secretary of state and the ambassador to the United Nations. And he chose the first Latino to head the Department of Homeland Security, and the first woman for to be the director of national intelligence.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and state department correspondent Michele Keleman.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Po...more

  • Weekly Roundup: November 20th

    Nov 20 2020

    Trump is sitting down with the leaders of the Michigan legislature ahead of the state canvassing board meeting on Monday, where the election results are expected to be certified. He apparently hopes the GOP-controlled Legislature will appoint their own electors and overturn the popular vote. At a White House press briefing Friday, the press secretary Kayleigh McEnany denied Trump would be pressuring the Michigan lawmakers.Sidney Powell, a member of Trump's legal team, told Lou Dobbs of Fox Busin...more

  • Joe Biden Won The Election—But He's Still Left Waiting In The Wings.

    Nov 19 2020

    As President Trump refuses to concede the election Joe Biden won, Biden warns that that lack of cooperation on the transition could lead to even more deaths from the coronavirus.This episode: reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, correspondent Scott Detrow, and White House Franco Ordoñez.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Listen to our playlist The NPR Politics Daily Workout.Subscribe to the NPR Politics N...more

  • Trump Doesn't Have To Win In Court To Erode Trust In Voting

    Nov 18 2020

    President Trump has found little success in court, though he has continued to sew disinformation online and last night fired a top cybersecurity official who had worked to bolster public confidence in the electoral system.This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and voting reporter Miles Parks.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Listen to our playlist The NPR...more

  • Democrats Riled By House Losses

    Nov 17 2020

    Democrats are regrouping after they saw their House majority shrink on election day. Their slim majority could heighten the stakes of the party's progressive-moderate divide.This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and congressional editor Deirdre Walsh.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Listen to our playlist The NPR Politics Daily Workout.Subscribe to th...more

  • Obama Is Troubled More GOP Leaders Won't Acknowledge Biden's Win

    Nov 16 2020

    The NPR Politics team talks through big moments from NPR's sit-down with former president Barack Obama.Read the full interview here.This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Listen to our playlist The NPR Politics Daily Workout.Subscribe to the NPR Politics Newsletter.Find and support your ...more

  • As Coronavirus Again Breaks Records, Dem Relief Bill Hopes Hinge On Georgia

    Nov 13 2020

    Coronavirus is surging ahead of the holidays and a much-awaited relief bill is no closer to passage than it was months ago. Joe Biden hopes for an aggressive relief package, but that comes down to two January Senate elections in Georgia.This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, health correspondent Allison Aubrey, and WABE reporter Emma Hurt.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Pod...more

  • Why Did Republicans Rack Up Wins Despite Trump's Loss?

    Nov 12 2020

    Republicans gained seats in the House of Representatives and could very well hold onto the Senate. That's despite Joe Biden's broad presidential win. We talk about a comparatively diverse GOP freshman class and other factors that could be behind their wins.The episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and reporter Danielle Kurtzleben.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@...more

  • Joe Biden Projects Calm As Trump And GOP Allies Spread Disinformation

    Nov 11 2020

    President-elect Joe Biden is attempting to lower the temperature on transition uncertainty and Donald Trump and his Republican allies continue to spread disinformation about election results. As election officials in both parties have maintained, the election was conducted fairly and transparently across the country.This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, correspondent Asma Khalid, and voting reporter Miles Parks.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@...more

  • Supreme Court Hears Affordable Care Act Case; AG Breaks With DOJ Precedent

    Nov 10 2020

    With Obamacare once again on the chopping block at the U.S. Supreme Court, comments from the justices appeared to suggest Tuesday that a majority is inclined to leave the bulk of the Affordable Care Act in place. Also, Attorney General William Barr wrote a memo authorizing federal prosecutors to pursue any "substantial allegations of voting and vote tabulation irregularities." There is no evidence of substantial election fraud.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, national polit...more

  • Pfizer Releases Promising Vaccine News; Biden Announces COVID Taskforce

    Nov 09 2020

    As coronavirus cases again surge in the United States, Joe Biden has announced his own response taskforce. And Pfizer announced promising news about its vaccine, which testing shows is highly effective at preventing the virus.This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and science correspondent Joe Palca.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Pod...more

  • After Election Victory, Joe Biden Addresses Nation

    Nov 08 2020

    President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris addressed the nation after clinching the election.FOLLOW OUR COVERAGEThis episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, correspondent Asma Khalid, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Listen to our playlist The NPR Politics Daily Workout.Subscribe to the NPR Politics Newsletter.Find ...more

  • Joe Biden Elected President : AP

    Nov 07 2020

    A call in Pennsylvania gave Joe Biden the necessary electoral votes to secure the presidency, says the Associated Press.READ OUR COVERAGEThis episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, campaign reporter Juana Summers, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Lis...more

  • Yeah, They're Still Counting. No, There's Nothing Suspect About That.

    Nov 07 2020

    Election workers are still diligently counting votes. Joe Biden has a narrow edge of counted votes so far in Georgia and Pennsylvania, while Donald Trump is expected to carry North Carolina. Despite conspiracy theories and lawsuits, the process remains legitimate and on track.FOLLOW OUR LIVE BLOGThis episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, voting reporter Miles Parks, and senior political editor Domenico Montanaro.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprp...more

  • Biden Needs Arizona And Any Other State To Win The Presidency

    Nov 05 2020

    If the Associated Press call for Biden in Arizona is correct, Joe Biden needs just one more state to top 270 electoral votes; Donald Trump would need to win all the remaining states. Georgia, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and North Carolina continue their counts and remain too close to call.Joe Biden has 264 electoral votes, while Donald Trump has 214. There are 60 votes outstanding.FOLLOW OUR LIVE BLOGThis episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, campai...more

  • Biden Looks Strong After Wisconsin Win, But Both Candidates Still Have A Path

    Nov 04 2020

    Joe Biden has won Wisconsin. The races in Nevada, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and North Carolina have yet to be called. Counting continues as the Trump campaign ramps up legal challenges amid baseless accusations of fraud.Joe Biden has 248 electoral votes, while Donald Trump has 214. There are 76 votes outstanding.FOLLOW OUR LIVE BLOGThis episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, voting reporter Miles Parks, and campaign correspondent Asma Khalid.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politic...more

  • Be Patient: Vote Counting Continues, Key States Remain Outstanding

    Nov 04 2020

    As election officials predicted, high numbers of mail-in ballots and state processing restrictions have drawn out the vote counting process. Florida and Ohio have been called for Donald Trump. Arizona has been called for Joe Biden. Georgia, North Carolina, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania all remain outstanding. FOLLOW OUR LIVE BLOG.With millions of votes still to be counted, neither candidate has been declared the winner. Despite that, Trump raised conspiracies about electoral fraud and fa...more

  • Here's What We'll Be Watching For On Election Night

    Nov 02 2020

    Voting ends tomorrow. It could take time to know results. We talk about what we're watching for, how we'll report who won, and the moments that stood out in a campaign cycle none of us could have foreseen.Tomorrow, we will be live on NPR.org starting at 7PM ET. We will publish an episode here late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.FOLLOW OUR LIVE BLOG.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, senior political editor and correspondent Domenic...more

  • Pandemic, Economy, Character: Hear How The Candidates Make Their Case

    Nov 01 2020

    It has been a long campaign, but the messages have stayed consistent. Hear how the candidates pitch themselves to voters.This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, and White House correspondent Tamara Keith.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Listen to our playlist The NPR Politics Daily Workout.Subscribe to the NPR Politics Newsletter.Find and support you...more

  • On The Ground In Arizona, Florida, Pennsylvania And Wisconsin

    Oct 30 2020

    Reporters share their reporting from key states ahead of election day in this special podcast episode.This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, reporter Lucy Perkins of WESA in Pittburgh, reporter Maayan Silver of WUWM in Milwaukee, national correspondent Kirk Siegler, and national desk correspondent Greg Allen.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcas...more

  • Here's How The Candidates Are Making Their Case To Black Voters

    Oct 29 2020

    Joe Biden's campaign is hoping local validators can make his candidacy persuasive in Black communities. Meanwhile, the Trump campaign has employed demotivational messages, asserting that Joe Biden has a poor track-record on the issues that matter to black voters.This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, political reporter Juana Summers, and White House reporter Asma Khalid.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podca...more

  • New Coronavirus Cases At Record Levels; 75 Million Americans Have Voted.

    Oct 28 2020

    Nearly 70 thousand Americans test positive every day for the coronavirus, a new high. And after the pandemic drove an evolution in voting habits, more than 75 million Americans have already cast their ballots.This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, health correspondent Allison Aubrey, voting reporter Miles Parks, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebo...more

  • When Will Election Races Be Called? Here's The AP's Process

    Oct 27 2020

    NPR, like many news outlets, relies on The Associated Press to discern and report election results. In this episode, we speak with the AP's David Scott about how the organization makes those determinations.This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid and campaign correspondent Scott Detrow.Connect:Subscribe to The NPR Politics Podcast.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join The NPR Politics Podcast Facebook group.Listen to our playlist, The NPR Politics Daily Workout.Subscribe to the NPR ...more

  • Trump And Biden Are Both On The Trail, But Their Campaign Events Are Worlds Apart

    Oct 26 2020

    President Trump is working to enthuse his supporters with rallies full of grievance and conspiracy, harkening back to his successful 2016 run. He cites the energy at his rallies as evidence that polls showing him down are wrong. Meanwhile, Joe Biden's closing argument is the same as his opening argument: Donald Trump is a unique threat to the nation and I represent a return to stability.This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, and senior political ed...more

  • It's Been A Minute: How Latino Voter Outreach Still Falls Short

    Oct 25 2020

    In this special episode from It's Been A Minute With Sam Sanders, Sam dives into the short falls of Latino voter outreach. Latinos are the second largest group of eligible voters by race or ethnicity in the United States, but they continue to be misunderstood and underappreciated by political campaigns of all parties. Sam talks to Lisa García Bedolla, a scholar of Latino politics, about how the word "Latino" encompasses diverse communities of all political stripes and life experiences, and he ch...more

  • Weekly Roundup: October 23rd

    Oct 23 2020

    The US government shared details about two alleged election meddling operations by Iran and Russia this week. The operations initially appear to be smaller-scale than they were in 2016. And we talk about what to expect in the last full week of campaigning.This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, voting reporter Miles Parks, election security editor Phil Ewing, campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, and White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast he...more

  • Surprise: There Was A Lot Of Policy Talk At The Final Presidential Debate

    Oct 23 2020

    President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden sparred over immigration, energy, and pandemic policy in the final presidential debate. But in race with historically stable polling, the debate had few surprises and seems unlikely to change the state of the race.Read Our Coverage Of The DebateThis episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.Connect:Subscribe ...more

  • How Campaigns Work: Polling

    Oct 21 2020

    In an ongoing series congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell looks under the hood at campaigns. From how they raise money to what they do once they have it.This episode, Kelsey looks at polling. But not the kind you expect. Kelsey talks to two of the top pollsters on both sides of the aisle about who exactly they poll, what they ask them, and how the answers change how a campaign operates.This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid and congressional correspondent Kelsey SnellConnect:Subscr...more

  • Trump's Popularity In South Carolina Boosts Lindsey Graham's Odds In SC

    Oct 20 2020

    Democrats have raised oodles of money in the South Carolina Senate race. Like, a whole lot of money. And polling shows things neck-and-neck between GOP incumbent Lindsey Graham and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison. But given Trump's top-of-the-ticket draw there, it could be tough for Democrats to score an upset.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and national political correspondent Don Gonyea.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics ...more

  • Fifteen Days Out, Some GOP Lawmakers Are Distancing Themselves From Trump

    Oct 19 2020

    Joe Biden warns that nothing is certain, while Donald Trump says everything is still possible. Just over two weeks out from the election, the campaigns are in full turnout mode. Despite the president's confidence, though, Republicans are beginning to message that they will be an effective check on a Biden presidency.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.Connect:Subscribe to...more

  • No Compromise From NPR: Does No-Compromising Really Work?

    Oct 18 2020

    Today we are sharing an episode of NPR's No Compromise. The podcast series tells the story of three brothers who are determined to change gun politics. Ben, Chris, and Aaron Dorr are carving out a space to the right of the NRA and the GOP. Discover a social media empire with an unapologetic vision of gun rights—generating millions of likes, follows, and dollars. From Guns & America, reporters Lisa Hagen of WABE and Chris Haxel of KCUR expose how these three brothers from the most uncompromising ...more

  • Weekly Roundup: October 16th

    Oct 16 2020

    Donald Trump mired himself in conspiracy last night at his NBC News town hall. Joe Biden didn't give a clear answer on court-packing, but said he'd make his position clear sometime before the election.Voters in Michigan and Ohio are feeling differently than they did four years ago. And, more than 20 million Americans have already voted. So, what does that really tell us?This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign correspondent Asma Khali...more

  • With Biden Up Double-Digits, Dems Eye North Carolina and Georgia Senate Seats

    Oct 15 2020

    A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll shows Joe Biden with a double-digit national lead over President Trump. That margin makes states like North Carolina and Georgia competitive for Democrats, which is welcome news for their Senate candidates there.This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, reporter Steve Harrison of WFAE in North Carolina, and reporter Emma Hurt of WABE in Georgia.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast h...more

  • Out Of Bed, On His Heels: Trump Campaigns In Florida And Georgia

    Oct 14 2020

    As President Trump returns to the campaign trail after his hospitalization, he's campaigning in states that he won comfortably in 2016. Meanwhile, Joe Biden looks to be expanding his map. And, highlights from day three of Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation hearing.Read All Of Our CoverageThis episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.Connect:Subscribe...more

  • Barrett Says She Isn't 'A Pawn' — But Won't Commit To Recuse From An Election Case

    Oct 14 2020

    Read All Of Our CoverageAmy Coney Barrett didn't give direct answers to many questions, as expected. Like past nominees, she refused to deal in hypotheticals. But Democrats looked to her past writing and scholarship to make the case that she is hostile to abortion access and healthcare access. Republicans said she is qualified to serve.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.Connect:Subscribe...more

  • 'Doubt It'll Change Any Minds': Senate Goes Through Partisan Motions For SCOTUS

    Oct 12 2020

    Republican Lindsey Graham said even though views were set, the hearings for Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination are important. Republicans pushed back against attacks on her faith that have yet to materialize, while Democrats suggested that Barrett would be the end of the Affordable Care Act in the United States.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Po...more

  • How Campaigns Work: Advertising

    Oct 11 2020

    In an ongoing series congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell looks under the hood at campaigns. From how they raise money to what they do once they have it.This episode, Kelsey looks at political advertising. She talks with two of the most respected political ad makers in the business. One argues that the best ad is the one that goes viral; the other believes the best ad is the one with the clearest message. This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid and congressional correspondent Kelsey...more

  • As Senate GOP Demurs On Aid, Women Bear Brunt Of Economic Crisis

    Oct 09 2020

    The Federal Reserve exists to lessen the severity of economic crises and its chair has been calling for more stimulus money for months. But Senate Republicans aren't likely to coalesce around a deal and mercurial negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin drag on.And, what to expect from next week's Supreme Court confirmation hearings.This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, chief economics correspondent...more

  • "Violent Extremists" Planned To Kidnap Michigan Governor, Says DOJ

    Oct 08 2020

    Conspirators began training for a potential attack on Whitmer's vacation home or the governor's official summer residence over the summer, according to a criminal complaint released Thursday. After abducting Whitmer, Fox allegedly said, the governor would be taken a secure location in Wisconsin for "trial," according to the complaint.And, President Trump throws next debate into doubt and levies a bigoted attack against Kamala Harris.This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, justice corr...more

  • Pence And Harris Go Head-To-Head Over The Pandemic, Taxes, And Healthcare

    Oct 08 2020

    Vice President Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris spent the evening echoing the rhetoric of their respective party nominees — but with less interruptions than when President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden debated. This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, and White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Listen to our pla...more

  • Joe Biden Up In Post-Debate Polls

    Oct 06 2020

    The president's sickness has dragged the pandemic back to the center of the presidential campaign, despite the looming Supreme Court fight. And Joe Biden's lead is stable or perhaps slightly up from where it was before the presidential debate last week.This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, White House reporter Juana Summers, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Joi...more

  • As Trump's Care Moves To White House, Doctor Again Evades Key Questions

    Oct 05 2020

    The president's care will continue at the White House. Signs still point to a severe case of Covid-19, though his doctor continues to dodge questions posed by NPR and other outlets. We do not know if the president is on blood thinners or the condition of his lungs.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and science correspondent Rob Stein.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Po...more

  • Questions Persist About Trump's Health After Second Dissembling Briefing

    Oct 04 2020

    The president has started a steroid and his doctor acknowledges that Trump has in fact received supplemental oxygen. His course of treatment suggests a severe case of Covid-19, though his team suggests he could be back at the White House as soon as tomorrow.This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, science correspondent Richard Harris, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR ...more

  • After Doctor Said Trump Doing Well, Source Familiar With His Health Said Otherwise

    Oct 03 2020

    FOLLOW OUR COVERAGE: https://n.pr/3nj0elUMuddled messaging from the White House has sent confusing signals about the president's well-being. We talk about what we know about his condition and treatment.This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, White House reporter Franco Ordoñez, science correspondent Joe Palca.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Listen to our playlist The NPR Politics D...more

  • Weekly Roundup: October 2nd

    Oct 02 2020

    The White House says the president's symptoms have been mild so far, but his positive test is likely to have far-reaching effects on Capitol Hill and the campaign trail.This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Listen to our p...more

  • The President And First Lady Test Positive For Coronavirus

    Oct 02 2020

    President Trump tweeted after midnight Friday that he and the First Lady Melania Trump had both tested positive for the coronavirus. The White House physician also released a formal letter confirming the news. This comes after top White House aide Hope Hicks tested positive Thursday.This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow and White House correspondent Tamara Keith.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Face...more

  • Two Million Americans Have Already Voted

    Oct 01 2020

    Early voting is way up in 2020. But conspiracy theories spread by the president and protests at polling places have spooked some voters, and changed how some plan to cast their ballots.Life Kit: How To Cast Your BallotThis episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, voting correspondent Pam Fessler, and voting reporter Miles Parks.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Listen to our playlist The N...more

  • Rail Force One: Biden Leads Whistle-Stop Tour After Debate

    Sep 30 2020

    The Biden campaign chartered an Amtrak train to take the former vice president through Ohio and Pennsylvania after the first presidential debate. And, voters react to the chaos of last night's event.This episode: White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Listen to our playlist The NPR...more

  • Debate: Trump Refuses To Condemn White Supremacy, Biden Pitches Directly To Camera

    Sep 30 2020

    The first debate was chaotic and light on policy as the participants disregarded the agreed-upon rules. President Trump repeatedly interrupted the discussion in order to lambast Joe Biden and debate moderator Chris Wallace. The president once again refused to condemn white supremacy and did not agree to respect the results of the election. This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, and White House correspondent Tamara Keith.Connect:Subscribe to the...more

  • The NYT Says Trump Paid Little In Income Taxes; What Does That Mean For The Campaign?

    Sep 28 2020

    A New York Times investigation published on Sunday said that President Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes each year in 2016 and 2017, which the president denied at a news conference using a familiar retort: "fake news." This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, senior editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, and chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitic...more

  • Amy Coney Barrett Nominated And Expected To Be Confirmed To Supreme Court

    Sep 27 2020

    The former Antonin Scalia clerk currently serves on the federal bench after a fifteen-year stint as a law professor at Notre Dame. The Senate will now consider her nomination, where Republicans appear to have the votes to ensure a swift confirmation.This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Polit...more

  • Weekly Roundup: September 25th

    Sep 25 2020

    There was bipartisan backlash after Trump suggested that he would have to see the results before committing to a peaceful presidential transition. And Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the first woman in U.S. history to lie in state at the Capitol.This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@n...more

  • How Campaigns Work: Fundraising

    Sep 24 2020

    In an ongoing series congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell looks under the hood at campaigns. From how they raise money to what they do once they have it.This episode, Kelsey looks at political fundraising. She talks to former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci about how you ask for those big checks from millionaires, and the head of digital fundraising for Bernie Sanders about how you get a lot of people to donate just a little bit of money over and over again.This episod...more

  • 200,000 Americans Are Dead — And It Will Take More Than A Vaccine To Halt Pandemic

    Sep 23 2020

    It is hard to conceptualize 200,000 lives lost. Hundreds more die each day. And a vaccine, with partial efficacy and patchwork adoption, won't be enough to end the pandemic. That would take more testing, contact tracing and social distancing. Also, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was honored in services at the high court.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, science correspondent Allison Aubrey and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.Connec...more

  • It's Been Months Since Congress Last Passed Coronavirus Aid. Americans Are Struggling.

    Sep 22 2020

    As Republicans secure the votes to move forward on a Supreme Court nomination, government funding negotiations hit a snag. And Americans are struggling after months with no new federal coronavirus support.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Listen to our p...more

  • Who Are The Women Under Consideration To Replace RBG?

    Sep 21 2020

    "Most of them [the potential nominees] are young, and they've gone through the [nomination] process very recently," Trump said. He noted that one person he is considering for the vacancy is 38 years old and could be on the court for 50 years. Stay Up To Date: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Live BlogThis episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show ...more

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Progressive Icon, Dead At 87

    Sep 19 2020

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday. The Supreme Court announced her death, saying the cause was complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas. OUR COVERAGE: - Obituary, by Nina Totenberg - Live Blog and Latest News - Trump's Supreme Court Short-list - What Happened With Merrick Garland And Why It Matters Now (from 2018)This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, legal correspondent Nina Totenburg, and national political correspondent Ma...more

  • Weekly Roundup: September 18th

    Sep 18 2020

    A steady presidential race remains steady: Joe Biden's lead is in the high single-digits nationally. But Trump's messaging tying Joe Biden to socialism is finding purchase with Latino voters in Florida, a state that is essential to the president's re-election effort.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, campaign reporter Juana Summers, White House reporter Franco Ordoñez, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podca...more

  • Bad News/Good News: Vaccine Access Months Away, But Masks Really Help

    Sep 17 2020

    The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told Congress that a widely-available vaccine probably won't be available until well into 2021. But he did say that masks are perhaps even more useful in preventing the spread. That will prove especially true if people are reluctant to take the vaccine.This episode: White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and science correspondent Joe Palca.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the ...more

  • Analysis: Biden Leads, But He's Still Short Of 270 Electoral Votes

    Sep 16 2020

    Joe Biden maintains a lead in key states Trump won in 2016, but the race remains tight in Florida. Arizona and Georgia are toss-ups, and Texas is pink. And, the race is remarkably stable. Our reporting from across the country finds that a vanishingly small share of voters are persuadable. That makes the election primarily a turnout contest.This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional editor Deirdre Walsh, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.Connect...more

  • They Voted For Obama, Then Trump—Now What?

    Sep 15 2020

    Understanding the motivation of voters in Michigan and Pennsylvania is key to understand the 2016 coalition that allowed President Trump to notch a decisive electoral college victory. Is Joe Biden doing enough to draw that support back to the Democratic column?This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, national political correspondent Don Gonyea, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and political reporter Abigail Censkey of WKAR in Michigan.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Polit...more

  • Trump's Nevada Rally Violated State Covid Rules. He Held It Anyway.

    Sep 14 2020

    After the weekend's rally, aimed at building support among Hispanic voters, President Trump spent Monday in California hearing about disaster response there. Kamala Harris is set to visit her home state tomorrow.And Democrats have made the decision to abandon door-knocking to engage with voters. The Trump campaign alleges it's knocking on a million doors a week. So who has the best strategy?This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and campaig...more

  • Weekly Roundup: September 11th

    Sep 11 2020

    As wildfires rage across the west, activists are noting the campaign's relative silence on the issue of climate change. Natural disasters of all sorts, from heat waves to hurricanes, are made worse as humans continue to increase their emissions.And the Treasury Department and Microsoft have disclosed new election interference efforts by foreign powers, including Russia. The disclosures come the same week a whistleblower alleged Trump administration officials pushed intelligence staff to downplay...more

  • Whistle-blower: Trump Officials Pushed Intel Staff To Downplay Russian Interference

    Sep 10 2020

    The Department of Homeland Security official says in his complaint that he was ordered to halt reports that made the president "look bad." DHS and the White House deny the allegation. This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, election security editor Phil Ewing, and congressional correspondent Susan Davis.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Listen t...more

  • On Tape: President Trump Admits To Downplaying The Pandemic

    Sep 09 2020

    President Trump was aware of the severity of the coronavirus in early February, telling Bob Woodward that it was much more severe than the flu. In public, Trump used the flu comparison in a different way: highlighting the flu's high seasonal death toll compared to the few dozen early cases of coronavirus.He admitted to Woodward in March that he was intentionally downplaying the pandemic in order to avoid panic.Those revelations are contained in Woodward's new book Rage.The United States death to...more

  • President Trump Pushes Unrealistic Vaccine Timeline In Effort To Win Votes

    Sep 08 2020

    Pressed on whether he was politicizing vaccine development by suggesting that a vaccine could come before election day (very unlikely), President Trump insisted his pitch was that a vaccine would be available by the end of the year, and that he was just saying it may be possible by late October or early November. And, his campaign is struggling with money.This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.Conne...more

  • Labor Day Is When Election Season Kicks Into High Gear. Here's Where Voters Are.

    Sep 07 2020

    In this Labor Day episode of the podcast, we hear from voters in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Pennsylvania about how they're feeling about their options in November.This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson, Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Listen to our playlist The NPR ...more

  • Weekly Roundup: September 4th

    Sep 04 2020

    Isolated bursts of violence between protesters have left at least three Americans dead. But demonstrations across the country remain primarily peaceful. And reporting in The Atlantic alleges that President Trump called military service members "losers" and repeatedly privately degraded troops.Also: Facebook now acknowledges that it has a role to play in election security, but experts say that the moves it announced this week are insufficient given the scale of the problems — especially when it c...more

  • The Pandemic Is Slowing Nationally, But Still Severe

    Sep 03 2020

    Six million Americans have been diagnosed with coronavirus and more than 185 thousand have died. Cases nationally are trending downward, but the Midwest is seeing a youth-driven surge. And while the number of people seeking unemployment money has continued to tick downward, the absolute numbers of folks out of work remain high when compared to January.This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, science correspondent Allison Aubrey, and economics corr...more

  • Lawmakers On Both Sides Of The Aisle Contend With New Political Realities

    Sep 02 2020

    Republicans' internal divisions, and divisions with President Trump, made legislating nearly impossible during Trump's first term. There's little sign that thing would be different should he be re-elected.And Sen. Ed Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts, won his primary against Rep. Joe Kennedy III. Congressman Richard Neal, chairman of the House Ways and Means committee, also held-off a insurgent challenger. But the contests illustrate a new reality of Democratic politics: primary challenges are h...more

  • Trump Defends Man Accused Of Shooting Protesters, Visits Kenosha

    Sep 01 2020

    The president is in Kenosha, Wis., today, a city that has been rocked by protests after police shot a black man several times in the back a little over a week ago. Despite some incidents of looting, crime appears to be on par with recent years and near a three-decade low. This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, and White House correspondent Tamara Keith.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the...more

  • Joe Biden: 'Do I Look Like A Radical Socialist With A Soft Spot For Rioters?'

    Aug 31 2020

    Biden's remarks come after several days of unrest in cities, including the shooting deaths of two protesters in Wisconsin, allegedly by an armed white vigilante, and a fatal shooting in Portland, Ore., where a man was killed during a night of confrontations between Trump supporters and racial justice demonstrators.Also, how activists at the March On Washington are talking about voting this election cycle.This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Juana Summers, campaig...more

  • Trump Is Following His 2016 Roadmap. Does It Matter That The Electorate Has Changed?

    Aug 28 2020

    Protests continue after police in Kenosha, Wisconsin shot Jacob Blake repeatedly in the back on Sunday. A young white man is said to have murdered two demonstrators on Tuesday. What do continuing racial justice demonstrations and sporadic violence mean for Trump and Biden?And, a new report shows how the demographics of eligible voters have changed since Trump's 2016 win. What does that mean for his path to re-election?Sign up for our newsletter.Today's episode: congressional correspondent Susan ...more

  • 'We're Here And They're Not': Amid Pandemic And Recession, Trump Touts Achievements

    Aug 28 2020

    President Trump accepted the nomination for a second term onstage at the White House, in front of 1500 people — where the was little social distancing and few masks. The president touted accomplishments and unleashed harsh, often misleading, attacks on Joe Biden who Trump said would destroy "American Greatness."Read our recap. Subscribe to our newsletter.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and na...more

  • Pence: Trump Won't Stay Silent When 'Our Heritage Is Demeaned Or Insulted'

    Aug 27 2020

    Mike Pence formally accepted the vice presidential nomination on the third night of the Republican National Convention. As racial justice protests continue across the country after a shooting in Wisconsin, Pence touted Trump as a president who stands up for "our heritage."Read our recap of the night. Sign up for the newsletter.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and senior political editor and correspo...more

  • Trump Leverages Presidential Power To Juice Convention TV

    Aug 26 2020

    Melania Trump gave her Republican National Convention address from the Rose Garden of "the people's house." Campaign videographers were there as Donald Trump issued a presidential pardon and presided over a citizenship ceremony, relying on the constitutional powers of his office to generate slick videos for his re-election effort. It was unprecedented.Catch up on all that happened with our live blog. Subscribe to the newsletter.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House c...more

  • Trump, Or Else: Speakers Laud President As 'Bodyguard Of Western Civilization'

    Aug 25 2020

    President Trump and his allies portrayed Democrats as "radical" and decried "cancel culture." The first night of the Republican National Convention attempted to rewrite history on the pandemic response while softening Trump's image with stories of compassion and empathy. Overall, though, the night felt gloomy, highlighting a key point of agreement with Democrats: the stakes of this election are existential.Want more? We summed it all up here. And we'll have fresh analysis in our newsletter.This ...more

  • What To Know About The Republican National Convention

    Aug 23 2020

    President Trump and the Republican party will lay out their vision for Trump's re-election all week. The NPR Politics Podcast breaks down what to watch and listen for. This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and senior editor & correspondent Domenico Montanaro.Connect:Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Listen to our playlist The NPR Politics Daily Workout.Find and support your local public radio st...more

  • Weekly Roundup: August 21st

    Aug 21 2020

    The head of the United States Postal Service testified before the Senate today about controversial changes that good governance watchdogs say undermine election infrastructure. Louis DeJoy denied he was responsible for most changes, that he now says won't be implemented until after the election.Steve Bannon, who oversaw President Trump's 2016 election effort, was arrested on fraud charges tied to a $27 million "build the wall" crowd-funding effort. And bipartisan Senate investigators released ...more

  • 'An Ally Of The Light': Joe Biden Pledges Return To Hope And Compassion

    Aug 21 2020

    Joe Biden has accepted the Democratic party's presidential nomination. In his acceptance speech, closing out the convention's final night, he pledged to be a president for all Americans.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.Connect:Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Listen to our playlist The NPR Politics Daily ...more

  • Historic: Kamala Harris Accepts Vice Presidential Nomination

    Aug 20 2020

    Kamala Harris, in her speech on the third night of the Democratic National Convention, accepted the vice presidential nomination with a nod to her mother and tied the death toll of the pandemic to structural racism.Barack Obama attacked Trump directly, fretting about the impact another term could have on democracy in the United States. Hillary Clinton called for a landslide win for Biden.Want more? We summed it all up here. And we'll have fresh analysis in our newsletter.This episode: White Hou...more

  • One Upside For Virtual Convention? No Jeers For Controversial Speakers

    Aug 19 2020

    The Democratic National Convention's second night featured speeches from Colin Powell, Bill Clinton, Jill Biden, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — another eclectic political mix designed to bolster Joe Biden's credentials as a unifier. Activist Ady Barkan gave a speech about his struggle with ALS that laid bare how central health care and health coverage are to the Democratic political brand, despite intraparty differences.Read a recap of the night here. And why not? Sign up for our newsletter, too...more

  • Not Too Far Left, But Left Enough: Kasich and Sanders Speak On DNC Night One

    Aug 18 2020

    Those were the dual messages of the first night of the Democratic convention from former Republican governor of Ohio John Kasich and progressive firebrand Sen. Bernie Sanders.There was a heavy focus on the pandemic, including a powerful speech from Kristin Urquiza, the daughter of a Trump supporter who died after contracting the virus.And, Michelle Obama wants people to make a plan about how they'll cast a ballot.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign correspondent Asma K...more

  • The DNC Starts Tomorrow. Here's What To Watch For.

    Aug 16 2020

    Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and others will speak at the mostly-virtual Democratic National Convention. And, will conventions ever be the same?Want more? Sign-up for the NPR Politics Newsletter.This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, and national political correspondent Don Gonyea. Connect:Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Listen to our playli...more

  • Life Kit: How To Vote By Mail

    Aug 15 2020

    If you're planning to vote this fall, you can probably mail in your ballot instead of voting in person. NPR's Life Kit put together this guide for how to do that.

  • Weekly Roundup: August 14th

    Aug 14 2020

    President Trump opposes funding for the U.S. postal service because he believes it will make voting by mail easier. Led by a major donor to the president's campaign, the postal service has made a number of changes that appear likely to slow election results. The president continues to advance baseless fraud allegations, as a new NPR/Marist/NewsHour poll shows him down double-digits to Joe Biden. This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, voting reporter Miles Parks, White House reporter ...more

  • Trump's Executive Actions Are Less Than Meets The Eye

    Aug 13 2020

    President Trump announced an executive action last weekend to grant an additional $400 in employment benefits after the White House and Congress failed to strike a deal. But, like the three other pronouncements that came at the same time, it is unclear how the order will be implemented and what the president actually has the power to do.READ: In Executive Actions, Trump Extends Some Unemployment Benefits, Defers Payroll TaxesThis episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspo...more

  • In First Campaign Event, Kamala Harris Prosecutes Trump

    Aug 13 2020

    Kamala Harris came out swinging, forceful in her critiques of President Trump at her first appearance on the campaign trail since Joe Biden selected her to serve as his running mate. How effective will she be in that role during the campaign? And what will President Trump's attacks look like while running against a woman of color?READ: Harris, As Biden's Running Mate, Says Case Against Trump Is 'Open And Shut'This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, campaign correspondent Asma Khal...more

  • Why Pick Kamala Harris For Vice President?

    Aug 11 2020

    Who is Kamala Harris and why did Joe Biden select her to serve as his vice president and running mate? The NPR Politics team sits down to discuss the California senator's record, experience as a prosecutor, and how she might fit into the Biden campaign.READ: - In Historic Pick, Joe Biden Taps Kamala Harris To Be His Running Mate - Who Is Kamala Harris?This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, and political repo...more

  • Arizona Voters Discuss Coronavirus, Racial Justice, Election

    Aug 10 2020

    Who will win Arizona, Trump or Biden? How is the coronavirus being handled in the state? Who is to blame? NPR and Marist College held a virtual focus group with voters of all stripes in this new battleground.READ: Arizona Focus Group Sees Trump's Crime Attack On Biden As 'Far From Reality'This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Juana Summers, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the...more

  • Weekly Roundup: August 7th

    Aug 07 2020

    Coronavirus stimulus package negotiations are stuck at "no deal." Meanwhile, tens of millions of Americans remain jobless. Trump may accept the nomination at the White House, a violation of norms and maybe laws. And in a rare big interview, Joe Biden talked China and put his foot in his mouth. On Consider This from NPR: Trump signs TikTok Executive Order This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and senior...more

  • Republicans Fear Democrats May Win Senate

    Aug 06 2020

    Republican strategists worry that the party may not be able to win a Senate majority again, and they almost certainly will not be able to significantly expand their seat total in the chamber. And in the House, a historic seven incumbents have lost their primary races. What's behind the wave?READ: Senate Republicans Face Uphill Fight To Hold MajorityThis episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.Connect:...more

  • Different Approaches, Same Pain: Georgia And California Struggle To Curb Covid-19

    Aug 05 2020

    As Congress stagnates on aid and Biden's convention duties go virtual, states are feeling the pain of the coronavirus. More than 150 thousand Americans have died and that number is growing by more than a thousand a day.In Georgia, schools are reopening — many in person. In California, disagreements abound about the best path forward. And, what will the election look like under these conditions?This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, campaign correspondent Kelsey Snell, Scott Shafer of ...more

  • Trump's TikTok Trepidation Troubles Teens

    Aug 04 2020

    President Trump said Monday that TikTok will close Sept. 15 unless it's bought by an American company. Microsoft is in discussions with TikTok parent company ByteDance over a possible purchase. It is the latest example of U.S. tensions with China manifesting as fights over technology.This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and technology reporter Bobby Allyn.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.or...more

  • The 2020 Battleground Map—With 90 Days Left.

    Aug 03 2020

    NPR's 2020 Battleground MapThe latest NPR analysis of the Electoral College has several states shifting in Biden's favor, and he now has a 297-170 advantage over Trump with exactly three months to go until Election Day. This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook G...more

  • Weekly Roundup: July 31st

    Jul 31 2020

    The country's worst-ever GDP report mirrors common sense: the economic retracted dramatically when the pandemic put life on hold. And the president's mail-in voting conspiracy theories are misleading and undermine conference in election integrity.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, economics correspondent Scott Horsley, and voting reporter Miles Parks.Note: Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google all provide financial support to NPR.Connect:S...more

  • Trump Suggests Unprecedented Election Delay. Congress Isn't Interested.

    Jul 30 2020

    The president tweeted the proposal just after a report showed the U.S. economy shrank by one-third, the worst contraction in history. Legally, rescheduling the election would require changing a law that dates back to 1845.And, Asma Khalid reports from Duval County in Florida, which could support a Democratic presidential nominee for the first time since Jimmy Carter.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, and campaign correspondent Asma Kha...more

  • Who Will Joe Biden Pick As His Running Mate?

    Jul 29 2020

    NPR has profiled a series of women thought to be under consideration to serve as Joe Biden's running mate. They include Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Duckworth, Karen Bass, and Susan Rice.You can find all of our profiles here.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, and campaign correspondent Scott Detrow.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group....more

  • Can The GOP Unite Behind Their Coronavirus Plan?

    Jul 28 2020

    The Senate Majority Leader has announced what is nominally the Republican proposal for the next phase of coronavirus relief, but members of his own party are feeling uncertain about the cost. The plan also includes money for a new FBI headquarters in downtown DC, a priority for the president that lacks wide support in Congress.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politic...more

  • There Are Fewer Than 100 Days Left Till Election Day. Here's The State Of The Race.

    Jul 27 2020

    Joe Biden leads in national polls by a large margin and Trump's approval ratings on key issues are sliding. Despite a term filled with scandals, from the Mueller investigation to impeachment, the president's reelection bid is defined by the pandemic. But a surprising amount can happen in a hundred days.This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Pod...more

  • Weekly Roundup: July 24th, 2020

    Jul 24 2020

    President Trump announced yesterday that much of the Republican National Convention would be cancelled because of coronavirus concerns. School reopening continues to be a major concern for parents, most of whom want to see their kids return to the classroom but worry that it can't be done safely. And Republicans find themselves divided over what to include in their coronavirus aid proposal.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, education co...more

  • After Crackdown In Portland, Trump And Barr Tout Federal Police

    Jul 23 2020

    Federal police have been militant in their response to protests in Portland, including detaining people in unmarked vans. In the wake of that controversy, President Trump and his attorney general are touting an increased role for federal officers in combating systemic violence issues elsewhere in the country.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics P...more

  • Trump Wants To Change Who Counts When Dividing Up Seats In Congress

    Jul 22 2020

    President Trump gave a more sober briefing about the coronavirus Tuesday evening, though it still contained inaccuracies. He said, months into the pandemic, that the White House is working on a strategy. And President Trump released a memorandum Tuesday that calls for the exclusion of unauthorized immigrants from the numbers used to divide up seats in Congress among the states.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, senior political editor a...more

  • Is The Suburban Swing To Biden A Political Realignment?

    Jul 21 2020

    Joe Biden is winning in the suburbs. They were key to Democrats' winning the House in the 2018 midterms. But suburban voters were once a key part of the GOP coalition. Is the shift indicative of a bigger political realignment?This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group....more

  • Congress To Work On Pandemic Relief

    Jul 20 2020

    Lawmakers return to Capitol Hill this week with plans to tackle a long-awaited pandemic relief package. And a majority of Americans don't trust the president for information about the coronavirus. The White House says it plans to return to daily briefings anyway.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Joi...more

  • Weekly Roundup: July 17th

    Jul 17 2020

    Congress has a lot it wants to take on when lawmakers return to Washington next week—police reform, Confederate names on military bases, and coronavirus relief. How likely are they to get any of it done? And the president has asked a new international development agency tasked with countering China to expand its responsibilities to include the US emergency stockpile of personal protective equipment. This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, elect...more

  • GOP Hoped To Diversify. Then Came President Trump.

    Jul 16 2020

    A report from Republicans after Mitt Romney's loss called for the party to diversify its base. Instead, President Trump won. Now what?This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Listen to our playlist The NPR Politics Daily Workout.Subscribe to the NPR Politics Newslet...more

  • Polls Show Biden Riding High. Democrats Are Still Worried.

    Jul 15 2020

    Joe Biden is doing well in the polls: in traditional Democratic strongholds, in swing states, and even in historically Republican bastions. But Democratic strategists and voters both feel worried that there is something the polls are missing.This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, senior political editor Domenico Montanaro.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook ...more

  • Trump Fights Fauci. Nearly 140,000 Americans Are Dead.

    Jul 14 2020

    The U.S. continues to break its record daily high of new coronavirus cases. The White House has begun to openly criticize the country's most visible public health expert: Anthony Fauci.And an NPR investigation has found that some 65,000 votes were invalidated because of hang-ups with mail-in voting. As more Americans plan to vote by mail in November, such hangups could have huge consequences.This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national politi...more

  • Trump Uses His Office To Help A Friend

    Jul 13 2020

    President Trump has commuted the prison sentence of Roger Stone. Stone was convicted by a jury of lying to Congress about his efforts to contact WikiLeaks during Russia's interference in the 2016 election. The move has prompted outcry from Democrats, Mitt Romney, and Robert Mueller.This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and justice correspondent Ryan Lucas.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org...more

  • Weekly Roundup: July 10th, 2020

    Jul 10 2020

    Joe Biden has received detailed policy proposals from the joint committees he formed with Bernie Sanders, part of an effort to bring progressives into his campaign's fold. But, with Biden up by double-digits over President Trump, progressive votes seem less essential to his path to victory. And, he's released a new economic policy plan he calls "Build Back Better," an explicit counter to President Trump's economical nationalism.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and campaign c...more

  • Absolute Immunity? Presidents Don't Have It.

    Jul 09 2020

    The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected President Trump's claim that he is "categorically immune" from having his pre-presidential financial records investigated by a New York grand jury. But in a second decision on the House's request for similar information, the court questioned the breadth of congressional authority. Americans, almost certainly, will not see the president's taxes before Election Day.This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and nationa...more

  • Is It Safe For Kids To Return To School?

    Jul 08 2020

    The President is insistent: kids must return to school in the fall. But its not his decision to make and school districts are struggling to figure out how to open safely. Also, the Supreme Court allows more exceptions to contraception coverage. The last day of the Court's term is tomorrow.This episode: reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, education correspondent Cory Turner, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, national correspondent Sarah McCammon.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast her...more

  • Young People Drive Coronavirus Surge

    Jul 07 2020

    The US is now regularly seeing days with more than 50,000 new cases of the coronavirus, up from the previous peak of 30 thousand a day in April. Florida is among the states hardest hit by the uptick.Listen to our playlist The NPR Politics Daily Workout.This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, science correspondent Allison Aubrey, and national correspondent Greg Allen.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics...more

  • President Revives "American Carnage" Message

    Jul 06 2020

    In a speech Friday at Mount Rushmore, President Trump returned to the divisive "law and order" rhetoric and white identity politics that fueled his 2016 campaign. That's despite signs that the message is not as resonant this election cycle.This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and White House reporters Ayesha Rascoe and Franco Ordoñez.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Listen to our...more

  • How Black Americans Experience Patriotism

    Jul 03 2020

    The U.S. is experiencing a reckoning over the fact that the promises of America are not fulfilled equally. Black Americans share how they experience patriotism ahead of the July Fourth celebration. This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and political reporter Juana Summers.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Listen to our playlist, The NPR Politics ...more

  • US Added Jobs In June⁠—But Now The Pandemic Is Getting Worse

    Jul 02 2020

    The unemployment rate fell to 11.1%. But there are indications that the job growth has slowed recently amid a surge of new coronavirus infections. Follow our playlist, The NPR Politics Daily Workout.This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe. Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Subscribe to the NPR Politics Newslet...more

  • Trump Remakes Federal Judiciary In His Image

    Jul 01 2020

    In June, the Senate confirmed President Trump's 200th judge to the bench. With a dearth of legislative achievements to point to, reshaping the federal judiciary could be the president's most durable legacy.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and senior political editor and correspondent Ron Elving.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Li...more

  • Trump's Disapproval Climbs Alongside US Coronavirus Cases

    Jun 30 2020

    Amid a renewed spike in coronavirus cases, the number of voters disapproving of the job President Trump is doing is at an all-time high, a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds. Joe Biden is using the pandemic to attack the president. And despite a narrow loss in the Kentucky Senate primary, the progressive wing of the Democratic party is amassing power in the halls of Congress.This episode: White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and senior political e...more

  • Supreme Court Overturns Restrictions On Abortion Access

    Jun 29 2020

    Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court's four liberals, citing the Supreme Court's adherence to precedent, to invalidate a Louisiana law that required doctors at clinics that perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Plus, lawmakers in both parties are asking for more information after press reports suggested that Russian operatives have paid Afghan insurgents to target U.S. forces. This episode: congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell correspondent Sarah McCammo...more

  • Weekly Roundup: June 26th, 2020

    Jun 26 2020

    At the first coronavirus taskforce briefing in months, Vice President Mike Pence reiterated that the White House was there to support states in their response to the pandemic and touted the administration's response so far despite the country's high death toll. And Attorney General William Barr talks to NPR about the pile of controversies facing the Department of Justice.This episode: White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, national justice correspondent Car...more

  • Congress Probably Won't Agree On Police Reform

    Jun 25 2020

    A day after Democrats blocked a Republican proposal in the Senate, they are set to pass a reform plan of their own in the House. Lawmakers appear pessimistic about the chances of compromise legislation.This episode: White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Subscribe to the NPR Politic...more

  • U.S. Coronavirus Cases Holding Steady

    Jun 24 2020

    The United States isn't experiencing a second wave of the coronavirus—because the first wave never ended. While original hotspots of the outbreak, like New York and New Jersey, have seen declines, population centers in the south, including Texas, are seeing record numbers of cases. White House coronavirus task force member Anthony Fauci testified about the pandemic yesterday on Capitol Hill.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, science co...more

  • Who Will Kentucky Pick To Face Mitch McConnell?

    Jun 23 2020

    Closely-watched congressional primaries in New York and Kentucky will test how well progressives fare in two very different parts of the country. And reporting from a Michigan suburb on how folks there view the racial justice protests and the president's response to the pandemic.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, Kentucky Public Radio reporter Ryland Barton, and campaign correspondent Asma Khalid.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Po...more

  • Trump Fires Lawyer Who Prosecuted His Allies

    Jun 22 2020

    President Trump has removed a top Justice Department official, Geoffrey Berman, whose office has overseen the prosecutions of several of the president's associates. And the president's Saturday rally was a return to form for Trump, but fell short of expectations set by his campaign.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podca...more

  • Weekly Roundup: June 19th, 2020

    Jun 19 2020

    In Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday, President Trump will hold his first campaign rally since the coronavirus pandemic seized the United States. The top public health official there said he hoped it would be delayed and the campaign agreed to limited public health precautions. And, new allegations from a former national security adviser draw White House ire.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and national political correspondent Mara Liasso...more

  • In 5-4 Decision, Supreme Court Lets DACA Stand

    Jun 18 2020

    The Supreme Court has extended a life-support line to some 650,000 so-called "Dreamers" on Thursday, allowing them to remain safe from deportation. In the majority opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts said the decision was not about the Trump administration's authority to end the program, but rather about its "arbitrary" justification.This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.Connect:Subscribe ...more

  • NPR Analysis: Biden Has Early Edge On 2020 Political Map

    Jun 17 2020

    President Trump is in a political hole and has a lot of ground to make up over the next five months if he hopes to win another term, an NPR analysis of the Electoral College map finds. Read the analysis.This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Subsc...more

  • What Trump's Policing Order Does (And Doesn't) Do

    Jun 16 2020

    President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday encouraging police departments to improve training — a step critics say falls short of what is needed to curb police officers' use of force against people of color.This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and congressional reporter Claudia Grisales.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Subscribe to the N...more

  • Supreme Court: LGBTQ Employment Discrimination Is Illegal

    Jun 15 2020

    The vote was 6-3 with conservatives Chief Justice John Roberts and Neil Gorsuch joining the court's four liberal justices in the majority. "In Title VII, Congress adopted broad language making it illegal for an employer to rely on an employee's sex when deciding to fire that employee," the court held in Monday's decision. "We do not hesitate to recognize today a necessary consequence of that legislative choice: an employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the l...more

  • It's Been a Minute: 'Not Just Another Protest'

    Jun 14 2020

    There is so much to unpack in this current moment. Sam has a candid conversation with Aunt Betty about how history has shaped her view of the current protests, and he walks around downtown Los Angeles to get the perspective of people he meets. Sam also talks to BuzzFeed News reporter Melissa Segura on her recent reporting about police unions and what they mean for reform, and Morning Edition executive producer Kenya Young about being a black parent during this time and the 'talk' she has to give...more

  • The Ground Is Shifting In Trump's Culture War

    Jun 12 2020

    President Trump and his campaign are sticking to culture war messaging even as some congressional Republicans cede ground on police reform as an increasing majority of Americans voice their support for the protests.This episode: campaign correspondents Asma Khalid and Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and senior political editor and correspondent Ron Elving.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast...more

  • The End Of Police In Minneapolis

    Jun 11 2020

    After one of the city's police officers killed George Floyd, a veto-proof majority of the Minneapolis city council has pledged to disband the city's police force. What comes next could take years to figure out.This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, reporter Adrian Florido, and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Subscribe to the NPR Politics N...more

  • "Is that what a black man's worth? Twenty dollars?"

    Jun 10 2020

    Philonise Floyd, whose brother was killed by Minneapolis police, testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. The hearing, tied to House Democrats' police reform proposal, took place as Republican reform efforts in the Senate began to take shape.This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and National Justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Joi...more

  • President Trump Denies Systemic Racism In Policing. Most Americans Disagree.

    Jun 09 2020

    As Joe Biden's campaign touted his plans for police reform, President Trump denied that there is a systemic problem with American policing; according to polls, a large majority of Americans disagree. And Republicans have controlled Georgia politics for nearly two decades. Tuesday's primary in the state could be the beginning of a shift in power.This episode: campaign correspondents Asma Khalid and Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and WABE reporter Emma Hurt.Connect:Subscribe...more

  • Democrats Want To Reform, Not Defund, Police

    Jun 08 2020

    Congressional Democrats on Monday unveiled the Justice in Policing Act of 2020, which aims to install wide-ranging reforms for police departments across the country. It faces Republican opposition. Responding to a mantra of nationwide anti-racism protests, Joe Biden's campaign announced he doesn't support defunding police departments. Reform activists say their ask is more nuanced than that.In this episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and congress...more

  • Weekly Roundup: June 5th, 2020

    Jun 05 2020

    As the country erupts in protests over police brutality and racism, two-thirds of Americans think President Trump has increased racial tensions. That poll comes as news that 2.5 million American jobs were added in May as Trump encourages the country to reopen. Plus, a look at the type of leadership Americans want in this moment.This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and editor & correspondent Ron Elving.Connect:S...more

  • View from the Ground At Washington DC Protests; Misinformation Spreads Online

    Jun 04 2020

    Since the White House has increased its military in the nation's capital, more protesters are gathering by the day. The protests continue to remain largely peaceful despite the Trump administration's focus on violence. Plus, misinformation is spreading quickly as more people are turning to social media to understand what's happening on the ground.This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Alan Wise, political reporter Miles Parks, and investigations reporter Tim Mak.Co...more

  • Congress Searches For How To Respond To Calls From Protesters

    Jun 03 2020

    Despite curfews imposed across the country, protesters continue to gather to demand action after the death of George Floyd. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called on the the Congressional Black Caucus to draft legislation while President Trump continues to focus on quelling the protests.This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@...more

  • 'He Thinks Division Helps Him': Biden Condemns Trump's Protest Response

    Jun 02 2020

    Former Vice President Joe Biden condemned both police violence and President Trump's increasingly confrontational response to widespread unrest in a Tuesday morning speech delivered at Philadelphia City Hall. This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, campaign reporter Juana Summers, and senior political ediotr and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Subscrib...more

  • Trump Threatens To Deploy Military To States If They Don't Stop Violent Protests

    Jun 02 2020

    Escalating his rhetoric during a period of roiling national crises, President Trump on Monday threatened to deploy the U.S. military to cities or states that don't take "necessary" actions to halt violent protests, saying the armed forces will "quickly solve the problem for them." This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpoliti...more

  • Trump Encourages Governors To 'Dominate' Protesters, Blames Democrats For Unrest

    Jun 01 2020

    President Trump on Monday called governors weak and urged them to "dominate" to prevent further violent demonstrations following the death of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis who died after a white police officer kneeled on his neck. Plus former Vice President Joe Biden meets with black leaders and is encouraged to listen to younger African-Americans.This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.Co...more

  • Weekly Roundup: May 29th, 2020

    May 29 2020

    President Trump responded to violent protests days after the killing of a black man. He said he will send in the National Guard, adding: "When the looting starts, the shooting starts." Joe Biden called on the nation to better empathize with the pain of black Americans in the wake of the death of the black man by a white police officer.Plus, the death toll from the coronavirus pandemic reaches a 100,000 milestone. This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House reporter Ayesha ...more

  • The Death Of George Floyd Sparks Outrage From Both Sides Of The Aisle

    May 28 2020

    The Justice Department says it has made the investigation into George Floyd's death "a top priority," after furor over a video depicting a white police officer kneeling on his neck spilled over into widespread protests for a second night. Both Democrats and Republicans called Floyd's death a tragedy. But what action could come from it?This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and justice correspondent Ryan Lucas.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politi...more

  • Twitter Adds Warning To Trump's Tweets As He Spreads Misinformation

    May 27 2020

    Twitter has placed a fact-checking warning on a pair of tweets issued by President Trump in which he claims without evidence that mail-in ballots are fraudulent. The label comes in the middle of a series of tweets from the president touting a conspiracy theory.This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and political reporter Miles Parks.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politi...more

  • Trump Threatens To Move The Republican National Convention

    May 26 2020

    President Trump has threatened to relocate the Republican National Convention, which has been scheduled to take place in Charlotte, N.C., in August. He is objecting to the governor's safety measures.Meanwhile Democrats weigh options for how they may host their own convention.This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and political reporter Juana Summers.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Joi...more

  • Republicans And Democrats Battle Over The Future Of Voting

    May 25 2020

    The coronavirus has reshaped how voting may happen for the 2020 elections, and Democrats and Republicans are battling in courts across the country trying to get the upper hand in November. But because the landscape has changed so quickly, neither party is sure what exactly gives them an advantage.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Miles Parks, and correspondent Pam Fessler.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.o...more

  • Weekly Roundup: May 22nd, 2020

    May 22 2020

    In an at-times tense exchange on the radio show Breakfast Club, former Vice President Joe Biden said, "If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black." The comments drew widespread criticism.Plus, China moves to exert more control over Hong Kong causing more tension with the United States.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, reporter Juana Summers, editor & correspondent Ron Elving, Congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and chief econ...more

  • Trump And Biden Wage An Uneven Virtual Campaign

    May 21 2020

    The president with a major social media presence is facing a Democratic challenger with fewer digital resources. Biden's strategy counts on real-world conditions overcoming Trump's virtual dominance. This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and campaign correspondent Asma Khalid. Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Subscribe to the NPR Politics N...more

  • Democrats Think Prioritizing Health Care Will Give Them Wins In 2020

    May 20 2020

    Hoping to build on the party's success in 2018, the Democratic Party will take aim at federal challengers who want to repeal Obamacare and state candidates who resist Medicare expansion. Plus, a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds that two-thirds of Americans do not expect their daily lives to return to normal for at least six months.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro. ...more

  • Senators Clash Over How Soon To Reopen The Economy

    May 19 2020

    Members of the Senate Banking Committee squabbled Tuesday over how quickly the U.S. economy can rebound from the coronavirus shutdown and whether the federal government is doing enough to support struggling families and businesses in the meantime. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and chief economic correspondent Scott Horsley.

  • Democrats Launch Probe Into Trump's Firing Of State Department Inspector General

    May 18 2020

    Congressional Democrats announced Saturday they're requesting all records and documents regarding President Trump's decision to fire State Department Inspector General Steve Linick, the fourth government watchdog Trump has fired or sought to remove in the last six weeks. Plus, former President Obama addresses 2020 graduates and says the United States lacks the leadership to fight the pandemic. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and national ...more

  • Weekly Roundup: May 15th, 2020

    May 15 2020

    In this week's roundup: Senator Richard Burr, Republican of North Carolina, had his cell phone seized by the FBI as they investigate his stock trades in the weeks before the coronavirus pandemic gathered steam in the U.S. And, what will the Supreme Court say about the limits on a president's ability to forestall investigations into his conduct?This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Justice Department correspondent Ryan Lucas, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and chief leg...more

  • Ousted Scientist Warns Government Response Risks American Lives

    May 14 2020

    Career government scientist Rick Bright testified that he was pushed out as the head of a government medical research agency after pushing back against higher-ups over an under-researched coronavirus treatment touted by the president. Bright says raised alarms about critical supply shortages early on in the pandemic. This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, science correspondent Allison Aubrey. Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.E...more

  • House Democrats Push For Money For States In New Relief Bill

    May 13 2020

    House Democrats plan to move forward with a $3 trillion bill for additional coronavirus relief, following up on the historic $2 trillion aid package passed in March. It prioritizes granting hazard pay to front-line workers and providing aid to state and local governments, which had not been allotted in previous bills. It is seen as an opening salvo in a long series of negotiations on the next relief package.This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional editor Deirdre Walsh, and...more

  • Nation's Top Health Officials Testify

    May 12 2020

    Public health needs continue to stymie lawmakers' hopes for an immediate economic reopening. The nation's top health experts appeared — virtually — before a Senate committee today and provided updates on coronavirus testing and the state of the outbreak.This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, and science correspondent Richard Harris.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Pod...more

  • Fauci In "Modified Quarantine"; CA Special Election Has Lessons For November

    May 11 2020

    After coming into contact with a White House staff member who tested positive for the coronavirus, Anthony Fauci and two other top officials from the White House taskforce are self-quarantining. And the special election in California's 25th congressional district illustrates the challenges social distancing will pose to congressional campaigns ahead of the general election.This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Franco ...more

  • Weekly Roundup: May 8th, 2020

    May 08 2020

    After months of wrangling following the Russia probe, prosecutors will not go ahead with the case against Michael Flynn based on the former national security adviser's false statements to the FBI. And U.S. employers shed a record number of jobs in April, as the unemployment rate climbed to the highest since the Great Depression.This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, and national political correspondent Mara Lias...more

  • Supreme Court Firsts: Teleconferences, Livestreams, And A Toilet Flush

    May 07 2020

    The Supreme Court resumed oral arguments this week after a lengthy hiatus because of the pandemic. The high court heard arguments via teleconference, a process that was (mostly) without hiccups. Remote arguments continue next week.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and chief legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast F...more

  • Partisan Divide: Michigan, Texas Take Differing Approaches To Reopening

    May 06 2020

    As new confirmed cases decline in the state, Michigan has extended its stay-at-home order until May 15th. Texas is moving quickly toward reopening, and while the state's outbreak is comparatively less severe, it isn't tapering off. That has led some public health experts to worry that lifting restrictions could mean a spike in cases.This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, WKAR reporter Abigail Censky, KUT reporter Ashley Lopez.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email th...more

  • Trump Visits Mask Factory In Arizona, A 2020 Battleground

    May 05 2020

    In his first major trip during the outbreak, President Trump is in Arizona Tuesday touring a mask factory. The state is an important 2020 battleground, with a closely-watched Senate race that could be a boon for Joe Biden.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and national political correspondents Mara Liasson and Don Gonyea.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Subscribe to the NPR Pol...more

  • Hill Leaders Turn Down Additional Tests For Lawmakers

    May 04 2020

    The top lawmakers on Capitol Hill, both up for reelection this year, denied the administration's offer of more testing for lawmakers. Many Americans remain concerned about the availability of testing in the United States. And exclusive NPR reporting sheds light on what the president was told in January coronavirus briefings.This episode: White House correspondents Tamara Keith and Ayesha Rascoe, and ongressional correspondent Susan Davis.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email t...more

  • Weekly Roundup: May 1st, 2020

    May 01 2020

    Note: This podcast contains a frank discussion of an alleged sexual assault.In an appearance on MSNBC Friday morning, Joe Biden denied sexually assaulting a former staffer. And the Senate returns to Washington on Monday; Mitch McConnell plans to move forward on judicial confirmations.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Scott Detrow, campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, and congressional reporter Claudia Grisales.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Po...more

  • Treatment Research Continues As Phased Reopening Begins

    Apr 30 2020

    The original White House social distancing guidelines are lapsing, with a phased plan for reopening that delegates more control to states taking their place. And a drug originally developed to combat Ebola shows early promise in lessening the severity of some coronavirus cases.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and science correspondent Joe Palca.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org....more

  • Half Of Households Financially Impacted By Coronavirus. It Could Get Worse.

    Apr 29 2020

    Fifty percent of Americans said they or someone in their household has either lost hours or a job because of the coronavirus, as the economy rapidly shrinks. Also, Delaware is set to allow voters with disabilities to vote online in November, renewing debates over election security. This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, political reporter Miles Parks, and chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley.Connect:Subscribe to...more

  • WH Guidelines For Reopening Remain Vague So States Like Georgia Return To Work

    Apr 28 2020

    The White House has released guidelines for when and how states can begin reopening their economies, but the metrics are loose. Georgia's Governor Brian Kemp is allowing businesses to go back to work. How is that playing out?This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and WABE's Emma Hurt. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org Join the Facebook group at n.pr/politicsgroup Subscribe to our newsletter at npr.org/politicsnewsletter Find and ...more

  • "Veepstakes": Joe Biden Begins Search for Vice Presidential Pick

    Apr 27 2020

    Joe Biden has committed to selecting a woman as his running mate. Now that is the presumptive nominee, he's facing pressure from a number of camps in the party as to exactly who that woman should be. Possible picks like Stacey Abrams and Elizabeth Warren say they would embrace the opportunity.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Scott Detrow, and campaign correspondent Asma Khalid.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org Join the Facebook group at n.pr/po...more

  • Weekly Roundup: April 24th, 2020

    Apr 24 2020

    Doubts grow over the next phase of the coronavirus relief plan. And, the coronavirus outbreak has reshaped how top strategists are approaching congressional campaigns.This episode: congressional correspondents Kelsey Snell and Susan Davis, and White House correspondent Scott Detrow.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org Join the Facebook group at n.pr/politicsgroup Subscribe to our newsletter at npr.org/politicsnewsletter Find and support your local public radio station at donate.npr.org

  • Trump's Immigration Order Stops Far Short Of Total Ban

    Apr 23 2020

    Late Monday night, President Trump tweeted that he would sign an executive order suspending all immigration into the United States. The proclamation that came on later in the week stopped well short of that, temporarily halting some green card processing with plenty of carve-outs.This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org Join the Facebook group at n.pr/politicsg...more

  • Despite Protests, Most Americans Still Support Coronavirus Restrictions

    Apr 22 2020

    Demonstrations supported by national conservative groups have begun to spring up across the country. They are protesting the severe restrictions that public health experts say are necessary to prevent thousands of additional deaths from the coronavirus outbreak. This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and WITF health reporter Brett Sholtis.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org Join the Facebook group at n.pr/politicsgroup Subscribe to ...more

  • Another Half-Trillion: Senate Reaches Deal On Rescue Package

    Apr 21 2020

    The $484 billion bill is expected to approved by the Senate Tuesday afternoon. The largest component of the legislation, according to a summary obtained by NPR, is more than $320 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program, a popular assistance program created last month in an earlier relief package knows as the CARES Act. The package also includes $75 billion for hospitals and $25 billion for testing.This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, ...more

  • Former Staffer Accuses Joe Biden Of Sexual Assault

    Apr 20 2020

    Note: This podcast contains an explicit description of an alleged sexual assault.Tara Reade, a former junior staffer in Joe Biden's Senate office, has accused the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee of sexually assaulting her in 1993. The Biden campaign denies the accusation and says the alleged incident "absolutely did not happen."This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and campaign correspondent Asma Khalid. Email the show at nprpo...more

  • Weekly Roundup: April 17th, 2020

    Apr 17 2020

    The White House has now issued guidance about when communities can begin to reopen, a phased plan based on downward trends in positive cases. But for that plan to be safely executed, testing will have to become far more widespread than it is now. Also, what role did gender play in the Democratic primary?This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, science correspondent Allison Aubrey, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and congressional correspondent...more

  • Unemployment Claims Remain Sky-High, All But Undoing 10 Years Of Job Gains

    Apr 16 2020

    5.2 million people filed for unemployment benefits last week, bringing the four-week total to 22 million — nearly wiping out all the job gains made since the Great Recession. Retail spending, another key economic indicator, is also suffering: down a record 8.7% last month, the largest monthly fall since the Commerce Department began tracking retail sales three decades ago.This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and chief economics correspondent...more

  • Trump, Governors Weigh How To Reopen Country

    Apr 15 2020

    President Trump is impatient to get the country reopened. The administration's public health experts and the governors of California and New York say testing will have to become more widespread for that to be possible.In this episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, political correspondent Scott Detrow, national desk correspondent Quil Lawrence, and KQED political editor Scott Shafer.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org Join the Facebook group at n.pr/politicsgroup Subscribe to our newslett...more

  • Obama Endorses Biden For President—So What?

    Apr 14 2020

    Barack Obama endorsed Joe Biden in a twelve-minute video shared online Tuesday morning. So what does the former president's endorsement mean in an election cycle where Democrats have moved to his left and traditional campaigning has become impossible? This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, demographics and culture reporter Juana Summers, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org Join the Facebook group at n.pr/politicsgroup Subscribe to o...more

  • Trump Promised Corporate Partnerships To Fight The Virus. They Haven't Materialized.

    Apr 13 2020

    Rather than a sweeping national campaign of screening, drive-through sample collection and lab testing, NPR found a smattering of small pilot projects and aborted efforts. Also, the White House is working to reduce wage rates for foreign guest workers on American farms. Opponents of the plan argue it will hurt vulnerable workers and depress domestic wages. This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, an...more

  • Weekly Roundup: April 10th, 2020

    Apr 10 2020

    In a White House briefing Friday, the top medical experts from the coronavirus task force said the social distancing measures appeared to be constraining the outbreak. President Trump said that he would not take any steps to reopen the economy unless he was sure Americans would be healthy. Also, early data suggest that COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting African Americans. This episode: White House correspondents Tamara Keith and Ayesha Rascoe, demographics and culture reporter Juana Summe...more

  • 17 Million Americans Have Filed For Unemployment In The Last 3 Weeks

    Apr 09 2020

    The number of people seeking unemployment benefits shot up again last week, as 6.6 million more people filed initial claims, and analysts expect the numbers to keep rising. Also, the Federal Reserve announced several new lending programs Thursday, designed to pump an additional $2.3 trillion into a U.S. economy that has been severely battered by the coronavirus pandemic. Today's episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley, and political reporter D...more

  • Bernie Sanders Suspends Presidential Campaign

    Apr 08 2020

    In a livestream announcing his exit from the presidential contest, Bernie Sanders told support that while there was no viable path forward for his campaign, the progressive movement was as strong as ever. Sanders' decision comes weeks after the coronavirus pandemic upended the Democratic race. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and campaign correspondents Scott Detrow and Asma Khalid.

  • Despite Health Risks, In-Person Voting Underway in Wisconsin

    Apr 07 2020

    After a protracted tug-of-war between the state's governor, legislature and Supreme Court, voting is underway in Wisconsin's primary election. Results will not be disclosed until Monday to allow for the counting of absentee ballots. And is Bernie Sanders staying in the presidential race in order to extract concessions in the Democratic Party's platform? This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Mon...more

  • White House: This Week Could Be Toughest Yet

    Apr 06 2020

    Deaths from the coronavirus outbreak are expected to spike this week in some of the country's hardest hit communities. President Trump breaks from his medical advisers and recommends a coronavirus treatment that is still being tested. And lawmakers adjust to legislating in the era of social distancing. This episode: White House correspondents Tamara Keith and Franco Ordoñez, and congressional reporter Claudia Grisales.

  • Weekly Roundup: Friday, April 3rd

    Apr 03 2020

    The Democratic National Committee has agreed to push back their nominating convention until mid-August. Mike Bloomberg is facing lawsuits from former campaign staffers who say they were promised jobs through the general election. And the NPR Politics team answers listener questions about the coronavirus outbreak. This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, demographics and culture reporter Juana Summers, and voting and election security r...more

  • Nearly Ten Million Americans Have Filed For Unemployment In The Last Two Weeks

    Apr 02 2020

    More than six million people filed for unemployment last week, on top of the 3.3 million claims the week prior. Analysts project the share of Americans out of work could go as high as 15 percent this year. This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley, and reporter Danielle Kurtzleben.

  • How Tennessee and Colorado Are Responding to Pandemic

    Apr 01 2020

    As the White House warns the American public to expect 100 thousand or more deaths from the coronavirus outbreak, the administration is deferring to states to determine the best response. Many of those governors are looking to the federal government for more support. This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, political correspondent Scott Detrow, WPLN reporter Sergio Martínez-Beltrán, and Colorado Public Radio reporter Bente Birkeland.

  • Pandemic Opens A New Front In The Battle Over Abortion Access

    Mar 31 2020

    Should abortion count as an essential medical service during the coronavirus outbreak? States disagree, prompting court fights. And lawmakers differ on what a fourth round of rescue legislation should look like. This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and national correspondent Sarah McCammon.

  • President Trump Extends Social Distancing Guidance Through April

    Mar 30 2020

    President Trump is now asking Americans to stay at home through April, with some hints that the social distancing measures could last even longer. Even with the aggressive measures in place, the White House says 100,000 Americans could die from the outbreak. This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and science correspondent Richard Harris.

  • Weekly Roundup: Friday, March 27

    Mar 27 2020

    A record number of Americans filed for unemployment benefits for the first time last week as the coronavirus hammered the economy. It's nearly five times the levels seen during the Great Recession. Plus, President Trump has hit his highest approval rating since becoming president – 47%, according to an average of the polls. That's an increase of nearly 3 points over the last two weeks. This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, chief economic corr...more

  • Joe Biden, Retail Politician, Tries His Hand At Virtual Campaigning

    Mar 26 2020

    Joe Biden has held a number of web-based campaign events and fundraisers now that the coronavirus outbreak has grounded his campaign. Early efforts were plagued with problems, though there are signs things are improving. And congressional candidates are also facing challenges, even with the most essential of campaign tasks — like getting enough signatures to appear on the ballot. This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, and demographics and culture ...more

  • Senate and White House Announce Deal On Coronavirus Package

    Mar 25 2020

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell touted a bipartisan deal to provide emergency funds in response to the new coronavirus pandemic and committed to passing the legislation Wednesday, though some in his caucus have raised objections to a key provision. If passed, the bill would provide cash payments to Americans, help to struggling small businesses and more resources to state and local governments, as well as to hospitals. It also includes a number of accountability measures meant to ensure t...more

  • As Congress Closes In On A Deal, Trump Says He Wants To Open U.S. By Easter

    Mar 24 2020

    A Senate agreement on emergency funding to address the coronavirus could be "hours" away, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday, as Republicans and Democrats seemed close to bridging disagreements that have stalled a deal on the approximately $2 trillion package. And on a Fox News special, President Trump said that he hopes the United States can begin to get back to normal by the middle of next month, potentially setting up a clash with public health officials. This episode: campaign correspon...more

  • Tempers Flare In Coronavirus Aid Negotiations

    Mar 23 2020

    As financial markets fall and case numbers soar, Congress has (so far) been unable to reach a deal on a major coronavirus aid package with an expected price tag of more than a trillion dollars. Also, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has become the first senator to test positive for the coronavirus. Close contact with Paul has led at least two other senators to self-quarantine. This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and congressional correspondent Kels...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Friday, March 20

    Mar 20 2020

    The Senate is negotiating another aid package to address the coronavirus, one that would provide direct cash payments, loan guarantees for impacted businesses and more resources for testing and development of vaccines. Also, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee warned a small group of well-connected constituents three weeks ago to prepare for dire economic and societal effects of the coronavirus, according to a secret recording obtained by NPR. This episode: campaign correspondent A...more

  • White House Touts Coronavirus Treatments, As FDA Warns They May Be Months Away

    Mar 19 2020

    The White House gave a press conference Thursday afternoon touting potential new treatments for the coronavirus. The head of the Food and Drug Administration warned that their effectiveness and testing timeline remain uncertain. Also, Congress may soon pass a trillion dollar stimulus package that would provide cash directly to Americans and a backstop for the wide swaths of the economy crippled by the coronavirus outbreak. This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, White House corresponde...more

  • President Trump Partly Shuts Border With Canada

    Mar 18 2020

    The Defense Department said it would contribute to the coronavirus pandemic response with hospital ships, field treatment centers and medical supplies. Congress also ramped up its response, with the Senate expected to pass a stimulus package Wednesday afternoon. This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and White House correspondent Tamara Keith.

  • After More Primaries Biden Grows Lead As Coronavirus Reshapes Primary Calendar

    Mar 18 2020

    Joe Biden now has secured more than half of delegates in the Democratic primary contest, making a Bernie Sanders comeback increasingly unlikely. Biden won primaries in Florida, Illinois, and Arizona on Tuesday night. Sanders gave a speech before voting had ended without mentioning the election at all. Instead, he used the address to debut his proposal to combat the economic impact of the coronavirus. This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, campaign correspondents Asma Khalid and S...more

  • Trump: Avoid Gatherings Of More Than 10 People To Limit Contagion

    Mar 16 2020

    President Trump gave a briefing on the coronavirus this afternoon in which he acknowledged that the coronavirus could cause disruptions for several more months. The stock market dropped more than 10 percent Monday.Also, four states are scheduled to hold primaries tomorrow: Ohio, Florida, Arizona, and Illinois. But concerns about the spread of the coronavirus have made the prospect of in-person voting more complicated. This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Ay...more

  • Biden, Sanders Debate One-On-One As Coronavirus Upends The Race

    Mar 16 2020

    Former Vice President Joe Biden made big news, committing to have a woman as his running mate. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said it would be his "strong tendency." Biden and Sanders started Sunday night's debate with an elbow bump and responded to the coronavirus crisis. They got into detailed arguments over their records on a range of issues, from bankruptcy to immigration.This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, political correspondent Asma Khalid, and national political correspond...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Friday, March 13

    Mar 13 2020

    President Trump declared a national emergency Friday afternoon amid growing concern about the coronavirus outbreak across the United States. The move, widely expected, frees up $50 billion for states to deal with the crisis. This week former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders both criticized President Trump for his handling of the pandemic. The virus has now reshaped how candidates will campaign ahead of the next round of primaries only days away.This episode: Congressio...more

  • Pelosi Vows To Bring Coronavirus Bill To House Floor As Republicans Push For Changes

    Mar 12 2020

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will vote Thursday on a package of measures to address the coronavirus despite pushback from the top House Republican that the bill "comes up short." This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez.

  • President Trump Issues New Travel Restrictions As Coronavirus Spreads

    Mar 12 2020

    In remarks from the Oval Office Wednesday night, President Trump announced actions aimed at curbing the spread and economic downfall of coronavirus, which the World Health Organization has classified as a pandemic. The efforts include a ban on travel from European countries to the United States in addition to proposals attempting to ease the financial strain on workers and businesses. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, science correspo...more

  • Sanders Says He Is Winning 'Generational Debate,' Losing On 'Electability'

    Mar 11 2020

    Despite an underwhelming performance in yesterday's primary contests, Bernie Sanders says he remains a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination. Sanders pointed to Sunday's one-on-one debate with Biden in Arizona as a chance to change the minds of voters who say they like his policy ideas but view Biden as the best option to defeat Trump in November. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and campaign correspondent Scott Detrow.

  • Joe Biden Wins Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi Primaries

    Mar 11 2020

    Joe Biden's campaign momentum continued on Big Tuesday, with decisive wins in at least three of six primary elections. The results paint a grim picture for Bernie Sanders and his chances of securing the nomination. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign correspondents Asma Khalid and Scott Detrow, and senior political editor and correspondent Ron Elving.

  • Stocks Fall Sharply Ahead Of "Big Tuesday" Primaries

    Mar 09 2020

    As financial markets reckon with another acute shock, a question for the White House resurfaces: will it take measures to stabilize the U.S. economy? And Michigan, Missouri, and four other states head to the polls Tuesday, in what could be be a make-or-break day for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley, campaign correspondent Juana Summers, and national political correspondent Don Gonyea.

  • Weekly Roundup: Friday, March 6th

    Mar 06 2020

    As the public continues to brace for the spread of the new coronavirus, President Trump has continued to spread misinformation about the disease. And Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the Senate, made charged remarks on the steps of the Supreme Court that drew a rebuke from Chief Justice John Roberts.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, science correspondent Richard Harris, legal affairs corresponden...more

  • Elizabeth Warren Ends Her Campaign, Talks About Support from 'All Those Little Girls'

    Mar 05 2020

    Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren ended her bid for the presidency on Thursday, marking the end of a campaign that once rocketed Warren to front runner-status. In her exit speech, Warren acknowledged "all those little girls who are gonna have to wait four more years" for a woman to have a shot at the presidency. Her exit raises questions about why, with a historic number of women running for president, the only seemingly viable candidates remaining are white men.This episode: White House corre...more

  • Mike Bloomberg Drops Out; Demographics Of Biden's Supporters

    Mar 04 2020

    Joe Biden's victories on Super Tuesday illustrated the importance of campaign momentum. He won in several states where he had little to no campaign infrastructure and did not advertise. That was possible because of his commanding support from African Americans and older voters.Also, Mike Bloomberg exits the race and Elizabeth Warren considers her future.This episode: congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, demographics and culture reporter Juana Summers, and senior political editor/corresponde...more

  • Super Tuesday: Biden's Surge Continues As Sanders Leads In California

    Mar 04 2020

    Joe Biden topped the polls in eight states on Super Tuesday, including surprise wins in Minnesota and Massachusetts. Bernie Sanders lead in four states, including California.As in earlier contests, exit polls show a sharp divide in the party: young and Latino voters overwhelming prefer Sanders, while older and black voters generally side with Biden.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign correspondents Asma Khalid and Scott Detrow, and national political correspondent Mara...more

  • How They'll Win: Candidates Outline Path To Nomination Ahead of Super Tuesday

    Mar 02 2020

    Our reporters have been following the Democratic presidential candidates all across the country for months. Ahead of Super Tuesday, we check in with them to learn how each presidential hopeful thinks they will be able to secure the nomination. And, we say "bye, bye, bye" to two candidates who decided that they didn't see a path forward. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Danielle Kurtzl...more

  • Joe Biden Wins Big In South Carolina. Now What?

    Mar 01 2020

    The Associated Press has called the South Carolina primary race for former Vice President Joe Biden. It gives his campaign a much needed boost ahead of the slew of Super Tuesday contests in three days.Bernie Sanders has an infrastructure advantage in the coming contests, but will Biden's momentum and Mike Bloomberg's cash imperil his shot at the Democratic nomination?This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign correspondents Scott Detrow and Asma Khalid.

  • Weekly Roundup: February 28th

    Feb 28 2020

    By some measures, this week was the stock market's worst since the 2008 financial crisis as traders worried about the market impacts of the new coronavirus. The administration continues its effort to project stability and preparedness. If the downturn lasts though, it does not bode well for the president's reelection chances.Also, former Vice President Joe Biden faces what may be the most pivotal day of his half-century long political career in Saturday's South Carolina primary. Ahead of the vot...more

  • This Majority-Minority City Voted For Donald Trump

    Feb 27 2020

    As part of our Where Voters Are series, NPR's Ari Shapiro and Colorado Public Radio's Bente Birkeland share their reporting from Pueblo, Colorado.Over the next several months, NPR will feature stories from eight communities around the country as our reporters embed in the community to report on the wide array of issues that will shape voters' choices this election cycle. This episode: congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, All Things Considered host Ari Shapiro, and Colorado Public Radio repo...more

  • Here's How The U.S. Is Responding To Coronavirus

    Feb 26 2020

    United States health officials delivered a clear message Tuesday: serious measures could be required to stem the new coronavirus. One top official described the spread of the disease in the U.S. as inevitable.That tone is in clear contrast to the messages coming from the White House. After a sharp dip in the stock market Monday, President Trump tweeted that the disease "is very much under control in the USA." He is scheduled to address the nation again tonight.This episode: congressional corresp...more

  • Bernie Sanders and Mike Bloomberg Face Debate Attacks

    Feb 26 2020

    In a chaotic CBS debate in South Carolina, candidates of all stripes attacked Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders as he continues to pull away from the pack. He faced questions about his praise for educational advancements in Cuba under the Castro regime and the cost of his domestic policy proposals.Former New York City Mike Bloomberg once again faced criticism for his comments toward women. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren accused him of telling an employee to terminate her pregnancy, which Bl...more

  • Candidates Jockey For Position As Sanders Alternative Ahead of Tuesday Debate

    Feb 24 2020

    Moderate presidential hopefuls face a collective action problem—each wants to see voters rally behind one alternative to Bernie Sanders, but (so far) none are willing to quit the race in order to make it happen.And while Joe Biden was once the uncontested front-runner in South Carolina, lavish spending by Tom Steyer and an uptick in attention from the Sanders campaign means that Biden's chances aren't what they once were. This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, senior political ed...more

  • Bernie Sanders Projected to Win Nevada Caucus

    Feb 23 2020

    Senator Bernie Sanders is the projected winner of the Nevada caucus, according the Associated Press."In Nevada, we have just put together a multi-generational, multiracial coalition, which is going to not only win in Nevada, it's going to sweep this country," Sanders boasted at a rally in San Antonio, Texas, shortly after news outlets reported his caucus win. Former South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg warned that nominating Sanders could cost Democrats seats in down-ticket races.This episode:...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Friday, February 21

    Feb 21 2020

    As Nevada prepares for tomorrow's caucus, state party officials express confidence that it will run more smoothly than Iowa's caucus. Also, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has prioritized engaging Latino voters in the state and that effort appears to be paying off with younger voters there. This episode: congressional correspondent Scott Detrow and political reporters Claudia Grisales and Miles Parks.

  • Bloomberg Faces Voters After Debate; Trump Ally Roger Stone Sentenced

    Feb 20 2020

    Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg hit the campaign trail in Salt Lake City, Utah today after a debate performance that some say left him bruised. Meanwhile, Roger Stone — President Trump's longtime friend and political adviser — was sentenced to more than three years in prison amid uproar about what critics call Trump's interference in the justice system.This episode: Congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, Justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, and na...more

  • NPR Politics Live From Thousand Oaks, CA: Recapping The Democratic Debate

    Feb 20 2020

    This is a special episode, recorded in front of a live audience at Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks, California. The cast recaps the ninth Democratic primary debate, in which candidates turned up the heat ahead of this weekend's Nevada caucuses. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg — a newcomer to the 2020 debate stage — was a top target for attacks, from allegations of sexual harassment to his billionaire status.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign correspondent ...more

  • Michael Bloomberg Qualifies For Wednesday Debate As Sanders Secures Double-Digit Lead

    Feb 18 2020

    Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will appear on Wednesday's debate stage in Nevada, after qualifying in this morning's NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist poll. He is likely to draw attacks from Democrats on stage for his campaign's unprecedented ad spending that enabled his rise in the polls.And Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has opened up a double-digit lead in the Democratic nominating contest with 31% support nationally, up 9 points since December.This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khali...more

  • NPR's Throughline Presents: 'She Got Next'

    Feb 17 2020

    This President's Day we're bringing you a special episode from NPR's Throughline. It's a podcast that looks at the past in order to understand the present. This episode the team looks at the history of women running for president of the United State.There are more female candidates in this presidential campaign cycle than at any other time in American history. But women were running for the highest office before they could even vote. How three women ran and challenged the notion of who could and...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Friday, February 14

    Feb 14 2020

    Attorney General William Barr asked President Trump to stop his social media commentary on Thursday after the flap over the case involving Trump's adviser Roger Stone. The next day Trump tweeted in response.Plus, with impeachment over Democrats and Republicans in Congress map out what future investigations may look like. This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, Justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, political reporter Tim Mak, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and Senior Politica...more

  • Candidates Vie For Support Of Black Voters; Bloomberg Remarks Cause Controversy

    Feb 13 2020

    Joe Biden's theory of the case is that his current support among black voters will lead to success in Nevada and South Carolina. That, in turn, he hopes will propel him to victory in the Super Tuesday contests in early March.Michael Bloomberg, along with other candidates, hope to earn the support of black voters and erode Biden's base. For Bloomberg, his past remarks about black men and crime, "stop-and-frisk" policing, and housing discrimination could make that difficult.This episode: congress...more

  • After Trump Tweet, DOJ Softens Sentencing Recommendation For POTUS Ally

    Feb 12 2020

    Hours after the Justice Department intervened to seek a shorter sentence for Roger Stone, the four federal prosecutors who secured his conviction withdrew from the case.Stone was convicted in November on charges of lying to Congress, obstructing its investigation and witness tampering. Judge Amy Berman Jackson has the ultimate authority to hand down the sentence in his case.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, Justice Department correspondent Ryan Lucas, and White House corre...more

  • Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire Democratic Primary

    Feb 12 2020

    Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has narrowly won the New Hampshire Democratic primary, as moderate voters split their voters between other candidates.Former South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar both had strong showings in New Hampshire. The state's electorate is considerably older and whiter than that of the nearly all of the remaining contests. Despite this result, both candidates face an uphill climb to the nomination because of a dearth of support from vot...more

  • On the Ground In New Hampshire

    Feb 10 2020

    In this special episode of The NPR Politics Podcast, Asma Khalid travels to candidate events around the state of New Hampshire and speaks with reporters from NPR and New Hampshire Public Radio about the themes of the race days before the first-in-the-nation primary.This episode: NPR correspondents Asma Khalid, Scott Detrow, and Mara Liasson; New Hampshire Public Radio reporters Lauren Choolijian, Sarah Gibson, and Casey McDermott. Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show...more

  • Voters Of Color At The Center Of Heated Democratic Debate

    Feb 08 2020

    At the end of a busy week in American politics, seven Democrats took the stage in New Hampshire ahead of the state's Tuesday primary.Each candidate made the case for his or her own electability in a still-crowded field, a topic that remains top of mind for Democratic voters after a chaotic caucus in Iowa. In particular, they spoke at length about how their platforms would help Americans of color.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and campaign correspondents Scott Detrow and As...more

  • Tensions Between Pelosi and Trump on Display After Senate Acquittal

    Feb 06 2020

    The impeachment trial is over, but there are still hard feelings between President Trump and Democratic leadership. Those tensions were on display today at the National Prayer Breakfast, during House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's weekly press conference and at President Trump's White House address on acquittal. This episode: Congressional correspondents Susan Davis and Kelsey Snell, and White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@n...more

  • Senate Votes To Acquit President Trump, Ending Historic Impeachment Trial

    Feb 06 2020

    Senators voted mostly along party lines this afternoon to acquit President Trump on two articles of impeachment. The White House called President Trump's acquittal a "full vindication and exoneration." But in a surprise decision, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, joined Democrats to vote "guilty" on Article I.This episode, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and senior political editor and correspondent Ron Elving.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast...more

  • "Stronger Than Ever Before": Trump Delivers Made-For-TV State of The Union Address

    Feb 05 2020

    It was a highly partisan event. Trump touted his own accomplishments on issues like the economy and paid family leave, lowering the cost of health care, immigration and national security.It was punctuated by made-for-TV moments, including a surprise appearance by a soldier as his family was recognized for their sacrifice.Republicans present gave Trump repeated, resounding applause. After the conclusion of the remarks, Nancy Pelosi ripped up a copy of Trump's speech.This episode, White House corr...more

  • Buttigieg And Sanders Locked In Tight Race After Partial Iowa Results Released

    Feb 05 2020

    Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., is neck and neck with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Iowa caucuses, according to a partial release of results from the state Democratic Party. Even without final totals out of Iowa, candidates are looking towards New Hampshire where the first primary will be held in just one week. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Juana Summers, and senior editor and political correspondent Domenico Montanaro.Connect...more

  • Iowa Results Waylaid By "Technical Difficulties," Democrats Say

    Feb 04 2020

    As problems with a mobile app through which vote tallies were transmitted electronically caused a delay in the reporting of Iowa caucus results on Monday night, Democratic candidates seized the moment to fire up their supporters.Several Democratic contenders delivered what sounded like victory speeches, even though state officials have not yet released vote totals.It is unclear when officials plan on announcing the results.This episode: White House Correspondent Tamara Keith, election security a...more

  • In Impeachment Trial, Both Sides Make Final Pitch on Conviction vs. Acquittal

    Feb 03 2020

    The White House legal team and House managers made their closing arguments today in the Senate impeachment trial. With an acquittal looking almost certain after Friday's vote against witnesses and evidence, House managers asked Senators how they want their legacy remembered while the White House defense said to let the voters decide. All of this happened as Iowans prepare to caucus tonight, kicking off voting in the presidential primary. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Whit...more

  • Special Episode: On The Ground in Iowa

    Feb 03 2020

    In this special episode of the NPR Politics Podcast, Scott Detrow travels to candidate events around the state of Iowa days and speaks with our campaign reporters about the themes of the race in the days before the first-in-the-nation caucus.This episode: campaign correspondents Scott Detrow and Asma Khalid, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, and political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr....more

  • NPR Politics Live From Des Moines: The Road To 2020

    Feb 01 2020

    This is a special episode, recorded in front of a live audience at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines, IA on Friday, January 31. The cast breaks down everything you need to know about the upcoming Iowa caucuses and how impeachment is affecting the race. This episode: political correspondent Asma Khalid, campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro and IPR's lead political reporter Clay Masters. Email the s...more

  • Witness Vote Fails, But Impeachment Trial Stretches To Next Week

    Feb 01 2020

    The Senate adjourned for the weekend, but the impeachment trial of President Trump is not over. Senators voted not to hear from new witnesses on Friday — a move Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called it a "grand tragedy." This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional editor Deirdre Walsh, and Congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell.

  • Questions of Foreign Interference Continue as Trial Moves Closer to Vote on Witnesses

    Jan 31 2020

    Close to a vote on whether to include witnesses, the White House legal team continued to defend its argument that the president sometimes has authority to ask foreign powers to investigate political rivals in the name of public interest.

  • Trump Legal Team Says Quid Pro Quo In Pursuit Of Reelection Isn't Impeachable

    Jan 30 2020

    The point was made by Alan Dershowitz, one of the president's attorneys: "If a president does something which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment."Asked to respond, Impeachment Manager Adam Schiff was incredulous. "All quid pro quos are fine, it's carte blanche?" Schiff asked. "Is that really what we're prepared to say?"The question of whether witnesses will be included in the trail remains open. While ...more

  • President's Defense Team Concludes Arguments in Impeachment Trial

    Jan 28 2020

    President Trump's impeachment defense team concluded their arguments with time to spare Tuesday. White House counsel Pat Cipollone said the two articles of impeachment — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — "fall far short of any constitutional standard."Democrats continue to push for an agreement on witnesses; in particular, they hope to hear from former national security adviser John Bolton. According to a report in the New York Times, Bolton alleges in a forthcoming book that Preside...more

  • John Bolton Casts Shadow Over Trump Impeachment Defense

    Jan 28 2020

    As President Trump's legal team continues their case for acquittal, a report in The New York Times about an alleged conversation between Trump and Bolton — contained in a draft of the former national security adviser's book manuscript — could change the equation for some senators who are undecided on calling witnesses.And, Joe Biden and Rudy Giuliani were both discussed at length today as the president's lawyers attempt to reframe and undercut the arguments made by Democratic House impeachment m...more

  • Trump's Legal Team Begins Impeachment Defense, Says The President Did 'Nothing Wrong'

    Jan 25 2020

    President Trump "did absolutely nothing wrong," White House counsel Pat Cipollone said Saturday, as lawyers representing the president got their first shot to poke holes in the impeachment case made this week by Democrats.Saturday's proceedings, which lasted a little more than two hours, set up the White House arguments in the impeachment trial. The president's team told senators that the House managers selectively withheld evidence in their arguments against the president.This episode: White Ho...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Friday, January 24

    Jan 25 2020

    Democratic impeachment managers conclude their opening arguments Friday night in the Senate Impeachment trial. The president's defense team begins their arguments Saturday morning, a timeslot President Trump referred to as "Death Valley in T.V."And is the country more prepared for misinformation and election interference now than it was in 2016? NPR's Secure Your Vote series documents the progress and continuing challenges.This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter A...more

  • A Few Republicans And The American Public: Democrats Target Their Impeachment Message

    Jan 24 2020

    On the second day of their opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial, Democratic managers honed their case. They hope to persuade a narrow band of Republican senators to support the introduction of new evidence and witnesses.And some Republicans have begun to voice concerns about the White House legal team's approach to the trial. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said he wants the team to respond directly to claims made by the Democratic side.This episode: campaign correspondent ...more

  • NPR Politics Live From Drew University: The Road To 2020

    Jan 23 2020

    This is a special episode, recorded in front of a live audience at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey on Wednesday, January 22nd. As part of Drew Forum's Speakers Series, the cast breaks down everything you need to know about who's running for president, and how impeachment affects the race. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, senior political editor & correspondent Domenico Montanaro, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson...more

  • Senate Trial Opens With Democrats' Appeal to Remove Trump

    Jan 23 2020

    As the third presidential impeachment trial in the country's history got underway, there was a lot that sounded familiar.House impeachment managers, led by California Democrat Adam Schiff, presented their case against President Trump, based on evidence gathered during the hearings in the House late last year. This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and Justice Department reporter Ryan Lucas. Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Ema...more

  • Senate Impeachment Trial Begins With Partisan Rules Fight

    Jan 22 2020

    The first full day of the Trump impeachment trial has been dominated by partisan fighting over the rules of the proceedings.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., released his resolution outlining the next steps, including a week of hours-long opening arguments, on Monday. By Tuesday, ahead of the debate, Senate leaders made additional changes to the trial timeline.Speaking on the Senate floor, McConnell called the resolution "a fair road map," that closely tracks precedents. Senate Mino...more

  • We've Attended Thousands of Political Rallies. Here's How They Work.

    Jan 20 2020

    Every political rally can be distilled to a few elements: the music, the stump, and the call to action. But each candidate's rallies look a bit different than those of their competitors.In this episode, NPR's Scott Detrow, Asma Khalid, and Don Gonyea talk through the rally styles of Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Pete Buttigieg.(We'll talk about President Trump's rallies in a later episode.)Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Friday, January 17

    Jan 17 2020

    President Trump has announced his legal team for the Senate impeachment trial—and it includes ghosts of impeachment past. And a non-partisan government watchdog says Trump broke the law by withholding aid money to Ukraine that had been appropriated by Congress. Also, one tortoise gets too much credit for reviving his species.This episode: White House correspondents Tamara Keith, Ayesha Rascoe, and Franco Ordoñez, Justice Department correspondent Ryan Lucas, and Senior Political Editor and Corres...more

  • Trade Deals Offer Trump Fodder To Tout On Trail

    Jan 16 2020

    This week, President Trump inked deals in the two trade spats that have helped to define presidency: The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement, an incremental upgrade of NAFTA; and, a so-called 'Phase One' deal to deescalate his trade war with China.It remains to be seen what, if any, impact the bilateral deals have on the U.S. economy, but it seems certain that the president will tout the agreements on the campaign trail—particularly in states with large agricultural and manufacturing sectors.This episode...more

  • After Weeks of Delay, House Transmits Articles of Impeachment to Senate

    Jan 15 2020

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi named seven Democratic members of Congress as the managers to argue the case for impeachment before the Senate."The emphasis is on litigators. The emphasis is on comfort level in the courtroom. The emphasis is making the strongest possible case to protect and defend our Constitution, to seek the truth for the American people," Pelosi said in a Wednesday press conference.As early as Thursday morning, the impeachment managers will read the House resolution that appointed...more

  • Democratic Debate Confronts A Loaded Question: 'Can A Woman Win Against Trump?'

    Jan 15 2020

    Six Democratic presidential candidates debated on Tuesday night in Iowa, less than three weeks before the state's first-in-the-nation caucuses.It came up early: can a woman win? The candidates agreed that the answer is yes after Bernie Sanders denied Elizabeth Warren's accusation that he told her a woman couldn't win.And as the candidates debated trade, Sanders stood out as the only opponent of USMCA, the replacement for NAFTA.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political corre...more

  • With A Debate Looming, Progressives Feud and Cory Booker Drops Out

    Jan 13 2020

    New Jersey Senator Cory Booker has suspended his presidential campaign, citing a lack of money to run a winning campaign.Also, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren expressed her frustration with Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, after POLITICO reported that campaign volunteers were provided talking points attacking her.This episode: White House Correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and demographics and culture correspondent Juana Summers.Connect:Subscribe to ...more

  • NPR Politics Live From Chicago: The Road To 2020

    Jan 11 2020

    This is a special episode, recorded in front of a live audience at the Harris Theater in Chicago, IL on Friday, January 10th. The cast breaks down everything you need to know about who's running for president, and how impeachment affects the race. This episode: political correspondent Asma Khalid, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and senior editor and correspondent Ron Elving. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public ra...more

  • How Chief Justice Roberts May Preside Over Senate Impeachment

    Jan 10 2020

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to hand over articles of impeachment to the Senate next week and when the trial begins, Chief Justice John Roberts will be in the center chair. But how much power will he have? If past is prologue, the answer might be... not much. Plus, what Bill Clinton's impeachment might tell us about what to expect from the Senate trial. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, and senior editor and correspondent ...more

  • House Vote Reignites Tug-Of-War Over Military Authority

    Jan 09 2020

    The House is set to vote this evening on a resolution to limit President Trump's authority to strike Iran. President Trump is operating, like his recent predecessors, off of expansive war-making powers granted by Congress in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Many lawmakers say it is time for Congress to claw back some of that authority, granted in part by the Constitution, but the politics of voting on warfare can be complicated.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, congressional co...more

  • Trump Responds To Iranian Missile Strike With Sanctions

    Jan 08 2020

    No casualties were reported after an Iranian missile strike on U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq on Tuesday night.On Wednesday morning, President Trump announced a new round economic sanctions against Iran in a televised address. He also called on NATO to become "much more involved in the Middle East process."Meanwhile, the impeachment process trudges onward in the Senate.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, congressional correspondent ...more

  • 2020 Democrats Divided In Their Response To Iran Conflict

    Jan 07 2020

    President Trump's decision to kill a top Iranian general has split the Democratic field along familiar ideological lines. It remains to be seen how much the issue will ultimately matter to primary voters, something that will depend in part on whether the conflict between the United States and Iran continues to escalate.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, and National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics P...more

  • Congressional Democrats Plan Vote on Trump's War Powers

    Jan 06 2020

    Top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi called last week's drone airstrike against Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani "provocative and disproportionate."Iran says it will no longer honor its commitment to limit its enrichment of uranium, stepping away from a key component of the landmark nuclear deal it agreed to with six nations, including the United States, in 2015.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, and National Political Correspondent Mara ...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Friday, January 3rd

    Jan 03 2020

    President Trump ordered a strike against a top Iranian military leader that seems likely to upset the balance between the Middle East and Washington, raising questions about what comes next.Also, the holiday break did not clarify what is to come in the impeachment process. Remarks from Senate leadership today indicated that the coming trial could proceed without a bipartisan deal on its format, a break from tradition.This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Fr...more

  • Julian Castro Drops Out Of 2020 Race; Candidates Release Fundraising Numbers

    Jan 02 2020

    Julián Castro, who served as secretary of housing and urban development in the Obama administration , has ended his presidential campaign. Elements of his progressive campaign platform, including decriminalizing illegal border crossings, were adopted by other Democrats in the race.Also, President Trump and leading Democrats have previewed their fourth-quarter fundraising hauls. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' campaign announced it raised $34.5 million since October. Entrepreneur Andrew Yang rai...more

  • Why New Hampshire Holds The First Primary And Why That Matters

    Jan 01 2020

    In this special episode of The NPR Politics Podcast we sat down with New Hampshire Public Radio's political reporter Lauren Chooljian to talk about why New Hampshire's primary comes first in the presidential election and why that matters.Chooljian and her team explored the history and impact of the primary in NHPR's Stranglehold, and we deep dive on the key things she learned while digging into the history.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith and senior political editor and corre...more

  • Why Iowa's Caucus Comes First And Why That Matters

    Dec 31 2019

    In this special episode of The NPR Politics Podcast we sat down with Iowa Public Radio's lead political reporter Clay Masters to talk about why Iowa's caucus comes first in the presidential election and why that matters.Masters explored the history and impact of the caucuses in IPR's new podcast Caucus Land, and we deep dive on the key things he learned while hitting the road and following the 2020 presidential candidates.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith and senior political ...more

  • The Biggest Political Moments Of The Decade

    Dec 30 2019

    What are the most notable political moments of the last decade? The NPR Politics team sits down to discuss four of their picks: the rise of the Tea Party, the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the elimination of the filibuster for judicial appointees, and the Access Hollywood tape.What stuck out to you this decade? Share and discuss with other listeners in our Facebook Group.This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson, and Sen...more

  • How Elizabeth Warren's Bankruptcy Research Sparked Her Progressive Politics

    Dec 27 2019

    This week, the NPR Politics Podcast investigates defining moments in the lives of four top Democratic presidential candidates to understand how those experiences shape their politics today.Elizabeth Warren did not begin her professional career as a progressive firebrand. In the 1980s, she was a moderate-minded academic and law professor at the University of Texas, just beginning to her research into Americans who have declared bankruptcy.Over time, that work changed Warren and cultivated that ki...more

  • What Joe Biden Learned From His 1988 Presidential Campaign

    Dec 26 2019

    This week, the NPR Politics Podcast investigates defining moments in the lives of four top Democratic presidential candidates to understand how those experiences shape their politics today.Joe Biden's first attempt at running for president — during the 1988 election — ended so quickly that it was still 1987 when he dropped out. But that failure came at the same moment that Joe Biden won a major victory for Democrats: preventing President Reagan's Supreme Court nominee, Robert Bork, from being co...more

  • The Eight-Hour Speech That Made Bernie Sanders A Household Name

    Dec 25 2019

    This week, the NPR Politics Podcast investigates defining moments in the lives of four top Democratic presidential candidates to understand how those experiences shape their politics today.On December 10th, 2010, Bernie Sanders gave a marathon speech on the floor of the Senate protesting a tax deal negotiated between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and then-Vice President Joe Biden. Sanders was upset that the package included tax cuts for high-income Americans.Though his speech failed to ...more

  • A Younger Pete Buttigieg Thought That Democrats Weren't Progressive Enough

    Dec 24 2019

    This week, the NPR Politics Podcast investigates defining moments in the lives of four top Democratic presidential candidates to understand how those experiences shape their politics today.In deep conversations in college dorms at the height of the Iraq war, Pete Buttigieg joined friends to create an informal group with a mission: rebuild a Democratic Party that would live up to progressive ideals.Now a top contender for the Democratic nomination, Buttigieg has cultivated a more moderate brand —...more

  • What the Ukraine Scandal Looks Like ... From Ukraine

    Dec 23 2019

    Earlier this year, Ukraine elected a comedian as its new president, kicking off a wave of reform that swept the country. Just as Ukrainians felt as though they finally had a chance at ending corruption in their country, they found themselves embroiled in a corruption scandal here in the United States.NPR's Gregory Warner of the podcast Rough Translation joins the NPR Politics Podcast to share his reporting from Ukraine. He shares the story of one newly elected parliamentarian as he races to fix ...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Friday, December 20

    Dec 20 2019

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are locked in a procedural fight over the format of President Trump's impeachment trial.The Senate was expected to begin the trial in January, but cannot do so until they have officially received the articles of impeachment from the House.After some Democrats expressed concerns that Senate Republicans would not conduct the trial in good faith, Pelosi has held off on transmitting the articles as senators negotiate the trial's f...more

  • The 6th Democratic Debate Takeaways

    Dec 20 2019

    The last Democratic presidential debate of 2019, sponsored by the PBS NewsHour and Politico, has concluded. After an hour without direct clashes, Sen. Elizabeth Warren attacked South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg over his willingness to hold fundraisers with wealthy donors. Buttigieg in turn accused Warren of hypocrisy, saying she raised money in a similar way while serving in the Senate.The candidates also differed sharply over health care, exposing the debates over pragmatism versus big ide...more

  • President Trump Impeached on Charges of Obstruction, Abuse of Power

    Dec 19 2019

    For just the third time in American history, the House of Representatives has voted to impeach the president of the United States. The chamber approved both proposed articles of impeachment — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Trump is accused of pressuring the president of Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joseph Biden, a political rival, and will soon face a trial in the Senate.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, an...more

  • House Advances Major Budget Deal As Trump Bemoans Impeachment

    Dec 17 2019

    President Trump sent a six-page letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Tuesday, criticizing Democrats for the impeachment proceedings, which he calls "an unprecedented and unconstitutional abuse of power ... unequaled in nearly two and a half centuries of American legislative history."The letter came as the House of Representatives passed a $1.3 trillion bipartisan spending agreement ahead a Friday deadline to avoid a government shutdown.The measure includes funds to support election security and ...more

  • Anti-Impeachment Democrat To Switch Party; Dispute Could Upend Democratic Debate

    Dec 16 2019

    New Jersey Democrat Rep. Jeff Van Drew is expected to switch parties and become a Republican. Democrats still appear to have more than enough support to impeach President Trump later this week.Also, a labor dispute at Loyola Marymount University may mean Democrats refuse to take the stage at a debate scheduled to be held at the university Thursday night. Culinary workers there are striking over what they see as an inadequate contract with the school's dining provider. The seven Democratic candi...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Friday, December 13

    Dec 13 2019

    Despite partisan impeachment hearings, lawmakers reached a flurry of tentative deals on on Space Force, family leave for federal workers, and a multilateral trade package.On the campaign trail, candidates sparred over their past work in the private sector.This episode: political correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and senior editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.Connect:Subscrib...more

  • Democrats Prepare To Advance Impeachment Articles After Fractious All-Day Hearing

    Dec 12 2019

    Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee expect to give their final vote of approval on two articles of impeachment against President Trump Thursday night.The vote is expected after a day of partisan fighting, with Republicans advancing a series of doomed amendments in protest of a process they see as unwarranted. Democrats again insisted that the president must be removed from office for his behavior in the Ukraine affair.This episode: political correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional corres...more

  • DOJ IG Testifies To FBI Lapses, Finds No Political Motivation In Trump Campaign Probe

    Dec 11 2019

    Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday about his investigation into origin of the FBI's probe of the 2016 Trump campaign. His report, unveiled on Monday, substantiates Republican claims of numerous process issues within the bureau, though finds no evidence that the start of the probe was politically motivated.On the other side of the Capitol Building, the House Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on Wednesday night an...more

  • Democrats Reveal Articles Of Impeachment Against The President

    Dec 10 2019

    House Democrats officially unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Trump at a press conference on Tuesday morning: abuse of power in the Ukraine affair and obstruction of Congress. The scope of the charges, which make only a passing reference to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference, reveals the sway of Democrats' moderate members in shaping the impeachment process.Within hours of that announcement, Democratic leaders convened a second press conf...more

  • Hearing Recaps Impeachment Probe; DOJ IG Report Finds No Bias in Russia Inquiry

    Dec 09 2019

    In a hearing summarizing the findings of the impeachment inquiry so far, Democrats said they believe the case for removing President Trump from office is clear.And in a report released Monday afternoon, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz found that the department's Russia investigation was "properly" predicated and conducted without political bias — but there were numerous problems with the surveillance of a junior campaign aide to Donald Trump.This episode: White House corres...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Friday, December 6

    Dec 06 2019

    Now that Speaker Pelosi has announced that the House will draft articles of impeachment, Democrats must decide how wide or narrow those articles will be. Plus, what does all the drama at the NATO summit say about the United States on the world stage? This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Tamara, Keith, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, Congressional editor Deirdre Walsh, and senior political editor & correspondent Domenico Montanaro.Connect:Email the ...more

  • #DemsSoWhite? Kamala Harris' Exit Raises Hard Questions About Race And Power

    Dec 05 2019

    The Democratic Party faces the prospect of a debate in two weeks with only white candidates onstage. Earlier, they had the most diverse presidential candidate field in history. This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, political correspondent Asma Khalid, and political reporter Juana Summers.Connect:Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Subscribe to the NPR Politics Newsletter.Find and support your local public radio station.

  • Judiciary Hearing Opens Final Act Of Democrats' Trump Impeachment Saga

    Dec 04 2019

    A panel of four constitutional law scholars are trying to put the allegations against Trump in a historical and legal context. Three of the professors support impeachment, one is opposed. This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, national security editor Phil Ewing, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.Connect:Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Subscribe to the NPR Politics Newsletter.Find and support your local public radio ...more

  • Democrats Release Impeachment Report; Kamala Harris Drops Out Of 2020 Race

    Dec 03 2019

    Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee unveiled the report summarizing their case for impeachment on Tuesday. Plus, California Sen. Kamala Harris is dropping out of the presidential race, citing a lack of funds. This episode: political correspondent Asma Khalid, political correspondent Scott Detrow, national security editor Phil Ewing, and senior editor & correspondent Domenico Montanaro.Connect:Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Subscribe t...more

  • Judiciary Takes Up Impeachment As House Intelligence Panel Prepares To Release Report

    Dec 02 2019

    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff will reveal his findings in the impeachment probe, and the House Judiciary plans a hearing with experts on constitutional grounds for impeachment. This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Tim Mak, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Connect:Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Subscribe to the NPR Politics Newsletter.Find and support your local public radio...more

  • How To Run For Office

    Nov 29 2019

    In this special collaboration with NPR's Life Kit the NPR Politics team breaks down what are key steps for running for office. This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, political reporter Miles Parks, and editor & correspondent Ron Elving. Connect:Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Subscribe to the NPR Politics Newsletter.Find and support your local public radio station.

  • How To Vote In An Election

    Nov 28 2019

    In this special collaboration with NPR's Life Kit the NPR Politics team breaks down how to get ready for election day. This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, political reporter Miles Parks, and senior editor & correspondent Domenico Montanaro. Connect:Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Subscribe to the NPR Politics Newsletter.Find and support your local public radio station.

  • How To Spot Misinformation

    Nov 27 2019

    In this special collaboration with NPR's Life Kit the NPR Politics team breaks down what misinformation is and how you can spot it. This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, political reporter Miles Parks, and national security editor Philip Ewing. Connect:Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Subscribe to the NPR Politics Newsletter.Find and support your local public radio station.

  • Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg Is Running For President

    Nov 26 2019

    Bloomberg announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination, saying Trump "represents an existential threat to our country and our values." The businessman is a late entrant to a crowded field. This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, political correspondent Scott Detrow, and political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben. Connect:Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Subscribe to the NPR Politics Newsletter.Find and support your local publi...more

  • Trump Fires Navy Secretary; Will Allow Eddie Gallagher to Retire As Navy SEAL

    Nov 25 2019

    President Trump has repeatedly intervened on behalf of the Navy SEAL recently convicted of misconduct. This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, Election Security editor Phil Ewing, and National Political correspondent Mara Liasson. Connect:Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Subscribe to the NPR Politics Newsletter.Find and support your local public radio station.

  • Weekly Roundup: Friday, November 22

    Nov 22 2019

    After a full week jam-packed with impeachment inquiry hearings we look back at the major moments that shaped what will happen next. This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspodent Franco Ordoñez, Congressional correspondent Claudia Grisales, and senior editor & correspondent Domenico Montanaro.Connect:Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Subscribe to the NPR Politics Newsletter.Find and support your local public radio ...more

  • Hill Calls Investigations A "Domestic Political Errand"; Holmes Details Trump Call

    Nov 21 2019

    In what may be the final day of public hearings, members of Congress heard from a former White House policy insider and a foreign service officer who said he overheard a call with President Trump. In this episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and justice correspondent Ryan Lucas. Connect:Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Subscribe to the NPR Politics Newsletter.Find and support your local public ra...more

  • The 5th Democratic Debate Takeaways

    Nov 21 2019

    The big question of the night was whether or not Mayor Pete Buttigieg would take heat from other candidates after rising in the polls in Iowa. After discussion about policies that haven't received much attention at previous debates, the attacks came. In this episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, political correspondent Asma Khalid, political reporter Juana Summers, and senior editor & correspondent Domenico Montanaro. Connect:Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics P...more

  • Sondland Says Trump Conditioned White House Meeting on Announcement of Investigations

    Nov 20 2019

    Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, tied President Trump directly to conditioning a meeting with the Ukrainian president with "a public statement from President Zelenskiy committing to investigations of Burisma and the 2016 election." In this episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and Justice department correspondent Ryan Lucas.Connect:Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Subscribe...more

  • Takeaways From The Third Day Of Public Hearings In The Impeachment Inquiry

    Nov 20 2019

    Four witnesses testified in the impeachment hearing. The first two were the first to testify with firsthand knowledge of the president's phone call with the Ukrainian president. The second two were called by Republicans to support their claims. In this episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and national security editor Phil Ewing.Connect:Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Subscribe to the NP...more

  • Impeachment Hearings & The 5th Democratic Debate: What To Watch For This Week

    Nov 18 2019

    More hearings in the impeachment hearing are slated for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week. The cast breaks down what to watch for each day. Plus, the democratic candidates face-off for the fifth time on the debate stage Wednesday night. In this episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, national security editor Phil Ewing, and political correspondent Scott Detrow.Connect:Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics P...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Friday, November 15

    Nov 15 2019

    Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch described a pressure campaign to oust her from Kyiv. President Trump tweeted negatively about her during her hearing; Rep. Adam Schiff called it "witness intimidation." Plus, two 2020 candidates throw their name into the ring. In this episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political correspondent Asma Khalid, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and senior editor & correspondent Domenico Montanaro. Connect:Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR P...more

  • Pelosi Says Impeachment Inquiry Shows That Trump Engaged In Bribery

    Nov 14 2019

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi believes that the impeachment inquiry currently underway has uncovered evidence that President Trump's actions amounted to bribery. In this episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and editor & correspondent Ron Elving. Connect:Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Subscribe to the NPR Politics Newsletter.Find and support your local public radio station.

  • Takeaways From The First Public Hearing In Impeachment Inquiry

    Nov 13 2019

    Mostly, the five hour hearing emphasized aspects of the narrative about the Ukraine affair that already have emerged from closed-door depositions. In this episode: Political correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and Justice Department correspondent Ryan Lucas. Related coverage: Impeachment Witness: Trump Asked Diplomat About Ukraine InvestigationsConnect:Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Subscribe to the NPR Politics N...more

  • The Impeachment Inquiry Public Hearings Begin Tomorrow: What You Need To Know

    Nov 12 2019

    After weeks of closed-door depositions, Democrats are planning open hearings this week about the Ukraine affair. Here's where the story stands — and what's coming next. This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and Congressional reporter Claudia Grisales. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • President Trump's Push for Black Voters Could Help Persuade Suburban Whites

    Nov 11 2019

    The Trump campaign launched its "Black Voices for Trump" initiative in Atlanta last week, touting record low black unemployment and criminal justice reform. Experts say that while the push may not make a big difference among black voters, it could help to reassure suburban white voters concerned about Trump's rhetoric on race. This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and senior political editor and correspondent Ron Elving. Email the show at nprpoliti...more

  • NPR Politics Live From DC: The Road To 2020

    Nov 09 2019

    This is a special episode, recorded in front of a live audience at the Warner Theater in Washington, DC on Friday, November 8th. The cast breaks down everything you need to know about who's running for president, and how impeachment affects the race. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political correspondent Scott Detrow, political correspondent Asma Khalid, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and senior editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitic...more

  • In 2020, Some Americans Will Vote On Their Phones. Is That The Future?

    Nov 08 2019

    Despite Russia's high-profile interference in the last U.S. presidential election, pockets of the U.S. are experimenting with Internet voting ahead of the 2020 election. This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, political reporter Miles Parks, and election security editor Phil Ewing. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Fmr. Attorney General Jeff Sessions Expected To Announce Run For Senate

    Nov 07 2019

    Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to announce his bid for a Senate seat in Alabama despite no backing from the Republican establishment. This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and senior political editor and correspondent Ron Elving. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • 2019 Elections Show Impeachment Might Not Boost GOP; More Inquiry Testimony Released

    Nov 06 2019

    Trump's campaign may be raising lots of money off impeachment, but it may not be firing up rural voters as Republicans thought it would. Plus, William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine, told congressional investigators that President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani was acting in the president's interests. This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, political reporter Jessica Taylor, and senior poli...more

  • Key Testimony In Impeachment Inquiry Released To The Public

    Nov 05 2019

    Transcripts from four witnesses in the impeachment inquiry have been made public. The NPR Politics Podcast breaks down the key takeaways from the hundreds of pages of testimony. This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, national security editor Phil Ewing, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Impeachment Trial Could Be A "Disaster" For Senators In 2020 Race

    Nov 04 2019

    All six U.S. Senators still running for president are backing the House's impeachment inquiry. But now that the lawmakers may be getting what they want, many political operatives see it as a train wreck for their presidential campaigns. This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, political correspondent Asma Khalid, and political correspondent Scott Detrow. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Friday, November 1

    Nov 01 2019

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren released her plan to pay for single-payer health care without imposing new taxes on the middle class. Plus, Timothy Morrison verified to House investigators that President Trump leaned on Ukraine to launch investigations he thought might help him. He worried about blowback — but not legal implications. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, senior editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, political correspondent Asma Khalid, political reporter Danielle Kur...more

  • House Passes Resolution Formalizing Impeachment Inquiry

    Oct 31 2019

    The House of Representatives voted Thursday 232-196 to pass a resolution formalizing its impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Just two Democrats voted no. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional editor Deirdre Walsh, political reporter Miles Parks, and political reporter Tim Mak. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • The 2019 Elections: What To Watch For

    Oct 30 2019

    It's an off, off, off election year, but some states will still be casting votes. NPR Politics breaks down the key races to watch. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Jessica Taylor, and senior editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • House Will Vote To Formalize Impeachment Procedures In Ongoing Inquiry

    Oct 29 2019

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House will vote this week on a resolution outlining the process for the next steps in the inquiry into President Trump. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Impeachment Inquiry Witness Asks Court To Weigh In On Congressional Subpoena

    Oct 28 2019

    Investigators in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump hoped to talk to Charles Kupperman on Monday. But the former White House official failed to show up. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • President Trump Says ISIS Leader Is Dead

    Oct 27 2019

    Trump declared that U.S. forces have brought "the world's No. 1 terrorist leader to justice" and that no U.S. troops were killed or injured in the raid. Some experts fear the resurgence of the Islamic State now that Trump has announced a pullout of U.S. forces from Syria, with dozens of ISIS fighters escaping from Kurdish custody in the last month. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national security editor Phil Ewing, and senior editor & correspondent Domenico Montanaro. Emai...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Friday, October 25

    Oct 25 2019

    The justice department opens a criminal investigation into the basis of the Russia investigation. Plus, Mark Zuckerberg appears on Capitol Hill, and the House Ethics Committee investigates freshman representative Katie Hill. This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, political correspondent Asma Khalid, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, political reporter Tim Mak, and senior editor & correspondent Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local ...more

  • Despite Establishment Worries, Voters Are Excited About Democratic Primary Field

    Oct 24 2019

    Democratic donors and activists worry that the party is going to nominate someone who can't win next year, and they're musing about who else could be out there. Newsflash: This is probably it. This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, political correspondent Asma Khalid, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Trump Calls Syria Cease-Fire 'Permanent,' Lifts Sanctions on Turkey

    Oct 23 2019

    President Trump says he is lifting sanctions on Turkey after the country agreed to what he called a permanent cease-fire in northern Syria, ending Turkey's military offensive that began after the U.S. pulled troops from the area. This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and national security editor Phil Ewing. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Diplomat Testifies Trump Directly Linked Ukrainian Aid To Political Investigations

    Oct 22 2019

    Longtime U.S. diplomat William Taylor is testifying on Capitol Hill Tuesday as part of the House impeachment inquiry, and Democrats say his insight is bolstering their case against President Trump. This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and justice correspondent Ryan Lucas. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Trump Drops Plan To Host G-7 Summit At His Miami Resort Following GOP Pushback

    Oct 21 2019

    President Trump announced that he's dropping his plan to host next year's G-7 meeting of the leaders of the world's biggest economies at his Miami-area golf club. This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayehsa Rascoe, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Friday, October 18

    Oct 18 2019

    This week Joe Biden's campaign released fundraising numbers that showed his campaign does not have much cash on hand, and Bernie Sanders was endorsed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Plus, Trump passed his 1,000th day in office and proved he is more Trumpian than ever. This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political correspondent Asma Khalid, and editor correspondent Ron Elving. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your loca...more

  • 'Get Over It': Politics Is Part Of Foreign Policy, White House Says

    Oct 17 2019

    White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney acknowledged on Thursday that President Trump expected concessions from Ukraine's president in exchange for engagement — but said that's just how business is done in diplomacy. Plus, ambassador Sondland testifies before Congress. This episode: political correspondent Asma Khalid, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and justice correspondent Ryan Lucas. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.o...more

  • Trump Defends Syria Withdrawal: 'It's Not Our Border'; Republicans Push Back

    Oct 16 2019

    President Trump is defending his decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria, saying, "They have a problem at the border; it's not our border," and that "they've got a lot of sand over there. There's a lot of sand they can play with." This episode: political correspondent Asma Khalid, political reporter Tim Mak, and national security editor Phil Ewing. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • The 4th Democratic Debate Takeaways

    Oct 16 2019

    Impeachment loomed large over the fourth Democratic presidential debate, but none of the candidates lingered on the topic. Instead Elizabeth Warren took fire as she continues rising in the polls. This episode: political correspondent Asma Khalid, political correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and senior editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • The 4th Democratic Presidential Debate: What You Should Watch For

    Oct 14 2019

    Impeachment looms over the latest Democratic presidential debate. Plus, Bernie Sanders takes the stage following a heart attack, and Elizabeth Warren continues rising in the polls. This episode: political correspondent Asma Khalid, political correspondent Scott Detrow, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Friday, October 11

    Oct 11 2019

    President Trump held his first rally since House Democrats escalated their impeachment inquiry. Plus, the growing divide between President Trump and many of his fellow Republicans over his decision to move U.S. troops in Syria out of the way of a Turkish incursion threatens his delicate alliance with the congressional GOP at a time when he needs their support more than ever. This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, political reporter Tim Mak, senior...more

  • Impeachment Then & Now: Trump Vs. Nixon & Clinton

    Oct 10 2019

    As Congress walks down the path of impeachment The NPR Politics Podcast takes a step back and compares this moment to past impeachment proceedings. They provide a road map while still remaining wildly different from each other. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and editor correspondent Ron Elving. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Trump Administration Says It Won't Comply With Impeachment Inquiry

    Oct 09 2019

    The White House will not participate in Congress' ongoing impeachment inquiry, stepping up a political and legal standoff between the executive and legislative branches of government. This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, national security editor Phil Ewing, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • White House Blocks Key Witness From Testifying In Impeachment Inquiry

    Oct 08 2019

    The Trump administration has blocked Gordon Sondland, President Trump's ambassador to the European Union, from testifying before Congress on Tuesday. Sondland has been a key figure in the widening Ukraine scandal. This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and White House Franco Ordoñez. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Abortion, Guns And LGBTQ Rights On The Docket For Supreme Court's New Term

    Oct 07 2019

    Separation of church and state, immigration and questions about impeachment could be on the table this term, which starts Monday and will almost surely be a march to the right on flashpoint issues. This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, editor correspondent Domenico Montanaro, and legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Friday, October 4

    Oct 04 2019

    Senior U.S. diplomats debated the propriety of a White House strategy aimed at pressuring Ukraine for political investigations in exchange for assistance and engagement with President Trump, new documents show. Plus, new fundraising numbers show Senator Elizabeth Warren on the rise. This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, editor correspondent Domenico Montanaro, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and political reporter Tim Mak. Email the show a...more

  • Trump Publicly Calls For China And Ukraine To Investigate Biden

    Oct 03 2019

    President Trump now says China should investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. The president's remarks Thursday are a significant escalation of events in the Ukraine matter. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Trump Calls Rep. Schiff 'Treasonous;' Bernie Sanders Undergoes Heart Procedure

    Oct 02 2019

    President Trump is ramping up his rhetoric as he attacks Democratic Representative Adam Schiff who is helping lead the impeachment inquiry. Plus, Senator Bernie Sanders undergoes a heart procedure and cancels all of his campaign events indefinitely. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political correspondent Asma Khalid, election security editor Phil Ewing, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local pub...more

  • Presidential Candidates Begin Unveiling Third Quarter Fundraising Totals

    Oct 01 2019

    After the deadline for third quarter fundraising numbers passed last night, the numbers are rolling in. Senator Bernie Sanders logged $25.3 million while Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced a haul of $19.1 million. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • How Trump Plans To Fight Impeachment Push

    Sep 30 2019

    President Trump's White House is struggling with how to respond to the ever-growing Ukraine scandal as the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry is set to take depositions from key witnesses this week. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political correspondent Scott Detrow, and justice correspondent Ryan Lucas. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Announcing The NPR Politics Podcast Is Going Daily

    Sep 30 2019

    Starting today, the NPR Politics team will be in your ears each weekday afternoon to help you make sense of all the big political news coming out of Washington. NPR's best political reporters will be there to explain the latest developments on the path to impeachment, the road to the 2020 presidential election, and the Trump administration. They'll won't just tell you what happened. They'll tell you why it matters. Now every afternoon.

  • Poll: Americans Split on House Impeachment Inquiry But That Could Change

    Sep 27 2019

    Americans are split, 49%-46%, on whether they approve of Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President Trump, and independents at this point are not on board, a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll finds. This episode: political correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional editor Deirdre Walsh, senior political editor Domenico Montanaro, and editor correspondent Ron Elving. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, September 26 - Whistleblower Complaint Declassified

    Sep 26 2019

    In a complaint released by the House intelligence committee, a whistleblower cites White House officials who say they were ordered to veer from protocol to protect "politically sensitive" information. Plus, the acting director for national intelligence testifies before Congress. This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Tim Mak, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and ...more

  • White House Memorandum Shows Trump Asking Ukrainian President For 'A Favor'

    Sep 26 2019

    President Trump told Ukraine's president that "a lot of people want to find out" about the activities of former Vice President Joe Biden's family in Ukraine and asked its leader to be in touch with lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Attorney General Bill Barr. This episode: political correspondent Asma Khalid, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local publi...more

  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi Announces Formal Impeachment Inquiry Into President Trump

    Sep 25 2019

    After months of expressing caution about a push for impeachment, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump Tuesday. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and senior political editor/correspondent Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Trump And The Ukraine Call — What Happened And What's Next?

    Sep 23 2019

    In a fight to frame the political conflict, President Trump alleges former Vice President Joe Biden and his son are "corrupt." Opponents point to the president's own phone call. This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • NPR Politics Live From Boulder: The Road To 2020

    Sep 21 2019

    This is a special episode, recorded in front of a live audience at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, Colorado on Friday, September 20th. The cast breaks down everything you need to know about who's running for president, and how they match up next to each other. This episode: political correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support y...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, September 19

    Sep 19 2019

    Democrats unveiled a long-anticipated plan to lower the cost of prescription drugs as they pivot away from an unruly congressional hearing earlier in the week. Plus, President Trump names his new National Security Adviser amid heightened tensions with Iran. This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at np...more

  • Cokie Roberts, Pioneering Journalist Who Helped Shape NPR, Dies At 75

    Sep 17 2019

    Veteran journalist Cokie Roberts, who joined an upstart NPR in 1978 and left an indelible imprint on the growing network with her coverage of Washington politics, has died. She was 75. Roberts died Tuesday because of complications from breast cancer. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and Up First host Steve Inskeep. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • The 3rd Democratic Debate Takeaways

    Sep 13 2019

    Former Vice President Joe Biden, a focal point of attacks in the previous two debates, was more aggressive in Houston, while others like former Rep. Beto O'Rourke had moments of their own to command attention. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and editor correspondent Ron Elving. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Wednesday, September 11

    Sep 11 2019

    Republican Dan Bishop eked out a victory in a closely watched North Carolina special congressional election on Tuesday night. A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds Elizabeth Warren on the rise, but many voters think Trump is still likely to win re-election. Plus, Congress can't decide on gun legislation yet voters want reform of some kind. This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, political reporter Jessica Taylor, political editor Domenico Montanaro and congressional corresponde...more

  • Trump Fires National Security Adviser John Bolton

    Sep 10 2019

    Bolton was Trump's third national security adviser and continued the pattern of departures by advisers who proved a bad fit for a White House led by the rare president with no prior experience with the military, national security or elected office. This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/statio...more

  • The 3rd Democratic Presidential Debate: What You Should Watch For

    Sep 09 2019

    On Thursday night ten Democratic candidates will face off. It's the first time former Vice President Joe Biden will face Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Plus, Trump faces a new challenger in the Republican field. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political correspondent Scott Detrow, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, September 5

    Sep 05 2019

    Congress prepares to return from their recess, and guns and spending are on the top of their minds. Plus, NPR deep dives on election security. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Tim Mak, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, political reporter Miles Parks, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • On The Trail With Joe Biden

    Sep 03 2019

    In an ongoing series, The NPR Politics Podcast is hitting the road and interviewing 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. In this episode, Asma Khalid and Iowa Public Radio's Clay Masters sit down with former Vice President Joe Biden to ask why he's the best pick for voters. This series is produced in collaboration with Iowa Public Radio and NHPR.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, August 29

    Aug 29 2019

    The Democratic debate stage has been cut in half for a one night showdown in September, with less moderate voices than in previous debates. Former FBI Director James Comey was found to have violated official policy in the way he handled memos detailing his exchanges with President Trump, an investigation concluded. Plus, a majority of House Democrats are now publicly backing an impeachment inquiry into the president. This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Tim Mak,...more

  • On The Trail With Beto O'Rourke

    Aug 27 2019

    In an ongoing series, The NPR Politics Podcast is hitting the road and interviewing 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. In this episode, Asma Khalid and Iowa Public Radio's Clay Masters sit down with former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke to ask about why he's the best pick for president. This series is produced in collaboration with NHPR and Iowa Public Radio.

  • Trump Says He's Willing To Meet Iran's, China's Leaders — But Next Steps Unclear

    Aug 26 2019

    At the end of the G-7 gathering of global economic powers Trump said he believes Beijing "wants a deal very badly" to end its trade war with Washington, and that he'd consider meeting with Iran's president if Tehran came to terms over its nuclear program. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • President Trump Lashes Out Over Trade War With China, Dow Plunges

    Aug 24 2019

    President Trump announced higher tariffs on goods from China, hours after Beijing said it will slap tariffs on $75 billion of auto and other U.S. goods. Earlier in the day, he "ordered" U.S. companies to stop doing business with China. Plus, exclusive reporting from Susan Davis on an implosion inside the Republican Party's centrist wing. This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Congressional correspon...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, August 22

    Aug 22 2019

    President Trump had lots to say about the economy this week. Two 2020 candidates drop out of the race and one of them decides to run for Senate. Plus, the president doubled down on remarks that Jewish voters who support Democrats are disloyal to Israel. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley, political correspondent Scott Detrow, political editor Domenico Montanaro and White House correspondent Tamara Keith. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org...more

  • Poll: Americans, Including Republicans And Gun Owners, Broadly Support Red Flag Laws

    Aug 21 2019

    People are hotly divided about many gun restrictions – but not on extreme risk protection orders, a new survey shows. But is there any traction in Congress and the White House to get anything done? This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • On The Trail With Andrew Yang

    Aug 20 2019

    In an ongoing series, The NPR Politics Podcast is hitting the road and interviewing 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. In this episode, Tamara Keith and New Hampshire Public Radio's Casey McDermott sit down with entrepreneur Andrew Yang to ask about why he's the best pick for president. This series is produced in collaboration with NHPR and Iowa Public Radio.

  • At New Hampshire Rally, Trump Says 'You Have No Choice But To Vote For Me'

    Aug 16 2019

    President Trump held a rally on Thursday in Manchester, New Hampshire. It was his first rally since the mass shootings earlier this month. The team discusses his speech and why choosing New Hampshire to host the rally is significant for his reelection strategy. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Tamara Keith and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, August 15

    Aug 15 2019

    As Beto O'Rourke recasts his campaign to more squarely focus on President Trump and Governor John Hickenlooper drops out of the race, questions arise about who should be running for president or the senate. Plus, after the markets take a nosedive, economists fear a potential recession. This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben. and editor correspondent Ron Elving. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and ...more

  • On The Trail With Elizabeth Warren

    Aug 13 2019

    In an ongoing series, The NPR Politics Podcast is hitting the road and interviewing 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. In this episode, Asma Khalid and Iowa Public Radio's Clay Masters sit down with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren to ask about why she's the best pick for president. This series is produced in collaboration with NHPR and Iowa Public Radio.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, August 8

    Aug 08 2019

    President Trump visited survivors of the shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas on Wednesday, to mixed reception. The team discusses what the president, members of Congress and the 2020 presidential candidates are considering to combat gun violence. This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, political reporter Tim Mak, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis and White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public ra...more

  • 'Hate Has No Place' In America, Trump Says After Deadly Shootings

    Aug 05 2019

    President Trump responded to the deadly weekend shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. He condemned white supremacy and called for the death penalty for mass murderers and domestic terrorists. This episode: political reporter Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political editor Domenico Montanaro and justice reporter Ryan Lucas. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, August 1

    Aug 01 2019

    The Senate on Thursday approved a two-year budget deal that set new spending levels and boosted the nation's borrowing authority. Plus, the Senate confirmed thirteen new federal judges, meaning Trump has shaped a quarter of the federal bench nationwide. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your ...more

  • The 2nd Democratic Debates: Night 2 Takeaways

    Aug 01 2019

    CNN hosted the second Democratic presidential debates, which was split into two nights because the sheer number of candidates running. In the second night, former Vice President Joe Biden was front and center as candidates spent most of the time attacking his proposed policies and track record. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political correspondent Asma Khalid, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@np...more

  • The 2nd Democratic Debates: Night 1 Takeaways

    Jul 31 2019

    CNN hosted the second Democratic presidential debates, which was split into two nights because the sheer number of candidates running. In the first night, the moderates took on the more progressive candidates, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political correspondent Asma Khalid, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public...more

  • The 2nd Democratic Presidential Debates: What You Should Watch For

    Jul 29 2019

    On Tuesday and Wednesday night twenty candidates will debate for the second time in the 2020 election. While they are all vying for the Democratic nomination, some are looking for a breakout moment, and others will be fending off attacks from rivals. This time around race will be top of mind. The NPR Politics Podcast gets you ready for the two night special. This episode: political correspondent Asma Khalid, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email t...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, July 25

    Jul 25 2019

    This week Senator Cory Booker and former Vice President Joe Biden clashed over criminal justice reform. Plus, the Federal Trade Commission slapped a $5 billion dollar fine on Facebook. This episode: political reporter Scott Detrow, political reporter Asma Khalid, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, political reporter Tim Mak, editor correspondent Ron Elving, and business reporter Aarti Shahani. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/sta...more

  • Special Counsel Robert Mueller Testifies Before Congress

    Jul 24 2019

    Former special counsel Robert Mueller didn't want to appear in Wednesday's hearings, but lawmakers insisted that he tell his story in public to the House judiciary and intelligence committees. This episode: political reporter Scott Detrow, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and political national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg To NPR: "I Am Very Much Alive"

    Jul 24 2019

    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told NPR's Nina Totenberg in an interview that despite battling cancer for a third time earlier this year, she is not going anywhere by choice any time soon. She went on to critique some Democratic presidential hopefuls who propose expanding the court. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Supreme Court correspondent Nina Totenburg, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local...more

  • On The Trail With Julián Castro

    Jul 23 2019

    In an ongoing series, The NPR Politics Podcast is hitting the road and interviewing 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. This episode Scott Detrow and New Hampshire Public Radio's Lauren Chooljian sit down with former secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro to ask why he's the best pick for president. This series is produced in collaboration with NHPR and Iowa Public Radio.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, July 18

    Jul 18 2019

    President Trump continued his attacks against four freshman Democratic congresswomen at a campaign rally in Greenville, N.C., on Wednesday, with the crowd breaking into a chant of "send her back" against one. Plus, the Democratic candidates debate what's the best healthcare plan for America. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben. ...more

  • President Trump Defends His Racist Tweets Attacking Democratic Congresswomen

    Jul 16 2019

    A day after a series of tweets using racist language to describe Democratic congresswomen, President Trump said the four members of Congress should apologize to him. The targeted women responded at their own press conference. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • On The Trail With Amy Klobuchar

    Jul 15 2019

    In an ongoing series, the NPR Politics Podcast is hitting the road and interviewing 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. In this episode, Tamara Keith and New Hampshire Public Radio's Josh Rogers sit down with Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar to ask about why she's the best pick for president. This series is produced in collaboration with NHPR and Iowa Public Radio.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, July 11

    Jul 12 2019

    President Trump announced Thursday he would sign an executive order to obtain data about the U.S. citizenship and noncitizenship status of everyone living in the United States. Plus, 2020 candidates unveil plans to tackle racial inequality. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, political editor Domenico Montanaro, and political reporter Asma Khalid. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr....more

  • Labor Secretary Alex Acosta Defends His Handling Of Jeffrey Epstein Plea Deal

    Jul 10 2019

    Labor Secretary Alex Acosta defended a 2008 plea agreement he oversaw as a U.S. attorney in Florida in which multimillionaire and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein got a light sentence in exchange for pleading guilty to state charges. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • On The Trail With Tulsi Gabbard

    Jul 09 2019

    In an ongoing series, The NPR Politics Podcast is hitting the road and interviewing 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. In this episode, Tamara Keith and New Hampshire Public Radio's Josh Rogers sit down with Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard to ask about why she's the best pick for president. This series is produced in collaboration with NHPR and Iowa Public Radio.

  • Weekly Roundup: Wednesday, July 3

    Jul 03 2019

    President Trump's decision to deliver a speech from the Lincoln Memorial and add flyovers and tanks is prompting Democrats to say he's turning Fourth of July into a campaign rally. Trump issued a surprise invitation to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a meeting along the demilitarized zone between North Korea and South Korea. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, chief economics correspondent Scott Ho...more

  • On The Trail With Bernie Sanders

    Jul 01 2019

    In an ongoing series, the NPR Politics Podcast is hitting the road and interviewing 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. In this episode, Scott Detrow and New Hampshire Public Radio's Josh Rogers sit down with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to ask about why he's the best pick for president. This series is produced in collaboration with NHPR and Iowa Public Radio.

  • The 1st Democratic Debates: Night 2 Takeaways

    Jun 28 2019

    NBC hosted the first Democratic presidential debates, which was split into two nights because of the sheer number of candidates running. In the second night, race became the focus of the debate when Senator Harris challenged former Vice President Biden on his record. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and s...more

  • Supreme Court Leaves Citizenship Question Blocked; Allows Partisan Gerrymandering

    Jun 27 2019

    President Trump says he is looking into delaying the 2020 census, hours after the Supreme Court decided to keep a question about citizenship off the form to be used for the head count. Plus, the Supreme Court ruled that partisan redistricting is a political question — not reviewable by federal courts. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political editor Domenico Montanaro, political reporter Miles Parks, and reporter Hansi Lo Wang. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find a...more

  • The 1st Democratic Debates: Night 1 Takeaways

    Jun 27 2019

    NBC hosted the first Democratic presidential debate, which was split into two nights because of the sheer number of candidates running. In the first night, Sen. Warren stood front and center while lesser known candidates fought for face time with the country. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support y...more

  • The 1st Democratic Presidential Debates: What You Should Watch For

    Jun 24 2019

    On Wednesday and Thursday night twenty candidates will debate for the first time in the 2020 election. While they are all vying for the Democratic nomination, some are looking for a breakout moment, and others will be fending off attacks from rivals. The NPR Politics Podcast gets you ready for the two night special. This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson...more

  • Trump Says U.S. Was 'Cocked And Loaded' Before He Called Off Strike On Iran

    Jun 21 2019

    President Trump confirmed that he approved a strike on Iran on Thursday after it shot down a U.S. drone but called off the operation after the initial moves were underway. This episode: Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and Congressional correspondent Susan Davis. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, June 20

    Jun 20 2019

    Former Vice President Joe Biden isn't backing down from his comments recalling the "civility" of his working relationships with two segregationist lawmakers. Plus, in a high profile case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a 40-foot World War I memorial cross can stay on public land at a Maryland intersection. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email ...more

  • President Trump Officially Launches His 2020 Reelection Bid

    Jun 19 2019

    President Trump officially launched his 2020 reelection bid on Tuesday at a massive rally in Orlando, though much of the event picked up where his 2016 campaign left off. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • On The Trail With Steve Bullock

    Jun 18 2019

    In an ongoing series, The NPR Politics Podcast is hitting the road and interviewing 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. This episode Scott Detrow and Iowa Public Radio's Kate Payne sit down with Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock to ask about why he's the best pick for president. This series is produced in collaboration with NHPR and Iowa Public Radio.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, June 13

    Jun 13 2019

    President Trump says he might be open to taking information from a foreign government in a future election, calling it a part of politics. But the law draws a distinction when foreigners are involved. Plus, the Democratic National Committee announced Thursday the final list of presidential candidates who will take the stage at the first primary debates. This episode: Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, politi...more

  • On The Trail With Kamala Harris

    Jun 12 2019

    In an ongoing series, the NPR Politics Podcast is hitting the road and interviewing 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. In this episode, Scott Detrow and Iowa Public Radio's Clay Masters sit down with Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris to ask about why she's the best pick for president. This series is produced in collaboration with NHPR and Iowa Public Radio.

  • House Votes To Let Its Leaders Pursue Contempt Lawsuits In Trump Inquiries

    Jun 11 2019

    The House has authorized its committee leaders to pursue civil contempt cases to get information for their myriad investigations into President Trump. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Tim Mak, and national security editor Phil Ewing. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, June 6

    Jun 06 2019

    President Trump is threatening to place tariffs on Mexico to try to stop the flow of migrants across the border, but Congressional Republicans question how that will help stop the influx. Plus, Congress puts big tech companies on notice. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org...more

  • How Did Mitch McConnell Become One Of The Most Powerful People In The World?

    Jun 05 2019

    Mitch McConnell has been described as "opaque," "drab," and even "dull." He is one of the least popular - and most polarizing - politicians in the country. So how did he win eight consecutive elections? And what does it tell us about how he operates? NPR's Embedded deep dived into the man and the politician. This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and Embedded host Kelly McEvers. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your loc...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, May 30

    May 31 2019

    President Trump responded to special counsel Robert Mueller's statement and the team discusses the politics surrounding calls for impeachment proceedings. The Democratic National Committee released new rules for getting on stage for the debates in September. This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, political editor Domenico Montanaro and political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your l...more

  • Robert Mueller, Long Silent, Speaks — Then Says It Was His Final Word

    May 29 2019

    Mueller addressed reporters at the Justice Department in his first public statement since taking over the Russia investigation, ending two years of near-silence even under one of the hottest spotlights ever to burn on a public figure. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • On The Trail With Kirsten Gillibrand

    May 29 2019

    In an ongoing series, The NPR Politics Podcast is hitting the road and interviewing 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. In this episode, Tamara Keith and Iowa Public Radio's Clay Masters sit down with New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to ask about why she's the best pick for president. This series is produced in collaboration with IPR and New Hampshire Public Radio.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, May 23

    May 23 2019

    A growing number of states are passing laws banning abortion in the early stages of pregnancy. The team talks about the politics surrounding the issue. Plus a 2020 campaign update including former Vice President Joe Biden's rally in Philadelphia. This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national political correspondent Mara Liasson and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public ...more

  • Trump Scorches Democrats As Pelosi Broaches Prospect Of 'Impeachable Offense'

    May 22 2019

    Negotiations over a potential infrastructure program fizzled on Wednesday as a White House meeting between President Trump and Democrats escalated into blame-trading and political threats — including impeachment. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • On The Trail With Pete Buttigieg

    May 21 2019

    In an ongoing series the NPR Politics Podcast is hitting the road and interviewing 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. This episode Tamara Keith and Iowa Public Radio's Clay Masters sit down with South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg to ask about why he's the best pick for president. This series is produced in collaboration with IPR and New Hampshire Public Radio.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, May 16

    May 16 2019

    President Trump gave a speech where he unveiled an immigration plan that calls for a dramatic change to the legal immigration system in the United States. The governor of Alabama signed into law one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, political editor Domenico Montanaro and national correspondent Sarah McCammon. Email the show at nprpolitics@n...more

  • On The Trail With Cory Booker

    May 15 2019

    In an ongoing series the NPR Politics Podcast is hitting the road and interviewing 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. This episode Scott Detrow and New Hampshire Public Radio's Casey McDermott sit down with Democratic Sen. Cory Booker to ask about why he's the best pick for president. This series is produced in collaboration with NHPR and Iowa Public Radio.

  • Everything You Need To Know About Polls

    May 13 2019

    Not all polls are created equal. The team breaks down what makes a good poll, how much they should be relied on and what they're saying right now about the 2020 election. This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, May 9

    May 09 2019

    The White House and Congress continue their standoff over whether or not members of the Trump administration will testify before committees. Plus, to celebrate 500 episodes, the crew looks back on key political moments. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, political reporter Tim Mak, political reporter Asma Khalid, and editor correspondent Ron Elving...more

  • 2020 Update: Trump Woos Big Donors He Spurned In 2016; Dems Address "Electability"

    May 07 2019

    The Trump 2020 campaign is making a new effort to bring in fundraising help from establishment Republicans who sat out 2016. Plus, while Joe Biden makes the pitch that he's the most electable, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris push against the notion. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/s...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, May 2

    May 02 2019

    The Attorney General William did not show up to testify before the House on Thursday setting up a potential showdown over constitutional powers between the White House and Congress. Plus, the United States weighs whether or not to increase intervention in Venezuela. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, State Department correspondent Michele Keleman, a...more

  • Attorney General Barr Defends His Handling Of The Mueller Report To Congress

    May 01 2019

    On Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr defended his handling of the final stages of the inquiry in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that underscored how much the focus of official Washington has shifted from Russian interference in the 2016 election to the lingering aftermath of the inquiry for Republicans and Democrats. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show...more

  • NPR Politics Live From Philadelphia: The Road To 2020

    Apr 27 2019

    This is a special episode, recorded in front of a live audience at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on Friday, April 26th. The cast heads to the heart of the blue wall that secured his win in 2016. With the 2020 field firmed up, how are Trump and his Democratic rivals positioning themselves for the win? This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe and editor correspondent Ron Elving. Email the ...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, April 25

    Apr 25 2019

    After months of oscillating speculation former Vice President Joe Biden has announced that he will run for president in 2020. Plus, Democrats subpoena former White house counsel Don McGahn to testify about findings in the Mueller Report. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio ...more

  • Supreme Court Appears To Lean Toward Allowing Census Citizenship Question

    Apr 23 2019

    The Supreme Court is weighing whether the Trump administration can include a citizenship question on the 2020 census. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political editor Domenico Montanaro and national correspondent Hansi Lo Wang. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Democrats And Republicans Pivot After The Mueller Report

    Apr 19 2019

    A day after the release of the redacted Mueller report Democrats and Republicans are treating the findings as a "choose your own adventure" as they use different parts for political messaging. This episode: Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, political reporter Tim Mak, political editor Domenico Montanaro, and White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Key Findings And Analysis From The Mueller Report

    Apr 19 2019

    The 448-page document, released after a nearly two-year-long inquiry, says Mueller's investigation did not establish that the Trump campaign "conspired or coordinated" with the Russian interference effort, which was described as "sweeping and systematic." This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, justice reporter Ryan Lucas, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your ...more

  • 2020 Opening Arguments: Andrew Yang, John Delaney, & Jay Inslee

    Apr 16 2019

    The NPR Politics Podcast analyzes exclusive interviews with the 2020 Democratic candidates. Entrepreneur Andrew Yang, former Congressman John Delaney, and Washington state governor Jay Inslee lay out their vision for the United States. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, April 11

    Apr 11 2019

    The Justice Department announced Thursday that it is charging Julian Assange, setting the stage for a historic legal showdown with the controversial founder of WikiLeaks. Plus, Attorney General William Barr has launched his own informal inquiry about the origins of the Russia investigation just days before the release of the redacted Mueller Report. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, justice reporter Ryan Lucas, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, national securi...more

  • Trump Says He Wants To Go "Tougher" On Immigration; Shakes Up DHS Leadership

    Apr 09 2019

    Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen is leaving her post, President Trump announced as he continues to focus on restricting border crossings amid a recent surge. This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, national political correspondent Mara Liasson and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, April 4

    Apr 04 2019

    This episode: President Trump is backing down from his threat to shut down the U.S. Southern border .Trump had issued the warning in a bid to curtail surging border crossings by asylum-seekers from Central America. And congressional Democrats attempt to get Trump's tax returns. White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, justice reporter Ryan Lucas, political reporter Tim Mak and chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley. Email the show at nprpolitics...more

  • 2020 Update: First Quarter Fundraising, What The Numbers Tell Us And What They Don't

    Apr 03 2019

    The first quarter for campaign fundraising ended March 31 and although campaigns aren't required to report their totals to the Federal Election Commission until April 15, several campaigns have already released their figures. What do these early numbers signify for campaigns? This episode: Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, national political correspondent Mara Liasson and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio stati...more

  • Woman Accuses Biden Of Unwanted Touching; He Didn't Intend To Be Inappropriate

    Apr 01 2019

    Former Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday responded to allegations that he acted inappropriately when he kissed the back of a former Nevada Democratic assemblywoman's head at a campaign event in 2014, saying his behavior has been affectionate but never unseemly. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at n...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, March 28

    Mar 28 2019

    It's been four days since Attorney General Bill Barr delivered his summary of the special counsel's report to Congress. How are Democrats and Republicans pivoting now? Plus, white men running for president are questioned about their statements on gender. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political editor Domenico Montanaro, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and Congressional correspondent Susan Davis. Email the show at nprpoliti...more

  • 2020 Opening Arguments: Howard Schultz, Kirsten Gillibrand, & Tulsi Gabbard

    Mar 27 2019

    The NPR Politics Podcast analyzes exclusive interviews with the 2020 Democratic candidates. Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard lay out their vision for the United States. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Mueller Report Doesn't Find Russian Collusion, But Can't 'Exonerate' On Obstruction

    Mar 25 2019

    Special counsel Robert Mueller did not find evidence that President Trump's campaign conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election, according to a summary of findings submitted to Congress by Attorney General William Barr. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson and Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station...more

  • Robert Mueller Concludes The Russia Probe, Submits Report To The Attorney General

    Mar 23 2019

    Attorney General William Barr received a report on Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller about the findings from Mueller's investigation into the Russian attack on the 2016 presidential election. Mueller is not recommending any more indictments, a senior Justice Department official told reporters. This concludes the special counsel's probe. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and Congre...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, March 21

    Mar 21 2019

    Democratic presidential hopefuls are betting on bold ideas like abolishing the electoral college, but what would that actually mean? Plus, the candidates are boasting large numbers of donations, but what do donations tell us about enthusiasm? This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, political editor Domenico Montanaro, editor correspondent Ron Elving, and political reporter Miles Parks. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.o...more

  • 2020 Opening Arguments: Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, & Amy Klobuchar

    Mar 19 2019

    In the second of two episodes The NPR Politics Podcast analyzes exclusive interviews with the 2020 Democratic candidates. Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Amy Klobuchar lay out their vision for the United States. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • 2020 Opening Arguments: Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, & Pete Buttigieg

    Mar 18 2019

    In the first of two episodes The NPR Politics Podcast analyzes exclusive interviews with the 2020 Democratic candidates. Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Cory Booker, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg lay out their vision for the United States. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, March 14

    Mar 14 2019

    Beto O'Rourke announces that he will run for president. Plus, the Senate votes to block Trump's national emergency declaration that would give him the money for his wall. This episode: political editor Domenico Montanaro, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, editor correspondent Ron Elving, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and Congressional correspondent Sue Davis. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Manafort Sentenced To 3.5 More Years; Pelosi Says Impeachment Is "Just Not Worth It"

    Mar 13 2019

    Paul Manafort received a total sentence of about 7 and a half years in prison on Wednesday following the guilty plea in his Washington, D.C., conspiracy case. Plus, Nancy Pelosi throws cold water on impeachment talk, saying Democrats are unlikely to go down that path because the president is "just not worth it." This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Fi...more

  • 2020 Update: Biden Speaks As 2020 Decision Nears; Candidates Target Big Tech at SXSW

    Mar 12 2019

    Former Vice President Joe Biden addressed a friendly crowd of union firefighters as he appears on the verge of launching a campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Over the weekend South by Southwest became a major presidential forum. Democrats competed with each other to be the tough-on-tech candidate. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@n...more

  • NPR Politics Live From Atlanta: The Road To 2020

    Mar 09 2019

    This is a special episode, recorded in front of a live audience at the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta on Friday, March 9th. The cast breaks down everything you need to know about who's running for president, and how Trump is going to respond to them. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, March 7

    Mar 08 2019

    Paul Manafort was sentenced to 47 months in prison. House Democrats vote on a resolution that both does and does not publicly rebuke one of their members. And multiple 2020 contenders announce that will not be running for president. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and justice correspondent Ryan Lucas. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org...more

  • House Judiciary Launches Probe Of Allegations Of Obstruction By President Trump

    Mar 05 2019

    The House Judiciary Committee launched a broad investigation into President Trump's inner circle Monday, targeting figures who have worked in his administration and for the Trump Organization businesses. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Tim Mak, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Friday, March 1

    Mar 01 2019

    Rep. Elijah Cummings said he would intensify his efforts to investigate the Trump administration after The New York Times reported that the president overruled aides on Jared Kushner's clearance. Plus, 2020 candidates grapple with how to deal with questions about reparations. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Asma Khalid, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and political reporter Daniell Kurtzleben. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and supp...more

  • Trump And Kim's Second Nuclear Summit Ends With No Deal

    Feb 28 2019

    President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un left their summit meeting on Thursday in Hanoi, Vietnam, without agreeing on a denuclearization deal. A planned signing ceremony was canceled. Trump also briefly addressed Michael Cohen's hearing on Capitol Hill. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Scott Horsley, and White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/...more

  • Michael Cohen Testifies Against Trump In Public Hearing

    Feb 28 2019

    The president's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, testified before the House oversight committee. Cohen provided members of Congress what he said were documents that backed up his testimony. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • New Election Called In North Carolina Congressional Race

    Feb 22 2019

    After months of insisting that he knew of no illegal activity being done on behalf of his campaign, Republican Mark Harris, who leads the race for North Carolina's 9th Congressional District, called Thursday for the State Board of Elections to hold a new election.Shortly afterward, the bipartisan state board voted unanimously to redo the only congressional race left from the 2018 midterm elections that remains undecided. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, Congressional repor...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, February 21

    Feb 21 2019

    New reports suggest that the Russia Investigation could end soon, so what happens when Robert Mueller finishes his work? Plus, the House Oversight Committee is busy investigating the Trump administration's ties to Saudi Arabia and prepares to question Michael Cohen. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, editor correspondent Ron Elving, and political reporter Tim Mak. Email the show at nprpolitics@np...more

  • 2020 Update: Bernie Sanders Launches Presidential Campaign

    Feb 19 2019

    Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent, became an ideological leader in the Democratic Party after his 2016 campaign against Hillary Clinton. He faces a far more crowded and liberal field this time. Plus, A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds the majority of Americans oppose the president's national emergency declaration, don't believe there is an emergency and believe Trump's misusing his power. This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, political reporter Asma Khalid, and politi...more

  • Trump Declares National Emergency To Help Fund Southern Border Wall

    Feb 15 2019

    Calling it "a great thing to do," President Trump declared a national emergency on Friday in order to help finance a long-promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. It's a highly unusual move from an unconventional president. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and Congressional correspondent Susan Davis. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, February 14

    Feb 14 2019

    In the year since the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, how have attitudes about gun control shifted, and what legislation has been enacted? Plus, Republicans use Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar to paint Democrats as too extreme. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political editor Domenico Montanaro, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and political reporter Tim Mak. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.or...more

  • Lawmakers Reach Deal On Border Security, But Trump Says He Isn't Happy

    Feb 12 2019

    President Trump said Tuesday he's not "happy" with a potential budget deal being worked out by congressional negotiators but added that he doesn't think there will be another partial government shutdown. This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and Congressional correspondent Susan Davis. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • 2020 Update: Candidates Differ On How They Will Or Will Not Take On Trump

    Feb 11 2019

    As Senators Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren officially announce they are running for president, the Democratic hopefuls are trying to prove they are the one to beat President Trump. But each of them have a different strategy for taking him on. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Asma Khalid, and Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, February 7

    Feb 08 2019

    President Trump tests out potential campaign slogans in his State Of The Union address. Plus, Democrats are struggling with how to address issues of sex, race, and identity. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Asma Khalid, political editor Domenico Montanaro, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • President Trump Delivers State Of The Union Address

    Feb 06 2019

    President Trump delivered his second state of the union address before Congress and set out his policy goals for the year. Plus the response from Democrat Stacey Abrams and Xavier Becerra. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Scott Horsley, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis and editor correspondent Ron Elving. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Gov. Northam Resists Resignation; State Of The Union Preview

    Feb 05 2019

    Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia is resisting calls for his resignation despite continuing controversy of a photo in his medical school yearbook and accusations of racism. Plus, the president is set to deliver his second state of the union address on Tuesday. What issues will he advance? This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, editor correspondent Ron Elving, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe and national correspondent Sarah McCammon. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find an...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, January 31

    Jan 31 2019

    Sen. Kamala Harris stakes out a big position on health care as former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz considers a presidential bid as an independent candidate. The government is running again but there's still no agreement on border security, with a deadline looming. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, political editor Domenico Montanaro and political reporter Asma Khalid. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local...more

  • Trump Adviser Roger Stone Pleads Not Guilty; Acting AG Says Russia Probe May End Soon

    Jan 29 2019

    Republican political consultant Roger Stone pleaded not guilty in federal court on Tuesday to obstruction and other charges unsealed last week. Plus, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said that the Russia Investigation is "close to being completed." This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, and justice correspondent Carrie Johnson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Trump Adviser Roger Stone Indicted In Russia Probe; Trump Agrees To End The Shutdown

    Jan 26 2019

    Roger Stone was arrested on Friday after being indicted on seven counts including obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements in connection with the Russian attack on the 2016 election. Plus, President Trump has endorsed a bipartisan deal that would end the 35-day partial government shutdown. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, political reporter Tim Mak, Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, and White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, January 24

    Jan 24 2019

    President Trump concedes to Speaker Pelosi and delays his annual State Of The Union address. Plus, with two Senate bills aimed at opening the government expected to fail, what alternatives are on the table to get the government up and running? This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio stati...more

  • Democrats Reject Trump's Border Wall Proposal; More Dems Enter 2020 Race

    Jan 22 2019

    With negotiations over reopening the government at a standstill, President Trump offered to back temporary protections for some immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, in exchange for funding for a wall on the Southern border. Plus, Senator Kamala Harris adds her name to the growing list of 2020 presidential hopefuls. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, and Congressional reporter Kelsey S...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, January 17

    Jan 17 2019

    The showdown over the government shutdown makes little headway as Trump's support from his base wanes. Plus, more names have been added to the list of who will run for president in 2020. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, White House correspondent Scott Horsley, political reporter Asma Khalid, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at np...more

  • Senators Push Trump's Attorney General Pick On Impartiality

    Jan 16 2019

    President Trump's choice to lead the Justice Department, William Barr, took questions from lawmakers Tuesday, with the central one being whether Barr will work to impede the Russia investigation. This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and justice correspondent Ryan Lucas. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Trump, Following Explosive News Reports, Denies He Worked For Russia

    Jan 14 2019

    President Trump on Monday denied that he has been trying to conceal details about his discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin after a pair of explosive press reports over the weekend. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and justice correspondent Ryan Lucas. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, January 10

    Jan 11 2019

    President Trump says he is willing to declare a national emergency if Democrats don't go along with his demands for $5.7 billion for a border wall. Plus, prosecutors investigating Russian interference in the last U.S. presidential election suspect former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort shared polling data with a business associate who has links to the Russian intelligence service. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, national politi...more

  • President Trump Argues For A Border Wall In Oval Office Address

    Jan 09 2019

    President Trump made his case to the American people Tuesday night for why a massive wall along the Mexican border is necessary, using his first Oval Office address to outline his conditions for ending the 18-day-and-counting partial government shutdown. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's responded to the president's address. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, political editor Domenico Montanaro, and Whi...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, January 3

    Jan 03 2019

    Nancy Pelosi is again speaker of the House, as Democrats retook control of the chamber for the first time in eight years, bringing divided government back to Washington. Plus, Elizabeth Warren kicked off the new year by announcing that she was running for president. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Asma Khalid, editor correspondent Ron Elving, political editor Domenico Montanaro, and Congressional correspondent Susan Davis. Email the show at nprpolitics@...more

  • President Trump & Congressional Leaders Meet To Discuss Border Security Funding

    Jan 03 2019

    A closed-door briefing for congressional leaders in the White House Situation Room on Wednesday failed to resolve any issues between Democrats and the Trump administration over funding for border security.The stalemate has led to a partial government shutdown, now nearing the two-week mark. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, and White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe,. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public ...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, December 27

    Dec 27 2018

    **CORRECTION: Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this episode stated that, upon arrival in Iraq, President Trump received a standing ovation from military leaders. The president received a standing ovation from a large group of service members.** Amidst a partial government shutdown President Trump made a surprise trip to visit troops in Iraq. Meanwhile back in Washington Democrats and the White House are unable to come to an agreement over the president's demand for $5 billion for a...more

  • The Best Political Music Of 2018

    Dec 23 2018

    In a year full of news, one line in the Aug. 23 episode of the NPR Politics Podcast spurred the most comments from our listeners. "You can't find good political music." Our listeners were right. There is good political music, so this year we're breaking down what makes a good political song & what were the best ones of 2018. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, political reporter Miles Parks, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and NPR ...more

  • Government Shuts Down Over Stalemate On Border Wall Funding

    Dec 22 2018

    A partial shutdown of the federal government began just after midnight Saturday, after Congress and President Trump were unable to resolve an impasse over his demand for funding for his border wall. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, December 20

    Dec 21 2018

    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is stepping down after a slow freeze-out by President Trump. The federal government inches closer to a shutdown after President Trump refused to sign a spending bill from Congress. Trump announced his intention to pull American forces out of Syria despite being advised against it. And a new NPR/PBS News Hour/Marist poll finds that the majority of Americans think the country is too politically correct. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, Congressional corres...more

  • Federal Judge Delays Michael Flynn's Sentencing; Trump Foundation To Dissolve

    Dec 18 2018

    A federal judge delayed sentencing former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his talks with Russia's ambassador. Plus, the New York Attorney General announced that the Trump Foundation will dissolve after an investigation into misconduct. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and justice correspondent Carrie Johnson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and sup...more

  • Judge Calls The Affordable Care Act Unconstitutional; More White House Staff Shakeups

    Dec 17 2018

    A federal judge in Texas issued a ruling Friday declaring the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, apparently setting the stage for another hearing on the health care law by the U.S. Supreme Court. Plus, President Trump names Mick Mulvaney as his Interim Chief of Staff, and Ryan Zinke will step down as Secretary of the Interior amidst allegations of ethics violations. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Scott Horsley, and national political correspond...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, December 13

    Dec 14 2018

    Congress accomplished a lot of work on bipartisanship legislation this week. First they passed a bill to address sexual harassment in the House and Senate, and they moved closer to passing a bill dealing with criminal justice. Plus, after a confrontation with President Trump, Nancy Pelosi secured the votes she needs for the speakership and demonstrated she can take on Trump. This episode: This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, Congression...more

  • Trump's Former Lawyer Michael Cohen Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison

    Dec 12 2018

    A federal judge sentenced Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen to three years in prison on Wednesday following Cohen's guilty pleas to a number of political and finance crimes. This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and justice correspondent Ryan Lucas. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • In Fight With 'Chuck And Nancy,' Trump Says He'd Be 'Proud' To Shut Down Government

    Dec 11 2018

    In a testy and dramatic Oval Office exchange with Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer, President Trump made clear he would be "proud" to shut down the government in less than two weeks if he doesn't get funding for his border wall. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political editor Domenico Montanaro and Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • White House Chief Of Staff John Kelly Is Out; Trump Searches For Replacement

    Dec 10 2018

    President Trump's chief of staff John Kelly will leave the White House at the end of the year. The administration's search for the new chief of staff is under way. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national political correspondent Mara Liasson and congressional correspondent Scott Detrow. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Feds Recommend Cohen Be Imprisoned; Special Counsel Says It Can Prove Manafort Lied

    Dec 08 2018

    **CORRECTION: In a previous version of this podcast we said that "the Special Counsel says it can prove Paul Manafort lied about contacts between Russians and the Trump campaign." We should have said that "the Special Counsel says it can prove Paul Manafort lied about his contacts with a Russian and his contacts with the Trump administration after his plea deal."** In a much-anticipated court filing Friday evening, prosecutors argued against leniency for Cohen, saying he had committed four feder...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, December 6

    Dec 06 2018

    As world leaders meet to discuss how to combat climate change, two major reports on the environment paint a dire picture for the future. Meanwhile, Republicans and Democrats grow further apart in how to deal with the problem. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Scott Horsley, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/...more

  • Special Counsel Says Flynn Is Cooperating; The State Funeral For George H.W. Bush

    Dec 05 2018

    The feds say former national security adviser Michael Flynn has provided "substantial" aid in the Russia investigation and beyond. Plus, former President George H.W. Bush was remembered as "a great and noble man" by his eldest son, former President George W. Bush, at a solemn but joyous state funeral at Washington National Cathedral. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and national political corres...more

  • House Republicans Hacked + Voter Fraud Allegations In North Carolina

    Dec 05 2018

    The National Republican Congressional Committee says it was hacked during the 2018 midterms. What happened and is it anything like the 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee? Also, Democrats are alleging fraud in North Carolina's ninth congressional district. This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, justice reporter Ryan Lucas, political reporter Miles Parks and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public rad...more

  • Trump Leaves G-20 With China Trade Truce, Plans To Cancel NAFTA Ahead Of New Pact

    Dec 03 2018

    President Trump left the Group of 20 summit with an agreement not to raise tariffs on Chinese goods in the next 90 days. The deal amounts to a cease-fire in the series of escalating, tit-for-tat tariffs the U.S. and China have imposed on each other's goods throughout the year. And President Trump signed a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and White House correspondent Scott Horsley. Email the show at nprpo...more

  • Former President George H.W. Bush Dies At 94

    Dec 01 2018

    The patriarch of a political dynasty, George H.W. Bush was the last World War II vet to serve in the Oval Office. His son George W. called him "one of the greatest one-term presidents in the nation's history." This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Scott Horsley, and editor correspondent Ron Elving. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, November 29

    Nov 30 2018

    Donald Trump's former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen admitted on Thursday that he and others working for Trump negotiated with important Russians over a possible Trump Tower in Moscow well into the presidential campaign in 2016. Meanwhile, in response to a killing of a journalist, Senate Republicans back a bill that would curb the president's power. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, national political...more

  • House Democrats Nominate Pelosi For Speaker; Republicans Win Final Senate Seat

    Nov 28 2018

    House Democrats nominated Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to serve as the next speaker of the House. If approved by the full House, Pelosi would again wield the gavel in January — a dozen years after she became the first female speaker in 2007. Plus, Republicans claimed another Senate seat in a runoff in Mississippi, wrapping up the midterms elections for the Senate. This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, and political editor Domenico Montan...more

  • Trump Defends Use Of Tear Gas At The Border; Mississippi Senate Heads To A Runoff

    Nov 26 2018

    The U.S. briefly closed border entries in Tijuana and used tear gas on the protesters after several migrants began approaching the border fence. The president has defended their actions. Plus, the president heads to Mississippi to rally for the Republican facing a formidable Democratic opponent. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Scott Horsley, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support ...more

  • Pelosi's Democratic Challengers Go Public; Trump Says He Answered Mueller's Questions

    Nov 20 2018

    Eleven House Democrats and five incoming freshmen have signed a letter promising to vote against Pelosi in Democrats' internal caucus leadership vote as well as on the House floor in January. Plus, President Trump says he completed written questions for the special counsel. Now, the ball is back in Robert Mueller's court. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, and justice correspondent Carrie Johnson. E...more

  • Election Update + Turkey Traditions

    Nov 19 2018

    An update on where things stand in Georgia and Florida plus why President Trump is planning some rallies in Mississippi. And of course, Domenico Montanaro's annual discussion of why turkeys get presidential pardons. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political editor Domenico Montanaro and political reporter Asma Khalid. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, November 15

    Nov 16 2018

    A recount is under way in Florida, rebel Democrats claim they can defeat Nancy Pelosi in a speaker vote, a bipartisanship effort at criminal justice reform is happening...and of course, can't let it go. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, political editor Domenico Montanaro and White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio sta...more

  • Congress Returns With A Long To-Do List

    Nov 12 2018

    Congress is returning to Washington this week for an end of year session that's likely going to bring a good bit of drama. The team discusses the impending leadership elections in the House and what Congress still needs to accomplish. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Scott Detrow and congressional reporter Kelsey Snell. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Election Night Hasn't Ended Just Yet

    Nov 09 2018

    Election season hasn't actually ended yet as a recount becomes likely in Florida, where a vicious legal battle is brewing. Votes are also still being counted in Georgia, Arizona and California, which could end up changing election results. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Miles Parks and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, November 8

    Nov 08 2018

    Jeff Sessions has been forced out of his job as Attorney General. Will his replacement undermine the Russia investigation? Also - a deep dive into state legislatures and ballot measure results from Election Day. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, national security editor Phil Ewing and Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • After Election Night, Trump Lashes Out; Pelosi Offers An Olive Branch

    Nov 07 2018

    In back to back press conferences, President Trump and Nancy Pelosi both talked about what bipartisanship could look like for a split Congress. Yet their tones were starkly different as Trump lashed out against the press. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Asma Khalid, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and editor correspondent Ron Elving. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/statio...more

  • Democrats Win Control Of The House; Republicans Expand Senate Majority

    Nov 07 2018

    In what was considered a referendum on Donald Trump's presidency, Congress splits control between Democrats and Republicans. The win-win marks a shift in the levers of power in Washington. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Asma Khalid, congressional reporter Kelsey Snell and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Midterm Update: Republicans & Democrats Make Their Final Pitches To Voters

    Nov 05 2018

    In the final hours before the midterm elections Republicans point to the economy and stir up fears of immigration, while Democrats focus on the same message they started with, healthcare. But at the end of the day, the election appears to be all about Trump. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Asma Khalid, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your ...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, November 1

    Nov 01 2018

    President Trump signaled in a speech at the White House that he wants to make changes to the asylum policy, but offers no concrete plan. Plus, a new NPR poll finds that eighty-percent of voters believe incivility in politics will lead to violence, but they are split on whose responsibility it is. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Scott Horsley, White House reporter Ayesha...more

  • Midterm Update: What You Should Pay Attention To On Election Night

    Oct 31 2018

    This is your guide to what to pay attention to as the results roll in on Tuesday. The NPR Politics team walks through what races they will be watching on election night. Key battlegrounds in each timezone will illuminate whether there will be a blue wave, red wave, or something in between. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Fin...more

  • Midterm Update: Trump Pivots To Immigration; Where The Parties Put Their Money

    Oct 30 2018

    With a week left till the midterm elections President Trump is focusing on hardline immigration policies that helped him win in 2016. And Republicans shift the focus of their spending efforts in the final days. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, White House correspondent Scott Horsley, and political editor Scott Horsley. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station...more

  • Feds Charge Man With Mailing Improvised Bombs To President Trump's Critics

    Oct 26 2018

    The Justice Department has charged Cesar Sayoc, 56, in connection with a wave of improvised explosive devices sent to political critics of President Trump. He faces a potential total of 48 years in prison. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, justice correspondent Carrie Johnson and national security editor Phil Ewing. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • New NPR Poll Shows Trump is Key Factor in Midterms

    Oct 26 2018

    According to a new survey from NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist Poll, more than two-thirds of registered voters say their impression of President Trump will factor into their vote for Congress and nearly half of voters say their opinion of the president will make them more likely to vote for a Democrat for Congress this November. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Fi...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, October 25

    Oct 25 2018

    The list of prominent people, eight and counting, who were sent suspicious packages reads like a Trump enemies list, but at a rally yesterday Trump toned down the criticism. How long will that last? And healthcare remains a top issue in the elections, but how it's being talked about has dramatically shifted since 2016. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, national security editor Phil Ewing, White House correspondent Scott Horsle...more

  • Apparent 'Pipe Bombs' Mailed To Clinton, Obama And CNN

    Oct 24 2018

    At least six suspicious packages containing what the FBI called potentially destructive devices have been sent since Monday to several leading Democratic Party figures and to CNN in New York, triggering a massive investigation. How will the president respond, and will the moment influence his rhetoric? This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and justice correspondent Ryan Lucas. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local ...more

  • Midterm Update: Voter Suppression In Georgia; Trump Stumps For Former Rival In TX

    Oct 23 2018

    Half a million voters were purged from the voter roll by the Republican candidate for governor in Georgia. How are voter purges influencing elections this year? And in Texas, the president rallied for his former rival Senator Ted Cruz. Why does the president need to rally for a candidate in a heavily Republican state? This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, political editor Domenico Montanaro, WABE reporter Johnny Kauffman, and KUT rep...more

  • U.S. Government Charges Russian With Interference In The 2018 Midterm Elections

    Oct 19 2018

    Elena Khusyaynova, a Russian citizen, has been charged by the U.S. government with one count of conspiring to defraud the United States. Prosecutors say she handled budgets and payments associated with the disinformation schemes on behalf of Russia leading up to the midterm elections. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, justice reporter Ryan Lucas, and national security editor Phil Ewing. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, October 18

    Oct 18 2018

    Senator Elizabeth Warren and President Trump reignite their fight over her ancestry weeks before the midterms. Plus, the races across the country are tightening before the vote. We look at key races and what they mean for the elections. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, political editor Domenico Montanaro, Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station...more

  • A Saudi Journalist Disappears in Turkey And Sets Off A Diplomatic Crisis

    Oct 16 2018

    Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist and critic of Saudi policy, walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey two weeks ago and disappeared. President Trump has weighed in and dispatched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Saudi Arabia to meet with members of the royal court. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and national security editor Phil Ewing. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio statio...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, October 11

    Oct 11 2018

    President Trump warned at his rally in Pennsylvania on Wednesday night that if his party loses in November's midterm elections, the "radical Democrat mob" will take away everything he has achieved since his election. Senator Mitch McConnell continues to echo those words. Plus, we look at non-voters and what it would mean if they got out to vote. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Asma Khalid, Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, White House reporter Ayesha R...more

  • Nikki Haley Resigns As U.N. Ambassador; Kavanaugh Debuts On The Supreme Court

    Oct 09 2018

    Nikki Haley is resigning as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and will leave the Trump administration at the end of the year. Plus, the Supreme Court welcomes its newest justice as Brett Kavanaugh takes the bench for his first arguments since a contentious Senate voted narrowly to confirm him. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and justice correspondent Carrie Johnson. Email the show a...more

  • Kavanaugh Has The Votes To Be Confirmed To The Supreme Court

    Oct 06 2018

    Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court cleared a key procedural hurdle in the Senate on Friday, and his confirmation now seems all but certain. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and political reporter Tim Mak. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, October 4

    Oct 04 2018

    Key Republican senators who have been withholding judgment on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court amid allegations of sexual assault said the supplemental inquiry by the FBI into those allegations was "thorough." Plus, President Trump signs a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, political reporter Asma Khalid, Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, White House correspondent Scott Horsley, ...more

  • President Trump Mocks Ford; FBI Investigates Accusations Against Kavanaugh

    Oct 03 2018

    President Trump is adding fresh animosity to the already tense debate over Brett Kavanaugh with new comments mocking sexual misconduct allegations against his Supreme Court nominee. The Senate remains embroiled in conflict following the hearings. And the FBI quietly continues looking into Kavanaugh's background. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, and Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and suppor...more

  • The Lasting Political Impact of The Ford-Kavanaugh Hearings

    Sep 29 2018

    With less than six weeks until the midterm elections, how will Kavanaugh's nomination process — with multiple allegations of sexual assault, an emotional day of testimony and a re-opened FBI investigation — mobilize Republican and Democrat voters? This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, political editor Domenico Montanaro and political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio s...more

  • Kavanaugh & His Accuser Blasey Ford Testify About Sexual Misconduct Allegations

    Sep 28 2018

    Judge Brett Kavanaugh was defiant and visibly angry as he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday afternoon, rebutting earlier emotional testimony from the woman who has accused him of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Senate Committee Reviews New Allegations Against Kavanaugh; Trump Defends His Nominee

    Sep 27 2018

    The Senate Judiciary Committee is reviewing a statement from a third woman who has come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. And during a rare press conference, President Trump defended his embattled Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who faces multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, and W...more

  • Kavanaugh Again Accused of Sexual Misconduct; Rosenstein Remains Deputy AG For Now

    Sep 24 2018

    **This episode contains explicit details about alleged sexual misconduct and may not be suitable for all listeners** Deborah Ramirez has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her during a drunken party at Yale. Kavanaugh denies the accusations, and Republicans are calling it a smear campaign. Plus, amid rumors that he suggested wearing wires around the president, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's future in the job is in question. This episode: political rep...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, September 20

    Sep 21 2018

    After days of back and forth over the terms of a hearing, attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting, have begun discussing her appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week. Plus, President Trump attempts to declassify materials related to the Russia Investigation. And we take a step back and look at how women are shaping politics in 2018. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, politi...more

  • Trump Escalates Trade War With China; China Retaliates

    Sep 18 2018

    Hours after President Trump announced tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, China responded with its own levies on $60 billion worth of U.S. products. The tit for tat looms heavily over the midterm elections. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Scott Horsley, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Allegations Against Kavanaugh Cause Political Turmoil, Echoes of Anita Hill

    Sep 18 2018

    The woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault revealed her identity Sunday in an interview with The Washington Post.Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old California professor, accused Kavanaugh of groping her and trying to take her clothes off when they were both attending suburban Maryland high schools in the early 1980s. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, and legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg....more

  • Manafort Pleads Guilty & Kavanaugh Is Accused of Sexual Misconduct

    Sep 14 2018

    Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded guilty on Friday and agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Plus, Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh strongly pushed back on an allegation of sexual misconduct from more than 30 years ago. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and political editor Domenico...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, September 13

    Sep 13 2018

    President Trump denied the death toll of nearly 3,000 from hurricanes Maria and Irma, which swept across Puerto Rico a year ago, in a series of tweets Thursday morning. Plus, we look at what's at stake for Democrats and Republicans heading into the November elections. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Asma Khalid, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show...more

  • NPR Poll: Midwest Abandons Trump, Democrats Chances Balloon Ahead of Midterms

    Sep 12 2018

    In a troubling sign for Republicans less than two months before November's elections, Democrats' advantage on the question of which party Americans are more likely to vote for in November is ballooning, according to a new NPR/Marist poll. Plus, how effective are polls at gauging voter outcomes? This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local...more

  • Obama Takes On Trump In First Midterm Campaign Speech

    Sep 07 2018

    In his first major political speech in the U.S. since leaving office, former President Barack Obama argued that Americans must rebuke President Trump at the polls this November. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and national political correspondent Don Gonyea. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, September 6

    Sep 06 2018

    The White House has denounced a scathing op-ed column about the president in the New York Times that is allegedly written by a senior official in the Trump administration. And, on the third day of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing, Democrats attempt to release classified documents. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, White House correspondent Scott Horsley, and politi...more

  • Kavanaugh Hearing Day 2: SCOTUS Nominee Defends Dissents On Abortion, Gun Control

    Sep 06 2018

    Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is presenting himself as an open-minded judge who is guided by the law but not indifferent to the effects of his decisions, during a marathon day of confirmation hearings. Democrats questioned his perspective on abortion, gun control, and executive privilege. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local pub...more

  • Midterm Update: Ayanna Pressley's Upset Victory Shows Power Of Women Of Color

    Sep 05 2018

    In a surprise defeat that reflects a changing Democratic Party, Boston City Council member Ayanna Pressley has defeated 10-term Democratic Rep. Mike Capuano in Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District. Pressley is poised to become the first African-American woman to represent Massachusetts in the state's congressional history. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find...more

  • Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings Day One; New Book Details A Chaotic White House

    Sep 05 2018

    Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh opened on a contentious note Tuesday, with Senate Democrats raising noisy objections that much of Kavanaugh's lengthy paper trail is still off limits. Plus, White House staff concerned about President Trump's leadership have hidden documents from him to prevent him from signing off on certain actions, according to reports about an explosive new book from renowned Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward. This episode: political ...more

  • John McCain Honored By Obama, Bush, & Others At Washington Funeral

    Sep 01 2018

    Friends, family and former political rivals saluted the late Sen. John McCain on Saturday as a loving father, a fierce but forgiving political brawler, and a champion of American values around the world. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, and White House correspondent Scott Horsley. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, August 30

    Aug 30 2018

    President Trump's White House Counsel Don McGahn may be leaving his post, but his goal of tilting the court for conservatives is nearly accomplished. Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh begin his confirmation hearings next week. And the president attacks Google's search algorithms calling them biased. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, White House correspondent Scott Horsley, and na...more

  • WH Counsel Don McGahn To Resign; Plus, FL's Governor's Race Is 2018's Bernie v. Trump

    Aug 29 2018

    White House counsel Don McGahn is resigning this autumn after a tumultuous stretch as President Trump's in-house lawyer. Plus, after a surprise upset in yesterday's primary, Florida's race for governor has become a proxy for the Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump showdown that never was. And Arizona will make history by guaranteeing a woman will be their next senator. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, reporter Sarah McCammon, and political e...more

  • Midterm Update: Arizona, Florida, & Oklahoma Hold Primary Elections

    Aug 27 2018

    On Tuesday Arizona and Florida hold some of the year's most anticipated primaries. The fight for Senate in both states will test how much candidates should attach themselves to President Trump. And Democrats are hoping to pick up a seat in Arizona, while struggling to hold onto one in Florida. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, Congressional reporter Kelsey, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public rad...more

  • Sen. John McCain, Former Presidential Nominee And Prisoner Of War, Dies At 81

    Aug 26 2018

    Arizona senator and former Republican presidential nominee John McCain died Saturday at the age of 81. We remember his life and legacy and look at how he shaped the Republican party. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Congressional reporter Kelsey, White House correspondent Scott Horsley, and editor correspondent Ron Elving. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, August 23

    Aug 23 2018

    President Trump has called his former campaign chairman who was found guilty in court a "brave man." Meanwhile he is distancing himself from his former lawyer who pleaded guilty for campaign finance violations. With close allies to the president in legal trouble and another Republican congressman being indicted, how are corruption charges affecting the midterms? Plus, tech giants announced this week that more countries are attempting to influence the elections. This episode: Congressional corr...more

  • Trump's Attorney Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty & Paul Manafort Found Guilty By Jury

    Aug 22 2018

    Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer, has pleaded guilty to eight counts in federal court. The counts related to campaign finance violations involved payments that were made to keep two women quiet during the 2016 campaign. And a federal jury found Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, guilty in eight counts of tax and bank fraud. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, justice correspondent Carrie ...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, August 16

    Aug 16 2018

    President Trump revokes a former CIA director's security clearance and threatens to do the same to other national security professionals. The White House reveals it required some employees to sign Non-Disclosure Agreements. And we take a long-view of Trump's relationship with black voters. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national security editor Phil Ewing, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Fi...more

  • Midterm Update: First Transgender Gubernatorial Nominee & #MeToo Enters A New Era

    Aug 15 2018

    Tuesday's elections in four states — Wisconsin, Minnesota, Connecticut and Vermont — produced some noteworthy results. It was a big night for Democratic diversity. And Keith Ellison's nomination shows signs of a new era for the #MeToo movement. This episode: reporter Sarah McCammon, Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Omarosa Manigault Newman Secretly Records The President; Plus Tuesday's Primaries

    Aug 13 2018

    One day after she was fired from her post at the White House, Omarosa Manigault Newman secretly recorded a conversation with President Trump. Plus, four states hold primaries on Tuesday. We look at some key races in the run-up. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Congressional reporter, and political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, August 9

    Aug 09 2018

    President Trump's lawyers are negotiating an interview with the special counsel. Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort's right hand man testifies against Manafort in court. And why is there a divide between what the president says and what his cabinet does? Plus white nationalists plan a rally in Washington, D.C. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, political reporter Tim Mak, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and national political ...more

  • Midterm Update: Tuesday's Primaries Raise Questions About Trump's Influence

    Aug 08 2018

    There were lots of takeaways from Tuesday's election & primaries, from whether Republicans should stand with President Trump or whether an endorsement from Bernie Sanders helps a Democrat, to which issues really matter to voters. We explain what the results mean for the November elections. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political editor Domenico Montanaro, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local ...more

  • What to Watch For In Tuesday's Elections

    Aug 06 2018

    Tuesday's primaries in Washington, Michigan, Kansas and Missouri will shape several high-profile general election contests. Plus, a look inside the special election in Ohio's 12th district that's causing a ton of buzz. This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, reporter Sarah McCammon, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, August 2

    Aug 02 2018

    Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, is in court, and his trial is wrapping up faster than predicted. And while the courtroom is a phone free zone, that hasn't kept the president from weighing in on the events from the outside. Plus, we examine how president's past and president influence the votes in a midterm election. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, political reporter Tim Mak, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and...more

  • Facebook Removes Accounts Involved In Deceptive Political Influence Campaign

    Jul 31 2018

    Facebook announced Tuesday afternoon that it has removed 32 Facebook and Instagram accounts or pages involved in a political influence campaign with links to the Russian government. This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, political reporter Tim Mak, and Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort Goes To Trial

    Jul 30 2018

    Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort's trial begins Tuesday. It is the first case by Robert Mueller's special counsel to go before a jury and will test the strength of the probe. This episode: reporter Sarah McCammon, political editor Domenico Montanaro, and justice correspondent Carrie Johnson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Hundreds Of Families Still Separated As Reunification Deadline Passes

    Jul 27 2018

    A court-imposed deadline that required the Trump administration to reunite separated children with their parents has passed, but there are still many obstacles for the government to clear before they can reunite all of the families. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, political editor Domenico Montanaro, and correspondent John Burnett. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, July 26

    Jul 26 2018

    President Trump struck a deal with the European Commission President to not impose further tariffs on the EU after Trump had sparked fears of a trade war. And House Republicans file articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, and editor correspondent Ron Elving. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at...more

  • Cohen Leaks Secret Recording Of Trump & New NPR Poll After Trump-Putin Summit

    Jul 25 2018

    Cohen released a tape of himself seeming to talk with then-candidate Trump about payments to a former Playboy model who alleges she had an affair with Trump. But the quality of the audio has left it's meaning up to interpretation. Plus, NPR, PBS NewsHour & Marist released a poll that shows how Americans received the president's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. This episode: reporter Sarah McCammon, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and political ...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, July 19

    Jul 19 2018

    The White House spent the week walking back and clarifying statements made by the president at his summit with Russia's president Vladimir Putin. Congress voted in an apparent backlash against the president's summit. Plus, we take a look at the press secretary's role in White House communication crises. This episode: reporter Sarah McCammon, justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, White House correspondent Scott Horsley, and White House reporter Ayes...more

  • Trump Walks Back Comments At Putin Summit & DOJ Charges Russian Operative

    Jul 17 2018

    One day after his controversial news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump tried to walk back his comments where he appeared to side with Russia over his intelligence agencies. Plus the Department of Justice accused a Russian student studying in the United States of conspiracy. This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, editor and correspondent Ron Elving, justice correspondent Carrie Johnson and Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell. Email the show at nprpol...more

  • President Trump Sides With Putin At Historic Summit

    Jul 16 2018

    Trump himself declared his summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki a success, in what he called the "proud tradition of bold American diplomacy."The president said he pressed Putin about Moscow's interference in the election, but he appeared to take Putin's denial at face value, just days after a grand jury indicted 12 Russian intelligence agents on election-related charges. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, nati...more

  • Justice Department Charges Russian Cyberspies With Attack On 2016 Election

    Jul 13 2018

    The Justice Department charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with offenses related to Russia's hacking of the Democratic National Committee's emails, state election systems and other targets in 2016. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, national security editor Phil Ewing and White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, July 12

    Jul 12 2018

    Reversing the harsh criticisms he has leveled at NATO, President Trump says the alliance is very strong. Embattled FBI Agent Peter Strzok clashed with GOP lawmakers in hearings today. And days after the president nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, we break down what we have learned. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, political reporter Tim Mak, and editor correspondent Ron Elving. Email the show at...more

  • Trump Names Brett Kavanaugh For Supreme Court

    Jul 10 2018

    President Trump announced his choice to nominate Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. If confirmed, Kavanaugh would solidify the court's conservative majority. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Resigns Amid Scandals

    Jul 05 2018

    President Trump tweeted this afternoon that he accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt was one of the more controversial of Trump's Cabinet-level picks and had been battling various scandals for months. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Scott Horsley and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Tuesday, July 3

    Jul 03 2018

    President Trump announced that he has met with at least four candidates to fill Justice Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court. Some liberals are embracing the rally slogan "Abolish ICE," but what does that actually mean? Plus, with many primaries completed, the team takes a look at what we've learned about both parties this year. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Asma Khalid, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and national political correspondent Mara Lias...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, June 28

    Jun 28 2018

    President Trump has announced that he will hold a summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin, and as Supreme Court's Justice Kennedy heads into retirement, Trump promises to seat a judge who will dismantle Roe vs. Wade. Plus, more Supreme Court decisions and why Harley Davidson cites the president's tariffs as a reason to move some of its business overseas. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, political editor Domeni...more

  • The Supreme Court's Swing Voter Justice Anthony Kennedy Retires

    Jun 27 2018

    Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement today, setting the stage for an epic political battle over his replacement. This episode: Reporter Sarah McCammon, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, editor and correspondent Ron Elving and legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Midterm Update: 28-year-old Latina Defeats Establishment Democrat In Primary Upset

    Jun 27 2018

    In a stunning primary upset, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — a young socialist activist, woman of color and political newcomer — has unseated leading House Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley. Plus, analysis of other results from Tuesday's primaries. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Analysis: The Impact Of The Supreme Court's Decision To Uphold Trump's Travel Ban

    Jun 26 2018

    In a 5-4 ruling that gave broad leeway to presidential authority, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Trump's travel ban that barred nearly all travelers from five mainly Muslim countries. The NPR Politics team breaks down the decision and its impact. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and White House correspondent Scott Horsley. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.o...more

  • The Supreme Court Rules On Racial Gerrymander & Tuesday's Primaries

    Jun 25 2018

    The U.S. Supreme Court said that Texas' legislative and congressional maps are not a racial gerrymander, tiptoeing around another major political ruling. Plus, six states head to the polls to set the stage for the 2018 midterms. And the fallout from Sarah Sanders being asked to leave a restaurant in Virginia. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, June 21

    Jun 21 2018

    Congress struggles to commit to immigration legislation, while the First Lady heads to the U.S.-Mexico border to visit children who have been separated from their parents. The Supreme Court reshapes how Americans shop online, and the United States withdraws from the United Nations Human Rights Council. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, political editor Domenico Montanaro, and State Department correspondent...more

  • Trump Signs Order To End Family Separations

    Jun 20 2018

    President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to end his controversial policy that has resulted in thousands of family separations and brought criticism from Democrats and Republicans. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Scott Horsley, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • The Trump Administration's Family Separation Border Policy Explained

    Jun 18 2018

    The Trump administration spent the weekend and Monday defending its "zero tolerance" border policy, which has separated children and parents who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. The NPR Politics team breaks down what that policy is and how it is being implemented. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and KQED's John Sepulvado. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your lo...more

  • Fact Check: Trump's Freewheeling Friday

    Jun 15 2018

    President Trump began Friday by giving a wide-ranging interview to Fox News, and then he answered questions for a pool of reporters. In both he covered major topics like North Korea, a DOJ Report, immigration legislation, and his feud with the NFL. The NPR Politics team sets the record straight on his comments. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, and White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe. Email the show at np...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, June 14

    Jun 14 2018

    A Justice Department watchdog on Thursday criticized former FBI Director James Comey for violating long-standing department guidelines and mishandling the Hillary Clinton email investigation in 2016. We break down that report, and look at a new lawsuit filed against the Trump family. Plus, Republicans - sort of - find a compromise on immigration. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, national political corr...more

  • Midterm Update: Tuesday's Primaries Underscore That The GOP Is Trump's Party Now

    Jun 13 2018

    Results from Tuesday's primaries underscored one major theme – it's Donald Trump's Republican Party now. An establishment candidate in South Carolina lost his re-election bid, and a Bannon-esque candidate won in Virginia. We break down what it means for the GOP. This episode: Reporter Sarah McCammon, Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • At A Historic Summit, President Trump Praises Kim's Commitment To Denuclearize

    Jun 12 2018

    Following a historic summit in Singapore, President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a broad statement Tuesday that calls for a "firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula." Though critics suggest that the U.S. appears to have made more concessions than the regime. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, White House Correspondent Scott Horsley, and Seoul Bureau Chief Elise Hu. Email the s...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, June 7

    Jun 07 2018

    President Trump prepares for a summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un while heading to Canada to defend his trade tactics to the G-7 allies. Republicans try to reach an agreement for an internal debate over immigration. And Trump cancels a meeting with the NFL. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis and editor and correspondent Ron Elving. Email the show at nprpolitic...more

  • Midterm Update: "Super Tuesday" Primaries Results

    Jun 06 2018

    Democrats are feeling a little better about taking back the House after they advanced candidates in the key races in California. At the same time, it wasn't a bad night for Republicans. We break down the top takeaways from the night. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Supreme Court On A Baker V. Same-Sex Couple, Trump Exerts Executive Privilege, & Tuesday's Primaries

    Jun 04 2018

    In a narrow decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a baker was allowed to refuse service to a same-sex couple. President Trump said that he has the power to pardon himself, but had no need to. And on Tuesday, 85 House seats are up for a vote. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, and justice correspondent Ryan Lucas. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio stat...more

  • NPR Politics Live From Charlotte: The Midterms Showdown

    Jun 02 2018

    This is a special episode, recorded in front of a live audience at the McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square in Charlotte on Friday, June 1st. The cast breaks down everything you need to know heading into this year's midterm elections. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Asma Khalid, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at n...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, May 31

    May 31 2018

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is meeting with a top North Korean delegate to prepare for a potential summit, but do the two countries agree on what it means to "denuclearize?" President Trump surprised the world when he announced today that tariffs on Canada, Mexico, and the EU go into effect at midnight tonight. Plus, President Trump pardons another controversial figure. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, White House correspondent Scott ...more

  • The Supreme Court Rejects Planned Parenthood Case & President Trump Threatens New Tariffs On China

    May 29 2018

    The Supreme Court rejected an appeal of a restrictive abortion law in Arkansas, which could force all but one facility that performs abortions in the state to close. And, although the administration said it will hold off on a trade war, President Trump announced new trade restrictions to be placed on China. This episode: Reporter Sarah McCammon, White House correspondent Scott Horsley, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local pub...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, May 24

    May 24 2018

    President Trump has called off a highly anticipated summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and he held two meetings with justice and intelligence officials to discuss classified information in the Russia investigation. Plus, the Trump administration rolls out new guidelines for abortion funding, and the Supreme Court restricts workers' rights. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, political reporter Sarah McCammon, and national security...more

  • Midterm Update: First Black Woman Nominated For Governor & Other Tuesday Primaries Takeaways

    May 23 2018

    It was a big night Tuesday for Democratic women again, from Georgia to Kentucky to Texas. It was also a big night for change on the Democratic side, even if the fight between progressives and the establishment fizzled. Plus, Republicans see more signs for positive results in November. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Asma Khalid, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public r...more

  • Trump Demands Review Of Russia Investigation Surveillance Tactics & Tuesday's Primaries

    May 21 2018

    President Trump says that he will order an investigation into whether the FBI and the Department of Justice "infiltrated or surveilled" his campaign "for political purposes," potentially setting up a showdown between the president and his intelligence and law enforcement agencies. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, May 17

    May 17 2018

    As Republicans break off from their party leaders, an immigration vote edges closer to the House floor. Democrats get a rare win on the Senate floor. Plus, President Trump's plans for a summit with North Korea grow sour. This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, White House correspondent Scott Horsley, and editor & correspondent Ron Elving. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations....more

  • Senate Releases More Details on Trump Jr. And Russian Lawyer Meeting & Tuesday's Primaries Takeaways

    May 16 2018

    The Senate Judiciary Committee released more than 2,500 pages related to an investigation of a meeting between top Trump aides and a delegation of Russians. We sift through what the testimony tells us. Plus, women continue to be front and center in this year's primaries. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and su...more

  • One Year Of Robert Mueller As Special Counsel

    May 15 2018

    Thursday marks one year since Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. We talk about the big takeaways from the past year and what is still yet to come. This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and reporter Miles Parks. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, May 10

    May 10 2018

    President Trump tweeted out the details of his upcoming meeting with Kim Jong Un. The announcement came hours after three Americans being held in North Korea landed back in the United States. We look at who is bringing what to the negotiations over nuclear weapons. Plus, Trump's nominee to lead the CIA is under fire for her involvement in enhanced interrogation methods, and Michael Cohen's web of troubles gets a little bit messier. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, White House report...more

  • Midterm Update: May 8th Primaries Takeaways

    May 09 2018

    It's still too soon for big conclusions, but yesterday's primaries in Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, and North Carolina broke with some trends and firmed up others. We take a look at what it all means for Republicans and Democrats preparing for the Midterm. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and Congressional correspondent Susan Davis. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr....more

  • President Trump Says The U.S. "Will Withdraw" From The Iran Nuclear Deal

    May 09 2018

    President Trump announced that he has decided to exit a multinational agreement in which Iran agreed to limit its production of nuclear weapons material. The decision raises questions about stability in the Middle East and questions abroad about whether or not the U.S. can stick to its promises. This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and chief international editor Will Dobson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support y...more

  • Midterm Update: May 8th Primaries Look Ahead

    May 07 2018

    Ohio, West Virginia, and Indiana hold primaries on Tuesday. We take a deep dive into the key races that will decide who goes on the ballot this fall in Trump Country. Republicans and Democrats are both keeping a close eye, because these votes help determine whether or not the Senate is at play. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Jessica Taylor, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local publi...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, May 3

    May 03 2018

    The new head of President Trump's legal team, Rudy Giuliani, said on national television that the president reimbursed a lawyer for payments to an adult film star, which prompted new questions about who knew what when. And, as Trump reorganizes his legal team to combat the special counsel, a list of questions Robert Mueller plans to ask Trump surfaced in Washington. Plus, NPR received an exclusive excerpt of John McCain's forthcoming book. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, ...more

  • Comedian Responds To Criticism After Controversial Remarks At The White House Correspondents' Dinner

    Apr 30 2018

    President Trump's absence was the least controversial part of this year's White House Correspondents' dinner. Instead it was the crude jokes made by the event's headliner. The criticism has prompted questions about the purpose of the annual gala. Plus, Trump has till midnight to yet again prevent a brewing trade war. This episode: host/Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, national political correspondent Mara Liasson and political reporter Asma Khalid. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org....more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, April 26

    Apr 27 2018

    President Trump's embattled nominee Ronny Jackson withdrew his name to serve as the head of the VA. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill with bipartisan support to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller if he is fired. The team also discusses the visit of French president Emmanuel Macron. This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, editor and correspondent Ron Elving and Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell. Email the show at nprpolitics@np...more

  • Supreme Court Appears Ready To Side With Trump On Travel Ban

    Apr 25 2018

    The Supreme Court heard arguments today in the case of Trump v. Hawaii, better known as the travel ban case. Also the latest with DACA. This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, national political correspondent Mara Liasson and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, April 19

    Apr 20 2018

    The latest on Michael Cohen, a public spat between UN ambassador Nikki Haley and the White House, and diplomacy in the Trump administration. This episode: host/political reporter Asma Khalid, political editor Domenico Montanaro, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and White House correspondent Tamara Keith. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Comey Tells NPR The FBI 'Would Be Worse Today' If Not For His Actions

    Apr 17 2018

    In an interview with NPR, fired FBI Director James Comey defended his controversial decisions during the 2016 campaign. This episode: host/political reporter Asma Khalid, national political correspondent Mara Liasson and justice correspondent Carrie Johnson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • President Trump Announces Air Strikes On Syria

    Apr 14 2018

    President Trump announced the United States has joined with France and the UK to launch military strikes in Syria in response to last week's suspected chemical weapons attack on civilians in a Damascus suburb. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and national security editor Phil Ewing. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • More On Mueller, Zuckerberg And Landscape For 2018 Elections

    Apr 13 2018

    There may be movement on legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation into the Trump campaign. Also in this episode, the latest on the landscape for the 2018 elections and Mark Zuckerberg's second day of testifying on Capitol Hill. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Tim Mak, editor correspondent Ron Elving and congressional reporter Kelsey Snell. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public rad...more

  • Paul Ryan Will Not Seek Re-Election

    Apr 11 2018

    House Speaker Paul Ryan will retire in January, at the end of a tenure that saw the failure of an Obamacare repeal and the passage of tax cuts — as well as an uneven relationship with President Trump. This episode: host/congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Zuckerberg Faces Congress And FBI Raids Properties of Trump Lawyer

    Apr 11 2018

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced 44 senators in a hearing on Capitol Hill, the first of two such hearings this week. The FBI raided the residence and legal office of the president's personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen and the president is also dealing with a foreign policy crisis after more than 40 people in Syria were killed in what appears to be a chemical weapons attack. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, justice cor...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, April 5

    Apr 05 2018

    After days of railing against "weak" immigration laws and border security, President Trump is deploying National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. China is hitting back at the U.S. with tariffs of its own, largely targeted at Trump country. And with CEO Mark Zuckerberg preparing to testify before Congress next week, Facebook is now saying that some 87 million users — not 50 million, as had previously been said — had their data shared with political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. This...more

  • Trump Turns Focus Back To Immigration; Citizenship Question On Census Ignites Controversy

    Apr 03 2018

    President Trump said Tuesday that he's considering sending the military to guard parts of the U.S.-Mexico border, because of what he calls "weak" immigration laws. And, some two dozen states and cities are suing to try to remove a new citizenship question from the 2020 census. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political editor Domenico Montanaro, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, editor correspondent Ron Elving and national correspondent Hansi Lo Wang. Email...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, March 29

    Mar 29 2018

    Russia announced Thursday that it's expelling 60 U.S. diplomats, just a few days after the Trump administration expelled the same number of Russian diplomats from the U.S. That was in response to Russia's alleged poisoning of a former spy on British soil. Also this week, another big shake-up in the Trump administration: Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin has been fired, and Trump says he plans to nominate his White House doctor, Ronny Jackson, to the post. And there is more upheaval on the...more

  • McMaster Out As National Security Adviser, Bolton In

    Mar 23 2018

    There's been another big shake up on President Trump's team. H.R. McMaster is out as National Security Adviser, and former UN Ambassador John Bolton is in. And, after threatening a veto this morning, President Trump signed the $1.3 trillion dollar spending bill Congress passed yesterday, funding the government through September. This episode: host/congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, diplomatic correspondent Michele Kelemen and political editor Domeni...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, March 22

    Mar 22 2018

    Cambridge Analytica is at the center of a growing controversy over how it obtained the private data of millions of Facebook users, and how it may have used that data in its work for the Trump campaign in 2016. Congress unveiled a $1.3 trillion dollar spending bill less than two days before government funding runs out — it's over 2,000 pages long. And John Dowd, who had been leading President Trump's outside legal team, has resigned. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, cong...more

  • McCabe Fired, Trump Escalates Attacks On Mueller

    Mar 19 2018

    Over the last few days, President Trump has escalated his attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller, the FBI and the Department of Justice. His personal attorney, John Dowd, called for an end to the Russia investigation. And late Friday night, Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe for "lack of candor," two days before he was set to retire with a full pension. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Scott Detrow and j...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, March 15

    Mar 15 2018

    The Trump administration announced new sanctions against Russia on Wednesday over its meddling in the 2016 election. Democrat Conor Lamb appears to have won a special election in Pennsylvania. The next election on the calendar is the Illinois primary next week, which may have some interesting clues for Democrats for the fall. Thousands of students walked out of school across the country on Tuesday — the one month anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — to protest gu...more

  • Democrat Apparent Winner In Pennsylvania Special Election

    Mar 14 2018

    Tuesday night was a big one for Democrats. In a southwestern Pennsylvania district that Trump won by 20 points in 2016, voters appear to have elected Democrat Conor Lamb to fill a vacant House seat — a huge upset for President Trump and the Republican party. The race has still not been officially called, but barring a recount, Lamb has a small but insurmountable lead over Republican Rick Saccone. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political editor Domenico Montanaro, and ...more

  • Trump Fires Tillerson, Taps Pompeo As Secretary Of State

    Mar 13 2018

    After months of on-again, off-again speculation, President Trump announced on Twitter Tuesday morning that he had fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. He also said that he is nominating CIA Director Mike Pompeo as his next Secretary of State. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, diplomatic correspondent Michele Kelemen, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local pu...more

  • Democrats Hoping For Upset In Pennsylvania Special Election

    Mar 12 2018

    A special election in Pennsylvania on Tuesday is garnering an unusual amount of national attention. It's for a House seat in PA-18, a deeply Republican district that Trump won by 20 points in 2016. Polls show an incredibly tight race between Republican Rick Saccone and Democrat Conor Lamb. Democrats are hoping for an upset, while Republicans are fighting hard to hold the seat. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political editor Domenico Montanaro, and congressional corres...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, March 8

    Mar 08 2018

    President Trump announced tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, despite strong objections from fellow Republicans. Economic adviser Gary Cohn became the latest Trump administration official to resign, adding to a record breaking rate of turnover in this White House. Stormy Daniels, the porn star who allegedly had an affair with Trump years ago, has filed suit against him. And in California, a high level of excitement among Democrats has led to very crowded primaries that could actually pose pr...more

  • Takeaways From Texas, As Midterms Kick Off

    Mar 07 2018

    The first primary votes of 2018 are in, in Texas. Democrats had a strong showing, turning out over a million voters. But Republicans still outnumbered them, by a solid half a million votes. And a record number of women ran — and many of them won. This episode: host/political reporter Asma Khalid, political editor Domenico Montanaro and congressional correspondent Susan Davis, with a special guest appearance from Ben Philpott of KUT in Austin, Texas. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find an...more

  • Primary Season Kicks Off With Texas

    Mar 05 2018

    Primary season officially gets under way this week. Texas is first up, on Tuesday. For the first time in years, Democrats are fielding candidates in every congressional district there, and in early voting, Democratic turnout surpassed Republican turnout. Also, President Trump has driven a wedge between himself and many of his fellow Republicans by announcing he will impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. And he's not backing down. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, March 1

    Mar 02 2018

    Guns are still dominating the conversation in Washington, though Congress has come and gone this week without taking any real steps to pass legislation. President Trump held another made-for-TV meeting on school safety and gun laws where he confused and frustrated Republicans. It's also been a week of staff turmoil at the White House. One of Trump's closest and most trusted aides, Communications Director Hope Hicks, is stepping down, and his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, has lost...more

  • Big Week At Supreme Court On Immigration, First Amendment

    Feb 28 2018

    It's a big week at the Supreme Court. On Monday, the justices declined to hear the Trump administration's appeal of a federal court ruling that blocked the president from ending DACA, at least for now. On Tuesday, they ruled that legal immigrants who are arrested for minor crimes do not have the right to bond hearings — meaning they can legally be detained long-term. The Court also heard arguments in one First Amendment case — about public sector unions — and is set to hear arguments in another,...more

  • NPR Politics Live From Cleveland

    Feb 24 2018

    This is a special episode, recorded in front of a live audience at the Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square in Cleveland on Friday, February 23. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Asma Khalid and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Parkland Students Bring Gun Debate Front And Center

    Feb 23 2018

    Exactly a week after 17 of their teachers and classmates were shot and killed, students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida traveled to Tallahassee to meet with lawmakers, and urge them to take action on guns. Others went to the White House for a listening session with President Trump. And still others took part in a CNN Town Hall, where they confronted senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson and the NRA. Something about this moment feels different — but is it? This episo...more

  • Grand Jury Indicts Russians Linked To Interference In 2016 Election

    Feb 16 2018

    A federal grand jury has indicted 13 Russians and three Russian entities in connection with the attack on the 2016 presidential election. This episode, host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, justice correspondent Carrie Johnson and national security editor Phil Ewing. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, February 15

    Feb 16 2018

    A familiar scene, and familiar words from lawmakers, after 17 people were killed Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. A week after White House aide Rob Porter resigned over domestic abuse allegations, President Trump said publicly for the first time that he is "totally opposed to domestic violence." And with Congress still struggling to reach a deal on DACA and immigration, how would either outcome — bill or no bill — motivate voters? This episode, host/White H...more

  • Mixed Messages In Trump's Response To Abuse Allegations

    Feb 13 2018

    By many accounts, the White House is still in turmoil after the resignation last week of a top aide over domestic abuse allegations. Over the weekend, President Trump took to Twitter to issue what looked to many to be a defense of Rob Porter. It's not the first time Trump has shown sympathy for a man accused of abuse. Also, the NPR podcast EMBEDDED is coming out with two new episodes on the Russia investigation — the timeline, collusion, and obstruction of justice. This episode, host/congression...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, February 8

    Feb 09 2018

    Senate leaders reached a two-year, bipartisan budget deal, but with just hours left before government funding runs out again, it's still unclear if it will get the votes to pass. Because the deal does not address DACA, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took to the House floor on Wednesday for a record 8 hours in protest. And a top White House aide has resigned, after two of his ex-wives accused him of physical abuse, raising questions about what the administration knew and when. This episode, host/Wh...more

  • Scramble To Redraw Congressional Maps In PA, Avert Another Shutdown In DC

    Feb 06 2018

    The stock market had another volatile day Tuesday, but recovered some after its record 1,175 point drop on Monday. Lawmakers in Pennsylvania have until the end of the week to completely redraw the state's congressional districts, after the state Supreme Court ruled that the current map violates the state's Constitution. And there are just two days left before the federal government runs out of money - again. This episode, host/congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent T...more

  • GOP Releases Memo Alleging FBI Surveillance Abuses

    Feb 02 2018

    The much-hyped secret memo, put together by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, was released Friday. President Trump authorized its declassification despite "grave concerns" from the FBI. The memo alleges that top officials at the FBI and Department of Justice abused surveillance powers to target the Trump campaign early on in the Russia investigation. This episode, host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Kelsey Snell and justice reporter Ryan Lucas. Emai...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, February 1

    Feb 01 2018

    The FBI is clashing with the White House over the release of a classified memo that allegedly details abuses of surveillance power by the FBI and the Justice Department. House Republicans have voted to release it, and the President has signaled he's in favor. Also, with the State of the Union behind him, Trump met with Congressional Republicans to strategize about priorities for the year. This episode, host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, justice repo...more

  • Trump Plays To Base, Calls For Unity In State Of The Union

    Jan 31 2018

    President Trump delivered his first State of the Union Tuesday night — a call for unity, peppered throughout with language and themes aimed at his base, on immigration, the economy and national security. This episode, host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, political editor Domenico Montanaro and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Trump To Deliver First State Of The Union

    Jan 29 2018

    President Trump is set to deliver his first State of the Union on Tuesday night. This episode, host/congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith and editor correspondent Ron Elving preview the president's address. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, January 25

    Jan 26 2018

    There have been a number of revelations this week related to the Russia investigation. Among them, that the special counsel's team has talked to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and that Robert Mueller is now looking to sit down with President Trump. And while the shutdown is over, the underlying problems remain, particularly when it comes to finding a resolution on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. This episode, host/congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional corre...more

  • Senate Reaches Deal To End Shutdown

    Jan 22 2018

    Three days into a partial government shutdown, the Senate has passed a bill to fund the government through February 8th. The bill does not include a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which had been a key demand for many Democrats. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has pledged to bring DACA legislation up for a vote soon. This episode, host/congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional reporter Kelsey Snell and White House correspondent Scott Horsley. ...more

  • Government Shuts Down After Senate Fails To Pass Spending Bill

    Jan 20 2018

    The federal government is now in a partial shutdown. Funding ran out just after midnight, after the Senate failed to pass a short-term spending bill. This episode, host/congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional reporter Kelsey Snell and White House correspondent Scott Horsley. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • President Trump, One Year In

    Jan 19 2018

    It's been almost exactly a year since President Trump was sworn in. In front of a live audience at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., the NPR Politics team reflects on how Trump has changed Washington, whether Washington has changed Trump, and what the president has accomplished in his first year. This episode, host/congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Scott Horsley, justice ...more

  • Trump Comments Threaten DACA Deal

    Jan 16 2018

    President Trump's now-infamous comments from last week, disparaging Haiti and many African countries, are still ricocheting around the world, and are complicating efforts to reach a bipartisan deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The government is, once again, set to run out of funding on Friday. And a record number of House Republicans have announced they're not running for re-election ahead of the 2018 midterms. This episode, host/congressional correspondent Scott Detrow...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, January 11

    Jan 12 2018

    The main focus in Washington this week has been immigration, and the efforts to strike a bipartisan deal on DACA — the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. The administration also announced it will allow states to impose work requirements for Medicaid. And Senator Dianne Feinstein has a new nickname from Trump - sneaky Dianne - after she unilaterally released the transcript of a Senate interview with the head of Fusion GPS, the research firm behind the infamous Steele dossier. This ep...more

  • Trump Tweets About Mental Stability Fuel Conversation About Fitness

    Jan 09 2018

    President Trump spent much of the weekend at Camp David with other Republican leaders, talking about their agenda for 2018. But the headlines, instead, have been dominated by Trump's assertion that he is "a very stable genius." This episode, host/congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, editor correspondent Ron Elving and a special guest - science correspondent Jon Hamilton. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio s...more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, January 4

    Jan 05 2018

    The forthcoming book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," has already sparked a war of words between the president and his former chief strategist, Steve Bannon. Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch is retiring, and all eyes are on Mitt Romney. Trump has dissolved his controversial commission investigating alleged voter fraud. And Virginia's House of Delegates tips to the Republicans - after a tie-breaking draw. This episode, host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional r...more

  • What's Next For Congress In 2018

    Jan 02 2018

    It's 2018, which means it's an election year. But Congress has a lot to do before all attention turns to the midterms, including agree on government funding, and work out a deal on both Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and the Children's Health Insurance Program. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith and congressional correspondent Susan Davis. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at...more

  • 2017 Roundup: Thursday, December 28

    Dec 28 2017

    The year that started with President Trump's inauguration and saw the firing of FBI director James Comey, the beginning of the Mueller probe, the rise of so-called fake news and alternative facts, and the Me Too movement is coming a close. This episode, host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Scott Horsley, justice correspondent Carrie Johnson and political editor Domenico Montanaro take stock of the top political stories of 2017. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr....more

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, December 21

    Dec 22 2017

    Republicans are celebrating their first major legislative accomplishment since President Trump took office - the tax bill. Congress is pushing other big questions - including how to address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and fund the government long-term - until the new year. More women are running for Congress in 2018 than ever before. And, can't let it go. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, political reporter Daniel...more

  • Tax Bill Heads To Vote; Politics Heat Up Around Russia Investigation

    Dec 18 2017

    Congress is aiming to vote on a massive tax bill this week. Who wins and who loses if it passes? Also, the political rhetoric around the Russia investigation is heating up on both sides. This episode, host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, justice reporter Ryan Lucas and editor correspondent Ron Elving. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, December 14

    Dec 15 2017

    Congressional Republicans are stepping up their attacks on the team investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. The House and Senate say they have come together on a final tax bill, and they plan to vote on it next week. A Texas Republican who's under ethics investigation in the House for sexual harassment says he won't seek reelection. And, can't let it go. This episode, host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, justice correspondent Carrie J...more

  • In Huge Upset, Doug Jones Wins Election In Alabama

    Dec 13 2017

    For the first time in 25 years, Alabama has elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate. Doug Jones beat Republican Roy Moore, who had been dogged by accusations of sexual misconduct, in the state's special election yesterday. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, political editor Domenico Montanaro and national correspondent Debbie Elliott in Alabama. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at n...more

  • Race Tight On Eve Of Election In Alabama

    Dec 11 2017

    After weeks of intense national attention, the special election in Alabama is here. Voters go to the polls tomorrow to decide whether Republican Roy Moore or Democrat Doug Jones will be their next senator. And the race is too close to call. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, political editor Domenico Montanaro and national correspondent Debbie Elliott in Alabama. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

  • Weekly Roundup: Thursday, December 7

    Dec 07 2017

    Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced he's resigning, after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct. Congress and the president are trying to work out a deal to fund the government. There are protests in Gaza and the West Bank after Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital. And FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before Congress. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Scott Horsley, congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, just...more