The NPR Politics Podcast

The NPR Politics Podcast

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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.


Is It Safe For Kids To Return To School?
Jul 8 • 14 min
The President is insistent: kids must return to school in the fall. But school districts are struggling to figure out how to open safely.
Young People Drive Coronavirus Surge
Jul 7 • 14 min
The US now regularly sees 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 hard-hit.
President Revives “American Carnage” Message
Jul 6 • 14 min
President Trump has returned to the divisive “law and order” rhetoric and white identity politics that fueled his 2016 campaign. Fewer Americans are interested.
How Black Americans Experience Patriotism
Jul 3 • 15 min
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.
US Added Jobs In Juneā —But Now The Pandemic Is Getting Worse
Jul 2 • 14 min
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.
Trump Remakes Federal Judiciary In His Image
Jul 1 • 14 min
In June, the Senate confirmed President Trump’s 200th judge to the bench. Reshaping the federal judiciary could be the president’s most durable legacy.
Trump’s Disapproval Climbs Alongside US Coronavirus Cases
Jun 30 • 14 min
Trump unpopularity rises as Joe Biden uses the pandemic to attack him. And despite a narrow loss in Kentucky, Democrats’ progressive wing is surging.
Supreme Court Overturns Restrictions On Abortion Access
Jun 29 • 14 min
The Supreme Court overturns abortion access restrictions, and President Trump finds himself caught in another scandal over Russia.
Weekly Roundup: June 26th, 2020
Jun 26 • 26 min
At the first pandemic taskforce briefing in months, the vice president defended the administration’s response. And Attorney General William Barr talks to NPR.
Congress Probably Won’t Agree On Police Reform
Jun 25 • 14 min
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.
U.S. Coronavirus Cases Holding Steady
Jun 24 • 14 min
The United States is still facing high numbers of coronavirus cases, as a piecemeal response allows the virus to flourish across the south.
Who Will Kentucky Pick To Face Mitch McConnell?
Jun 23 • 14 min
Progressives try their luck in two closely-watched congressional primaries; and reporting out of Michigan, an important state in the 2020 presidential contest.
Trump Fires Lawyer Who Prosecuted His Allies
Jun 22 • 14 min
This weekend, President Trump fired the man who led the prosecution of his allies and led a rally that was smaller than expected.
Weekly Roundup: June 19th, 2020
Jun 19 • 23 min
Trump’s rally Saturday in Oklahoma draws ire of public health experts and exposes the administration’s racial blindspots, according to critics.
In 5-4 Decision, Supreme Court Lets DACA Stand
Jun 18 • 13 min
The Supreme Court blocked the administration’s efforts to end the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals program, citing “arbitrary” justifications from DHS.
NPR Analysis: Biden Has Early Edge On 2020 Political Map
Jun 17 • 14 min
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,
What Trump’s Policing Order Does (And Doesn’t) Do
Jun 16 • 12 min
President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday encouraging police departments to improve training — a step critics say falls short of what is needed
Supreme Court: LGBTQ Employment Discrimination Is Illegal
Jun 15 • 14 min
In 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that job discrimination against LGBTQ workers is illegal under the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
It’s Been a Minute: ‘Not Just Another Protest’
Jun 14 • 41 min
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…
The Ground Is Shifting In Trump’s Culture War
Jun 12 • 26 min
President Trump and his campaign are sticking to culture war messaging even as some congressional Republicans cede ground on police reform.
The End Of Police In Minneapolis
Jun 11 • 13 min
A veto-proof majority of the Minneapolis city council has pledged to disband the police department. What comes next could take years to figure out.
“Is that what a black man’s worth? Twenty dollars?”
Jun 10 • 15 min
As George Floyd’s brother testified before Congress, Senate Republicans began to piece together a reform plan of their own.
President Trump Denies Systemic Racism In Policing. Most Americans Disagree.
Jun 9 • 14 min
Joe Biden touts his police reform plan and Tuesday’s primary in Georgia could mark the beginning of a seismic shift in the state’s politics.
Democrats Want To Reform, Not Defund, Police
Jun 8 • 14 min
Democrats are out with a plan to reform policing in the United States and Joe Biden says he will not defund police departments.
Weekly Roundup: June 5th, 2020
Jun 5 • 23 min
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…
View from the Ground At Washington DC Protests; Misinformation Spreads Online
Jun 4 • 14 min
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…
Congress Searches For How To Respond To Calls From Protesters
Jun 3 • 13 min
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…
‘He Thinks Division Helps Him’: Biden Condemns Trump’s Protest Response
Jun 2 • 14 min
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…
Trump Threatens To Deploy Military To States If They Don’t Stop Violent Protests
Jun 1 • 13 min
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…
Trump Encourages Governors To ‘Dominate’ Protesters, Blames Democrats For Unrest
Jun 1 • 15 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: May 29th, 2020
May 29 • 26 min
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…
The Death Of George Floyd Sparks Outrage From Both Sides Of The Aisle
May 28 • 15 min
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…
Twitter Adds Warning To Trump’s Tweets As He Spreads Misinformation
May 27 • 14 min
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…
Trump Threatens To Move The Republican National Convention
May 26 • 14 min
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…
Republicans And Democrats Battle Over The Future Of Voting
May 25 • 14 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: May 22nd, 2020
May 22 • 25 min
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…
Trump And Biden Wage An Uneven Virtual Campaign
May 21 • 14 min
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,…
Democrats Think Prioritizing Health Care Will Give Them Wins In 2020
May 20 • 13 min
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…
Senators Clash Over How Soon To Reopen The Economy
May 19 • 13 min
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…
Democrats Launch Probe Into Trump’s Firing Of State Department Inspector General
May 18 • 12 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: May 15th, 2020
May 15 • 25 min
Senator’s cell phone seized as FBI investigates stock trades and the Supreme Court weighs whether the president can block investigations into his conduct.
Ousted Scientist Warns Government Response Risks American Lives
May 14 • 14 min
Rick Bright testified he was pushed out of a government medical research agency after pushing back against a coronavirus treatment touted by the president.
House Democrats Push For Money For States In New Relief Bill
May 13 • 14 min
Democrats are out with their opening proposal in what is likely to be a long negotiation over the next coronavirus relief package.
Nation’s Top Health Officials Testify
May 12 • 13 min
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.
Fauci In “Modified Quarantine”; CA Special Election Has Lessons For November
May 11 • 14 min
Anthony Fauci is self-quarantining and a California special election illustrates the difficulties of remote campaigning.
Weekly Roundup: May 8th, 2020
May 8 • 26 min
Prosecutors will not go ahead with the case against Michael Flynn. U.S. employers shed a record number of jobs in April.
Supreme Court Firsts: Teleconferences, Livestreams, And A Toilet Flush
May 7 • 14 min
The Supreme Court resumed oral arguments this week after a lengthy hiatus because of the pandemic. They conducted them by teleconference, for the first time ever.
Partisan Divide: Michigan, Texas Take Differing Approaches To Reopening
May 6 • 14 min
How do the approaches of Michigan, led by a Democratic governor, and Texas, led by a Republican governor, differ as they move toward reopening their states?
Trump Visits Mask Factory In Arizona, A 2020 Battleground
May 5 • 14 min
President Trump’s first presidential major travel during the coronavirus is to Arizona, a 2020 battleground with a closely watched Senate race.
Hill Leaders Turn Down Additional Tests For Lawmakers
May 4 • 13 min
Top lawmakers turn down the White House’s offer of more testing for Capitol Hill. And NPR reporting sheds light on what Trump was told about the coronavirus.
Weekly Roundup: May 1st, 2020
May 1 • 26 min
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…
Treatment Research Continues As Phased Reopening Begins
Apr 30 • 12 min
The original social distancing guidelines are being replaced with a phased plan that favors local control and a coronavirus treatment shows early promise.
Half Of Households Financially Impacted By Coronavirus. It Could Get Worse.
Apr 29 • 14 min
Half of households have lost wages from the coronavirus outbreak, as the economy shrinks. And the pandemic has led states to consider internet voting.
WH Guidelines For Reopening Remain Vague So States Like Georgia Return To Work
Apr 28 • 14 min
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…
“Veepstakes”: Joe Biden Begins Search for Vice Presidential Pick
Apr 27 • 15 min
Joe Biden says he will put together a team this week to help him decide on a vice presidential pick. Here are some of the folks he may be considering as his running mate.
Weekly Roundup: April 24th, 2020
Apr 24 • 24 min
Republicans are reluctant to move quickly on a bailout for state and local governments. And, top strategists are rethinking congressional campaign strategy.
Trump’s Immigration Order Stops Far Short Of Total Ban
Apr 23 • 12 min
President Trump promised a total immigration ban, though the proclamation he eventually signed was considerably narrower.
Despite Protests, Most Americans Still Support Coronavirus Restrictions
Apr 22 • 14 min
People around the country are protesting coronavirus restrictions, though most Americans still support the measures.
Another Half-Trillion: Senate Reaches Deal On Rescue Package
Apr 21 • 13 min
The NPR team breaks down what is in the latest massive rescue package agreed to by the Senate, including new funding for hospitals and coronavirus testing.
Former Staffer Accuses Joe Biden Of Sexual Assault
Apr 20 • 12 min
Tara Reade, a former junior staffer in Joe Biden’s Senate office, has accused him of sexually assaulting her. The Biden campaign denies the accusation.
Weekly Roundup: April 17th, 2020
Apr 17 • 28 min
In this episode, the NPR team discusses the remaining challenges that are slowing the process of reopening the country. Also, gender and Democratic primary.
Unemployment Claims Remain Sky-High, All But Undoing 10 Years Of Job Gains
Apr 16 • 12 min
In this episode, the NPR team talks through the latest dismal economic indicators and discusses whether a recovery could happen quickly (it depends).
Trump, Governors Weigh How To Reopen Country
Apr 15 • 15 min
In this episode, the NPR team discusses what the measures that have to occur in order for the country to reopen safely after the coronavirus outbreak.
Obama Endorses Biden For President—So What?
Apr 14 • 13 min
In this episode, the NPR team breaks down Barack Obama’s endorsement of Joe Biden and why it matters in the current era of the Democratic Party.
Trump Promised Corporate Partnerships To Fight The Virus. They Haven’t Materialized.
Apr 13 • 13 min
In this episode, the NPR team checks in on how Trump’s promise of public-private partnerships to combat the coronavirus outbreak is going.
Weekly Roundup: April 10th, 2020
Apr 10 • 25 min
In this episode, the NPR team discusses the White House’s decision making process around the social distancing measures and the demographics of the outbreak.
17 Million Americans Have Filed For Unemployment In The Last 3 Weeks
Apr 9 • 14 min
This episode, the NPR team talks about how long the spike in new unemployment claims is expected to last as the economy remains shutdown over coronavirus fears.
Bernie Sanders Suspends Presidential Campaign
Apr 8 • 15 min
In this episode, the NPR team discusses the end of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign and the future of the progressive movement.
Despite Health Risks, In-Person Voting Underway in Wisconsin
Apr 7 • 13 min
In this episode, the NPR team discusses how the Wisconsin primary election is proceeding in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic.
White House: This Week Could Be Toughest Yet
Apr 6 • 13 min
In this episode, the NPR team discusses Trump’s endorsement of a coronavirus drug still undergoing evaluation. Also, how lawmakers are legislating remotely.
Weekly Roundup: Friday, April 3rd
Apr 3 • 28 min
In this episode, the NPR team talks about how political nominating conventions may be impacted by the coronavirus and answers your political questions.
Nearly Ten Million Americans Have Filed For Unemployment In The Last Two Weeks
Apr 2 • 14 min
In this episode, the NPR team talks through the lastest weekly unemployment numbers report and what the government is doing to help those out of work.
How Tennessee and Colorado Are Responding to Pandemic
Apr 1 • 15 min
In this episode, the team talks through the coronavirus outbreak response in Tennessee and Colorado as governors figure out the best way to combat the pandemic.
Pandemic Opens A New Front In The Battle Over Abortion Access
Mar 31 • 15 min
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…
President Trump Extends Social Distancing Guidance Through April
Mar 30 • 14 min
In this episode, the NPR team discusses the latest White House coronavirus outbreak guidance, which extends social distancing measures through April.
Weekly Roundup: Friday, March 27
Mar 27 • 27 min
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…
Joe Biden, Retail Politician, Tries His Hand At Virtual Campaigning
Mar 26 • 14 min
In this episode, the NPR team breaks down how the coronavirus outbreak has changed the nature of running for office.
Senate and White House Announce Deal On Coronavirus Package
Mar 25 • 13 min
In this episode, the NPR team breaks down what is in the coronavirus emergency relief bill, which could pass the Senate as soon as Wednesday.
As Congress Closes In On A Deal, Trump Says He Wants To Open U.S. By Easter
Mar 24 • 11 min
In this episode, the NPR team breaks down the last sticking points holding up a deal on a multi-trillion dollar coronavirus aid package.
Tempers Flare In Coronavirus Aid Negotiations
Mar 23 • 14 min
In this episode, the NPR team discusses the tense Senate negotiations as the body attempts to pass a massive coronavirus aid package.
Weekly Roundup: Friday, March 20
Mar 20 • 25 min
In this episode, the NPR team breaks down the draft stimulus package in the Senate and the allegations of financial impropriety against Sen. Richard Burr.
White House Touts Coronavirus Treatments, As FDA Warns They May Be Months Away
Mar 19 • 14 min
In this episode, the NPR team breaks down the announcement of possible treatments for the coronavirus and the severe economic impacts of the outbreak.
President Trump Partly Shuts Border With Canada
Mar 18 • 14 min
In this episode, the NPR team breaks down the latest measures proposed by Congress and the Trump administration to combat the spread and economic impacts of the coronavirus.
After More Primaries Biden Grows Lead As Coronavirus Reshapes Primary Calendar
Mar 18 • 12 min
In this episode, the NPR team discusses how the coronavirus is impacting the primary calendar and Joe Biden’s growing lead in the Democratic nominating contest.
Trump: Avoid Gatherings Of More Than 10 People To Limit Contagion
Mar 16 • 12 min
In this episode, the NPR team talks about the new coronavirus advisory issued by the White House and how Tuesday’s primaries will be shaped by the outbreak.
Biden, Sanders Debate One-On-One As Coronavirus Upends The Race
Mar 16 • 14 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Friday, March 13
Mar 13 • 26 min
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…
Pelosi Vows To Bring Coronavirus Bill To House Floor As Republicans Push For Changes
Mar 12 • 12 min
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…
President Trump Issues New Travel Restrictions As Coronavirus Spreads
Mar 12 • 12 min
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…
Sanders Says He Is Winning ‘Generational Debate,’ Losing On ‘Electability’
Mar 11 • 13 min
In this episode, the NPR team considers why Bernie Sanders is continuing his campaign despite facing long odds of winning the Democratic presidential nomination.
Joe Biden Wins Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi Primaries
Mar 11 • 12 min
In this episode, the NPR team makes sense of decisive wins that all but assure Joe Biden the Democratic presidential nomination.
Stocks Fall Sharply Ahead Of “Big Tuesday” Primaries
Mar 9 • 14 min
In this episode, NPR reporters discuss the stock slide that halted trading Monday and what is at stake in Tuesday’s six primary contests, including Michigan.
Weekly Roundup: Friday, March 6th
Mar 6 • 25 min
In this weekly roundup episode, the NPR team talks about the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus and an abortion case before the Supreme Court.
Elizabeth Warren Ends Her Campaign, Talks About Support from ‘All Those Little Girls’
Mar 5 • 14 min
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…
Mike Bloomberg Drops Out; Demographics Of Biden’s Supporters
Mar 4 • 13 min
In this episode, NPR reporters analyze Super Tuesday results to understand the types of voters supporting the campaigns of Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.
Super Tuesday: Biden’s Surge Continues As Sanders Leads In California
Mar 4 • 17 min
Joe Biden tops the polls in 8 states on Super Tuesday, including wins in Minnesota and Massachusetts. Bernie Sanders leads in 4 states, including California.
How They’ll Win: Candidates Outline Path To Nomination Ahead of Super Tuesday
Mar 2 • 23 min
NPR’s reporters have been following Democratic presidential hopefuls around the country for months. We check in with the team ahead of Tuesday’s key primaries.
Joe Biden Wins Big In South Carolina. Now What?
Feb 29 • 14 min
In his third presidential campaign in as many decades, Joe Biden has won his first state primary. Does he have the momentum to overcome Bernie Sanders on Tuesday?
Weekly Roundup: February 28th
Feb 28 • 28 min
As the stock market falls, how is Donald Trump responding to coronavirus? And here’s what to know about Joe Biden’s chances in tomorrow’s South Carolina primary.
This Majority-Minority City Voted For Donald Trump
Feb 27 • 14 min
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…
Here’s How The U.S. Is Responding To Coronavirus
Feb 26 • 13 min
While the Trump administration attempts to project an air of calm, government health officials warned the spread of coronavirus in the U.S. could be inevitable.
Bernie Sanders and Mike Bloomberg Face Debate Attacks
Feb 26 • 17 min
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…
Candidates Jockey For Position As Sanders Alternative Ahead of Tuesday Debate
Feb 24 • 14 min
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…
Bernie Sanders Projected to Win Nevada Caucus
Feb 22 • 12 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Friday, February 21
Feb 21 • 25 min
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…
Bloomberg Faces Voters After Debate; Trump Ally Roger Stone Sentenced
Feb 20 • 13 min
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…
NPR Politics Live From Thousand Oaks, CA: Recapping The Democratic Debate
Feb 20 • 25 min
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…
Michael Bloomberg Qualifies For Wednesday Debate As Sanders Secures Double-Digit Lead
Feb 18 • 14 min
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…
NPR’s Throughline Presents: ‘She Got Next’
Feb 17 • 61 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Friday, February 14
Feb 14 • 29 min
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…
Candidates Vie For Support Of Black Voters; Bloomberg Remarks Cause Controversy
Feb 13 • 14 min
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…
After Trump Tweet, DOJ Softens Sentencing Recommendation For POTUS Ally
Feb 12 • 12 min
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…
Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire Democratic Primary
Feb 12 • 13 min
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…
On the Ground In New Hampshire
Feb 10 • 23 min
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…
Voters Of Color At The Center Of Heated Democratic Debate
Feb 8 • 15 min
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…
Tensions Between Pelosi and Trump on Display After Senate Acquittal
Feb 6 • 14 min
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…
Senate Votes To Acquit President Trump, Ending Historic Impeachment Trial
Feb 5 • 14 min
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,…
“Stronger Than Ever Before”: Trump Delivers Made-For-TV State of The Union Address
Feb 5 • 14 min
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…
Buttigieg And Sanders Locked In Tight Race After Partial Iowa Results Released
Feb 4 • 14 min
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…
Iowa Results Waylaid By “Technical Difficulties,” Democrats Say
Feb 4 • 12 min
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…
In Impeachment Trial, Both Sides Make Final Pitch on Conviction vs. Acquittal
Feb 3 • 13 min
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…
Special Episode: On The Ground in Iowa
Feb 2 • 27 min
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:…
NPR Politics Live From Des Moines: The Road To 2020
Feb 1 • 42 min
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.…
Witness Vote Fails, But Impeachment Trial Stretches To Next Week
Jan 31 • 14 min
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…
Questions of Foreign Interference Continue as Trial Moves Closer to Vote on Witnesses
Jan 30 • 15 min
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 29 • 12 min
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…
President’s Defense Team Concludes Arguments in Impeachment Trial
Jan 28 • 13 min
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…
John Bolton Casts Shadow Over Trump Impeachment Defense
Jan 27 • 14 min
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…
Trump’s Legal Team Begins Impeachment Defense, Says The President Did ‘Nothing Wrong’
Jan 25 • 13 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Friday, January 24
Jan 24 • 27 min
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…
A Few Republicans And The American Public: Democrats Target Their Impeachment Message
Jan 23 • 14 min
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…
NPR Politics Live From Drew University: The Road To 2020
Jan 23 • 27 min
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…
Senate Trial Opens With Democrats’ Appeal to Remove Trump
Jan 22 • 14 min
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…
Senate Impeachment Trial Begins With Partisan Rules Fight
Jan 21 • 14 min
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…
We’ve Attended Thousands of Political Rallies. Here’s How They Work.
Jan 20 • 18 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Friday, January 17
Jan 17 • 28 min
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…
Trade Deals Offer Trump Fodder To Tout On Trail
Jan 16 • 13 min
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…
After Weeks of Delay, House Transmits Articles of Impeachment to Senate
Jan 15 • 13 min
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…
Democratic Debate Confronts A Loaded Question: ‘Can A Woman Win Against Trump?’
Jan 15 • 20 min
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…
With A Debate Looming, Progressives Feud and Cory Booker Drops Out
Jan 13 • 14 min
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…
NPR Politics Live From Chicago: The Road To 2020
Jan 11 • 37 min
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…
How Chief Justice Roberts May Preside Over Senate Impeachment
Jan 10 • 16 min
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…
House Vote Reignites Tug-Of-War Over Military Authority
Jan 9 • 14 min
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.…
Trump Responds To Iranian Missile Strike With Sanctions
Jan 8 • 14 min
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…
2020 Democrats Divided In Their Response To Iran Conflict
Jan 7 • 14 min
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…
Congressional Democrats Plan Vote on Trump’s War Powers
Jan 6 • 13 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Friday, January 3rd
Jan 3 • 26 min
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…
Julian Castro Drops Out Of 2020 Race; Candidates Release Fundraising Numbers
Jan 2 • 14 min
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…
Why New Hampshire Holds The First Primary And Why That Matters
Jan 1 • 16 min
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…
Why Iowa’s Caucus Comes First And Why That Matters
Dec 31, 2019 • 18 min
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…
The Biggest Political Moments Of The Decade
Dec 30, 2019 • 24 min
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…
How Elizabeth Warren’s Bankruptcy Research Sparked Her Progressive Politics
Dec 27, 2019 • 13 min
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…
What Joe Biden Learned From His 1988 Presidential Campaign
Dec 26, 2019 • 11 min
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…
The Eight-Hour Speech That Made Bernie Sanders A Household Name
Dec 25, 2019 • 12 min
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…
A Younger Pete Buttigieg Thought That Democrats Weren’t Progressive Enough
Dec 24, 2019 • 14 min
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…
What the Ukraine Scandal Looks Like … From Ukraine
Dec 23, 2019 • 15 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Friday, December 20
Dec 20, 2019 • 27 min
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…
The 6th Democratic Debate Takeaways
Dec 20, 2019 • 16 min
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…
President Trump Impeached on Charges of Obstruction, Abuse of Power
Dec 18, 2019 • 16 min
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…
House Advances Major Budget Deal As Trump Bemoans Impeachment
Dec 17, 2019 • 13 min
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…
Anti-Impeachment Democrat To Switch Party; Dispute Could Upend Democratic Debate
Dec 16, 2019 • 14 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Friday, December 13
Dec 13, 2019 • 31 min
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…
Democrats Prepare To Advance Impeachment Articles After Fractious All-Day Hearing
Dec 12, 2019 • 13 min
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…
DOJ IG Testifies To FBI Lapses, Finds No Political Motivation In Trump Campaign Probe
Dec 11, 2019 • 13 min
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…
Democrats Reveal Articles Of Impeachment Against The President
Dec 10, 2019 • 14 min
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…
Hearing Recaps Impeachment Probe; DOJ IG Report Finds No Bias in Russia Inquiry
Dec 9, 2019 • 14 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Friday, December 6
Dec 6, 2019 • 28 min
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…
#DemsSoWhite? Kamala Harris’ Exit Raises Hard Questions About Race And Power
Dec 5, 2019 • 13 min
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…
Judiciary Hearing Opens Final Act Of Democrats’ Trump Impeachment Saga
Dec 4, 2019 • 14 min
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…
Democrats Release Impeachment Report; Kamala Harris Drops Out Of 2020 Race
Dec 3, 2019 • 15 min
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…
Judiciary Takes Up Impeachment As House Intelligence Panel Prepares To Release Report
Dec 2, 2019 • 13 min
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,…
How To Run For Office
Nov 29, 2019 • 15 min
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.…
How To Vote In An Election
Nov 28, 2019 • 14 min
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…
How To Spot Misinformation
Nov 27, 2019 • 14 min
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…
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg Is Running For President
Nov 26, 2019 • 14 min
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,…
Trump Fires Navy Secretary; Will Allow Eddie Gallagher to Retire As Navy SEAL
Nov 25, 2019 • 15 min
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.…
Weekly Roundup: Friday, November 22
Nov 22, 2019 • 29 min
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…
Hill Calls Investigations A “Domestic Political Errand”; Holmes Details Trump Call
Nov 21, 2019 • 14 min
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,…
The 5th Democratic Debate Takeaways
Nov 21, 2019 • 16 min
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…
Sondland Says Trump Conditioned White House Meeting on Announcement of Investigations
Nov 20, 2019 • 15 min
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…
Takeaways From The Third Day Of Public Hearings In The Impeachment Inquiry
Nov 19, 2019 • 23 min
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…
Impeachment Hearings & The 5th Democratic Debate: What To Watch For This Week
Nov 18, 2019 • 20 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Friday, November 15
Nov 15, 2019 • 29 min
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.…
Pelosi Says Impeachment Inquiry Shows That Trump Engaged In Bribery
Nov 14, 2019 • 12 min
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…
Takeaways From The First Public Hearing In Impeachment Inquiry
Nov 13, 2019 • 17 min
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…
The Impeachment Inquiry Public Hearings Begin Tomorrow: What You Need To Know
Nov 12, 2019 • 13 min
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…
President Trump’s Push for Black Voters Could Help Persuade Suburban Whites
Nov 11, 2019 • 15 min
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…
NPR Politics Live From DC: The Road To 2020
Nov 9, 2019 • 45 min
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…
In 2020, Some Americans Will Vote On Their Phones. Is That The Future?
Nov 8, 2019 • 13 min
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,…
Fmr. Attorney General Jeff Sessions Expected To Announce Run For Senate
Nov 7, 2019 • 14 min
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…
2019 Elections Show Impeachment Might Not Boost GOP; More Inquiry Testimony Released
Nov 6, 2019 • 14 min
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…
Key Testimony In Impeachment Inquiry Released To The Public
Nov 5, 2019 • 14 min
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…
Impeachment Trial Could Be A “Disaster” For Senators In 2020 Race
Nov 4, 2019 • 14 min
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:…
Weekly Roundup: Friday, November 1
Nov 1, 2019 • 30 min
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…
House Passes Resolution Formalizing Impeachment Inquiry
Oct 31, 2019 • 13 min
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,…
The 2019 Elections: What To Watch For
Oct 30, 2019 • 12 min
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…
House Will Vote To Formalize Impeachment Procedures In Ongoing Inquiry
Oct 29, 2019 • 14 min
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…
Impeachment Inquiry Witness Asks Court To Weigh In On Congressional Subpoena
Oct 28, 2019 • 13 min
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…
President Trump Says ISIS Leader Is Dead
Oct 27, 2019 • 14 min
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.…
Weekly Roundup: Friday, October 25
Oct 25, 2019 • 27 min
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…
Despite Establishment Worries, Voters Are Excited About Democratic Primary Field
Oct 24, 2019 • 14 min
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…
Trump Calls Syria Cease-Fire ‘Permanent,’ Lifts Sanctions on Turkey
Oct 23, 2019 • 12 min
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…
Diplomat Testifies Trump Directly Linked Ukrainian Aid To Political Investigations
Oct 22, 2019 • 12 min
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,…
Trump Drops Plan To Host G-7 Summit At His Miami Resort Following GOP Pushback
Oct 21, 2019 • 13 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Friday, October 18
Oct 18, 2019 • 29 min
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…
‘Get Over It’: Politics Is Part Of Foreign Policy, White House Says
Oct 17, 2019 • 13 min
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…
Trump Defends Syria Withdrawal: ‘It’s Not Our Border’; Republicans Push Back
Oct 16, 2019 • 13 min
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:…
The 4th Democratic Debate Takeaways
Oct 16, 2019 • 20 min
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,…
The 4th Democratic Presidential Debate: What You Should Watch For
Oct 14, 2019 • 14 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Friday, October 11
Oct 11, 2019 • 29 min
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…
Impeachment Then & Now: Trump Vs. Nixon & Clinton
Oct 10, 2019 • 16 min
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…
Trump Administration Says It Won’t Comply With Impeachment Inquiry
Oct 9, 2019 • 13 min
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…
White House Blocks Key Witness From Testifying In Impeachment Inquiry
Oct 8, 2019 • 13 min
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…
Abortion, Guns And LGBTQ Rights On The Docket For Supreme Court’s New Term
Oct 7, 2019 • 14 min
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,…
Weekly Roundup: Friday, October 4
Oct 4, 2019 • 31 min
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…
Trump Publicly Calls For China And Ukraine To Investigate Biden
Oct 3, 2019 • 14 min
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,…
Trump Calls Rep. Schiff ‘Treasonous;’ Bernie Sanders Undergoes Heart Procedure
Oct 2, 2019 • 14 min
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…
Presidential Candidates Begin Unveiling Third Quarter Fundraising Totals
Oct 1, 2019 • 14 min
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…
How Trump Plans To Fight Impeachment Push
Sep 30, 2019 • 14 min
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,…
Announcing The NPR Politics Podcast Is Going Daily
Sep 30, 2019 • 1 min
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…
Poll: Americans Split on House Impeachment Inquiry But That Could Change
Sep 27, 2019 • 14 min
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,…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, September 26 - Whistleblower Complaint Declassified
Sep 26, 2019 • 24 min
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…
White House Memorandum Shows Trump Asking Ukrainian President For ‘A Favor’
Sep 25, 2019 • 16 min
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…
Speaker Nancy Pelosi Announces Formal Impeachment Inquiry Into President Trump
Sep 24, 2019 • 19 min
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,…
Trump And The Ukraine Call — What Happened And What’s Next?
Sep 23, 2019 • 16 min
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…
NPR Politics Live From Boulder: The Road To 2020
Sep 21, 2019 • 38 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, September 19
Sep 19, 2019 • 32 min
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…
Cokie Roberts, Pioneering Journalist Who Helped Shape NPR, Dies At 75
Sep 17, 2019 • 15 min
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…
The 3rd Democratic Debate Takeaways
Sep 13, 2019 • 25 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Wednesday, September 11
Sep 11, 2019 • 30 min
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…
Trump Fires National Security Adviser John Bolton
Sep 10, 2019 • 13 min
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…
The 3rd Democratic Presidential Debate: What You Should Watch For
Sep 9, 2019 • 17 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, September 5
Sep 5, 2019 • 30 min
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…
On The Trail With Joe Biden
Sep 3, 2019 • 23 min
In an interview with NPR, the former vice president responded to criticism over getting details confused on the campaign trail. He also laid out priorities for trade and climate.
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, August 29
Aug 29, 2019 • 32 min
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…
On The Trail With Beto O’Rourke
Aug 27, 2019 • 26 min
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…
Trump Says He’s Willing To Meet Iran’s, China’s Leaders — But Next Steps Unclear
Aug 26, 2019 • 18 min
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.…
President Trump Lashes Out Over Trade War With China, Dow Plunges
Aug 23, 2019 • 22 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, August 22
Aug 22, 2019 • 31 min
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.…
Poll: Americans, Including Republicans And Gun Owners, Broadly Support Red Flag Laws
Aug 21, 2019 • 14 min
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,…
On The Trail With Andrew Yang
Aug 20, 2019 • 26 min
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…
At New Hampshire Rally, Trump Says ‘You Have No Choice But To Vote For Me’
Aug 16, 2019 • 17 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, August 15
Aug 15, 2019 • 29 min
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,…
On The Trail With Elizabeth Warren
Aug 13, 2019 • 25 min
In an interview with The NPR Politics Podcast, the Democratic presidential candidate spoke about structural change on trade and guns, and how her life shapes her politics.
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, August 8
Aug 8, 2019 • 32 min
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.…
‘Hate Has No Place’ In America, Trump Says After Deadly Shootings
Aug 5, 2019 • 22 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, August 1
Aug 1, 2019 • 31 min
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.…
The 2nd Democratic Debates: Night 2 Takeaways
Aug 1, 2019 • 20 min
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…
The 2nd Democratic Debates: Night 1 Takeaways
Jul 31, 2019 • 24 min
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.…
The 2nd Democratic Presidential Debates: What You Should Watch For
Jul 29, 2019 • 21 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, July 25
Jul 25, 2019 • 29 min
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…
Special Counsel Robert Mueller Testifies Before Congress
Jul 24, 2019 • 16 min
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…
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg To NPR: “I Am Very Much Alive”
Jul 24, 2019 • 15 min
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…
On The Trail With Julián Castro
Jul 23, 2019 • 33 min
The Democratic presidential candidate and former housing secretary urged Democrats to “counterprogram” Trump’s rhetoric in a new interview with the NPR Politics Podcast.
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, July 18
Jul 18, 2019 • 32 min
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…
President Trump Defends His Racist Tweets Attacking Democratic Congresswomen
Jul 15, 2019 • 16 min
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…
On The Trail With Amy Klobuchar
Jul 15, 2019 • 25 min
Despite pressure from the right and the left to do so, Sen. Amy Klobuchar argues she can’t share her preferences without the vetting available to a president.
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, July 11
Jul 11, 2019 • 33 min
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:…
Labor Secretary Alex Acosta Defends His Handling Of Jeffrey Epstein Plea Deal
Jul 10, 2019 • 13 min
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:…
On The Trail With Tulsi Gabbard
Jul 9, 2019 • 23 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Wednesday, July 3
Jul 3, 2019 • 31 min
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…
On The Trail With Bernie Sanders
Jul 1, 2019 • 25 min
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…
The 1st Democratic Debates: Night 2 Takeaways
Jun 28, 2019 • 24 min
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…
Supreme Court Leaves Citizenship Question Blocked; Allows Partisan Gerrymandering
Jun 27, 2019 • 18 min
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…
The 1st Democratic Debates: Night 1 Takeaways
Jun 27, 2019 • 24 min
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…
The 1st Democratic Presidential Debates: What You Should Watch For
Jun 24, 2019 • 21 min
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…
Trump Says U.S. Was ‘Cocked And Loaded’ Before He Called Off Strike On Iran
Jun 21, 2019 • 15 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, June 20
Jun 20, 2019 • 35 min
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…
President Trump Officially Launches His 2020 Reelection Bid
Jun 19, 2019 • 17 min
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…
On The Trail With Steve Bullock
Jun 18, 2019 • 29 min
Montana’s Democratic governor didn’t qualify for the first debate but says he can win back voters who went for President Trump in 2016 — because many voted for him, too.
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, June 13
Jun 13, 2019 • 36 min
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…
On The Trail With Kamala Harris
Jun 12, 2019 • 33 min
Kamala Harris told the NPR Politics Podcast that if she defeated President Trump in 2020, prosecutors in her Justice Department “should” pursue obstruction of justice charges.
House Votes To Let Its Leaders Pursue Contempt Lawsuits In Trump Inquiries
Jun 11, 2019 • 13 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, June 6
Jun 6, 2019 • 34 min
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:…
How Did Mitch McConnell Become One Of The Most Powerful People In The World?
Jun 5, 2019 • 16 min
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?…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, May 30
May 30, 2019 • 35 min
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…
Robert Mueller, Long Silent, Speaks — Then Says It Was His Final Word
May 29, 2019 • 18 min
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…
On The Trail With Kirsten Gillibrand
May 29, 2019 • 30 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, May 23
May 23, 2019 • 33 min
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…
Trump Scorches Democrats As Pelosi Broaches Prospect Of ‘Impeachable Offense’
May 22, 2019 • 16 min
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…
On The Trail With Pete Buttigieg
May 21, 2019 • 29 min
“I think there’s a real relationship between romantic love and the kind of love that is talked about in my faith’s tradition,” the mayor and presidential candidate tells NPR.
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, May 16
May 16, 2019 • 30 min
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.…
On The Trail With Cory Booker
May 15, 2019 • 28 min
The senator and Democratic presidential candidate is hoping to “inspire the moral imagination in this country.”
Everything You Need To Know About Polls
May 13, 2019 • 18 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, May 9
May 9, 2019 • 38 min
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…
2020 Update: Trump Woos Big Donors He Spurned In 2016; Dems Address “Electability”
May 7, 2019 • 18 min
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.…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, May 2
May 2, 2019 • 34 min
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…
Attorney General Barr Defends His Handling Of The Mueller Report To Congress
May 1, 2019 • 17 min
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…
NPR Politics Live From Philadelphia: The Road To 2020
Apr 27, 2019 • 40 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, April 25
Apr 25, 2019 • 29 min
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:…
Supreme Court Appears To Lean Toward Allowing Census Citizenship Question
Apr 23, 2019 • 16 min
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…
Democrats And Republicans Pivot After The Mueller Report
Apr 19, 2019 • 25 min
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…
Key Findings And Analysis From The Mueller Report
Apr 18, 2019 • 30 min
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.”…
2020 Opening Arguments: Andrew Yang, John Delaney, & Jay Inslee
Apr 16, 2019 • 29 min
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:…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, April 11
Apr 11, 2019 • 35 min
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…
Trump Says He Wants To Go “Tougher” On Immigration; Shakes Up DHS Leadership
Apr 9, 2019 • 18 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, April 4
Apr 4, 2019 • 31 min
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…
2020 Update: First Quarter Fundraising, What The Numbers Tell Us And What They Don’t
Apr 3, 2019 • 19 min
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…
Woman Accuses Biden Of Unwanted Touching; He Didn’t Intend To Be Inappropriate
Apr 1, 2019 • 17 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, March 28
Mar 28, 2019 • 31 min
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.…
2020 Opening Arguments: Howard Schultz, Kirsten Gillibrand, & Tulsi Gabbard
Mar 27, 2019 • 24 min
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:…
Mueller Report Doesn’t Find Russian Collusion, But Can’t ‘Exonerate’ On Obstruction
Mar 24, 2019 • 18 min
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:…
Robert Mueller Concludes The Russia Probe, Submits Report To The Attorney General
Mar 22, 2019 • 16 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, March 21
Mar 21, 2019 • 30 min
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…
2020 Opening Arguments: Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, & Amy Klobuchar
Mar 19, 2019 • 25 min
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…
2020 Opening Arguments: Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, & Pete Buttigieg
Mar 18, 2019 • 24 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, March 14
Mar 14, 2019 • 32 min
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…
Manafort Sentenced To 3.5 More Years; Pelosi Says Impeachment Is “Just Not Worth It”
Mar 13, 2019 • 15 min
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…
2020 Update: Biden Speaks As 2020 Decision Nears; Candidates Target Big Tech at SXSW
Mar 12, 2019 • 17 min
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.…
NPR Politics Live From Atlanta: The Road To 2020
Mar 9, 2019 • 43 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, March 7
Mar 7, 2019 • 39 min
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 Judiciary Launches Probe Of Allegations Of Obstruction By President Trump
Mar 5, 2019 • 15 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Friday, March 1
Mar 1, 2019 • 34 min
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…
Trump And Kim’s Second Nuclear Summit Ends With No Deal
Feb 28, 2019 • 16 min
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…
Michael Cohen Testifies Against Trump In Public Hearing
Feb 27, 2019 • 21 min
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…
New Election Called In North Carolina Congressional Race
Feb 22, 2019 • 15 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, February 21
Feb 21, 2019 • 32 min
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…
2020 Update: Bernie Sanders Launches Presidential Campaign
Feb 19, 2019 • 20 min
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…
Trump Declares National Emergency To Help Fund Southern Border Wall
Feb 15, 2019 • 19 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, February 14
Feb 14, 2019 • 39 min
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…
Lawmakers Reach Deal On Border Security, But Trump Says He Isn’t Happy
Feb 12, 2019 • 10 min
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…
2020 Update: Candidates Differ On How They Will Or Will Not Take On Trump
Feb 11, 2019 • 16 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, February 7
Feb 7, 2019 • 27 min
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…
President Trump Delivers State Of The Union Address
Feb 6, 2019 • 26 min
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…
Gov. Northam Resists Resignation; State Of The Union Preview
Feb 4, 2019 • 27 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, January 31
Jan 31, 2019 • 37 min
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…
Trump Adviser Roger Stone Pleads Not Guilty; Acting AG Says Russia Probe May End Soon
Jan 29, 2019 • 14 min
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…
Trump Adviser Roger Stone Indicted In Russia Probe; Trump Agrees To End The Shutdown
Jan 25, 2019 • 21 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, January 24
Jan 24, 2019 • 26 min
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…
Democrats Reject Trump’s Border Wall Proposal; More Dems Enter 2020 Race
Jan 22, 2019 • 17 min
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,…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, January 17
Jan 17, 2019 • 38 min
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…
Senators Push Trump’s Attorney General Pick On Impartiality
Jan 15, 2019 • 16 min
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,…
Trump, Following Explosive News Reports, Denies He Worked For Russia
Jan 14, 2019 • 16 min
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,…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, January 10
Jan 10, 2019 • 31 min
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…
President Trump Argues For A Border Wall In Oval Office Address
Jan 9, 2019 • 16 min
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.…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, January 3
Jan 3, 2019 • 29 min
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 Trump & Congressional Leaders Meet To Discuss Border Security Funding
Jan 2, 2019 • 13 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, December 27
Dec 27, 2018 • 30 min
**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…
The Best Political Music Of 2018
Dec 23, 2018 • 28 min
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…
Government Shuts Down Over Stalemate On Border Wall Funding
Dec 22, 2018 • 14 min
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,…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, December 20
Dec 20, 2018 • 33 min
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…
Federal Judge Delays Michael Flynn’s Sentencing; Trump Foundation To Dissolve
Dec 18, 2018 • 15 min
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…
Judge Calls The Affordable Care Act Unconstitutional; More White House Staff Shakeups
Dec 17, 2018 • 18 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, December 13
Dec 13, 2018 • 34 min
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…
Trump’s Former Lawyer Michael Cohen Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison
Dec 12, 2018 • 13 min
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…
In Fight With ‘Chuck And Nancy,’ Trump Says He’d Be ‘Proud’ To Shut Down Government
Dec 11, 2018 • 17 min
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 Chief Of Staff John Kelly Is Out; Trump Searches For Replacement
Dec 10, 2018 • 17 min
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…
Feds Recommend Cohen Be Imprisoned; Special Counsel Says It Can Prove Manafort Lied
Dec 7, 2018 • 16 min
**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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, December 6
Dec 6, 2018 • 28 min
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…
Special Counsel Says Flynn Is Cooperating; The State Funeral For George H.W. Bush
Dec 5, 2018 • 17 min
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…
House Republicans Hacked + Voter Fraud Allegations In North Carolina
Dec 4, 2018 • 16 min
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…
Trump Leaves G-20 With China Trade Truce, Plans To Cancel NAFTA Ahead Of New Pact
Dec 3, 2018 • 18 min
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…
Former President George H.W. Bush Dies At 94
Dec 1, 2018 • 23 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, November 29
Nov 29, 2018 • 34 min
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…
House Democrats Nominate Pelosi For Speaker; Republicans Win Final Senate Seat
Nov 28, 2018 • 16 min
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,…
Trump Defends Use Of Tear Gas At The Border; Mississippi Senate Heads To A Runoff
Nov 26, 2018 • 16 min
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…
Pelosi’s Democratic Challengers Go Public; Trump Says He Answered Mueller’s Questions
Nov 20, 2018 • 18 min
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…
Election Update + Turkey Traditions
Nov 19, 2018 • 18 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, November 15
Nov 15, 2018 • 44 min
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,…
Congress Returns With A Long To-Do List
Nov 12, 2018 • 16 min
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…
Election Night Hasn’t Ended Just Yet
Nov 9, 2018 • 19 min
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:…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, November 8
Nov 8, 2018 • 33 min
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…
After Election Night, Trump Lashes Out; Pelosi Offers An Olive Branch
Nov 7, 2018 • 23 min
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…
Democrats Win Control Of The House; Republicans Expand Senate Majority
Nov 7, 2018 • 25 min
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…
Midterm Update: Republicans & Democrats Make Their Final Pitches To Voters
Nov 5, 2018 • 21 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, November 1
Nov 1, 2018 • 34 min
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…
Midterm Update: What You Should Pay Attention To On Election Night
Oct 31, 2018 • 16 min
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,…
Midterm Update: Trump Pivots To Immigration; Where The Parties Put Their Money
Oct 30, 2018 • 23 min
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…
Feds Charge Man With Mailing Improvised Bombs To President Trump’s Critics
Oct 26, 2018 • 12 min
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…
New NPR Poll Shows Trump is Key Factor in Midterms
Oct 26, 2018 • 14 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, October 25
Oct 25, 2018 • 33 min
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…
Apparent ‘Pipe Bombs’ Mailed To Clinton, Obama And CNN
Oct 24, 2018 • 14 min
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…
Midterm Update: Voter Suppression In Georgia; Trump Stumps For Former Rival In TX
Oct 23, 2018 • 25 min
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…
U.S. Government Charges Russian With Interference In The 2018 Midterm Elections
Oct 19, 2018 • 13 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, October 18
Oct 18, 2018 • 38 min
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:…
A Saudi Journalist Disappears in Turkey And Sets Off A Diplomatic Crisis
Oct 16, 2018 • 20 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, October 11
Oct 11, 2018 • 35 min
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…
Nikki Haley Resigns As U.N. Ambassador; Kavanaugh Debuts On The Supreme Court
Oct 9, 2018 • 17 min
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…
Kavanaugh Has The Votes To Be Confirmed To The Supreme Court
Oct 5, 2018 • 17 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, October 4
Oct 4, 2018 • 36 min
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…
President Trump Mocks Ford; FBI Investigates Accusations Against Kavanaugh
Oct 3, 2018 • 19 min
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…
The Lasting Political Impact of The Ford-Kavanaugh Hearings
Sep 28, 2018 • 16 min
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…
Kavanaugh & His Accuser Blasey Ford Testify About Sexual Misconduct Allegations
Sep 27, 2018 • 25 min
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…
Senate Committee Reviews New Allegations Against Kavanaugh; Trump Defends His Nominee
Sep 26, 2018 • 20 min
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…
Kavanaugh Again Accused of Sexual Misconduct; Rosenstein Remains Deputy AG For Now
Sep 24, 2018 • 22 min
**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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, September 20
Sep 20, 2018 • 40 min
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…
Trump Escalates Trade War With China; China Retaliates
Sep 18, 2018 • 16 min
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…
Allegations Against Kavanaugh Cause Political Turmoil, Echoes of Anita Hill
Sep 17, 2018 • 17 min
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…
Manafort Pleads Guilty & Kavanaugh Is Accused of Sexual Misconduct
Sep 14, 2018 • 14 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, September 13
Sep 13, 2018 • 36 min
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…
NPR Poll: Midwest Abandons Trump, Democrats Chances Balloon Ahead of Midterms
Sep 12, 2018 • 15 min
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…
Obama Takes On Trump In First Midterm Campaign Speech
Sep 7, 2018 • 13 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, September 6
Sep 6, 2018 • 40 min
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…
Kavanaugh Hearing Day 2: SCOTUS Nominee Defends Dissents On Abortion, Gun Control
Sep 5, 2018 • 20 min
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…
Midterm Update: Ayanna Pressley’s Upset Victory Shows Power Of Women Of Color
Sep 5, 2018 • 14 min
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…
Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings Day One; New Book Details A Chaotic White House
Sep 4, 2018 • 26 min
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…
John McCain Honored By Obama, Bush, & Others At Washington Funeral
Sep 1, 2018 • 18 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, August 30
Aug 30, 2018 • 31 min
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…
WH Counsel Don McGahn To Resign; Plus, FL’s Governor’s Race Is 2018’s Bernie v. Trump
Aug 29, 2018 • 21 min
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…
Midterm Update: Arizona, Florida, & Oklahoma Hold Primary Elections
Aug 27, 2018 • 16 min
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…
Sen. John McCain, Former Presidential Nominee And Prisoner Of War, Dies At 81
Aug 26, 2018 • 25 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, August 23
Aug 23, 2018 • 38 min
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…
Trump’s Attorney Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty & Paul Manafort Found Guilty By Jury
Aug 21, 2018 • 23 min
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.…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, August 16
Aug 16, 2018 • 33 min
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…
Midterm Update: First Transgender Gubernatorial Nominee & #MeToo Enters A New Era
Aug 15, 2018 • 20 min
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…
Omarosa Manigault Newman Secretly Records The President; Plus Tuesday’s Primaries
Aug 13, 2018 • 27 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, August 9
Aug 9, 2018 • 39 min
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…
Midterm Update: Tuesday’s Primaries Raise Questions About Trump’s Influence
Aug 8, 2018 • 20 min
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…
What to Watch For In Tuesday’s Elections
Aug 6, 2018 • 19 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, August 2
Aug 2, 2018 • 42 min
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,…
Facebook Removes Accounts Involved In Deceptive Political Influence Campaign
Jul 31, 2018 • 17 min
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…
Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort Goes To Trial
Jul 30, 2018 • 18 min
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…
Hundreds Of Families Still Separated As Reunification Deadline Passes
Jul 27, 2018 • 14 min
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:…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, July 26
Jul 26, 2018 • 33 min
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.…
Cohen Leaks Secret Recording Of Trump & New NPR Poll After Trump-Putin Summit
Jul 25, 2018 • 24 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, July 19
Jul 19, 2018 • 43 min
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…
Trump Walks Back Comments At Putin Summit & DOJ Charges Russian Operative
Jul 17, 2018 • 23 min
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…
President Trump Sides With Putin At Historic Summit
Jul 16, 2018 • 19 min
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…
Justice Department Charges Russian Cyberspies With Attack On 2016 Election
Jul 13, 2018 • 14 min
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,…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, July 12
Jul 12, 2018 • 50 min
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…
Trump Names Brett Kavanaugh For Supreme Court
Jul 9, 2018 • 17 min
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…
EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Resigns Amid Scandals
Jul 5, 2018 • 15 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Tuesday, July 3
Jul 3, 2018 • 37 min
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,…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, June 28
Jun 28, 2018 • 33 min
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…
The Supreme Court’s Swing Voter Justice Anthony Kennedy Retires
Jun 27, 2018 • 22 min
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…
Midterm Update: 28-year-old Latina Defeats Establishment Democrat In Primary Upset
Jun 27, 2018 • 18 min
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:…
Analysis: The Impact Of The Supreme Court’s Decision To Uphold Trump’s Travel Ban
Jun 26, 2018 • 18 min
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.…
The Supreme Court Rules On Racial Gerrymander & Tuesday’s Primaries
Jun 25, 2018 • 20 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, June 21
Jun 21, 2018 • 46 min
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…
Trump Signs Order To End Family Separations
Jun 20, 2018 • 17 min
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…
The Trump Administration’s Family Separation Border Policy Explained
Jun 18, 2018 • 21 min
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…
Fact Check: Trump’s Freewheeling Friday
Jun 15, 2018 • 18 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, June 14
Jun 14, 2018 • 44 min
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…
Midterm Update: Tuesday’s Primaries Underscore That The GOP Is Trump’s Party Now
Jun 13, 2018 • 20 min
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…
At A Historic Summit, President Trump Praises Kim’s Commitment To Denuclearize
Jun 12, 2018 • 20 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, June 7
Jun 7, 2018 • 48 min
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…
Midterm Update: “Super Tuesday” Primaries Results
Jun 6, 2018 • 16 min
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:…
Supreme Court On A Baker V. Same-Sex Couple, Trump Exerts Executive Privilege, & Tuesday’s Primaries
Jun 4, 2018 • 22 min
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…
NPR Politics Live From Charlotte: The Midterms Showdown
Jun 2, 2018 • 27 min
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:…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, May 31
May 31, 2018 • 46 min
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…
The Supreme Court Rejects Planned Parenthood Case & President Trump Threatens New Tariffs On China
May 29, 2018 • 19 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, May 24
May 24, 2018 • 45 min
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…
Midterm Update: First Black Woman Nominated For Governor & Other Tuesday Primaries Takeaways
May 23, 2018 • 19 min
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…
Trump Demands Review Of Russia Investigation Surveillance Tactics & Tuesday’s Primaries
May 21, 2018 • 26 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, May 17
May 17, 2018 • 41 min
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…
Senate Releases More Details on Trump Jr. And Russian Lawyer Meeting & Tuesday’s Primaries Takeaways
May 16, 2018 • 24 min
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…
One Year Of Robert Mueller As Special Counsel
May 15, 2018 • 29 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, May 10
May 10, 2018 • 44 min
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…
Midterm Update: May 8th Primaries Takeaways
May 9, 2018 • 21 min
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…
President Trump Says The U.S. “Will Withdraw” From The Iran Nuclear Deal
May 8, 2018 • 20 min
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…
Midterm Update: May 8th Primaries Look Ahead
May 7, 2018 • 21 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, May 3
May 3, 2018 • 44 min
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…
Comedian Responds To Criticism After Controversial Remarks At The White House Correspondents’ Dinner
Apr 30, 2018 • 24 min
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,…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, April 26
Apr 26, 2018 • 49 min
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…
Supreme Court Appears Ready To Side With Trump On Travel Ban
Apr 25, 2018 • 22 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, April 19
Apr 19, 2018 • 46 min
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…
Comey Tells NPR The FBI ‘Would Be Worse Today’ If Not For His Actions
Apr 17, 2018 • 23 min
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…
President Trump Announces Air Strikes On Syria
Apr 14, 2018 • 19 min
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…
More On Mueller, Zuckerberg And Landscape For 2018 Elections
Apr 12, 2018 • 42 min
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…
Paul Ryan Will Not Seek Re-Election
Apr 11, 2018 • 19 min
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…
Zuckerberg Faces Congress And FBI Raids Properties of Trump Lawyer
Apr 10, 2018 • 50 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, April 5
Apr 5, 2018 • 49 min
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…
Trump Turns Focus Back To Immigration; Citizenship Question On Census Ignites Controversy
Apr 3, 2018 • 38 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, March 29
Mar 29, 2018 • 40 min
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.…
McMaster Out As National Security Adviser, Bolton In
Mar 23, 2018 • 18 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, March 22
Mar 22, 2018 • 51 min
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…
McCabe Fired, Trump Escalates Attacks On Mueller
Mar 19, 2018 • 30 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, March 15
Mar 15, 2018 • 38 min
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…
Democrat Apparent Winner In Pennsylvania Special Election
Mar 14, 2018 • 17 min
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…
Trump Fires Tillerson, Taps Pompeo As Secretary Of State
Mar 13, 2018 • 28 min
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…
Democrats Hoping For Upset In Pennsylvania Special Election
Mar 12, 2018 • 18 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, March 8
Mar 8, 2018 • 48 min
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…
Takeaways From Texas, As Midterms Kick Off
Mar 7, 2018 • 26 min
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…
Primary Season Kicks Off With Texas
Mar 5, 2018 • 26 min
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.…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, March 1
Mar 1, 2018 • 43 min
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…
Big Week At Supreme Court On Immigration, First Amendment
Feb 27, 2018 • 30 min
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…
NPR Politics Live From Cleveland
Feb 24, 2018 • 30 min
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…
Parkland Students Bring Gun Debate Front And Center
Feb 22, 2018 • 49 min
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…
Grand Jury Indicts Russians Linked To Interference In 2016 Election
Feb 16, 2018 • 21 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, February 15
Feb 15, 2018 • 44 min
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…
Mixed Messages In Trump’s Response To Abuse Allegations
Feb 12, 2018 • 36 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, February 8
Feb 8, 2018 • 41 min
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…
Scramble To Redraw Congressional Maps In PA, Avert Another Shutdown In DC
Feb 6, 2018 • 23 min
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…
GOP Releases Memo Alleging FBI Surveillance Abuses
Feb 2, 2018 • 19 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, February 1
Feb 1, 2018 • 49 min
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…
Trump Plays To Base, Calls For Unity In State Of The Union
Jan 31, 2018 • 38 min
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…
Trump To Deliver First State Of The Union
Jan 29, 2018 • 24 min
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…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, January 25
Jan 25, 2018 • 53 min
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…
Senate Reaches Deal To End Shutdown
Jan 22, 2018 • 25 min
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…
Government Shuts Down After Senate Fails To Pass Spending Bill
Jan 20, 2018 • 21 min
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…
President Trump, One Year In
Jan 19, 2018 • 62 min
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…
Trump Comments Threaten DACA Deal
Jan 16, 2018 • 30 min
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.…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, January 11
Jan 11, 2018 • 42 min
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…
Trump Tweets About Mental Stability Fuel Conversation About Fitness
Jan 8, 2018 • 30 min
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,…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, January 4
Jan 4, 2018 • 42 min
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.…
What’s Next For Congress In 2018
Jan 2, 2018 • 29 min
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…
2017 Roundup: Thursday, December 28
Dec 28, 2017 • 37 min
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,…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, December 21
Dec 21, 2017 • 44 min
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…
Tax Bill Heads To Vote; Politics Heat Up Around Russia Investigation
Dec 18, 2017 • 32 min
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,…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, December 14
Dec 14, 2017 • 43 min
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…
In Huge Upset, Doug Jones Wins Election In Alabama
Dec 13, 2017 • 31 min
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…
Race Tight On Eve Of Election In Alabama
Dec 11, 2017 • 30 min
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:…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, December 7
Dec 7, 2017 • 40 min
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…
Conyers Resigns, Trump And RNC Back Moore
Dec 5, 2017 • 30 min
Congressman John Conyers (D-Mich.) announced that he’s stepping down today, though he says it’s because of his health and not sexual harassment allegations. President Trump officially endorsed Roy Moore for Senate in Alabama, and the RNC has also…
Flynn Pleads Guilty, Senate Gets Closer To Passing Tax Bill
Dec 1, 2017 • 26 min
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, the Senate is moving toward a final vote on a major tax overhaul. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, White House…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, November 30
Nov 30, 2017 • 46 min
The Senate is debating the Republican tax bill, with a vote likely soon. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi now says Congressman John Conyers should resign over sexual harassment allegations. The Federal Communications Commission is just two weeks away…
Senate To Vote On Tax Bill, Two Directors Claim Control Of CFPB
Nov 27, 2017 • 35 min
Congressman John Conyers (D-Mich.) has stepped down from his role on the House Judiciary Committee, amid an ethics investigation into allegations of sexual harassment. President Trump has all but endorsed Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race. There is a…
Talking Politics At Thanksgiving, And A History Of The Turkey Pardon
Nov 21, 2017 • 39 min
With Thanksgiving approaching, 58 percent of Americans are dreading the prospect of talking politics over dinner, according to a poll that also looks at civility in politics. With new allegations of sexual harassment in the news, including against…
Your Questions On The Tax Bill, Answered
Nov 20, 2017 • 30 min
With just six weeks left of 2017, Republicans are still aiming to pass major tax legislation before the end of the year. This episode: your questions about what’s in the tax bill. With host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, November 16
Nov 16, 2017 • 42 min
The House passed the tax bill, and it’s now on to the Senate. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified again before Congress. And there are new allegations of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for Senate in Alabama, and now…
McConnell Says Moore Should Quit Senate Race; GOP Moving Forward With Tax Plan
Nov 13, 2017 • 34 min
Five women have now come forward and accused Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for Senate in Alabama, of pursuing relationships with them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s, including one who was just 14 at the time. Senate Majority Leader…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, November 9
Nov 9, 2017 • 45 min
Election Night 2017 was a good one for Democrats in Virginia and beyond. President Trump is about halfway through his five-country Asia trip. And on Capitol Hill, lawmakers are trying to get ahead of the issues of sexual harassment and assault in the…
On Eve Of Election, Virginia Governor’s Race Looks Tight
Nov 6, 2017 • 27 min
Tomorrow is Election Day, and one of the most closely-watched races is the one for governor in Virginia. It’s been contentious, it’s tight, and it’s seen as a bellwether. Also, President Trump’s response to Sunday’s mass shooting at a church in Texas.…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, November 2
Nov 2, 2017 • 46 min
House Republicans today released the first draft of their highly anticipated tax bill. President Trump is calling for changes to the diversity visa program after a terrorist attack in New York left eight people dead. And lawyers for Facebook, Twitter and…
First Charges Come Out Of Mueller’s Russia Investigation
Oct 30, 2017 • 38 min
Two former Trump campaign officials — including one-time campaign chairman Paul Manafort — have been indicted on 12 counts, including conspiracy to launder money. And a former foreign policy advisor to the campaign, George Papadopolous, pleaded guilty…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, October 26
Oct 26, 2017 • 41 min
President Trump declared a public health emergency over the opioid epidemic. Republicans passed a budget resolution, and will release their tax bill next week. And what NPR’s Embedded podcast is learning about Trump and his advisors from their pre-White…
Flake To Leave Senate, Says “I Will Not Be Complicit Or Silent”
Oct 24, 2017 • 18 min
In a surprise announcement Tuesday, Jeff Flake of Arizona became the second Republican senator to announce he will not seek re-election in 2018. Flake delivered a blistering critique of President Trump on the Senate floor saying, “there are times where we…
NPR Politics Live From Chicago
Oct 23, 2017 • 23 min
This is a special episode, recorded in front of a live audience at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago on Sunday night, October 22. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, October 19
Oct 19, 2017 • 42 min
Former president George W. Bush gave a speech that everybody seems to be talking about, plus the controversy surrounding Trump’s communication with gold star families and…of course…health care. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith,…
Bannon Declares War On GOP; Trump And McConnell: “We’re Fighting For The Same Thing”
Oct 16, 2017 • 28 min
Breitbart head and former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon says this is “a season of war against a GOP establishment.” And in the last few days, President Trump has made a couple of big moves that essentially dump big, thorny policy issues right…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, October 12
Oct 12, 2017 • 35 min
President Trump signed an executive order on healthcare, intended to increase insurance options and lower costs, but critics say it could erode protections for those who need them most. Trump is also expected to announce whether or not he’ll recertify the…
Trump Takes Harder Line On Immigration And DACA, Feuds With Senator Bob Corker
Oct 10, 2017 • 25 min
President Trump sent Congress a long list of immigration changes that he says must be included in any plan to legalize DREAMers — including funding for the wall. The EPA is officially moving to repeal the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. And tensions are…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, October 5
Oct 5, 2017 • 47 min
In the aftermath of the massacre in Las Vegas, there seems to be one narrow area of possible consensus emerging on gun control: regulating or banning bump stocks. Two weeks after Hurricane Maria, the majority of Puerto Rico is still without power and…
Trump Calls Las Vegas Shooting “An Act Of Pure Evil”
Oct 2, 2017 • 20 min
At least 58 people were killed and more than 500 were wounded in Las Vegas Sunday night when a gunman fired on an outdoor concert from high above. It is the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, September 28
Sep 28, 2017 • 44 min
More than a week after Hurricane Maria, much of Puerto Rico is still without power and drinking water, and there is growing criticism that the Trump administration has been slow to respond. Repeal-and-replace is dead - again - and Republicans are turning…
Obamacare Repeal Efforts, Revised Travel Ban and Trump’s NFL Controversy
Sep 25, 2017 • 27 min
Republicans’ Obamacare repeal efforts are still alive, but hanging by a thread. Also, a revised travel ban and the President’s comments on the NFL. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Scott Horsley and…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, September 21
Sep 21, 2017 • 46 min
The policy and politics of the Republicans’ latest effort to repeal-and-replace the Affordable Care Act. Plus the latest on the Russia investigation and the unusually contentious Senate race in Alabama. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara…
Trump at UN, GOP Pushes Health Care
Sep 19, 2017 • 28 min
President Trump gives a major speech at the United Nations General Assembly, while Republicans in the Senate battle a deadline to pass a new Obamacare replacement. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, September 14
Sep 14, 2017 • 44 min
President Trump and Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi say they have agreed to work out a deal to protect DREAMers. House Speaker Paul Ryan says a tax outline will be out soon and Sen. Bernie Sanders pushes for Medicare for all. This…
Clinton Book Review And Irma Update
Sep 12, 2017 • 31 min
Hillary Clinton is back with a book to talk about “what happened.” Also, an update on Hurricane Irma. This episode: Guest host/White House reporter Geoff Bennett, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben and political…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, September 7
Sep 7, 2017 • 45 min
President Trump cut a surprising deal with Democrats on the debt ceiling. What it might mean for the GOP agenda — plus more on the President’s DACA decision. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, White House reporter Geoff Bennett,…
Trump Ends DACA, Calls On Congress To Act
Sep 5, 2017 • 23 min
The Obama-era program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, granted legal protections for roughly 800,000 people. It will expire in six months. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Susan Davis and national…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, August 31
Aug 31, 2017 • 34 min
The President took two trips this week: one to Houston to see the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey; another to Missouri where he rallied for a tax overhaul. Plus, Congress returns. This episode: host/White House Correspondent Tamara Keith, Congressional…
Hurricane Harvey: How Does A Government Respond?
Aug 28, 2017 • 31 min
Texas continues to feel the affects of Hurricane Harvey as the Trump administration decides how it will respond. This episode: Host/Congressional reporter Scott Detrow, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, August 24
Aug 24, 2017 • 40 min
The President’s attacks on Republican Senators and Representatives this week may sabotage his plans for the fall. This episode: host/reporter Scott Detrow, White house correspondent Tamara Keith, Congressional reporter Susan Davis, and…
President Trump: “We Are Not Nation-Building Again” In Afghanistan
Aug 22, 2017 • 29 min
In a primetime address, the President announced his strategy for Afghanistan. Instead of nation-building, “we are killing terrorists.” This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and National Security…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, August 17
Aug 17, 2017 • 40 min
Charlottesville — and the President’s reaction — dominated the week. This episode: host/editor/correspondent Ron Elving, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, White House reporter Geoff Bennett, justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and White House…
Opioid Emergency/Listener Mail
Aug 14, 2017 • 26 min
President Trump has said the opioid epidemic is an emergency but has yet to take formal action. Plus, some listener questions. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, White house correspondent Tamara Keith, and White House correspondent…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, August 10
Aug 10, 2017 • 34 min
North Korea dominated the news this week, so NPR International Editor Will Dobson joins the podcast, with host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Geoff Bennett, and editor/correspondent…
Listener Mail
Aug 7, 2017 • 15 min
This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and justice correspondent Carrie Johnson. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, August 3
Aug 3, 2017 • 40 min
The President’s private calls with world leaders leak, while the White House focuses on the party base. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and political…
Scaramucci Out/Listener Mail
Jul 31, 2017 • 22 min
Just two weeks after being named White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci is leaving his position. Plus, some listener questions. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, congressional reporter Geoff Bennett, and political…
McCain Deals Death Blow To Republican Health Care Efforts
Jul 28, 2017 • 40 min
In a moment of drama, Senator McCain bucked his party’s leadership and voted against the “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act. This episode: Host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Susan Davis and political editor…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, July 27
Jul 27, 2017 • 50 min
Senate Republicans inch forward on health care. This episode Host/correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, congressional reporter Geoff Bennett, justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and editor/correspondent Ron Elving. More…
Jared Kushner: ‘I Did Not Collude’
Jul 24, 2017 • 32 min
Jared Kushner appears before the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Anthony Scaramucci takes over as White House communications director. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national security editor Phil Ewing, and political editor…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, July 20
Jul 20, 2017 • 42 min
Senator John McCain’s diagnosis, the GOP and health care, and the President’s news-making interview. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Geoff Bennett, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and political…
The GOP and Health Care: What’s Next?
Jul 18, 2017 • 25 min
The Senate Republican bill to repeal and replace key elements of the Affordable Care Act — in its current form — is dead. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and political editor Domenico…
Reconstructing The 2016 Campaign After Trump Jr.’s Russia Meeting
Jul 15, 2017 • 23 min
This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith talks to national security editor Phil Ewing about the timeline of what was happening in the campaign last year when Donald Trump Jr. received an email offering Russian help for his father’s…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, July 13
Jul 13, 2017 • 44 min
Senate Republicans revise their health care bill, Donald Trump Jr’s emails continue to dog the White House, and the President heads to Paris. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Geoff Bennett, justice…
‘If it’s what you say I love it’
Jul 11, 2017 • 20 min
Newly released emails from June of 2016 show Donald Trump Jr arranged a meeting with a person he was told represented the Russian government and wanted to supply information that would be politically damaging to Hillary Clinton. Presidential advisor Jared…
Donald Trump Jr Meets Russian, POTUS Meets Putin
Jul 10, 2017 • 25 min
News of a meeting between the President’s son and a Russian lawyer surfaces just after the President meets with the Russian President at the G20. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, July 6
Jul 6, 2017 • 52 min
President Trump stops in Poland on his way to the G20 Summit in Germany, while his voter fraud commission generates controversy back home. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, June 29
Jun 29, 2017 • 42 min
The Senate delays, the President tweets. Note: we’ll be back after the 4th of July. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, political editor Domenico Montanaro, and national political…
SCOTUS on Travel Ban/CBO on Health Care
Jun 26, 2017 • 27 min
The Supreme Court takes action on President Trump’s travel ban, and the Congressional Budget Office scores the Senate health care bill. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Justice correspondent Carrie Johnson and…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, June 22
Jun 22, 2017 • 49 min
Senate Republicans unveil their health care plan, and former podcast co-host Sam Sanders stops by. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Scott Horsley, and…
Health Care/Listener Mail
Jun 19, 2017 • 34 min
Plus the latest on Tuesday’s special election in Georgia. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, June 15
Jun 15, 2017 • 38 min
The aftermath of Wednesday’s shooting continues, and the President may be under investigation for obstruction of justice. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Vanessa Romo, congressional reporter Geoff Bennett, and…
GOP Baseball Practice Shooting
Jun 14, 2017 • 27 min
A man armed with a rifle opened fire on a group of Republican members of Congress practicing for a baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia, wounding Lousiana Representative Steve Scalise, a lobbyist and a Capitol Police officer. Another congressman and a…
Jeff Sessions Testifies
Jun 13, 2017 • 28 min
The Attorney General appears before the Senate Intelligence Committee. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email…
James Comey Testifies
Jun 8, 2017 • 52 min
The former FBI Director accused the White House of telling ‘lies, plain and simple.” Plus a few other political stories in the news this week. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, national political…
London, the President’s Tweets, Listener Mail
Jun 5, 2017 • 35 min
The President’s comments following Saturday’s attack in London, and a few of your questions, answered. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. More…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, June 1
Jun 1, 2017 • 62 min
President Trump announces he’ll withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Accord, with an eye toward renegotiation. Why it’s not that simple — plus Trump’s overseas trip, and the Russian investigation reportedly inching toward Jared Kushner. This episode:…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, May 25
May 25, 2017 • 60 min
The President’s overseas trip continues with a NATO meeting, while at home his budget is unveiled and the CBO scores the GOP health care bill. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, congressional…
President Trump Overseas
May 22, 2017 • 26 min
Headlines on Russian meddling continue at home. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at…
“I hope you can let this go.”
May 17, 2017 • 51 min
The implications of President Trump’s reported request to then-FBI Director James Comey, plus the President’s upcoming overseas trip. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, justice correspondent…
Special Counsel Appointed For Russia Probe
May 17, 2017 • 15 min
Former FBI Director Robert Mueller will investigate Russia’s meddling in last year’s election, and any possible collusion by the Trump campaign. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and national…
Comey FAQ/Listener Mail
May 15, 2017 • 33 min
Your questions, answered — on the firing of James Comey and other political news. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and White House correspondent Scott…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday May 11
May 11, 2017 • 53 min
Fallout from the firing of FBI Director Comey continues, and congressional reporter Scott Detrow calls in from the road after a tense town hall. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Geoff Bennett, national…
President Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey
May 9, 2017 • 23 min
This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Scott Detrow, and justice correspondent Carrie Johnson. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio…
Sally Yates Testifies
May 9, 2017 • 30 min
What we learned from the former acting Attorney General during Monday’s hearing of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Scott Detrow, and political editor Domenico Montanaro.…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, May 4
May 4, 2017 • 50 min
The House votes on health care. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, congressional reporter Geoff Bennett, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and editor/correspondent Ron Elving. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at…
Shutdown Averted; GOP Healthcare Push Continues
May 1, 2017 • 22 min
Plus the White House Correspondent’s Dinner without the President. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, political reporter Vanessa Romo, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, April 27
Apr 27, 2017 • 53 min
A shutdown deadline deferred as the 100th day approaches. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and editor/correspondent Ron Elving. More coverage at…
Shutdown Deadline Approaches On Trump’s 100th Day
Apr 25, 2017 • 27 min
Plus latest news on an investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Scott Detrow, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. More coverage at…
Weeky Roundup: Thursday, April 20
Apr 20, 2017 • 52 min
Georgia’s 6th, Tom Perez and Bernie Sanders on the road, and what’s changing under Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Scott Detrow, justice correspondent Carrie…
North Korea, Georgia’s 6th, Trump’s Taxes
Apr 17, 2017 • 21 min
Vice President Pence visits the Korean peninsula, the special election in Georgia, and the President’s tax returns. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Scott Horsley, and political editor Domenico…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, April 13
Apr 13, 2017 • 46 min
A week of notable policy reversals from President Trump. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Scott Horsley, and editor/correspondent Ron Elving. More coverage at…
Listener Mail: Monday, April 10
Apr 10, 2017 • 21 min
Your questions, answered. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and editor and correspondent Ron Elving. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support…
US Strikes Syria
Apr 7, 2017 • 21 min
The question now is what comes next. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, congressional reporter Geoff Bennett, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, April 6
Apr 6, 2017 • 48 min
The Senate goes nuclear while tensions rise after the use of chemical weapons in Syria. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, congressional reporter Geoff Bennett, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and national political…
“Unmasking”
Apr 4, 2017 • 23 min
Plus the nuclear option and rumors the GOP healthcare effort may not be dead. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and political editor Domenico Montanaro, with NPR national security…
Listener Mail: Sunday, April 2
Apr 2, 2017 • 20 min
Your questions, answered. This episode: Congressional reporter/host Scott Detrow, White House Correspondent Scott Horsley and political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben.
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, March 30
Mar 30, 2017 • 49 min
The Senate Intelligence Committee’s first hearing on Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election. This episode: host/White House Correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Scott Detrow, congressional reporter Geoff Bennett and editor/correspondent Ron…
Trump Targets Environmental Regulations
Mar 28, 2017 • 25 min
Plus this week’s cancelled hearing in the House Intelligence Committee. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Scott Horsley, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and political editor Domenico Montanaro.…
Weekly Roundup: Friday, March 24
Mar 24, 2017 • 45 min
This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find…
Gorsuch Hearings Continue
Mar 21, 2017 • 41 min
Day two of Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, reporter Ailsa Chang and legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg. More…
Russia/Gorsuch Hearings
Mar 20, 2017 • 38 min
Day one of the Senate Confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, while the House Intelligence Committee holds a hearing on Russian meddling in the 2016 election. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, March 16
Mar 16, 2017 • 43 min
President Trump releases a preliminary budget proposal the same day his new travel ban was supposed to go into effect. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national political correspondent Mara…
CBO Scores GOP Health Care Bill/Listener Mail
Mar 14, 2017 • 29 min
This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben and congressional correspondent Susan Davis. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, March 9
Mar 9, 2017 • 45 min
This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and editor/correspondent Ron Elving. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at…
New Executive Order; Trump’s Wiretap Claim
Mar 6, 2017 • 25 min
This episode: host/Congressional reporter Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and White House correspondent Scott Horsley. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, March 2
Mar 2, 2017 • 46 min
This episode: host/Congressional reporter Scott Detrow, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and political editor Domenico Montanaro, with justice correspondent Carrie Johnson. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.…
President Trump Addresses Congress
Mar 1, 2017 • 37 min
This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Scott Horsley, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and editor/correspondent Ron Elving. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, February 23
Feb 23, 2017 • 46 min
This episode: host/editor/correspondent Ron Elving, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and political editor Domenico Montanaro, with justice correspondent Carrie Johnson and political reporter Jessica…
Latest News + Listener Mail
Feb 21, 2017 • 28 min
This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and political editor Domenico Montanaro, with a special appearance by Cory Turner of the NPR Ed team. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, February 16
Feb 16, 2017 • 43 min
President Trump holds a press conference. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Scott Detrow, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and editor/correspondent Ron Elving. More coverage at nprpolitics.org.…
Russia Controversy Deepens For Trump White House
Feb 15, 2017 • 24 min
The intelligence community is reportedly investigating election-year contact between Trump campaign operatives and Russian intelligence officials. Plus Trump expresses openness to a one-state solution in the Israeli/Palestine conflict, and Labor Secretary…
Michael Flynn Resigns
Feb 14, 2017 • 20 min
President Trump’s National Security Advisor steps down. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at…
Weekly Roundup LIVE: Friday, February 10
Feb 11, 2017 • 63 min
News of the week, plus we ask what’s next for President Trump. Recorded Friday night at the Warner Theater in Washington DC, in partnership with member station WAMU. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Scott…
Sessions Confirmed, Gorsuch’s Comments, Yemen Raid
Feb 9, 2017 • 25 min
This episode was recorded prior to the Thursday evening court ruling on President Trump’s travel ban. Jeff Sessions is sworn in as Attorney General, Neal Gorsuch’s remarks behind closed doors, plus the fallout from the military raid in Yemen. This…
Trump’s Travel Ban Halted
Feb 6, 2017 • 19 min
What happens next. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and editor/correspondent Ron Elving. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support…
Listener Mail - Sunday, February 5
Feb 5, 2017 • 20 min
Your questions, answered. This episode: host/White House Correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, February 2
Feb 2, 2017 • 48 min
President Trump’s cabinet is filling out, while democrats continue to grapple with what form their opposition will take. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, congressional correspondent Susan…
Trump Nominates Neil Gorsuch To Supreme Court
Jan 31, 2017 • 26 min
Who he is, and what happens now. This episode: host/White House reporter Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Susan Davis, editor/correspondent Ron Elving, and legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at…
Trump’s Immigration and Refugee Ban
Jan 30, 2017 • 37 min
This episode: host/White House reporter Tamara Keith, justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, political editor Domenico Montanaro, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.…
Weekly Roundup: Friday, January 27
Jan 27, 2017 • 47 min
It was a busy week. Quick disclaimer: This episode was recorded at 3PM EST, when we were unable to discuss the President’s executive action temporarily banning immigration from Muslim-majority countries because details had not yet been released. This…
Latest News, Listener Mail - Plus a Special Announcement
Jan 25, 2017 • 16 min
Congressional reporter Scott Detrow is our new co-host! This episode: Scott with host/White House reporter Tamara Keith and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Plus departing host Sam Sanders shares a few tips. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the…
First Trump Administration Press Briefing; Women’s March
Jan 23, 2017 • 33 min
This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, White House reporter Tamara Keith, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and editor/correspondent Ron Elving. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Write the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and…
The Inauguration of Donald Trump
Jan 20, 2017 • 35 min
@realDonaldTrump takes over @POTUS. This episode: host/reporter Sam Sanders, White House reporter Tamara Keith, reporter Sarah McCammon, and editor/correspondent Ron Elving. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and…
Obama’s Final Press Conference; Senate Hearings Continue
Jan 18, 2017 • 38 min
This episode: host/White House reporter Tamara Keith, political reporter Asma Khalid, and congressional reporter Susan Davis. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at…
Trump’s Poll Numbers Low; Stress of Foreign Leaders High
Jan 17, 2017 • 30 min
Plus the latest Senate hearings and a few listener questions. This episode: host/reporter Sam Sanders, political reporter Danielle Kurtlzleben, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at…
Announcing a live show!
Jan 13, 2017 • 0 min
Join us in Washington, DC on Friday, February 10th for a live taping of the podcast. Go to nprpresents.org for tickets and more.
Trump’s Press Conference, Tillerson’s Hearing
Jan 12, 2017 • 47 min
Donald Trump’s first press conference in 167 days — on the same day as his pick Secretary of State Rex Tillerson begins his Senate Confirmation Hearing. This episode: host/congressional reporter Scott Detrow, White House reporter Tamara Keith,…
Obama’s Farewell, Russian Intel Reports, Senate Hearings
Jan 11, 2017 • 33 min
Tuesday was a tsunami of political news. This episode: host/campaign reporter Tamara Keith, justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and editor/correspondent Ron Elving. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, January 5
Jan 5, 2017 • 45 min
Intelligence officials testify about Russian hacking on Capitol Hill, and the Obamacare showdown looms. This episode: host/reporter Sam Sanders, White House reporter Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Susan Davis, and political editor Domenico…
Quick Take: Congress Convenes, GOP Drops Ethics Plan
Jan 3, 2017 • 22 min
After backlash on Tuesday — including from Donald Trump — House Republicans reversed themselves on a decision to take the teeth out of the Office of Congressional Ethics. This episode: host/White House reporter Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Scott…
Weekly Roundup: Wednesday, December 28
Dec 28, 2016 • 47 min
Israel and the UN Security Council, plus Donald Trump’s talk of nuclear proliferation. This episode: host/reporter Sam Sanders, congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, and editor/correspondent Ron Elving. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show…
Weekly Roundup: Wednesday, December 21
Dec 21, 2016 • 49 min
In a week of violent news overseas, how the President and President-elect could contrast on foreign policy. Plus highlights from NPR’s exit interview with President Obama. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, White House correspondent Tamara…
Listener Mail: Monday, December 19
Dec 19, 2016 • 32 min
Plus a look at the Electoral College vote. This episode: host/congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. More coverage at…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, December 15
Dec 15, 2016 • 47 min
The latest on Russia’s election tampering and Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest. This episode: host/reporter Sam Sanders, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. More…
Donald Trump and Russia
Dec 12, 2016 • 26 min
As news surfaces of a reported CIA assessment that Russia acted to help Donald Trump with the Presidency, the President-elect may nominate a Secretary of State with ties to Russia. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, December 8
Dec 8, 2016 • 47 min
President-elect Trump, on Twitter, picks winners and losers in business, plus his latest cabinet picks and the real-world fallout of fake news. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, political…
Covering 2016 As A Muslim
Dec 7, 2016 • 43 min
Reporter Asma Khalid reflects on covering the 2016 election as a Muslim woman. With host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, campaign reporter Sarah McCammon, and editor/correspondent Ron Elving. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at…
Weekly Roundup: Live In Cambridge
Dec 2, 2016 • 64 min
This episode was recorded in front of a live audience in Cambridge, Massachusetts in conjunction with the Harvard Institute of Politics’ quadrennial campaign managers conference. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, host/White House…
Monday, November 28
Nov 28, 2016 • 31 min
Catching up on post-Thanksgiving news, including Trump’s false voter fraud allegations and his latest cabinet appointees, plus the death of Fidel Castro. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House…
Announcing a Live Show!
Nov 23, 2016 • 0 min
We’ll be recording the podcast live in Cambridge, MA on Thursday, December 1 at 6:00 PM. Join us! Go to nprpresents.org for tickets and information.
Weekly Roundup: Tuesday, November 22
Nov 22, 2016 • 45 min
An early Thanksgiving-week roundup. Trump’s business entanglements, latest cabinet appointments, and tips for talking politics during the holidays. This episode: host/campaign reporter Tamara Keith, reporter Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Scott…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, November 17
Nov 17, 2016 • 48 min
The Trump transition, Steve Bannon, and “normalization.” This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, campaign reporter Sarah McCammon, White House correspondent Scott Horsley, political editor Domenico Montanaro, and media correspondent David…
The Election Of Donald Trump
Nov 11, 2016 • 51 min
A special episode on Donald Trump, how he won the presidency, and what his victory means for the future of our country and the future of our politics. This episode, your entire NPR Politics Podcast team: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, host/White…
Trump, Obama Meet at the White House
Nov 10, 2016 • 12 min
This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, campaign reporter Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and White House correspondent Scott Horsley. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and…
Trump’s Victory: The Day After
Nov 9, 2016 • 29 min
This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and White House correspondent Scott Horsley, with campaign reporters Tamara Keith and Sarah McCammon. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at…
Donald Trump Elected President
Nov 9, 2016 • 29 min
This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, campaign reporter Asma Khalid, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and editor/correspondent Ron Elving. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your…
Tuesday, November 8
Nov 8, 2016 • 20 min
It’s Election Day. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, campaign reporter Asma Khalid, and congressional correspondent Susan Davis…plus Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon from NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour. More coverage at nprpolitics.org.…
Monday, November 7
Nov 7, 2016 • 30 min
One day to go. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, campaign reporter Asma Khalid, and political editor Domenico Montanaro, with stories from campaign reporter Sarah McCammon and White House correspondent Tamara Keith. More coverage at…
Sunday, November 6
Nov 6, 2016 • 23 min
Two days to go. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, campaign reporter Asma Khalid, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio…
Listener Mail
Nov 6, 2016 • 26 min
This episode was recorded Friday (check back for a new episode early Sunday night) with host/congressional correspondent Susan Davis, political editor Domenico Montanaro, and congressional correspondent Ailsa Chang. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email…
Polls
Nov 5, 2016 • 27 min
Three days to go. Pollster Courtney Kennedy of the Pew Research Center joins the podcast to talk about polls — what they can (and can’t) tell us about the race. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and…
Friday, November 4
Nov 4, 2016 • 23 min
Four days to go. This episode, host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, political reporter Jessica Taylor, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.
Thursday, November 3
Nov 3, 2016 • 31 min
Five days to go. This episode: host/campaign reporter Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and political editor Ron Elving. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.
Wednesday, November 2
Nov 2, 2016 • 26 min
Six days to go. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, campaign reporter Asma Khalid, and congressional correspondent Susan Davis. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.
Tuesday, November 1
Nov 1, 2016 • 26 min
Seven days to go. This episode: host/campaign reporter Scott Detrow, campaign reporter Asma Khalid, and editor/correspondent Ron Elving. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.
Monday, October 31
Oct 31, 2016 • 30 min
Eight days to go. (And Happy Halloween.) This episode: host/campaign reporter Scott Detrow, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and political editor Domenico Montanaro, with justice correspondent Carrie Johnson. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email…
Encore: Musicals and Politics
Oct 30, 2016 • 25 min
Nine days to go. This episode was first published July 5, with host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, editor/correspondent Ron Elving, and NPR film critic Bob Mondello. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show…
Listener Mail: Saturday, October 29
Oct 29, 2016 • 26 min
10 days to go. This episode was recorded Friday, just before news broke of newly discovered emails by the FBI that may relate to their investigation of Hillary Clinton’s personal email server. More on that story in our episode from Friday, October 28.…
Friday, October 28
Oct 28, 2016 • 28 min
11 days to go. This episode, host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign reporter Sarah McCammon, and editor/correspondent Ron Elving. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.
Thursday, October 27
Oct 27, 2016 • 28 min
12 days to go. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign reporter Sarah McCammon, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.
Wednesday, October 26
Oct 26, 2016 • 29 min
13 days to go. This episode: host/campaign reporter Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and editor/correspondent Ron Elving. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.
Tuesday, October 25
Oct 25, 2016 • 25 min
14 days to go. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, campaign reporter Sarah McCammon, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and White House correspondent Scott Horsley. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.
Monday, October 24
Oct 24, 2016 • 21 min
15 days to go. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and editor/correspondent Ron Elving. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.
Monday Mail: October 24
Oct 24, 2016 • 25 min
Your questions, answered. This episode: host/campaign reporter Scott Detrow, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and congressional correspondent Susan Davis. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.
Weekly Roundup: Friday, October 21
Oct 21, 2016 • 52 min
How steep is Donald Trump’s climb? This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, White House corespondent Tamara Keith, campaign reporter Scott Detrow, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at…
The Third Presidential Debate
Oct 20, 2016 • 36 min
The final debate of 2016. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. More coverage at nprpolitics.org Email the show at…
Previewing The Final Debate
Oct 18, 2016 • 27 min
Where the race stands heading into Wednesday’s third and final Presidential debate. This episode: host/campaign reporter Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. More coverage at nprpolitics.org.…
Monday Mail: October 17
Oct 17, 2016 • 23 min
Your questions, answered. This episode, host/campaign reporter Scott Detrow, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, October 13
Oct 13, 2016 • 54 min
New accusations of sexual misconduct against Donald Trump, and the latest Wikileaks emails from the Clinton campaign. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign reporter Sam Sanders, campaign reporter Sarah McCammon, and…
Trump v GOP
Oct 11, 2016 • 29 min
Plus: Russia and the Trump campaign, and Al Gore hits the trail. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at…
The Second Presidential Debate
Oct 10, 2016 • 43 min
Recap and analysis with host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, editor/correspondent Ron Elving, and campaign reporter Sarah McCammon. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.
Trump On Tape
Oct 8, 2016 • 32 min
Donald Trump’s vulgar comments about women, and a look at GOP rules for replacing the candidate. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign reporter Sam Sanders, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and editor/correspondent…
Listener Mail: Friday, October 7
Oct 7, 2016 • 21 min
Your questions ahead of Sunday night’s debate, and whether Hurricane Matthew could affect the race. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and congressional correspondent Susan Davis. More coverage at…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, October 6
Oct 6, 2016 • 51 min
What’s to expect in the next debate, and the latest battleground map. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign reporter Sam Sanders, campaign reporter Asma Khalid, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. More coverage at…
The Vice Presidential Debate
Oct 5, 2016 • 36 min
Tuesday night was the one and only debate between Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence. Recap and analysis with host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and editor/correspondent Ron Elving. More coverage at…
Quick Take: VP Debate Preview
Oct 3, 2016 • 23 min
What to watch for in Tuesday night’s Vice Presidential debate. This episode: host/white house correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at…
Monday Mail: October 3
Oct 3, 2016 • 21 min
Your questions, answered. This episode, campaign reporter Scott Detrow, political editor Domenico Montanaro, and political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben. Find more coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, September 29
Sep 29, 2016 • 41 min
This week, we look at how Donald Trump says he’ll hit back harder after the debate, the unfolding story of a former Miss Universe and why everything feels like a flashback to the 1990’s. Plus: Gary Johnson’s newest “Aleppo moment” and Congress overrides…
Quick Take: Your Debate Questions
Sep 27, 2016 • 19 min
A few of your questions following Monday’s Presidential debate. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at…
The First Presidential Debate
Sep 27, 2016 • 35 min
Recap and analysis of the first Presidential debate, held Monday September 26 at Hofstra University in New York. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and…
Monday Mail: September 26
Sep 26, 2016 • 21 min
Your questions, answered. This episode - host/White House Correspondent Tamara Keith, Political Editor Domenico Montanaro and Editor/Correspondent Ron Elving. Find more coverage at nprpolitics.org and email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, September 22
Sep 22, 2016 • 59 min
Following a week of news focused on policing and national security, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump gear up for the first Presidential debate of 2016. This episode: host/campaign reporter Tamara Keith, campaign reporter Scott Detrow, campaign reporter…
Trump’s Birtherism/Listener Mail
Sep 16, 2016 • 28 min
An EARLY EDITION of Monday Mail…topped with a quick discussion of Donald Trump and birtherism. This episode, host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. More coverage at…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, September 15
Sep 15, 2016 • 52 min
Hillary Clinton is back on the trail. Donald Trump is on ‘Dr Oz’. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, campaign reporter Sarah McCammon, political editor Domenico Montanaro, and campaign reporter Asma Khalid. More coverage at nprpolitics.org.…
Quick Take: Clinton’s Health/’Basket of Deplorables’
Sep 12, 2016 • 20 min
Hillary Clinton was in the news for a couple of reasons over the weekend. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show…
Monday Mail: September 12
Sep 12, 2016 • 17 min
Your questions, answered. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, September 8
Sep 8, 2016 • 47 min
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump hit the trail after Labor Day, and offer starkly contrasting views on foreign and military policy in a televised forum. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign…
Monday Mail: September 5
Sep 5, 2016 • 21 min
Your questions, answered. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and editor/correspondent Ron Elving. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, September 1
Sep 1, 2016 • 44 min
Donald Trump flies South. Hillary Clinton flies below the radar. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, campaign reporter Asma Khalid, political editor Domenico Montanaro, and campaign reporter Scott Detrow, with guest and NPR correspondent…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, August 25
Aug 25, 2016 • 46 min
Donald Trump continues a shift in tone and Hillary Clinton tries to shift the conversation. This episode: host/campaign reporter Scott Detrow, political editor Domenico Montanaro, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and editor/correspondent Ron…
Live In Chicago
Aug 23, 2016 • 38 min
This episode was recorded in front of a live audience in Chicago on Friday, August 19 as part of a show the NPR Politics team produced in partnership with member station WBEZ. A separate excerpt of the show was released as the episode “Quick Take: Trump…
Quick Take: Trump Loses Campaign Chairman, Has ‘Regrets’
Aug 20, 2016 • 19 min
Live in Chicago, the NPR Politics team weighs in on the ongoing shakeup in the Trump campaign. This episode: host/campaign reporter Tamara Keith, campaign reporter Sam Sanders, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and editor/correspondent Ron Elving.…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, August 18
Aug 18, 2016 • 44 min
Big changes for the Trump campaign and a few candidates not named Clinton or Trump. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, digital political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and political editor Domenico…
Quick Take: Will Trump Ever Pivot?
Aug 15, 2016 • 20 min
Donald Trump says he’s not going to change. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org.
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, August 11
Aug 11, 2016 • 46 min
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton present contrasting economic visions for the country, even as Trump continues to distract from his own message. This episode: host/campaign reporter Tamara Keith, campaign reporter Sarah McCammon, digital political…
Food Politics
Aug 8, 2016 • 22 min
Now that the conventions are well behind us, the candidates are back out on the trail, where food lurks around every corner. Dan Pashman, host of The Sporkful podcast from WNYC studios, joins the NPR Politics team to talk about the perils of eating on the…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, August 4
Aug 4, 2016 • 47 min
A no good, very bad week for Donald Trump. Will it matter? This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign reporter Sam Sanders, campaign reporter Scott Detrow, and editor/correspondent Ron Elving. More coverage at nprpolitics.org.…
Quick Take: Trump and the Khans
Aug 1, 2016 • 22 min
The continuing fallout over Donald Trump’s controversial response to criticism from the parents of a fallen Muslim solider. This episode: campaign reporters Scott Detrow and Asma Khalid with political editor Domenico Montanaro. More coverage at…
Democratic National Convention: Friday, July 29
Jul 29, 2016 • 32 min
Day four of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at…
Democratic National Convention: Thursday, July 28
Jul 28, 2016 • 34 min
Day three of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and editor/correspondent Ron Elving. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at…
Democratic National Convention: Wednesday, July 27
Jul 27, 2016 • 28 min
Day two of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at…
Democratic National Convention: Tuesday, July 26
Jul 26, 2016 • 32 min
Day one of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, campaign reporter Asma Khalid, and editor/correspondent Ron Elving. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org
Quick Take: Clinton Picks Kaine
Jul 22, 2016 • 11 min
Virginia Senator Tim Kaine will be Hillary Clinton’s running mate as the Democratic nominee for Vice President. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders and White House correspondent Tamara Keith. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show…
Republican National Convention: Friday, July 22
Jul 22, 2016 • 32 min
Day four of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, campaign reporter Sarah McCammon, and editor/correspondent Ron Evling. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org
Republican National Convention: Thursday, July 21
Jul 21, 2016 • 27 min
Day three of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, campaign reporter Asma Khalid, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org
Republican National Convention: Wednesday, July 20
Jul 20, 2016 • 33 min
Day two of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and editor/correpsondent Ron Elving. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at…
Republican National Convention: Tuesday, July 19
Jul 19, 2016 • 27 min
Day one of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email the show at…
Quick Take: Attack in France; Trump Delays, Picks Pence
Jul 15, 2016 • 13 min
More than 80 people are dead after a man driving a truck crashed through a crowd of people celebrating Bastile Day in Nice, France. Donald Trump quickly said he would delay announcing his running mate, then did announce his running mate, Indiana Governor…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, July 14
Jul 14, 2016 • 48 min
Donald Trump’s VP pick has the political world buzzing, with the GOP convention right around the corner. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, campaign reporters Sarah McCammon and Asma Khalid, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. More…
Sanders Endorses, Obama To Dallas, Trump’s VP
Jul 12, 2016 • 24 min
Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton and President Obama visited Dallas, as we inch closer to learning who will be Donald Trump’s running mate. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political editor Domenico Montanaro, and national…
Dallas
Jul 8, 2016 • 29 min
The attack on police in Dallas, and the response so far. With campaign reporter Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political editor Domenico Montanaro, and campaign reporter Sam Sanders in Dallas. More coverage at nprpolitics.org. Email…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, July 7
Jul 7, 2016 • 53 min
This week in politics: maybe just don’t use the internet? From Hillary Clinton’s emails to Trump’s tweets, we’ll cover the candidates’ online misadventures and more… Including VP speculation, new endorsements, and two tragedies that are putting everything…
Quick Take: Clinton’s Email Server Case
Jul 5, 2016 • 18 min
Hillary Clinton and her staff were “extremely careless” in handling classified data over a private email server while she was secretary of state, FBI Director James Comey said Tuesday — but the FBI is recommending that no charges be brought against her.…
Musicals and Politics
Jul 5, 2016 • 24 min
It’s a thing. NPR film critic Bob Mondello joins host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, editor/correspondent Ron Elving, and digital political correspondent Danielle Kurtzleben to talk about when musicals and politics collide. More coverage at…
Obama’s Years
Jul 1, 2016 • 52 min
Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep traveled across the country to explore how life has changed in the eight years Barack Obama has been in office — and also put the question to the President himself. Steve joins host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, June 30
Jun 30, 2016 • 45 min
A terror attack in Turkey, and Brexit fallout works its way into US politics. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign reporter Scott Detrow, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. More coverage…
Quick Take: Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Law
Jun 27, 2016 • 16 min
The Supreme Court wrapped its term Monday with perhaps its most significant abortion ruling in decades. NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg joins host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith and campaign reporter Scott Detrow to discuss the…
Quick Take: Brexit
Jun 24, 2016 • 18 min
Britain’s vote to exit the European Union has huge implications for global economy and international politics. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and campaign reporters Scott Detrow and Asma Khalid, with BBC/NPR producer Rich…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, June 23
Jun 23, 2016 • 44 min
Two major Supreme Court decisions, a dramatic demonstration from Democrats on Capitol Hill, and big changes for the Trump campaign after several rough weeks. This episode: host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign reporters Asma Khalid and…
Gun Laws
Jun 21, 2016 • 25 min
Why they never seem to change — at least at the federal level — as this week the Senate failed to pass four different gun control measures, eight days after the shooting in Orlando. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, congressional…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, June 16
Jun 16, 2016 • 48 min
Orlando continues to dominate the news as Donald Trump reiterates his call for a ban on Muslim immigrants. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign reporter Sarah McCammon, and political editor…
Orlando
Jun 13, 2016 • 24 min
Another mass shooting has taken center stage in the Presidential race. Whether it will result in any policy changes is another question, but Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump — in separate speeches today — offered starkly different views of what their…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, June 9
Jun 9, 2016 • 44 min
This week Barack Obama endorsed Hillary Clinton after meeting with Bernie Sanders at the White House, and Donald Trump drew criticism from GOP leaders. This episode: campaign reporters Scott Detrow, Asma Khalid, and Sarah McCammon with congressional…
Quick Take: June 7 Primaries
Jun 8, 2016 • 17 min
Hillary Clinton cemented her place as the presumptive Democratic nominee with a big speech, while Donald Trump delivered a rare teleprompter speech of his own, and Bernie Sanders held out hope for a victory in California. This episode: campaign reporters…
Quick Take: Clinton Clinches
Jun 6, 2016 • 14 min
Hillary Clinton has secured enough delegates to be the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, according to an updated count by The Associated Press. She is the first woman ever to head a major-party ticket in the US. This episode: campaign reporter…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, June 2
Jun 2, 2016 • 45 min
A week of defense for Donald Trump, and Hillary Clinton goes on the attack in a big foreign policy speech. This episode: host/reporter Sam Sanders, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, digital political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and political…
Quick Take: The Libertarian Party
May 31, 2016 • 19 min
In a year when many voters say they’re not satisfied with a choice between Democrats and Republicans, the Libertarian party — which selected its nominee over the weekend — is looking for a bigger role in the presidential race. This episode: host/White…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, May 26
May 26, 2016 • 38 min
Donald Trump officially clinches the GOP nomination, and Hillary Clinton’s emails won’t go away. Plus, a Trump/Sanders debate? This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, campaign reporter Scott Detrow, and…
Quick Take: Race/Whiteness In 2016
May 24, 2016 • 22 min
Gene Demby, lead correspondent for NPR’s Code Switch team — which covers race, identity, and culture — joins the podcast to discuss how whiteness is shaping our politics this election year. This episode, host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, campaign…
Live Weekly Roundup: Friday, May 20
May 20, 2016 • 73 min
A special live edition of the weekly roundup, with a look at Donald Trump’s potential path to victory in the general election, what happened at the Nevada Democratic convention this past week, and the ongoing rifts in the Democratic party. This episode,…
Quick Take: Third Party Candidates
May 17, 2016 • 16 min
As the general election draws near, many voters are wondering: could there be anyone else? This episode, host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign reporter Scott Detrow, and editor/correspondent Ron Elving discuss the possibilities. More…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, May 12
May 12, 2016 • 38 min
The GOP and Donald Trump continue to grapple with reality — and each other — while Bernie Sanders fights on (and his supporters demand more media attention). This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, campaign reporters Asma Khalid and Sarah…
Quick Take: Federal Government, North Carolina Trade Lawsuits Over LGBT Law
May 9, 2016 • 9 min
The state’s “bathroom law” is at the center of a new lawsuit brought by North Carolina against the federal government. The US Department of Justice responded with its own suit, making the case a civil rights issue. Campaign reporter Scott Detrow, justice…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, May 5
May 5, 2016 • 39 min
The GOP grapples with Donald Trump’s apparent victory in the party’s primary, what the general election could look like, and some special info about seeing the NPR Politics Podcast live. This episode, host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign…
Quick Take: Kasich Out, Trump Apparent Nominee
May 4, 2016 • 11 min
Donald Trump’s grip on the nomination gets tighter as Ohio Governor John Kasich also suspends his campaign following a loss in the Indiana primary. Campaign reporter Scott Detrow, political editor Domenico Montanaro, and national political correspondent…
Quick Take: Trump And Sanders Win Indiana; Cruz Drops Out
May 3, 2016 • 13 min
Following a big loss in Indiana to Donald Trump, Ted Cruz announced he would suspend his presidential campaign. This episode, what’s next in the race — and the latest delegate math for the Democrats following a win for Bernie Sanders in Indiana, with…
Quick Take: When Athletes Endorse
May 2, 2016 • 14 min
Just ahead of Tuesday’s pivotal Indiana state primary, Donald Trump is campaigning in the state with ex-Indiana Hoosiers college basketball coach Bob Knight. Trump has also collected a number of endorsements from professional athletes and coaches, so the…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, April 28
Apr 28, 2016 • 37 min
The state of the race, where Bernie Sanders goes from here, and what’s behind Ted Cruz’s running mate pick, Carly Fiorina. This episode, host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign reporter Sarah McCammon, and…
Quick Take: Vice President Carly Fiorina?
Apr 27, 2016 • 7 min
Ted Cruz announced today businesswoman and former GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina would be his running mate if he wins his party’s nomination for President. Campaign reporter Scott Detrow and political editor Domenico Montanaro talk about the…
Quick Take: April 26 Primary Results
Apr 26, 2016 • 12 min
A wrap of results from Tuesday’s contests, when Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump won in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania — with Bernie Sanders taking Rhode Island. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders and editor/correspondent…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, April 21
Apr 21, 2016 • 34 min
A final wrap of the New York primary results and a look at next week’s big primary contests in a handful of northeast states including Maryland and Pennsylvania. This episode, host/White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign reporters Sam Sanders and…
Quick Take: New York Primary Results
Apr 19, 2016 • 12 min
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump won the night in Tuesday’s New York state primary. Details on the results — and what’s next in the race — with campaign reporters Sam Sanders and Scott Detrow and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at…
Weekly Roundup: Friday, April 15
Apr 15, 2016 • 47 min
A wrap of Thursday night’s Democratic debate and one last look at New York ahead of that state’s primary next week, plus listener mail and a rare pint of “Bernie’s Yearning” ice cream from Ben and Jerry themselves. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam…
Inside HBO’s ‘Confirmation’: When NPR Broke The Anita Hill Story
Apr 13, 2016 • 29 min
A new HBO movie depicts the drama surrounding the 1991 nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, when former colleague Anita Hill came forward with allegations of sexual harassment against him. NPR’s legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg…
Can Candidates Pay Delegates? A Contested Convention FAQ
Apr 11, 2016 • 38 min
How are campaigns wooing unbound delegates? Who keeps a contested convention fair? How will social media change the process? The NPR Politics team puts these questions to leading Republican election lawyer Benjamin Ginsberg, who knows everything there is…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, April 7
Apr 7, 2016 • 45 min
A look at the race and a new level of testiness, especially among Democrats, as the primary season moves from Wisconsin to New York, plus the latest on a string of religious freedom laws in states like Mississippi and North Carolina making national news.…
Quick Take: Wisconsin Primary Results
Apr 5, 2016 • 13 min
Campaign reporter Scott Detrow and political editor Domenico Montanaro discuss results from the Democratic and Republican primaries in Wisconsin. Find them on Twitter @scottdetrow and @DomenicoNPR, or write the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. More coverage…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, March 31
Mar 31, 2016 • 32 min
The latest Trump campaign drama and a look at the big upcoming primary votes in Wisconsin and New York, plus listener mail and what the NPR Politics team just can’t let go this week. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, campaign reporter Asma…
Quick Take: Berniementum?
Mar 28, 2016 • 13 min
Campaign reporter Sam Sanders, white house correspondent Tamara Keith, and political editor Domenico Montanaro discuss what’s ahead for Bernie Sanders following caucus wins in Washington, Hawaii, and Alaska over the weekend. Find the NPR Politics team on…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, March 24
Mar 24, 2016 • 43 min
This episode, an update on the presidential race in the wake of the terror attacks in Brussels, the voting mess in Arizona during this week’s primary, and the President’s trip to Cuba — plus listener mail and what the NPR Politics team just can’t let go…
Quick Take: March 22 Contests
Mar 23, 2016 • 10 min
229 delegates were at stake on Tuesday with primaries/caucuses in Arizona, Idaho, and Utah. Campaign reporter Scott Detrow and political editor Domenico Montanaro wrap up some of the results. For more, find the NPR Politics team on Twitter, at…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, March 17
Mar 17, 2016 • 40 min
This episode, the evolving battle over President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, the latest in the Presidential race, some listener mail, and what the NPR Politics team just can’t let go this week — with host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, campaign…
Quick Take: Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee
Mar 16, 2016 • 15 min
The President has nominated federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Some analysis of the pick — and what’s next in the President’s showdown with Senate Republicans. This episode: campaign reporter Scott Detrow, congressional…
Quick Take: March 15 Primary Results
Mar 16, 2016 • 19 min
What’s next after big wins on March 15 for Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and John Kasich. Plus Marco Rubio suspends his campaign. This episode: host/campaign reporter Sam Sanders, campaign reporter Asma Khalid, and political editor Domenico Montanaro.…
Quick Take: Violence on the Trail
Mar 14, 2016 • 14 min
At Donald Trump campaign events over the weekend, protesters clashed with police and Trump supporters. Campaign reporter Asma Khalid and editor/correspondent Ron Elving discuss what happened and how the candidates in both parties have responded. Find the…
Weekly Roundup: Friday, March 11
Mar 11, 2016 • 40 min
In the wake of Tuesday’s primaries, both parties held debates this week. A look at what’s really left to learn from them, some listener questions, and can’t let it go. This episode: campaign reporter Sam Sanders, White House correspondent Tamara Keith,…
Quick Take: Tuesday Night’s Primaries
Mar 9, 2016 • 12 min
A look at Tuesday night’s primary votes, including a big win for Bernie Sanders in Michigan. It was a good night for him, and a bad night for the Republican challengers to Donald Trump, who won in Michigan and Mississippi. This episode: campaign reporters…
Quick Take: Weekend News and ‘The Establishment’
Mar 7, 2016 • 23 min
A two-topic episode to start your week. First, a review of the weekend’s political news, including the latest primary contests and Sunday’s Democratic debate, then a look at the biggest buzzword of the 2016 race so far — establishment. This episode,…
Weekly Roundup: Friday, March 4
Mar 4, 2016 • 37 min
The NPR Politics team talks about Thursday night’s GOP debate, the next round of primary/caucus states, and answers some listener questions. This episode: political editor Domenico Montanaro, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, campaign reporter Sam…
Super Tuesday…And Now What
Mar 2, 2016 • 22 min
Your wrap and look forward after 13 states voted and more delegates were awarded than any other single day this election. This episode: editor and correspondent Ron Elving, campaign reporters Scott Detrow and Asma Khalid, and host/campaign reporter Sam…
Super Tuesday Preview
Feb 28, 2016 • 21 min
State by state, hour by hour, this is everything you need to know about Super Tuesday — the biggest day of the campaign so far. This episode: political editor Domenico Montanaro and campaign reporters Scott Detrow and Asma Khalid join host and campaign…
Weekly Roundup: Friday, February 26
Feb 26, 2016 • 34 min
A look back at Thursday night’s GOP debate, and a look ahead at Saturday’s Democratic Primary in South Carolina and, days later, Super Tuesday. Plus New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s endorsement of Donald Trump and what the NPR Politics team just can’t…
Quick Take: Donald Trump Wins Nevada
Feb 24, 2016 • 6 min
That’s three primary state victories in a row for Donald Trump. Political editor Domenico Montanaro and campaign reporter Sam Sanders discuss his win and what’s next on the GOP side of the race. Find them on Twitter @DomenicoNPR and @samsanders, or email…
Quick Take: What Happened in Nevada and South Carolina
Feb 22, 2016 • 21 min
A wrap and look forward following Saturday’s GOP Primary in South Carolina and Democratic caucus in Nevada. This episode: national political editor Mara Liasson, digital political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and campaign reporter Asma Khalid with…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, February 18
Feb 18, 2016 • 38 min
This week: what to expect ahead of Saturday’s GOP primary in South Carolina and Democratic caucus in Nevada. Plus a word about Donald Trump facing off with the Pope, and what the NPR Politics team just can’t let go this week. This episode: political…
The Death of Justice Antonin Scalia
Feb 14, 2016 • 22 min
The sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has massive politics and policy ramifications this election year. NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg joins host Tamara Keith to talk about them, along with justice correspondent Carrie…
Weekly Roundup: Friday, February 12
Feb 12, 2016 • 39 min
Following the New Hampshire Primary and subsequent Democratic debate, what the race for 2016 looks like in South Carolina and beyond. This episode: from South Carolina Public Radio, host Sam Sanders and campaign reporter Sarah McCammon, with congressional…
Quick Take: New Hampshire Primary Results
Feb 10, 2016 • 22 min
Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders win decisive victories in the 2016 New Hampshire Primary. What next? This episode: political editor Domenico Montanaro, campaign reporter Asma Khalid, and Brady Carlson of New Hampshire Public Radio join host Tamara Keith.…
Weekly Roundup: Friday, February 5
Feb 5, 2016 • 37 min
This week, analysis of Thursday night’s Democratic debate and a look at the state of the race for 2016 (and Marcomentum) just days away from the New Hampshire Primary. This episode: campaign reporter Asma Khalid and congressional correspondent Susan Davis…
Quick Take: Iowa Caucus Results
Feb 2, 2016 • 20 min
The 2016 Iowa caucuses are history. Now what? This episode: congressional reporter Ailsa Chang, campaign reporter Asma Khalid, editor and correspondent Ron Elving, and national political correspondent Don Gonyea. Find the team on Twitter @ailsachang,…
Follow NPR’s Caucus Night Coverage
Feb 1, 2016 • 1 min
Here’s a quick rundown of how to follow NPR’s coverage of the 2016 Iowa caucuses. We’re trying something a little different. This evening, visit npr.org for our Election 2016 mobile hub — featuring a live stream of our radio coverage alongside a…
Weekly Roundup: Friday, January 29
Jan 29, 2016 • 31 min
Two stories dominated politics this week: Donald Trump’s feud with Fox News over the latest GOP debate, and the countdown to the 2016 Iowa caucuses. This episode, from Des Moines, Iowa Public Radio host Clay Masters joins podcast host Tamara Keith, with…
Quick Take: The ‘Ground Game’ One Week From Iowa
Jan 25, 2016 • 13 min
With a week to go until the Iowa Caucuses, it may all hinge on which candidate has the best ground game. This episode, political correspondent Mara Liasson and campaign reporter Scott Detrow join host Tamara Keith. Find them on Twitter @MaraLiasson,…
Weekly Roundup: Friday, January 22
Jan 22, 2016 • 39 min
This week, while the Democratic side of the presidential race reaches a new level of intensity, Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Donald Trump keeps things as unpredictable as ever on the GOP side. Plus a discussion of NPR’s recent interviews with Hillary…
Quick Take: The Peril of Polls with The Upshot
Jan 19, 2016 • 21 min
Polls drive a lot of political news. To talk about why, how they work, and what might be wrong with them, Nate Cohn, who writes for The Upshot at the New York Times, joins host Tamara Keith and digital political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben. Find them on…
Weekly Roundup: Friday, January 15
Jan 15, 2016 • 37 min
This week, a recap of Thursday night’s GOP debate, a look at the new levels of competition between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, and — two weeks from the Iowa Caucuses — which state might really be the most demographically representative in the…
Quick Take: The State of the Union
Jan 13, 2016 • 20 min
President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address Tuesday night. National political correspondent Mara Liasson and congressional reporter Susan Davis join host Sam Sanders for a breakdown of the speech. Find the team on Twitter @samsanders,…
Weekly Roundup: Friday, January 8
Jan 8, 2016 • 33 min
This week: it’s finally 2016, and the race for President is ramping up in Iowa. Plus a look at President Obama’s push for tougher gun regulations, and a preview of his final State of the Union address. This episode, national political correspondent Don…
Weekly Roundup: Wednesday, December 30
Dec 30, 2015 • 30 min
In this New Year’s Eve eve edition of the weekly roundup, the NPR Politics team looks ahead to 2016’s Iowa Caucuses and New Hampshire Primary, plus a look at battle for control of the Senate in the new year. This episode: host Sam Sanders is in Iowa and…
Quick Take: President Obama’s Final Year
Dec 28, 2015 • 19 min
President Barack Obama reflects on 2015 in an outtake from his recent interview with Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep. Then the NPR Politics team looks ahead to the President’s final year in office. This episode: hosts Sam Sanders and Tamara Keith with…
Weekly Roundup: Wednesday, December 23
Dec 23, 2015 • 34 min
In this special holiday edition of the weekly roundup, campaign reporter Scott Detrow and congressional correspondent Susan Davis join hosts Sam Sanders and Tamara Keith to discuss the democratic debate, the Bernie Sanders campaign data controversy, and…
President Barack Obama
Dec 21, 2015 • 41 min
Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep interviews President Barack Obama at the White House. It’s a wide-ranging conversation covering his administration’s ISIS strategy, national identity, and the President’s legacy entering his final year in office. Steve…
NPR Interviews President Barack Obama
Dec 19, 2015 • 16 min
Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep and NPR Visuals editor Kainaz Amaria join political editor Domenico Montanaro and Politics Podcast host Sam Sanders to talk about what it’s like to interview a sitting President at the White House, as Steve did this week…
Weekly Roundup: Thursday, December 17
Dec 17, 2015 • 35 min
This week: the final GOP debate of the year, Hillary Clinton talks foreign policy, and Carly Fiorina eats dog treats. Plus a hint of something special on the podcast this weekend. This episode: Tamara Keith, White House correspondent; Sam Sanders,…
Quick Take: The Politics of ‘Star Wars’
Dec 15, 2015 • 9 min
In anticipation of The Force Awakens, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign corespondent Scott Detrow, and editor Brett Neely discuss the messy intergalactic politics of Star Wars. Find the team on Twitter @tamarakeithNPR, @scottdetrow, and…
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer
Dec 13, 2015 • 29 min
A special guest appearance from Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, who talks about the inner workings of the nation’s highest court…and the musical Hamilton. This episode: Sam Sanders, campaign reporter; Ailsa Chang, Congressional correspondent; Ron…
Weekly Roundup: Friday, December 11
Dec 11, 2015 • 26 min
This week: GOP leaders face facts as the Trump candidacy continues, the latest on the Democratic side of the race, and Michelle Obama’s rap about college. This episode: Sam Sanders, campaign reporter; Tamara Keith, White House correspondent; Asma Khalid,…
Quick Take: Terrorism, Fear, and the Campaign
Dec 8, 2015 • 17 min
How recent terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino are changing rhetoric and reshaping the race for 2016. This episode: Tamara Keith, White House correspondent; Don Gonyea, national political correspondent; Ron Elving, editor and correspondent;…
Weekly Roundup: Friday, December 4
Dec 4, 2015 • 34 min
This week: shootings in Colorado Springs and San Bernardino have amplified political debates over gun control and national security. Plus the state of the GOP primary, what Donald Trump’s continued front-runner status means for the party, and what the NPR…
Quick Take: Paris Climate Summit
Nov 28, 2015 • 12 min
Here’s what you need you know about the big climate summit world leaders are holding in Paris over the next two weeks. This episode: Tamara Keith, White House Correspondent; Scott Detrow, campaign reporter; Nell Greenfieldboyce, Correspondent with NPR’s…
Quick Take: Campaign Apps
Nov 27, 2015 • 31 min
Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz has an app. And he’s not the only one. This episode: Sam Sanders, campaign reporter; Scott Detrow, campaign reporter; Amita Kelly, digital editor. Find the team on Twitter @nprpolitics or at npr.org/politics.
Weekly Roundup: Tuesday, November 24
Nov 24, 2015 • 31 min
In this special Thanksgiving edition of the weekly roundup, the NPR Politics team swaps stories of when Thanksgiving and politics intersect. Plus in political news: President Obama’s meeting with French President Francois Hollande, Donald Trump’s heated…
Weekly Roundup: Friday, November 20
Nov 20, 2015 • 22 min
This week: The Paris attacks put national security, immigration — even how we talk about tragedy on Facebook — in the spotlight. Plus what the NPR Politics team just ‘can’t let go’ this week. This episode: Tamara Keith, White House correspondent; Ron…
Quick Take: Candidate Books
Nov 18, 2015 • 11 min
If you’re running for President, a campaign book is practically a requirement. But why? And what do they actually reveal? This episode: Sam Sanders, campaign reporter; Danielle Kurtzleben, digital political reporter; Ron Elving, editor and correspondent.…
Quick Take: Paris Terror Attacks
Nov 17, 2015
The politics and policy ramifications of the November 14 terrorist attacks in Paris. This episode: Sam Sanders, campaign reporter; Scott Horsley, White House correspondent; Mara Liasson, national political correspondent. Find the team on Twitter…
Quick Take: The Battle for Control of the GOP
Nov 14, 2015 • 17 min
What does it mean to be a Republican today? The GOP’s presidential candidates are fighting to answer that question. This episode: Sam Sanders, campaign reporter; Domenico Montanaro, Washington desk editor; Mara Liasson, National Political Correspondent.…
Quick Take: Bernie Sanders and Socialism
Nov 14, 2015 • 11 min
To many voters, socialism is a dirty word. Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders wants to change that. Plus, what he could learn from Ronald Reagan about how to do it. This episode: Tamara Keith, White House correspondent; Danielle Kurtzleben,…
Weekly Roundup: Friday, November 13
Nov 13, 2015 • 29 min
This week: the Republican debate that was, the Democratic debate that will be, a tough moment on the trail for Hillary Clinton, and what’s happening with student protests at the University of Missouri and beyond. Plus what the NPR Politics team just…
Introducing the NPR Politics Podcast
Nov 9, 2015 • 2 min
This election year, you don’t have to keep up with politics to know what’s going on. You just have to keep up with us.