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The NPR Politics Podcast

The NPR Politics Podcast

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1028 episodes
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.
  • The president said the country's fuel supply will return to normal soon and that there was no cause for a run on gas stations. And a consumer goods price spike could give Republicans an easy-to-explain reason to oppose the president's high-dollar infrastructure bill. This episode: White House corres...
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  • She served as the Republican Conference Chair, the third-ranking leadership position among Republicans in the House. She intends to remain in Congress and says her criticism of Trump will continue.This episode: White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and sen...
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  • The president's Civilian Climate Corps proposal is a reboot of a New Deal era program that employed young men to build trails, parks, and other nature projects. While it is hard to say what will get through Congress, the initiative appears popular with a diverse set of voters.SEE PHOTOS OF NATE'S TR...
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  • House Republican bomb throwers Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz threw a rally at The Villages retirement community in Florida this weekend. It showcased how the Republican Party's base has dropped its ideological core to define itself by loyalty to Trump, even after his defeat.This episode: Whi...
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  • Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney currently sits as the third highest ranking Republican in the House, but that may not last long. She's at odds with her party over one thing: that former President did in fact lose the election. A rising star and Trump loyalist is now poised to take her position. Pl...
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  • Technical expertise and supply chains shortages will pose huge challenges for global manufactures hoping to manufacture coronavirus vaccines, despite President Biden's support in waiving patents. Plus, how to convince more Americans to get vaccinated.This episode: political correspondent Juana Summe...
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  • Facebook's moderation board has upheld the company's decision to suspend Donald Trump's account because of posts expressing support for rioters, though the board says Facebook should determine whether or not the ban is permanent within six months.This episode: political correspondent Juana Summers,...
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  • Reeling from the political fallout after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death, some liberal groups are pushing for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire from the high court while Democrats control the nomination and confirmation process.This episode: political correspondent Juana Summers, de...
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  • President Biden has touted his desire to bring transformational change to American society, but his pursuit of compromise might curb what's possible on infrastructure.This episode: political correspondent Juana Summers, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and national political correspondent M...
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  • This week, California's secretary of state confirmed that there are enough valid signatures to trigger a recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat. Newsom was praised last spring for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state, so how did the tides turn against him? Also, federal inves...
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  • The first round of Census numbers out this week will help to determine each community's electoral clout and share of federal resources. An ongoing audit will help to determine if groups were correctly counted and the margin of error.This episode: demographics and culture reporter Danielle Kurtzleben...
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  • In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Biden detailed how he says his two multi-trillion dollar legislative proposals will reshape American society.READ OUR COVERAGEThis episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, congressional c...
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  • The Docket is a new ongoing series from The NPR Politics Podcast where we examine the major legal questions of our time. Where does a law come from, and how does it impact daily life?This year the Supreme Court will decide whether or not a student cussing out her school on Snapchat is free speech. T...
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  • As President Biden nears his 100th day in office, how much credit is he due for curbing the pandemic and what challenges remain?This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and health correspondent Allison Aubrey.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics...
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  • In a 94-to-1 vote, the Senate passed a bill aimed at reducing hate crimes directed at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. And more than half of American adults have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine; reaching the rest will be harder.This episode: White House correspondent Ayesha...
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  • Ahead of the meeting, the US announced its goal to halve emissions from 2005 levels by the end of this decade. It was one of a number of pledges announced by world leaders at Thursday's Earth Day summit.This episode: White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, White House correspondent Scott Detrow, an...
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  • One day after a jury convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on murder charges, the U.S. Justice Department launched an investigation into possible patterns of discrimination and excessive force among the police department there. President Biden, the oldest man to occupy the nation...
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  • The jury has found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all the counts he faced over the death of George Floyd. After the verdict, President Biden and Vice President Harris joined Floyd's family in calling on the Senate to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.This episo...
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  • President Biden hosts a virtual summit of world leaders focused on confronting climate change on Thursday. His national climate adviser Gina McCarthy talks about their strategy.
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  • Members of the House and Senate, all former governors and mayors, attended a meeting at the White House today to talk infrastructure priorities with the president. A second infrastructure plan, in addition to the current $2 trillion plan under consideration, will focus on paid leave and childcare is...
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  • Testimony ended Thursday in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, facing charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in George Floyd's death.After the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was halted in the United States, conspiracy theorist...
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  • A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll found that Americans generally support making things like broadband part of infrastructure, but they don't agree on how to pay for it. Plus, Republicans shift away from corporations to shore up their support from the white working class.This episode: White House co...
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  • President Biden says that U.S. troops will be out of Afghanistan by September 11th, 2021. The president said in an address Wednesday that after nearly two decades of conflict, there was no reason to continue to wait for an ideal time to leave.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Whi...
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  • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration recommended pausing the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after six rare cases of blood clotting. The White House is emphasizing the condition is extremely uncommon, and it still plans to meet its goal of 200 milli...
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  • In a new memoir, the former Republican House Speaker says that even Ronald Reagan couldn't get elected in today's GOP. He decries obstructionist tactics used by Republicans, while acknowledging his role in pioneering them.This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspond...
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  • As lawmakers and security officials brainstorm security reforms for the U.S. Capitol complex, investigators have yet to disclose any evidence that extremist groups came to DC on January 6th specifically intending to raid the building.And President Biden's steady rollout of sweeping policy proposals...
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  • President Biden announced a series of policy actions on Thursday aimed at curbing gun violence. Congressional action remains unlikely unless Democrats reform or eliminate the filibuster.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, political reporter Juana Summers, and White House reporter...
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  • States are facing pressure from corporations to dial back legislation that makes it harder to vote. Major League Baseball announced on Friday that it is relocating the All-Star Game from Atlanta in response to a new state law.This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, senior political edi...
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  • Black people, in particular Black women, are historically among the last to recover from economic downturns. Janelle Jones, the first Black woman to serve as the top economist for the Labor Department, has a policy approach she calls "Black Women Best" that she hopes will rectify that. What can be a...
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  • A new memoir details a harrowing struggle with addiction but mostly elides the past corporate and lobbying work that has raised political propriety questions. A federal investigation into Hunter Biden's taxes could still prove a headache for the president, though the younger Biden has denied wrongdo...
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  • President Biden announced his first judicial nominees this week, including one judge seen as a possible candidate for the Supreme Court. Biden's staff says the president sees filling judicial seats as a top priority, but will his picks make it through Congress?Plus, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tel...
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  • This week the Supreme Court heard arguments about whether or not the NCAA is operating a conspiracy to fix prices in the athletic labor market by not paying its student athletes. The NCAA, however, argues that paying students would threaten the "amateur" status of the game. This episode: congression...
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  • Both parties agree that the country's infrastructure needs a face lift, and today President Biden revealed a $2 trillion plan to address the problem. The package will address roads, bridges, high speed internet, climate change, and racial inequity, but to pay for it all Congress would need to rollba...
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  • South Dakota's governor Kristi Noem is a Republican rising star who signed two executive orders on Monday that bar transgender girls and women from participating in K-12 and college sports. It's just one of the moves Noem has made to gain favor ahead of the 2024 election. Plus, President Biden and h...
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  • A new Georgia law has become the center of the debate over voting rights with President Biden calling it "Jim Crow in the 21st century." Republicans argue the law helps restore faith in the electoral process, but civil rights advocates say it disenfranchises voters of color. Plus, Texas Republicans...
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  • Colorado is considering new gun control measures in the wake of this week's mass shooting in the state. But can those restrictions survive the scrutiny of the most conservative Supreme Court in decades?And the heads of Twitter, Facebook, and Google appeared before Congress on Thursday to answer ques...
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  • In an hour-long briefing, Biden downplayed the role his election victory and messaging are playing in encouraging an influx of migrants to the border. He also said that he was working quickly to improve the conditions for children detained by the United States.This episode: White House correspondent...
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  • Fearing base backlash, Republican lawmakers are unlikely to support gun control measures popular among the American public. And limiting Democratic margins in the suburbs is vital should the party hope to win back the levers of power in Washington. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keit...
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  • AstraZeneca's vaccine has not been authorized for use in the United States, but the nation has millions of doses in its stockpile. Now, the Biden administration has announced it will loan some of those doses to Mexico and Canada. And a delay in 2020 census tallies is posing problems for states that...
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  • The reasons the Biden administration is housing some migrant children in adult detention facilities are complicated. The number of migrants arriving at the border is rising and includes many children traveling without their parents. Trump reduced the capacity of the shelter system and Biden, unlike...
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  • Partisan anger has grown for decades, but a new book Uncivil Agreement shows that it may actually be a sign of progress.
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  • Civil rights groups have been meeting with the Biden administration about addressing the rise in violence toward Asian Americans. President Biden said he's willing to consider reforming the filibuster.This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Juana Summers, justice cor...
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  • FBI Director Christopher Wray sits down with NPR's Carrie Johnson for a wide-ranging interview about the role of the FBI, the mass shooting in Atlanta that killed 8 including 6 women of Asian descent, and the ongoing investigation into the Capitol insurrection.This episode: White House correspondent...
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  • Thousands of children are coming to the United States in search of a better life, many crossing into the country illegally along the southern border. The Biden administration has so far struggled to provide humane and appropriate shelter.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White Ho...
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  • Republican state lawmakers across the country, including in Iowa and Arizona, have introduced measures designed to make it harder to vote. Meanwhile, Virginia has followed other blue states in passing reforms to expand ballot access This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, senior politi...
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  • Infrastructure could be the next big focus, if an influx of children and teens at the U.S. souther border doesn't force action on immigration legislation. But without filibuster reform, the chance of passing legislation on racial justice or voting rights are low.This episode: political reporter Juan...
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  • Scott Detrow shares his reporting on the day, one year ago, that it felt like everything changed. And President Biden is dealing with an influx of people seeking refuge at the US southern border.This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, White House correspondent Scott Detrow, White House...
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  • In his first primetime address as president, Joe Biden said he believes the country can be more or less back to normal by Independence Day. But he cautioned that the nation needs to remain vigilant and unified in order to prevent a resurgence of the virus.This episode: political reporter Danielle Ku...
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  • Early in the pandemic, New York governor Andrew Cuomo rose to national prominence for his frank daily briefings. Now, Cuomo is accused of covering up the scale of nursing home fatalities and faces multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. And former president Donald Trump is trying to siphon donati...
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  • There is no easy way to describe how big $1.9 trillion dollars is. It's only the latest round of recovery spending. Democrats say this package could fundamentally change how Americans think about the role government can play in their lives.This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, congr...
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  • A new assessment commissioned by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recommends a dramatic expansion of security measures at the U.S. Capitol. And Republican state lawmakers have introduced a spate of bills aimed at blocking trans women and girls from participating in girls' sports—the legislation, meant to...
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