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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.

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.

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Episodes

Weekly Roundup: May 29th, 2020

5/29/2020
President Trump responded to violent protests days after the killing of a black man. He said he will send in the National Guard, adding: "When the looting starts, the shooting starts." Joe Biden called on the nation to better empathize with the pain of black Americans in the wake of the death of the black man by a white police officer. Plus, the death toll from the coronavirus pandemic reaches a 100,000 milestone. This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House reporter...

Duration:00:26:00

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

5/28/2020
The Justice Department says it has made the investigation into George Floyd's death "a top priority," after furor over a video depicting a white police officer kneeling on his neck spilled over into widespread protests for a second night. Both Democrats and Republicans called Floyd's death a tragedy. But what action could come from it? This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and justice correspondent Ryan Lucas. Connect: Subscribe to the...

Duration:00:14:58

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

5/27/2020
Twitter has placed a fact-checking warning on a pair of tweets issued by President Trump in which he claims without evidence that mail-in ballots are fraudulent. The label comes in the middle of a series of tweets from the president touting a conspiracy theory. This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and political reporter Miles Parks. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Join...

Duration:00:14:26

Trump Threatens To Move The Republican National Convention

5/26/2020
President Trump has threatened to relocate the Republican National Convention, which has been scheduled to take place in Charlotte, N.C., in August. He is objecting to the governor's safety measures. Meanwhile Democrats weigh options for how they may host their own convention. This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and political reporter Juana Summers. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at...

Duration:00:14:42

Republicans And Democrats Battle Over The Future Of Voting

5/25/2020
The coronavirus has reshaped how voting may happen for the 2020 elections, and Democrats and Republicans are battling in courts across the country trying to get the upper hand in November. But because the landscape has changed so quickly, neither party is sure what exactly gives them an advantage. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Miles Parks, and correspondent Pam Fessler. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at...

Duration:00:14:56

Weekly Roundup: May 22nd, 2020

5/22/2020
In an at-times tense exchange on the radio show Breakfast Club, former Vice President Joe Biden said, "If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black." The comments drew widespread criticism. Plus, China moves to exert more control over Hong Kong causing more tension with the United States. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, reporter Juana Summers, editor & correspondent Ron Elving, Congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and...

Duration:00:25:07

Trump And Biden Wage An Uneven Virtual Campaign

5/21/2020
The president with a major social media presence is facing a Democratic challenger with fewer digital resources. Biden's strategy counts on real-world conditions overcoming Trump's virtual dominance. This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and campaign correspondent Asma Khalid. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group. Subscribe to the...

Duration:00:14:47

Democrats Think Prioritizing Health Care Will Give Them Wins In 2020

5/20/2020
Hoping to build on the party's success in 2018, the Democratic Party will take aim at federal challengers who want to repeal Obamacare and state candidates who resist Medicare expansion. Plus, a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds that two-thirds of Americans do not expect their daily lives to return to normal for at least six months. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico...

Duration:00:13:24

Senators Clash Over How Soon To Reopen The Economy

5/19/2020
Members of the Senate Banking Committee squabbled Tuesday over how quickly the U.S. economy can rebound from the coronavirus shutdown and whether the federal government is doing enough to support struggling families and businesses in the meantime. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and chief economic correspondent Scott Horsley.

Duration:00:13:49

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

5/18/2020
Congressional Democrats announced Saturday they're requesting all records and documents regarding President Trump's decision to fire State Department Inspector General Steve Linick, the fourth government watchdog Trump has fired or sought to remove in the last six weeks. Plus, former President Obama addresses 2020 graduates and says the United States lacks the leadership to fight the pandemic. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and...

Duration:00:12:22

Weekly Roundup: May 15th, 2020

5/15/2020
In this week's roundup: Senator Richard Burr, Republican of North Carolina, had his cell phone seized by the FBI as they investigate his stock trades in the weeks before the coronavirus pandemic gathered steam in the U.S. And, what will the Supreme Court say about the limits on a president's ability to forestall investigations into his conduct? This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Justice Department correspondent Ryan Lucas, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and...

Duration:00:25:05

Ousted Scientist Warns Government Response Risks American Lives

5/14/2020
Career government scientist Rick Bright testified that he was pushed out as the head of a government medical research agency after pushing back against higher-ups over an under-researched coronavirus treatment touted by the president. Bright says raised alarms about critical supply shortages early on in the pandemic. This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, science correspondent Allison Aubrey. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics...

Duration:00:14:47

House Democrats Push For Money For States In New Relief Bill

5/13/2020
House Democrats plan to move forward with a $3 trillion bill for additional coronavirus relief, following up on the historic $2 trillion aid package passed in March. It prioritizes granting hazard pay to front-line workers and providing aid to state and local governments, which had not been allotted in previous bills. It is seen as an opening salvo in a long series of negotiations on the next relief package. This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional editor Deirdre...

Duration:00:14:54

Nation's Top Health Officials Testify

5/12/2020
Public health needs continue to stymie lawmakers' hopes for an immediate economic reopening. The nation's top health experts appeared — virtually — before a Senate committee today and provided updates on coronavirus testing and the state of the outbreak. This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, and science correspondent Richard Harris. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Join the...

Duration:00:13:31

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

5/11/2020
After coming into contact with a White House staff member who tested positive for the coronavirus, Anthony Fauci and two other top officials from the White House taskforce are self-quarantining. And the special election in California's 25th congressional district illustrates the challenges social distancing will pose to congressional campaigns ahead of the general election. This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent...

Duration:00:14:46

Weekly Roundup: May 8th, 2020

5/8/2020
After months of wrangling following the Russia probe, prosecutors will not go ahead with the case against Michael Flynn based on the former national security adviser's false statements to the FBI. And U.S. employers shed a record number of jobs in April, as the unemployment rate climbed to the highest since the Great Depression. This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, and national political correspondent...

Duration:00:26:20

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

5/7/2020
The Supreme Court resumed oral arguments this week after a lengthy hiatus because of the pandemic. The high court heard arguments via teleconference, a process that was (mostly) without hiccups. Remote arguments continue next week. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and chief legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Join the NPR...

Duration:00:14:27

Partisan Divide: Michigan, Texas Take Differing Approaches To Reopening

5/6/2020
As new confirmed cases decline in the state, Michigan has extended its stay-at-home order until May 15th. Texas is moving quickly toward reopening, and while the state's outbreak is comparatively less severe, it isn't tapering off. That has led some public health experts to worry that lifting restrictions could mean a spike in cases. This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, WKAR reporter Abigail Censky, KUT reporter Ashley Lopez. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast...

Duration:00:14:47

Trump Visits Mask Factory In Arizona, A 2020 Battleground

5/5/2020
In his first major trip during the outbreak, President Trump is in Arizona Tuesday touring a mask factory. The state is an important 2020 battleground, with a closely-watched Senate race that could be a boon for Joe Biden. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and national political correspondents Mara Liasson and Don Gonyea. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook...

Duration:00:13:58

Hill Leaders Turn Down Additional Tests For Lawmakers

5/4/2020
The top lawmakers on Capitol Hill, both up for reelection this year, denied the administration's offer of more testing for lawmakers. Many Americans remain concerned about the availability of testing in the United States. And exclusive NPR reporting sheds light on what the president was told in January coronavirus briefings. This episode: White House correspondents Tamara Keith and Ayesha Rascoe, and ongressional correspondent Susan Davis. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast...

Duration:00:13:21