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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. Political wonks - get wonkier with The NPR Politics Podcast+. Your subscription supports the podcast and unlocks a sponsor-free feed. Learn more at plus.npr.org/politics

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. Political wonks - get wonkier with The NPR Politics Podcast+. Your subscription supports the podcast and unlocks a sponsor-free feed. Learn more at plus.npr.org/politics

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Episodes

American Conservatives Are Smitten With Hungary's Increasingly Autocratic Leader

5/17/2022
A prominent conference of American conservatives — the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) — will take place in Hungary this week. Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has curtailed institutional checks on his power and railed against immigration and LGBTQ rights, will be the keynote speaker. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Support the show and unlock sponsor-free...

Duration:00:12:46

How Replacement Theory Moved From The Fringe To The Mainstream

5/16/2022
The suspected gunman in Saturday's shooting in Buffalo, N.Y. is alleged to have written a racist screed explaining his motivations. One of the topics discussed is "replacement theory," a talking point that has made its way to statements made by Republican lawmakers and Fox News hosts despite its past as a fringe idea in racist forums. Today, a look at what replacement theory is, how it became amplified & what implications that has on the political process. This episode: White House...

Duration:00:14:53

Weekly Roundup: May 13th

5/13/2022
Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell sat down with NPR's Deirdre Walsh for a conversation about the leaked Supreme Court draft that would spell the end of Roe v. Wade, his success at reshaping the federal judiciary, and what his relationship with the Biden White House will be if Republicans gain control of the Senate in November. This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, acting congressional correspondent Deirdre Walsh, national political correspondent, and White House...

Duration:00:26:56

A Majority of Americans Support Roe. That Doesn't Mean They Agree on Abortion.

5/12/2022
Senate Democrats failed to pass a bill that would have codified the right to an abortion Wednesday, with West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin voting with all Republicans in opposition. Polls show a majority of Americans support Roe V. Wade, but opinions vary widely when it comes to restrictions like waiting periods, required ultrasounds, and gestational cutoffs. Also, we look at how different religions define the beginning of life, and what that means for the thorny political debate on...

Duration:00:14:35

This Longtime Dem Lawmaker Opposes Abortion Rights. Will Primary Voters Support Him?

5/11/2022
Rep. Henry Cuellar is a conservative Democrat who has represented the 28th Congressional District in south Texas since 2005. Backed by Democratic congressional leaders, he's fighting to keep his seat against a primary challenge from progressive Jessica Cisneros who says the congressman's immigration and social policies are out of step with what Democratic voters believe. This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, demographics and culture correspondent Danielle Kurtzleben, and...

Duration:00:13:34

Biden's Midterm Pitch: Inflation Is High, But You're Still Better Off With Me

5/10/2022
In an economic speech that felt like a campaign stump, Biden touted his administration's efforts to bolster the American economy. He said that inflation is his top domestic priority and suggested that though costs may be up, voters are still better off with Democrats in charge. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Asma Khalid, national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Support the show and unlock sponsor-free listening with a subscription to...

Duration:00:14:28

National Abortion Ban Could Come To A Vote If Republicans Win Congress

5/9/2022
After initially being reluctant to talk about the substance of the leaked Supreme Court opinion, GOP lawmakers have begun to campaign on the exaggerated notion that Democratic lawmakers support abortion until the moment of birth. And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell raised the possibility of bringing a national abortion ban to a vote if Republicans take power in the midterms, though the Biden White House would almost certainly veto such a bill. This episode: White House correspondent...

Duration:00:14:46

America Before Roe v. Wade

5/7/2022
The Supreme Court may be on the cusp of overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling which established abortion access as a constitutional right. In this edited conversation from September, Nina Totenberg and Tamara Keith discuss what the U.S. looked like before the Roe decision — and what it could look like if the high court strikes it down. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith and legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg. Support the show and unlock sponsor-free listening...

Duration:00:10:37

More Jobs, Bigger Paychecks... And The Risk Of Recession?

5/6/2022
Lots of people have gotten jobs recently and paychecks are, on average, getting bigger. But what those paychecks can buy is shrinking because costs are going up. So, the Federal Reserve is taking steps to limit the amount of money bouncing around in the economy. That should help slow price increases — but risks a recession. And far-right group leaders are pleading guilty to serious charges tied to their involvement in the January 6th riot. And the congressional investigation has interviewed...

Duration:00:26:16

Are Other Rights Really At Risk If Roe Is Overturned?

5/5/2022
It depends how the final opinion is written. And, President Biden said that voters need to elect more Democrats in order to ensure their rights are protected. The remark frustrated some young activists. Young voters turned out at near-record levels in 2020, but many have softened in their support of President Biden because they feel he has not delivered on the policy promises that are most important to them. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, demographics and culture...

Duration:00:14:41

Trump's Endorsement Helps J.D. Vance Win Ohio's GOP Senate Primary Race

5/4/2022
The primary race illustrated the state's dramatic conservative turn in recent years. If Vance bests Democrat Tim Ryan in November, the 37 year-old would join a wave of young conservative lawmakers inspired by Trump who will help to cement the former president's political legacy in the decades to come. This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Deirdre Walsh, and national political correspondent Don Gonyea. Support the show and unlock sponsor-free...

Duration:00:14:48

The Supreme Court Seems Likely To Overturn Roe v. Wade

5/3/2022
According to a draft opinion obtained by POLITICO, there is a five-justice conservative majority ready to strike down Roe v. Wade, the case which established a constitutionally-protected right to an abortion. While, in theory, some justices could change their views before the ruling is formally issued, the leak signals a major shift in women's rights in the United States — and in the norms and reputation of the Supreme Court. Read more of our coverage at NPR.org This episode: White House...

Duration:00:15:48

More Funding For Ukraine Seems Likely. More COVID Money Seems... Less Likely.

5/2/2022
The White House pitch to provide consistent support for Ukraine through the end of September at a cost of $33 billion has broad support in Congress. Meanwhile, the administration's ask for additional COVID funds remains tied up in disagreements over where the money will come from. This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Support the show and unlock sponsor-free listening with a...

Duration:00:13:20

Republicans Have Momentum With Voters. It Might Be Enough for a Wave in November.

4/29/2022
In a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, 47% of registered voters surveyed said they are more likely to vote for the Republican in their district, as opposed to 44% who said they preferred a Democrat. Because congressional districts across the U.S. are drawn in a way that broadly favors Republicans, Democrats need a national lead of at least a few points to break even. The last time Republicans were up in our poll, in 2014, the party won control of both the House and the Senate. Despite...

Duration:00:24:55

States Are Preparing For A Possible Post-Roe Future

4/28/2022
The Supreme Court is considering a case that could significantly weaken the right to abortion — or even scrap it entirely. With Roe V. Wade on shaky ground, Republican-led states are already passing laws to ban or heavily restrict abortion, while Democratic state legislatures are taking steps to guarantee the right to end a pregnancy This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national correspondent Sarah McCammon, Catherine Sweeney of State Impact Oklahoma, and Bente Birkeland of...

Duration:00:13:33

So There's A Lot Happening In Florida Right Now

4/27/2022
A flurry of headlines out of the Sunshine State: Gov. Ron DeSantis — a rising star in the Republican party and apparent presidential hopeful — is feuding with Disney after it criticized a new law limiting dicussion of gender and sexual identity in schools, a severe GOP gerrymander that will limit Black political power in the state, and new voting restrictions. This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, national correspondent Greg Allen, and national political correspondent Mara...

Duration:00:14:45

Immigration, Inflation Loom Large As Dems Wonder How To Tout Wins Ahead Of Midterms

4/26/2022
In a conversation with NPR, Reps. Ro Khanna of California and Jamie Raskin of Maryland said that while thin margins have limited Democrats' legislative agenda, the American Rescue Plan and infrastructure package have made a considerable difference in the lives of Americans — and that touting those wins to voters should buoy the party's chances in the midterms. In Arizona, Rep. Greg Stanton, a former Democratic mayor of Phoenix, won his district handily in 2020 but a redrawn map has put...

Duration:00:13:39

8 in 10 Young People Want Government Action On Student Loan Debt

4/25/2022
Thirty-eight percent of Americans under 30 want to see student debt cancelled entirely. Despite a campaign trail promise to eliminate some debt, President Biden has yet to take any action beyond continuing Trump's pause on loan repayments. For years, an Education Department loan program has failed to live up to the promises it made to students — the department is now promising to make amends. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and...

Duration:00:15:42

Weekly Roundup: April 22

4/22/2022
The United States will welcome up to 100,000 Ukrainians and will streamline their immigration and vetting process, the White House told reporters this week. The news comes as Russian violence continues to roil the country's east. Another possible mass grave with as many as 9,000 bodies has been found near the besieged city of Mariupol. And in both France and the United States, inflation is making paychecks feel smaller—and it has become an animating issue for conservative voters. French...

Duration:00:28:51

These Candidates Face Allegations Of Abuse—Will They Win Their Elections Anyway?

4/21/2022
Prominent candidates in two Republican Senate primaries, Missouri's Eric Greitens and Georgia's Herschel Walker, face domestic violence allegations. On today's podcast, how the candidates — and the Republican party — have responded. This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, demographics and culture correspondent Danielle Kurtzleben, and congressional correspondent Susan Davis. Support the show and unlock sponsor-free listening with a subscription to The NPR Politics Podcast...

Duration:00:15:39