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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

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

3/3/2021
President Biden announced yesterday an accelerated vaccination timeline in the United States, but some states are already moving to fully reopen—a move public health experts warn could lead to deadly mutations and a dangerous backslide. This episode: White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, pharmaceuticals correspondent Sydney Lupkin, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Join the NPR...

Duration:00:14:29

FBI Head Says Domestic Extremists Are Top Threat To US

3/2/2021
FBI Director Christopher Wray defended his department saying it warned law enforcement ahead of the insurrection at the capitol. He also emphasized the ongoing threat to the United States posed by domestic extremists—including militia members and white supremacists. This episode: White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, and congressional correspondent Claudia Grisales. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at...

Duration:00:14:39

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

3/1/2021
The former president's speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference is confirmation that Donald Trump won't go quietly into retirement—loyalty to Trump and white grievance politics will remain the Republican party's central tenets for the foreseeable future. This episode: White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show...

Duration:00:14:54

Weekly Roundup: February 26th

2/26/2021
President Biden hasn't reinstated family separation policies, but his choice to keep migrant children in a shelter facility has drawn criticism from activists. And the Conservative Political Action Conference has evolved in five short years into a Trump-centric affair. This episode: White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the...

Duration:00:28:00

How Young Activists Are Working With America's Oldest President

2/25/2021
Many young progressive groups were openly hostile to Joe Biden's primary campaign, but they rallied to support him once he secured the nomination. Now, his administration regularly meets with young organizers—who are hoping to increase their representation in the halls of power. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political correspondent Juana Summers, and White House correspondent Scott Detrow. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at...

Duration:00:14:41

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

2/24/2021
Vaccination rates are trending up and deaths are trending down since President Biden took office—but another hundred thousand Americans have died since he was sworn in. Public health experts suggest it was probably too late to prevent them. Biden's nearly two trillion dollar relief bill is set to be voted on later this week. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, health correspondent Allison Aubrey, and congressional...

Duration:00:14:57

Ousted Capitol Security Heads Face Questions About Attack

2/23/2021
Under questioning from senators about the attack on the Capitol, the law enforcement officials who oversaw the building's security were quick to lay blame elsewhere. And an NPR investigation offers context on everyone charged in connection with the insurrection. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, and investigative correspondent Tom Dreisbach. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast...

Duration:00:14:13

Merrick Garland On Glidepath To Confirmation As Biden AG

2/22/2021
In his confirmation hearing to serve as Attorney General, Merrick Garland emphasized loyalty to the people of the United States over fealty to the president. Monday's hearing comes almost five years after Garland was denied a Supreme Court confirmation hearing by Republican Mitch McConnell. This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast...

Duration:00:13:37

Weekly Roundup: February 19th

2/19/2021
Millions of Texans have been without power or potable water for days following unusually harsh winter weather. The Republican governor blamed the outages on renewable energy but that is only 10 percent of the story. Plus, we look at "cancel culture." Where did it come from, and why are conservatives eager to use it as a political cudgel? This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, business reporter Camila Domonoske, KUT's Ashley Lopez, and...

Duration:00:30:44

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

2/18/2021
President Biden has made reopening schools a benchmark for how his administration is handling the pandemic. It is a politically tricky goal, since those decisions will be made by local districts. We look at the roadblocks to achieving that goal and what the political fight might look like. This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Scott Detrow, and education correspondent Cory Turner. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the...

Duration:00:14:57

Trump Puts McConnell On Blast

2/17/2021
In a statement former President Donald Trump called Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a "dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack" and said Republicans will lose if they stick with the senator. McConnell voted to acquit Trump in the impeachment trial but has been critical of Trump in recent weeks. The division between these top Republicans is just the tip of the iceberg of a deeply divided GOP. This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, senior political editor and...

Duration:00:12:47

What Is In The Next Covid Relief Bill

2/16/2021
House Democrats are putting the finishing touches on their Covid-19 relief package. It is expected to include everything from direct payments to a $15 federal minimum wage, and cost nearly $2 trillion. We break down what's in the bill and what will and will not make it through the Senate. This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast...

Duration:00:13:56

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

2/15/2021
Seven Republican senators voted to convict former President Donald Trump of inciting an insurrection, making this impeachment the most bipartisan in history. But some of those senators are already facing backlash. As the GOP continues to decide what its future will look like, President Biden forges ahead with his plan to combat the pandemic. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional editor Deirdre Walsh, and national political correspondent Mara...

Duration:00:15:00

Donald Trump Acquitted In Second Impeachment Trial

2/13/2021
All fifty members of the Democratic caucus and seven Republicans said Donald Trump is guilty of inciting an insurrection at the Capitol — that's ten votes short of the two-thirds majority required for conviction. This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and senior political editor and correspondent Ron Elving. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at...

Duration:00:20:07

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

2/12/2021
In a combative but brief showing, former president Trump's defense team highlighted past uses of fight metaphors by Democratic politicians to suggest the president's rally speech didn't incite the insurrection. The lawyers also alleged that House Democrats failed to meet various legal standards in their pursuit of conviction — standards that hold little relevance to the political process of impeachment. Follow our live coverage. This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow,...

Duration:00:16:45

Democrats Tell Senators A Conviction Could Prevent Future Violence

2/11/2021
The House impeachment managers concluded their case against Donald Trump by characterizing a Senate conviction as a way to prevent of future violence — a warning to future presidents who might be also inclined to encourage violence. Tomorrow, the former president's defense team mounts their response. Follow our live coverage. This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg. Connect: Subscribe...

Duration:00:16:49

Democrats Ground Case Against Trump In Jarring Insurrection Videos

2/10/2021
The Democratic impeachment managers played a series of graphic videos demonstrating just how close senators came to encountering violent extremists inside the Capitol. Soon, those senators will have to decide whether Trump was responsible for the riot that put their lives at risk — and threatened to derail the transition of power. Follow our live coverage. This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and congressional reporter Claudia...

Duration:00:16:54

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

2/9/2021
Six Republicans voted with Democrats that it is constitutional to try a former president in the Senate after he or she has left office. But it would take another 11 in order to convict him on the impeachment charge. Follow our live coverage. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and justice correspondent Ryan Lucas. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Join the NPR Politics...

Duration:00:14:57

What To Know About Trump's Second Impeachment Trial

2/8/2021
The impeachment trial gets underway tomorrow. A new brief suggests that Trump's lawyers will defend him on both process and substance. And a vote to convict the former president always seemed unlikely, but Republican opposition to the president appears to have softened in the month since the insurrection. This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics...

Duration:00:14:31

Weekly Roundup: February 5th

2/5/2021
In his first major foreign policy address since assuming office, President Biden promised that the country would once again be a reliable ally to its partners. And Kamala Harris faces a common vice presidential dilemma: what is my role in this administration? This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Scott Detrow, and White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at...

Duration:00:28:06