POLITICO Dispatch-logo


News & Politics Podcasts

We take you inside POLITICO, where journalists break news, work sources and pull back the curtain on politics and policy. Fast. Short. Daily.

We take you inside POLITICO, where journalists break news, work sources and pull back the curtain on politics and policy. Fast. Short. Daily.


United States


We take you inside POLITICO, where journalists break news, work sources and pull back the curtain on politics and policy. Fast. Short. Daily.






SCOTUS handcuffs Biden on climate

The Supreme Court delivered a major setback to President Biden’s ambitious climate change goals in Thursday's West Virginia v. EPA ruling. The 6-3 ruling is an obstacle for Biden’s hopes of dealing with global warming through executive order, barely six months after a Senate stalemate shut down his hopes for Congress's biggest-ever climate bill. Alex Guillén reports.


We watched 34 primaries so you didn't have to. Here's what we learned.

More than half of the states in the U.S. have held primary elections ahead of the midterms. As Trump looms over the GOP and Democrats attempt to limit losses, politics editor Scott Bland shares five takeaways and a report card on the state of the race.


States are shaping the future of abortion. Here are the places to watch

For decades, state lawmakers had limited avenues to control abortion. Now, the power to decide when — and whether — abortion should be legal is squarely in their hands. Megan Messerly looks at the states and people re-shaping abortion policies in 2022 and 2023.


Biden's got global problems. The G-7 won't solve them

The coziest club on the global summit circuit is back together, but its inability to solve inflation, Russia's war in Ukraine, and climate change is raising questions about whether G-7 leaders need to spend more time out of their democratic comfort zone. Ryan Heath reports.


Republicans brace for the impact of reversing Roe

Everything was going right for Republicans in the midterm campaign. Then the Supreme Court decision came down. David Siders reports.


Inside the wild world of D.C.'s matchmakers

D.C.’s single power players are enlisting an expensive, awkward, and sometimes even romantic method to find love: matchmakers. Jessica Goldstein reports.


Patients with opioid addiction could soon lose their virtual care

Federal regulations that have allowed practitioners the flexibility to virtually prescribe buprenorphine, an opioid withdrawal treatment drug, are due to expire along with the Covid-19 public health emergency — even as opioid deaths reach record levels. Krista Mahr reports.


Election administrators go to Washington

Election workers from across the country are flying into the nation’s capital to beg Washington for two things that have vexed officials since the last election: security and funding. Zach Montellaro reports.


Georgia, Proud Boys and more: Jan. 6 hearings head to the second half

Today, the Jan. 6 committee looks at Trump’s role in the plan to replace electors at the state level to overturn election results. But tensions are growing between members of the committee and the DOJ, who want access to full interview transcripts to aid in their own investigations. Kyle Cheney reports.


The cannabis gold rush that wasn't

The nation’s marijuana industry boomed during the pandemic. Weed sales hit $27 billion in 2021, nearly doubling figures from just two years earlier — and revenues are projected to double again over the next six years. But the still-green industry is mired in a financial funk: Stock prices have plummeted. Capital raises have crashed. And marijuana prices have slumped. Paul Demko reports.


Global abortion-rights advocates worry their countries are next if Roe falls

Activists said they spoke to officials not only about their fears of the international impact if Roe v. Wade were to fall, but also proposed changes to U.S. policy that has long restricted funding for abortions abroad. Daniel Payne reports.


Saudi Arabia, ‘pariah’ to potential partner

President Joe Biden will travel to the Middle East next month, making stops in Israel, the West Bank and then Saudi Arabia, where he’ll seek to rebuild relations after vowing to make the kingdom a “pariah.” Nahal Toosi reports.


Recession vibes are swirling

We are in a paradoxical economic moment. The economy is hot by certain metrics — unemployment, job openings, consumer demand — but inflation is way up, and soaring gas and grocery prices are driving the narrative. Victoria Guida reports.


How Elon Musk’s Starlink changed the war in Ukraine

From artillery strikes to Zoom calls, the tech billionaire’s satellite internet service has become a lifeline in the war with Russia. Christopher Miller reports.


Presenting Playbook Deep Dive: He defied Trump and still survived a GOP primary

This week in the GOP primary for South Dakota’s at-large district, Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) defeated a challenger from his right who claimed he wasn’t aligned closely enough with former President Donald Trump, even though Johnson agrees with Trump on many policies. Johnson’s vote for a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attacks and his support for Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) to remain in House Leadership was cited as proof he is not an ally of the former president. Johnson also...


The January 6 hearings are (finally) here

The House committee, after nearly a year investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, introduces its findings tonight to a prime-time TV audience. Kyle Cheney explains the challenges ahead.


The newest research into long Covid

There is no test for long Covid, and the CDC and the medical community have no official definition. But health care workers across the country are diagnosing patients who have previously contracted Covid-19 based on a wide-ranging set of symptoms. A CDC study released May 27 said that one in five adults in the U.S. may develop the condition — but there are still more questions than answers. Erin Banco reports.


The frustrations inside the West Wing

Soaring global inflation. Rising fuel prices. A deadlocked Congress unable to tackle sweeping gun safety legislation. President Biden and his aides are frustrated by a cascade of challenges — and the window for a political revival is closing. Jonathan Lemire reports.


Can wind save oil country?

The Gulf Coast's long reign as a hub for oil and gas production could help it secure a lead role in generating energy from wind and green hydrogen, but it will face some big obstacles. Kelsey Tamborrino reports.


Warning signs cloud tech industry’s SCOTUS victory

The 5-4 decision blocking Texas’ social media law was closer than expected, and Justice Samuel Alito’s dissent suggests conservative judges may be shifting on the free speech rights of tech platforms. Brendan Bordelon reports.