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A weekly political podcast (and sometimes more often!) from USA TODAY's politics team.

A weekly political podcast (and sometimes more often!) from USA TODAY's politics team.
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USA Today


A weekly political podcast (and sometimes more often!) from USA TODAY's politics team.




Cracking the wall of VA secrecy

USA TODAY’s Donovan Slack uncovered a Veterans Administration policy of hiding misdeeds by medical providers who were being forced out. Her story has already forced change at the agency, as it looks to alert the public to doctors’ past errors. (Photo: Nathan Papes, Springfield News-Leader via USA TODAY Network)

Duration: 00:13:00

Las Vegas massacre restarts old fights about gun laws in Congress

USA TODAY reporter Nicole Gaudiano explains how the horrific shooting in Las Vegas has reignited old debates in Congress over gun control, with a few surprise twists. (Photo: George Frey, Getty Images)

Duration: 00:13:25

How free is free speech on a college campus?

Kenyon College, a small liberal arts campus in Ohio, is rewriting its policies on freedom of expression to make them more permissive, not less. The college president explains why.

Duration: 00:15:27

Hunting a modern killer: Customs agents go after synthetic opioids

USA TODAY reporter Deirdre Shesgreen describes the extraordinary challenge U.S. border agents face trying to intercept tiny shipments of potent and deadly drugs in the massive flow of international mail. (Photo: Seth Harrison, The Journal News)

Duration: 00:12:35

Hillary Clinton wants to tell us why she lost

USA TODAY's Susan Page says interviewing Hillary Clinton about her book rehashing the 2016 election revealed the emotional toll her loss to Donald Trump has had on her. (Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)

Duration: 00:11:13

Pay to play: President Trump’s courses offer good golf and unmatched access

Lobbyists, CEOs and other rich people with interests before the government are paying tens of thousands of dollars to be members of the golf clubs that President Trump both owns and visits regularly. USA TODAY reporter Fredreka Schouten explains how she uncovered who some of these people are and what they might want from the government. (Photo: Patrick Semansky, AP)

Duration: 00:10:29

A newsroom can’t hide from a hurricane

As much of the Texas coast fled Hurricane Harvey, our colleagues at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times went to work, deploying reporters, photographers and even drones to cover the storm of the century. Editor Tim Archuleta joins us to describe how his newsroom weathered the storm. (Photo: Gerald Herbert, AP)

Duration: 00:08:44

Trump roars in Phoenix: The view from inside the lion's den

President Trump held a rally in Phoenix this week and aired a long list of grievances, including calling reporters anti-American liars. Our reporter Eliza Collins was in the building and tells us what it was like, and what comes next. (Photo: Rick Scuteri, AP)

Duration: 00:15:30

Is 'hate speech' a thing, and can we ban it?

In the wake of the Charlottesville tragedy, University of Virginia vice dean and law professor Leslie Kendrick helps us understand why white supremacists have a right to express repugnant views in public places. (Photo: Win McNamee, Getty Images)

Duration: 00:18:56

Churches focus on body — not soul — to tackle health disparities

As Washington grapples with health policy, churches and other organizations in the South are testing novel approaches to bringing health care to underserved black Americans. USA TODAY's Deborah Berry joins us to explain what she found in Birmingham. Read more: (Photo: Deborah Barfield Berry, USA TODAY)

Duration: 00:14:39

Can Trump transform transgender policy in a tweet?

USA TODAY Pentagon Correspondent Tom Vanden Brook explains what’s behind President Trump’s announcement of a ban on transgender troops serving in the military, and what it will really take to implement the change. (Photo: Justin Merriman, Getty Images)

Duration: 00:13:11

Is Trump's voter fraud commission a fraud?

USA TODAY reporter Heidi Przybyla sat through the first meeting of President Trump’s voter fraud commission and explains what’s going on behind the scenes. Photo Credit: AP

Duration: 00:13:03

Sean Spicer’s pressure valve is Skype

USA TODAY White House correspondent Gregeory Korte explains how the president’s press secretary has turned to local reporters phoning in via Skype to defuse contentious White House press briefings. (Photo: Andrew Hamik, AP)

Duration: 00:17:32

When Trump tweets, is it news? It depends…

Cup of Politics host and Washington correspondent Paul Singer explains how he and the USA TODAY newsroom grappled with covering President Trump’s tweets over the past week, and what those decisions mean about the journalism industry. (Photo: Evan Vucci, AP)

Duration: 00:17:25

How Dean Heller became the key to Obamacare repeal

The first-term Nevada senator just propelled himself to the center of the debate over repealing and replacing Obamacare. Congressional correspondent Eliza Collins explains why Heller suddenly matters so much. (Photo: Andrew Harnik, AP)

Duration: 00:15:33

Health care and the Georgia vote: Policy meets politics

Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page joins us to discuss the Republicans’ race to pass a health care bill, and how the Georgia special election may have helped them. Edited by Mary Mathis. Photo Credit: AP

Duration: 00:12:24

Gunshots at baseball practice

Congress is embracing bipartisanship and baseball after Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., was shot Wednesday at a team practice for the annual charity event, but serious security concerns remain. USA TODAY’s Erin Kelly explains. (Photo: Jack Gruber, USA TODAY)

Duration: 00:15:20

It was supposed to be ‘infrastructure week'

Beyond the klieg lights on former FBI director James Comey’s testimony, the White House intended this week to be about President Trump’s plan for rebuilding American infrastructure. USA TODAY reporter Bart Jansen joins host Paul Singer to unpack the details (or lack thereof). (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP)

Duration: 00:20:53

What does the Paris Agreement require the U.S. to do?

Even without knowing whether President Donald Trump will withdraw from the Paris Agreement, what would it mean for the country, the world? Jonathan Pershing, former special envoy at the State Department, who worked on negotiating and implementing the Paris Agreement, discusses all this (and where you can read the Agreement for yourself) with Washington Correspondent Paul Singer. Photo Credit: AP

Duration: 00:18:46

Worries await Trump at home after overseas trip

A trip back home after an overseas trip could be a bummer for President Donald Trump. White House Correspondent Sara Sorcher joins the show to discuss Trump's visits to meet foreign leaders and what to expect upon his return. Cup of Politics is hosted by USA TODAY's Washington Correspondent Paul Singer with new episodes each Friday morning. Photo Credit: AP

Duration: 00:22:05

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