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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

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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

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Episodes

Top US Diplomat Cancels China Trip Amid "Spy" Balloon Fallout

2/6/2023
Secretary of State Antony Blinken cancelled his trip to China after the U.S. spotted a Chinese surveillance balloon near a military base in Montana. The Air Force popped the balloon off the coast of South Carolina over the weekend. Blinken's meeting with President Xi Jinping would have been first high-level visit to the country by a U.S. official in more than five years. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, China correspondent Emily Feng, and congressional correspondent...

Duration:00:12:32

Biden Intends To End COVID Emergency Declarations. Now What?

2/3/2023
Republican Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy was at the White House on Wednesday for talks as President Biden continues to insist that the U.S. paying its debts is non-negotiable. House Republicans remove Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota from her seat on the Foreign Relations committee. And in response to pressure from Congress, the administration says it will end the COVID emergency declaration. Here's what that means in practice. This episode: political correspondent Susan Davis, White...

Duration:00:27:43

House Republicans Begin Investigations Into President Biden

2/2/2023
The House Oversight and Judiciary committees, helmed by Repulican representatives James Comer of Kentucky and Jim Jordan of Ohio, will be the venues for a series of investigations into the President Joe Biden's administration and personal life. The party campaigned on an aggressive use of the legislature's oversight. This episode: political correspondent Susan Davis, congressional correspondent Claudia Grisales, and congressional correspondent Deirdre Walsh. This episode was produced by...

Duration:00:15:07

Nikki Haley Will Seek The Republican Presidential Nomination

2/1/2023
The former South Carolina governor and United Nations ambassador is going back on her pledge not to run against her former boss, Donald Trump. And after years of controversy, including the presence of an alleged Russian spy, the storied National Prayer Breakfast is getting a revamp. This episode: political correspondent Susan Davis, political correspondent Danielle Kurtzleben, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro. This episode was produced by Elena Moore and...

Duration:00:16:47

Florida Election Workers Warn Chaos Is Coming Without Reform

1/31/2023
Recent changes to Florida's election laws institute new requirements that, as designed, could cause huge numbers of ballots to be rejected in the state — a key presidential battleground. Election workers are warning that, without reforms, ballot counting could be extremely slow and voters in the state could be unexpectedly disenfranchised. This episode: political correspondent Susan Davis, political correspondent Ashley Lopez, and voting correspondent Miles Parks. This episode was produced...

Duration:00:12:39

Can Facebook Still Be Trump's Fundraising Juggernaut?

1/30/2023
The site's parent company announced that Donald Trump would be able to return to the platform with new guardrails on his account. But will Facebook be as lucrative a fundraising tool for the former president given the new limitations on online ad targeting? And will Trump even choose to return to the site? This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, disinformation correspondent Shannon Bond, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro. This episode was...

Duration:00:17:02

Does Conservative Mean Whatever Donald Trump Says It Means?

1/27/2023
After extracting a slew of concessions from Kevin McCarthy during the Speaker vote saga, conservative House Republicans are now flexing their muscles in a fight over the U.S. debt. But what does the "conservative" label mean right now? New research suggests that many politically-active voters use it to mean most similar to Donald Trump. This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional reporter Barbara Sprunt, congressional correspondent Claudia Grisales, and political...

Duration:00:24:27

Mass Shootings And Extremism Are Top White House Concerns

1/26/2023
Vice President Harris is in California after a number of mass shootings in the state. The US Secret Service is out with a report documenting trends in attacks resulting in mass violence. And details on how one Nazi extremist group is recruiting new members in Florida. This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, politics reporter Deepa Shivaram, and domestic extremism correspondent Sergio Olmos. This episode was produced by Elena Moore and Casey Morell. It was edited by Eric...

Duration:00:13:48

United States And Its Allies To Provide Tanks To Ukraine

1/25/2023
The move, announced by President Biden in a speech from the Roosevelt Room of the White House, is the latest in a continued escalation of military equipment headed to the country from the U.S. and its allies. It comes as somewhat of a surprise: as recently as last week, top Pentagon officials were insisting that they would not send tanks. This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Asma Khalid, and Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman. This episode was...

Duration:00:12:48

Dems Don't Love 2024 Senate Maps Like The GOP Does

1/24/2023
Democrats head into the 2024 elections needing to defend far more seats in the Senate than their Republican counterparts. With potentially vulnerable incumbents in Montana & West Virginia — and a potential three-way race in Arizona — the GOP seeks to capitalize. This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Deirdre Walsh, and political correspondent Susan Davis. This episode was produced by Elena Moore and Casey Morell. It was edited by Casey Morell. Our...

Duration:00:17:22

FBI Searches Biden's Home; Harris Speaks Out For Abortion Rights

1/23/2023
The White House said FBI agents searched President Biden's Delaware home on Friday, finding more items with classified markings. The search took place voluntarily, and without a search warrant. Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to Florida on Sunday to mark the 50th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. Her speech came alongside new announcements in White House policy concerning reproductive rights. This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, politics reporter Deepa...

Duration:00:12:33

Ruminations On Supreme Court Leaks, Classified Documents & Preferred Fonts

1/20/2023
Documents were at the heart of Washington news this week. A Supreme Court investigation into who leaked a draft opinion of the decision overturning Roe v. Wade failed to identify who was responsible; the White House's communications strategy in handling the president's classified document dilemma has left much to be desired; and, a State Department decision to change fonts has our cast thinking. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, legal affairs correspondent Nina...

Duration:00:26:11

PPP Loans Provided Lots Of Cash Assistance With Few Questions Asked

1/19/2023
The Payroll Protection Program was enacted during the pandemic to provide financial assistance to businesses that were closed, or operating at a reduced capacity. An NPR investigation finds the program was rife with fraud and most of the loans have been forgiven. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, investigative correspondent Sacha Pfeiffer, and political correspondent Susan Davis. This episode was produced by Elena Moore and Casey Morell. It was edited by Casey Morell....

Duration:00:17:44

Much Ado About Debt

1/18/2023
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned Congress the United States would reach the statutory debt limit — commonly known as the debt ceiling — on Jan. 19. As Congress & the Treasury work to find ways to avoid financial chaos, what potential solutions are available? This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and political correspondents Danielle Kurtzleben & Susan Davis. This episode was produced by Elena Moore and Casey Morell. It was edited by Casey Morell. Our executive...

Duration:00:17:49

Proud Boys Members Face Seditious Conspiracy Charges

1/17/2023
In Washington, D.C., members of the Proud Boys are on trial related to their alleged actions surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. It is the second major seditious conspiracy trial related to the insurrection following one late last year involving members of the Oath Keepers. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and, political correspondent Susan Davis. This episode was produced by Elena Moore and Casey Morell....

Duration:00:17:47

The Fight To Keep Climate Change Off The Back Burner

1/16/2023
The world faces key deadlines for climate action in coming decades. But most of us are more focused on the short term — today, tomorrow, maybe next year. So what do we do about that? The NPR podcast Consider This takes a closer look. Unlock access to this and other bonus content by supporting The NPR Politics Podcast+. Sign up via Apple Podcasts or at plus.npr.org. Connect: Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group. Subscribe to the NPR Politics...

Duration:00:12:59

A New Congress Takes Shape; Stefanik's Stock Rises; 'Spare' Sparks Drama

1/13/2023
With a narrow majority in the House, Republicans will need to find ways to work with Democrats — who still control the Senate and the White House. What battles may loom large for the new Congress? As those battles are waged, one person will be on the front lines: New York Republican Elise Stefanik, who chairs the Republican conference. Her rise from a bipartisan member of Congress to a staunch defender of Donald Trump has drawn attention. And, among the things we can't let go of this week?...

Duration:00:34:01

Garland Appoints Special Counsel To Investigate Biden Document Storage

1/12/2023
After President Biden announced a second set of classified documents had been improperly stored at his Wilmington, Del., residence, Attorney General Merrick Garland said Thursday he was appointing Robert Hur, the former U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland who now serves in private practice, as a special counsel to examine the issue. This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and politics correspondent Susan Davis. This episode...

Duration:00:14:04

Document Drama Differs Between Biden & Trump

1/11/2023
Both the president and his predecessor are facing investigations from the Department of Justice over the potential mishandling of classified documents. But the two cases have strong differences between them, both in terms of scale and practice. This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, national security correspondent Greg Myre, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro. This episode was produced by Elena Moore and Casey Morell. It was edited by Casey...

Duration:00:13:04

Democrats' 2024 Primary Plans Get More Complicated

1/10/2023
The Democratic National Committee announced South Carolina would supplant Iowa and New Hampshire as the first state in the party's 2024 nominating contests, but not everyone in the DNC is convinced it's a good idea. Meanwhile, New Hampshire and Georgia missed a DNC-imposed deadline on aligning their primaries with the party's proposed timelines. How will things shake out before the next presidential campaigns start in earnest? This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, political...

Duration:00:16:19