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The NPR Politics Podcast is where NPR's political reporters talk to you like they talk to each other. With weekly roundups and quick takes on news of the day, you don't have to keep up with politics to know what's happening. You just have to keep up ...Show More
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24:55 | Jul 31st

CNN hosted the second Democratic presidential debates, which was split into two nights because the sheer number of candidates running. In the first night, the moderates took on the more progressive candidates, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sand...Show More

21:23 | Jul 29th

On Tuesday and Wednesday night twenty candidates will debate for the second time in the 2020 election. While they are all vying for the Democratic nomination, some are looking for a breakout moment, and others will be fending off attacks from rivals....Show More
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38:22 | Apr 3rd, 2018

President Trump said Tuesday that he's considering sending the military to guard parts of the U.S.-Mexico border, because of what he calls "weak" immigration laws. And, some two dozen states and cities are suing to try to remove a new citizenship que...Show More

25:16 | Sep 13th

Former Vice President Joe Biden, a focal point of attacks in the previous two debates, was more aggressive in Houston, while others like former Rep. Beto O'Rourke had moments of their own to command attention. This episode: White House correspondent...Show More

30:34 | Sep 11th

Republican Dan Bishop eked out a victory in a closely watched North Carolina special congressional election on Tuesday night. A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds Elizabeth Warren on the rise, but many voters think Trump is still likely to win re...Show More

13:36 | Sep 10th

Bolton was Trump's third national security adviser and continued the pattern of departures by advisers who proved a bad fit for a White House led by the rare president with no prior experience with the military, national security or elected office. ...Show More

17:12 | Sep 9th

On Thursday night ten Democratic candidates will face off. It's the first time former Vice President Joe Biden will face Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Plus, Trump faces a new challenger in the Republican field. This episode: White Hou...Show More

30:49 | Sep 5th

Congress prepares to return from their recess, and guns and spending are on the top of their minds. Plus, NPR deep dives on election security. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Tim Mak, congressional reporter Cl...Show More

23:25 | Sep 3rd

In an interview with NPR, the former vice president responded to criticism over getting details confused on the campaign trail. He also laid out priorities for trade and climate.

32:50 | Aug 29th

The Democratic debate stage has been cut in half for a one night showdown in September, with less moderate voices than in previous debates. Former FBI Director James Comey was found to have violated official policy in the way he handled memos detaili...Show More

26:07 | Aug 27th

In an ongoing series, The NPR Politics Podcast is hitting the road and interviewing 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. In this episode, Asma Khalid and Iowa Public Radio's Clay Masters sit down with former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke to ask about ...Show More

18:23 | Aug 26th

At the end of the G-7 gathering of global economic powers Trump said he believes Beijing "wants a deal very badly" to end its trade war with Washington, and that he'd consider meeting with Iran's president if Tehran came to terms over its nuclear pr...Show More

22:49 | Aug 24th

President Trump announced higher tariffs on goods from China, hours after Beijing said it will slap tariffs on $75 billion of auto and other U.S. goods. Earlier in the day, he "ordered" U.S. companies to stop doing business with China. Plus, exclusiv...Show More

31:57 | Aug 22nd

President Trump had lots to say about the economy this week. Two 2020 candidates drop out of the race and one of them decides to run for Senate. Plus, the president doubled down on remarks that Jewish voters who support Democrats are disloyal to Isra...Show More

14:52 | Aug 21st

People are hotly divided about many gun restrictions – but not on extreme risk protection orders, a new survey shows. But is there any traction in Congress and the White House to get anything done? This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, ...Show More

26:10 | Aug 20th

In an ongoing series, The NPR Politics Podcast is hitting the road and interviewing 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. In this episode, Tamara Keith and New Hampshire Public Radio's Casey McDermott sit down with entrepreneur Andrew Yang to ask ...Show More

17:52 | Aug 16th

President Trump held a rally on Thursday in Manchester, New Hampshire. It was his first rally since the mass shootings earlier this month. The team discusses his speech and why choosing New Hampshire to host the rally is significant for his reelectio...Show More

29:53 | Aug 15th

As Beto O'Rourke recasts his campaign to more squarely focus on President Trump and Governor John Hickenlooper drops out of the race, questions arise about who should be running for president or the senate. Plus, after the markets take a nosedive, ec...Show More

25:49 | Aug 13th

In an interview with The NPR Politics Podcast, the Democratic presidential candidate spoke about structural change on trade and guns, and how her life shapes her politics.

32:52 | Aug 8th

President Trump visited survivors of the shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas on Wednesday, to mixed reception. The team discusses what the president, members of Congress and the 2020 presidential candidates are considering to combat gun viol...Show More

22:16 | Aug 5th

President Trump responded to the deadly weekend shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. He condemned white supremacy and called for the death penalty for mass murderers and domestic terrorists. This episode: political reporter Scott Detrow, Whi...Show More

31:18 | Aug 1st

The Senate on Thursday approved a two-year budget deal that set new spending levels and boosted the nation's borrowing authority. Plus, the Senate confirmed thirteen new federal judges, meaning Trump has shaped a quarter of the federal bench nationwi...Show More

20:57 | Aug 1st

CNN hosted the second Democratic presidential debates, which was split into two nights because the sheer number of candidates running. In the second night, former Vice President Joe Biden was front and center as candidates spent most of the time atta...Show More

29:30 | Jul 25th

This week Senator Cory Booker and former Vice President Joe Biden clashed over criminal justice reform. Plus, the Federal Trade Commission slapped a $5 billion dollar fine on Facebook. This episode: political reporter Scott Detrow, political reporter...Show More

16:50 | Jul 24th

Former special counsel Robert Mueller didn't want to appear in Wednesday's hearings, but lawmakers insisted that he tell his story in public to the House judiciary and intelligence committees. This episode: political reporter Scott Detrow, Congressio...Show More

15:19 | Jul 24th

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told NPR's Nina Totenberg in an interview that despite battling cancer for a third time earlier this year, she is not going anywhere by choice any time soon. She went on to critique some Democratic presidenti...Show More

33:13 | Jul 23rd

The Democratic presidential candidate and former housing secretary urged Democrats to "counterprogram" Trump's rhetoric in a new interview with the NPR Politics Podcast.

32:21 | Jul 18th

President Trump continued his attacks against four freshman Democratic congresswomen at a campaign rally in Greenville, N.C., on Wednesday, with the crowd breaking into a chant of "send her back" against one. Plus, the Democratic candidates debate wh...Show More

16:12 | Jul 16th

A day after a series of tweets using racist language to describe Democratic congresswomen, President Trump said the four members of Congress should apologize to him. The targeted women responded at their own press conference. This episode: political ...Show More

25:08 | Jul 15th

Despite pressure from the right and the left to do so, Sen. Amy Klobuchar argues she can't share her preferences without the vetting available to a president.

33:32 | Jul 12th

President Trump announced Thursday he would sign an executive order to obtain data about the U.S. citizenship and noncitizenship status of everyone living in the United States. Plus, 2020 candidates unveil plans to tackle racial inequality. This epi...Show More

13:39 | Jul 10th

Labor Secretary Alex Acosta defended a 2008 plea agreement he oversaw as a U.S. attorney in Florida in which multimillionaire and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein got a light sentence in exchange for pleading guilty to state charges. This episo...Show More

23:52 | Jul 9th

In an ongoing series, The NPR Politics Podcast is hitting the road and interviewing 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. In this episode, Tamara Keith and New Hampshire Public Radio's Josh Rogers sit down with Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard to ask abo...Show More

31:55 | Jul 3rd

President Trump's decision to deliver a speech from the Lincoln Memorial and add flyovers and tanks is prompting Democrats to say he's turning Fourth of July into a campaign rally. Trump issued a surprise invitation to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un...Show More

25:11 | Jul 1st

In an ongoing series, the NPR Politics Podcast is hitting the road and interviewing 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. In this episode, Scott Detrow and New Hampshire Public Radio's Josh Rogers sit down with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to ask a...Show More

24:00 | Jun 28th

NBC hosted the first Democratic presidential debates, which was split into two nights because of the sheer number of candidates running. In the second night, race became the focus of the debate when Senator Harris challenged former Vice President Bid...Show More

18:15 | Jun 27th

President Trump says he is looking into delaying the 2020 census, hours after the Supreme Court decided to keep a question about citizenship off the form to be used for the head count. Plus, the Supreme Court ruled that partisan redistricting is a po...Show More

24:23 | Jun 27th

NBC hosted the first Democratic presidential debate, which was split into two nights because of the sheer number of candidates running. In the first night, Senator Warren stood front and center while lesser known candidates fought for face time with ...Show More

21:02 | Jun 24th

On Wednesday and Thursday night twenty candidates will debate for the first time in the 2020 election. While they are all vying for the Democratic nomination, some are looking for a breakout moment, and others will be fending off attacks from rivals....Show More

15:54 | Jun 21st

President Trump confirmed that he approved a strike on Iran on Thursday after it shot down a U.S. drone but called off the operation after the initial moves were underway. This episode: Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, White House reporter Ayesh...Show More

35:15 | Jun 20th

Former Vice President Joe Biden isn't backing down from his comments recalling the "civility" of his working relationships with two segregationist lawmakers. Plus, in a high profile case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a 40-foot World Wa...Show More

17:29 | Jun 19th

President Trump officially launched his 2020 reelection bid on Tuesday at a massive rally in Orlando, though much of the event picked up where his 2016 campaign left off. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House corresponde...Show More

29:07 | Jun 18th

Montana's Democratic governor didn't qualify for the first debate but says he can win back voters who went for President Trump in 2016 β€” because many voted for him, too.

36:36 | Jun 13th

President Trump says he might be open to taking information from a foreign government in a future election, calling it a part of politics. But the law draws a distinction when foreigners are involved. Plus, the Democratic National Committee announced...Show More

33:22 | Jun 12th

Kamala Harris told the NPR Politics Podcast that if she defeated President Trump in 2020, prosecutors in her Justice Department "should" pursue obstruction of justice charges.

13:52 | Jun 11th

The House has authorized its committee leaders to pursue civil contempt cases to get information for their myriad investigations into President Trump. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Tim Mak, and national secu...Show More

34:07 | Jun 6th

President Trump is threatening to place tariffs on Mexico to try to stop the flow of migrants across the border, but Congressional Republicans question how that will help stop the influx. Plus, Congress puts big tech companies on notice. This episod...Show More

16:58 | Jun 5th

Mitch McConnell has been described as "opaque," "drab," and even "dull." He is one of the least popular - and most polarizing - politicians in the country. So how did he win eight consecutive elections? And what does it tell us about how he operates?...Show More

35:23 | May 31st

President Trump responded to special counsel Robert Mueller's statement and the team discusses the politics surrounding calls for impeachment proceedings. The Democratic National Committee released new rules for getting on stage for the debates in Se...Show More

18:00 | May 29th

Mueller addressed reporters at the Justice Department in his first public statement since taking over the Russia investigation, ending two years of near-silence even under one of the hottest spotlights ever to burn on a public figure. This episode: ...Show More

30:01 | May 29th

In an ongoing series, The NPR Politics Podcast is hitting the road and interviewing 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. In this episode, Tamara Keith and Iowa Public Radio's Clay Masters sit down with New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to ask abou...Show More

33:41 | May 23rd

A growing number of states are passing laws banning abortion in the early stages of pregnancy. The team talks about the politics surrounding the issue. Plus a 2020 campaign update including former Vice President Joe Biden's rally in Philadelphia. Thi...Show More

16:58 | May 22nd

Negotiations over a potential infrastructure program fizzled on Wednesday as a White House meeting between President Trump and Democrats escalated into blame-trading and political threats β€” including impeachment. This episode: White House corresponde...Show More

29:23 | May 21st

"I think there's a real relationship between romantic love and the kind of love that is talked about in my faith's tradition," the mayor and presidential candidate tells NPR.

30:40 | May 16th

President Trump gave a speech where he unveiled an immigration plan that calls for a dramatic change to the legal immigration system in the United States. The governor of Alabama signed into law one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the countr...Show More

28:28 | May 15th

The senator and Democratic presidential candidate is hoping to "inspire the moral imagination in this country."

18:25 | May 13th

Not all polls are created equal. The team breaks down what makes a good poll, how much they should be relied on and what they're saying right now about the 2020 election. This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, political reporter Danie...Show More

38:52 | May 9th

The White House and Congress continue their standoff over whether or not members of the Trump administration will testify before committees. Plus, to celebrate 500 episodes, the crew looks back on key political moments. This episode: White House cor...Show More

18:35 | May 7th

The Trump 2020 campaign is making a new effort to bring in fundraising help from establishment Republicans who sat out 2016. Plus, while Joe Biden makes the pitch that he's the most electable, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris push against the notio...Show More

34:30 | May 2nd

The Attorney General William did not show up to testify before the House on Thursday setting up a potential showdown over constitutional powers between the White House and Congress. Plus, the United States weighs whether or not to increase interventi...Show More

17:19 | May 1st

On Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr defended his handling of the final stages of the inquiry in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that underscored how much the focus of official Washington has shifted from Russian interference in the 2016 ...Show More

40:29 | Apr 27th

This is a special episode, recorded in front of a live audience at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on Friday, April 26th. The cast heads to the heart of the blue wall that secured his win in 2016. With the 2020 field firmed up, how a...Show More

29:14 | Apr 25th

After months of oscillating speculation former Vice President Joe Biden has announced that he will run for president in 2020. Plus, Democrats subpoena former White house counsel Don McGahn to testify about findings in the Mueller Report. This episode...Show More

16:15 | Apr 23rd

The Supreme Court is weighing whether the Trump administration can include a citizenship question on the 2020 census. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political editor Domenico Montanaro and national correspondent Hansi Lo Wang. ...Show More

25:26 | Apr 19th

A day after the release of the redacted Mueller report Democrats and Republicans are treating the findings as a "choose your own adventure" as they use different parts for political messaging. This episode: Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, polit...Show More

30:17 | Apr 19th

The 448-page document, released after a nearly two-year-long inquiry, says Mueller's investigation did not establish that the Trump campaign "conspired or coordinated" with the Russian interference effort, which was described as "sweeping and systema...Show More

29:35 | Apr 16th

The NPR Politics Podcast analyzes exclusive interviews with the 2020 Democratic candidates. Entrepreneur Andrew Yang, former Congressman John Delaney, and Washington state governor Jay Inslee lay out their vision for the United States. This episode: ...Show More

35:16 | Apr 11th

The Justice Department announced Thursday that it is charging Julian Assange, setting the stage for a historic legal showdown with the controversial founder of WikiLeaks. Plus, Attorney General William Barr has launched his own informal inquiry abou...Show More

18:18 | Apr 9th

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen is leaving her post, President Trump announced as he continues to focus on restricting border crossings amid a recent surge. This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, national political co...Show More

31:27 | Apr 4th

This episode: President Trump is backing down from his threat to shut down the U.S. Southern border .Trump had issued the warning in a bid to curtail surging border crossings by asylum-seekers from Central America. And congressional Democrats attempt...Show More

19:38 | Apr 3rd

The first quarter for campaign fundraising ended March 31 and although campaigns aren't required to report their totals to the Federal Election Commission until April 15, several campaigns have already released their figures. What do these early numb...Show More

17:45 | Apr 1st

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday responded to allegations that he acted inappropriately when he kissed the back of a former Nevada Democratic assemblywoman's head at a campaign event in 2014, saying his behavior has been affectionate but nev...Show More

31:36 | Mar 28th

It's been four days since Attorney General Bill Barr delivered his summary of the special counsel's report to Congress. How are Democrats and Republicans pivoting now? Plus, white men running for president are questioned about their statements on gen...Show More

24:58 | Mar 27th

The NPR Politics Podcast analyzes exclusive interviews with the 2020 Democratic candidates. Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard lay out their vision for the United States. This epis...Show More

18:34 | Mar 25th

Special counsel Robert Mueller did not find evidence that President Trump's campaign conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election, according to a summary of findings submitted to Congress by Attorney General William Barr. This episode: Congre...Show More

16:01 | Mar 23rd

Attorney General William Barr received a report on Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller about the findings from Mueller's investigation into the Russian attack on the 2016 presidential election. Mueller is not recommending any more indictments, a...Show More

30:07 | Mar 21st

Democratic presidential hopefuls are betting on bold ideas like abolishing the electoral college, but what would that actually mean? Plus, the candidates are boasting large numbers of donations, but what do donations tell us about enthusiasm? This ep...Show More

25:03 | Mar 19th

In the second of two episodes The NPR Politics Podcast analyzes exclusive interviews with the 2020 Democratic candidates. Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Amy Klobuchar lay out their vision for the United States. This episode: White Hou...Show More

24:39 | Mar 18th

In the first of two episodes The NPR Politics Podcast analyzes exclusive interviews with the 2020 Democratic candidates. Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Cory Booker, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg lay out their vision for the United States. This episode: W...Show More

32:19 | Mar 14th

Beto O'Rourke announces that he will run for president. Plus, the Senate votes to block Trump's national emergency declaration that would give him the money for his wall. This episode: political editor Domenico Montanaro, political reporter Danielle ...Show More

15:37 | Mar 13th

Paul Manafort received a total sentence of about 7 and a half years in prison on Wednesday following the guilty plea in his Washington, D.C., conspiracy case. Plus, Nancy Pelosi throws cold water on impeachment talk, saying Democrats are unlikely to ...Show More

17:49 | Mar 12th

Former Vice President Joe Biden addressed a friendly crowd of union firefighters as he appears on the verge of launching a campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Over the weekend South by Southwest became a major presidential forum...Show More

43:09 | Mar 9th

This is a special episode, recorded in front of a live audience at the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta on Friday, March 9th. The cast breaks down everything you need to know about who's running for president, and how Trump is going to respond to them. Th...Show More

39:07 | Mar 8th

Paul Manafort was sentenced to 47 months in prison. House Democrats vote on a resolution that both does and does not publicly rebuke one of their members. And multiple 2020 contenders announce that will not be running for president. This episode: Whi...Show More

15:30 | Mar 5th

The House Judiciary Committee launched a broad investigation into President Trump's inner circle Monday, targeting figures who have worked in his administration and for the Trump Organization businesses. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scot...Show More

34:22 | Mar 1st

Rep. Elijah Cummings said he would intensify his efforts to investigate the Trump administration after The New York Times reported that the president overruled aides on Jared Kushner's clearance. Plus, 2020 candidates grapple with how to deal with qu...Show More

16:51 | Feb 28th

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un left their summit meeting on Thursday in Hanoi, Vietnam, without agreeing on a denuclearization deal. A planned signing ceremony was canceled. Trump also briefly addressed Michael Cohen's hearing o...Show More

21:53 | Feb 28th

The president's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, testified before the House oversight committee. Cohen provided members of Congress what he said were documents that backed up his testimony. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White ...Show More

15:18 | Feb 22nd

After months of insisting that he knew of no illegal activity being done on behalf of his campaign, Republican Mark Harris, who leads the race for North Carolina's 9th Congressional District, called Thursday for the State Board of Elections to hold a...Show More

32:15 | Feb 21st

New reports suggest that the Russia Investigation could end soon, so what happens when Robert Mueller finishes his work? Plus, the House Oversight Committee is busy investigating the Trump administration's ties to Saudi Arabia and prepares to questio...Show More

20:34 | Feb 19th

Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent, became an ideological leader in the Democratic Party after his 2016 campaign against Hillary Clinton. He faces a far more crowded and liberal field this time. Plus, A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds the...Show More

19:45 | Feb 15th

Calling it "a great thing to do," President Trump declared a national emergency on Friday in order to help finance a long-promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. It's a highly unusual move from an unconventional president. This episode: political r...Show More

39:42 | Feb 14th

In the year since the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, how have attitudes about gun control shifted, and what legislation has been enacted? Plus, Republicans use Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar to paint Democrats as too ex...Show More

10:48 | Feb 12th

President Trump said Tuesday he's not "happy" with a potential budget deal being worked out by congressional negotiators but added that he doesn't think there will be another partial government shutdown. This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurt...Show More

16:39 | Feb 11th

As Senators Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren officially announce they are running for president, the Democratic hopefuls are trying to prove they are the one to beat President Trump. But each of them have a different strategy for taking him on. Thi...Show More

27:58 | Feb 8th

President Trump tests out potential campaign slogans in his State Of The Union address. Plus, Democrats are struggling with how to address issues of sex, race, and identity. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter As...Show More

26:52 | Feb 6th

President Trump delivered his second state of the union address before Congress and set out his policy goals for the year. Plus the response from Democrat Stacey Abrams and Xavier Becerra. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White H...Show More

27:18 | Feb 5th

Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia is resisting calls for his resignation despite continuing controversy of a photo in his medical school yearbook and accusations of racism. Plus, the president is set to deliver his second state of the union address on T...Show More

37:34 | Jan 31st

Sen. Kamala Harris stakes out a big position on health care as former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz considers a presidential bid as an independent candidate. The government is running again but there's still no agreement on border security, with a dea...Show More

14:53 | Jan 29th

Republican political consultant Roger Stone pleaded not guilty in federal court on Tuesday to obstruction and other charges unsealed last week. Plus, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said that the Russia Investigation is "close to being compl...Show More

21:52 | Jan 26th

Roger Stone was arrested on Friday after being indicted on seven counts including obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements in connection with the Russian attack on the 2016 election. Plus, President Trump has endorsed a bipartisan d...Show More

26:42 | Jan 24th

President Trump concedes to Speaker Pelosi and delays his annual State Of The Union address. Plus, with two Senate bills aimed at opening the government expected to fail, what alternatives are on the table to get the government up and running? This ...Show More

17:27 | Jan 22nd

With negotiations over reopening the government at a standstill, President Trump offered to back temporary protections for some immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, in exchange for funding for a wall on the Southern border. Plus, ...Show More

38:49 | Jan 17th

The showdown over the government shutdown makes little headway as Trump's support from his base wanes. Plus, more names have been added to the list of who will run for president in 2020. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Congress...Show More

16:57 | Jan 16th

President Trump's choice to lead the Justice Department, William Barr, took questions from lawmakers Tuesday, with the central one being whether Barr will work to impede the Russia investigation. This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben,...Show More

16:19 | Jan 14th

President Trump on Monday denied that he has been trying to conceal details about his discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin after a pair of explosive press reports over the weekend. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, C...Show More

31:14 | Jan 11th

President Trump says he is willing to declare a national emergency if Democrats don't go along with his demands for $5.7 billion for a border wall. Plus, prosecutors investigating Russian interference in the last U.S. presidential election suspect fo...Show More

16:16 | Jan 9th

President Trump made his case to the American people Tuesday night for why a massive wall along the Mexican border is necessary, using his first Oval Office address to outline his conditions for ending the 18-day-and-counting partial government shutd...Show More

29:30 | Jan 3rd

Nancy Pelosi is again speaker of the House, as Democrats retook control of the chamber for the first time in eight years, bringing divided government back to Washington. Plus, Elizabeth Warren kicked off the new year by announcing that she was runnin...Show More

13:02 | Jan 3rd

A closed-door briefing for congressional leaders in the White House Situation Room on Wednesday failed to resolve any issues between Democrats and the Trump administration over funding for border security.The stalemate has led to a partial government...Show More

30:10 | Dec 27th, 2018

**CORRECTION: Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this episode stated that, upon arrival in Iraq, President Trump received a standing ovation from military leaders. The president received a standing ovation from a large group of service me...Show More

28:25 | Dec 23rd, 2018

In a year full of news, one line in the Aug. 23 episode of the NPR Politics Podcast spurred the most comments from our listeners. "You can't find good political music." Our listeners were right. There is good political music, so this year we're break...Show More

14:31 | Dec 22nd, 2018

A partial shutdown of the federal government began just after midnight Saturday, after Congress and President Trump were unable to resolve an impasse over his demand for funding for his border wall. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keit...Show More

33:20 | Dec 21st, 2018

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is stepping down after a slow freeze-out by President Trump. The federal government inches closer to a shutdown after President Trump refused to sign a spending bill from Congress. Trump announced his intention to pull Am...Show More

15:52 | Dec 18th, 2018

A federal judge delayed sentencing former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his talks with Russia's ambassador. Plus, the New York Attorney General announced that the Trump Foun...Show More

18:36 | Dec 17th, 2018

A federal judge in Texas issued a ruling Friday declaring the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, apparently setting the stage for another hearing on the health care law by the U.S. Supreme Court. Plus, President Trump names Mick Mulvaney as his In...Show More

34:12 | Dec 14th, 2018

Congress accomplished a lot of work on bipartisanship legislation this week. First they passed a bill to address sexual harassment in the House and Senate, and they moved closer to passing a bill dealing with criminal justice. Plus, after a confronta...Show More

13:19 | Dec 12th, 2018

A federal judge sentenced Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen to three years in prison on Wednesday following Cohen's guilty pleas to a number of political and finance crimes. This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, White House c...Show More

17:27 | Dec 11th, 2018

In a testy and dramatic Oval Office exchange with Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer, President Trump made clear he would be "proud" to shut down the government in less than two weeks if he doesn't get funding for his border wall. This episode:...Show More

17:18 | Dec 10th, 2018

President Trump's chief of staff John Kelly will leave the White House at the end of the year. The administration's search for the new chief of staff is under way. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national political correspondent...Show More

16:05 | Dec 8th, 2018

**CORRECTION: In a previous version of this podcast we said that "the Special Counsel says it can prove Paul Manafort lied about contacts between Russians and the Trump campaign." We should have said that "the Special Counsel says it can prove Paul M...Show More

28:45 | Dec 6th, 2018

As world leaders meet to discuss how to combat climate change, two major reports on the environment paint a dire picture for the future. Meanwhile, Republicans and Democrats grow further apart in how to deal with the problem. This episode: Congressi...Show More

17:49 | Dec 5th, 2018

The feds say former national security adviser Michael Flynn has provided "substantial" aid in the Russia investigation and beyond. Plus, former President George H.W. Bush was remembered as "a great and noble man" by his eldest son, former President G...Show More

16:26 | Dec 5th, 2018

The National Republican Congressional Committee says it was hacked during the 2018 midterms. What happened and is it anything like the 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee? Also, Democrats are alleging fraud in North Carolina's ninth congre...Show More

18:27 | Dec 3rd, 2018

President Trump left the Group of 20 summit with an agreement not to raise tariffs on Chinese goods in the next 90 days. The deal amounts to a cease-fire in the series of escalating, tit-for-tat tariffs the U.S. and China have imposed on each other's...Show More

23:47 | Dec 1st, 2018

The patriarch of a political dynasty, George H.W. Bush was the last World War II vet to serve in the Oval Office. His son George W. called him "one of the greatest one-term presidents in the nation's history." This episode: Congressional corresponde...Show More

34:13 | Nov 30th, 2018

Donald Trump's former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen admitted on Thursday that he and others working for Trump negotiated with important Russians over a possible Trump Tower in Moscow well into the presidential campaign in 2016. Meanwhile, in respons...Show More

16:11 | Nov 28th, 2018

House Democrats nominated Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to serve as the next speaker of the House. If approved by the full House, Pelosi would again wield the gavel in January β€” a dozen years after she became the first female speaker in 2007. Plus, R...Show More

16:47 | Nov 26th, 2018

The U.S. briefly closed border entries in Tijuana and used tear gas on the protesters after several migrants began approaching the border fence. The president has defended their actions. Plus, the president heads to Mississippi to rally for the Repub...Show More

18:16 | Nov 20th, 2018

Eleven House Democrats and five incoming freshmen have signed a letter promising to vote against Pelosi in Democrats' internal caucus leadership vote as well as on the House floor in January. Plus, President Trump says he completed written questions ...Show More

18:27 | Nov 19th, 2018

An update on where things stand in Georgia and Florida plus why President Trump is planning some rallies in Mississippi. And of course, Domenico Montanaro's annual discussion of why turkeys get presidential pardons. This episode: White House correspo...Show More

44:32 | Nov 16th, 2018

A recount is under way in Florida, rebel Democrats claim they can defeat Nancy Pelosi in a speaker vote, a bipartisanship effort at criminal justice reform is happening...and of course, can't let it go. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara ...Show More

16:00 | Nov 12th, 2018

Congress is returning to Washington this week for an end of year session that's likely going to bring a good bit of drama. The team discusses the impending leadership elections in the House and what Congress still needs to accomplish. This episode: W...Show More

19:49 | Nov 9th, 2018

Election season hasn't actually ended yet as a recount becomes likely in Florida, where a vicious legal battle is brewing. Votes are also still being counted in Georgia, Arizona and California, which could end up changing election results. This episo...Show More

33:01 | Nov 8th, 2018

Jeff Sessions has been forced out of his job as Attorney General. Will his replacement undermine the Russia investigation? Also - a deep dive into state legislatures and ballot measure results from Election Day. This episode: White House corresponden...Show More

23:50 | Nov 7th, 2018

In back to back press conferences, President Trump and Nancy Pelosi both talked about what bipartisanship could look like for a split Congress. Yet their tones were starkly different as Trump lashed out against the press. This episode: Congressional...Show More

25:08 | Nov 7th, 2018

In what was considered a referendum on Donald Trump's presidency, Congress splits control between Democrats and Republicans. The win-win marks a shift in the levers of power in Washington. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, politic...Show More

21:08 | Nov 5th, 2018

In the final hours before the midterm elections Republicans point to the economy and stir up fears of immigration, while Democrats focus on the same message they started with, healthcare. But at the end of the day, the election appears to be all abou...Show More

34:57 | Nov 1st, 2018

President Trump signaled in a speech at the White House that he wants to make changes to the asylum policy, but offers no concrete plan. Plus, a new NPR poll finds that eighty-percent of voters believe incivility in politics will lead to violence, bu...Show More

16:30 | Oct 31st, 2018

This is your guide to what to pay attention to as the results roll in on Tuesday. The NPR Politics team walks through what races they will be watching on election night. Key battlegrounds in each timezone will illuminate whether there will be a blue ...Show More

23:05 | Oct 30th, 2018

With a week left till the midterm elections President Trump is focusing on hardline immigration policies that helped him win in 2016. And Republicans shift the focus of their spending efforts in the final days. This episode: political reporter Asma K...Show More

12:28 | Oct 26th, 2018

The Justice Department has charged Cesar Sayoc, 56, in connection with a wave of improvised explosive devices sent to political critics of President Trump. He faces a potential total of 48 years in prison. This episode: Congressional correspondent Sc...Show More

14:50 | Oct 26th, 2018

According to a new survey from NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist Poll, more than two-thirds of registered voters say their impression of President Trump will factor into their vote for Congress and nearly half of voters say their opinion of the president will ...Show More

33:18 | Oct 25th, 2018

The list of prominent people, eight and counting, who were sent suspicious packages reads like a Trump enemies list, but at a rally yesterday Trump toned down the criticism. How long will that last? And healthcare remains a top issue in the elections...Show More

14:22 | Oct 24th, 2018

At least six suspicious packages containing what the FBI called potentially destructive devices have been sent since Monday to several leading Democratic Party figures and to CNN in New York, triggering a massive investigation. How will the president...Show More

25:28 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Half a million voters were purged from the voter roll by the Republican candidate for governor in Georgia. How are voter purges influencing elections this year? And in Texas, the president rallied for his former rival Senator Ted Cruz. Why does the p...Show More

13:08 | Oct 19th, 2018

Elena Khusyaynova, a Russian citizen, has been charged by the U.S. government with one count of conspiring to defraud the United States. Prosecutors say she handled budgets and payments associated with the disinformation schemes on behalf of Russia l...Show More

38:32 | Oct 18th, 2018

Senator Elizabeth Warren and President Trump reignite their fight over her ancestry weeks before the midterms. Plus, the races across the country are tightening before the vote. We look at key races and what they mean for the elections. This episode:...Show More

20:17 | Oct 16th, 2018

Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist and critic of Saudi policy, walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey two weeks ago and disappeared. President Trump has weighed in and dispatched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Saudi Arabia ...Show More

35:38 | Oct 11th, 2018

President Trump warned at his rally in Pennsylvania on Wednesday night that if his party loses in November's midterm elections, the "radical Democrat mob" will take away everything he has achieved since his election. Senator Mitch McConnell continues...Show More

17:57 | Oct 9th, 2018

Nikki Haley is resigning as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and will leave the Trump administration at the end of the year. Plus, the Supreme Court welcomes its newest justice as Brett Kavanaugh takes the bench for his first arguments sinc...Show More

17:13 | Oct 6th, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court cleared a key procedural hurdle in the Senate on Friday, and his confirmation now seems all but certain. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, Wh...Show More

36:20 | Oct 4th, 2018

Key Republican senators who have been withholding judgment on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court amid allegations of sexual assault said the supplemental inquiry by the FBI into those allegations was "thorough." Plus, President Tr...Show More

19:03 | Oct 3rd, 2018

President Trump is adding fresh animosity to the already tense debate over Brett Kavanaugh with new comments mocking sexual misconduct allegations against his Supreme Court nominee. The Senate remains embroiled in conflict following the hearings. And...Show More

16:11 | Sep 29th, 2018

With less than six weeks until the midterm elections, how will Kavanaugh's nomination process β€” with multiple allegations of sexual assault, an emotional day of testimony and a re-opened FBI investigation β€” mobilize Republican and Democrat voters? Th...Show More

25:43 | Sep 28th, 2018

Judge Brett Kavanaugh was defiant and visibly angry as he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday afternoon, rebutting earlier emotional testimony from the woman who has accused him of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford. This ...Show More

20:20 | Sep 27th, 2018

The Senate Judiciary Committee is reviewing a statement from a third woman who has come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. And during a rare press conference, President Trump defended his e...Show More

22:37 | Sep 24th, 2018

**This episode contains explicit details about alleged sexual misconduct and may not be suitable for all listeners** Deborah Ramirez has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her during a drunken party at Yale. Kavanaug...Show More

40:59 | Sep 21st, 2018

After days of back and forth over the terms of a hearing, attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting, have begun discussing her appearance before the Senate Judiciary...Show More

16:14 | Sep 18th, 2018

Hours after President Trump announced tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, China responded with its own levies on $60 billion worth of U.S. products. The tit for tat looms heavily over the midterm elections. This episode: White House correspond...Show More

17:49 | Sep 18th, 2018

The woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault revealed her identity Sunday in an interview with The Washington Post.Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old California professor, accused Kavanaugh of groping her and trying...Show More

14:23 | Sep 14th, 2018

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded guilty on Friday and agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Plus, Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh s...Show More

36:31 | Sep 13th, 2018

President Trump denied the death toll of nearly 3,000 from hurricanes Maria and Irma, which swept across Puerto Rico a year ago, in a series of tweets Thursday morning. Plus, we look at what's at stake for Democrats and Republicans heading into the N...Show More

15:06 | Sep 12th, 2018

In a troubling sign for Republicans less than two months before November's elections, Democrats' advantage on the question of which party Americans are more likely to vote for in November is ballooning, according to a new NPR/Marist poll. Plus, how e...Show More

13:20 | Sep 7th, 2018

In his first major political speech in the U.S. since leaving office, former President Barack Obama argued that Americans must rebuke President Trump at the polls this November. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House rep...Show More

40:18 | Sep 6th, 2018

The White House has denounced a scathing op-ed column about the president in the New York Times that is allegedly written by a senior official in the Trump administration. And, on the third day of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation ...Show More

20:52 | Sep 6th, 2018

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is presenting himself as an open-minded judge who is guided by the law but not indifferent to the effects of his decisions, during a marathon day of confirmation hearings. Democrats questioned his perspective on ...Show More

14:39 | Sep 5th, 2018

In a surprise defeat that reflects a changing Democratic Party, Boston City Council member Ayanna Pressley has defeated 10-term Democratic Rep. Mike Capuano in Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District. Pressley is poised to become the first African-...Show More

26:32 | Sep 5th, 2018

Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh opened on a contentious note Tuesday, with Senate Democrats raising noisy objections that much of Kavanaugh's lengthy paper trail is still off limits. Plus, White House staff conc...Show More

18:40 | Sep 1st, 2018

Friends, family and former political rivals saluted the late Sen. John McCain on Saturday as a loving father, a fierce but forgiving political brawler, and a champion of American values around the world. This episode: Congressional correspondent Sco...Show More

31:17 | Aug 30th, 2018

President Trump's White House Counsel Don McGahn may be leaving his post, but his goal of tilting the court for conservatives is nearly accomplished. Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh begin his confirmation hearings next week. And...Show More

21:32 | Aug 29th, 2018

White House counsel Don McGahn is resigning this autumn after a tumultuous stretch as President Trump's in-house lawyer. Plus, after a surprise upset in yesterday's primary, Florida's race for governor has become a proxy for the Bernie Sanders and Do...Show More

16:22 | Aug 27th, 2018

On Tuesday Arizona and Florida hold some of the year's most anticipated primaries. The fight for Senate in both states will test how much candidates should attach themselves to President Trump. And Democrats are hoping to pick up a seat in Arizona, w...Show More

25:06 | Aug 26th, 2018

Arizona senator and former Republican presidential nominee John McCain died Saturday at the age of 81. We remember his life and legacy and look at how he shaped the Republican party. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Congressional...Show More

38:53 | Aug 23rd, 2018

President Trump has called his former campaign chairman who was found guilty in court a "brave man." Meanwhile he is distancing himself from his former lawyer who pleaded guilty for campaign finance violations. With close allies to the president in ...Show More

23:43 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer, has pleaded guilty to eight counts in federal court. The counts related to campaign finance violations involved payments that were made to keep two women quiet during the 2016 campai...Show More

33:08 | Aug 16th, 2018

President Trump revokes a former CIA director's security clearance and threatens to do the same to other national security professionals. The White House reveals it required some employees to sign Non-Disclosure Agreements. And we take a long-view of...Show More

20:39 | Aug 15th, 2018

Tuesday's elections in four states β€” Wisconsin, Minnesota, Connecticut and Vermont β€” produced some noteworthy results. It was a big night for Democratic diversity. And Keith Ellison's nomination shows signs of a new era for the #MeToo movement. This...Show More

27:01 | Aug 13th, 2018

One day after she was fired from her post at the White House, Omarosa Manigault Newman secretly recorded a conversation with President Trump. Plus, four states hold primaries on Tuesday. We look at some key races in the run-up. This episode: White Ho...Show More

39:00 | Aug 9th, 2018

President Trump's lawyers are negotiating an interview with the special counsel. Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort's right hand man testifies against Manafort in court. And why is there a divide between what the president says and what h...Show More

20:32 | Aug 8th, 2018

There were lots of takeaways from Tuesday's election & primaries, from whether Republicans should stand with President Trump or whether an endorsement from Bernie Sanders helps a Democrat, to which issues really matter to voters. We explain what the ...Show More

19:59 | Aug 6th, 2018

Tuesday's primaries in Washington, Michigan, Kansas and Missouri will shape several high-profile general election contests. Plus, a look inside the special election in Ohio's 12th district that's causing a ton of buzz. This episode: political reporte...Show More

42:23 | Aug 2nd, 2018

Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, is in court, and his trial is wrapping up faster than predicted. And while the courtroom is a phone free zone, that hasn't kept the president from weighing in on the events from the outside. ...Show More

17:27 | Jul 31st, 2018

Facebook announced Tuesday afternoon that it has removed 32 Facebook and Instagram accounts or pages involved in a political influence campaign with links to the Russian government. This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, political rep...Show More

18:21 | Jul 30th, 2018

Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort's trial begins Tuesday. It is the first case by Robert Mueller's special counsel to go before a jury and will test the strength of the probe. This episode: reporter Sarah McCammon, political editor Domenic...Show More

14:35 | Jul 27th, 2018

A court-imposed deadline that required the Trump administration to reunite separated children with their parents has passed, but there are still many obstacles for the government to clear before they can reunite all of the families. This episode: pol...Show More

33:49 | Jul 26th, 2018

President Trump struck a deal with the European Commission President to not impose further tariffs on the EU after Trump had sparked fears of a trade war. And House Republicans file articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenste...Show More

24:15 | Jul 25th, 2018

Cohen released a tape of himself seeming to talk with then-candidate Trump about payments to a former Playboy model who alleges she had an affair with Trump. But the quality of the audio has left it's meaning up to interpretation. Plus, NPR, PBS News...Show More

43:23 | Jul 19th, 2018

The White House spent the week walking back and clarifying statements made by the president at his summit with Russia's president Vladimir Putin. Congress voted in an apparent backlash against the president's summit. Plus, we take a look at the press...Show More

23:05 | Jul 17th, 2018

One day after his controversial news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump tried to walk back his comments where he appeared to side with Russia over his intelligence agencies. Plus the Department of Justice accused a Russ...Show More

19:11 | Jul 16th, 2018

Trump himself declared his summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki a success, in what he called the "proud tradition of bold American diplomacy."The president said he pressed Putin about Moscow's interference in the election,...Show More

14:38 | Jul 13th, 2018

The Justice Department charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with offenses related to Russia's hacking of the Democratic National Committee's emails, state election systems and other targets in 2016. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, j...Show More

50:20 | Jul 12th, 2018

Reversing the harsh criticisms he has leveled at NATO, President Trump says the alliance is very strong. Embattled FBI Agent Peter Strzok clashed with GOP lawmakers in hearings today. And days after the president nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supr...Show More

17:34 | Jul 10th, 2018

President Trump announced his choice to nominate Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. If confirmed, Kavanaugh would solidify the court's conservative majority. This episode: political...Show More

15:06 | Jul 5th, 2018

President Trump tweeted this afternoon that he accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt was one of the more controversial of Trump's Cabinet-level picks and had been battling various scandals for...Show More

37:43 | Jul 3rd, 2018

President Trump announced that he has met with at least four candidates to fill Justice Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court. Some liberals are embracing the rally slogan "Abolish ICE," but what does that actually mean? Plus, with many primaries compl...Show More

33:17 | Jun 28th, 2018

President Trump has announced that he will hold a summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin, and as Supreme Court's Justice Kennedy heads into retirement, Trump promises to seat a judge who will dismantle Roe vs. Wade. Plus, more Supreme Court decisions an...Show More

22:57 | Jun 27th, 2018

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement today, setting the stage for an epic political battle over his replacement. This episode: Reporter Sarah McCammon, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, editor and correspondent Ron El...Show More

18:14 | Jun 27th, 2018

In a stunning primary upset, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez β€” a young socialist activist, woman of color and political newcomer β€” has unseated leading House Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley. Plus, analysis of other results from Tuesday's primaries. This episod...Show More

18:16 | Jun 26th, 2018

In a 5-4 ruling that gave broad leeway to presidential authority, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Trump's travel ban that barred nearly all travelers from five mainly Muslim countries. The NPR Politics team breaks down the decision and its im...Show More

20:47 | Jun 25th, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court said that Texas' legislative and congressional maps are not a racial gerrymander, tiptoeing around another major political ruling. Plus, six states head to the polls to set the stage for the 2018 midterms. And the fallout from ...Show More

46:15 | Jun 21st, 2018

Congress struggles to commit to immigration legislation, while the First Lady heads to the U.S.-Mexico border to visit children who have been separated from their parents. The Supreme Court reshapes how Americans shop online, and the United States wi...Show More

17:33 | Jun 20th, 2018

President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to end his controversial policy that has resulted in thousands of family separations and brought criticism from Democrats and Republicans. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, ...Show More