Episodes
President Trump responded to violent protests days after the killing of a black man. He said he will send in the National Guard, adding: "When the looting starts, the shooting starts." Joe Biden called on the nation to better empathize with the pain of black Americans in the wake of the death of the black man by a white police officer. Plus, the death toll from the coronavirus pandemic reaches a 100,000 milestone. This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House...
Published 05/29/20
The Justice Department says it has made the investigation into George Floyd's death "a top priority," after furor over a video depicting a white police officer kneeling on his neck spilled over into widespread protests for a second night. Both Democrats and Republicans called Floyd's death a tragedy. But what action could come from it? This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and justice correspondent Ryan Lucas. Connect: Subscribe to the...
Published 05/28/20
Twitter has placed a fact-checking warning on a pair of tweets issued by President Trump in which he claims without evidence that mail-in ballots are fraudulent. The label comes in the middle of a series of tweets from the president touting a conspiracy theory. This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and political reporter Miles Parks. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Join the...
Published 05/27/20
President Trump has threatened to relocate the Republican National Convention, which has been scheduled to take place in Charlotte, N.C., in August. He is objecting to the governor's safety measures. Meanwhile Democrats weigh options for how they may host their own convention. This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and political reporter Juana Summers. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at...
Published 05/26/20
The coronavirus has reshaped how voting may happen for the 2020 elections, and Democrats and Republicans are battling in courts across the country trying to get the upper hand in November. But because the landscape has changed so quickly, neither party is sure what exactly gives them an advantage. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Miles Parks, and correspondent Pam Fessler. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at...
Published 05/25/20
In an at-times tense exchange on the radio show Breakfast Club, former Vice President Joe Biden said, "If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black." The comments drew widespread criticism. Plus, China moves to exert more control over Hong Kong causing more tension with the United States. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, reporter Juana Summers, editor & correspondent Ron Elving, Congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and...
Published 05/22/20
The president with a major social media presence is facing a Democratic challenger with fewer digital resources. Biden's strategy counts on real-world conditions overcoming Trump's virtual dominance. This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and campaign correspondent Asma Khalid. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group. Subscribe to the NPR...
Published 05/21/20
Hoping to build on the party's success in 2018, the Democratic Party will take aim at federal challengers who want to repeal Obamacare and state candidates who resist Medicare expansion. Plus, a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds that two-thirds of Americans do not expect their daily lives to return to normal for at least six months. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico...
Published 05/20/20
Members of the Senate Banking Committee squabbled Tuesday over how quickly the U.S. economy can rebound from the coronavirus shutdown and whether the federal government is doing enough to support struggling families and businesses in the meantime. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and chief economic correspondent Scott Horsley.
Published 05/19/20
Congressional Democrats announced Saturday they're requesting all records and documents regarding President Trump's decision to fire State Department Inspector General Steve Linick, the fourth government watchdog Trump has fired or sought to remove in the last six weeks. Plus, former President Obama addresses 2020 graduates and says the United States lacks the leadership to fight the pandemic. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and...
Published 05/18/20
Senator's cell phone seized as FBI investigates stock trades and the Supreme Court weighs whether the president can block investigations into his conduct.
Published 05/15/20
Rick Bright testified he was pushed out of a government medical research agency after pushing back against a coronavirus treatment touted by the president.
Published 05/14/20
Democrats are out with their opening proposal in what is likely to be a long negotiation over the next coronavirus relief package.
Published 05/13/20
The nation's top health experts appeared—virtually—before a Senate committee today and provided updates on coronavirus testing and the state of the outbreak.
Published 05/12/20
Anthony Fauci is self-quarantining and a California special election illustrates the difficulties of remote campaigning.
Published 05/11/20
Prosecutors will not go ahead with the case against Michael Flynn. U.S. employers shed a record number of jobs in April.
Published 05/08/20
The Supreme Court resumed oral arguments this week after a lengthy hiatus because of the pandemic. They conducted them by teleconference, for the first time ever.
Published 05/07/20
How do the approaches of Michigan, led by a Democratic governor, and Texas, led by a Republican governor, differ as they move toward reopening their states?
Published 05/06/20
President Trump's first presidential major travel during the coronavirus is to Arizona, a 2020 battleground with a closely watched Senate race.
Published 05/05/20
Top lawmakers turn down the White House's offer of more testing for Capitol Hill. And NPR reporting sheds light on what Trump was told about the coronavirus.
Published 05/04/20
Note: This podcast contains a frank discussion of an alleged sexual assault. In an appearance on MSNBC Friday morning, Joe Biden denied sexually assaulting a former staffer. And the Senate returns to Washington on Monday; Mitch McConnell plans to move forward on judicial confirmations. This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Scott Detrow, campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, and congressional reporter Claudia Grisales. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR...
Published 05/01/20
The original social distancing guidelines are being replaced with a phased plan that favors local control and a coronavirus treatment shows early promise.
Published 04/30/20
Published 04/30/20
Half of households have lost wages from the coronavirus outbreak, as the economy shrinks. And the pandemic has led states to consider internet voting.
Published 04/29/20
The White House has released guidelines for when and how states can begin reopening their economies, but the metrics are loose. Georgia's Governor Brian Kemp is allowing businesses to go back to work. How is that playing out? This episode: Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and WABE's Emma Hurt. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org Join the Facebook group at n.pr/politicsgroup Subscribe to our newsletter at npr.org/politicsnewsletter...
Published 04/28/20