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Joe Biden is the new president-elect of the United States. But sitting President Trump has yet to concede. Where does the country go from here? Undeterred by Trump's refusal to accept his loss, Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are pressing ahead with their transition plans. Georgia could hold the key to execute those plans. And the number of new daily coronavirus cases in this country is continuing to set records.
Published 11/09/20
This is a special episode of the The NPR Politics Podcast. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris addressed the nation after clinching the White House. FOLLOW OUR COVERAGE This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, correspondent Asma Khalid, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Connect: Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Join the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group. Listen to our playlist...
Published 11/08/20
BREAKING NEWS: Former Vice President Joe Biden has been elected the 46th president of the United States. A victory in Pennsylvania, where he was born, brought the Biden-Harris ticket over the edge of 270 to clinch the win.
Published 11/07/20
Former Vice President Joe Biden stops short of declaring victory but says he has a mandate as his lead increases. President Donald Trump's efforts to get the courts to intervene in the election and change the outcome have yet to yield results. The number of new daily confirmed coronavirus infections top a record-breaking 120,000 cases.
Published 11/07/20
The focus is now on a handful of states, any one of which could hand Joe Biden the 270 votes needed to claim victory in the 2020 presidential election. Donald Trump is seeking to block that outcome in the courts and undermine the process in his statements. Overnight, in Georgia, Biden took a narrow lead over Trump.
Published 11/06/20
With four states still in play and the count ongoing — despite lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign trying to halt the count — the nation watches and waits.
Published 11/05/20
As of this morning there is not yet a winner in the 2020 Presidential contest, the Democrats have held the House and picked up two Senate seats, the Republicans have added one.
Published 11/04/20
Nearly 100 million Americans have already voted by mail or in early balloting. Tens of millions more are expected at the polls today. Against this historical shift in the way we vote, the tabulating gets underway.
Published 11/03/20
Both candidates are keeping a breakneck pace as the clock winds down on the 2020 Presidential campaign. Covid-19 is seeing record spikes around the country. The UK is looking at another Covid-19 lockdown. Parliament votes this week.
Published 11/02/20
Frederick Douglass dreamed of a country where all people could vote and he did everything in his power to make that dream a reality. In the face of slavery, the Civil War and the violence of Jim Crow, he fought his entire life for what he believed was a sacred, natural right that should be available to all people - voting.
Published 11/01/20
The presidential candidates hold multiple rallies as they fight for every last vote. Despite lawsuits and disinformation campaigns, people are voting early, and in record numbers. A third wave of the coronavirus infections is sweeping the United States, with over 90,000 confirmed new cases in a single day.
Published 10/31/20
NPR's latest Electoral College map projects a win for a Joe Biden win come Tuesday, but it does show a path to victory for Donald Trump. How will Wall Street respond to the election result? HHS constantly updates its COVID-19 data but isn't making it public.
Published 10/30/20
The candidates are headed to Michigan, a state closely — and deeply — divided politically. The US gross domestic product has seen a "V-shaped recovery" since last spring's dip. But it's no time to celebrate. The parents of a young ISIS recruit killed while in US custody offer a portrait of their son.
Published 10/29/20
The Senate Commerce Committee questions the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter and Google today about their handling of political content. Where the candidates are appearing hints at how the campaigns are feeling, And Philadelphia reacts to another police killing of another young Black man.
Published 10/28/20
With Election Day a week away, the candidates and their surrogates are fanning out across the country and where they're stopping can tell you a lot. Facebook is refusing any new ad buys in the run-up to election day. And Europe is seeing a massive second wave of COVID-19, with fears of another lock-down triggering street protests in Italy.
Published 10/27/20
The full Senate will vote this evening on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to a seat on the Supreme Court, Federal, state and local officials are working to counteract a campaign of dis-information around how to vote in next Tuesday's election, COVID-19 is surging all around the country, including a second outbreak at the White House — this time in the office of the Vice President.
Published 10/26/20
Women's jobs have disappeared at higher rates. And for those still working, child care is harder to come by.
Published 10/25/20
The presidential candidates hit the road again, with Joe Biden bashing President Donald Trump for his handling of the coronavirus. Positive Covid-19 cases hit record highs as cases surge in the Midwest due to community transmission. The largest Colorado fires in the state's history burn just ten miles from one another.
Published 10/24/20
President Trump and former Vice President Biden met last night on the debate stage. This second debate was arguably little more policy, a little less personal. On the heels of news that Iran is meddling in the 2020 election, comes a report that Russian hackers have penetrated US computer networks with the goal of compromising the 2020 vote.
Published 10/23/20
US intelligence agencies say they have evidence that Iran is interfering in the 2020 election, Trump and Biden return to the debate stage tonight, Purdue Pharma, maker of Oxycontin will plead guilty to criminal charges, pay a steep fine and shutter its business.
Published 10/22/20
Google now faces what it's managed to avoid for years: a government lawsuit challenging its dominance over internet search. In Great Britain a vaccine trial will deliberately expose participants to coronavirus. Massive protests in Lagos over police brutality and economic inequality turned deadly when Nigerian security forces opened fire on demonstrators.
Published 10/21/20
The commission that runs the Presidential debates has announced new rules for Thursday's Trump-Biden event intended to enforce the order and civility missing from their last one. A US grand jury has indicted Russian government hackers. TikTok is dealing with the dilemma of how to limit hate speech and misinformation while permitting freedom of expression.
Published 10/20/20
Over the weekend, President Trump was back on the road and rallying large raucous crowds in must-win states, while Joe Biden kept to a more measured campaign style with an eye on COVID precautions. As predicted, the arrival of cool weather has brought a second wave of COVID cases. China's economy showed a return to health in the 3rd quarter. That's not necessarily good news for the rest of the global economy.
Published 10/19/20
Election Day is just weeks away and millions of Americans have already voted. As Americans continue heading to the polls, NPR political reporters Juana Summers and Scott Detrow bring our Up First listeners this special report on all the issues surrounding voting in this year's election – including access to voting, disinformation and how to vote.
Published 10/18/20
President Trump and Vice President Joe Biden appeal to seniors for their votes. Pfizer says it won't have data showing its COVID-19 vaccine is safe until late November, weeks after Election Day. France imposes new restrictions in hopes of curbing the pandemic and avoiding another national shutdown.
Published 10/17/20