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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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Black Voters Say New Congressional Maps Water Down Their Influence

November's midterms will be the first general election to use the new set of congressional maps drawn after the 2020 census. In Florida and Tennessee, some Black voters have voiced concerns that the new maps make it harder to elect someone who will advocate for their interests.

This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, political reporter Ashley Lopez and WPLN reporter Blaise Gainey.

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2022-08-18
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The Liz Cheney Show Has Just Begun

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Liz Cheney is the Republican party's most prominent Trump opponent. Now, she's lost out on the chance to return to Congress next year after a decisive primary loss to a MAGA-backed rival.

But she's not planning on going away quietly: she'll feature prominently in the fall's January 6th congressional hearings. And she says she might run for president.

This episode: congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, congressional correspondent Deirdre Walsh, and senior political editor and correspondent Ron Elving.

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2022-08-17
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Primary Day In Alaska And Wyoming: How Trump's Impeachment Impacts Both Races

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Ak.), one of seven Republican senators to vote to convict Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial, faces primary voters who can choose between her and several other candidates, including a candidate backed by the state Republican Party. Alaska's new non-partisan primary system, almost guarantees that Murkowski will gather enough support to make it to November ? unlike Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney (R), whose vote to impeach Trump could cost her dearly. Meanwhile, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R) seeks election to the state's at-large congressional district.

This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional correspondent Deirdre Walsh, Alaska Public Media's Washington correspondent Liz Ruskin

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2022-08-16
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Bernie Sanders On The IRA, Joe Manchin And Upcoming Elections

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In an interview with NPR, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he stood by his characterization earlier this summer that his colleague Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) sabotaged President Biden's agenda. "I don't think it's debatable," he said, adding that that he felt Manchin had "his own agenda" when negotiating with the administration over policy goals. Sanders told NPR he would support a reelection bid from President Biden, and spoke about his hopes for getting more progressives elected to Congress in November's midterms.

This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.

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2022-08-16
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Warrant In Mar-a-Lago Search Unsealed

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The warrant allowing the FBI to search the Florida home of former president Donald Trump, Mar-a-Lago, was unsealed Friday, providing some detail into what items and documents were taken by law enforcement. Among the documents seized include ones with various levels of security classification, along with handwritten notes & other, miscellaneous boxes.

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This episode: political correspondent Ashley Lopez, justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, political editor & correspondent Domenico Montanaro, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and voting correspondent Miles Parks.

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2022-08-13
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Justice Dept. Files Motion To Unseal Mar-a-Lago Search Warrant

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"The public's clear and powerful interest in understanding what occurred under these circumstances weighs heavily in favor of unsealing," said a filing from the Department of Justice related to the search of former president Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home in Florida. Speaking to reporters Thursday afternoon, Attorney General Merrick Garland said he personally approved the warrant for the search, though it remains unclear when the warrant might be made public.

This episode: political correspondent Ashley Lopez, justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and political editor & correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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2022-08-12
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Democrats And Republicans Take Lessons From Kansas Abortion Vote

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Both major parties were surprised, for different reasons, by the results in this month's referendum in Kansas that could have ended the right to an abortion by amending the state constitution. What can Democrats and Republicans take away from the Kansas vote as they craft their messaging strategies for November's midterms?

This episode: voting correspondent Miles Parks, political reporter Barbara Sprunt, and congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell

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2022-08-10
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Questions Remain As FBI Raids Mar-a-Lago

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FBI agents executed a search warrant on the Florida home of former president Donald Trump Monday, though it remains unclear what they were looking for. We explore and contextualize the implications of the search, both politically and historically, as Republicans and Democrats alike prepare for the midterm elections this fall.

This episode: voting correspondent Miles Parks, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, congressional correspondent Deirdre Walsh, and senior political editor & correspondent Domenico Montanaro

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2022-08-09
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Monkeypox Declared Public Health Emergency. Now What?

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The Department of Health and Human Services' declaration Thursday means the federal government can use additional resources in trying to combat the spread of monkeypox, of which there are more than 7,500 cases in the United States. But, what exactly is monkeypox, and who is most at risk of contracting it? And with vaccination rollouts moving slowly, is there a concern the country has not fully learned from mistakes made in the initial days of the COVID-19 pandemic?

This episode: White House correspondents Asma Khalid and Franco Ordoñez, and science correspondent Michaeleen Doucleff.

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2022-08-08
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Biden's Big Week, Christian Nationalism At CPAC, And A Mayor Who Is A Horse

This week, the president all but secured the passage of his major policy priorities, oversaw a strike that took out a top terrorist, and got a strong economic report as gas prices fell. But tensions with China continue to rise after Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan.

And Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán headlined a conservative political conference in Dallas. The authoritarian-minded leader has become a darling of the American right, echoing many of the same social priorities ? while often veering into outright anti-Semitism and racism.

This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, political reporter Deepa Shivaram, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, political correspondent Ashley Lopez, and media correspondent David Folkenflik.

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2022-08-05
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The Evolution Of Election Integrity; Jan. 6 Rioter Sentenced To More Than 7 Years

"We are taking the lessons we learned in 2020, and we are going forward to make sure they never happen again, ever," said Cleta Mitchell, a Republican election lawyer, during a meeting concerning "election integrity" efforts. Groups on the right who buy into the "big lie" concerning the 2020 election are trying to refocus and reform efforts ahead of upcoming elections, according to audio of these meetings obtained by NPR.

Guy Reffitt, a person who went to the Capitol on Jan. 6, was sentenced to more than seven years in prison for his actions during the insurrection. How will his trial and sentencing influence further legal action for those charged in relation to the riots?

This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and investigative correspondent Tom Dreisbach.

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2022-08-04
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Abortion Rights Activists Win Big In Kansas (And Other Primary Results)

Kansas voters overwhelmingly rejected a measure that would have opened the door to abortion restrictions in the state. Election turnout was incredibly high, signaling the issue may spur increased Democratic turnout in November.

And in Arizona, Mark Finchem, a state representative and election conspiracy theorist who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, has secured the GOP's nomination for Secretary of State, according to the Associated Press. Should Finchem win in the general, he would oversee the state's voting systems.

This episode: political reporter Miles Parks, political correspondent Danielle Kurtzleben, and KJZZ political reporter Ben Giles.

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2022-08-03
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US Kills al-Qaida Leader In Drone Strike; Pelosi Visits Taiwan, Rankling China

A key 9/11 plotter, Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed on July 30, according to President Joe Biden. The president said that no one else was hurt in the strike, including al-Zawahiri's family.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan today, She is the highest-ranking elected American official to visit Taiwan since then-Speaker Newt Gingrich in 1997. The island democracy governs itself, but China claims it as its territory and the speaker's visit has heightened tensions with the Chinese government in Beijing.

This episode: politics reporter Miles Parks, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, congressional correspondent Claudia Grisales, and China correspondent Emily Feng.

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2022-08-02
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The 2024 Presidential Race Begins To Take Shape

While voters and pundits alike wait to see which candidates will declare presidential runs, potential candidates on the Republican side are trying to distance themselves from former president Donald Trump. Many Democrats, meanwhile, remain skeptical of President Biden's chances in 2024 & wonder if he should not seek a second term.

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2022-08-01
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Weekly Roundup: July 29, 2022

President Biden scored a major legislative victory this week as West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin agreed to back the administration's Inflation Reduction Act in the Senate. But, what could the bill do if passed, and will it help an economy some argue is either close to ? or already in ? a recession?

This episode: political correspondent Susan Davis, congressional correspondent Deirdre Walsh, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and business correspondent David Gura.

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2022-07-29
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Will The Jan. 6 Investigations Have An Impact On The 2024 Race?

The Department of Justice's investigation into the events of January 6 has expanded to include testimony from more members of then-President Trump and then-Vice President Pence's inner circles, like former Pence chief of staff Marc Short. But does this investigation have any impact on how Republican voters say they plan to vote in the 2024 presidential primaries?

Listen to our special report on the January 6th attacks.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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2022-07-28
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Indiana Lawmakers Debate Strengthening Abortion Restrictions

After Roe v. Wade was overturned in June, the issue of reproductive rights was returned to states to decide. In a special session currently taking place in the Indiana legislature, Republican lawmakers are pushing to ban most abortions in the state, with a few exceptions. But, not all Republicans are on board with the proposal, saying it goes too far, and the White House is also lobbying against the measure.

This episode: political correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Asma Khalid, and Indiana Public Broadcasting statehouse bureau chief Brandon Davis.

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2022-07-27
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Supreme Court Skepticism Leads Dems To Push Codifying Same-Sex Marriage

After June's ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization overturned the constitutional right to an abortion established in Roe v. Wade, Democrats in Congress are trying to enshrine other protections into federal law in case they are subject to similar Supreme Court action. A bill seeking to protect the right to same-sex marriage has passed the House with bipartisan support, but faces a challenge in the evenly divided Senate.

This episode: political correspondent Susan Davis, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and political correspondent Danielle Kurtzleben.

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2022-07-26
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In Arizona, Trump and Pence Offer Competing Views For Republicans' Futures

The former president and vice president held separate rallies for candidates in Arizona's August Republican gubernatorial primary election, drawing a contrast in how each wants to guide the direction of the party. Mike Pence's preferred candidate, Karrin Taylor Robson, is supported by the state's outgoing governor, Doug Ducey, while Donald Trump's pick, Kari Lake, is running a campaign that mirrors many of his policies and, his falsehoods about the 2020 presidential election.

This episode: political correspondent Susan Davis, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, and KJZZ report Ben Giles.

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2022-07-25
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Exposing The Secrets Of The January 6th Attack

How did the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol come together? Who was involved in planning it? What did President Trump know and why did he take so long to respond? How much danger were lawmakers in? And, finally, who will be held accountable?

In this hourlong special, the NPR Politics team breaks down the key insights from the public hearings.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Claudia Grisales, national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and senior political editor and correspondent Ron Elving.

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2022-07-22
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Latino Voters, Trump, And The Republican Party

President Biden has tested positive for the coronavirus and is experiencing mild symptoms. Our coverage: https://n.pr/3zoCtkb

Is there such a thing as "the Hispanic vote"? Is Latino a more suitable term? And who is Ben Fernandez, the first person of Hispanic origin to run for president?

In our latest installment of the NPR Politics Book Club, Danielle Kurtzleben talks to Geraldo Cadava about his book The Hispanic Republican: The Shaping of an American Political Identity, from Nixon to Trump.

Our September book selection is The Family Roe, by Joshua Prager. Join the conversation in our Facebook group, send your questions to @titonka on Twitter or via email to [email protected]

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2022-07-21
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Just 5 Percent Of Young Voters Strongly Approve Of Biden's Performance

The president's support among young voters ? who generally trend Democratic ? is anemic, with their level of support comparable with his numbers among whites without college degrees and white evangelical Christians.

Part of the problem for Biden may be his big promises: then-candidate Biden promised transformational change, but his narrow control of the Senate and intraparty opposition has constrained his progress on key goals like climate. Despite the president's posture as a deal-maker, he has been largely absent from efforts to break the legislative logjam.

This episode: political correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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2022-07-20
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Election Conspiracy Theorists Are Canvasing The Country, Searching For Fraud

The effort has further taxed local election officials, who have fielded worried calls from voters who believed that the canvassers were affiliated with the government.

This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, voting reporter Miles Parks, and Colorado Public Radio reporter Bente Birkeland.

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2022-07-19
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Black People Are The Fastest-Growing Group Of Gun Owners In The U.S.

Black gun owners told NPR that they largely own guns for protection; many feel the government does not do enough to protect their safety. Unlike most white gun owners, most Black gun owners feel that it is more important to control gun violence than it is to protect gun rights.

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This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, race and identity reporter Alana Wise, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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2022-07-18
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First Gen Z Candidates Run For The House; Many Can't Get Ballots In Their Language

The young candidates say they hope to fix broken institutions that they feel have let their generation down. And a quirk in how a half-century old voting rights provision is written means many Americans have trouble getting ballots in languages like Arabic and Haitian Creole.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, political reporter Elena Moore, political correspondent Danielle Kurtzleben, and voting correspondent Hansi Lo Wang.

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2022-07-15
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Presidents Can't Fix Inflation. It Doesn't Stop Americans From Blaming Them For It.

Inflation hit a new, 40-year high in June, with consumer prices up 9.1% from a year ago. Gas prices were a big part of this, but the cost of essentials like food and shelter are also rising rapidly.

It is a real problem for Americans trying to make ends meet ? and one that lawmakers, including Joe Biden, have few tools to address. That is likely to leave Democrats in a lurch come November's midterm elections.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Scott Detrow, and chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley.

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2022-07-14
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Vaping, COVID, And The Biden Administration's Approach To Public Health

The Biden administration says Americans now have access to the tools they need to protect themselves from COVID, as a new spike in cases begins. Deaths have remained low so far and the administration ? recognizing the political realities ? has not pushed for new restrictions.

Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration is moving ahead on a suite of initiatives aimed at reducing smoking and vaping ? the latest, surprisingly apolitical chapter in a public health crusade that's notched hard-fought wins over many decades.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and health correspondent Allison Aubrey.

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2022-07-13
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Jan. 6 Hearing: People Who Believed Trump Face Consequences. So Far, Trump Doesn't.

The committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack held its seventh public hearing Tuesday, focusing on the role right-wing extremist groups ? such as the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers ? played in planning the deadly siege.

It also featured testimony from Stephen Ayres, a former Ohio factory worker, who said he stormed the Capitol after President Trump suggested it because he believed Trump's claims that the election had been stolen.

And: President Trump attempted to call a witness in the Jan. 6 investigation following the last hearing on June 28 with Cassidy Hutchinson, the committee said.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and justice correspondent Ryan Lucas.

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2022-07-13
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Massively Popular Ideas Can't Pass Congress. Is It Time To Reform The System?

The overwhelming majority of gun owners are in favor of universal background checks, of raising the minimum age to buy guns to 21 and so-called "red flag" laws to remove guns from potentially dangerous people, a new NPR/Ipsos survey finds. That mirrors the support among the rest of the public.

So why is it that ideas with broad-based support have such trouble becoming federal law?

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.

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2022-07-11
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Weekly Roundup: July 8th

President Biden has exchanged letters with the WNBA all-star, who is behind bars in Russia. It's the latest example of the thorny politics surrounding Americans jailed abroad.

And the president will take his first trip to the Middle East next week, visiting Israel and Saudi Arabia. His administration has embraced the success of the Abraham Accords, an agreement brokered during the Trump administration to better integrate Israel with its neighbors in the region.

This episode: political correspondent Danielle Kurtzleben, Moscow correspondent Charles Maynes, White House correspondent Asma Khalid, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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2022-07-08
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Abortion Access Is Now A Key Issue In Many Governor's Races

When the Supreme Court declared that abortion access is an issue that should be decided by states, it introduced a new, high-stakes political fight into many of the 36 gubernatorial races happening this year. Here's what that looks like in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political correspondent Danielle Kurtzleben, WHYY political reporter Katie Meyer, and Michigan Radio reporter Zoe Clark.

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2022-07-07
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The Grassroots Efforts To Spread Election Conspiracies

Election misinformation has spread beyond the confines of social media to local, grassroots events taking place throughout the country. An NPR investigation explores the role four prominent election denial influencers have in promoting false claims about the 2020 election, and how the events they hold & the ideas they promote affect election officials ? and erode trust in the democratic process.

This episode: political correspondent Danielle Kurtzleben, political correspondent Miles Parks, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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2022-07-06
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American Democratic Norms Continue To Falter As Some Republicans Refuse To Concede

Republican primary candidates who lost by substantial margins are refusing to concede their races ? echoing Donald Trump's baseless claims of voter fraud and potentially setting up lucrative post-election fundraising schemes.

This episode: congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, Georgia Public Broadcasting reporter Stephen Fowler, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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2022-07-05
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Planet Money: What's Causing Inflation?

The last few months have made us acutely aware of inflation. We all agree that it's making our lives harder, but economists disagree about what's causing it.

A special episode from our friends at Planet Money: https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510289/planet-money
2022-07-04
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As The Supreme Court Ends Its Term, The Christian Nationalist Right Keeps Winning

The Supreme Court ends its term and Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson takes the bench. And how does the Christian right keep securing political wins even as the share of like-minded Americans dwindles?

This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, political reporter Ashley Lopez, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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2022-07-01
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Supreme Court Curbs Environmental Protection Agency's Power To Protect Environment

The Supreme Court limited the ways in which the EPA could regulate greenhouse gas pollution from power plants, jeopardizing President Biden's goal for an emissions-free power sector by 2035.

And the high court sided with the Biden administration in a case concerning the White House's decision to end the so-called "Remain in Mexico" policy. The Trump-era policy had required asylum seekers to either be detained in the U.S. or sent to Mexico where while they wait for months or years to have their asylum claims reviewed. Now, Biden will be allowed to end the policy.

This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, climate reporter Laura Benshoff, and immigration reporter Joel Rose.

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2022-06-30
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NATO Expansion To Move Ahead Despite Russia's War In Ukraine

The alliance is poised to admit Sweden and Finland after Turkey dropped its objections to their membership. The U.S. will bolster its military presence in Europe as Russia continues its war in Ukraine. And Biden's trip to Europe to meet with other world leaders has included a number of meetings on global inflation and the economy.

This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.

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2022-06-29
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Trump Tried To Join Attack On Capitol; Our Interview With VP Harris On End Of Roe

According to testimony from White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, Trump knew that the some protesters were armed before encouraging them to march on the Capitol, didn't want to intervene once they stormed the building, and indicated he agreed with the chants that Vice President Pence should be hanged. Hutchinson said that Rudy Giuliani and Chief of Staff Mark Meadows sought pardons.

And, in an interview with NPR's Asma Khalid, Vice President Kamala Harris refused to say whether she supports ending the filibuster ? a tool that allows senators to force a 60-vote majority to pass legislation and has stymied the administration's goals. She said that right now, there is not enough support among the party's lawmakers to make that change and that voters who are concerned need to elect more Democrats to Congress.

This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Deirdre Walsh, senior political editor and correspondent Ron Elving, and White House correspondent Ron Elving.

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2022-06-29
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Gun Split Screen: Biden Signs Safety Measures As Justices Nix A Century-Old Law

On Saturday, Biden signed legislation designed to prevent people convicted of domestic abuse from owning a gun and increase the prevalence of state "red flag" laws.

The new law comes just days after the Supreme Court's conservative majority ruled there is a constitutional right to carry a handgun in public for self-defense, striking down a long-standing New York law that restricted concealed carry.

This episode: congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, WNYC reporter Jon Campbell, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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2022-06-27
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Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade

In a 6-3 vote along partisan lines, the Supreme Court's conservative majority has overturned Roe v. Wade, the 50-year-old case that was the basis for legal abortion across the United States. The result: a split national landscape, with states free to enforce laws prohibiting abortion.

This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, national correspondent Sarah McCammon, demographics and culture correspondent Danielle Kurtzleben, and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.

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2022-06-24
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Trump Pressured Justice Department To Act Based On Baseless Election Fraud Claims

Top Trump-era Justice officials, including acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen, testified about the former president's push to have the Justice Department substantiate his election fraud claims. He came very close to firing the officials who stood in his way and installing one who would not.

And a number of Republicans who supported Trump's efforts to subvert the Democratic process asked the president for pardons, according to the testimony of administration aides.

This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.

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2022-06-24
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It Didn't End On January 6th: Republican Election Fraud Conspiracies Persist

In Nashville last week, Christian conservatives echoed Trump's claims about fraud after his speech at their conference. In Texas, the state GOP incorporated the idea that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent into the party's new platform.

Sharply-partisan districts and an ever-more polarized public have drawn lawmakers like Rep. Elise Stefanik, once known for her moderate politics, to publicly promote the former president's attacks on the American democratic process.

This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, political correspondent Susan Davis, political reporter Ashley Lopez, and North Country Public radio reporter Zach Hirsch.

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2022-06-22
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Republican Officials Detail Trump's Effort To Subvert Presidential Election Results

The officials who appeared before the Jan. 6 committee were Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and his chief operating officer Gabriel Sterling ? all Republicans who indicated then-President Trump pushed them to violate their obligations to the Constitution.

The committee also heard from Shaye Moss, a former staff election worker in Georgia who was targeted by Trump and his allies over baseless conspiracy theories about election fraud. She left her job as racist attacks and threats against her safety mounted.

This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Deirdre Walsh, and Georgia Public Broadcasting's Stephen Fowler.

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2022-06-22
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How To Make The Public Safer? It's A Lot Harder Than Just Hiring More Police

A special episode from our friends at Code Switch:

In the wake of violence and tragedies, people are often left in search of ways to feel safe again. That almost inevitably to conversations about the role of police. On today's episode, we're talking to the author and sociologist Alex Vitale, who argues that many spaces in U.S. society over-rely on the police to prevent problems that are better addressed through other means. Doing so, he says, can prevent us from properly investing in resources and programs that could make the country safer in the long run.

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This episode was fact-checked by Alyssa Jeong Perry and Christina Cala. Summer Thomad, Alyssa Jeong Perry, Diba Mohtasham and Christina Cala contributed to the production.
2022-06-20
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Inflation At 40-Year High; Jan. 6 Committee Wants To Talk To Ginni Thomas

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Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, reportedly said she'd be willing to speak to the committee following reporting by the Washington Post that Thomas was communicating with a Trump legal adviser at the heart of the probe.

And the Federal Reserve escalated its battle against inflation Wednesday, announcing the largest interest rate hike in 28 years as the central bank struggles to regain control over soaring prices.

This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional correspondent Deirdre Walsh, legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley, and voting reporter Miles Parks.

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2022-06-17
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"Illegal and Unconstitutional:" What We Learned From The Third Jan. 6 Hearing

The committee centered its third hearing around one person in particular: former Vice President Mike Pence, honing in on the pressure put on him by former President Trump to overturn the 2020 election. Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney began the hearing by saying: "What the president wanted the vice president to do was not just wrong. It was illegal and unconstitutional." The hearing featured live testimony from two Pence legal advisors, Greg Jacob and retired fourth circuit judge Michael Luttig.

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This episode: Voting correspondent Miles Parks, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales and senior political editor and correspondent Ron Elving.

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2022-06-17
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AAPI Voters In Nevada Talk Economy, Inflation; Gun Legislation Moves Through Congress

Ahead of those elections, NPR held discussions with Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voters in the Nevada about their concerns and priorities ahead of the midterms, ranging from the cost of living to gun violence.

Then, a look at what Congress is doing to address gun violence in the wake of mass shootings in Buffalo, N.Y., and Uvalde, Texas, and whether any legislation has a chance of passing.

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This episode: congressional correspondents Kelsey Snell and Susan Davis, political correspondent Juana Summers and political reporter Barbara Sprunt

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2022-06-15
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Why People In Republican-Leaning Areas Seem More Likely To Die Prematurely

One theory: as polarization pushed policy-making out of Congress and toward states, divergent policies passed in red and blue-leaning states may have caused a big ? and growing ? gap in health outcomes.

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This episode: political correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and health correspondent Allison Aubrey.

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2022-06-14
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'Detached From Reality': William Barr Says Trump Obsessed Over Fraud Conspiracies

The second hearing into the Jan. 6 insurrection featured a slew of clips from top Trump aides from the campaign and administration testifying that the former president was repeatedly told that voter fraud claims were not true ? but he continued to double-down, both publicly and privately.

And senators came to a very narrow agreement on measures designed to curb gun violence.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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2022-06-13
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Weekly Roundup: June 10

The hearing documenting former President Trump's role in the January 6th riot was largely told through recorded clips. But Rep. Liz Cheney ? a Republican from Wyoming and an ousted member of GOP leadership ? also played a starring role. Why did she break with her Republican colleagues?

And in California, progressive Democrats had setbacks in two high-profile elections ? the LA mayoral primary and a recall election for the District Attorney in San Francisco.

This episode: demographics and culture correspondent Danielle Kurtzleben, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, congressional correspondent Deirdre Walsh, and KQED reporter Marisa Lagos.

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2022-06-10
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