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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.

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Pandemic Opens A New Front In The Battle Over Abortion Access

Should abortion count as an essential medical service during the coronavirus outbreak? States disagree, prompting court fights. And lawmakers differ on what a fourth round of rescue legislation should look like. This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and national correspondent Sarah McCammon.
2020-03-31
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President Trump Extends Social Distancing Guidance Through April

President Trump is now asking Americans to stay at home through April, with some hints that the social distancing measures could last even longer. Even with the aggressive measures in place, the White House says 100,000 Americans could die from the outbreak. This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and science correspondent Richard Harris.
2020-03-30
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Weekly Roundup: Friday, March 27

A record number of Americans filed for unemployment benefits for the first time last week as the coronavirus hammered the economy. It's nearly five times the levels seen during the Great Recession.

Plus, President Trump has hit his highest approval rating since becoming president ? 47%, according to an average of the polls. That's an increase of nearly 3 points over the last two weeks.

This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, chief economic correspondent Scott Horsley, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.
2020-03-27
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Joe Biden, Retail Politician, Tries His Hand At Virtual Campaigning

Joe Biden has held a number of web-based campaign events and fundraisers now that the coronavirus outbreak has grounded his campaign. Early efforts were plagued with problems, though there are signs things are improving.

And congressional candidates are also facing challenges, even with the most essential of campaign tasks ? like getting enough signatures to appear on the ballot.

This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, and demographics and culture reporter Juana Summers.
2020-03-26
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Senate and White House Announce Deal On Coronavirus Package

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell touted a bipartisan deal to provide emergency funds in response to the new coronavirus pandemic and committed to passing the legislation Wednesday, though some in his caucus have raised objections to a key provision. If passed, the bill would provide cash payments to Americans, help to struggling small businesses and more resources to state and local governments, as well as to hospitals. It also includes a number of accountability measures meant to ensure the funds are used responsibly.

This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley.
2020-03-25
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As Congress Closes In On A Deal, Trump Says He Wants To Open U.S. By Easter

A Senate agreement on emergency funding to address the coronavirus could be "hours" away, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday, as Republicans and Democrats seemed close to bridging disagreements that have stalled a deal on the approximately $2 trillion package.

And on a Fox News special, President Trump said that he hopes the United States can begin to get back to normal by the middle of next month, potentially setting up a clash with public health officials. Th

is episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and congressional reporter Claudia Grisales.
2020-03-24
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Tempers Flare In Coronavirus Aid Negotiations

As financial markets fall and case numbers soar, Congress has (so far) been unable to reach a deal on a major coronavirus aid package with an expected price tag of more than a trillion dollars. Also, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has become the first senator to test positive for the coronavirus. Close contact with Paul has led at least two other senators to self-quarantine.

This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell.
2020-03-23
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Weekly Roundup: Friday, March 20

The Senate is negotiating another aid package to address the coronavirus, one that would provide direct cash payments, loan guarantees for impacted businesses and more resources for testing and development of vaccines.

Also, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee warned a small group of well-connected constituents three weeks ago to prepare for dire economic and societal effects of the coronavirus, according to a secret recording obtained by NPR.

This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and investigative correspondent Tim Mak.
2020-03-20
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White House Touts Coronavirus Treatments, As FDA Warns They May Be Months Away

The White House gave a press conference Thursday afternoon touting potential new treatments for the coronavirus. The head of the Food and Drug Administration warned that their effectiveness and testing timeline remain uncertain.

Also, Congress may soon pass a trillion dollar stimulus package that would provide cash directly to Americans and a backstop for the wide swaths of the economy crippled by the coronavirus outbreak.

This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, and Chief Economics Correspondent Scott Horsley.
2020-03-19
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President Trump Partly Shuts Border With Canada

The Defense Department said it would contribute to the coronavirus pandemic response with hospital ships, field treatment centers and medical supplies. Congress also ramped up its response, with the Senate expected to pass a stimulus package Wednesday afternoon.

This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and White House correspondent Tamara Keith.
2020-03-18
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After More Primaries Biden Grows Lead As Coronavirus Reshapes Primary Calendar

Joe Biden now has secured more than half of delegates in the Democratic primary contest, making a Bernie Sanders comeback increasingly unlikely. Biden won primaries in Florida, Illinois, and Arizona on Tuesday night. Sanders gave a speech before voting had ended without mentioning the election at all. Instead, he used the address to debut his proposal to combat the economic impact of the coronavirus.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, campaign correspondents Asma Khalid and Scott Detrow, and voting reporter Miles Parks.
2020-03-18
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Trump: Avoid Gatherings Of More Than 10 People To Limit Contagion

President Trump gave a briefing on the coronavirus this afternoon in which he acknowledged that the coronavirus could cause disruptions for several more months. The stock market dropped more than 10 percent Monday.

Also, four states are scheduled to hold primaries tomorrow: Ohio, Florida, Arizona, and Illinois. But concerns about the spread of the coronavirus have made the prospect of in-person voting more complicated.

This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.
2020-03-16
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Biden, Sanders Debate One-On-One As Coronavirus Upends The Race

Former Vice President Joe Biden made big news, committing to have a woman as his running mate. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said it would be his "strong tendency."

Biden and Sanders started Sunday night's debate with an elbow bump and responded to the coronavirus crisis. They got into detailed arguments over their records on a range of issues, from bankruptcy to immigration.

This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, political correspondent Asma Khalid, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.
2020-03-16
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Weekly Roundup: Friday, March 13

President Trump declared a national emergency Friday afternoon amid growing concern about the coronavirus outbreak across the United States. The move, widely expected, frees up $50 billion for states to deal with the crisis.

This week former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders both criticized President Trump for his handling of the pandemic. The virus has now reshaped how candidates will campaign ahead of the next round of primaries only days away.

This episode: Congressional correspondents Susan Davis and Kelsey Snell, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and political correspondents Scott Detrow and Asma Khalid.
2020-03-13
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Pelosi Vows To Bring Coronavirus Bill To House Floor As Republicans Push For Changes

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will vote Thursday on a package of measures to address the coronavirus despite pushback from the top House Republican that the bill "comes up short."

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez.
2020-03-12
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President Trump Issues New Travel Restrictions As Coronavirus Spreads

In remarks from the Oval Office Wednesday night, President Trump announced actions aimed at curbing the spread and economic downfall of coronavirus, which the World Health Organization has classified as a pandemic. The efforts include a ban on travel from European countries to the United States in addition to proposals attempting to ease the financial strain on workers and businesses.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, science correspondent Richard Harris and chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley.
2020-03-12
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Sanders Says He Is Winning 'Generational Debate,' Losing On 'Electability'

Despite an underwhelming performance in yesterday's primary contests, Bernie Sanders says he remains a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination. Sanders pointed to Sunday's one-on-one debate with Biden in Arizona as a chance to change the minds of voters who say they like his policy ideas but view Biden as the best option to defeat Trump in November.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and campaign correspondent Scott Detrow.
2020-03-11
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Joe Biden Wins Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi Primaries

Joe Biden's campaign momentum continued on Big Tuesday, with decisive wins in at least three of six primary elections. The results paint a grim picture for Bernie Sanders and his chances of securing the nomination.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign correspondents Asma Khalid and Scott Detrow, and senior political editor and correspondent Ron Elving.
2020-03-11
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Stocks Fall Sharply Ahead Of "Big Tuesday" Primaries

As financial markets reckon with another acute shock, a question for the White House resurfaces: will it take measures to stabilize the U.S. economy? And Michigan, Missouri, and four other states head to the polls Tuesday, in what could be be a make-or-break day for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley, campaign correspondent Juana Summers, and national political correspondent Don Gonyea.
2020-03-09
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Weekly Roundup: Friday, March 6th

As the public continues to brace for the spread of the new coronavirus, President Trump has continued to spread misinformation about the disease. And Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the Senate, made charged remarks on the steps of the Supreme Court that drew a rebuke from Chief Justice John Roberts.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, science correspondent Richard Harris, legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, and congressional editor Deirdre Walsh.
2020-03-06
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Elizabeth Warren Ends Her Campaign, Talks About Support from 'All Those Little Girls'

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren ended her bid for the presidency on Thursday, marking the end of a campaign that once rocketed Warren to front runner-status. In her exit speech, Warren acknowledged "all those little girls who are gonna have to wait four more years" for a woman to have a shot at the presidency.

Her exit raises questions about why, with a historic number of women running for president, the only seemingly viable candidates remaining are white men.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.
2020-03-05
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Mike Bloomberg Drops Out; Demographics Of Biden's Supporters

Joe Biden's victories on Super Tuesday illustrated the importance of campaign momentum. He won in several states where he had little to no campaign infrastructure and did not advertise. That was possible because of his commanding support from African Americans and older voters.

Also, Mike Bloomberg exits the race and Elizabeth Warren considers her future.

This episode: congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, demographics and culture reporter Juana Summers, and senior political editor/correspondent Domenico Montanaro.
2020-03-04
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Super Tuesday: Biden's Surge Continues As Sanders Leads In California

Joe Biden topped the polls in eight states on Super Tuesday, including surprise wins in Minnesota and Massachusetts. Bernie Sanders lead in four states, including California.

As in earlier contests, exit polls show a sharp divide in the party: young and Latino voters overwhelming prefer Sanders, while older and black voters generally side with Biden.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign correspondents Asma Khalid and Scott Detrow, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.
2020-03-04
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How They'll Win: Candidates Outline Path To Nomination Ahead of Super Tuesday

Our reporters have been following the Democratic presidential candidates all across the country for months. Ahead of Super Tuesday, we check in with them to learn how each presidential hopeful thinks they will be able to secure the nomination. And, we say "bye, bye, bye" to two candidates who decided that they didn't see a path forward.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.
2020-03-02
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Joe Biden Wins Big In South Carolina. Now What?

The Associated Press has called the South Carolina primary race for former Vice President Joe Biden. It gives his campaign a much needed boost ahead of the slew of Super Tuesday contests in three days.

Bernie Sanders has an infrastructure advantage in the coming contests, but will Biden's momentum and Mike Bloomberg's cash imperil his shot at the Democratic nomination?

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign correspondents Scott Detrow and Asma Khalid.
2020-03-01
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Weekly Roundup: February 28th

By some measures, this week was the stock market's worst since the 2008 financial crisis as traders worried about the market impacts of the new coronavirus. The administration continues its effort to project stability and preparedness. If the downturn lasts though, it does not bode well for the president's reelection chances.

Also, former Vice President Joe Biden faces what may be the most pivotal day of his half-century long political career in Saturday's South Carolina primary. Ahead of the vote, our portrait of his candidacy at this inflection point.

This episode: congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, and chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley.
2020-02-28
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This Majority-Minority City Voted For Donald Trump

As part of our Where Voters Are series, NPR's Ari Shapiro and Colorado Public Radio's Bente Birkeland share their reporting from Pueblo, Colorado.

Over the next several months, NPR will feature stories from eight communities around the country as our reporters embed in the community to report on the wide array of issues that will shape voters' choices this election cycle.

This episode: congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, All Things Considered host Ari Shapiro, and Colorado Public Radio reporter Bente Birkeland.
2020-02-27
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Here's How The U.S. Is Responding To Coronavirus

United States health officials delivered a clear message Tuesday: serious measures could be required to stem the new coronavirus. One top official described the spread of the disease in the U.S. as inevitable.

That tone is in clear contrast to the messages coming from the White House. After a sharp dip in the stock market Monday, President Trump tweeted that the disease "is very much under control in the USA." He is scheduled to address the nation again tonight.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley.
2020-02-26
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Bernie Sanders and Mike Bloomberg Face Debate Attacks

In a chaotic CBS debate in South Carolina, candidates of all stripes attacked Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders as he continues to pull away from the pack. He faced questions about his praise for educational advancements in Cuba under the Castro regime and the cost of his domestic policy proposals.

Former New York City Mike Bloomberg once again faced criticism for his comments toward women. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren accused him of telling an employee to terminate her pregnancy, which Bloomberg denies.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, demographics and culture correspondent Juana Summers, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.
2020-02-26
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Candidates Jockey For Position As Sanders Alternative Ahead of Tuesday Debate

Moderate presidential hopefuls face a collective action problem?each wants to see voters rally behind one alternative to Bernie Sanders, but (so far) none are willing to quit the race in order to make it happen.

And while Joe Biden was once the uncontested front-runner in South Carolina, lavish spending by Tom Steyer and an uptick in attention from the Sanders campaign means that Biden's chances aren't what they once were.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, senior political editor-correspondents Domenico Montanaro and Ron Elving.
2020-02-24
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Bernie Sanders Projected to Win Nevada Caucus

Senator Bernie Sanders is the projected winner of the Nevada caucus, according the Associated Press.

"In Nevada, we have just put together a multi-generational, multiracial coalition, which is going to not only win in Nevada, it's going to sweep this country," Sanders boasted at a rally in San Antonio, Texas, shortly after news outlets reported his caucus win.

Former South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg warned that nominating Sanders could cost Democrats seats in down-ticket races.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, campaign correspondents Asma Khalid and Scott Detrow.
2020-02-23
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Weekly Roundup: Friday, February 21

As Nevada prepares for tomorrow's caucus, state party officials express confidence that it will run more smoothly than Iowa's caucus.

Also, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has prioritized engaging Latino voters in the state and that effort appears to be paying off with younger voters there.

This episode: congressional correspondent Scott Detrow and political reporters Claudia Grisales and Miles Parks.
2020-02-21
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Bloomberg Faces Voters After Debate; Trump Ally Roger Stone Sentenced

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg hit the campaign trail in Salt Lake City, Utah today after a debate performance that some say left him bruised. Meanwhile, Roger Stone ? President Trump's longtime friend and political adviser ? was sentenced to more than three years in prison amid uproar about what critics call Trump's interference in the justice system.

This episode: Congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, Justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.

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2020-02-20
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NPR Politics Live From Thousand Oaks, CA: Recapping The Democratic Debate

This is a special episode, recorded in front of a live audience at Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks, California. The cast recaps the ninth Democratic primary debate, in which candidates turned up the heat ahead of this weekend's Nevada caucuses. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg ? a newcomer to the 2020 debate stage ? was a top target for attacks, from allegations of sexual harassment to his billionaire status.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, demographics and culture correspondent Juana Summers and senior editor and correspondent Ron Elving.

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2020-02-20
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Michael Bloomberg Qualifies For Wednesday Debate As Sanders Secures Double-Digit Lead

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will appear on Wednesday's debate stage in Nevada, after qualifying in this morning's NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist poll. He is likely to draw attacks from Democrats on stage for his campaign's unprecedented ad spending that enabled his rise in the polls.

And Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has opened up a double-digit lead in the Democratic nominating contest with 31% support nationally, up 9 points since December.

This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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2020-02-18
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NPR's Throughline Presents: 'She Got Next'

This President's Day we're bringing you a special episode from NPR's Throughline. It's a podcast that looks at the past in order to understand the present. This episode the team looks at the history of women running for president of the United State.

There are more female candidates in this presidential campaign cycle than at any other time in American history. But women were running for the highest office before they could even vote. How three women ran and challenged the notion of who could and should be president of the United States.

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2020-02-17
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Weekly Roundup: Friday, February 14

Attorney General William Barr asked President Trump to stop his social media commentary on Thursday after the flap over the case involving Trump's adviser Roger Stone. The next day Trump tweeted in response.

Plus, with impeachment over Democrats and Republicans in Congress map out what future investigations may look like.

This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, Justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, political reporter Tim Mak, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and Senior Political Editor and Correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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2020-02-14
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Candidates Vie For Support Of Black Voters; Bloomberg Remarks Cause Controversy

Joe Biden's theory of the case is that his current support among black voters will lead to success in Nevada and South Carolina. That, in turn, he hopes will propel him to victory in the Super Tuesday contests in early March.

Michael Bloomberg, along with other candidates, hope to earn the support of black voters and erode Biden's base. For Bloomberg, his past remarks about black men and crime, "stop-and-frisk" policing, and housing discrimination could make that difficult.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, demographics and culture correspondent Juana Summers, and national political correspondent Don Gonyea.

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2020-02-13
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After Trump Tweet, DOJ Softens Sentencing Recommendation For POTUS Ally

Hours after the Justice Department intervened to seek a shorter sentence for Roger Stone, the four federal prosecutors who secured his conviction withdrew from the case.

Stone was convicted in November on charges of lying to Congress, obstructing its investigation and witness tampering. Judge Amy Berman Jackson has the ultimate authority to hand down the sentence in his case.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, Justice Department correspondent Ryan Lucas, and White House correspondent Tamara Keith.

More from the NPR Politics Team:
Scott Detrow on Short Wave, NPR's daily science podcast, talking about where leading Democratic presidential contenders stand on climate policy.

Danielle Kurtzleben on NPR's Throughline, discussing the history of women running for president of the United States.

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2020-02-12
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Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire Democratic Primary

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has narrowly won the New Hampshire Democratic primary, as moderate voters split their voters between other candidates.

Former South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar both had strong showings in New Hampshire. The state's electorate is considerably older and whiter than that of the nearly all of the remaining contests. Despite this result, both candidates face an uphill climb to the nomination because of a dearth of support from voters of color.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren both under-performed expectations. Neither secured any delegates in the state, with their vote totals falling below the necessary 15 percent threshold.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis and campaign correspondents Asma Khalid and Scott Detrow.

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2020-02-12
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On the Ground In New Hampshire

In this special episode of The NPR Politics Podcast, Asma Khalid travels to candidate events around the state of New Hampshire and speaks with reporters from NPR and New Hampshire Public Radio about the themes of the race days before the first-in-the-nation primary.

This episode: NPR correspondents Asma Khalid, Scott Detrow, and Mara Liasson; New Hampshire Public Radio reporters Lauren Choolijian, Sarah Gibson, and Casey McDermott.

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2020-02-10
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Voters Of Color At The Center Of Heated Democratic Debate

At the end of a busy week in American politics, seven Democrats took the stage in New Hampshire ahead of the state's Tuesday primary.

Each candidate made the case for his or her own electability in a still-crowded field, a topic that remains top of mind for Democratic voters after a chaotic caucus in Iowa. In particular, they spoke at length about how their platforms would help Americans of color.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and campaign correspondents Scott Detrow and Asma Khalid.

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2020-02-08
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Tensions Between Pelosi and Trump on Display After Senate Acquittal

The impeachment trial is over, but there are still hard feelings between President Trump and Democratic leadership. Those tensions were on display today at the National Prayer Breakfast, during House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's weekly press conference and at President Trump's White House address on acquittal.

This episode: Congressional correspondents Susan Davis and Kelsey Snell, and White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe.

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2020-02-06
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Senate Votes To Acquit President Trump, Ending Historic Impeachment Trial

Senators voted mostly along party lines this afternoon to acquit President Trump on two articles of impeachment. The White House called President Trump's acquittal a "full vindication and exoneration." But in a surprise decision, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, joined Democrats to vote "guilty" on Article I.

This episode, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and senior political editor and correspondent Ron Elving.

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2020-02-06
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"Stronger Than Ever Before": Trump Delivers Made-For-TV State of The Union Address

It was a highly partisan event. Trump touted his own accomplishments on issues like the economy and paid family leave, lowering the cost of health care, immigration and national security.

It was punctuated by made-for-TV moments, including a surprise appearance by a soldier as his family was recognized for their sacrifice.

Republicans present gave Trump repeated, resounding applause. After the conclusion of the remarks, Nancy Pelosi ripped up a copy of Trump's speech.

This episode, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and senior political editor and correspondent Ron Elving.

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2020-02-05
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Buttigieg And Sanders Locked In Tight Race After Partial Iowa Results Released

Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., is neck and neck with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Iowa caucuses, according to a partial release of results from the state Democratic Party. Even without final totals out of Iowa, candidates are looking towards New Hampshire where the first primary will be held in just one week.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Juana Summers, and senior editor and political correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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2020-02-05
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Iowa Results Waylaid By "Technical Difficulties," Democrats Say

As problems with a mobile app through which vote tallies were transmitted electronically caused a delay in the reporting of Iowa caucus results on Monday night, Democratic candidates seized the moment to fire up their supporters.

Several Democratic contenders delivered what sounded like victory speeches, even though state officials have not yet released vote totals.

It is unclear when officials plan on announcing the results.

This episode: White House Correspondent Tamara Keith, election security and voting reporter Miles Parks, campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, and National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson.

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2020-02-04
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In Impeachment Trial, Both Sides Make Final Pitch on Conviction vs. Acquittal

The White House legal team and House managers made their closing arguments today in the Senate impeachment trial. With an acquittal looking almost certain after Friday's vote against witnesses and evidence, House managers asked Senators how they want their legacy remembered while the White House defense said to let the voters decide. All of this happened as Iowans prepare to caucus tonight, kicking off voting in the presidential primary.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and Congressional correspondent Susan Davis.

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2020-02-03
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Special Episode: On The Ground in Iowa

In this special episode of the NPR Politics Podcast, Scott Detrow travels to candidate events around the state of Iowa days and speaks with our campaign reporters about the themes of the race in the days before the first-in-the-nation caucus.

This episode: campaign correspondents Scott Detrow and Asma Khalid, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, and political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben.

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2020-02-03
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NPR Politics Live From Des Moines: The Road To 2020

This is a special episode, recorded in front of a live audience at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines, IA on Friday, January 31. The cast breaks down everything you need to know about the upcoming Iowa caucuses and how impeachment is affecting the race.

This episode: political correspondent Asma Khalid, campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro and IPR's lead political reporter Clay Masters. Email the show at [email protected] Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

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2020-02-01
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