The NPR Politics Podcast

The NPR Politics Podcast

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Episodes

July 25, 2024 11 mins
The president was emphatic about the threat that Donald Trump poses to American democracy. He said that after a lifetime of service, it was time to pass the torch.

This episode: voting correspondent Ashley Lopez, senior White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and senior national political correspondent Mara Liasson.

The podcast is produced by Casey Morell and Kelli Wessinger. Our intern is Bria Suggs. Our editor i...
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In a speech at her campaign headquarters, Vice President Harris highlighted her background as a prosecutor and will work to unite the party and earn the nomination.

This episode: voting correspondent Ashley Lopez, White House correspondent Ashley Lopez, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

The podcast is produced by Casey Morell and Kelli Wessinger. Our intern is Bria Suggs. Our editor...
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Vice President Harris faces no major opposition for the Democratic nomination. The fundraising platform ActBlue has reported more than $50 million in donations since she was endorsed by President Biden last night. Now, attention is turning to who she may select for her running mate.

This episode: voting correspondent Ashley Lopez, senior White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and political correspondent Susan Davis.
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Biden strenuously resisted pressure to step down from the campaign for weeks after a debate in which he struggled to speak clearly and coherently. But, ultimately, the pressure from his fellow Democratic and donors became too much to ignore. We discuss what comes next.

This episode: national political correspondent Sarah McCammon, senior White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and senior political editor and correspondent ...
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In a lengthy speech formally accepting the Republican nomination for president, Donald Trump made his case for serving a second term focused on mass deportations and border security, isolationist "America First" foreign policy and deep tax cuts.

This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, campaign correspondent Franco Ordoñez, senior national political correspondent Mara Liasson.

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J.D. Vance is 39 years-old and has been in office as Ohio's junior U.S. senator for less than two years. He said in an interview that this is his first time attending the Republican National Convention. Wednesday night, he gave his debut speech as the GOP vice presidential nominee. Here's what delegates, and the candidate himself, had to say about Vance.

This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, campaign corresp...
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Night two of the Republican National Convention was full of speeches by former Trump rivals offering their full endorsement of the nominee. That includes former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, who had previously warned that a Trump presidency would be "four years of chaos, vendettas and drama."

This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, national political correspondent Sarah McCammon, and senior national political cor...
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We're reporting from Milwaukee, Wisc., where the Republican National Convention kicked off by officially nominating Donald Trump and J.D. Vance as their 2024 ticket. Also: Trump is free, for now, of another set of criminal charges. And Biden came out swinging in an interview with NBC News.

This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, campaign correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and senior political editor and corresponde...
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President Biden addressed the nation from the Oval Office. He used the remarks to again decry political violence, which he said has no place in American democracy.

The alleged shooter, who was killed by the Secret Service, has been identified by law enforcement as Thomas Mathew Crooks, a 20-year-old from Bethel Park, Pa., a town south of Pittsburgh. The motive behind the attack is not yet understood.

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The former president was rushed off the stage by the Secret Service. Trump said in a statement on his platform Truth Social a bullet grazed his right ear. The Secret Service said the shooter was killed and two spectators were critically wounded. President Biden made remarks decrying political violence, and then spoke to former President Trump.

This episode: political correspondent Susan Davis, senior political editor and ...
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After this week's NATO summit in Washington, D.C., President Joe Biden held a rare, solo press conference to try and allay concerns over his mental fitness. It came as a new NPR/PBS News/Marist Poll has him in a statistical dead heat with former President Trump to win in November.

Plus, Republicans get ready to hold their convention in Milwaukee. We look at what to expect.

And, the facial hair of politicians — a...
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Often frustrated by Washington bureaucracy and red tape in his first term, former President Trump aims to make the presidency more powerful if he wins in November. Here's how he plans to do it.

This episode: national political correspondents Sarah McCammon and Susan Davis, and senior national political correspondent Mara Liasson.

The podcast is produced by Jeongyoon Han, Casey Morell and Kelli Wessinger. Our inte...
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What is Donald Trump's plan for a second term? He's got ideas of his own, the Republican party has released a platform document — but the most comprehensive set of policy ideas have been put together in a document called Project 2025. Here's what it says.

This episode: national political correspondent Sarah McCammon, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro....
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Over the weekend, a number of high-level congressional Democrats called for the president to step back from the ticket. He sent a letter on Monday that said, in short, fat chance. And, for now, it appears that Biden has largely stopped the bleeding.

This episode: national political correspondent Sarah McCammon, senior White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and congressional reporter Barbara Sprunt.

The podcast is...
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Amid a frenetic campaign newscycle, we take a look at some of the very real challenges that the next president will have to tackle during their four-year term including AI-guided weaponry and a complex web of North Korean cybercrime.

This episode: national political correspondent Sarah McCammon, cybersecurity correspondent Jenna McClaughlin, and national security correspondent Greg Myre.

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With Congress returning to Washington next week and more lawmakers raising the possibility that President Biden should step down from the ticket, the president's ABC interview and weekend events will be closely watched by Democrats looking for a clear path forward.

And after the Supreme Court ruled that presidents cannot be prosecuted for the work that makes up the core responsibilities of the office, some Department of Ju...
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July 4, 2024 9 mins
Our friends at the Indicator from Planet Money caught up with congressional correspondent Deirdre Walsh to talk about her reporting on how members of Congress and their families trade stock. Then, in classic style, the Indicator team tried their hands at doing so themselves.

We will be back in your feeds Friday with the weekly roundup.

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As President Joe Biden continued to face fallout from his poor performance at the CNN Presidential Debate — including calls from fellow Democrats to drop out of the race — former President Donald Trump raised a lot of money, had his New York criminal sentencing delayed & won an immunity case at the U.S. Supreme Court.

This episode: senior White House correspondent Tamara Keith, senior political editor & correspondent Domen...
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In our wrap of the Supreme Court term, we reflect on the huge number of consequential rulings and explain some of the cases we initially did not have time to cover — including three that will dramatically reshape how financial, environmental and all other regulations work in the United States going forward.

This episode: national political correspondent Sarah McCammon, legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, and senior...
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What the ruling means for the charges against Donald Trump, the power of the presidency and the movement to reform the Supreme Court.

This episode: senior White House correspondent Tamara Keith, senior national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.

The podcast is produced by Jeongyoon Han, Casey Morell and Kelli Wessinger. Our intern is Bria Suggs. Our editor is E...
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