The NPR Politics Podcast

The NPR Politics Podcast

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

Episodes

February 20, 2024 14 mins
Former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley delivered a rousing speech to supporters in South Carolina today, vowing to stay in the race for the state's primary on Saturday and beyond. And with just a week before the Michigan primary, a democratic congresswoman is urging voters to vote against Joe Biden in the election by selecting 'uncommitted' on their ballots.

This episode: political correspondent Susan Davis, senior po...
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There isn't a Republican presidential nominee yet, but for most Republicans, it's former president Donald Trump. But, who will he pick as his running mate? We break down what makes a good VP candidate, and who might be on the list.

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

Our producers are Jeongyoon Han, Casey Morell & Kelli Wessinger....
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February 16, 2024 23 mins
This week, former President Donald Trump got a court date for his first criminal trial, lawmakers take another swing at Ukraine aid and we look at swatting, the growing hoax trend that's hitting America's politicians.

This episode: national political correspondent Sarah McCammon, political correspondent Susan Davis, senior editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, and national security correspondent Odette Yousef.
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Vice President Kamala Harris is in Germany this week for the Munich Security Conference. Harris is tasked with reassuring European allies the U.S. remains committed to their safety despite Congress' failed attempts to fund Ukraine, and renewed threats to NATO members by former president Donald Trump.

This episode: national political correspondents Sarah McCammon & Danielle Kurtzleben, and White House correspondent Asma Kh...
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February 14, 2024 16 mins
Former congressman Tom Suozzi won his House seat back in a special election Tuesday. The office was left vacant by disgraced Republican congressman George Santos, who was ousted from Congress for alleged financial wrongdoing. Suozzi's win is drawing attention from Dems wondering what this could mean for November races.

This episode: national political correspondent Sarah McCammon, congressional correspondent Deirdre Walsh...
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February 13, 2024 18 mins
The South Carolina Republican primary is less than two weeks away, and both candidates are talking foreign policy. Nikki Haley, the former UN Ambassador under former President Trump, brings that experience to this debate, and the former president is garnering attention for his comments on world leaders and foreign trade.

This episode: national political correspondent Sarah McCammon, political reporter Stephen Fowler, and ...
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February 12, 2024 15 mins
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is at odds with his colleagues about what the party's priorities are. And confidence in Speaker Mike Johnson is dwindling within his own after bringing a bill to the floor without enough votes to pass it. Who is really leading congressional Republicans?

This episode: national political correspondent Sarah McCammon, political correspondent Susan Davis, and senior editor and correspond...
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February 9, 2024 19 mins
President Biden is fed up. He shared choice words with reporters after being criticized for his age and mental acuity. Earlier in the day the special counsel who found Biden willfully retained but his actions did not warrant criminal charges described the president as a ''well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory."

This episode: national political correspondent Sarah McCammon, senior White House correspondent Tamara Ke...
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The Justice Department will not charge President Biden for willfully holding onto and disclosing classified materials after leaving the Obama Administration and becoming a private citizen. In a nearly 350-page report, the special counsel says the evidence did not establish Biden's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt but did raise the question of the president's mental acuity.

This episode: political correspondent Susan Davis...
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The Supreme Court heard arguments today about whether or not Colorado can keep former President Donald Trump off the ballot for his actions on January 6th. We discuss what it was like in the courtroom and if it can tell us anything about how they may decide the case.

This episode: Senior White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and political correspondent Susan Davis.
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February 7, 2024 18 mins
Senators released a new bipartisan immigration deal on Sunday. The agreement fell apart within days after Senate Republicans turned against it in a show of loyalty to Donald Trump. What will happen now?

This episode: Senior White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Claudia Grisales, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

This podcast was produced by Jeongyoon H...
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February 6, 2024 13 mins
Three judge panel rules former President Donald Trump does not enjoy broad immunity from federal prosecution including for his actions on January 6th. It's a big legal defeat for Trump. Is the case headed for trial?

This episode: Senior White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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President Joe Biden ran away with the democratic presidential nomination in South Carolina. Biden won a resounding 96 percent of the vote. We discuss takeaways from the race and what, if anything it tells us about Biden's support among Black voters.

This episode: Senior White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Asma Khalid, and All Things Considered host Juana Summers.

This podcast was pro...
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This NFL season, popstar Taylor Swift has been a mainstay at the Kansas City Chiefs games cheering on her boyfriend Travis Kelce. Now far-right Donald Trump-supporting conservatives are and circulating conspiracy theories about Swift, the 2024 election and Kelce's participation in the Super Bowl.

This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, political correspondent Susan Davis, national political correspondent Don ...
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Republican voters in Iowa have two presidential nominating contests next week, a primary on Tuesday and a caucus on Thursday. We explain why.

This episode: national political correspondent Sarah McCammon, political correspondent Ashley Lopez, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

This podcast was produced by Jeongyoon Han, Casey Morell & Kelli Wessinger. Our editor is Erica Morrison. O...
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January 31, 2024 14 mins
House Republicans in disagreement with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas's handling of the southern border want to impeach him. The move to impeach a cabinet secretary over a policy issue is historic and an example of Congress's changing 'rules.'

This episode: national political correspondent Sarah McCammon, congressional correspondent Deirdre Walsh, and senior editor and correspondent Ron Elving.

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January 30, 2024 19 mins
Campaign spending increases each election cycle; this year, almost $16 billion will be spent on races across the country. Who is the money coming from and what do they get in return?

This episode: national political correspondent Sarah McCammon, political correspondent Susan Davis, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

This podcast was produced by Jeongyoon Han, Casey Morell & Kelli Wessing...
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The border is a hot topic for politicians on both sides of the aisle — and now, on the campaign trail. After months of negotiations, a bipartisan group of senators plan to release details of an immigration deal. Now, lawmakers must decide if they'd rather have the political issue or the policy solution.

This episode: senior White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and the Texa...
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Former President Donald Trump's co-defendant in the election interference criminal case in Georgia is requesting the removal of the Fulton County district attorney and lead prosecutor from the case — after accusing them of having an improper relationship. We review the allegations and the impact on the impending trial.

This episode: political correspondent Susan Davis, national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, politi...
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January 25, 2024 17 mins
There isn't a Republican presidential nominee yet, but for most Republicans, it's former president Donald Trump. But, who will he pick as his running mate? We break down what makes a good VP candidate, and who might be on the list.

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

Our producers are Casey Morell & Kelli Wessinger. Our editor is ...
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