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.... Show More

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October 29, 2020 14 min
Joe Biden's campaign is hoping local validators can make his candidacy persuasive in Black communities. Meanwhile, the Trump campaign has employed demotivational messages, asserting that Joe Biden has a poor track-record on the issues that matter to black voters.

This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, political reporter Juana Summers, and White House reporter Asma Khalid.

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Nearly 70 thousand Americans test positive every day for the coronavirus, a new high. And after the pandemic drove an evolution in voting habits, more than 75 million Americans have already cast their ballots.

This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, health correspondent Allison Aubrey, voting reporter Miles Parks, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.

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NPR, like many news outlets, relies on The Associated Press to discern and report election results. In this episode, we speak with the AP's David Scott about how the organization makes those determinations.

This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid and campaign correspondent Scott Detrow.

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President Trump is working to enthuse his supporters with rallies full of grievance and conspiracy, harkening back to his successful 2016 run. He cites the energy at his rallies as evidence that polls showing him down are wrong. Meanwhile, Joe Biden's closing argument is the same as his opening argument: Donald Trump is a unique threat to the nation and I represent a return to stability.

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In this special episode from It's Been A Minute With Sam Sanders, Sam dives into the short falls of Latino voter outreach.

Latinos are the second largest group of eligible voters by race or ethnicity in the United States, but they continue to be misunderstood and underappreciated by political campaigns of all parties.

Sam talks to Lisa García Bedolla, a scholar of Latino politics, about how the word "Latino" encompasses...
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October 23, 2020 28 min
The US government shared details about two alleged election meddling operations by Iran and Russia this week. The operations initially appear to be smaller-scale than they were in 2016. And we talk about what to expect in the last full week of campaigning.

This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, voting reporter Miles Parks, election security editor Phil Ewing, campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, and White House report...
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President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden sparred over immigration, energy, and pandemic policy in the final presidential debate. But in race with historically stable polling, the debate had few surprises and seems unlikely to change the state of the race.

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This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and...
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October 21, 2020 12 min
In an ongoing series congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell looks under the hood at campaigns. From how they raise money to what they do once they have it.

This episode, Kelsey looks at polling. But not the kind you expect. Kelsey talks to two of the top pollsters on both sides of the aisle about who exactly they poll, what they ask them, and how the answers change how a campaign operates.

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Democrats have raised oodles of money in the South Carolina Senate race. Like, a whole lot of money. And polling shows things neck-and-neck between GOP incumbent Lindsey Graham and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison. But given Trump's top-of-the-ticket draw there, it could be tough for Democrats to score an upset.

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Joe Biden warns that nothing is certain, while Donald Trump says everything is still possible. Just over two weeks out from the election, the campaigns are in full turnout mode. Despite the president's confidence, though, Republicans are beginning to message that they will be an effective check on a Biden presidency.

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Today we are sharing an episode of NPR's No Compromise. The podcast series tells the story of three brothers who are determined to change gun politics. Ben, Chris, and Aaron Dorr are carving out a space to the right of the NRA and the GOP.

Discover a social media empire with an unapologetic vision of gun rights—generating millions of likes, follows, and dollars. From Guns & America, reporters Lisa Hagen of WABE and Chris Ha...
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October 16, 2020 29 min
Donald Trump mired himself in conspiracy last night at his NBC News town hall. Joe Biden didn't give a clear answer on court-packing, but said he'd make his position clear sometime before the election.

Voters in Michigan and Ohio are feeling differently than they did four years ago. And, more than 20 million Americans have already voted. So, what does that really tell us?

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A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll shows Joe Biden with a double-digit national lead over President Trump. That margin makes states like North Carolina and Georgia competitive for Democrats, which is welcome news for their Senate candidates there.

This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, reporter Steve Harrison of WFAE in North Carolina, and reporter Emma Hurt o...
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As President Trump returns to the campaign trail after his hospitalization, he's campaigning in states that he won comfortably in 2016. Meanwhile, Joe Biden looks to be expanding his map. And, highlights from day three of Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation hearing.

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Amy Coney Barrett didn't give direct answers to many questions, as expected. Like past nominees, she refused to deal in hypotheticals. But Democrats looked to her past writing and scholarship to make the case that she is hostile to abortion access and healthcare access. Republicans said she is qualified to serve.

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Republican Lindsey Graham said even though views were set, the hearings for Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination are important. Republicans pushed back against attacks on her faith that have yet to materialize, while Democrats suggested that Barrett would be the end of the Affordable Care Act in the United States.

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October 11, 2020 13 min
In an ongoing series congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell looks under the hood at campaigns. From how they raise money to what they do once they have it.

This episode, Kelsey looks at political advertising. She talks with two of the most respected political ad makers in the business. One argues that the best ad is the one that goes viral; the other believes the best ad is the one with the clearest message.

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The Federal Reserve exists to lessen the severity of economic crises and its chair has been calling for more stimulus money for months. But Senate Republicans aren't likely to coalesce around a deal and mercurial negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin drag on.

And, what to expect from next week's Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

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Conspirators began training for a potential attack on Whitmer's vacation home or the governor's official summer residence over the summer, according to a criminal complaint released Thursday. After abducting Whitmer, Fox allegedly said, the governor would be taken a secure location in Wisconsin for "trial," according to the complaint.

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Vice President Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris spent the evening echoing the rhetoric of their respective party nominees — but with less interruptions than when President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden debated.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, and White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe.

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