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- January 18, 2021

What We Know About The Inauguration And Joe Biden's First Day

President-elect Joe Biden’s inaugural plans have been reshaped by COVID-19 and concerns over security after the insurrection at the Capitol. Biden is slated to enact a diverse array of policies by way of executive action on his first day as president.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House reporter Rascoe, and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.

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- January 16, 2021

What Were We Thinking? : Carlos Lozada On The Trump Era

For our inaugural NPR Politics Book Club pick, NPR’s Danielle Kurtzleben talks to Carlos Lozada about his book What Were We Thinking: A Brief Intellectual History of the Trump Era.

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- January 15, 2021

Interview: Kamala Harris on Capitol Riot, Stimulus Package

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris talks to NPR’s Scott Detrow about how she felt after the attack on the Capitol and the administration’s new $1.9 trillion relief package proposal.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith and White House correspondent Scott Detrow.

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Politics Podcast

- January 15, 2021

Can Another $1.9 Trillion Rescue The Economy?

The pandemic is taking an immense toll on the nation: some 4000 Americans die each day. And, in December, another 140 thousand people lost their jobs. President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a pricy relief package meant to take on those outsized crises, suggesting the price of doing nothing is even greater than the cost of the legislation.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley.

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Politics Podcast

- January 13, 2021

Donald Trump Impeached On Charge Of Inciting Insurrection

Ten Republicans crossed the aisle to support the impeachment. Next, a Senate trial — one that won’t take place until after President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and senior political editor and correspondent Ron Elving.

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- January 13, 2021

Trump's Second Impeachment Will Be Bipartisan

In a nearly party-line vote, the House encouraged Mike Pence and the presidential cabinet to sideline the president via the 25th amendment. Pence said no. Now, the House will move to impeach Trump over “incitement of insurrection” in what is expected to be a bipartisan vote. The Senate may be warming to the idea of removal.

This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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- January 12, 2021

Rioters Are Facing Consequences—Will Any Politicians?

The Justice Department says hundreds will be prosecuted in connection with the Capitol siege. Republican lawmakers like Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz are also dealing with fallout from their support of President Trump’s election fraud conspiracy.

This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and congressional correspondent Susan Davis.

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- January 11, 2021

Trump Is Likely To Be Impeached Again

Vice President Mike Pence the top cabinet officials are unlikely to remove President Trump from power via the 25th amendment. That means House Democrats will move ahead with a second impeachment as soon as Wednesday.

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

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- January 8, 2021

Weekly Roundup: January 8th

Donald Trump could be the first president in American history to be impeached twice. Federal authorities have begun arresting those involved in storming the Capitol. And President-elect Joe Biden’s promise to reunite the country takes on a new significance in light of the siege.

This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and justice correspondent Ryan Lucas.

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- January 7, 2021

13 Days Before The End Of His Term, Talk Of Removing Trump From Office

Amid resignations and condemnation from Trump’s Republican allies, top Democrats have said that he should be removed from office by impeachment or through the 25th amendment.

This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe.

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- January 7, 2021

After Siege, 127 Republicans Back Failed Effort To Block Certification Of Biden's Win

Members of the U.S. House and Senate on Wednesday voted to reject objections to President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory in the state of Arizona. Debate continues and there could be further objections, though Biden’s win is very likely to be certified in the coming hours.

This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow and congressional correspondent Susan Davis.

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Politics Podcast

- January 6, 2021

Pro-Trump Extremists Storm US Capitol, Delay Election Certification

Supporters of President Trump laid siege to the US Capitol today, occupying the building as lawmakers there began the process of certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

Before the insurrection disrupted their work, more than fifty Republican lawmakers were also attempting to block the transition of power — by objecting to the certification of Electoral College votes. It is unclear if they will persist in those objections once Congress resumes its work later Wednesday.

This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and congressional correspondent Susan Davis.

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- January 6, 2021

Dems Win At Least One GA Senate Seat. The Other Is Still Too Close To Call.

Raphael Warnock defeated Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, according to the AP, inching the Senate closer to a Democratic majority. In the race that would clinch it, Jon Ossoff currently leads Republican David Perdue.

This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.

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- January 5, 2021

Georgia's Runoff Ends. Doomed Electoral College Certification Fight Begins.

Voters cast the final ballots in Georgia’s Senate runoff elections Tuesday, ending the state’s two months at the center of the political universe.

Now, attention shifts back to Washington, where many Republican lawmakers will take a theatrical, if ill-fated, stand against certifying President-elect Joe Biden as president-elect.

This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, national correspondent Sarah McCammon, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and senior political editor and correspondent Ron Elving.

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- January 4, 2021

Republicans Are Divided Over Trump's Effort To Overturn Election Loss

In a bid to stay in power despite losing the presidential election, President Donald Trump called Georgia’s Secretary of State Saturday and pushed him to change the state’s vote tally.

The state’s two runoff races will determine the balance of power in the Senate. Twelve of the chamber’s Republicans say they will refuse to certify the Electoral College vote.

This episode: political reporter Danielle Kutzleben, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and WABE reporter Emma Hurt.

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- January 1, 2021

Weekly Roundup: January 1st

A new Congress will be sworn in on Sunday—the Democrats have a slimmer majority and Republicans have elected slightly more women.

And Trump’s education secretary Betsy DeVos survived his full presidency, making herself out to be a champion of school choice and deregulation. Now, Biden’s pick for the job is set to emphasize a new set of priorities.

In this episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzlaben, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and education reporter Elissa Nadworny.

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Politics Podcast

- December 31, 2020

What Will The Courts Look Like Under Joe Biden?

President Trump reshaped the federal judiciary and made three lifetime appointments to the Supreme Court. How will that legacy play out under a Joe Biden administration?

In this episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg.

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- December 30, 2020

Exclusive Interview: Jake Sullivan, Biden's National Security Adviser

Jake Sullivan is the president-elect’s top national security adviser. He told NPR’s Scott Detrow that he is worried that a lack of communication from top Trump officials could jeopardize a safe transition.

Sullivan also emphasized that Americans’ economic well-being will be a central tenet of Joe Biden’s foreign policy. Although he served in the Obama administration, Sullivan now feels that it didn’t do enough to tie foreign policy to domestic concerns.

This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben and political correspondent Scott Detrow.

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Politics Podcast

- December 29, 2020

What Will Climate And Health Policy Look Like Under Joe Biden?

Joe Biden’s climate policy will look a lot different to that of President Trump’s… and President Obama’s.

And, on top of responding to the pandemic, the president-elect will have to wrangle all of the other problems endemic in the American healthcare system.

This episode: White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, political correspondent Scott Detrow, climate editor Jennifer Ludden, and health reporter Selena Simmons-Duffin.

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- December 28, 2020

Republicans Flout Trump On COVID And Tech

After bemoaning elements of a COVID relief deal that his administration helped to negotiate, President Trump ended up signing it anyway. The delay could cost the millions of Americans some of their unemployment assistance.

READ: Trump Signs COVID-19 Relief Deal After His Criticism Threatened To Derail It

This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez.

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- December 25, 2020

What Will Justice And Foreign Policy Look Like Under Joe Biden?

President Trump’s most radical departures from precedent were arguably his handling of the Justice Department and foreign policy. Joe Biden said he would lead a return to normalcy… but what does that look like in practice?

This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and White House correspondent Tamara Keith.

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Politics Podcast

- December 24, 2020

What Will Tech Policy Look Like Under Joe Biden?

Tech giants are the subject of censorship scrutiny, anti-monopoly lawsuits, and international trade tension. President-elect Joe Biden will have a lot to handle.

This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, tech correspondent Shannon Bond, and tech reporter Bobby Allyn.

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Politics Podcast

- December 23, 2020

Christmas Chaos: President Throws Relief Into Doubt

President Trump raised last-minute objections, imperiling direct payments and other aid to millions of Americans. He also issued a new round of pardons for politically-connected allies.

This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, congressional editor Deirdre Walsh, and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.

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Politics Podcast

- December 22, 2020

Dominion Makes Voting Machines. Its Employees Have Been Forced Into Hiding.

President Trump’s baseless electoral fraud conspiracies have frenzied his supporters, some of whom have made violent threats against Americans who work for Dominion, a voting technology company. Some of its employees have gone into hiding; they fear that their lives will never be the same.

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

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Politics Podcast

- December 21, 2020

5,593 Pages: Congress Strikes Spending/COVID Deal

From direct payments for American households to mass transit, the Congressional relief package contains money for individuals and institutions affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and health reporter Pien Huang.

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- December 18, 2020

Weekly Roundup: December 18th

A major hack of federal government computer systems appears to be state-sponsored espionage. And we talk through Joe Biden’s latest cabinet picks.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, election security editor Phil Ewing, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, political correspondent Scott Detrow, and White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe.

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Politics Podcast

- December 17, 2020

New Peril Of Local Office? Death Threats.

We talk through the apparent details of a pending COVID relief deal. And, local officials across the country are being rattled by threats of violence.

READ: Congressional Leaders Near Deal On Roughly $900 Billion COVID-19 Relief Bill

READ:
From Congress To Local Health Boards, Public Officials Suffer Threats And Harassment

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben.

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Politics Podcast

- December 16, 2020

Why People Don't Vote

For the eighty million Americans who didn’t vote in November, government can feel distant. Non-voters tend to believe that things will go on just as they did before regardless of an election’s outcome.

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Poll: Despite Record Turnout, 80 Million Americans Didn’t Vote. Here’s Why

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, demographics and culture reporter Juana Summers, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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Politics Podcast

- December 15, 2020

38 Days After Results Became Clear, Mitch McConnell Congratulates Biden

Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential race became clear on Nov. 7th, 2020, the day the contest was called by the Associated Press. On Tuesday, thirty eight days later, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged that win for the first time.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and correspondent Scott Detrow.

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Politics Podcast

- December 14, 2020

Joe Biden Is Fed Up With Trump's Election Conspiracies

On the day electors around the country voted to confirm his victory, President-elect Joe Biden expressed his frustration, in a primetime speech, with the baseless election conspiracies spouted by President Trump and fellow Republicans.

This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.

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Politics Podcast

- December 14, 2020

Electoral College Convenes; COVID Vaccine Administered

The electoral college votes today around the country. After Biden is officially elected, the results head to Congress where they will be finalized. And: the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine were administered today in the United States — the beginning of a months-long process.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, voting reporter Miles Parks, and health reporter Pien Huang.

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- December 11, 2020

Weekly Roundup: December 11th

The electoral college will cast ballots Monday, officially selecting Joe Biden as the president-elect. Trump and Republicans continue to attempt to overturn the will of voters. And, Joe Biden has selected top Obama administration officials to serve in his White House.

This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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Politics Podcast

- December 10, 2020

Where Congress Stands On Coronavirus Relief Negotiations

With over 800,000 new unemployment claims filed last week and the previous coronavirus relief programs set to expire at the end of the month, congress is facing more pressure to pass some relief measures. But, after signs of a compromise last week, talks have once again stalled. Plus, President Trump steps in to try to fight social media companies.

This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and congressional reporter Claudia Grisales.

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Politics Podcast

- December 9, 2020

Most Americans Believe The Election Results—Some Don't.

A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll shows that just one quarter of Republicans believe the election was legitimate; ot was. And: could old-school pork barrel spending be the solution to Washington gridlock?

This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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Politics Podcast

- December 8, 2020

Democrats Are Skeptical Of Biden's Pentagon Pick

Civil rights and advocacy groups have been lobbying Joe Biden over his cabinet picks; Biden has promised to have the most diverse cabinet in history. Retired general Lloyd Austin, Biden’s pick for Defense Secretary, will be the first Black man in that role — if he can overcome objections tied to civilian control of the military.

This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez.

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Politics Podcast

- December 7, 2020

Here's Who Will Lead Biden's COVID Response

Joe Biden has named his picks for top health posts as the nation faces a post-Thanksgiving pandemic surge. And Rudy Giuliani has tested positive for the coronavirus. A vaccine could receive emergency use authorization as soon as this week.

This episode: White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, health correspondent Allison Aubrey, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.

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- December 4, 2020

Weekly Roundup: December 4th

Georgia’s January 5th runoff elections will determine control of the Senate. That’s brought 2024 contenders — including Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, and Tim Scott — to the state to campaign.

Also, it looks like another coronavirus relief package will actually come together.

This episode: correspondent Asma Khalid, reporter Emma Hurt of member station WABE, national political correspondent Don Gonyea, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell.

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- December 3, 2020

Don't Expect Donald Trump To Retire

Donald Trump still has more than a month left in his presidency. That’s plenty of time left for pardons and planning for the future: three sources tell NPR that he’s mulling a 2024 reelection bid. Regardless, expect Trump to continue to openly (and baselessly) question the election’s legitimacy.

This episode: correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, and White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez.

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- December 2, 2020

Relief Will End If Congress Can't Pass A Deal

Millions of Americans rely on various relief measures to stay afloat during the pandemic, much of which is set to expire at the end of the year if Congress fails to extend it.

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Millions Face Bitter Winter If Congress Fails To Pass Relief Deal
Bipartisan Group Pushes $908B COVID-19 Plan, But McConnell Crafts Bill Trump Will Sign

This episode: correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley.

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Politics Podcast

- December 1, 2020

Despite Conspiracy And Insinuation, The Electoral System Worked—This Time.

Local officials continue to certify results despite political pressure from President Trump and his allies, who are seeking to subvert the electoral system in order to keep the president in office. And though that effort appears to have failed at its near-term goal, it may still have a destabilizing effect on elections in the years to come.

This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and voting reporter Miles Parks.

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Politics Podcast

- November 30, 2020

Biden Picks Women And People Of Color For His Economics And Communications Teams

With the American economy on uneven footing as coronavirus cases surge nationwide, President-elect Joe Biden formally announced top members of his incoming economic team on Monday. Plus, the Biden team announced his communications team would be led by seven women.

This episode: political correspondent Asma Khalid, chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and political correspondent Scott Detrow.

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Politics Podcast

- November 27, 2020

Weekly Roundup: November 27th

This Black Friday we’re bringing you a greatest hits of NPR podcasts. Many other shows have been looking at specific policy options on the table for Joe Biden. Planet Money has looked at economic policy, and Short Wave has been looking at climate policy. So we invited them onto our show to share their reporting and take a look at what Biden might do starting on day one.

And as a bonus, we sat down with Pop Culture Happy Hour to talk about the tv shows we’re missing when we’re spending all our time watching the news.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, political correspondent Asma Khalid, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, Planet Money’s Jacob Goldstein, climate reporter Rebecca Hersher, and Pop Culture Happy Hour’s Aisha Harris.

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Politics Podcast

- November 26, 2020

NPR's Throughline: The Shadows of the Constitution

In this special episode NPR’s Throughline explore the constitution with Heidi Schreck and her play, What the Constitution Means to Me. They discover what the document is really about – who wrote it, who it was for, who it protected and who it didn’t.

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Politics Podcast

- November 25, 2020

What Happens When Neither Party Gets To Celebrate The Election?

Like two teams that meet in the seventh game of a World Series, both the Democratic and Republican parties bought Champagne for election night. But in this instance, it was hard for either to pop the corks. Days went by. The bubbly got warm and went flat.

It was not just the delay that spoiled the party. And this is not a case of post-election hangover. This was simply a sobering election.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, senior editor & correspondent Domenico Montanaro, and senior editor & correspondent Ron Elving.

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Politics Podcast

- November 24, 2020

Trump Relents, Paving Way For Biden Transition To Formally Begin

President Trump is still not conceding that he lost the election, but he’s getting closer. On Monday the president tweeted that he had directed the General Services Administration to begin the process of transferring the government to President-elect Joe Biden.

Plus, we take a look at the coalition Biden formed to win the election and discuss the odds of it sticking together under the new administration.

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

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Politics Podcast

- November 23, 2020

Biden Taps Historic Nominees As He Begins To Fill His Cabinet

President-elect Joe Biden has begun to make his selections for key roles in his cabinet. He announced his picks for secretary of state and the ambassador to the United Nations. And he chose the first Latino to head the Department of Homeland Security, and the first woman for to be the director of national intelligence.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and state department correspondent Michele Keleman.

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Politics Podcast

- November 20, 2020

Weekly Roundup: November 20th

Trump is sitting down with the leaders of the Michigan legislature ahead of the state canvassing board meeting on Monday, where the election results are expected to be certified. He apparently hopes the GOP-controlled Legislature will appoint their own electors and overturn the popular vote.

At a White House press briefing Friday, the press secretary Kayleigh McEnany denied Trump would be pressuring the Michigan lawmakers.

Sidney Powell, a member of Trump’s legal team, told Lou Dobbs of Fox Business on Thursday, “The entire election frankly in all the swing states should be overturned, and the legislatures should make sure that the electors are selected for Trump.”

Also, what will the Department of Justice look like under Joe Biden?

This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.

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Politics Podcast

- November 19, 2020

Joe Biden Won The Election—But He's Still Left Waiting In The Wings.

As President Trump refuses to concede the election Joe Biden won, Biden warns that that lack of cooperation on the transition could lead to even more deaths from the coronavirus.

This episode: reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, correspondent Scott Detrow, and White House Franco Ordoñez.

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Politics Podcast

- November 18, 2020

Trump Doesn't Have To Win In Court To Erode Trust In Voting

President Trump has found little success in court, though he has continued to sew disinformation online and last night fired a top cybersecurity official who had worked to bolster public confidence in the electoral system.

This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and voting reporter Miles Parks.

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Politics Podcast

- November 17, 2020

Democrats Riled By House Losses

Democrats are regrouping after they saw their House majority shrink on election day. Their slim majority could heighten the stakes of the party’s progressive-moderate divide.

This episode: correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and congressional editor Dierdre Walsh.

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