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- February 26, 2021

Weekly Roundup: February 26th

President Biden hasn’t reinstated family separation policies, but his choice to keep migrant children in a shelter facility has drawn criticism from activists. And the Conservative Political Action Conference has evolved in five short years into a Trump-centric affair.

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

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Politics Podcast

- February 25, 2021

How Young Activists Are Working With America's Oldest President

Many young progressive groups were openly hostile to Joe Biden’s primary campaign, but they rallied to support him once he secured the nomination. Now, his administration regularly meets with young organizers—who are hoping to increase their representation in the halls of power.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political correspondent Juana Summers, and White House correspondent Scott Detrow.

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Politics Podcast

- February 24, 2021

How Much Credit, Blame Does Biden Deserve For The State Of The Pandemic?

Vaccination rates are trending up and deaths are trending down since President Biden took office—but another hundred thousand Americans have died since he was sworn in. Public health experts suggest it was probably too late to prevent them. Biden’s nearly two trillion dollar relief bill is set to be voted on later this week.

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

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Politics Podcast

- February 23, 2021

Ousted Capitol Security Heads Face Questions About Attack

Under questioning from senators about the attack on the Capitol, the law enforcement officials who oversaw the building’s security were quick to lay blame elsewhere. And an NPR investigation offers context on everyone charged in connection with the insurrection.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, and investigative correspondent Tom Dreisbach.

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Politics Podcast

- February 22, 2021

Merrick Garland On Glidepath To Confirmation As Biden AG

In his confirmation hearing to serve as Attorney General, Merrick Garland emphasized loyalty to the people of the United States over fealty to the president. Monday’s hearing comes almost five years after Garland was denied a Supreme Court confirmation hearing by Republican Mitch McConnell.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg.

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Politics Podcast

- February 19, 2021

Weekly Roundup: February 5th

Millions of Texans have been without power or potable water for days following unusually harsh winter weather. The Republican governor blamed the outages on renewable energy but that is only 10 percent of the story.

Plus, we look at “cancel culture.” Where did it come from, and why are conservatives eager to use it as a political cudgel?

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, business reporter Camila Domonoske, KUT’s Ashley Lopez, and political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben.

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- February 18, 2021

Biden Wants To Re-Open Schools, But How Much Can He Really Do About It?

President Biden has made reopening schools a benchmark for how his administration is handling the pandemic. It is a politically tricky goal, since those decisions will be made by local districts. We look at the roadblocks to achieving that goal and what the political fight might look like.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Scott Detrow, and education correspondent Cory Turner.

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Politics Podcast

- February 17, 2021

Trump Puts McConnell On Blast

In a statement former President Donald Trump called Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a “dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack” and said Republicans will lose if they stick with the senator. McConnell voted to acquit Trump in the impeachment trial but has been critical of Trump in recent weeks. The division between these top Republicans is just the tip of the iceberg of a deeply divided GOP.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.

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- February 16, 2021

What Is In The Next Covid Relief Bill

House Democrats are putting the finishing touches on their Covid-19 relief package. It is expected to include everything from direct payments to a $15 federal minimum wage, and cost nearly $2 trillion. We break down what’s in the bill and what will and will not make it through the Senate.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley.

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Politics Podcast

- February 15, 2021

Seven Republicans Voted To Convict Trump. Where Does The GOP Go From Here?

Seven Republican senators voted to convict former President Donald Trump of inciting an insurrection, making this impeachment the most bipartisan in history. But some of those senators are already facing backlash. As the GOP continues to decide what its future will look like, President Biden forges ahead with his plan to combat the pandemic.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional editor Deirdre Walsh, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.

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Politics Podcast

- February 13, 2021

Donald Trump Acquitted In Second Impeachment Trial

All fifty members of the Democratic caucus and seven Republicans said Donald Trump is guilty of inciting an insurrection at the Capitol — that’s ten votes short of the two-thirds majority required for conviction.

This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and senior political editor and correspondent Ron Elving.

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- February 12, 2021

Is Trump's Whataboutism Defense Enough Cover For GOP Acquittal?

In a combative but brief showing, former president Trump’s defense team highlighted past uses of fight metaphors by Democratic politicians to suggest the president’s rally speech didn’t incite the insurrection.

The lawyers also alleged that House Democrats failed to meet various legal standards in their pursuit of conviction — standards that hold little relevance to the political process of impeachment.

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

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Politics Podcast

- February 11, 2021

Democrats Tell Senators A Conviction Could Prevent Future Violence

The House impeachment managers concluded their case against Donald Trump by characterizing a Senate conviction as a way to prevent of future violence — a warning to future presidents who might be also inclined to encourage violence. Tomorrow, the former president’s defense team mounts their response.

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This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg.

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Politics Podcast

- February 10, 2021

Democrats Ground Case Against Trump In Jarring Insurrection Videos

The Democratic impeachment managers played a series of graphic videos demonstrating just how close senators came to encountering violent extremists inside the Capitol. Soon, those senators will have to decide whether Trump was responsible for the riot that put their lives at risk — and threatened to derail the transition of power.

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

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Politics Podcast

- February 9, 2021

56 Votes Is Enough To Continue Trump's Trial—But Short Of What's Needed To Convict

Six Republicans voted with Democrats that it is constitutional to try a former president in the Senate after he or she has left office. But it would take another 11 in order to convict him on the impeachment charge.

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This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and justice correspondent Ryan Lucas.

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Politics Podcast

- February 8, 2021

What To Know About Trump's Second Impeachment Trial

The impeachment trial gets underway tomorrow. A new brief suggests that Trump’s lawyers will defend him on both process and substance. And a vote to convict the former president always seemed unlikely, but Republican opposition to the president appears to have softened in the month since the insurrection.

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

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- February 5, 2021

Weekly Roundup: February 5th

In his first major foreign policy address since assuming office, President Biden promised that the country would once again be a reliable ally to its partners. And Kamala Harris faces a common vice presidential dilemma: what is my role in this administration?

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

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- February 4, 2021

Is Impeachment About More Than Removal? Depends Who You Ask

The question is at the center of next week’s impeachment trial in the Senate, which begins Tuesday. Donald Trump’s defense team says you can’t vote to remove a president who is already gone. House Impeachment managers are prepared to argue that an impeachment conviction ultimately means more than that.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, and legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg.

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- February 3, 2021

GOP Weighs Who To Punish: Conspiracy Theorist And/Or Impeachment Supporter

Liz Cheney is the third-ranking House Republican; she voted for President Trump’s second impeachment. Marjorie Taylor Greene is a freshman lawmaker who pushes a range of wild conspiracies. Their Republican colleagues are struggling to decide whether to punish either of them.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.

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Politics Podcast

- February 2, 2021

Trump Is Charged With Inciting An Insurrection—What's His Defense?

The former president’s impeachment trial begins next Tuesday. His new attorneys say the Senate doesn’t have the grounds to proceed now that he is out of office.

And: President Biden has initiated a task force to reunite children and parents separated by Trump at the border.

This episode: congressional reporter Susan Davis, congressional editor Deirdre Walsh, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, and White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez.

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Politics Podcast

- February 1, 2021

Should President Biden Strike A COVID Compromise?

Ten Republican senators are meeting with President Biden at the White House Monday to discuss their coronavirus relief proposal — which is just one-third the size of the president’s plan.

And Vice President Harris leaves a notable hole in the Senate roster: she was the only Black woman in the body. Organizers say that the Democratic party has long neglected investing in Black women candidates.

This episode: political reporter Juana Summers, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.

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Politics Podcast

- January 29, 2021

Weekly Roundup: January 29th

Republican strategists close to Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue’s failed Senate campaigns tell WABE’s Emma Hurt that former President Trump’s interference made it hard to win January’s runoff elections in Georgia.

Now, Democrats are moving aggressively on President Biden’s relief proposal and the GOP is feeling stung by life in the minority. Also: Gamestop?

This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional editor Deirdre Walsh, WABE reporter Emma Hurt, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and business editor Uri Berliner.

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- January 28, 2021

Interview: Tired Of Gridlock, GOP Sen. Rob Portman Won't Seek Reelection

Republican Rob Portman of Ohio talks with NPR’s Susan Davis about his retirement from the Senate, the Republican party after Trump, as well as the former president’s impeachment trial.

Portman says he thought President Biden’s inaugural address struck the right tone, but the president’s legislative strategy on his COVID-19 relief proposal has burned some goodwill with Republicans.

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This episode was produced by Barton Girdwood, Lexie Schapitl, and Chloee Weiner.

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- January 27, 2021

Do Biden's Climate Executive Orders Have Teeth?

President Biden will “pause” new federal land leases for oil and gas extraction “to the extent possible” — but how much of an impact will that have on greenhouse gas emissions? Also: the US government will order 200 million more doses of coronavirus vaccine.

This episode: White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, White House correspondent Scott Detrow, climate reporter Nate Rott, White House correspondent Tamara Keith.

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- January 26, 2021

Biden Rolls Out Limited Racial Equity Actions, Says More To Come

President Biden signed new executive actions today attempting to address racial inequity. For activists, these initiatives feel like they are lacking and do not tackle critical concerns like policing. The administration says this is just the beginning.

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

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- January 25, 2021

What We Know About The Senate Impeachment Trial

Today the House will formally deliver an article of impeachment against former President Trump to the Senate, and the upper chamber has already begun to work out the parameters for the coming trial. Even though it may be for different reasons, Republicans and Democrats both want it to happen as fast as possible.

Plus, President Biden continues signing an unprecedented number of executive orders, many targeted at reversing Trump era orders.

This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and congressional correspondent Susan Davis.

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Politics Podcast

- January 22, 2021

Weekly Roundup: January 22nd

President Biden has promised that 100 million doses of vaccines will be administered in his first 100 days — but some public health experts think the country can do much better.

Gang of Eight, Gang of Six, Grand Compromise… the storerooms of Congress are littered with tried-and-failed drafts of comprehensive immigration reform proposals from the past four presidents. Now, it is President Biden’s turn to give it a go.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, health reporter Selena Simmons-Duffin, and congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell.

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- January 21, 2021

The Fifty-Fifty Senate Is Going To Be A Little Bit Weird

Vice President Kamala Harris can cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate; that means that Democrats effectively hold a majority in the chamber. But the even split means that the body’s top leadership needs to work out terms for how things like committee membership work.

This episode: political reporter Juana Summers, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.

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Politics Podcast

- January 20, 2021

Joseph Biden Sworn In As 46th President Of The United States

In his inaugural address, he promised to keep all of his work as president in service of people rather than power. And Kamala Harris made history; she is the first Black person, Asian American, and woman to serve as Vice President of the United States.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, White House correspondent Scott Detrow, and political reporter Juana Summers.

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- January 19, 2021

The US Senate Has A Lot To Do

The Senate is back in Washington today. The lawmakers will need to consider President-elect Biden’s cabinet nominees, weigh his coronavirus relief proposal, and consider President Trump’s impeachment.

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

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Politics Podcast

- 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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- 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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- 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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- 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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Politics Podcast

- 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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Politics Podcast

- 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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Politics Podcast

- 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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Politics Podcast

- 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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Politics Podcast

- 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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Produced by Barton Girdwood and Lexie Schapitl.

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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Politics Podcast

- 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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