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The NPR Politics Podcast is where NPR's political reporters talk to you like they talk to each other. With weekly roundups and quick takes on news of the day, you don't have to keep up with politics to know what's happening. You just have to keep up with us.

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Can Another $1.9 Trillion Rescue The Economy?

Listen to 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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Donald Trump Impeached On Charge Of Inciting Insurrection

Listen to Donald Trump Impeached On Charge Of Inciting InsurrectionTen 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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Trump's Second Impeachment Will Be Bipartisan

Listen to Trump's Second Impeachment Will Be BipartisanIn 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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Rioters Are Facing Consequences—Will Any Politicians?

Listen to 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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Trump Is Likely To Be Impeached Again

Listen to Trump Is Likely To Be Impeached AgainVice 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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Weekly Roundup: January 8th

Listen to Weekly Roundup: January 8thDonald 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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13 Days Before The End Of His Term, Talk Of Removing Trump From Office

Listen to 13 Days Before The End Of His Term, Talk Of Removing Trump From OfficeAmid 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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After Siege, 127 Republicans Back Failed Effort To Block Certification Of Biden's Win

Listen to After Siege, 127 Republicans Back Failed Effort To Block Certification Of Biden's WinMembers 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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Pro-Trump Extremists Storm US Capitol, Delay Election Certification

Listen to Pro-Trump Extremists Storm US Capitol, Delay Election CertificationSupporters 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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Dems Win At Least One GA Senate Seat. The Other Is Still Too Close To Call.

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

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

Listen to Republicans Are Divided Over Trump's Effort To Overturn Election LossIn 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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Weekly Roundup: January 1st

Listen to Weekly Roundup: January 1stA 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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What Will The Courts Look Like Under Joe Biden?

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

Listen to Exclusive Interview: Jake Sullivan, Biden's National Security AdviserJake 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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What Will Climate And Health Policy Look Like Under Joe Biden?

Listen to 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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Republicans Flout Trump On COVID And Tech

Listen to Republicans Flout Trump On COVID And TechAfter 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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What Will Justice And Foreign Policy Look Like Under Joe Biden?

Listen to 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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What Will Tech Policy Look Like Under Joe Biden?

Listen to 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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Christmas Chaos: President Throws Relief Into Doubt

Listen to Christmas Chaos: President Throws Relief Into DoubtPresident 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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