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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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Weekly Roundup: April 16th

Listen to Weekly Roundup: April 16thTestimony ended Thursday in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, facing charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in George Floyd's death.

After the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was halted in the United States, conspiracy theorists leveraged news articles to spread disinformation online.

This episode: White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, national correspondent Adrian Florido, national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, political reporter Miles Parks, and political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben.

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Americans Support An Expanded View Of "Infrastructure" But Not How To Pay For It

Listen to Americans Support An Expanded View Of "Infrastructure" But Not How To Pay For ItA new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll found that Americans generally support making things like broadband part of infrastructure, but they don't agree on how to pay for it. Plus, Republicans shift away from corporations to shore up their support from the white working class.

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

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After Almost Two Decades Of War, Biden To Withdraw Troops From Afghanistan

Listen to After Almost Two Decades Of War, Biden To Withdraw Troops From AfghanistanPresident Biden says that U.S. troops will be out of Afghanistan by September 11th, 2021. The president said in an address Wednesday that after nearly two decades of conflict, there was no reason to continue to wait for an ideal time to leave.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, senior political editor and correspondent Ron Elving, and Justice correspondent Ryan Lucas.

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White House Says It Will Meet Vaccine Goals Despite Pause In Johnson & Johnson Use

Listen to White House Says It Will Meet Vaccine Goals Despite Pause In Johnson & Johnson UseThe Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration recommended pausing the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after six rare cases of blood clotting. The White House is emphasizing the condition is extremely uncommon, and it still plans to meet its goal of 200 million doses in President Biden's first 100 days in office.

This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and health reporter Selena Simmons-Duffin.

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John Boehner Thinks The Republican Party Has Changed. Has It?

Listen to John Boehner Thinks The Republican Party Has Changed. Has It?In a new memoir, the former Republican House Speaker says that even Ronald Reagan couldn't get elected in today's GOP. He decries obstructionist tactics used by Republicans, while acknowledging his role in pioneering them.

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

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Weekly Roundup: April 9th

Listen to Weekly Roundup: April 9thAs lawmakers and security officials brainstorm security reforms for the U.S. Capitol complex, investigators have yet to disclose any evidence that extremist groups came to DC on January 6th specifically intending to raid the building.

And President Biden's steady rollout of sweeping policy proposals has drawn plaudits, and surprise, from Democratic activists.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, Justice Department correspondent Ryan Lucas, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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Biden Announces Gun Safety Agenda

Listen to Biden Announces Gun Safety AgendaPresident Biden announced a series of policy actions on Thursday aimed at curbing gun violence. Congressional action remains unlikely unless Democrats reform or eliminate the filibuster.

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

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Activists Stoke Corporate Backlash To Voting Restrictions

Listen to Activists Stoke Corporate Backlash To Voting RestrictionsStates are facing pressure from corporations to dial back legislation that makes it harder to vote. Major League Baseball announced on Friday that it is relocating the All-Star Game from Atlanta in response to a new state law.

This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, KUT reporter Ashley Lopez, and WABE reporter Emil Moffatt.

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Top Biden Labor Economist: Boosting Black Women Benefits Everyone

Listen to Top Biden Labor Economist: Boosting Black Women Benefits EveryoneBlack people, in particular Black women, are historically among the last to recover from economic downturns. Janelle Jones, the first Black woman to serve as the top economist for the Labor Department, has a policy approach she calls "Black Women Best" that she hopes will rectify that. What can be achieved over Republican objections remains to be seen.

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

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Hunter Biden's Memoir Goes Long On Addiction, Short On Corporate Work

Listen to Hunter Biden's Memoir Goes Long On Addiction, Short On Corporate WorkA new memoir details a harrowing struggle with addiction but mostly elides the past corporate and lobbying work that has raised political propriety questions. A federal investigation into Hunter Biden's taxes could still prove a headache for the president, though the younger Biden has denied wrongdoing and says he is cooperating fully with investigators.

LISTEN: Hunter Biden's interview with Morning Edition

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

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Weekly Roundup: April 2nd

Listen to Weekly Roundup: April 2ndPresident Biden announced his first judicial nominees this week, including one judge seen as a possible candidate for the Supreme Court. Biden's staff says the president sees filling judicial seats as a top priority, but will his picks make it through Congress?

Plus, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tells NPR that the size of Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure plan is "disappointing," but she and other progressive leaders see the proposal as evidence of the Green New Deal's influence on climate policy.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben and White House correspondent Scott Detrow.

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A Full Court Press: The Supreme Court Considers Expanded Benefits For Student Athletes

Listen to A Full Court Press: The Supreme Court Considers Expanded Benefits For Student AthletesThis week the Supreme Court heard arguments about whether or not the NCAA is operating a conspiracy to fix prices in the athletic labor market by not paying its student athletes. The NCAA, however, argues that paying students would threaten the "amateur" status of the game.

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

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"It's Big" And "It's Bold": Biden Unveils Massive Infrastructure Plan

Listen to "It's Big" And "It's Bold": Biden Unveils Massive Infrastructure PlanBoth parties agree that the country's infrastructure needs a face lift, and today President Biden revealed a $2 trillion plan to address the problem. The package will address roads, bridges, high speed internet, climate change, and racial inequity, but to pay for it all Congress would need to rollback former President Trump's corporate tax cuts.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and White House correspondent Scott Detrow.

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Gov. Kristi Noem Hopes To Court Conservatives By Banning Trans Girls From Sports

Listen to Gov. Kristi Noem Hopes To Court Conservatives By Banning Trans Girls From SportsSouth Dakota's governor Kristi Noem is a Republican rising star who signed two executive orders on Monday that bar transgender girls and women from participating in K-12 and college sports. It's just one of the moves Noem has made to gain favor ahead of the 2024 election. Plus, President Biden and his CDC director brace for a potential spike in coronavirus cases.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, science editor Rob Stein, and South Dakota Public Radio's Lee Strubinger.

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Will A New Georgia Law Restrict Voter Access Or Restore Faith In Elections?

Listen to Will A New Georgia Law Restrict Voter Access Or Restore Faith In Elections?A new Georgia law has become the center of the debate over voting rights with President Biden calling it "Jim Crow in the 21st century." Republicans argue the law helps restore faith in the electoral process, but civil rights advocates say it disenfranchises voters of color. Plus, Texas Republicans introduce new bills to restrict voter access.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, WABE's political reporter Emma Hurt, and KUT's political reporter Ashely Lopez.

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Weekly Roundup: March 26th

Listen to Weekly Roundup: March 26thColorado is considering new gun control measures in the wake of this week's mass shooting in the state. But can those restrictions survive the scrutiny of the most conservative Supreme Court in decades?

And the heads of Twitter, Facebook, and Google appeared before Congress on Thursday to answer questions about disinformation on their platforms.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Colorado Public Radio reporter Bente Birkeland, national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, technology correspondent Shannon Bond, and political reporter Miles Parks.

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President Biden Addresses Migration, Filibuster At First Press Conference

Listen to President Biden Addresses Migration, Filibuster At First Press ConferenceIn an hour-long briefing, Biden downplayed the role his election victory and messaging are playing in encouraging an influx of migrants to the border. He also said that he was working quickly to improve the conditions for children detained by the United States.

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

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Guns Are A Key Part Of American Political Identity. That Makes Reform Unlikely.

Listen to Guns Are A Key Part Of American Political Identity. That Makes Reform Unlikely.Fearing base backlash, Republican lawmakers are unlikely to support gun control measures popular among the American public. And limiting Democratic margins in the suburbs is vital should the party hope to win back the levers of power in Washington.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and national political correspondent Don Gonyea.

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US Loans Vaccines To Mexico, Canada

Listen to US Loans Vaccines To Mexico, CanadaAstraZeneca's vaccine has not been authorized for use in the United States, but the nation has millions of doses in its stockpile. Now, the Biden administration has announced it will loan some of those doses to Mexico and Canada. And a delay in 2020 census tallies is posing problems for states that need to draw legislative district maps.

This episode: political reporter Juana Summers, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, health reporter Pien Huang, and census correspondent Hansi Lo Wang.

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Migrant Children Advocates Say Biden Should Have Been Prepared For Arrivals

Listen to Migrant Children Advocates Say Biden Should Have Been Prepared For ArrivalsThe reasons the Biden administration is housing some migrant children in adult detention facilities are complicated. The number of migrants arriving at the border is rising and includes many children traveling without their parents. Trump reduced the capacity of the shelter system and Biden, unlike the former president, is not immediately deporting unaccompanied minors. Still, advocates on both sides of the aisle are calling for improved conditions.

And DC statehood is having its day in the sun, but the Senate filibuster stands between the city and its dreams of congressional representation.

This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and WAMU reporter Mikaela Lefrak.

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