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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: Friday, January 24

Listen to Weekly Roundup: Friday, January 24Democratic impeachment managers conclude their opening arguments Friday night in the Senate Impeachment trial. The president's defense team begins their arguments Saturday morning, a timeslot President Trump referred to as "Death Valley in T.V."

And is the country more prepared for misinformation and election interference now than it was in 2016? NPR's Secure Your Vote series documents the progress and continuing challenges.

This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, political reporter Miles Parks, and Election Security editor Phil Ewing.

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A Few Republicans And The American Public: Democrats Target Their Impeachment Message

Listen to A Few Republicans And The American Public: Democrats Target Their Impeachment MessageOn the second day of their opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial, Democratic managers honed their case. They hope to persuade a narrow band of Republican senators to support the introduction of new evidence and witnesses.

And some Republicans have begun to voice concerns about the White House legal team's approach to the trial. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said he wants the team to respond directly to claims made by the Democratic side.

This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and congressional editor Deirdre Walsh.

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NPR Politics Live From Drew University: The Road To 2020

Listen to NPR Politics Live From Drew University: The Road To 2020This is a special episode, recorded in front of a live audience at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey on Wednesday, January 22nd. As part of Drew Forum's Speakers Series, the cast breaks down everything you need to know about who's running for president, and how impeachment affects the race.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, senior political editor & correspondent Domenico Montanaro, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at [email protected] Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

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Senate Trial Opens With Democrats' Appeal to Remove Trump

Listen to Senate Trial Opens With Democrats' Appeal to Remove TrumpAs the third presidential impeachment trial in the country's history got underway, there was a lot that sounded familiar.

House impeachment managers, led by California Democrat Adam Schiff, presented their case against President Trump, based on evidence gathered during the hearings in the House late last year.

This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and Justice Department reporter Ryan Lucas.

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Senate Impeachment Trial Begins With Partisan Rules Fight

Listen to Senate Impeachment Trial Begins With Partisan Rules FightThe first full day of the Trump impeachment trial has been dominated by partisan fighting over the rules of the proceedings.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., released his resolution outlining the next steps, including a week of hours-long opening arguments, on Monday. By Tuesday, ahead of the debate, Senate leaders made additional changes to the trial timeline.

Speaking on the Senate floor, McConnell called the resolution "a fair road map," that closely tracks precedents. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called the rules "completely partisan." He said McConnell's resolution seems "designed by President Trump for President Trump."

This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional correspondent Susan Davis and political reporter Tim Mak.

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We've Attended Thousands of Political Rallies. Here's How They Work.

Listen to We've Attended Thousands of Political Rallies. Here's How They Work.Every political rally can be distilled to a few elements: the music, the stump, and the call to action. But each candidate's rallies look a bit different than those of their competitors.

In this episode, NPR's Scott Detrow, Asma Khalid, and Don Gonyea talk through the rally styles of Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Pete Buttigieg.

(We'll talk about President Trump's rallies in a later episode.)

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Weekly Roundup: Friday, January 17

Listen to Weekly Roundup: Friday, January 17President Trump has announced his legal team for the Senate impeachment trial—and it includes ghosts of impeachment past. And a non-partisan government watchdog says Trump broke the law by withholding aid money to Ukraine that had been appropriated by Congress. Also, one tortoise gets too much credit for reviving his species.

This episode: White House correspondents Tamara Keith, Ayesha Rascoe, and Franco Ordoñez, Justice Department correspondent Ryan Lucas, and Senior Political Editor and Correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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Trade Deals Offer Trump Fodder To Tout On Trail

Listen to Trade Deals Offer Trump Fodder To Tout On TrailThis week, President Trump inked deals in the two trade spats that have helped to define presidency: The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement, an incremental upgrade of NAFTA; and, a so-called 'Phase One' deal to deescalate his trade war with China.

It remains to be seen what, if any, impact the bilateral deals have on the U.S. economy, but it seems certain that the president will tout the agreements on the campaign trail—particularly in states with large agricultural and manufacturing sectors.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Chief Economics Correspondent Scott Horsley, and National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson.

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After Weeks of Delay, House Transmits Articles of Impeachment to Senate

Listen to After Weeks of Delay, House Transmits Articles of Impeachment to SenateHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi named seven Democratic members of Congress as the managers to argue the case for impeachment before the Senate.

"The emphasis is on litigators. The emphasis is on comfort level in the courtroom. The emphasis is making the strongest possible case to protect and defend our Constitution, to seek the truth for the American people," Pelosi said in a Wednesday press conference.

As early as Thursday morning, the impeachment managers will read the House resolution that appointed them as well as the articles of impeachment in full – on the Senate floor. Later that day, the Senate will proceed to the articles at 1 p.m. – or sooner.

This episode: White House correspondents Tamara Keith and Ayesha Rascoe, congressional correspondent Susan Davis.

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Democratic Debate Confronts A Loaded Question: 'Can A Woman Win Against Trump?'

Listen to Democratic Debate Confronts A Loaded Question: 'Can A Woman Win Against Trump?'Six Democratic presidential candidates debated on Tuesday night in Iowa, less than three weeks before the state's first-in-the-nation caucuses.

It came up early: can a woman win? The candidates agreed that the answer is yes after Bernie Sanders denied Elizabeth Warren's accusation that he told her a woman couldn't win.

And as the candidates debated trade, Sanders stood out as the only opponent of USMCA, the replacement for NAFTA.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political correspondents Scott Detrow and Asma Khalid, and political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben.

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With A Debate Looming, Progressives Feud and Cory Booker Drops Out

Listen to With A Debate Looming, Progressives Feud and Cory Booker Drops OutNew Jersey Senator Cory Booker has suspended his presidential campaign, citing a lack of money to run a winning campaign.Also, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren expressed her frustration with Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, after POLITICO reported that campaign volunteers were provided talking points attacking her.This episode: White House Correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and demographics and culture correspondent Juana Summers.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at [email protected] the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Subscribe to the NPR Politics Newsletter.Find and support your local public radio station.

NPR Politics Live From Chicago: The Road To 2020

Listen to NPR Politics Live From Chicago: The Road To 2020This is a special episode, recorded in front of a live audience at the Harris Theater in Chicago, IL on Friday, January 10th. The cast breaks down everything you need to know about who's running for president, and how impeachment affects the race.

This episode: political correspondent Asma Khalid, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and senior editor and correspondent Ron Elving. Email the show at [email protected] Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.

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How Chief Justice Roberts May Preside Over Senate Impeachment

Listen to How Chief Justice Roberts May Preside Over Senate ImpeachmentHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to hand over articles of impeachment to the Senate next week and when the trial begins, Chief Justice John Roberts will be in the center chair. But how much power will he have? If past is prologue, the answer might be... not much. Plus, what Bill Clinton's impeachment might tell us about what to expect from the Senate trial. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, and senior editor and correspondent Ron Elving.

House Vote Reignites Tug-Of-War Over Military Authority

Listen to House Vote Reignites Tug-Of-War Over Military AuthorityThe House is set to vote this evening on a resolution to limit President Trump's authority to strike Iran.

President Trump is operating, like his recent predecessors, off of expansive war-making powers granted by Congress in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

Many lawmakers say it is time for Congress to claw back some of that authority, granted in part by the Constitution, but the politics of voting on warfare can be complicated.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and senior political editor and correspondent Ron Elving.

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Trump Responds To Iranian Missile Strike With Sanctions

Listen to Trump Responds To Iranian Missile Strike With SanctionsNo casualties were reported after an Iranian missile strike on U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq on Tuesday night.

On Wednesday morning, President Trump announced a new round economic sanctions against Iran in a televised address. He also called on NATO to become "much more involved in the Middle East process."

Meanwhile, the impeachment process trudges onward in the Senate.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson.

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2020 Democrats Divided In Their Response To Iran Conflict

Listen to 2020 Democrats Divided In Their Response To Iran ConflictPresident Trump's decision to kill a top Iranian general has split the Democratic field along familiar ideological lines.

It remains to be seen how much the issue will ultimately matter to primary voters, something that will depend in part on whether the conflict between the United States and Iran continues to escalate.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, and National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea.

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Congressional Democrats Plan Vote on Trump's War Powers

Listen to Congressional Democrats Plan Vote on Trump's War PowersTop House Democrat Nancy Pelosi called last week's drone airstrike against Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani "provocative and disproportionate."

Iran says it will no longer honor its commitment to limit its enrichment of uranium, stepping away from a key component of the landmark nuclear deal it agreed to with six nations, including the United States, in 2015.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, and National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson.

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Weekly Roundup: Friday, January 3rd

Listen to Weekly Roundup: Friday, January 3rdPresident Trump ordered a strike against a top Iranian military leader that seems likely to upset the balance between the Middle East and Washington, raising questions about what comes next.

Also, the holiday break did not clarify what is to come in the impeachment process. Remarks from Senate leadership today indicated that the coming trial could proceed without a bipartisan deal on its format, a break from tradition.

This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, Election Security editor Phil Ewing, and congressional correspondent Susan Davis.

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Julian Castro Drops Out Of 2020 Race; Candidates Release Fundraising Numbers

Listen to Julian Castro Drops Out Of 2020 Race; Candidates Release Fundraising NumbersJulián Castro, who served as secretary of housing and urban development in the Obama administration , has ended his presidential campaign. Elements of his progressive campaign platform, including decriminalizing illegal border crossings, were adopted by other Democrats in the race.

Also, President Trump and leading Democrats have previewed their fourth-quarter fundraising hauls. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' campaign announced it raised $34.5 million since October. Entrepreneur Andrew Yang raised $16.5 million, an increase over the roughly $10 million his campaign raised in the third quarter.

This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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Why New Hampshire Holds The First Primary And Why That Matters

Listen to Why New Hampshire Holds The First Primary And Why That MattersIn this special episode of The NPR Politics Podcast we sat down with New Hampshire Public Radio's political reporter Lauren Chooljian to talk about why New Hampshire's primary comes first in the presidential election and why that matters.

Chooljian and her team explored the history and impact of the primary in NHPR's Stranglehold, and we deep dive on the key things she learned while digging into the history.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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