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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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President Revives "American Carnage" Message

Listen to President Revives "American Carnage" MessageIn a speech Friday at Mount Rushmore, President Trump returned to the divisive "law and order" rhetoric and white identity politics that fueled his 2016 campaign. That's despite signs that the message is not as resonant this election cycle.

This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and White House reporters Ayesha Rascoe and Franco Ordoñez.

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How Black Americans Experience Patriotism

Listen to How Black Americans Experience PatriotismThe U.S. is experiencing a reckoning over the fact that the promises of America are not fulfilled equally. Black Americans share how they experience patriotism ahead of the July Fourth celebration.

This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and political reporter Juana Summers.

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US Added Jobs In June⁠—But Now The Pandemic Is Getting Worse

Listen to US Added Jobs In June⁠—But Now The Pandemic Is Getting WorseThe unemployment rate fell to 11.1%. But there are indications that the job growth has slowed recently amid a surge of new coronavirus infections.

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This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe.

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Trump Remakes Federal Judiciary In His Image

Listen to Trump Remakes Federal Judiciary In His ImageIn June, the Senate confirmed President Trump's 200th judge to the bench. With a dearth of legislative achievements to point to, reshaping the federal judiciary could be the president's most durable legacy.

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This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and senior political editor and correspondent Ron Elving.

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Trump's Disapproval Climbs Alongside US Coronavirus Cases

Listen to Trump's Disapproval Climbs Alongside US Coronavirus CasesAmid a renewed spike in coronavirus cases, the number of voters disapproving of the job President Trump is doing is at an all-time high, a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds. Joe Biden is using the pandemic to attack the president. And despite a narrow loss in the Kentucky Senate primary, the progressive wing of the Democratic party is amassing power in the halls of Congress.

This episode: White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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Supreme Court Overturns Restrictions On Abortion Access

Listen to Supreme Court Overturns Restrictions On Abortion AccessChief Justice John Roberts joined the court's four liberals, citing the Supreme Court's adherence to precedent, to invalidate a Louisiana law that required doctors at clinics that perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

Plus, lawmakers in both parties are asking for more information after press reports suggested that Russian operatives have paid Afghan insurgents to target U.S. forces.

This episode: congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell correspondent Sarah McCammon, national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, election security editor Phil Ewing, and White House correspondent Tamara Keith.

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Weekly Roundup: June 26th, 2020

Listen to Weekly Roundup: June 26th, 2020At the first coronavirus taskforce briefing in months, Vice President Mike Pence reiterated that the White House was there to support states in their response to the pandemic and touted the administration's response so far despite the country's high death toll. And Attorney General William Barr talks to NPR about the pile of controversies facing the Department of Justice.

This episode: White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.

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Congress Probably Won't Agree On Police Reform

Listen to Congress Probably Won't Agree On Police ReformA day after Democrats blocked a Republican proposal in the Senate, they are set to pass a reform plan of their own in the House. Lawmakers appear pessimistic about the chances of compromise legislation.

This episode: White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell.

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U.S. Coronavirus Cases Holding Steady

Listen to U.S. Coronavirus Cases Holding SteadyThe United States isn't experiencing a second wave of the coronavirus—because the first wave never ended. While original hotspots of the outbreak, like New York and New Jersey, have seen declines, population centers in the south, including Texas, are seeing record numbers of cases. White House coronavirus task force member Anthony Fauci testified about the pandemic yesterday on Capitol Hill.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, science correspondent Richard Harris, and KUT reporter Asley Lopez.

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Who Will Kentucky Pick To Face Mitch McConnell?

Listen to Who Will Kentucky Pick To Face Mitch McConnell?Closely-watched congressional primaries in New York and Kentucky will test how well progressives fare in two very different parts of the country.

And reporting from a Michigan suburb on how folks there view the racial justice protests and the president's response to the pandemic.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, Kentucky Public Radio reporter Ryland Barton, and campaign correspondent Asma Khalid.

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Trump Fires Lawyer Who Prosecuted His Allies

Listen to Trump Fires Lawyer Who Prosecuted His AlliesPresident Trump has removed a top Justice Department official, Geoffrey Berman, whose office has overseen the prosecutions of several of the president's associates.

And the president's Saturday rally was a return to form for Trump, but fell short of expectations set by his campaign.

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

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Weekly Roundup: June 19th, 2020

Listen to Weekly Roundup: June 19th, 2020In Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday, President Trump will hold his first campaign rally since the coronavirus pandemic seized the United States. The top public health official there said he hoped it would be delayed and the campaign agreed to limited public health precautions.

And, new allegations from a former national security adviser draw White House ire.

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

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In 5-4 Decision, Supreme Court Lets DACA Stand

Listen to In 5-4 Decision, Supreme Court Lets DACA StandThe Supreme Court has extended a life-support line to some 650,000 so-called "Dreamers" on Thursday, allowing them to remain safe from deportation. In the majority opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts said the decision was not about the Trump administration's authority to end the program, but rather about its "arbitrary" justification.

This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.

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NPR Analysis: Biden Has Early Edge On 2020 Political Map

Listen to NPR Analysis: Biden Has Early Edge On 2020 Political MapPresident Trump is in a political hole and has a lot of ground to make up over the next five months if he hopes to win another term, an NPR analysis of the Electoral College map finds.

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This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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What Trump's Policing Order Does (And Doesn't) Do

Listen to What Trump's Policing Order Does (And Doesn't) DoPresident Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday encouraging police departments to improve training — a step critics say falls short of what is needed to curb police officers' use of force against people of color.

This episode: campaign correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and congressional reporter Claudia Grisales.

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Supreme Court: LGBTQ Employment Discrimination Is Illegal

Listen to Supreme Court: LGBTQ Employment Discrimination Is IllegalThe vote was 6-3 with conservatives Chief Justice John Roberts and Neil Gorsuch joining the court's four liberal justices in the majority. "In Title VII, Congress adopted broad language making it illegal for an employer to rely on an employee's sex when deciding to fire that employee," the court held in Monday's decision. "We do not hesitate to recognize today a necessary consequence of that legislative choice: an employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law."

In this episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and national Justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.

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It's Been a Minute: 'Not Just Another Protest'

Listen to It's Been a Minute: 'Not Just Another Protest'There is so much to unpack in this current moment. Sam has a candid conversation with Aunt Betty about how history has shaped her view of the current protests, and he walks around downtown Los Angeles to get the perspective of people he meets. Sam also talks to BuzzFeed News reporter Melissa Segura on her recent reporting about police unions and what they mean for reform, and Morning Edition executive producer Kenya Young about being a black parent during this time and the 'talk' she has to give her sons.

NPR has curated a podcast playlist to amplify conversations about law enforcement, racial injustice, and the black American experience. You can stream this playlist via Spotify and NPR One.

'It's Been a Minute' is produced by Jinae West, Anjuli Sastry, Andrea Gutierrez and Hafsa Fathima. Our editor is Jordana Hochman. Our intern is Hafsa Fathima. Our director of programming is Steve Nelson. You can follow us on Twitter @NPRItsBeenAMin.

The Ground Is Shifting In Trump's Culture War

Listen to The Ground Is Shifting In Trump's Culture WarPresident Trump and his campaign are sticking to culture war messaging even as some congressional Republicans cede ground on police reform as an increasing majority of Americans voice their support for the protests.

This episode: campaign correspondents Asma Khalid and Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and senior political editor and correspondent Ron Elving.

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The End Of Police In Minneapolis

Listen to The End Of Police In MinneapolisAfter one of the city's police officers killed George Floyd, a veto-proof majority of the Minneapolis city council has pledged to disband the city's police force. What comes next could take years to figure out.

This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, reporter Adrian Florido, and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.

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"Is that what a black man's worth? Twenty dollars?"

Listen to "Is that what a black man's worth? Twenty dollars?"Philonise Floyd, whose brother was killed by Minneapolis police, testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. The hearing, tied to House Democrats' police reform proposal, took place as Republican reform efforts in the Senate began to take shape.

This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and National Justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.

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