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Every weekday, NPR's best political reporters are there to explain the big news coming out of Washington and the campaign trail. They don't just tell you what happened. They tell you why it matters. Every afternoon.
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More than six million people filed for unemployment last week, on top of the 3.3 million claims the week prior. Analysts project the share of Americans out of work could go as high as 15 percent this year. This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley, and reporter Danielle Kurtzleben.
As the White House warns the American public to expect 100 thousand or more deaths from the coronavirus outbreak, the administration is deferring to states to determine the best response. Many of those governors are looking to the federal government for more support. This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, political correspondent Scott Detrow, WPLN reporter Sergio Martínez-Beltrán, and Colorado Public Radio reporter Bente Birkeland.
Should abortion count as an essential medical service during the coronavirus outbreak? States disagree, prompting court fights. And lawmakers differ on what a fourth round of rescue legislation should look like. This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and national correspondent Sarah McCammon.
President Trump is now asking Americans to stay at home through April, with some hints that the social distancing measures could last even longer. Even with the aggressive measures in place, the White House says 100,000 Americans could die from the outbreak. This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and science correspondent Richard Harris.
A record number of Americans filed for unemployment benefits for the first time last week as the coronavirus hammered the economy. It's nearly five times the levels seen during the Great Recession. Plus, President Trump has hit his highest approval rating since becoming president – 47%, according to an average of the polls. That's an increase of nearly 3 points over the last two weeks. This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, chief economic correspondent Scott Horsley, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.
Joe Biden has held a number of web-based campaign events and fundraisers now that the coronavirus outbreak has grounded his campaign. Early efforts were plagued with problems, though there are signs things are improving. And congressional candidates are also facing challenges, even with the most essential of campaign tasks — like getting enough signatures to appear on the ballot. This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, and demographics and culture reporter Juana Summers.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell touted a bipartisan deal to provide emergency funds in response to the new coronavirus pandemic and committed to passing the legislation Wednesday, though some in his caucus have raised objections to a key provision. If passed, the bill would provide cash payments to Americans, help to struggling small businesses and more resources to state and local governments, as well as to hospitals. It also includes a number of accountability measures meant to ensure the funds are used responsibly. This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley.
A Senate agreement on emergency funding to address the coronavirus could be "hours" away, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday, as Republicans and Democrats seemed close to bridging disagreements that have stalled a deal on the approximately $2 trillion package. And on a Fox News special, President Trump said that he hopes the United States can begin to get back to normal by the middle of next month, potentially setting up a clash with public health officials. This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and congressional reporter Claudia Grisales.
As financial markets fall and case numbers soar, Congress has (so far) been unable to reach a deal on a major coronavirus aid package with an expected price tag of more than a trillion dollars. Also, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has become the first senator to test positive for the coronavirus. Close contact with Paul has led at least two other senators to self-quarantine. This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell.
The Senate is negotiating another aid package to address the coronavirus, one that would provide direct cash payments, loan guarantees for impacted businesses and more resources for testing and development of vaccines. Also, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee warned a small group of well-connected constituents three weeks ago to prepare for dire economic and societal effects of the coronavirus, according to a secret recording obtained by NPR. This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and investigative correspondent Tim Mak.
The White House gave a press conference Thursday afternoon touting potential new treatments for the coronavirus. The head of the Food and Drug Administration warned that their effectiveness and testing timeline remain uncertain. Also, Congress may soon pass a trillion dollar stimulus package that would provide cash directly to Americans and a backstop for the wide swaths of the economy crippled by the coronavirus outbreak. This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, and Chief Economics Correspondent Scott Horsley.
The Defense Department said it would contribute to the coronavirus pandemic response with hospital ships, field treatment centers and medical supplies. Congress also ramped up its response, with the Senate expected to pass a stimulus package Wednesday afternoon. This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and White House correspondent Tamara Keith.
Joe Biden now has secured more than half of delegates in the Democratic primary contest, making a Bernie Sanders comeback increasingly unlikely. Biden won primaries in Florida, Illinois, and Arizona on Tuesday night. Sanders gave a speech before voting had ended without mentioning the election at all. Instead, he used the address to debut his proposal to combat the economic impact of the coronavirus. This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, campaign correspondents Asma Khalid and Scott Detrow, and voting reporter Miles Parks.
President Trump gave a briefing on the coronavirus this afternoon in which he acknowledged that the coronavirus could cause disruptions for several more months. The stock market dropped more than 10 percent Monday.Also, four states are scheduled to hold primaries tomorrow: Ohio, Florida, Arizona, and Illinois. But concerns about the spread of the coronavirus have made the prospect of in-person voting more complicated. This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.
Former Vice President Joe Biden made big news, committing to have a woman as his running mate. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said it would be his "strong tendency." Biden and Sanders started Sunday night's debate with an elbow bump and responded to the coronavirus crisis. They got into detailed arguments over their records on a range of issues, from bankruptcy to immigration.This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, political correspondent Asma Khalid, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.
President Trump declared a national emergency Friday afternoon amid growing concern about the coronavirus outbreak across the United States. The move, widely expected, frees up $50 billion for states to deal with the crisis. This week former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders both criticized President Trump for his handling of the pandemic. The virus has now reshaped how candidates will campaign ahead of the next round of primaries only days away.This episode: Congressional correspondents Susan Davis and Kelsey Snell, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and political correspondents Scott Detrow and Asma Khalid.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will vote Thursday on a package of measures to address the coronavirus despite pushback from the top House Republican that the bill "comes up short." This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez.
In remarks from the Oval Office Wednesday night, President Trump announced actions aimed at curbing the spread and economic downfall of coronavirus, which the World Health Organization has classified as a pandemic. The efforts include a ban on travel from European countries to the United States in addition to proposals attempting to ease the financial strain on workers and businesses. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, science correspondent Richard Harris and chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley.
Despite an underwhelming performance in yesterday's primary contests, Bernie Sanders says he remains a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination. Sanders pointed to Sunday's one-on-one debate with Biden in Arizona as a chance to change the minds of voters who say they like his policy ideas but view Biden as the best option to defeat Trump in November. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and campaign correspondent Scott Detrow.
Joe Biden's campaign momentum continued on Big Tuesday, with decisive wins in at least three of six primary elections. The results paint a grim picture for Bernie Sanders and his chances of securing the nomination. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign correspondents Asma Khalid and Scott Detrow, and senior political editor and correspondent Ron Elving.
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fearlessone

Thank you!

Apr 1st
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Joseph Norwood

wonder if narcan would work or hep c medicine. dialysis? HGH? Sussenex?

Mar 20th
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Kurben Nnm

This podcast seems to be in support of Biden. and I have been following for a while. No mention to Biden lying about his record multiple times. I guess you are part of the establishment with this bias reporting

Mar 16th
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Michael Jones

COVID19 update just a hit piece...no mention of the air travel restrictions... only criticism of current developments. No updates from VPs office. That's reporting?

Mar 7th
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Kurben Nnm

So for some reason people think Trump supporters would rather vote for Joe Biden who they say claim was corrupt in his handling of Ukraine, over Bernie or Trump? A whole Joke

Mar 5th
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A H

TRUMP 2020

Mar 5th
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Kyle Deg

can someone tell me what's the difference between primary and caucuses

Mar 5th
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Richard Leary

wow

Mar 3rd
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Evan Felix

I bought.. I got them 😂😂 Bloomberg, oh boy..

Feb 26th
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Joe Martinez

it hilarious part of the primary is that Bernie took it to Hillary last time. and people still didn't believe he could win until last week. oh how money blinds people of seeing the truth. #Bernie2020

Feb 26th
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John Smith

Why did you guys delete some of the podcasts?

Feb 25th
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Kyle Deg

did they delete some episodes?

Feb 24th
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entertainment essam

onald duck or trump u mean???

Feb 21st
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Tony Zac

cheesy! 🤣

Feb 18th
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Happy New Year's!

I feel like in essence this man was arrested for resisting arrest.

Feb 13th
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Dre

Interesting that they never even mentioned one of the most talked about racial conversations on that stage that night. Elizabeth Warren’s response to Pete’s mayoral arrest record in Indiana. Like come on, guys! Quit being sexist and only talking about the white guys on the stage.

Feb 10th
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Kyle Deg

When I heard Andrew Yang wanted a basic minimum income, I already knew he would never win. That's the dumbest selling point i've ever heard

Feb 9th
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yakurbe 0112

"Things might have changed by the time you hear this; Like who has won the Iowa caucuses!" Ha!

Feb 5th
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alli lent

the lack of Andrew Yang coverage is seriously starting to piss me off

Feb 2nd
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Matt Huisenga

The My Pillow guy is a campaign surrogate for the President's reelection. I just want everyone to know that this is the kind of world we live in

Jan 28th
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