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Biden Intends To End COVID Emergency Declarations. Now What? 03 February 2023 00:27:43
Republican Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy was at the White House on Wednesday for talks as President Biden continues to insist that the U.S. paying its debts is non-negotiable. House Republicans remove Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota from her seat on the Foreign Relations committee. And in respons...
Biden Intends To End COVID Emergency Declarations. Now What?
Republican Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy was at the White House on Wednesday for talks as President Biden continues to insist that the U.S. paying its debts is non-negotiable. House Republicans remove Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota from her seat on the Foreign Relations committee. And in respons...
House Republicans Begin Investigations Into President Biden 02 February 2023 00:15:07
The House Oversight and Judiciary committees, helmed by Repulican representatives James Comer of Kentucky and Jim Jordan of Ohio, will be the venues for a series of investigations into the President Joe Biden's administration and personal life. The party campaigned on an aggressive use of the legisl...
House Republicans Begin Investigations Into President Biden
The House Oversight and Judiciary committees, helmed by Repulican representatives James Comer of Kentucky and Jim Jordan of Ohio, will be the venues for a series of investigations into the President Joe Biden's administration and personal life. The party campaigned on an aggressive use of the legisl...
Nikki Haley Will Seek The Republican Presidential Nomination 01 February 2023 00:16:47
The former South Carolina governor and United Nations ambassador is going back on her pledge not to run against her former boss, Donald Trump. And after years of controversy, including the presence of an alleged Russian spy, the storied National Prayer Breakfast is getting a revamp.This episode: pol...
Nikki Haley Will Seek The Republican Presidential Nomination
The former South Carolina governor and United Nations ambassador is going back on her pledge not to run against her former boss, Donald Trump. And after years of controversy, including the presence of an alleged Russian spy, the storied National Prayer Breakfast is getting a revamp.This episode: pol...
Florida Election Workers Warn Chaos Is Coming Without Reform 31 January 2023 00:12:39
Recent changes to Florida's election laws institute new requirements that, as designed, could cause huge numbers of ballots to be rejected in the state — a key presidential battleground. Election workers are warning that, without reforms, ballot counting could be extremely slow and voters in the sta...
Florida Election Workers Warn Chaos Is Coming Without Reform
Recent changes to Florida's election laws institute new requirements that, as designed, could cause huge numbers of ballots to be rejected in the state — a key presidential battleground. Election workers are warning that, without reforms, ballot counting could be extremely slow and voters in the sta...
Can Facebook Still Be Trump's Fundraising Juggernaut? 30 January 2023 00:17:02
The site's parent company announced that Donald Trump would be able to return to the platform with new guardrails on his account. But will Facebook be as lucrative a fundraising tool for the former president given the new limitations on online ad targeting? And will Trump even choose to return to th...
Can Facebook Still Be Trump's Fundraising Juggernaut?
The site's parent company announced that Donald Trump would be able to return to the platform with new guardrails on his account. But will Facebook be as lucrative a fundraising tool for the former president given the new limitations on online ad targeting? And will Trump even choose to return to th...
Does Conservative Mean Whatever Donald Trump Says It Means? 27 January 2023 00:24:27
After extracting a slew of concessions from Kevin McCarthy during the Speaker vote saga, conservative House Republicans are now flexing their muscles in a fight over the U.S. debt. But what does the "conservative" label mean right now? New research suggests that many politically-active voters use it...
Does Conservative Mean Whatever Donald Trump Says It Means?
After extracting a slew of concessions from Kevin McCarthy during the Speaker vote saga, conservative House Republicans are now flexing their muscles in a fight over the U.S. debt. But what does the "conservative" label mean right now? New research suggests that many politically-active voters use it...
Mass Shootings And Extremism Are Top White House Concerns 26 January 2023 00:13:48
Vice President Harris is in California after a number of mass shootings in the state. The US Secret Service is out with a report documenting trends in attacks resulting in mass violence. And details on how one Nazi extremist group is recruiting new members in Florida.This episode: White House corres...
Mass Shootings And Extremism Are Top White House Concerns
Vice President Harris is in California after a number of mass shootings in the state. The US Secret Service is out with a report documenting trends in attacks resulting in mass violence. And details on how one Nazi extremist group is recruiting new members in Florida.This episode: White House corres...
United States And Its Allies To Provide Tanks To Ukraine 25 January 2023 00:12:48
The move, announced by President Biden in a speech from the Roosevelt Room of the White House, is the latest in a continued escalation of military equipment headed to the country from the U.S. and its allies. It comes as somewhat of a surprise: as recently as last week, top Pentagon officials were i...
United States And Its Allies To Provide Tanks To Ukraine
The move, announced by President Biden in a speech from the Roosevelt Room of the White House, is the latest in a continued escalation of military equipment headed to the country from the U.S. and its allies. It comes as somewhat of a surprise: as recently as last week, top Pentagon officials were i...
Dems Don't Love 2024 Senate Maps Like The GOP Does 24 January 2023 00:17:22
Democrats head into the 2024 elections needing to defend far more seats in the Senate than their Republican counterparts. With potentially vulnerable incumbents in Montana & West Virginia — and a potential three-way race in Arizona — the GOP seeks to capitalize.This episode: White House correspo...
Dems Don't Love 2024 Senate Maps Like The GOP Does
Democrats head into the 2024 elections needing to defend far more seats in the Senate than their Republican counterparts. With potentially vulnerable incumbents in Montana & West Virginia — and a potential three-way race in Arizona — the GOP seeks to capitalize.This episode: White House correspo...
FBI Searches Biden's Home; Harris Speaks Out For Abortion Rights 23 January 2023 00:12:33
The White House said FBI agents searched President Biden's Delaware home on Friday, finding more items with classified markings. The search took place voluntarily, and without a search warrant.Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to Florida on Sunday to mark the 50th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ...
FBI Searches Biden's Home; Harris Speaks Out For Abortion Rights
The White House said FBI agents searched President Biden's Delaware home on Friday, finding more items with classified markings. The search took place voluntarily, and without a search warrant.Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to Florida on Sunday to mark the 50th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ...
Ruminations On Supreme Court Leaks, Classified Documents & Preferred Fonts 20 January 2023 00:26:11
Documents were at the heart of Washington news this week. A Supreme Court investigation into who leaked a draft opinion of the decision overturning Roe v. Wade failed to identify who was responsible; the White House's communications strategy in handling the president's classified document dilemma ha...
Ruminations On Supreme Court Leaks, Classified Documents & Preferred Fonts
Documents were at the heart of Washington news this week. A Supreme Court investigation into who leaked a draft opinion of the decision overturning Roe v. Wade failed to identify who was responsible; the White House's communications strategy in handling the president's classified document dilemma ha...
PPP Loans Provided Lots Of Cash Assistance With Few Questions Asked 19 January 2023 00:17:44
The Payroll Protection Program was enacted during the pandemic to provide financial assistance to businesses that were closed, or operating at a reduced capacity. An NPR investigation finds the program was rife with fraud and most of the loans have been forgiven. This episode: White House correspond...
PPP Loans Provided Lots Of Cash Assistance With Few Questions Asked
The Payroll Protection Program was enacted during the pandemic to provide financial assistance to businesses that were closed, or operating at a reduced capacity. An NPR investigation finds the program was rife with fraud and most of the loans have been forgiven. This episode: White House correspond...
Much Ado About Debt 18 January 2023 00:17:49
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned Congress the United States would reach the statutory debt limit — commonly known as the debt ceiling — on Jan. 19. As Congress & the Treasury work to find ways to avoid financial chaos, what potential solutions are available? This episode: White House corre...
Much Ado About Debt
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned Congress the United States would reach the statutory debt limit — commonly known as the debt ceiling — on Jan. 19. As Congress & the Treasury work to find ways to avoid financial chaos, what potential solutions are available? This episode: White House corre...
Proud Boys Members Face Seditious Conspiracy Charges 17 January 2023 00:17:18
In Washington, D.C., members of the Proud Boys are on trial related to their alleged actions surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. It is the second major seditious conspiracy trial related to the insurrection following one late last year involving members of the Oath Keepers...
Proud Boys Members Face Seditious Conspiracy Charges
In Washington, D.C., members of the Proud Boys are on trial related to their alleged actions surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. It is the second major seditious conspiracy trial related to the insurrection following one late last year involving members of the Oath Keepers...
The Fight To Keep Climate Change Off The Back Burner 16 January 2023 00:11:49
The world faces key deadlines for climate action in coming decades. But most of us are more focused on the short term — today, tomorrow, maybe next year. So what do we do about that? The NPR podcast Consider This takes a closer look.Unlock access to this and other bonus content by supporting The NPR...
The Fight To Keep Climate Change Off The Back Burner
The world faces key deadlines for climate action in coming decades. But most of us are more focused on the short term — today, tomorrow, maybe next year. So what do we do about that? The NPR podcast Consider This takes a closer look.Unlock access to this and other bonus content by supporting The NPR...

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