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Weekly Roundup: Biden Actions On Guns, Student Loans 12 April 2024 00:22:16
The Biden administration unveiled new, targeted student debt forgiveness and new regulations on gun sales this week. The maneuvers appear targeted to boost the president's standing among young voters, who express lower levels of support for Biden compared to older age groups.This episode: voting cor...
Weekly Roundup: Biden Actions On Guns, Student Loans
The Biden administration unveiled new, targeted student debt forgiveness and new regulations on gun sales this week. The maneuvers appear targeted to boost the president's standing among young voters, who express lower levels of support for Biden compared to older age groups.This episode: voting cor...
Understanding The County That Went For Obama, Trump, And Biden 11 April 2024 00:15:08
Erie, Pa., supported Barack Obama in the 2008 and 2012 elections, Donald Trump in 2016 and Joe Biden in 2020. What makes the county such a reliable bellwether? And how are campaign operatives there feeling about this year's race?This episode: voting correspondent Ashley Lopez, senior political edito...
Understanding The County That Went For Obama, Trump, And Biden
Erie, Pa., supported Barack Obama in the 2008 and 2012 elections, Donald Trump in 2016 and Joe Biden in 2020. What makes the county such a reliable bellwether? And how are campaign operatives there feeling about this year's race?This episode: voting correspondent Ashley Lopez, senior political edito...
The Alabama Election At The Heart Of The Voting Rights Fight 10 April 2024 00:15:49
We go deep on Alabama's second congressional district ahead of a primary runoff there next week. The Supreme Court forced the state to redraw its congressional maps to bolster the rights of the state's Black voters, a win that surprised voting rights advocates after previous decisions by the high co...
The Alabama Election At The Heart Of The Voting Rights Fight
We go deep on Alabama's second congressional district ahead of a primary runoff there next week. The Supreme Court forced the state to redraw its congressional maps to bolster the rights of the state's Black voters, a win that surprised voting rights advocates after previous decisions by the high co...
What To Know About Trump's Abortion Policy 09 April 2024 00:11:28
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee said Monday that abortion access was a state issue and that he supports access in the case of rape, incest, or to protect the life of the mother. Top Trump allies working outside of the campaign already have a proposed framework, including using existi...
What To Know About Trump's Abortion Policy
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee said Monday that abortion access was a state issue and that he supports access in the case of rape, incest, or to protect the life of the mother. Top Trump allies working outside of the campaign already have a proposed framework, including using existi...
Congress Is Back And As Messy As Ever 08 April 2024 00:16:19
Congress is headed back to Washington. With funding deadlines in the review mirror, they are turning their attention to foreign military aid. But Republicans and Democrats are voicing concerns about Ukraine and Israel, respectively, and there's a looming threat against Speaker Johnson. Oh, and there...
Congress Is Back And As Messy As Ever
Congress is headed back to Washington. With funding deadlines in the review mirror, they are turning their attention to foreign military aid. But Republicans and Democrats are voicing concerns about Ukraine and Israel, respectively, and there's a looming threat against Speaker Johnson. Oh, and there...
Roundup: Biden Calls Bibi; New Poll 05 April 2024 00:21:18
In a call Thursday to Israel's prime minister, President Biden told Benjamin Netanyahu the U.S. needed to see more humanitarian aid flowing into Gaza and protections to civilians on the ground or else the U.S. would reconsider its policies toward Israel. The call comes as Biden faces criticism from ...
Roundup: Biden Calls Bibi; New Poll
In a call Thursday to Israel's prime minister, President Biden told Benjamin Netanyahu the U.S. needed to see more humanitarian aid flowing into Gaza and protections to civilians on the ground or else the U.S. would reconsider its policies toward Israel. The call comes as Biden faces criticism from ...
The Latino & Asian American Voter Registration Gap 04 April 2024 00:13:17
In a pivotal election year, U.S. democracy continues to face a persistent challenge among the country's electorate — gaps in voter registration rates between white eligible voters and eligible voters of color. Long-standing barriers to voter registration have made it difficult to close these gaps, a...
The Latino & Asian American Voter Registration Gap
In a pivotal election year, U.S. democracy continues to face a persistent challenge among the country's electorate — gaps in voter registration rates between white eligible voters and eligible voters of color. Long-standing barriers to voter registration have made it difficult to close these gaps, a...
How Israel's War In Gaza Impacts Congressional Races 03 April 2024 00:16:46
As Israel's war with Hamas in Gaza enters its sixth month, Democratic members of Congress who are part of "the Squad" and have criticized Israel's actions are facing primary challengers backed by pro-Israel groups. It's a sign of further division in the party over present and future U.S. support of ...
How Israel's War In Gaza Impacts Congressional Races
As Israel's war with Hamas in Gaza enters its sixth month, Democratic members of Congress who are part of "the Squad" and have criticized Israel's actions are facing primary challengers backed by pro-Israel groups. It's a sign of further division in the party over present and future U.S. support of ...
How Florida's Abortion Vote May Impact The Presidential Race 02 April 2024 00:12:55
In a pair of decisions Monday, Florida's supreme court ruled the state's six-week abortion ban could go into effect in May, and that voters would have a chance to repeal it in November.This podcast: political correspondents Ashley Lopez & Sarah McCammon, and senior political editor and correspon...
How Florida's Abortion Vote May Impact The Presidential Race
In a pair of decisions Monday, Florida's supreme court ruled the state's six-week abortion ban could go into effect in May, and that voters would have a chance to repeal it in November.This podcast: political correspondents Ashley Lopez & Sarah McCammon, and senior political editor and correspon...
U.S. Investigations Into War Crimes Can Get Complicated 01 April 2024 00:16:15
The Justice Department launched a team in December 2023 to look into allegations of war crimes committed during Russia's war in Ukraine. The team isn't limited to looking only at that conflict, though — but in the months since the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, the DOJ has been nearly si...
U.S. Investigations Into War Crimes Can Get Complicated
The Justice Department launched a team in December 2023 to look into allegations of war crimes committed during Russia's war in Ukraine. The team isn't limited to looking only at that conflict, though — but in the months since the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, the DOJ has been nearly si...
Roundup: Insurrection Act; Campaign Spending 29 March 2024 00:23:59
A bipartisan group of legal experts is sounding an alarm about presidential power this election season. They're pushing Congress to update a 150 year old law, and limit how the White House can deploy the military on American soil, in case a future president takes advantage of that sweeping power. Pl...
Roundup: Insurrection Act; Campaign Spending
A bipartisan group of legal experts is sounding an alarm about presidential power this election season. They're pushing Congress to update a 150 year old law, and limit how the White House can deploy the military on American soil, in case a future president takes advantage of that sweeping power. Pl...
SCOTUS Hears Abortion Pill Arguments 28 March 2024 00:17:46
The Supreme Court heard a case this week about mifepristone, a drug used in medication abortions. Anti-abortion plaintiffs are suing the Food & Drug Administration, hoping to restrict access to the drug. But, justices seem skeptical of their arguments, and limits on use of the drug could have lo...
SCOTUS Hears Abortion Pill Arguments
The Supreme Court heard a case this week about mifepristone, a drug used in medication abortions. Anti-abortion plaintiffs are suing the Food & Drug Administration, hoping to restrict access to the drug. But, justices seem skeptical of their arguments, and limits on use of the drug could have lo...
The Complicated Relationship Between Biden And Bibi 27 March 2024 00:18:01
As the United States tries to seek a resolution to Israel's war in Gaza, we look at the complicated and strained relationship between the White House and the Netanyahu government. This podcast: White House correspondents Deepa Shivaram & Franco Ordoñez, and national security correspondent Greg M...
The Complicated Relationship Between Biden And Bibi
As the United States tries to seek a resolution to Israel's war in Gaza, we look at the complicated and strained relationship between the White House and the Netanyahu government. This podcast: White House correspondents Deepa Shivaram & Franco Ordoñez, and national security correspondent Greg M...
Latest In Trump's N.Y. Civil Fraud Case 26 March 2024 00:13:43
Former President Trump got a brief reprieve in his New York civil case, as the amount he owes to secure a $454 million bond has been temporarily reduced on appeal. But Trump still faces both legal and financial headwinds ahead of the case going to trial next month. We explore what's at stake. This p...
Latest In Trump's N.Y. Civil Fraud Case
Former President Trump got a brief reprieve in his New York civil case, as the amount he owes to secure a $454 million bond has been temporarily reduced on appeal. But Trump still faces both legal and financial headwinds ahead of the case going to trial next month. We explore what's at stake. This p...
Step Inside A Trump Rally 25 March 2024 00:18:06
The presidential campaign is heating up, and candidates are hitting the road to convince people to vote for them. Today, we take a look inside a Donald Trump rally — the sights, the sounds & the scenes — and talk about who still is motivated to attend a political event for a candidate who is &am...
Step Inside A Trump Rally
The presidential campaign is heating up, and candidates are hitting the road to convince people to vote for them. Today, we take a look inside a Donald Trump rally — the sights, the sounds & the scenes — and talk about who still is motivated to attend a political event for a candidate who is &am...

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