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Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro says his party can't ignore racist statements from President Trump, but needs to offer their own positive vision of a multicultural America to draw out a big coalition to vote in 2020. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Julián Castro Says Trump Is 'The Biggest Identity Politician' In Recent History

In an ongoing series, The NPR Politics Podcast is hitting the road and interviewing 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. This episode Scott Detrow and New Hampshire Public Radio's Lauren Chooljian sit down with former secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro to ask why he's the best pick for president. This series is produced in collaboration with NHPR and Iowa Public Radio.

Julián Castro Says Trump Is 'The Biggest Identity Politician' In Recent History

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6 Questions Congress May Ask Robert Mueller During His Testimony

In two separate hearings on Wednesday, Democrats want Americans who haven't read Mueller's findings to see and hear them instead. Republicans want to take the former special counsel down a peg.

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'Becoming Superman' Chronicles The Life And Career Of J. Michael Straczynski

While the prolific Hollywood writer's career is well-documented, his personal history has been a mystery. His memoir is painful and inspiring, infuriating and full of hope, humorous and depressing.

More than 90 members of the House of Representatives publicly back an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. After former special counsel Robert Mueller testifies on Wednesday, that number could change. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Mueller Testimony Could Be Critical Inflection Point For Impeachment Push

Roughly 40% of House Democrats are advocating for opening an impeachment inquiry against the president. Robert Mueller's testimony Wednesday may be a critical moment for lawmakers on the fence.

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Missouri Firm With Silicon Valley Ties Faces Medicare Billing Scrutiny

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A federal audit and a whistleblower lawsuit allege that Medicare Advantage plans from the St. Louis-based Essence Group Holdings Corporation have significantly overcharged taxpayers.

On Tuesday, coal miners Danny Smith (left) and Greg Kelly are expected on Capitol Hill, where they'll ask lawmakers to fully restore a tax that pays for medical care for miners diagnosed with black lung. Both have the worst stage of the disease after years of mining. Rich-Joseph Facun for NPR hide caption

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Coal Miners To Demand Congress Restore Full Black Lung Benefits Tax

Coal miners will press members of Congress to fully restore a coal excise tax that supports miners diagnosed with black lung. The tax was cut more than 50% at the end of last year.

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7 States Step Up Efforts To Fight Violence Against Indigenous Women

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Native girls and women are more likely than average to be the victim of a violent crime. Now, several state task forces will try to better identify and locate indigenous crime victims.

7 States Step Up Efforts To Fight Violence Against Indigenous Women

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Khalid Is The Shooting Star Of The Playlist Era

Perhaps no contemporary musician understands the rules of the streaming ecosystem better than the singer Khalid, who emerged as a teenager and is now one of the most listened-to artists in the world.

Khalid Is The Shooting Star Of The Playlist Era

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Newport Folk Festival Preview 2019

The festival's executive producer, Jay Sweet explains how he picked this year's lineup and why the festival continues to resonate with people 60 years after it started.

Newport Folk Festival Preview 2019

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Anthony Comello displays writing on his hand that includes the letter "Q," used to signify the conspiracy theory QAnon during a March hearing in New Jersey. Comello is accused of killing the reputed boss of New York's Gambino crime family, Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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Lawyer: Shooter Wasn't Trying To Kill A Mob Boss. He Was Under 'QAnon' Delusion

The lawyer for the man charged with Francesco Cali's murder says he plans to make an insanity defense including that he became irrational after believing a pro-Trump Internet conspiracy theory.

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