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Ximena Bustillo

Reporter, Washington Desk

Ximena Bustillo is a multi-platform reporter at NPR covering politics out of the White House and Congress on air and in print.

Before joining NPR, she was an award-winning food and agriculture policy reporter and newsletter author at POLITICO covering immigration, climate, labor, supply chain and equity issues.

Bustillo got her start in journalism at the Idaho Statesman where she helped spearhead the state's Spanish-language coronavirus news coverage through articles and public web forums.

She is a graduate of Boise State University.

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Friday

Trump turns over many campaign responsibilities to outside group, Turning Point USA

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Former President Donald Trump speaks at Dream City Church in Phoenix on Thursday. The event with Turning Point USA brought the presumptive Republican nominee back to the crucial swing state for the first time in two years. Caitlin O'Hara for NPR hide caption

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Friday

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Thursday

Trump conviction may make a difference among swing voters

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Former President Donald Trump appears for his hush money trial at Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday, before a jury of New Yorkers convicted him on 34 felony counts. Steven Hirsch/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump sits at the defendant's table inside the courthouse as the jury is scheduled to continue deliberations for his hush money trial at Manhattan Criminal Court on May 30, 2024 in New York City. Justin Lane - Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Wednesday

Former President Donald Trump walks out of the courtroom Wednesday to make remarks to the media during his criminal trial at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City. Doug Mills/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Tuesday

Former President Donald Trump leaves Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City at the end of the day's proceedings Tuesday during his criminal trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments. Charly Triballeau/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Friday

In this May 26, 2006 file photo, a U.S. Border Patrol agent patrols the international border separating Sonoyta, Mexico, right of fence, and Lukeville, Ariz., in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Matt York/AP hide caption

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What to know before the final week of Trump's hush money trial

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Tuesday

Former President Donald Trump appears in court with attorneys Emil Bove (left) and Todd Blanche (right) for his trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments at Manhattan criminal court on Tuesday in New York City. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Monday

Former President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to members of the media before entering the courtroom with his attorney Todd Blanche (right) at Manhattan criminal court in New York City, on Monday. Dave Sanders/Pool/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Friday

Angela Alsobrooks listens to reporters questions during a news conference at the Prince George's County Courthouse in Upper Marlboro, Md. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Roundup: Michael Cohen Testifies Against Trump And Maryland's Senate Race Is Set

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Thursday

Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer to former President Donald Trump, and attorney Danya Perry leave his apartment building on his way to Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City on Thursday. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump's New York criminal trial could head to jury deliberation as soon as next week

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Tuesday

Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., vice president hopeful and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, House Speaker Mike Johnson, former GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy and Rep. Cory Mills, R-Fla., joined the former president in court Tuesday morning. Curtis Means/Daily Mail/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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A line forms Monday outside the courthouse for a chance to sit in on the 16th day of former President Trump's hush-money trial in Manhattan, N.Y. José A. Alvarado Jr. for NPR hide caption

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These people waited hours to see the Trump hush-money trial up close. Here's why

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Monday

Michael Cohen leaves his apartment building on his way to Manhattan criminal court on Monday. Julia Nikhinson/AP hide caption

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Michael Cohen, Trump's ex-fixer, testifies about hush money payment to Stormy Daniels

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Friday

Judge Juan Merchan presides over proceedings as Stormy Daniels, far right, answers questions on direct examination by assistant district attorney Susan Hoffinger in Manhattan criminal court as former President Donald Trump and defense attorney Todd Blanche look on, Tuesday, May 7, 2024, in New York. Elizabeth Williams/AP hide caption

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Thursday

Judge Juan Merchan presides over proceedings Tuesday as Stormy Daniels, far right, answers questions on direct examination by assistant district attorney Susan Hoffinger in Manhattan criminal court as former President Donald Trump and defense attorney Todd Blanche look on. Elizabeth Williams/AP hide caption

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Tuesday

Judge Juan Merchan presides over proceedings on Tuesday as Stormy Daniels, far right, answers questions on direct examination by assistant district attorney Susan Hoffinger in Manhattan criminal court as former President Donald Trump and defense attorney Todd Blanche look on. Elizabeth Williams/AP hide caption

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Monday

Former President Donald Trump attends his trial in Manhattan criminal court on May 2. The judge in the case heard arguments related to the prosecution's request to fine Trump for violating a gag order in the case. Getty Images hide caption

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