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American Conservatives Are Smitten With Hungary's Increasingly Autocratic Leader

A prominent conference of American conservatives — the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) — will take place in Hungary this week. Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has curtailed institutional checks on his power and railed against immigration and LGBTQ rights, will be the keynote speaker.

American Conservatives Are Smitten With Hungary's Increasingly Autocratic Leader

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How Replacement Theory Moved From The Fringe To The Mainstream

The suspected gunman in Saturday's shooting in Buffalo, N.Y. is alleged to have written a racist screed explaining his motivations. One of the topics discussed is "replacement theory," a talking point that has made its way to statements made by Republican lawmakers and Fox News hosts despite its past as a fringe idea in racist forums. Today, a look at what replacement theory is, how it became amplified & what implications that has on the political process.

How Replacement Theory Moved From The Fringe To The Mainstream

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Interview With Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell sat down with NPR's Deirdre Walsh for a conversation about the leaked Supreme Court draft that would spell the end of Roe v. Wade, his success at reshaping the federal judiciary, and what his relationship with the Biden White House will be if Republicans gain control of the Senate in November.

Interview With Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

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A Majority of Americans Support Roe. That Doesn't Mean They Agree on Abortion.

Senate Democrats failed to pass a bill that would have codified the right to an abortion Wednesday, with West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin voting with all Republicans in opposition. Polls show a majority of Americans support Roe V. Wade, but opinions vary widely when it comes to restrictions like waiting periods, required ultrasounds, and gestational cutoffs.

A Majority of Americans Support Roe. That Doesn't Mean They Agree on Abortion.

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This Longtime Dem Lawmaker Opposes Abortion Rights. Will Primary Voters Support Him?

Rep. Henry Cuellar is a conservative Democrat who has represented the 28th Congressional District in south Texas since 2005. Backed by Democratic congressional leaders, he's fighting to keep his seat against a primary challenge from progressive Jessica Cisneros who says the congressman's immigration and social policies are out of step with what Democratic voters believe.

This Longtime Dem Lawmaker Opposes Abortion Rights. Will Primary Voters Support Him?

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Biden's Midterm Pitch: Inflation Is High, But You're Still Better Off With Me

In an economic speech that felt like a campaign stump, Biden touted his administration's efforts to bolster the American economy. He said that inflation is his top domestic priority and suggested that though costs may be up, voters are still better off with Democrats in charge.

Biden's Midterm Pitch: Inflation Is High, But You're Still Better Off With Me

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National Abortion Ban Could Come To A Vote If Republicans Win Congress

After initially being reluctant to talk about the substance of the leaked Supreme Court opinion, GOP lawmakers have begun to campaign on the exaggerated notion that Democratic lawmakers support abortion until the moment of birth. And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell raised the possibility of bringing a national abortion ban to a vote if Republicans take power in the midterms, though the Biden White House would almost certainly veto such a bill.

National Abortion Ban Could Come To A Vote If Republicans Win Congress

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America Before Roe v. Wade

The Supreme Court may be on the cusp of overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling which established abortion access as a constitutional right. In this edited conversation from September, Nina Totenberg and Tamara Keith discuss what the U.S. looked like before the Roe decision — and what it could look like if the high court strikes it down.

America Before Roe v. Wade

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More Jobs, Bigger Paychecks... And The Risk Of Recession?

Lots of people have gotten jobs recently and paychecks are, on average, getting bigger. But what those paychecks can buy is shrinking because costs are going up. So, the Federal Reserve is taking steps to limit the amount of money bouncing around in the economy. That should help slow price increases — but risks a recession.

More Jobs, Bigger Paychecks... And The Risk Of Recession?

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Are Other Rights Really At Risk If Roe Is Overturned?

It depends how the final opinion is written. And, President Biden said that voters need to elect more Democrats in order to ensure their rights are protected. The remark frustrated some young activists. Young voters turned out at near-record levels in 2020, but many have softened in their support of President Biden because they feel he has not delivered on the policy promises that are most important to them.

Are Other Rights Really At Risk If Roe Is Overturned?

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