The NPR Politics Podcast Every weekday, NPR's best political reporters are there to explain the big news coming out of Washington and the campaign trail. They don't just tell you what happened. They tell you why it matters. Every afternoon.
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Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema Want Different Things (Maybe)

The two senators who are forcing more negotiations over the Biden administration's multi-trillion dollar climate and social programs bill appear to have different priorities for what they want to see changed. But it is hard to know for sure: Kyrsten Sinema avoids reporters and has said little publicly about her views to the frustration of her Democratic colleagues.

Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema Want Different Things (Maybe)

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The Boston Marathon Bomber Is Undoubtedly Guilty, But Should He Be Executed?

The Supreme Court heard arguments for and against reinstating the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bomber. President Biden himself has argued against ever using the death penalty, but here his administration is arguing that Tsarnaev should receive the harshest punishment.

The Boston Marathon Bomber Is Undoubtedly Guilty, But Should He Be Executed?

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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Optimistic On Supply Chain Problems

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg tells NPR that the Biden administration is focused on resolving supply chain issues in time of the holiday shopping season. Also: what is a supply chain and why are they causing issues?

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Optimistic On Supply Chain Problems

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Let's Talk About Young Voters

Young voters broke for Joe Biden in 2020, but are shirking party affiliations in greater numbers than older generations. And it remains to be seen how millennials and Gen Z legislators will fit into existing political power structures: many top Democrats have been at the helm in Washington for decades and recruiting young candidates can be a challenge.

Let's Talk About Young Voters

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How Much Has The Country Really Changed Since Clinton's Impeachment?

The TV show Impeachment: American Crime Story dramatizes Bill Clinton's impeachment through the stories of three women at the heart of the proceedings, including Monica Lewinsky. We discuss how the country and its politics have and haven't changed in the two decades since the impeachment unfolded.

How Much Has The Country Really Changed Since Clinton's Impeachment?

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Catastrophic Risk Of A Federal Government Default Has Been Postponed

Congress reached a deal to raise the debt ceiling enough to cover the government's spending for a few more months. Anemic job growth persists. Former president Trump is holding an Iowa rally this weekend and his continued flirtation with re-election has kept the Republican primary field on ice.

Catastrophic Risk Of A Federal Government Default Has Been Postponed

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What's Next For The Afghans Now In The United States?

Tens of thousands of Afghans have been brought to the United States but most have not yet been resettled in communities. The process is complex, with multiple visa categories and gutted resettlement infrastructure all making the challenge more daunting for the Biden administration.

What's Next For The Afghans Now In The United States?

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White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, shown here in 2019 listening as President Donald Trump speaks at the White House. AP hide caption

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Why Trump's Former Press Secretary Worries About His Influence In 2022

Former White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham was part of the Trump administration from the beginning and, in a conversation with Tamara Keith, offers a clear picture into what she used to actively obscure: the chaos, pettiness, and mismanagement that characterized his four years in power. Her book is I'll Take Your Questions Now.

Why Trump's Former Press Secretary Worries About His Influence In 2022

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Hear What A Facebook Insider Told Congress About How Its Apps Hurt Kids

Former Facebook product manager Frances Haugen told senators that the company knows its products harm children and stoke division, but that executives have continued to prioritize growth over safety.

Hear What A Facebook Insider Told Congress About How Its Apps Hurt Kids

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Why Does Biden's China Policy Look So Much Like Trump's?

Biden's top trade official, Katherine Tai, indicated in a Monday speech that tariffs levied against China initiated during the Trump administration would remain in place. The countries have been unable to work out key economic and political disagreements.

Why Does Biden's China Policy Look So Much Like Trump's?

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