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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President Revives "American Carnage" Message

In a speech Friday at Mount Rushmore, President Trump returned to the divisive "law and order" rhetoric and white identity politics that fueled his 2016 campaign. That's despite signs that the message is not as resonant this election cycle.

President Revives "American Carnage" Message

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How Black Americans Experience Patriotism

The U.S. is experiencing a reckoning over the fact that the promises of America are not fulfilled equally. Black Americans share how they experience patriotism ahead of the July Fourth celebration.

How Black Americans Experience Patriotism

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US Added Jobs In June⁠—But Now The Pandemic Is Getting Worse

The unemployment rate fell to 11.1%. But there are indications that the job growth has slowed recently amid a surge of new coronavirus infections.

US Added Jobs In June⁠—But Now The Pandemic Is Getting Worse

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Trump Remakes Federal Judiciary In His Image

In June, the Senate confirmed President Trump's 200th judge to the bench. With a dearth of legislative achievements to point to, reshaping the federal judiciary could be the president's most durable legacy.

Trump Remakes Federal Judiciary In His Image

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Trump's Disapproval Climbs Alongside US Coronavirus Cases

Amid a renewed spike in coronavirus cases, the number of voters disapproving of the job President Trump is doing is at an all-time high, a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds. Joe Biden is using the pandemic to attack the president. And despite a narrow loss in the Kentucky Senate primary, the progressive wing of the Democratic party is amassing power in the halls of Congress.

Trump's Disapproval Climbs Alongside US Coronavirus Cases

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Supreme Court Overturns Restrictions On Abortion Access

Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court's four liberals, citing the Supreme Court's adherence to precedent, to invalidate a Louisiana law that required doctors at clinics that perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

Supreme Court Overturns Restrictions On Abortion Access

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Pence Stands By Campaign Events As Southern States Feel Heat Of Pandemic

At the first coronavirus taskforce briefing in months, Vice President Mike Pence reiterated that the White House was there to support states in their response to the pandemic and touted the administration's response so far despite the country's high death toll. And Attorney General William Barr talks to NPR about the pile of controversies facing the Department of Justice.

Pence Stands By Campaign Events As Southern States Feel Heat Of Pandemic

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Congress Probably Won't Agree On Police Reform

A day after Democrats blocked a Republican proposal in the Senate, they are set to pass a reform plan of their own in the House. Lawmakers appear pessimistic about the chances of compromise legislation.

Congress Probably Won't Agree On Police Reform

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U.S. Coronavirus Cases Holding Steady

The United States isn't experiencing a second wave of the coronavirus—because the first wave never ended. While original hotspots of the outbreak, like New York and New Jersey, have seen declines, population centers in the south, including Texas, are seeing record numbers of cases. White House coronavirus task force member Anthony Fauci testified about the pandemic yesterday on Capitol Hill.

U.S. Coronavirus Cases Holding Steady

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Progressives Test Their Viability In New York, Kentucky Congressional Primaries

Closely-watched congressional primaries in New York and Kentucky will test how well progressives fare in two very different parts of the country.

Progressives Test Their Viability In New York, Kentucky Congressional Primaries

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