Politics NPR's expanded coverage of U.S. and world politics, the latest news from Congress and the White House, and elections.

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Then-candidate Donald Trump onstage with his running mate, Mike Pence, and their families at the end of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Republicans have chosen Charlotte, N.C., a city that hosted Democrats' convention in 2012, to host their 2020 convention. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Alex Wong/Getty Images

Russia's President Vladimir Putin Putin suggested to President Trump in their one-on-one meeting in Helsinki on Monday that Trump allow Russian investigators to come to the U.S. to question a former ambassador in exchange for Putin allowing U.S. investigators to travel to Russia to question 12 recently indicted military intelligence officers. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Participants at a global security conference in Moscow in April gather near a big screen showing a Russian warplane unloading its weapons over a target in Syria. Russia became involved in the Syrian civil war in 2015 in support of its ally President Bashar Assad. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP

Russia Says Agreements Were Discussed With Trump On Syria. The U.S. Is Silent

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/630550821/630589456" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A sign marks the entrance to a VA Hospital in Hines, Ill. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Scott Olson/Getty Images

VA Whistleblowers 10 Times More Likely Than Peers To Receive Disciplinary Action

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/630511652/630742981" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

President Trump looks on as his nominee for Federal Reserve chairman, Jerome Powell, speaks at the White House on Nov. 2. On Thursday, Trump said he is "not thrilled" about Fed interest rate hikes. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Trump Slams Interest Rate Hikes, Ignoring Hands-Off Tradition Toward Fed

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/630527357/630601724" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

People hold up signs July 16 in Washington, D.C., as they protest ICE. Getting rid of the agency has become a popular rallying cry among progressives, but the House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a symbolic measure voicing support for ICE. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

Republicans Force Democrats To Go On Record Over Immigration Agency

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/630260583/630335106" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Kathy Kraninger, President Trump's nominee to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, testifies before the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

Democratic Senators Slam Trump's Pick To Run Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/630485854/630589462" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Prosecutors said on Wednesday that the FBI has information that Maria Butina has been in contact with Russia's FSB spy agency for as long as she has been in the United States. AP hide caption

toggle caption
AP

Judge Orders Maria Butina, Linked To Russian Spy Agency, Jailed Ahead Of Trial

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/630094267/630246543" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

William Browder, chief executive officer of Hermitage Capital Management, testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on July 27, 2017. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Bill Browder Doubts He'll Be Swapped To Russia For U.S. Access To Russian Agents

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/630153232/630378172" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Asked by reporters at the start of a Cabinet meeting whether Russia is still targeting the U.S., President Trump shook his head and said "no." Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

"I think Sarah has done a great job of making sure that she understands what the president wants," says Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer says in an interview at NPR with Mary Louise Kelly on Wednesday. Eslah Attar/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Eslah Attar/NPR

Sean Spicer Praises Successor Sanders: 'She Understands What The President Wants'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/630232720/630296599" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (left) takes the oath of office in August 1993 as President Bill Clinton looks on. A new album, Notorious RBG in Song sets events from Ginsburg's life to music. Kort Duce/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Kort Duce/AFP/Getty Images

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Life Immortalized In Song

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/623893240/630008659" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak to the media during a joint press conference after their summit on Monday in Helsinki. Chris McGrath/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Former President Barack Obama speaks in Johannesburg on Tuesday at the centennial of Nelson Mandela's birth. Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images

'We've Been Through Darker Times': Barack Obama Speaks In South Africa

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/629601956/629896565" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell faced questions before the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday about the effects of President Trump's trade policies. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Jose Luis Magana/AP

Current and former tenants are suing Kushner Cos., the real-estate firm owned by the family of President Trump's son-in-law and White House senior adviser, Jared Kushner, for alleged harassment. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Susan Walsh/AP