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Democrats Reject Trump's Border Wall Proposal; More Dems Enter 2020 Race

With negotiations over reopening the government at a standstill, President Trump offered to back temporary protections for some immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, in exchange for funding for a wall on the Southern border. Plus, Senator Kamala Harris adds her name to the growing list of 2020 presidential hopefuls. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, and Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.
00:17:27 1/22/2019

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The showdown over the government shutdown makes little headway as Trump's support from his base wains. Plus, more names have been added to the list of who will run for president in 2020. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, White House correspondent Scott Horsley, political reporter Asma Khalid, and political editor Domenico Montanaro. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.
00:38:49 1/17/2019
President Trump on Monday denied that he has been trying to conceal details about his discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin after a pair of explosive press reports over the weekend. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, Congressional correspondent Susan Davis, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and justice correspondent Ryan Lucas. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.
00:16:19 1/14/2019
A closed-door briefing for congressional leaders in the White House Situation Room on Wednesday failed to resolve any issues between Democrats and the Trump administration over funding for border security.The stalemate has led to a partial government shutdown, now nearing the two-week mark. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, and White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe,. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.
00:13:02 1/2/2019
Amidst a partial government shutdown President Trump made a surprise trip to visit troops in Iraq. Meanwhile back in Washington Democrats and the White House are unable to come to an agreement over the president's demand for $5 billion for a border wall. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, national security editor Phil Ewing, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and Congressional correspondent Susan Davis. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.
00:30:06 12/27/2018
**CORRECTION: Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this episode stated that, upon arrival in Iraq, President Trump received a standing ovation from military leaders. The president received a standing ovation from a large group of service members.** Amidst a partial government shutdown President Trump made a surprise trip to visit troops in Iraq. Meanwhile back in Washington Democrats and the White House are unable to come to an agreement over the president's demand for $5 billion for a border wall. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, national security editor Phil Ewing, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and Congressional correspondent Susan Davis. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.
00:30:10 12/27/2018
In a year full of news, one line in the Aug. 23 episode of the NPR Politics Podcast spurred the most comments from our listeners. "You can't find good political music." Our listeners were right. There is good political music, so this year we're breaking down what makes a good political song & what were the best ones of 2018. This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, political reporter Miles Parks, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and NPR Music editor Stephen Thompson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.
00:28:25 12/22/2018
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is stepping down after a slow freeze-out by President Trump. The federal government inches closer to a shutdown after President Trump refused to sign a spending bill from Congress. Trump announced his intention to pull American forces out of Syria despite being advised against it. And a new NPR/PBS News Hour/Marist poll finds that the majority of Americans think the country is too politically correct. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, political editor Domenico Montanaro, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and national security editor Phil Ewing. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.
00:33:20 12/20/2018
A federal judge in Texas issued a ruling Friday declaring the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, apparently setting the stage for another hearing on the health care law by the U.S. Supreme Court. Plus, President Trump names Mick Mulvaney as his Interim Chief of Staff, and Ryan Zinke will step down as Secretary of the Interior amidst allegations of ethics violations. This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Scott Horsley, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.
00:18:36 12/17/2018
Congress accomplished a lot of work on bipartisanship legislation this week. First they passed a bill to address sexual harassment in the House and Senate, and they moved closer to passing a bill dealing with criminal justice. Plus, after a confrontation with President Trump, Nancy Pelosi secured the votes she needs for the speakership and demonstrated she can take on Trump. This episode: This episode: Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.
00:34:12 12/13/2018
A federal judge sentenced Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen to three years in prison on Wednesday following Cohen's guilty pleas to a number of political and finance crimes. This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and justice correspondent Ryan Lucas. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.
00:13:19 12/12/2018

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