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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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    Gun Split Screen: Biden Signs Safety Measures As Justices Nix A Century-Old Law

    Gun Split Screen: Biden Signs Safety Measures As Justices Nix A Century-Old Law

    On Saturday, Biden signed legislation designed to prevent people convicted of domestic abuse from owning a gun and increase the prevalence of state "red flag" laws.

    The new law comes just days after the Supreme Court's conservative majority ruled there is a constitutional right to carry a handgun in public for self-defense, striking down a long-standing New York law that restricted concealed carry.

    This episode: congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, WNYC reporter Jon Campbell, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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    • 12 min
    Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade

    Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade

    In a 6-3 vote along partisan lines, the Supreme Court's conservative majority has overturned Roe v. Wade, the 50-year-old case that was the basis for legal abortion across the United States. The result: a split national landscape, with states free to enforce laws prohibiting abortion.

    This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, national correspondent Sarah McCammon, demographics and culture correspondent Danielle Kurtzleben, and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.

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    • 18 min
    Trump Pressured Justice Department To Act Based On Baseless Election Fraud Claims

    Trump Pressured Justice Department To Act Based On Baseless Election Fraud Claims

    Top Trump-era Justice officials, including acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen, testified about the former president's push to have the Justice Department substantiate his election fraud claims. He came very close to firing the officials who stood in his way and installing one who would not.

    And a number of Republicans who supported Trump's efforts to subvert the Democratic process asked the president for pardons, according to the testimony of administration aides.

    This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.

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    • 16 min
    It Didn't End On January 6th: Republican Election Fraud Conspiracies Persist

    It Didn't End On January 6th: Republican Election Fraud Conspiracies Persist

    In Nashville last week, Christian conservatives echoed Trump's claims about fraud after his speech at their conference. In Texas, the state GOP incorporated the idea that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent into the party's new platform.

    Sharply-partisan districts and an ever-more polarized public have drawn lawmakers like Rep. Elise Stefanik, once known for her moderate politics, to publicly promote the former president's attacks on the American democratic process.

    This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, political correspondent Susan Davis, political reporter Ashley Lopez, and North Country Public radio reporter Zach Hirsch.

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    • 14 min
    Republican Officials Detail Trump's Effort To Subvert Presidential Election Results

    Republican Officials Detail Trump's Effort To Subvert Presidential Election Results

    The officials who appeared before the Jan. 6 committee were Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and his chief operating officer Gabriel Sterling — all Republicans who indicated then-President Trump pushed them to violate their obligations to the Constitution.

    The committee also heard from Shaye Moss, a former staff election worker in Georgia who was targeted by Trump and his allies over baseless conspiracy theories about election fraud. She left her job as racist attacks and threats against her safety mounted.

    This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Deirdre Walsh, and Georgia Public Broadcasting's Stephen Fowler.

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    • 18 min
    How To Make The Public Safer? It's A Lot Harder Than Just Hiring More Police

    How To Make The Public Safer? It's A Lot Harder Than Just Hiring More Police

    A special episode from our friends at Code Switch:

    In the wake of violence and tragedies, people are often left in search of ways to feel safe again. That almost inevitably to conversations about the role of police. On today's episode, we're talking to the author and sociologist Alex Vitale, who argues that many spaces in U.S. society over-rely on the police to prevent problems that are better addressed through other means. Doing so, he says, can prevent us from properly investing in resources and programs that could make the country safer in the long run.

    Subscribe: https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510312/codeswitch

    This episode was fact-checked by Alyssa Jeong Perry and Christina Cala. Summer Thomad, Alyssa Jeong Perry, Diba Mohtasham and Christina Cala contributed to the production.

    • 32 min

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