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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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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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    Democrats And Republicans Take Lessons From Kansas Abortion Vote

    Democrats And Republicans Take Lessons From Kansas Abortion Vote

    This episode is available to everyone, though on some platforms there may be a short delay in availability between the version for subscribers (which is sponsor-free) and non-subscribers (which includes sponsor interruptions). Thank you for your patience!

    Both major parties were surprised, for different reasons, by the results in this month's referendum in Kansas that could have ended the right to an abortion by amending the state constitution. What can Democrats and Republicans take away from the Kansas vote as they craft their messaging strategies for November's midterms?

    This episode: voting correspondent Miles Parks, political reporter Barbara Sprunt, and congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell

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    Questions Remain As FBI Raids Mar-a-Lago

    Questions Remain As FBI Raids Mar-a-Lago

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    FBI agents executed a search warrant on the Florida home of former president Donald Trump Monday, though it remains unclear what they were looking for. We explore and contextualize the implications of the search, both politically and historically, as Republicans and Democrats alike prepare for the midterm elections this fall.

    This episode: voting correspondent Miles Parks, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, congressional correspondent Deirdre Walsh, and senior political editor & correspondent Domenico Montanaro

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    • 14 min
    Monkeypox Declared Public Health Emergency. Now What?

    Monkeypox Declared Public Health Emergency. Now What?

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    The Department of Health and Human Services' declaration Thursday means the federal government can use additional resources in trying to combat the spread of monkeypox, of which there are more than 7,500 cases in the United States. But, what exactly is monkeypox, and who is most at risk of contracting it? And with vaccination rollouts moving slowly, is there a concern the country has not fully learned from mistakes made in the initial days of the COVID-19 pandemic?

    This episode: White House correspondents Asma Khalid and Franco Ordoñez, and science correspondent Michaeleen Doucleff.

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    Biden's Big Week, Christian Nationalism At CPAC, And A Mayor Who Is A Horse

    Biden's Big Week, Christian Nationalism At CPAC, And A Mayor Who Is A Horse

    This week, the president all but secured the passage of his major policy priorities, oversaw a strike that took out a top terrorist, and got a strong economic report as gas prices fell. But tensions with China continue to rise after Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan.

    And Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán headlined a conservative political conference in Dallas. The authoritarian-minded leader has become a darling of the American right, echoing many of the same social priorities — while often veering into outright anti-Semitism and racism.

    This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, political reporter Deepa Shivaram, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, political correspondent Ashley Lopez, and media correspondent David Folkenflik.

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    The Evolution Of Election Integrity; Jan. 6 Rioter Sentenced To More Than 7 Years

    The Evolution Of Election Integrity; Jan. 6 Rioter Sentenced To More Than 7 Years

    "We are taking the lessons we learned in 2020, and we are going forward to make sure they never happen again, ever," said Cleta Mitchell, a Republican election lawyer, during a meeting concerning "election integrity" efforts. Groups on the right who buy into the "big lie" concerning the 2020 election are trying to refocus and reform efforts ahead of upcoming elections, according to audio of these meetings obtained by NPR.

    Guy Reffitt, a person who went to the Capitol on Jan. 6, was sentenced to more than seven years in prison for his actions during the insurrection. How will his trial and sentencing influence further legal action for those charged in relation to the riots?

    This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and investigative correspondent Tom Dreisbach.

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    • 14 min
    Abortion Rights Activists Win Big In Kansas (And Other Primary Results)

    Abortion Rights Activists Win Big In Kansas (And Other Primary Results)

    Kansas voters overwhelmingly rejected a measure that would have opened the door to abortion restrictions in the state. Election turnout was incredibly high, signaling the issue may spur increased Democratic turnout in November.

    And in Arizona, Mark Finchem, a state representative and election conspiracy theorist who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, has secured the GOP's nomination for Secretary of State, according to the Associated Press. Should Finchem win in the general, he would oversee the state's voting systems.

    This episode: political reporter Miles Parks, political correspondent Danielle Kurtzleben, and KJZZ political reporter Ben Giles.

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4 August 2022 😉💙🙃

Arizona is a lost state, you can’t have high/any expectations for these elections… All we can hope for is that other states won’t follow too close, or not at all…

Nicolas Name II ,

Hit a paywall

Listened to this every day for years but hit a paywall yesterday. Really disappointing. I already contribute to NPR. This will only keep people from hearing balanced news which in this divisive climate will only aid in chipping away at our fragile democracy.

A UK fan ,

What are you talking about?

Are we living in that same world? In your round up you say is it too late for the mid terms and what are the democrats going to run on!!! Seriously! Your democracy is on the line or didn’t you realize? What about over turning Roe? Your ignorance is astounding - this is being talked about everywhere and especially by the WH - WAKE UP and be realisic.

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