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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.

    Congress Has A LOT To Do, But Can They Stop Fighting For Long Enough To Do It?

    Congress Has A LOT To Do, But Can They Stop Fighting For Long Enough To Do It?

    Congress and, in particular, congressional Democrats have a long to-do list before the end of the year. But inter- and intra-party disputes threaten any kind of action. So what are the disagreements, and when push comes to shove can they get the job done?

    This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Deirdre Walsh, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.

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    • 14 min
    What Do You Need To Know About Omicron? Biden Says Be Concerned But Don't Panic

    What Do You Need To Know About Omicron? Biden Says Be Concerned But Don't Panic

    A new Covid-19 variant called Omicron is spreading throughout the world and public health officials are worried about its transmissibility. President Biden addressed the nation saying, "this variant is a cause for concern — not a cause for panic." But the variant is reigniting anxieties about the pandemic.

    This episode: White House Correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Scott Detrow, and health correspondent Allison Aubrey.

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    • 14 min
    The Docket: What Is Executive Privilege And What Are Its Limits?

    The Docket: What Is Executive Privilege And What Are Its Limits?

    In order to resist a congressional investigation into the January 6th insurrection, former President Trump and his associates are claiming executive privilege. They say the communication between a president and his advisers should remain confidential. Congress says it wants to get to the bottom of what the president knew. So where does executive privilege come from, and does it take precedent over congress' power to investigate?

    This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.

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    Remembering NPR Political Reporter Cokie Roberts

    Remembering NPR Political Reporter Cokie Roberts

    Cokie Roberts was one of NPR's "Founding Mothers," a pioneering journalist whose career blazed a trail for generations of women at the network. NPR's Tamara Keith and Nina Totenberg talk to Cokie's husband Steve Roberts about the ways in which she was also a role model in her personal life. Steve Roberts new book about his wife is Cokie: A Life Well Lived.

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    • 14 min
    Weekly Roundup: November 24th

    Weekly Roundup: November 24th

    Though it has grown more popular with time, the Affordable Care Act was widely disliked by the public in 2010 and cost Democrats dearly in the midterms. Democrats failed to successfully explain the legislation's benefits in the face of Republican attacks. Could Biden's infrastructure plan and, should it pass, social programs bill face the same fate?

    And the investigation into what role former President Trump played in the January 6th attack on the Capitol, led by House Democrats, has interviewed more than 200 people. Investigators are weighing a contempt of Congress vote against another top aide, then-Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.

    This episode: demographics and culture correspondent Danielle Kurtzleben, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and acting congressional correspondent Deirdre Walsh.

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    • 25 min
    America's Other Public Health Crisis: 100,000 Overdose Deaths

    America's Other Public Health Crisis: 100,000 Overdose Deaths

    More than 100,000 people died from a drug overdose in the 12-month period beginning April 2020. Despite a growing consensus that recognizes addiction as a public health problem, many effective interventions like safe consumption sites and needle exchanges are politically unpopular and legally complex.

    This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, and addiction correspondent Brian Mann.

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Listening to hear what you are saying

I don’t won’t this to be taken the wrong way: I think Ayesha is a fine reporter but she needs to get rid of that thick accent. As an African-American originally from South Carolina, I matriculated at a private New England graduate school years ago. Back then, I was determined to keep my accent. At one point, a dear friend pulled me aside and told me that she couldn’t get past my accent to hear what I was actually saying. It wasn’t rude or mean or unkind or unjust or racist. It was necessary. In their zeal to be the most “woke” among us, Ayesha, I know your NPR colleagues will never be honest with you about this. But the reality is, when we elect to interact and participate in a professional milieu some adjustments must be made without sacrificing who you are, or your identify or the love of where you are from. It’s just something you have to do. To wit: get rid of the accent.

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Ayesha’s accent

I love Ayesha’s accent and her beautiful laugh. It doesn’t interfere at all whit hearing what she has to say. Please don’t change a thing!!

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Ugh

Big government drivel from a left of center and frankly false view. Lazy, poor journalism. I’m kinda over it.

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