The NPR Politics Podcast 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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Trump's Executive Actions Are Less Than Meets The Eye

President Trump announced an executive action last weekend to grant an additional $400 in employment benefits after the White House and Congress failed to strike a deal. But, like the three other pronouncements that came at the same time, it is unclear how the order will be implemented and what the president actually has the power to do.

Trump's Executive Actions Are Less Than Meets The Eye

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In First Campaign Event, Kamala Harris Prosecutes Trump

Kamala Harris came out swinging, forceful in her critiques of President Trump at her first appearance on the campaign trail since Joe Biden selected her to serve as his running mate. How effective will she be in that role during the campaign? And what will President Trump's attacks look like while running against a woman of color?

In First Campaign Event, Kamala Harris Prosecutes Trump

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Why Pick Kamala Harris For Vice President?

Who is Kamala Harris and why did Joe Biden select her to serve as his vice president and running mate? The NPR Politics team sits down to discuss the California senator's record, experience as a prosecutor, and how she might fit into the Biden campaign.

Why Pick Kamala Harris For Vice President?

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Arizona Voters Discuss Coronavirus, Racial Justice, Election

Who will win Arizona, Trump or Biden? How is the coronavirus being handled in the state? Who is to blame? NPR and Marist College held a virtual focus group with voters of all stripes in this new battleground.

Arizona Voters Discuss Coronavirus, Racial Justice, Election

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Who Will Win The Senate? Republican Strategists Worry: Not Them.

Republican strategists worry that the party may not be able to win a Senate majority again, and they almost certainly will not be able to significantly expand their seat total in the chamber. And in the House, a historic seven incumbents have lost their primary races. What's behind the wave?

Who Will Win The Senate? Republican Strategists Worry: Not Them.

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Different Approaches, Same Pain: Georgia And California Struggle To Curb Covid-19

As Congress stagnates on aid and Biden's convention duties go virtual, states are feeling the pain of the coronavirus. More than 150 thousand Americans have died and that number is growing by more than a thousand a day.

Different Approaches, Same Pain: Georgia And California Struggle To Curb Covid-19

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Trump's TikTok Trepidation Troubles Teens

President Trump said Monday that TikTok will close Sept. 15 unless it's bought by an American company. Microsoft is in discussions with TikTok parent company ByteDance over a possible purchase. It is the latest example of U.S. tensions with China manifesting as fights over technology.

Trump's TikTok Trepidation Troubles Teens

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Fraud Doesn't Slow Down Main-In Voting—Security Measures Do.

The country's worst-ever GDP report mirrors common sense: the economic retracted dramatically when the pandemic put life on hold. And the president's mail-in voting conspiracy theories are misleading and undermine conference in election integrity.

Fraud Doesn't Slow Down Main-In Voting—Security Measures Do.

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