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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Obamacare Wins At SCOTUS; Biden Admin Expands Transgender Student Protections

The Supreme Court threw out a Republican-led challenge to the Affordable Care Act, and the justices ruled unanimously in favor of a Catholic foster agency denying service to LGBTQ couples. Plus, the Biden administration expanded transgender and gay student protections, setting up potential legal battles in conservative states.

Obamacare Wins At SCOTUS; Biden Admin Expands Transgender Student Protections

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"I Did What I Came To Do": President Biden Meets With Russia's Vladimir Putin

In Geneva, President Biden and Russia President Vladimir Putin met for hours. At separate news conferences Putin described the talks as "constructive" and Biden said he did what he came to do. Both leaders agreed to keep talking.

"I Did What I Came To Do": President Biden Meets With Russia's Vladimir Putin

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Vice President Harris, Texas Lawmakers Meet To Push Voting Reform

Democrats on the Hill are meeting with Democratic state lawmakers from Texas to discuss federal legislation on voting rights, an issue that was recently added to the Vice President's list of priorities. But a couple of key moderate Democrats still stand in the way of nationwide reform.

Vice President Harris, Texas Lawmakers Meet To Push Voting Reform

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In First Trip Abroad, Biden Tells Allies "America Is Back"

In the first overseas trip of his presidency, Biden is in Europe delivering a central message to allies: America is back. But while G-7 leaders agree on confronting the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, they diverge on how hard to push China. Plus, will Biden's meeting with Vladimir Putin pave the way for a more predictable relationship with Russia?

In First Trip Abroad, Biden Tells Allies "America Is Back"

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After Joe Manchin Blocks Dem Legislation, DOJ Doubles Voting Rights Staff

In a speech announcing the change, President Biden's Attorney General Merrick Garland emphasized that allowing every eligible American adult the chance to vote was not something that is up for debate.

After Joe Manchin Blocks Dem Legislation, DOJ Doubles Voting Rights Staff

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What's Behind The GOP's 'Critical Race Theory' Rhetoric?

Some Republican lawmakers have branded the efforts to teach about the effects of racism as "critical race theory." They have introduced legislation in statehouses around the country hoping to ban it.

What's Behind The GOP's 'Critical Race Theory' Rhetoric?

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VP Harris Emphasizes Anti-Corruption In Trip To Guatemala, Mexico

Vice President Harris emphasized the need for development and healthy civil society in her first foreign trip, meant to curb the flow of migrants and asylum-seekers coming to the United States. And Biden is negotiating over infrastructure with a larger bipartisan group after his negotiations with Republicans foundered.

VP Harris Emphasizes Anti-Corruption In Trip To Guatemala, Mexico

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Senate Insurrection Report And Biden's First Trip Abroad

A bipartisan Senate investigation found that police had more alarming intelligence ahead of the Jan. 6 attack than previously documented. And the president is off to Europe this week. He will attempt to reassure leaders that the U.S. is a reliable partner and an important ally against China and Russia.

Senate Insurrection Report And Biden's First Trip Abroad

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How Does Trump's Return To The Public Eye Impact GOP Lawmakers?

Former president Donald Trump spoke at a North Carolina Republican Party meeting over the weekend. The appearance demonstrated his lasting control of the conservative political ecosystem.

How Does Trump's Return To The Public Eye Impact GOP Lawmakers?

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Labor Sec Marty Walsh: WH Can't Stop States From Ending COVID Unemployment Pay

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont had asked the Labor Department to bar governors from prematurely ending supplementary unemployment payments tied to the pandemic. In an interview with NPR, Walsh said there probably wasn't anything the administration could do to stop them.

Labor Sec Marty Walsh: WH Can't Stop States From Ending COVID Unemployment Pay

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