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August 3, 2020
The latest NPR analysis of the Electoral College has several states shifting in Biden's favor, and he now has a 297-170 ..
The latest NPR analysis of the..
July 31, 2020
The economic contraction last quarter was the worst in the country's history. And the president's claims about mail-in v..
The economic contraction last ..
July 30, 2020
The president tweeted the proposal just after a report showed the U.S. economy shrank by one-third, the worst contractio..
The president tweeted the prop..
July 29, 2020
Who will Joe Biden pick to serve as his running mate? What factors might he be considering?
Who will Joe Biden pick to ser..
July 28, 2020
Senate Republicans have a proposal for the next round of coronavirus aid, but its unclear whether it can win the support..
Senate Republicans have a prop..
July 27, 2020
Biden leads in a race that has become all about the pandemic, despite all that's happened in Trump's term. But there's s..
Biden leads in a race that has..
July 24, 2020
President Trump cancels GOP convention events over pandemic concerns. Those concerns also worry parents who had hoped to..
President Trump cancels GOP co..
July 23, 2020
Following questionable federal police practices in Portland, President Trump is touting an increased role for federal of..
Following questionable federal..
July 22, 2020
Trump is seeking a change to census protocol that would protect white political power. He also gave a coronavirus briefi..
Trump is seeking a change to c..
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July 21, 2020
Democrats are thriving with suburban voters, which used to be a key part of the Republican coalition. Is it a blip or in..
Democrats are thriving with su..
July 20, 2020
Lawmakers return to Capitol Hill this week with plans to tackle a long-awaited pandemic relief package. And Trump plans ..
Lawmakers return to Capitol Hi..
July 17, 2020
Congress has a lot it wants to get done—will it? And Trump expands the perview to an agency meant to counter China to in..
Congress has a lot it wants to..
July 16, 2020
A report from Republicans after Mitt Romney's loss called for the party to diversify its base. Instead, President Trump ..
A report from Republicans afte..
July 15, 2020
Joe Biden is doing well in the polls, but Democratic strategists and voters both worry that there is something the polls..
Joe Biden is doing well in the..
July 14, 2020
Nearly 140,000 Americans are dead as Trump picks a fight with the most visible public health expert. And mail-in voting ..
Nearly 140,000 Americans are d..
July 13, 2020
President Trump has commuted the prison sentence of Roger Stone. The move has prompted outcry from Democrats, Mitt Romne..
President Trump has commuted t..
July 10, 2020
Joe Biden has begun rolling out policy proposals, including a "Build Back Better" plan meant to counter President Trump'..
Joe Biden has begun rolling ou..
July 9, 2020
The Supreme Court ruled that the president does not have absolute immunity from investigations, but it is unlikely Trump..
The Supreme Court ruled that t..
July 8, 2020
The President is insistent: kids must return to school in the fall. But school districts are struggling to figure out ho..
The President is insistent: ki..
July 7, 2020
The US now regularly sees days with more than 50,000 new cases of the coronavirus, up from the previous peak of 30 thous..
The US now regularly sees days..
July 6, 2020
President Trump has returned to the divisive "law and order" rhetoric and white identity politics that fueled his 2016 c..
President Trump has returned t..
July 3, 2020
The U.S. is experiencing a reckoning over the fact that the promises of America are not fulfilled equally. Black America..
The U.S. is experiencing a rec..
July 2, 2020
The unemployment rate fell to 11.1%. But there are indications that the job growth has slowed recently amid a surge of n..
The unemployment rate fell to ..
July 1, 2020
In June, the Senate confirmed President Trump's 200th judge to the bench. Reshaping the federal judiciary could be the p..
In June, the Senate confirmed ..
June 30, 2020
Trump unpopularity rises as Joe Biden uses the pandemic to attack him. And despite a narrow loss in Kentucky, Democrats'..
Trump unpopularity rises as Jo..