12 Dec 2017

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A state in bondage to its past confronts a difficult choice for Senate

A state in bondage to its past confronts a difficult choice for SenateIn Alabama, religion brings people together - but blacks and whites still see the controversial Senate race through very different eyes.


12 Dec 2017 10:00am GMT

05 Dec 2017

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Divided by symbols, Americans see a 'serious threat' across the aisle

Divided by symbols, Americans see a 'serious threat' across the aisleThe nation's divisions are growing dangerously deep and wide. Yet, "When you turn from symbols to policy, there's less polarization," says Robert Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute, which conducts the American Values Survey.


05 Dec 2017 9:05pm GMT

28 Nov 2017

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For Democrats in 2018, how many candidates are too many?

For Democrats in 2018, how many candidates are too many?Democrats are flooding into key House races, but could too many candidates hurt the party's chances on retaking Congress? California's nonpartisan primary system may play a role here.


28 Nov 2017 4:29pm GMT

06 Oct 2017

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64 hours in October: How one weekend blew up the rules of American politics

64 hours in October: How one weekend blew up the rules of American politicsA firsthand account of the drama that unfolded during Oct. 7-9, 2016, from the release of the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape to the second presidential debate - and everything in between.


06 Oct 2017 4:28pm GMT

02 Oct 2017

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Packing and cracking: The Supreme Court takes up partisan gerrymandering

Packing and cracking: The Supreme Court takes up partisan gerrymanderingOn October 3, the second day of the new term, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case that likely poses the most momentous question on its docket: Should it, for the first time in history, strike down a state's electoral map on the grounds of partisan gerrymandering?


02 Oct 2017 9:00am GMT

28 Jul 2017

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Democrats line up to take on ‘Putin’s favorite congressman’

Democrats line up to take on ‘Putin’s favorite congressman’Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., has won reelection from Orange County 14 times, but he'll face more opponents next year than any other congressman.


28 Jul 2017 9:00am GMT

19 Jul 2017

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Democrats rolling out 2018 midterms message next week

Democrats rolling out 2018 midterms message next weekDemocrats will begin rolling out their message for the 2018 midterm elections next week, Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., the No. 4 House Democrat, told reporters.


19 Jul 2017 7:15pm GMT

22 Jun 2017

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Democratic congressman: Our ‘toxic’ brand under Pelosi makes it hard to win

Democratic congressman: Our ‘toxic’ brand under Pelosi makes it hard to winRep. Tim Ryan says the party's "toxic" brand under House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is making it difficult for Dems to connect with voters.


22 Jun 2017 2:00pm GMT

16 Nov 2016

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Tens of thousands protest Trump’s election victory

Tens of thousands protest Trump’s election victoryAnti-Trump protests continued for a seventh straight day in large cities throughout the country. In Washington, D.C., more than 1,000 students staged a walkout and protested outside of Trump International Hotel, holding signs that read "Boycott Bigotry" and "Stronger Together."


16 Nov 2016 2:00pm GMT

09 Nov 2016

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Trump defeats Clinton in 2016 election

Trump defeats Clinton in 2016 electionDonald Trump was elected America's 45th president Tuesday, an astonishing victory for a celebrity businessman and political novice who capitalized on voters' economic anxieties, took advantage of racial tensions and overcame a string of sexual assault allegations on his way to the White House. His triumph over Hillary Clinton will end eight years of Democratic dominance of the White House and threatens to undo major achievements of President Barack Obama.


09 Nov 2016 8:02am GMT

03 Nov 2016

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Clinton’s primetime soap opera reaches its finale

Clinton’s primetime soap opera reaches its finaleWe've finally arrived at sweeps week in the televised event posing as our presidential election. And if American viewers can't quite bring themselves to click away from Donald Trump's vulgar and monotonous reality show, it's probably because they've had all they can take of the cloying, predictable soap opera that keeps rerunning on the other channel.


03 Nov 2016 9:00am GMT

24 Oct 2016

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16 in 2016: The places

16 in 2016: The placesBy Nov. 9, the votes will have been cast and counted, there will be a winner and a loser, and the country will begin a slow return to normal. Historians will have their say on the outcome, but all of us who have lived through this election will carry away indelible memories of a shocking year in American history: of a handful of ordinary people, swept up in the rush of history; of a series of moments on which the fate of the nation seemed, at least briefly, to turn; and of places on the map that became symbols of a divided nation. ...


24 Oct 2016 3:45am GMT

15 Sep 2016

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Down Ticket #12: GOP Sen. Toomey hopes to save his seat by bucking his party on guns

Down Ticket #12: GOP Sen. Toomey hopes to save his seat by bucking his party on gunsDown Ticket is Yahoo News' complete guide to the most fascinating House, Senate and governors' races of 2016. PHILADELPHIA - With control of the Senate at stake in this year's election, it's not surprising to see Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic star, stumping for Katie McGinty, the challenger to Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, a tea party favorite for most of his career. It is noteworthy, however, that some gun control groups are backing Toomey.


15 Sep 2016 3:53pm GMT

02 Sep 2016

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New clues link election hacks in U.S. to Russian intelligence

New clues link election hacks in U.S. to Russian intelligenceThe Kremlin and Russian President Vladimir Putin: Did the Russians hack U.S. election databases? A top cybersecurity firm said Friday it has found "significant" links between the hacks of two U.S. state election databases this summer and suspected Russian state-sponsored attacks against the ruling political party in Turkey and members of the Ukrainian Parliament. ThreatConnect, a firm founded by former U.S. military intelligence analysts, said it discovered the connection this week by researching a Web address linked to one of the election hacks and cited in an Aug. 18 confidential "flash" alert to state election officials. The alert was first reported Monday by Yahoo News.


02 Sep 2016 2:51pm GMT

29 Aug 2016

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FBI says foreign hackers penetrated state election systems

FBI says foreign hackers penetrated state election systemsThe FBI has uncovered evidence that foreign hackers penetrated two state election databases in recent weeks, prompting the bureau to warn election officials across the country to take new steps to enhance the security of their computer systems, according to federal and state law enforcement officials. The FBI warning, contained in a "flash" alert from the FBI's Cyber Division, a copy of which was obtained by Yahoo News, comes amid heightened concerns among U.S. intelligence officials about the possibility of cyberintrusions, potentially by Russian state-sponsored hackers, aimed at disrupting the November elections. Johnson emphasized in the call that Homeland Security was not aware of "specific or credible cybersecurity threats" to the election, officials said.


29 Aug 2016 9:00am GMT

26 Jun 2016

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Manufacturing political masks for the U.S. election

Manufacturing political masks for the U.S. electionOne Chinese factory is expecting Donald Trump to beat his likely U.S. presidential rival Hilary Clinton in the popularity stakes. At the Jinhua Partytime Latex Art and Crafts Factory, a Halloween and party supply business that produces thousands of rubber and plastic masks of everyone from Osama Bin Laden to Spiderman, masks of Donald Trump and Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton faces are being churned out. Sales of the two expected presidential candidates are at about half a million each but the factory management believes Trump will eventually run out the winner.


26 Jun 2016 2:35pm GMT

23 Jan 2009

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Bettye LaVette's Journey To The National Stage

If you've never heard of Bettye LaVette, the soul singer who belted out "A Change Is Gonna Come" with Jon Bon Jovi at the Inauguration Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial on Jan 18., you may be wondering why.

23 Jan 2009 10:46pm GMT

Analyzing The Text Of Obama's Inaugural Address

Although many Americans heard Barack Obama's inauguration speech, they probably weren't listening for plyptotons and catachresis - but Geoff Nunberg was.

23 Jan 2009 2:10pm GMT

20 Jan 2009

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Natasha Trethewey: If My Mom Could See Us Now

Natasha Trethewey won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for poetry for her book Native Guard. Her parents had an interracial marriage while it was still illegal in Mississippi, and Tretheway's poetry often draws on her childhood as a biracial child in the south.

20 Jan 2009 8:24pm GMT

Eric Foner On Post-Civil War Disappointments

Eric Foner, author of Our Lincoln, talks about the era following the Civil War in which former slaves were promised equal rights and citizenship. Foner is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University.

20 Jan 2009 8:01pm GMT

Spreading The Hope: Street Artist Shepard Fairey

Street artist Shepard Fairey created the iconic red, white and blue Obama illustration that became the unofficial poster of the campaign. Although his campaign poster never became official, Fairey has been commissioned to design the official poster for the inauguration.

20 Jan 2009 6:05pm GMT

Transcript: Barack Obama's Inaugural Address

"Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America -- they will be met," President Barack Obama said in his inaugural address.

20 Jan 2009 5:21am GMT

08 Jan 2009

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Chuck Todd Examines 'How Barack Obama Won'

NBC's newly appointed chief White House correspondent talks with Dave Davies about his new book, How Barack Obama Won: A State-by-State Guide to the Historic 2008 Presidential Election.

08 Jan 2009 5:00pm GMT

18 Dec 2008

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Political Rewind: NPR's Best Election-Related Stories

"Political Rewind" is National Editor Muthoni Muturi's biweekly take on NPR's best election-related stories from the campaign trail and around the country.

18 Dec 2008 7:52pm GMT

26 Nov 2008

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Political Junkie: Obama Selects His Team

In this week's edition of the Political Junkie, Matt Bai, writer for The New York Times Magazine, gives a rundown of this week's news in politics. Also: Lanny Davis, former special counsel to President Bill Clinton, talks about President-elect Barack Obama's cabinet and White House picks.

26 Nov 2008 3:57pm GMT

20 Nov 2008

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Obama Eyes Napolitano For Homeland Security

President-elect Barack Obama is considering Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as head of the Department of Homeland Security. Kent Alexander, who went to law school and served as U.S. attorney with Napolitano, talks about the her qualifications.

20 Nov 2008 6:00pm GMT

13 Nov 2008

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Dean Explains The Democrats' '50-State Strategy'

Howard Dean, former presidential candidate and chairman of the Democratic National Committee, implemented the "50-State Strategy" to help the Democrats win big in 2008 - and it appears to have worked. This campaign approach doesn't write states off as "unwinnable."

13 Nov 2008 5:29pm GMT

11 Nov 2008

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Where Does The Republican Party Go From Here?

After George Bush's unpopular presidency and John McCain's decisive defeat, there is a battle underway for the soul of the Republican Party. Conservative leaders weigh in on how to reinvigorate the GOP.

11 Nov 2008 6:00pm GMT

10 Nov 2008

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An Election Day Letdown For Gay Americans

Commentator Marc Acito is pleased that President-elect Obama included gay people in his victory speech, but Acito worries about the future. Voters in California, Florida and Arizona banned gay marriage on Election Day.

10 Nov 2008 7:22pm GMT

08 Nov 2008

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Election Exclamations Nationwide

Sample reaction to Barack Obama's historic election across the map. We'll keep adding more voices leading up to Inauguration Day on our Soapbox blog.

08 Nov 2008 1:00pm GMT

07 Nov 2008

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Letters From Listeners: Remembering Past Elections

This week's historic elections brought us lots of comments from listeners about the election and our coverage of it. Some people liked our remote in Ladera Heights much more than others.

07 Nov 2008 6:00pm GMT