Author: Domenico Montanaro

After Franken, What’s Next In Minnesota?

NPR Enlarge this image Al Franken resigned as a senator Thursday. The decision will likely set off a Democratic primary fight and give Republicans a chance to pick up the seat. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images Democrat Al Franken deciding to resign from the Senate on Thursday amid allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct now sets off a chain of events that could give Republicans an unexpected target in 2018. Here’s a look at how it would all play out: What would happen right away? Minnesota’s Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, a former senator himself, would...

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11 Scenarios For How The Roy Moore Saga Could Play Out

NPR Enlarge this image Roy Moore, GOP candidate for Senate in Alabama, waits to speak during an event with supporters Thursday. Moore, who has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women, has refused to drop out. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Drew Angerer/Getty Images Sexual-assault allegations against Roy Moore have reverberated from Alabama to Washington, D.C. Many Republican leaders have pulled their support from Moore, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, the head of National Republican Senatorial Committee, the committee in charge of...

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Mueller Russia Probe Moves Into The White House And GOP’s Math Problem On Taxes

NPR Enlarge this image President Trump shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as they pose for a group photo ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit leaders gala dinner in Vietnam last week. Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images On his Asia trip last week, somewhere over Vietnam on Air Force One, President Trump told reporters he had asked Vladimir Putin again if Russia had interfered in the 2016 U.S. election. “He said he didn’t meddle,” the president said. “He said he didn’t meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so many...

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President Trump Was Elected A Year Ago — And Americans Are Feeling Aggrieved

NPR Enlarge this image When his back is against the wall, President Trump goes back to where he derives energy — his base. That includes a large percentage of whites without a college degree. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images Donald Trump won the votes of whites without a college degree by a bigger margin than any Republican presidential candidate since 1980. And there is reason for that. He gave voice to a group of people who have felt left behind. “Every single American will have the opportunity to realize his or her fullest potential,”...

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3 Ways To Think About What Mattered In The Deluge Of Political News This Week

NPR Enlarge this image Robert Mueller, special counsel in charge of the investigation into Russian connections with the Trump campaign, rocked the political world charging three Trump campaign officials this week. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Alex Wong/Getty Images The week started with “legal shock and awe,” as Carrie Johnson, NPR’s Justice correspondent described it on the PBS NewsHour. It’s hard to believe it was only Monday that indictments were handed down stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia. There was lots of fallout from that. But it was hardly all...

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All-Time High: Majority Of Republicans Support Pot Legalization For First Time

NPR Enlarge this image “Budtender” Marissa Dodd bags up a marijuana sale at the Dr. Reefer marijuana dispensary across from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo. Chris Hondros/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Chris Hondros/Getty Images For the first time, a majority of Republicans are in favor of legalizing marijuana, according to a Gallup poll out Wednesday. Fifty-one percent of Republicans tell Gallup that, yes, marijuana should be legal, up from 42 percent last year. That support has led to a whopping two-thirds of Americans (64 percent) supporting pot legalization, the highest ever recorded by Gallup. Gallup has...

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Gold Star Widow: Trump Call ‘Made Me Cry Even Worse’

NPR Enlarge this image Myeshia Johnson kisses the casket of her husband, Army Sgt. La David Johnson, during his burial service on Saturday in Hollywood, Florida. Sgt. Johnson was killed in an ambush in Niger on October 4. GASTON DE CARDENAS/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption GASTON DE CARDENAS/AFP/Getty Images Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, one of the four U.S. soldiers killed in a military operation in Niger on Oct. 4, told ABC’s Good Morning America that President Trump “made me cry even worse” when he called to offer condolences last week. The phone...

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After Controversy Over Condolence Calls, Can Trump And The White House Refocus?

NPR Enlarge this image President Trump has an opportunity to refocus on the military with a Medal of Honor ceremony and to congressional priorities as he heads to Capitol Hill Tuesday. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images When backed into a corner, President Trump digs in and fights back. It’s what he’s done as president, it’s what he did as a candidate and it’s what he did as a businessman. Just go listen to NPR’s Embedded podcast and a recent episode about Trump’s fight with Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., over things as petty as a...

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