Author: Domenico Montanaro

Trump’s Blowup With Bannon Means He’s Now All In With McConnell, Establishment

NPR Enlarge this image President Trump and Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell talk to reporters in the Rose Garden following a lunch meeting at the White House in October to combat rumors they have a strained relationship. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images You can bet campaign managers for sitting Republican senators up for re-election this year are smiling. Heck, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is. Here’s a tweet put out by the official McConnell Senate Committee: pic.twitter.com/683UJFlKL4 — Team Mitch (@Team_Mitch) January 3, 2018 In the power struggle between various power centers vying...

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Pick The Biggest Political Story Of 2017

NPR Enlarge this image Print out or copy and fill out the bracket above to pick the top political story of the year. Submit it by noon Tuesday to enter to win. Domenico Montanaro/NPR hide caption toggle caption Domenico Montanaro/NPR There was so much that happened in 2017, it’s hard to believe. When it came to trying to rank the top stories of the year, it became a near impossibility, especially with so many consequential, eye-popping and fast-moving things that happened. So we need your help in deciding which was the most important. To make it easy — and...

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Week Ahead: Trump Might Get His Tax Bill, But That Might Be It Until After 2018

NPR Enlarge this image President Trump speaks to the press at the White House in Washington Saturday before departing for Camp David. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images Despite some last-minute challenges, Republicans appear to have the votes to give President Trump his first legislative victory. Final passage of the bill that will reshape the tax system and touch nearly every American is expected early this week, possibly Tuesday or Wednesday. It will be Tump’s first significant legislative accomplishment, not a bad Christmas gift for a president, who often boasts of lesser successes. So what’s...

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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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