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Don Gonyea is a NPR National Political Correspondent based in Washington, D.C., and travels throughout the United States covering elections and the country's political climate. His reports can be heard on all NPR programs and at

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Donald Trump's Been Saying The Same Thing For 30 Years

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 05:00:00 -0500

The incoming president has flirted with running for office since the 1980s. His message has been remarkably similar.

From The Start, Obama Struggled With Fallout From A Kind Of Fake News

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:08:00 -0500

When Republicans attacked the proposed Affordable Care Act by falsely claiming that it contained "death panels," the White House initially saw the charge as being so absurd that no one would buy it.

Conservatives Wonder, Will The Real Donald Trump Please Stand Up?

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 14:24:00 -0500

Is the president-elect conservative enough for the conservatives who supported him? Evangelical leaders are watching.

Trump Holds Victory Rally In Hershey, Pa.; Takes Office In 5 Weeks

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 05:06:00 -0500

Donald Trump has five weeks to go until he becomes president. He's nearly done filling out his Cabinet, and is holding rallies to celebrate his victory with supporters.

Labor Secretary Tom Perez Running For DNC Chair

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 16:09:00 -0500

Perez is an Obama administration loyalist and challenges Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, who has grabbed endorsements from the likes of Sens. Chuck Schumer, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

What Exactly Is The 'President's Daily Brief' And Why Is It Important?

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0500

President-elect Trump doesn't like the daily intelligence briefings. He's passing them off to the vice president-elect, but they have a long history and presidents have found them invaluable.

Under Trump, Whither The Daily Intelligence Briefing?

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 16:50:00 -0500

Donald Trump said over the weekend that he doesn't need to get a daily intelligence briefing as president. It has become customary for the president to receive a classified update each morning.

Al Gore Meets With Donald And Ivanka Trump In Search For 'Common Ground'

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:26:00 -0500

Gore has spent decades warning about the dire consequences of unchecked, man-made climate change, while Donald Trump regularly called climate change "a hoax" during his presidential campaign.

Trump Takes A Victory Lap In Ohio; Names His Defense Secretary

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 05:20:00 -0500

President-elect Donald Trump held his first rally since winning the election. In a boisterous speech, Trump announced his Defense secretary pick, and pledged to keep many of his campaign promises.

President-Elect Trump Kicks Off 'Thank You Tour' In Indianapolis

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:14:00 -0500

President-elect Donald Trump kicks off what is being billed as a "thank you" tour with a rally in Indianapolis, which is home to Carrier. The company announced it struck a deal with Trump that avoids a move to Mexico that would have cost a thousand U.S.-based jobs.

Trump's Flag-Burning Tweet Brings Back 1980s-Era Controversy

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:09:00 -0500

With an early morning tweet, President-elect Donald Trump revives an issue that hasn't been front and center in American politics for more than a quarter-century.

PHOTOS: The Scene At The Lobby Of Trump Tower

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 18:36:00 -0500

As the president-elect meets with potential cabinet secretaries and tourists wander, the lobby of Trump Tower is an unusual scene.

Trump's Presidency Poses Potential Threat To Labor Unions

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:26:00 -0500

Organized labor has been a driving force in Democratic politics for decades, especially in the industrial Midwest. Last week's election results were a blow for that political movement, raising serious questions about the future.

Reporters Crowd Trump Tower As Transition Meetings Continue

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 16:18:00 -0500

The lobby of Trump Tower has become one of the most photographed places since the election. And it was bustling on Thursday as President-elect Trump met with several possible cabinet picks and continued outreach to foreign leaders.

Here's Why The Republican National Committee Says It Won Tuesday

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 17:04:00 -0500

Donald Trump shocked the pollsters and pundits not just by winning but by taking a surprisingly large Electoral College victory. Here's how the RNC says he did it.