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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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Still A 'Big Deal': Biden Defends Threatened Affordable Care Act For Anniversary

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:35:00 -0400

The former vice president joined Democrats and supporters on the eve of the seventh anniversary of the law known as Obamacare, which Republican leadership hopes to repeal on Thursday.

Trump Travels To Louisville To Gather Support For GOP Health Care Plan

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 05:00:00 -0400

President Trump was in Kentucky on Monday — the same day FBI director Comey testified before a congressional panel investigating allegations of Russia's meddling into the presidential election.

Trump Responds To Court Halting Revised Travel Ban

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 04:49:00 -0400

At a rally in Tennessee, President Trump reacted angrily to news that a court temporarily blocked his revised travel ban from taking effect. He also talked about the Republican health care plan.

North Carolina Trump Supporters Have Tough Love For The President

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 10:40:00 -0500

They voted for President Trump and don't regret it, but these voters are quick to share their criticism.

In Battleground North Carolina, Trump Supporters Critique His Performance

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 16:34:00 -0500

Nash County, N.C. voted 48.7 percent for Hillary Clinton and 48.9 percent for Donald Trump. We wanted to know how Republicans there think the president is doing.

'Hail To The Chief': Fanfare Sought By Some Presidents, Avoided By Others

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 07:41:00 -0500

One perk of the presidency is that it comes with its own anthem. But when it comes to playing "Hail to the Chief," historians might say that Donald Trump is no James K. Polk.

Bush Talks Trump, Describes 'Pretty Ugly' Political Climate In Pair Of Interviews

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:16:00 -0500

Former President George W. Bush repeatedly declined to criticize Obama or offer unsolicited advice. But on Today and in People, Bush commented on President Trump's travel ban, Russia and the media.

Trump And CPAC: A Complicated Relationship No More

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 06:50:00 -0500

Conservatives embraced their new leader at their pre-eminent annual gathering. Meanwhile, Trump's team was quick to draw comparisons between the new president and CPAC's longtime hero, Ronald Reagan.

Members Of Congress Face Angry Constituents At Town Halls

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:27:00 -0500

Members of Congress are back home this week, and many are getting an earful from angry constituents and demonstrators worried about efforts to repeal Obamacare, among other issues.

What Is CPAC? A Room That Didn't Always Love Trump, But Owes Him A Lot

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0500

The annual Conservative Political Action Conference will welcome President Trump at the end of this week, but the conservative gathering has been skeptical of his worthiness in their circle.

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

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

He 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.