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Ron Elving is Senior Editor and Correspondent on the Washington Desk for NPR News, where he is frequently heard as a news analyst and writes regularly for

Last Build Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:46:00 -0500

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A Refresher On Anita Hill And Clarence Thomas

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:46:00 -0500

In the wake of today's #MeToo moment, the confirmation hearings of Clarence Thomas and the testimony of Anita Hill have new resonance.

Week In Politics: Resignations, Tax Bill, Roy Moore

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:56:00 -0500

From congressmen announcing their resignations to the federal government averting shutdown, the week in politics has felt more like months.

Encore: Lessons In Bipartisanship

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 07:57:14 -0500

The last time lawmakers worked across the aisle in a big way was when the Senate overhauled the federal tax code in 1986.

Week In Politics: Flynn And Russia, Sexual Harassment On Capitol Hill

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 08:00:25 -0500

Michael Flynn has broken ties with the White House legal team, reports say, in a possible sign he will cooperate with prosecutors investigating Russian influence.

No One Has Been Expelled From The Senate Since The Civil War

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:00:02 -0500

There is no precedent for expelling a duly-elected Senate member for actions committed before they took office. In fact, there is little precedent for expelling senators at all.

Will Tuesday's Election Results Interfere With GOP Plans For Tax Overhaul?

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 05:04:00 -0500

Congress is dealing with a fast-approaching deadline set by President Trump: have a tax overhaul bill on his desk by Christmas. To achieve that, a process that takes months needs to happen in weeks.

'Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life' Examines The Personal Traits That Marked FDR For Greatness

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 15:00:19 -0500

NPR's Ron Elving says historian Robert Dallek's latest tome "emphasizes the human scale of FDR's life, his interaction with the people around him and the interplay among his intimates."

Week In Politics

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 08:09:24 -0400

After a week that underscored divisions within the Republican Party, the White House and GOP lawmakers will try to show unity on a high-stakes tax overhaul effort.

News Brief: Sen. Flake Won't Seek Re-Election, Court Rules For Unauthorized Immigrant's Abortion

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 05:12:32 -0400

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona said he will not seek re-election in a speech lambasting President Trump. Also, a court has ruled in favor of an unauthorized immigrant's right to an abortion.

Tax Plan Push, Trump's Call To Fallen Soldier's Family And George W. Bush Chimes In

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 08:12:00 -0400

Scott Simon talks to NPR's Ron Elving about the week in politics, including President Trump's spat with the family of a deceased U.S. soldier and the Senate passing of a budget blueprint.

For Every President Since Reagan, Immigration Has Been One More Minefield

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 08:02:00 -0400

After nine months in office, President Trump has found the many issues of immigration more vexing than he may have imagined — something Trump has in common with a long line of predecessors.

The NRA Wasn't Always Against Gun Restrictions

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 05:00:21 -0400

Many are surprised to learn that the NRA of generations past worked with the federal government to limit the traffic in guns, for example where ex-convicts or mental patients were involved.

Trump's Week: Puerto Rico, Las Vegas, 'Rexit,' Iran Deal

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 08:01:30 -0400

President Trump said a Thursday meeting with military leaders was "the calm before the storm." But there has already been political turmoil this week on everything from contraception to gun control.

Week In Politics: Trump And Kim, Health Care

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:11:00 -0400

President Trump exchanged insults with Kim Jong Un this week, while Sen. John McCain said he would vote against the Republican health care effort.

Trump's Turn To Democrats Poses Fresh Challenge To His Loyal Base

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 05:00:39 -0400

Even in his Inauguration Day address, Trump signaled that he might go his own way. He may be testing that option now, keeping a weather eye on the reaction from his truest believers.