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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

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Hopes And Anxieties Marked Inauguration Day

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:16:00 -0500

Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president on an Inauguration Day marked by both celebrations and protests.

Trump Vows Policy Vision Of 'America First,' Recalling Phrase's Controversial Past

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 01:50:00 -0500

Trump briefly sought the 2000 presidential nomination of the Reform Party. It eventually went to Pat Buchanan, whom Trump called a "Hitler lover." Buchanan's slogan that fall was "America First!"

Pomp, Circumstance And Screw-Ups: Inaugurations Through The Years

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:02:24 -0500

From Andrew Jackson to Herbert Hoover to Barack Obama, presidential inaugurations have had their share of mistakes and oddities throughout history.

FACT CHECK: Trump Lawyer's Claim And Comparison To Rockefeller Is A Head Scratcher

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0500

The attorney drew a parallel to former Vice President Nelson Rockefeller's wealth. "No one was so concerned," she claimed. But they were, and he disclosed his assets and placed them in a blind trust.

Try To Keep Count Of How Many Times You Hear 'Confirmation' This Week

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 18:00:00 -0500

This week will be packed with Senate confirmation hearings for some of President-elect Donald Trump's top officials, but some nominees still have incomplete ethic reviews.

At Odds With GOP Over Hacking, Trump Splits With Precedent

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0500

Donald Trump may wish to rely on the record of previous presidents who entered the White House in conflict with their own parties over a major foreign relations issue. But can he find one?

Thanks To Russia, 2016 Isn't Really Going To End For Obama And Trump

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0500

By refusing to respond to the sanctions, Russian President Putin spurned Obama and kept up what has looked like a public bromance with the president-elect, who in turn called him "very smart!"

Trump And Company Prepare Inaugural Address In The Shadow Of Tradition

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 16:08:00 -0500

The inaugural addresses often remembered best were delivered at the worst times in our national history: Abraham Lincoln with Civil War looming, Franklin D. Roosevelt in the depths of the Depression.

Should Trump Foes See Tillerson At State As Last Straw Or First Ray Of Hope?

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0500

Whether Trump ultimately follows his team of hotspurs or uses them as heat shields as he negotiates a new reality, he sees them all as serving his purpose — not the other way around.

Despite Shaky Evidence, Trump Team Alleges Voter Fraud

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 05:06:00 -0500

Donald Trump launched a controversy on Twitter over the weekend regarding voting integrity, as his work of compiling a Cabinet and a governing agenda goes on.

A Washington Transition For Trump, And For The Rest Of Us

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0500

For many who had thought they knew what to expect — either from the election itself or from a prospective Trump presidency — this is a time of transition to reality.

Was Clinton Loss The Worst-Case Scenario For Democrats? No, Probably Not

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 10:45:00 -0500

The Democratic campaign of 2016 came down to relying on two categories: minority voters and Trump's character issues. There were lots of both, to be sure, but not quite enough of either.

Trump Is Another Republican Striking A Blow For The Way Things Used To Be

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 04:40:00 -0500

As Trump succeeds Obama, it is hard to imagine a wider gulf between sets of policies, or men with less use for each other. But such contrasts between consecutive administrations are the national norm.

Trump Confounds The Pros, Connects With Just The Right Voters

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 07:22:00 -0500

Once he had become the nominee of the Republican Party, Donald Trump needed only to hold his base constituency together and add the reluctant votes of other Republicans and compatible independents.

Presidential Candidates Await First Results In Key States

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 19:56:00 -0500

Results are coming in from some of the first battleground states where polls have closed. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are both holding election night parties in New York City.