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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: Tue, 08 Aug 2017 06:00:29 -0400

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New Biography Of Lincoln's Secretary Of War Reveals A Resilient Man, Haunted By Grief

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 06:00:29 -0400

NPR's Ron Elving reviews a massive new tome on the life of Edwin Stanton, certainly one of the most contentious and controversial figures in Abraham Lincoln's cabinet of rivals.

A History Of Rivals In The White House

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 07:51:20 -0400

It's not just staffers in the Trump White House who seem to hate each other. There's a rich tradition of White House rivalry and backstabbing throughout American history.

It's August, Do You Know Where Your Lawmakers Are?

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0400

One big reason the Congress has not kept up with the regular schedule for budget and appropriations is the enormous investment of session time to health care — the issue that ate the calendar.

The Elusive Presidential Pivot Now Has A Name

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 05:00:56 -0400

All Trump has to do is let John Kelly take over, end the White House wars, focus on a unified agenda, repair relations with Congress and send a global signal to friends and adversaries alike.

Historical Lessons In Bipartisanship

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 08:00:39 -0400

Senator John McCain this week called for a return to "regular order." The last time that worked in a big way was when the Senate overhauled the federal tax code.

Week In Politics: Health Care And Priebus Out, Kelly In

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 08:14:00 -0400

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus is out, and President Trump named Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to replace him.

Don't Look Away: Stuff Happens Fast In Trump's First Summer In Washington

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Even as the GOP's assault on Obamacare lurched and stumbled to a stop, America's attention was divided by other stories — some important, some of lesser consequence and some of greater shock value.

Morning News Brief: Health Care, Transgender Service Members, Foxconn, Charlie Gard

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:05:00 -0400

Republicans continue debating health care plans while President Trump tweeted about transgender people in the military. Tony Romm of Recode discusses electronics-maker Foxconn's U.S. factory plans.

What Is The 'Regular Order' John McCain Longs To Return To On Health Care?

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:00:52 -0400

Regular order is not only a process but also a state of mind. It implies not only procedures but also a presumption of at least some degree of bipartisanship.

Week In Politics: Spicer Resigns, Trump Looks At Pardons, Health Care

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:08:14 -0400

It was another busy week in politics, with Sean Spicer's resignation as White House press secretary and reports that the president consulted with legal advisers about his power to pardon his staff.

President Trump Marks 6 Months In The White House

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:43:00 -0400

Thursday marks six months since President Trump took office. NPR looks back at the key moments, how they've shaped his presidency so far and what's left to come.

Trump's Big Repealing Deal: 8 Takeaways On The Senate's Health Care Meltdown Moment

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Trump seems to have wanted to show up for the trophy ceremony, not for the game. But even if Trump had plunged into the trenches, his presence there might not have made the difference.

9 Questions About The Debt Ceiling, Answered

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0400

"It's time for this again?" you ask. Yes. Yes it is. Now you can be prepared for the upcoming battle.

Trump-Russia Nexus Recalls Long History Of Shadow Campaigns

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:23:00 -0400

Whatever actual impact previous foreign entanglements may have had, the stories persist — if only because they feed such powerful thoughts of "what might have been."

Political Debates Over Health Care Go Back Decades

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 08:14:00 -0400

The debate over government's role in health care has been all-consuming recently. But it's not for the first time. Democrats and Republicans have been at odds on this issue for decades.