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Commentator: Don't Stop Arguing, Complaining And Fighting For 'Identity Politics'

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:00:00 -0500

No one seems to have a satisfying definition of "identity politics," but clearly we've been paying too much attention to race, gender and sexual orientation, right? Not so fast.

A Case For Why TV Execs Should Face Critics

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:25:00 -0500

Press tours with networks and cable companies give TV critics an opportunity to have Q&A sessions with top executives. In January, many executives will skip a big one in LA, and that concerns critics.

In Trump's Taiwan Kerfuffle, Beijing Has Been Uncharacteristically Measured

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 21:20:00 -0500

Some are in an uproar over President-elect Donald Trump's phone call with Taiwan's president. Yet the Chinese leadership has shown no interest in escalating the matter.

This Week In Race: Dog Whistles, Dreamers And Dead Dictators

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:07:00 -0500

Pipeline and prisons and tantrums at Starbucks: these are a few of our favorite stories this week.

Ex-Defense Secretary Cohen On Foreign Policy Challenges Facing Trump

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:09:00 -0500

Steve Inskeep talks to William Cohen, former Defense secretary under President Clinton, about the various security challenges the president-elect and his yet to be named Defense secretary might face.

Despite Criticism Of Candidate Trump, Romney Leads For Secretary Of State

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:09:00 -0500

Trump's team says the secretary of State search has been narrowed to four candidates. Steve Inskeep talks to Katie Packer, who was deputy campaign manager for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign.

Former Commerce Secretary Gutierrez Weighs In On Free Trade, Cuba

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 05:07:00 -0500

Steve Inskeep talks to Carlos Gutierrez, who served as Secretary of Commerce under George W. Bush, who discusses the future of free trade and U.S.-Cuba relations under President-elect Donald Trump.

Steve Mnuchin Expected To Lead Treasury In Trump Administration

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 05:07:00 -0500

Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution and a contributing correspondent to The Wall Street Journal, about Steve Mnuchin's qualifications.

Democrats Prepare For Chances To Serve As A Check Against Trump

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

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-MN, talks to Steve Inskeep about the party's approach to the next Republican-controlled Congress. She says there will be major reasons for them to be an emergency brake.

Former Obama Adviser Discusses Fidel Castro's Legacy

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 05:01:00 -0500

Longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro died on Friday. Steve Inskeep talks to Dan Restrepo about his legacy. Restrepo advised President Obama for many years on issues related to Latin America.

Key Positions Remain To Be Filled In Trump's Cabinet

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 05:01:00 -0500

Steve Inskeep talks to Mollie Hemingway, senior editor at The Federalist magazine, about the dispute inside the GOP. Should President-elect Donald Trump name Mitt Romney as his secretary of State?

'Liberal Rednecks' Are Killing Southern Stereotypes With Comedy

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 17:10:00 -0500

Trae Crowder and his fellow comedians call themselves liberal rednecks. They use their Southern roots — and thick accents — to attack racism and homophobia.

Clinton's Popular-Vote Lead Is Now Over 2 Million, But Don't Expect Big Changes

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 19:57:00 -0500

The Democrat now leads Donald Trump by more than 2 million votes, as counting continues in California. But don't expect electors to overturn the result or for the Electoral College to be eliminated.

Examining Future Conservatism As Trump Transitions To The White House

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 05:11:35 -0500

As Donald Trump seems to modify and tone down several of his more hard-line campaign promises, Steve Inskeep checks in with one of Trump's most constant critics, Jonah Goldberg of the National Review.

After 2016's Presidential Election, Examining What Populist Means

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 05:11:00 -0500

Steve Inskeep talks to political scientist Paul Gilje of the University of Oklahoma about where President-elect Donald Trump fits into the larger history of populism in the U.S.