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Breaking News on Politics

The avalanche of breaking news can be overwhelming. But keeping up with it doesn’t have to be.

Millions of Americans turn to a small number of trusted news sources for their daily dose of politics and elections. Among the most popular are the New York Times, NPR, CBS News and the BBC.


NPR’s best political reporters are on the story every weekday, explaining the big news in Washington and on the campaign trail. They don’t just tell you what happened – they explain why it matters.

President Biden is confident a deal to lift the debt ceiling he negotiated with House Speaker McCarthy will pass despite a backlash from conservatives and progressives. One of those critics, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, threw his support behind the plan.

The plan would give Sen. Joe Manchin the natural gas pipeline he wants, but it also puts new restrictions on future executive actions. Those new handcuffs could make it tough for Democrats to peel back the plan in future spending fights. NPR’s Danielle Smith investigates. Also, the Census Bureau reveals the most comprehensive national statistics to date about same-sex couples.

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Whether it’s the latest in the Indonesia bombing case, a push to expand work requirements for food assistance or a new law limiting access to abortion clinics, NPR’s best political reporters explain why it matters.

Joe Biden thinks a debt deal he negotiated will pass Congress, but progressives are still fuming over details and say they were left in the dark during negotiations. And a journalist in Appalachia explores how grievance politics have fueled fracking in her state, including the looming decision on a controversial natural gas pipeline that Sen. Joe Manchin wants to build. Republicans are also worried about their nominee for president — and his golf game. NPR’s Scott Simon explains why. Plus, why a teen’s death has become the latest right-wing talking point.


The Washington-based publication is a clearinghouse of Beltway news and gossip. Its staff of more than 100 people blends old-media values of fairness and accuracy with the speed and immediacy of new technologies. Its website and daily Playbook newsletter are free to read; its Politico Pro subscription service is charged by topic area.

In addition to its breezy, day-to-day coverage, Politico has built a reputation for investigative journalism. Its staffers have broken many important stories, including a 2015 story that forced the resignation of Representative Aaron Schock; an investigation by Politico reporter Marianne Levine in 2017 that helped bring down Donald Trump’s Labor Secretary nominee, Andy Puzder; and an article by Politico correspondents Ben Smith and Helena Bottemiller Evich that exposed the coziness between D.C. police and far-right extremists.

Politico has also won three George Polk Awards, including one for the editorial cartoons of Matt Wuerker. In 2019, it won a Pulitzer Prize for a story by reporter Rania Abouzeid about the rise of the Islamic State. The newspaper has also won multiple New York Times awards for its political coverage.

When the German media conglomerate Axel Springer snapped up Politico in 2021 for around $1 billion, the media world gasped at the audacity of such a purchase. And there were concerns over Axel Springer’s decades-long history of bending journalistic ethics for right-wing causes.

But Politico’s editorial staff says that it will continue to produce high-quality content. And it plans to start a monthly magazine that will focus on long-form journalism. Its first issue is scheduled to come out on November 15, though it will release its content online the day before. Politico’s owners have not indicated whether the magazine will be unionized or nonunionized, but it will feature an extensive staff of freelancers.


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