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Teachers Struggle With How To Characterize Vulgar GOP Rhetoric

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 3:33pm

The GOP presidential race has been brutal and often vulgar. So how do you talk to kids about it? NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks to Chris Wolak, a government teacher in Aurora, Ill.

First Mention: Ted Cruz Helps George W. Bush Secure Presidency

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 3:33pm

Our occasional feature, "First Mention," is focusing on this year's presidential candidates. The first time we heard the name Ted Cruz was on Nov. 20, 2000 on Talk of the Nation in a conversation about the Bush-Gore election situation. At the time, Cruz was part of the Bush campaign's legal team.

Candidates Eye Michigan As Pivotal State In Nomination Race

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 3:33pm

Michigan votes Tuesday, and it is the second most populous state to weigh in this primary season. Voters in Mississippi cast ballots Tuesday as well, along with Republican loyalists in Idaho and Hawaii. NPR looks at what's at stake in these four states.

Republicans Hold Contests In 4 States As Cruz Looks To Gain On Trump

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 3:33pm

Republicans hold contests in four states Tuesday: Idaho, Hawaii, Michigan and Mississippi. Donald Trump is trying to extend his delegate lead, while Ted Cruz looks to pick up momentum after recent wins.

Clinton Looks To Extend Lead Over Sanders In Michigan, Mississippi

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 3:33pm

Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are on the ballot in two more primaries Tuesday in Michigan and Mississippi. Clinton could significantly extend her delegate lead over Sanders with wins in both states.

'Our Principles' SuperPAC Spreads Anti-Donald Trump Message

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 3:33pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Republican strategist and former top Mitt Romney aide, Katie Packer, about launching Our Principles PAC, a group aimed at blocking Donald Trump from winning the GOP presidential nomination.

Cold War, Hot Tea: Nancy Reagan And Raisa Gorbachev's Sipping Summit

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 12:15pm

In 1985, while their husbands discussed nuclear disarmament, the two first ladies — both considered influential advisers — held their own tense tea tête-à-têtes in Geneva.

Pressure's On Trump, Sanders In Crucial Contests Tuesday

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 5:00am

More than 300 delegates are at stake. Michigan is the state to watch. Sanders has a chance to start to reverse the narrative — and Trump needs to quell conversation of a brokered convention.

Trump, Cruz Pay Attention To Mississippi Leading Up To GOP Primary

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 4:09am

One of the states voting Tuesday is Mississippi, where Donald Trump is looking for the kind of success he's had elsewhere in the Deep South. Ted Cruz would like to chip away at Trump's delegate lead.

Michigan Voters Expected To Give Trump Another Win In The Primary Column

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 4:09am

In Michigan, Donald Trump has been steadily leading in the Republican polls. Ted Cruz and John Kasich have been rallying their supporters in hopes of making a stronger than expected showing.

Black Voters Favor Hillary Clinton Over Bernie Sanders, Early Voting Shows

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 4:09am

For a closer look at how both candidates may appeal to African-American voters, Renee Montagne talks to Democratic political consultant Jamal Simmons.

Why Trade Is An Important Issue In the Presidential Campaign

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 4:09am

Steve Inskeep talks to Dartmouth Economist Douglas Irwin about the perceptions and realities of trade policy in the current political primary season.

How The GOP Has Tried To Reach Black Voters And How 2016 May Undo That Work

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 4:00am

In Ohio, the GOP has reached out to black communities. But those very modest gains may not last amidst the rhetorical fireworks of the 2016 campaign.

On Race, Sanders And Clinton Stumble But Engage

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 6:29pm

The Vermont senator has been drawing criticism for saying at Sunday's debate, "When you're white, you don't know what it's like to be living in a ghetto."

Politics Podcast: Why Doesn't Anybody Want To Be Establishment?

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 4:56pm

There's a four-syllable word that seems to be on everyone's mind these days - establishment. What is it and why does it seem to matter so much?

Bloomberg Says He Won't Run For President And 'Risk' Electing Trump Or Cruz

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 4:34pm

"As the race stands now ... there is a good chance that my candidacy could lead to the election of Donald Trump or Senator Ted Cruz," former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg wrote Monday.

'The New Yorker' Charts The Rise Of Black Lives Matter

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 3:27pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Jelani Cobb, whose article in the New Yorker charts the genesis and evolution of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Bernie Sanders Faces Criticism Over Comments On Race

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 3:27pm

Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders made some comments at Sunday night's Democratic debate that some viewers found to be racially insensitive.

Ted Cruz Hopes To Emerge As Viable Challenger To Donald Trump

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 3:27pm

With nominating contests in four more states on Tuesday, Ted Cruz is hoping to emerge as the one viable challenger to Donald Trump for the Republican nomination for president.

Democratic Candidates In Michigan Focus On Flint's Water Crisis

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 3:27pm

Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have campaigned heavily in Flint, Michigan, as the city has dealt with a water poisoning crisis. The state's primary is on Tuesday.

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