Unlike many people in Trump's inner circle, Donald McGahn has deep roots in the nation's capital. He led the Federal Election Commission and worked for the National Republican Congressional Committee.
After an especially brutal election season, many dreaded — or even evaded — the difficult family conversations at Thanksgiving. Now, with the holiday in the books, listeners tell us their stories.
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.
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.
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.
President-elect Donald Trump has promised to bring back manufacturing jobs — even to union members who've historically supported Democrats. But it's not clear how or if Trump can deliver.
Steve Inskeep talks to Columbia University Professor Mark Lilla about the end of identity liberalism. Lilla is the author of: The Shipwrecked Mind: On Political Reaction.
One reason there are so many regulations is that there are many obstacles to removing them.
Eighteen years after California voters severely restricted bilingual education, they've voted to bring it back. Proposition 58 passed by a wide margin. But what happens next won't be easy.
In Standing Rock, N.D., about 2,000 protesters are getting a Thanksgiving dinner. They're demonstrating against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, which is planned to skirt the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. The protests have been going on for months and have intensified over the last few weeks. Tanaya Winder is a member of the Duckwater Shoshone tribe and tells us what Thanksgiving in Standing Rock is like today.
Opponents of a 1,200-mile oil pipeline from North Dakota are marking this Thanksgiving Day at the site of a planned river crossing near Lake Oahe. Protesters say the pipeline could damage local drinking water sources and Native American heritage sites. The pipeline's developers say the project will have big economic benefits.
If the Trump administration decides to implement a registry for Muslims entering the United States, it has a model: the U.S. put a registration system in place after 9/11. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Muzaffar Chishti, director of the Migration Policy Institute at the NYU School of Law, about the impact of that system.
The Obama administration has little time left to shore up the Iran nuclear deal, a key part of the president's legacy at risk with the incoming Trump administration. Critics of the deal are watching.
Native American writer Tanaya Winder has been thinking about the Thanksgiving story of Pilgrims and Indians, especially as the Dakota Access Pipeline protests in North Dakota continue.
A small theater company in Montana, Hamilton Players, faced the wrath of online commenters after the cast of the hit musical Hamilton addressed a message to Vice President-elect Mike Pence last week.
Here's hoping that the holiday provides the rare oasis from a year full of rancor and racial strife in our politics.
The choice of Betsy DeVos signals intentions to make school choice a major piece of Trump's education agenda, which could include a voucher plan to help send children to private and parochial schools.
Donald Trump has business interests around the globe. There's talk about whether foreign powers will distinguish between President Trump and businessman Trump. We examine the case of China.
There are fears the Trump administration will derail efforts to combat campus sexual assault. Some Republicans criticized the government crackdown on the issue, and say policies favor victims.
Many big city mayors have said that they will not comply with federal immigration orders that could lead to deportation. Steve Inskeep talks to LA Mayor Eric Garcetti about being a sanctuary city.