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Politics Roundup: Trump's trial winding down; spring border crossings unusually low

Friday, May 24, 2024

Trump's trial enters its final stage next week as lawyers make their closing arguments and the case is expected to head to the jury. And immigration remains a top campaign issue after a record-high level of migrants crossing the U.S. southern border this winter gave way to an atypically quiet spring.

This episode: White House correspondent Deepa Shivaram, political reporter Ximena Bustillo, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, immigration correspondent Sergio Martínez-Beltrán, and congressional correspondent Claudia Grisales.

This podcast was produced by Jeongyoon Han, Casey Morell and Kelli Wessinger. Our editor is Eric McDaniel. Our executive producer is Muthoni Muturi.

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A new rule might speed up asylum claims at the Southern border

Thursday, May 09, 2024

The Department of Homeland Security is proposing a new rule the agency says would speed up review of asylum claims — and deportation — process at the Southern border.


Protestors double down at University of Texas-Austin. And so do police

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

NPR's Juana Summers talks with Sergio Martínez-Beltrán, who is reporting from the University of Texas at Austin, where over 100 pro-Palestinian activists have been arrested.


An uptick in Southern border crossings is expected to increase

Monday, April 22, 2024

Immigration observers say that despite increased efforts to curb illegal migration throughout the U.S., Southern border crossings are likely to increase as warmer weather months arrive.


Families in Honduras, Mexico mourn victims of bridge collapse in Baltimore

Thursday, March 28, 2024

38-year-old Maynor Yassir Suazo Sandoval came to the U.S. to make something of himself and to help his family in Honduras. He was one the workers on the Francis Scott Key Bridge when it collapsed.


Justice Department report finds failures in the response to the Uvalde attack

Friday, January 19, 2024

A new Justice Department report details the failures of police who responded to the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, in 2022.


Meet the two women who made it a historic year for the Texas State Legislatures

Saturday, December 30, 2023

The Texas State Legislature had a busy 2023. While its conservative lawmakers grabbed headlines, a quiet staffing change made it a historic year for the two women in charge of the chamber's security.


Controversial issues to come up in Texas special legislative session

Monday, October 09, 2023

School vouchers and border security are the focus of a special legislative session beginning this week in the Texas Statehouse. Both are key issues for the state's Republican governor.


Teenage reporter stays on beat in Texas AG impeachment story

Friday, September 22, 2023

One reporter stood out among the press covering Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's impeachment trial last week: a 13-year-old boy, reporting for his own paper.


Texas Senate overturns Attorney General Ken Paxton's impeachment by the state House

Sunday, September 17, 2023

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was impeached by the state House in May, but yesterday the state Senate voted to acquit.


Texas Senate acquits state Attorney General Ken Paxton in impeachment trial

Saturday, September 16, 2023

Paxton, who has been suspended, faced 16 articles of impeachment tied to allegations that he abused his office to protect a political donor. The Senate vote reinstates Paxton as attorney general.


The impeachment trial of suspended Texas attorney general to begin in state Senate

Tuesday, September 05, 2023

Ken Paxton faces 20 charges, including obstruction of justice, conspiracy, abuse of office and bribery — mostly involving his relationship with an Austin real estate developer and campaign donor.


GOP-led Texas House impeaches Republican state Attorney General Ken Paxton

Monday, May 29, 2023

Texas AG Ken Paxton has been suspended from office. He's awaiting a trial in the state Senate after the state House voted to impeach him over allegations of bribery and other misconduct.


Texas House panel moves to impeach Attorney General Ken Paxton

Friday, May 26, 2023

A Texas House committee has filed articles of impeachment against Republican state Attorney General Ken Paxton after investigators laid out a list of illegal acts they allege he carried out.


Texas House panel votes to raise the minimum age to buy AR-15-style rifles

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Families of Uvalde shooting victims plan to keep fighting to advance a bill raising the minimum age to buy assault-style weapons. But in Texas, a committee vote may be as far as gun control can go.


Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott beats Beto O'Rourke securing a third term

Tuesday, November 08, 2022

Abbott's victory was expected — the Republican led in poll after poll and raised more money than O'Rourke. The last Democrat to win a Texas gubernatorial race was Ann Richards in 1990.


Robb Elementary School families are are trying to get people to vote

Monday, November 07, 2022

The families of Robb Elementary School shooting victims are making one last push to convince their community — and people outside of it — that their vote could help prevent the next mass shooting.


Día de los Muertos takes on new meaning in Uvalde

Thursday, November 03, 2022

Día de los Muertos, honors loved ones who have passed, the holiday resonated in Uvalde, Texas with a deeper degree of tragedy this year after the community lost 19 children and two teachers last May.


Calls are growing for the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety to resign

Friday, October 28, 2022

A Texas Republican congressman and a newspaper are calling for the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety to resign after the botched police response to the Robb Elementary School shooting.


A Texas judge rules coverage of anti-HIV medicine violates religious freedom

Thursday, September 08, 2022

The judge in Texas ruled that a requirement for businesses to provide health insurance that covers HIV-preventative drugs violates the religious freedom of some Christian employers.