Impeaching Mayorkas: High Crimes and Misdemeanors Or Politics As Usual?

Immigration and management of the U.S. Southern Border is always a politically charged issue, but especially at this moment.

House republicans are trying to advance articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. They say he has refused to comply with the law and has breached the trust of the public.

Meanwhile President Biden is describing the U.S. immigration system as broken.

All this is playing out as a government funding bill is tied to the border and a presidential election is months away.

What Would The Economy Look Like If Donald Trump Gets A Second Term?

During his time in office, former president Donald Trump talked a great deal about all of the positive changes he was making to improve the economy.

When he gave his final State of the Union address in February 2020, employers had added more than six million jobs, unemployment was at three-and-a-half percent and the stock market was soaring.

But by March all of that ended as coronavirus spread rapidly across the globe.

Donald Trump is poised to capture the Republican presidential nomination. As president, some of his economic policies came out of the traditional Republican playbook. But other policies were more populist, more nativist and more unpredictable.

NPR’s Scott Detrow speaks with Chief Economics Correspondent Scott Horsley about what might change, and what might stay the same, under a second Trump administration.

US troops in the Middle East face a growing challenge

Ever since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas almost four months ago, U.S. leaders have been afraid that the conflict will grow.

That could have consequences for American troops in the Middle East. Recently, U.S. forces have been attacked in Iraq by Iran-backed militias, for example.

Host Ari Shapiro speaks with NPR’s Jane Arraf in Amman, Jordan and NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman about what all this could mean for troops in the region.

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In Israel, Anger At Netanyahu Getting Louder

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has spent a career defying political gravity. Now he’s facing his biggest challenge yet.

For decades, Netanyahu has sold himself as a leader who would keep Israelis safe.

Instead, one of the world’s strongest militaries failed to protect its citizens from a long-planned, Mad Max style invasion – with attackers from Gaza coming in on motorcycles, pickup trucks and hang gliders. Israeli authorities say 1,200 people were killed October 7th and more than 200 taken hostage.

Netanyahu promised an investigation after the war with Hamas, but public outrage has grown louder in recent days.

Now as public outrage grows in Israel, Netanyahu’s future seems all but certain. And that future is inseparable from the future of Israel’s war with Hamas, or an eventual peace in Gaza.

Trump Brings Back Birtherism Taunts

In a republican primary field that at one time boasted more than a dozen candidates, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and former President Donald Trump are the last ones standing.

That means Trump’s fire is concentrated on Haley — a daughter of Indian immigrants. And he’s using that heritage to try to undermine Haley’s candidacy, and stoke concern about her legitimacy for the presidency.

For the record, that concern is unfounded – Haley, as the Constitution dictates, is a natural-born US citizen.

NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly and Senior Editor and Correspondent Domenico Montanaro dissect the reasons WHY Trump keeps returning to this particular political playbook.

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Alabama To Use Untested Execution Method This Week

Alabama has already tried to execute Kenneth Smith once. On the night of November 17, 2022, he was scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection, but workers couldn’t find a vein to place an IV. They tried for an hour, during which, he was jabbed with needles in his arms, hands and collar bones.

Smith, one of only two living people in the U.S. to have survived an execution attempt, faces death again. On Thursday, the state of Alabama plans to execute him using a method it calls nitrogen hypoxia. It has never been tested in the U.S.

NPR’s Ari Shapiro talks to investigative correspondent Chiara Eisner about Smith’s execution, and what led Alabama to use a new and untested execution method.

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Zingers and Gaffes: A Look At the Utility of Presidential Debates

The presidential debate has been a right of passage for both primary and general election candidates for more than thirty years.

Now in the midst of another election season, it looks like this well-established tradition might be fading away. But do debates inform voters, and do they change minds?

We take a look at how the modern presidential debate came to be, and what their absence would mean for candidates and voters.

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