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Introducing ?1619,? a New York Times Audio Series

Four hundred years ago, in August 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the British colony of Virginia. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the 250 years of slavery that followed. 

?1619,? a New York Times audio series, examines the long shadow of that fateful moment. Today, instead of our usual show, we present Episode 1: ?The Fight for a True Democracy.?

Host: Nikole Hannah-Jones, who writes for The New York Times Magazine. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

This episode includes scenes of graphic violence.

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?Without the idealistic, strenuous and patriotic efforts of black Americans, our democracy today would most likely look very different ? it might not be a democracy at all,? Nikole Hannah-Jones writes.The ?1619? audio series is part of The 1619 Project, a major initiative from The Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. Read more from the project here.
2019-08-23
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What the 2020 Campaign Sounds Like

Song playlists at presidential campaign rallies can be about more than music ? they can reflect a candidate?s values, political platform, identity and target audience. We examine the role of these playlists in the 2020 campaign. Guest: Astead W. Herndon, who covers national politics for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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The Times analyzed playlists used by nine Democratic candidates and President Trump to see how they help set the tone for each campaign. Turn your sound on.
2019-08-22
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What American C.E.O.s Are Worried About

For decades, American corporations have prized profits for shareholders above all else. Now, the country?s most powerful chief executives say it?s time to do things differently. What?s driving that change? Guest: Andrew Ross Sorkin, a financial columnist for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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Almost 200 chief executives, including the leaders of Apple, Pepsi and Walmart, argued that companies must invest in employees, protect the environment and deliver value to customers.Shareholder democracy seemed like a good idea at the time, but it hasn?t worked, Andrew Ross Sorkin writes in his latest column
2019-08-21
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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Not Regretting Al Franken

Al Franken resigned from the Senate more than 18 months ago over allegations of sexual harassment. New reporting about those allegations has revived the debate over whether the Democratic Party ? particularly senators currently seeking the presidency ? moved too fast in calling for him to step down. In an interview, one of those senators, Kirsten Gillibrand, says absolutely not.

Guest: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat and 2020 presidential candidate. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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Ms. Gillibrand?s stance on Mr. Franken?s departure has come up persistently during her struggling presidential campaign.Our colleague Lisa Lerer interviewed Ms. Gillibrand for the On Politics newsletter
2019-08-20
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Bankrolling the Anti-Immigration Movement

The New York Times investigated how Cordelia Scaife May, an heiress to the Mellon family?s banking and industrial fortune, used her wealth to sow the seeds of the modern anti-immigration movement ? and of Trump administration policy. Guests: Natalie Kitroeff, a business reporter for The Times, spoke with Nicholas Kulish, who covers immigration issues. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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Newly unearthed documents show how an environmental-minded socialite became a nativist whose vision for strictly limiting immigration has, in many ways, reached a culmination in the Trump presidency.Groups that Mrs. May funded shared policy proposals with the Trump campaign, sent staff members to join the administration and have close ties to Stephen Miller, the architect of the president?s immigration agenda.
2019-08-19
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Russia?s Mystery Missile

At least seven people were killed by a mysterious explosion in northern Russia, and U.S. officials believe it happened during the test of a prototype for a nuclear-propelled cruise missile. President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has hailed the weapon as the centerpiece of Moscow?s arms race with the United States ? but what will this mean for an arms race that both countries want to win? Guest: David E. Sanger, a national security correspondent for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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Intelligence officials suspect the blast involved a prototype known as Skyfall, a missile that Mr. Putin has boasted can reach any corner of the earth and evade American missile defenses.As the death toll has risen from the explosion, Russia?s silence and contradictory accounts have conjured dark memories of Chernobyl.
2019-08-16
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Is China Really Freeing Uighurs?

Under international pressure, China has said it has released a vast majority of the Muslim Uighurs it had placed in detention camps. We follow up with an American citizen who says the Chinese government cannot be trusted, and find out how Beijing?s propaganda machine has responded to his efforts to protect a relative who was detained. If you missed the previous interview, listen to it here. Guest: Paul Mozur, a technology reporter for The New York Times based in Shanghai, spoke with Ferkat Jawdat, a Uighur and American citizen who lives in Virginia. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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Reporters from The Times found, over seven days of traveling through the Xinjiang region, that the vast network of detention camps erected by the government of China?s authoritarian leader, Xi Jinping, continues to operate, and even expand.China?s most recent campaign echoes tactics used by other countries, principally Russia, to inundate domestic and international audiences with bursts of information, propaganda, and in some cases, outright disinformation.
2019-08-15
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Inside Hong Kong?s Airport

Protesters have flooded Hong Kong?s airport, paralyzing operations and escalating tensions between the semiautonomous territory and Beijing. The protesters are trying to send a message to government officials ? and to people in mainland China. Guest: Javier C. Hernández, a New York Times correspondent based in Beijing. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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Demonstrations led the airport, one of the world?s busiest, to suspend check-ins for two days in a row this week, causing hundreds of flight cancellations. On Wednesday, some protesters apologized for the disruption.The unrest is exposing the inherent conflict in Hong Kong?s political system since China reclaimed the territory from Britain in 1997: an effort to unite Beijing?s authoritarianism with civil liberties.Here?s a guide to what prompted the Hong Kong protests, and a look at how they have evolved.
2019-08-14
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The Epstein Investigation, Now That He?s Dead

Federal prosecutors were confident that, this time, justice would be served in the case of Jeffrey Epstein. What happens to the case against him now that he is dead?  Guest: Benjamin Weiser, an investigative criminal justice reporter for The New York Times.

For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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Despite Jeffrey Epstein's death, the criminal investigation that led to the sex-trafficking charges continues. Prosecutors will focus on those who may have aided him.At Mr. Epstein?s Palm Beach home, it was hard for workers to miss what was happening, with about 100 masseuses seen there at various times. 
2019-08-13
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The Freshmen: Mikie Sherrill

Since Democrats retook the House last November, the world has come to know the progressive and divisive vision of four freshmen congresswomen known as ?the squad.? But it was moderates ? less well-known and laser-focused on common ground between Democrats and Republicans ? who were responsible for flipping seats and winning back the House. Today, we meet a moderate Democrat who offers a competing vision of the party ahead of the 2020 election. 

Guests: Representative Mikie Sherrill, Democrat of New Jersey; Kate Zernike, a political reporter for The New York Times; and Lisa Chow and Rachel Quester, producers for ?The Daily.? For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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Disconnects between liberal and moderate House Democrats have exploded into public view at critical moments during their seven months in power.The two rounds of Democratic presidential debates showcased divisions over ideology and identity in a party that appears united only in its desire to defeat President Trump.
2019-08-12
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The Crackdown on Kashmir

India has guaranteed a degree of autonomy to the people of Kashmir, a disputed territory between India and Pakistan, since 1947. Why did India unilaterally erase that autonomy this week? Guest: Jeffrey Gettleman, the South Asia bureau chief for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily.

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To Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, eliminating the autonomy of Kashmir was an administrative move. But to his critics, the decision was a blow to India?s democracy and secular identity.On Thursday, Mr. Modi addressed the nation about the decision against a backdrop of rising protests, mass arrests and escalating tensions with Pakistan.Read more about the roots of the crisis and what could happen next.
2019-08-09
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Two Cities in Mourning

President Trump traveled on Wednesday to Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, where mass shootings killed 31 people. Our colleagues described the scene in both cities. Guests: Mitch Smith, who covers the Midwest for The New York Times, and Michael Crowley, a White House correspondent. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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President Trump began a day set aside for healing in Dayton and El Paso by lashing out at rivals, using the kind of divisive language that prompted protests in both cities even before he arrived.Across El Paso, some residents worried that Mr. Trump?s visit might do more harm than good.
2019-08-08
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Osama bin Laden?s Successor

In the years before his death, Osama bin Laden seemed to be grooming a successor to lead Al Qaeda: his own son. Here?s what we learned this week about those plans. Guest: Rukmini Callimachi, who covers terrorism for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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The care Osama bin Laden showed his son was not just fatherly, but appears to have been an attempt by the world?s most hunted terrorist to secure his legacy.The United States had a role in the operation that killed Hamza bin Laden, officials said. But other details, including where he died, are unknown.
2019-08-07
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Shutting Down 8chan

At least three mass shootings this year ? including one in El Paso ? have been announced in advance on the online message board 8chan, often accompanied by racist writings. We look at the battle over shutting down the site. Guests: Kevin Roose, who writes about technology for The New York Times, spoke with Fredrick Brennan, the founder of 8chan. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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Fredrick Brennan started 8chan as a free speech utopia. But the site became known as something else: a megaphone for mass shooters, and a recruiting platform for violent white nationalists.Several tech providers pulled support for 8chan, temporarily taking the site offline. The decision to do so was not a straightforward one for the security company Cloudflare.
2019-08-06
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Two Days, Two Cities, Two Massacres

In two days, in two cities ? El Paso and Dayton, Ohio ? two mass shootings have left at least 29 people dead. We look at two stories from one of those shootings. Guests: Simon Romero, a national correspondent for The New York Times, and Jennifer Medina, who is covering the 2020 presidential campaign, spoke with us from El Paso. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily.

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The back-to-back bursts of gun violence left a nation stunned and shaken.The shooting rampage in El Paso was the deadliest anti-Latino attack in modern American history. It is being investigated as domestic terrorism.The Democratic presidential candidate Beto O?Rourke, who represented El Paso for years in Congress, said that President Trump had ?a lot to do with what happened.?
2019-08-05
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How the Democratic Debates Narrow the Field

Twenty Democratic presidential candidates have appeared on the debate stage for the last time. That?s in part because the Democratic National Committee has introduced a set of rules explicitly designed to narrow the field. We look at the intended and unintended consequences of that change. Guest: Reid J. Epstein, a political reporter for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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It will be twice as hard for the 2020 Democrats to qualify for the next debate. In addition to the seven who already have, three are within striking distance.Democratic candidates aiming to replace President Trump are forced to choose between adopting his media tactics or being left behind as others do.
2019-08-02
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The Economy Is Booming. Or Is It?

The United States economy is in the middle of a record-long expansion. So why is the government deploying an economic weapon it last used during the 2008 financial crisis? Guest: Ben Casselman, who covers the economy for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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The Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate for the first time in more than a decade as it tried to insulate the economy from President Trump?s trade war and a global slowdown.The quarter-point reduction is unlikely to get you a better mortgage rate. Here?s where you might see effects.
2019-08-01
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What Does Kamala Harris Stand For?

Democratic voters have been drawn to Senator Kamala Harris as a messenger, even though her message remains a work in progress. Ahead of her second presidential debate appearance, we consider what the candidate says she believes. Guest: Alexander Burns, who covers national politics for The New York Times, spoke with Ms. Harris. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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Ms. Harris says she wants relevant policy, not ?a beautiful sonnet.? Is that enough for voters?Read a transcript of our reporter?s conversation with Ms. Harris.
2019-07-31
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The Origins of Boeing?s 737 Max Crisis

Two crashes involving Boeing 737 Max jets have been linked to a software system that helped send the planes into a deadly nose-dive. Our colleague investigated what federal regulators responsible for ensuring the safety of the jets knew about that system. Guest: Natalie Kitroeff, a business reporter for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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A Times investigation found that the Federal Aviation Administration?s regulatory process, which gave Boeing significant oversight authority, compromised the safety of the 737 Max.
2019-07-30
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A Plan to End Partisan Gerrymandering

The Supreme Court ruled last month that federal courts cannot rule on cases of partisan gerrymandering, saying that judges are not entitled to second-guess the decisions made by state legislators who draw voting maps. We spoke to one man who has long believed there?s a way to address the issue without the courts. Guest: Eric H. Holder Jr., who served as the United States attorney general for six years under President Barack Obama. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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The Supreme Court?s decision on gerrymandering instantly raised the stakes for the nation?s state legislative races, which are often overlooked by voters, but can shape the course of policy from abortion rights to education.What is gerrymandering, and why did the Supreme Court rule on it? Here?s a refresher.
2019-07-29
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The Next Chapter of the Epstein Story

Maxwell?s yearslong relationship with Jeffrey Epstein has raised questions about what she may have known about the allegations of sex trafficking against him. Now, thousands of pages of sealed documents stemming from their relationship are about to be made public. Guest: Megan Twohey, an investigative reporter for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily.

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With Mr. Epstein under federal indictment on charges of sexually trafficking and abusing young girls, there are growing questions about his relationship with Ms. Maxwell. For more than a decade she helped manage Mr. Epstein?s homes, facilitate his social relationships and recruit masseuses, according to his former employees.
2019-07-26
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Robert Mueller?s Testimony

The former special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, testified on Wednesday before Congress. He declared that his two-year investigation did not exonerate President Trump and that Russia would meddle again in American elections. Guest: Michael S. Schmidt, who has been covering the special counsel investigation for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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Lawmakers hunted for viral sound bites and tried to score political points, but Mr. Mueller consistently refused to accommodate them in his long-awaited appearance before Congress.Here are seven takeaways from the hearings.
2019-07-25
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?Send Her Back?: White Voters and Trump?s Path to Re-election

The majority of Americans disapprove of President Trump. But in 2020, Democrats will still have a hard time defeating him. Here?s why. Guest: Nate Cohn, who covers elections, polling and demographics for The Upshot at The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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President Trump?s edge in the Electoral College may leave him closer to re-election than one might think based on his approval ratings ? and may also blunt the electoral cost of actions like his attacks against four congresswomen of color. 
2019-07-24
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Special Edition: A Guide to the Mueller Hearings

Robert S. Mueller III, the former special counsel, will testify before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday. We spoke to our colleague about what to expect. Guest: Michael S. Schmidt, who has been covering the special counsel investigation for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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Read more about what you need to know before the testimony.Here are 19 lingering questions for Mr. Mueller, along with what we know or don?t know about the answers.
2019-07-23
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The Fight Over Planned Parenthood?s Future

Dr. Leana Wen, the first physician to lead Planned Parenthood in decades, was ousted after just eight months on the job. Her departure highlights a central tension over the direction of the group: Is it a political organization first, or a health organization? Guest: Sarah Kliff, an investigative reporter for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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As states began to pass ever more restrictive laws on abortion, Planned Parenthood?s leaders felt they needed a more aggressive political leader to fight efforts to roll back abortion access.?I was asked to leave for the same reason I was hired: I was changing the direction of Planned Parenthood,? Dr. Wen wrote in an Op-Ed for The Times.
2019-07-23
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The Making of Boris Johnson

After trying and failing to withdraw Britain from the European Union, Theresa May will resign this week as the country?s prime minister. Here?s how the man expected to succeed her, Boris Johnson, made Brexit ? and how Brexit may soon make him prime minister. Guest: Sarah Lyall, a writer at large for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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Mr. Johnson has become one of the great escape artists of British politics.Some of Mr. Johnson?s family members, once staunch opponents of Brexit, have had to perform a complicated political jujitsu around his candidacy for prime minister.Prime Minister Theresa May is scheduled to step down on Wednesday. Only 160,000 Conservative Party members can vote for the next leader, sidelining 99 percent of registered voters.
2019-07-22
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The Almost Moon Man

There are two stories from the 1960s that America likes to tell about itself ? the civil rights movement and the space race. We look at the brief moment when the two collided. Guest: Emily Ludolph, who covered this story for The New York Times, spoke with Ed Dwight, a former Air Force pilot who had trained to be the first black astronaut. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily.

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President John F. Kennedy was Ed Dwight?s champion. Within weeks of the president?s assassination, Mr. Dwight?s career as a prospective astronaut ended.
2019-07-21
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The Political Crisis in Puerto Rico

Hundreds of leaked text messages revealed the governor of Puerto Rico mocking his own citizens. For many Puerto Ricans, it was the last straw. Guest: Patricia Mazzei, the Miami bureau chief for The New York Times, spoke with us from San Juan, P.R. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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Tens of thousands of people from across Puerto Rican society have united in nearly a week of protests that reveal deep dissatisfaction with how the island is governed.
2019-07-19
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The Myth That Busing Failed

The first Democratic debate brought renewed attention to busing as a tool of school desegregation. We spoke to a colleague about what the conversation has been missing. Guest: Nikole Hannah-Jones, who writes about racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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?The school bus, treasured when it was serving as a tool of segregation, became reviled only when it transformed into a tool of integration,? Nikole Hannah-Jones writes in a news analysis.
2019-07-18
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A Decision in the Eric Garner Case

One day before the fifth anniversary of Eric Garner?s death at the hands of police officers in New York, the Justice Department said it would not bring federal civil rights charges against an officer involved. We look at that decision. Guest: Ashley Southall, who covers New York for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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Attorney General William P. Barr made the call not to seek a civil rights indictment against Officer Daniel Pantaleo.?The D.O.J. has failed us,? Mr. Garner?s mother, Gwen Carr, said. ?Five years ago, my son said ?I can?t breathe? 11 times. Today, we can?t breathe. Because they have let us down.?
2019-07-17
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Trump and ?the Squad?

In a second day of attacks, President Trump said that four Democratic congresswomen hated the United States and were free to leave the country. The lawmakers ? Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan ? said they refused to be silenced. Guest: Julie Hirschfeld Davis, who covers Congress for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily. This episode includes disturbing language.

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President Trump appeared determined on Monday to amplify remarks that members of his own party called racist. The lawmakers he singled out responded by charging that the president was pressing the agenda of white nationalists.
2019-07-16
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Waiting for the Immigration Raids

This past weekend, immigration officials were scheduled to begin arresting and deporting thousands of undocumented immigrants who had been ordered to leave the United States but had remained. On Friday evening, we spoke to one woman who feared she was on the list. Guest: Herminia, an undocumented immigrant who has been living in the United States with her husband and children for more than a decade. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily.

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A small number of raids targeting recently arrived undocumented migrant parents and their children took place over the weekend. More raids are expected to follow throughout the week.
2019-07-15
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Can Gun Makers Be Held Accountable for Mass Shootings?

As mass shootings became commonplace, attempts to hold gun makers accountable kept hitting the same roadblock ? until now. We look at a lawsuit that could transform the firearms industry. Guests: Natalie Kitroeff, a business reporter for The New York Times, spoke with David Wheeler, whose 6-year-old son, Ben, died in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School; and Sheryl Gay Stolberg, who covers Congress for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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A Connecticut Supreme Court ruling has created a potential opening for Sandy Hook families to maneuver around the gun industry?s legal shield and hold companies liable for the attack.The families are hoping to replicate a tactic used in lawsuits against cigarette manufacturers.
2019-07-12
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The President and the Census

Federal courts keep rejecting President Trump?s attempts to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census. But no matter what the courts decide, the president may have already achieved his goal. Guest: Adam Liptak, who covers the Supreme Court for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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A day after pledging that the census would not ask about citizenship, Justice Department officials said they were seeking a way to restore the question on orders from President Trump.But for many immigrant communities, the damage may be done when it comes to the census.
2019-07-11
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The Plan to Elect Republican Women

Out of 198 Republicans in the House of Representatives, just 13 are women. This week, a closely watched election in North Carolina may help determine how serious the party is about changing that. Guest: Julie Hirschfeld Davis, who covers Congress for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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Dr. Greg Murphy, a state representative and urological surgeon, defeated Dr. Joan Perry, a pediatrician, in a race that set off a clash at the highest levels of the Republican Party.After watching Democratic women make historic gains in the 2018 midterm election, Republican women have decided to adopt the Democrats? strategy for themselves.
2019-07-10
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United States v. Jeffrey Epstein

Prosecutors in New York have accused the billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls and of asking them to recruit others. We spoke with our colleague about what happened in a similar case against Mr. Epstein over a decade ago. Guest: Patricia Mazzei, the Miami bureau chief for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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The new indictment of Mr. Epstein could prompt a reckoning for the Justice Department, which is facing fresh scrutiny over a plea deal in 2008 that protected him from federal charges.Alexander Acosta, President Trump?s labor secretary and the former United States attorney in the Southern District of Florida, was personally involved in negotiating that plea deal.
2019-07-09
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The Trial of a Navy SEAL Chief

The trial of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, a decorated member of the Navy SEALs, offered rare insight into a culture that is, by design, difficult to penetrate. Our colleague tells us what he learned from the verdict. Guest: Dave Philipps, who covers the military for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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After a key witness for prosecutors changed his story on the stand, Chief Gallagher was found not guilty of the most serious charges against him, including the first-degree murder of a captive ISIS fighter and attempted murder of civilians in Iraq.Some SEAL commanders expressed worry that the verdict would discourage others from reporting possible war crimes in the future.
2019-07-08
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When a G.M. Plant Shut Down in Ohio

In 2016, Lordstown, Ohio, helped deliver the presidency to Donald J. Trump, betting that he would fulfill his promise to save its auto industry. Our colleague went there to examine the political fallout from the fact that he didn?t. Guests: Sabrina Tavernise, a national correspondent for The New York Times, met with Brian Milo, who worked at the General Motors plant in Lordstown for a decade; Natalie Kitroeff, a business reporter for The Times, spoke with Sabrina. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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The path to the White House next year runs through places like Lordstown, but many voters there say the G.M. plant shutdown has left them even more at sea politically.For more from Sabrina Tavernise on G.M.?s big tech move and how it?s leaving thousands of workers behind, watch The Times?s new TV show, ?The Weekly,? this Sunday night on FX at 10/9c, or Monday on Hulu.
2019-07-05
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Joe Biden?s Record on Race

In the contest to become the Democratic candidate for president, Joseph R. Biden Jr. is being asked to confront his record on race, including past positions that some in his party now see as outdated and unjust. We look at the policies Mr. Biden embraced and how they were viewed at the time. Guest: Astead W. Herndon, who covers national politics for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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Mr. Biden?s efforts to play down his role in overhauling crime legislation with segregationist senators in the 1980s and ?90s is at odds with his actions and rhetoric back then.Though a liberal on most civil rights issues, Mr. Biden was a leading opponent of busing as a tool to integrate schools.
2019-07-03
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What Iran Is Learning From North Korea

President Trump made history over the weekend when he became the first sitting American president to step into North Korea. But the biggest impact of that gesture may have been on Iran. Guest: David E. Sanger, a national security correspondent for The New York Times and the author of ?The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age.? For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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Trump administration officials are at odds over what demands to make in new talks with North Korea, with some now considering a nuclear freeze as a first step.Iran on Monday violated a key element of the 2015 nuclear deal, from which Mr. Trump withdrew the United States last year.
2019-07-02
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Inside the Migrant Detention Center in Clint, Tex.

Federal courts have ruled that migrant children inside the United States must be housed in ?safe and sanitary? accommodation. So what explains the conditions at a Border Patrol station in Clint, Tex.? Guest: Caitlin Dickerson, who covers immigration for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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Soiled clothes, no diapers and no access to showers or soap ? read more about the conditions that migrant children faced in an overcrowded border station in Texas.The authorities emptied the station, then moved more than 100 children back in. A Times reporter toured the site last week.Congress sent President Trump a $4.6 billion border aid package that left Democratic lawmakers badly divided.
2019-07-01
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A Clash Over Inclusion at Pride

Fifty years after the Stonewall riots, as the largest L.G.B.T.Q. Pride celebration in the world takes place in New York this weekend, some leaders of the community are asking a difficult question: What?s lost as the Pride movement becomes mainstream? Guests: Natalie Kitroeff, a business reporter for The New York Times, spoke with Shane O?Neill, a video editor. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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Divisions have emerged in the L.G.B.T.Q. community over the role of corporate sponsors and of the police in Pride celebrations.Who threw the first brick during the Stonewall uprising? Whatever you?ve heard, it?s probably a myth ? and that?s O.K. Here?s why.To capture the evolving ways in which we describe ourselves, The Times asked readers to tell us who they are. More than 5,000 people wrote in.
2019-06-29
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The Democratic Debates

Twenty Democrats seeking their party?s presidential nomination have now made their case to American voters. We take a look at their visions for the future, the breakout performances and the state of the race. Guest: Alexander Burns, who covers national politics for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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Here are takeaways from the first night and the second night of the debates.See which candidates spoke the most on Wednesday and on Thursday.Read more of our 2020 election coverage.
2019-06-28
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Corroborating E. Jean Carroll

Note: This episode contains detailed descriptions of an alleged sexual assault.

The writer E. Jean Carroll came forward last week with explosive accusations that Donald Trump sexually assaulted her in the 1990s. Today, the two women she privately confided in after the alleged attack go on the record for the first time with our colleague. Guests: Megan Twohey, an investigative reporter for The New York Times, spoke with Ms. Carroll, Lisa Birnbach and Carol Martin. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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Read more about why Ms. Carroll, Ms. Birnbach and Ms. Martin went public with the allegations against the president.Ms. Carroll alleges in a forthcoming book that Mr. Trump sexually assaulted her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the mid-1990s.The president denied the accusations by resorting to a familiar insult: ?She?s not my type.?The Times?s top editor, Dean Baquet, acknowledged ?we were overly cautious? in our initial coverage of Ms. Carroll?s accusations.
2019-06-27
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A Guide to the Democratic Debates

Over the next two days, 20 Democrats will take the stage for the first debates of the 2020 presidential race. We look at the competing visions for America they?ll be fighting over this week, and throughout the campaign. Guest: Alexander Burns, who covers national politics for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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Does anyone deserve to have a billion dollars? How many hours of sleep do you get? The Times asked 21 Democratic presidential candidates the same set of questions. Here?s what they said, and here are some takeaways.For the candidates, these early debates may represent the first, best ? and, in some cases, only ? opportunity to stand out from competitors and build national momentum in the primary. Here?s how they?re preparing.Senator Elizabeth Warren is the only candidate on the first night who is polling in double digits, but there are plenty of story lines and political dynamics to watch for.
2019-06-26
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The Likelihood of Impeachment

In the weeks since the Mueller report, nearly 80 House Democrats have called for impeaching the president. But with the 2020 campaign underway, the likelihood of such action appears to be fading. That may be exactly what some Democratic leaders want. Guests: Peter Baker, who covers the White House for The New York Times, spoke with Representative Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat and a member of the House Judiciary Committee. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

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In a House that can be dominated by voices on the left, centrist freshman Democrats who flipped seats in 2018 may have the final say on impeachment.Here?s a refresher on how impeachment works.
2019-06-25
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A Military Crackdown in Sudan

A military crackdown in Sudan has left more than 100 pro-democracy protesters dead, just weeks after the military offered support in overthrowing the country?s dictator. Our colleague spoke with us from Sudan?s capital, Khartoum. Guest: Declan Walsh, the Cairo bureau chief for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily.

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Lt. Gen. Mohamed Hamdan, the leader of the paramilitary forces that carried out the killings, is now considered by many to be the de facto ruler of Sudan.Listen to an episode of ?The Daily? about the fall of Sudan?s longtime dictator, President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who was deposed by his own generals in May.
2019-06-24
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The Standoff With Iran

The Trump administration has been debating a military strike against Iran as tensions with the country escalate. Here?s how we got to this point. Guest: Mark Landler, who covers the White House for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily.

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President Trump approved military strikes against Iran in retaliation for downing an American drone, but abruptly called them off on Thursday night.Mr. Trump has veered between bellicose threats against America?s enemies and promises to get the United States out of foreign wars. He may soon have to choose. The United States and Iran, two longtime adversaries, are once again hurtling toward potential crisis. That course was set a year ago.
2019-06-21
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Why Asylum Seekers Are Being Sent Back to Mexico

With asylum requests at a record high, the Trump administration is telling migrants to wait in Mexico. We look at how that policy could fundamentally change immigration in the United States. Guests: Natalie Kitroeff, a business reporter for The New York Times, spoke with Zolan Kanno-Youngs, who covers homeland security. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily.

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A recent State Department report acknowledged the possibility that migrants from Central America were no safer in Mexico than at home from the gangs that had threatened them.The cornerstone of President Trump?s deal to avert tariffs with Mexico ? the terms of which were largely already agreed-upon in December ? was an expansion of the ?Remain in Mexico? program.
2019-06-20
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Trump?s Re-election Rally

The president kicked off his re-election campaign on Tuesday with a rally in Orlando, Fla. We spoke with a colleague who was there. Guest: Maggie Haberman, who covers the White House for The New York Times. For more information on today?s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily.

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President Trump?s messaging at the rally signals a bet that his 2020 campaign will be a replay of 2016 ? but this time, with the full support of the Republican Party.Here are eight things our reporters learned from attending the rally.The 2020 election is shaping up as a test: Was Mr. Trump?s victory a historical fluke, or a genuine reflection of America today?
2019-06-19
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