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Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018

20.02.2018
In October, four American soldiers were ambushed by militants in a remote desert in Niger. What were they doing in Africa, and who were they fighting? It was all part of a shadowy war goin...

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

19.02.2018
The Justice Department charged 13 Russians with illegally trying to disrupt the American political process, in a sophisticated plot to deepen the country’s divisions and turn Americans aga...

Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

16.02.2018
The AR-15 rifle used in the shooting that left at least 17 people dead at a high school in Parkland, Fla., was purchased legally, according to a federal law enforcement official. How did a...

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

15.02.2018
President Trump has called for an overhaul of immigration that replaces a family-based system with a merit-based one. But what counts as merit? We also report on the shooting at a high sch...

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018

14.02.2018
As a candidate, Donald J. Trump was very critical of the size of the national debt. As president, he has proposed a budget that would add $7 trillion to the federal deficit over the next d...

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018

13.02.2018
The House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, took to the floor for eight hours last week to protest a spending bill that did not include protections for the young immigrants known as Dreamers....

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

12.02.2018
At the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, 169 plainly dressed athletes marched out in drab gray coats and bluejeans, competing not for a country but as “Olympic athletes from Russia....

Friday, Feb. 9, 2018

09.02.2018
Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico with great fury, but the government there said that just 64 people had been killed by the storm. The hundreds of bodies showing up at morgues across th...

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018

08.02.2018
Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm on Sept. 20, flooding neighborhoods and villages and cutting power to 3.4 million people. More than four months later, much o...

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018

07.02.2018
When Republicans handed out large tax cuts to corporations, most economists rejected lawmakers’ claims that the benefits would trickle down to working Americans. So why do many companies s...

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018

06.02.2018
The Republican push to release a classified memo has brought attention to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and to the long battle to determine when national security concerns out...

Monday, Feb. 5, 2018

05.02.2018
President Trump has claimed credit for a booming U.S. economy. But is it actually booming, and to what extent is he responsible? Guest: Peter S. Goodman, who writes about the economy for T...

Friday, Feb. 2, 2018

02.02.2018
Almost from the moment that he was appointed to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt has been cast by environmentalists as an ideologue on a mission to destroy the very a...

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018

01.02.2018
Republicans insist that their push to release a secret memo that is said to question the conduct of the F.B.I. and the Justice Department in the early stages of the Russia investigation is...

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018

31.01.2018
In his first State of the Union address, President Trump left behind divisive rhetoric and called for one American family. But hidden in his many stories of everyday American heroes was a ...

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018

30.01.2018
The U.S. government announced this month that it would withhold hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Pakistan. In the weeks since, Afghanistan has experienced one of the most violent ...

Monday, Jan. 29, 2018

29.01.2018
As the Trump administration clamps down on immigration, some asylum seekers are fleeing to Canada. But is it the promised land they had hoped for? Guest: Dan Bilefsky, a New York Times rep...

Friday, Jan. 26, 2018

26.01.2018
The New York Times is reporting that President Trump tried to order the firing of Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation, but ultimately backed down...

Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018

25.01.2018
Dr. Lawrence G. Nassar was lauded as the go-to doctor for the United States’ best gymnasts. After he pleaded guilty to multiple sex crimes, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina cleared her docket to g...

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018

24.01.2018
Tonya Harding had talent, but the world of figure skating wanted nothing to do with her. She was called “white trash.” And when Nancy Kerrigan was bashed in the knee just before the 1994 W...

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018

23.01.2018
President Trump’s plan to build a “big, beautiful wall” between the United States and Mexico has become the ultimate symbol of a hard-line immigration policy. So why, as Congress voted to ...

Monday, Jan. 22, 2018

22.01.2018
Democrats forced the federal government to shut down by saying there could be no budget deal without a deal on the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. Republicans have ...

Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

19.01.2018
The only Democrat in the room when President Trump railed against African immigrants as coming from “shithole countries” tells his side of the story. The ensuing fight over immigration has...

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

18.01.2018
America’s addiction crisis has become a lucrative business, and fortunes have been made in the growing rehab industry. But the death of a patient in California has raised questions about h...

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

17.01.2018
A Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on border walls turned into a fight over the language President Trump used to describe Haiti and some African countries. Why does it matter so much to ...

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018

16.01.2018
As South Korea prepares to host the Winter Olympics, it has been eager to get the North to participate. What is Seoul afraid will happen if it won’t? And, for 38 minutes on Saturday mornin...

Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

12.01.2018
President Trump has demanded to know why the United States should welcome immigrants from “shithole countries.” His words have alarmed lawmakers and threatened an immigration deal. But the...

Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

11.01.2018
When President Trump announced that he would end the Obama-era program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, he gave Congress six months to make it law. Otherwise, many u...

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

10.01.2018
George Papadopoulos drew worldwide attention when he was identified as the low-ranking foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign who got in over his head with Russia and inadvertently s...

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018

09.01.2018
In 2001, the United States granted Temporary Protected Status to people from El Salvador, after two deadly earthquakes ravaged their country. Nearly 20 years later, that protection seemed ...

Monday, Jan. 8, 2018

08.01.2018
Five days after the release of the tell-all book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” President Trump defended his mental health, calling himself a “very stable genius.” And Step...

Friday, Jan. 5, 2018

05.01.2018
After eight days, the largest protests in Iran in years appear to be winding down, calmed, at least in part, by the government. But a closer look at what ignited the outrage in the first p...

Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018

04.01.2018
A new tell-all book about the first year of the Trump administration has the White House in a fury. Its key source is Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist, who disp...

Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018

03.01.2018
On New Year’s Day, the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, surprisingly called for direct talks with South Korea. How could that dialogue shift the dynamics among the North, the South and th...

Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018

02.01.2018
It’s 2018, and the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election is nowhere near complete — as the Trump administration had predicted it would be. Instead, new rep...

Friday, Dec. 29, 2017

29.12.2017
The Daily is revisiting our favorite episodes of the year — listening back, and then hearing what’s happened since the stories first ran. Today, we return to the story of Shannon Mulcahy a...

Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017

28.12.2017
The Daily is revisiting our favorite episodes of the year — listening back, and then hearing what’s happened since the stories first ran. Today, we return to the story of two Americans, Ab...

Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017

27.12.2017
The Daily is revisiting our favorite episodes of the year — listening back, and then hearing what’s happened since the stories first ran. Today, we’re going back to a conversation that fir...

Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017

26.12.2017
The Daily is revisiting favorite episodes of the year — listening back, and then hearing what’s happened in the time since the stories first ran. Today we’re going back to an episode from ...

Special Episode: The Year in Sound

22.12.2017
A riot in Charlottesville, Va.; hurricanes in Houston and the Caribbean; shootings outside a music festival, in a church and on a baseball field. Big new jobs for Donald Trump and Neil Gor...

Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

21.12.2017
A quarter-century ago, the Ford Motor Company paid out millions of dollars in settlements after a group of women at two Chicago plants accused the company of allowing a culture of harassme...

Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

20.12.2017
The individual mandate started as a Republican idea to fix health care, but it was at the heart of a Democratic president’s signature measure. Now Congress is using the tax bill to kill th...

Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017

19.12.2017
Nearly eight years ago, an earthquake devastated Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. The capital’s morgues were so overwhelmed that thousands of bodies were dumped into m...

Monday, Dec 18, 2017

18.12.2017
There was military footage of unidentified flying objects that couldn’t be explained, and a decade of hidden funding in the defense budget. A Times investigation discovered a shadowy secre...

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

15.12.2017
Student debt levels are soaring — and so are defaults on educational loans. A New York Times investigation found that some creditors are taking extreme measures to get paid. In many cases,...

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

14.12.2017
Republican lawmakers have reached a deal on their sweeping tax bill, and they are on track to send it to President Trump by Christmas. Why has such an unpopular plan moved so swiftly throu...

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

13.12.2017
Voters in Alabama have elected Doug Jones, a former prosecutor, to the Senate, rejecting the scandal-plagued Roy Moore and giving Democrats a rare victory in a staunchly conservative state...

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

12.12.2017
Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, has built a legal and political career as a conservative crusader and a man of faith. As voters head to the polls on Tuesday, those e...

Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

11.12.2017
One day before the polls open in the Alabama special election, many are asking whether voters will find it harder to support Roy Moore or a Democrat. And we take a look at James O’Keefe, t...

Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

08.12.2017
Senator Al Franken, a Democrat, reluctantly announced on Thursday that he would resign, even as he denied accusations of sexual misconduct. What does it tell us that his own party pushed f...

Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017

07.12.2017
The Arab world was agreed that by officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, President Trump has sabotaged the chance of peace between Israel and the Palestinians. But had...

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017

06.12.2017
President Trump has said that a peace plan for Israelis and Palestinians would be the “ultimate deal.” But he is now putting that prospect at risk for the sake of a campaign promise. We al...

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017

05.12.2017
A baker in Colorado refused to create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. After he was charged with discrimination, he argued that his First Amendment right to free speech was being viol...

Monday, Dec. 4, 2017

04.12.2017
With less than a month from proposal to passage, the Republicans rushed their tax plan through the Senate with a flurry of last-minute side deals and a 2 a.m. vote. What else made it into ...

Special Edition: Flynn Pleads Guilty

01.12.2017
Michael Flynn pleaded guilty this morning to lying to the F.B.I., and said he’s cooperating with the Mueller investigation. What does it tell us that prosecutors have a former senior membe...

Friday, Dec. 1, 2017

01.12.2017
On Thursday, the Republican tax bill seemed to have all the momentum it needed. But a vote was delayed after a report found the calculations were off by a trillion dollars. Also, the White...

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

30.11.2017
President Trump is playing a major role in shaping the Republican tax plan. So what is a businessman who ran as a populist fighting for? Also, the president shared videos on Twitter from a...

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017

29.11.2017
The United States government set aside $5 million for the families of civilian casualties from the war on the Islamic State. There have been thousands of civilian casualties. So why has th...

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017

28.11.2017
On Monday morning, two rival bosses showed up for work at the government’s top consumer financial watchdog — one a holdover from the Obama administration, the other a rushed temporary appo...

Monday, Nov.27, 2017

27.11.2017
With President Trump nearing the end of his first year in office, the next few weeks could be crucial for his presidency. We also look at how a string of armed robberies in Michigan and Oh...

Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

22.11.2017
Robert Mugabe has been the leader of Zimbabwe as long as there has been a Zimbabwe. Having once proclaimed that “only God will remove me,” he resigned as president on Tuesday after nearly ...

Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

21.11.2017
Capitol Hill, following its own set of rules and shrouded in secrecy, has joined Hollywood, Silicon Valley and other industries under scrutiny for sexual harassment. Senator Kirsten Gillib...

Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

20.11.2017
Republican lawyers and lawmakers are working together to install conservative judges at a rate not seen in decades. The result could be a federal judiciary that is as partisan and polarize...

Special Episode: The Daily for Kids

19.11.2017
Starting next year, girls can decide whether to become a Girl Scout or a Boy Scout. But a handful of girls — kind of secretly — have already made that decision. How one 10-year-old girl go...

Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

17.11.2017
Basim Razzo lost his family and his home in an airstrike by the American-led coalition fighting the Islamic State. Video of the strike shows a target hit with military precision. In Part 2...

Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

16.11.2017
The American-led battle against the Islamic State has been hailed as the most precise air campaign in history. But its airstrikes have killed far more Iraqi civilians than anyone has ackno...

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017

15.11.2017
In a marathon session before Congress, Attorney General Jeff Sessions denied lying about Russian contacts in earlier testimony and sidestepped questions about feeling pressure from Preside...

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017

14.11.2017
A fifth woman has come forward to accuse Roy S. Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, of sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager. Mr. Moore has doubled down on claims ...

Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

13.11.2017
The House speaker, Paul D. Ryan, says the Republican tax plan would help the middle class. But that assumes that savings for the wealthy would trickle down the economic pyramid. Guest: Pet...

Friday, Nov. 10, 2017

10.11.2017
Stephen K. Bannon has declared war on the Republican Party. He may no longer be in the White House as President Trump’s chief strategist, but he says that only makes him stronger. In an ex...

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017

09.11.2017
The results of Tuesday’s elections are being called a rejection of President Trump. But Stephen K. Bannon, the president’s former chief strategist, says that’s all wrong. Also, the man who...

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017

08.11.2017
A 16-year-old boy who sometimes wore skirts and makeup to school was killed in Iowa. Then the Justice Department sent a federal hate-crimes lawyer to aid in the prosecution. The trial has ...

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017

07.11.2017
A domestic violence conviction should have stopped Devin P. Kelley from purchasing guns, including the rifle used in a shooting that left at least 26 people dead at a church in Sutherland ...

Monday, Nov. 6, 2017

06.11.2017
A gunman walked into a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Tex., on Sunday and opened fire. At least 26 people were killed — 7 percent of the town’s population. Guests: Manny Fernandez, ...

Friday, Nov. 3, 2017

03.11.2017
When a waiter at an Iraqi restaurant in Portland, Ore., was attacked, the eatery’s owner saw it as an act of hate. But as details emerged about the man who did it, the story became far mor...

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017

02.11.2017
The man charged in the deadly truck attack in Manhattan on Tuesday entered the United States seven years ago through a lottery program intended to diversify the country. President Trump ha...

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017

01.11.2017
The question of collusion seemed to be at the heart of the special counsel’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Does it matter that there may now be evidence of it? ...

Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017

31.10.2017
As expected, the former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and a business associate have been indicted on charges stemming from the special counsel investigation. But a surprise guilty ...

Monday, Oct. 30, 2017

30.10.2017
The salacious “dossier” that describes ties between Donald J. Trump and the Russian government is back in the news. The Trump administration says new reporting that the Clinton campaign he...

Friday, Oct. 27, 2017

27.10.2017
The opioid crisis in the United States now rivals the Vietnam War in terms of how many Americans have been killed. After calling the opioid crisis a national emergency, President Trump has...

Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017

26.10.2017
Senator Bob Corker, the Republican head of the Foreign Relations Committee, was asked on Tuesday if President Trump was a role model for American children. "Absolutely not," he replied. A ...

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

25.10.2017
A back-and-forth between President Trump and Myeshia Johnson, the widow of a U.S. soldier killed in Niger this month, has consumed the news cycle for the past week. But what actually happe...

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017

24.10.2017
Wendy Cleland-Hamnett, a former Environmental Protection Agency official, fought for years to protect American consumers from toxic chemicals found in everyday products. Nancy B. Beck, a s...

Monday, Oct. 23, 2017

23.10.2017
“It’s horrible what I went through, horrible what my family went through,” Bill O’Reilly said of the sexual harassment allegations that cost him his job at Fox News. Mr. O’Reilly spoke on ...

Friday, Oct. 20, 2017

20.10.2017
Foreign Service officers often serve for decades, carrying their knowledge and relationships from one administration to the next. But in just a few months, a new boss has fired or driven o...

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

19.10.2017
Its de facto capital is falling. Its territory has shriveled to a handful of outposts. Its surviving leaders are on the run, and its fighters are surrendering. Is the Islamic State losing ...

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

18.10.2017
Shannon Mulcahy’s job at an Indiana steel plant moved to Mexico. Donald Trump vowed to keep factory jobs inside the United States. We discuss how the president’s promise of “America First”...

Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017

17.10.2017
As a candidate for president, Donald J. Trump called Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl a “dirty rotten traitor” for walking off his base in Afghanistan in 2009, and said,”I don’t want him. Maybe we can s...

Monday, Oct. 16, 2017

16.10.2017
President Trump has disavowed the Iran nuclear deal, and he has threatened to leave it altogether if Congress does not amend it to permanently block Tehran from building nuclear weapons. T...

Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

13.10.2017
“I’m not quitting today. I don’t believe — and I just talked to the president — I don’t think I’m being fired today,” John F. Kelly, President Trump’s chief of staff, said at a surprise ne...

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017

12.10.2017
The United States sees North Korea as an existential threat: a hostile nation that is dangerously deluded and ready for war. But how does North Korea see the United States? We took a rare ...

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017

11.10.2017
More women are coming forward with their accounts of sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood, accusing the film producer Harvey Weinstein. Today, we hear one of those stories. Guests: J...

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017

10.10.2017
The Trump administration has rolled back two of President Barack Obama’s signature achievements. The repeal of the Clean Power Plan was billed as the end of a “war on coal.” And the end of...

Monday, Oct. 9, 2017

09.10.2017
Two months after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., turned violent, 200 employees of the American Civil Liberties Union have signed a letter saying that the organization’s ...

Friday, Oct. 6, 2017

06.10.2017
A New York Times investigation has found three decades of sexual harassment allegations against the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. In response to that reporting, Mr. Weinstein releas...

Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017

05.10.2017
At least 12 of the weapons found in the hotel suite used by the gunman who killed 58 people in Las Vegas on Sunday had been modified. He used a device called a bump stock, which enables a ...

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017

04.10.2017
Every mass shooting in the United States is inevitably followed by a call for gun control, but major legislation never passes. We look at how the National Rifle Association became a powerf...

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017

03.10.2017
A lone gunman booked a suite at a Las Vegas hotel, took aim at a crowd below and committed one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history. At least 59 people are dead, and more th...

Monday, Oct. 2, 2017

02.10.2017
Across the United States, the case could be made that American voters are not choosing their representatives so much as representatives are choosing their voters. As the Supreme Court open...

Friday, Sept. 29, 2017

29.09.2017
If you are found to be guilty of murder and sane, you could spend 25 years in prison. But if you are found not guilty by reason of insanity, you could be confined to an institution for 587...