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Every weekday, NPR's best political reporters are there to explain the big news coming out of Washington and the campaign trail. They don't just tell you what happened. They tell you why it matters. Every afternoon.

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A family of five claiming to be from Guatemala and a man stating he was from Peru, in pink shirt, walk through the desert after crossing the border wall in the Tucson Sector of the U.S.-Mexico border, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023, in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument near Lukeville, Ariz. Matt York/AP hide caption

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Borders, Bills & Burgers

In this week's roundup, we look at the dueling visits to the U.S.-Mexico border taken by President Biden and former president Trump, the continued glacial pace of legislation in Congress, and controversial plans to make a fast food staple a little bit pricier.

Borders, Bills & Burgers

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Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump pumps his fist as he departs after speaking during the Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC 2024, in Oxon Hill, Md., Feb. 24, 2024. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Is Trump Immune From Prosecution? SCOTUS Will Decide

The Supreme Court announced it will hear a case related to special counsel Jack Smith's prosecution of former president Donald Trump related to Trump's alleged actions surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Trump argues any actions undertaken by a president while in office are ineligible to be prosecuted, even after leaving office. Here's what you need to know.

Is Trump Immune From Prosecution? SCOTUS Will Decide

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) walks to the Senate to speak on the Senate floor, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024 at the Capitol in Washington. Mark Schiefelbein/AP hide caption

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Michigan Votes; McConnell Vacates

President Biden won the Michigan Democratic presidential primary Tuesday by a wide margin, despite a push by those upset by his administration's policies about the war in Gaza to vote uncommitted.

Michigan Votes; McConnell Vacates

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The opening page of X is displayed on a computer and phone in Sydney, on Oct. 16, 2023. Rick Rycroft/AP hide caption

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States Tell SCOTUS That Social Media Censors Conservatives

The United States Supreme Court is weighing in on a case legal experts say is the biggest test of free speech this country has seen in decades. The question is whether states can force social media platforms to share content that's deemed hateful and objectional.

States Tell SCOTUS That Social Media Censors Conservatives

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Pro-Palestinian demonstrators march during a visit by President Joe Biden in Warren, Mich., Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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Biden's 'Uncommitted' Problem in Michigan

The president's most significant opposition in Michigan's Tuesday primary is not another candidate — it's a grassroots movement to vote 'uncommitted' on the ballot. The effort is in protest of how Biden is handling the Israel-Hamas conflict. Will the grassroots movement put a dent in Biden's votes?

Biden's 'Uncommitted' Problem in Michigan

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Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump kisses the flag during the Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC 2024, at National Harbor, in Oxon Hill, Md., Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Whose House? Trump's House.

Former President Donald Trump won the South Carolina Republican primary race in former governor Nikki Haley's own backyard. Trump won about 60 percent of the vote, answering the question--can Haley win at home?

Whose House? Trump's House.

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Republican presidential candidate former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley speaks to a crowd during a campaign event at the Palmetto Room Monday, Feb. 12, 2024, in Laurens, S.C. Sean Rayford/AP hide caption

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The Battle For The Base

The South Carolina Republican primary is tomorrow. Former President Donald Trump is favored to win, but the contest will test how much appetite remains for a different Republican nominee. And how Republicans are reacting to last week's Alabama Supreme Court ruling that embryos created through IVF, are children under a state law.

The Battle For The Base

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President Joe Biden is greeted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after arriving at Ben Gurion International Airport, Oct. 18, 2023, in Tel Aviv. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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U.S.-Israel Relations And The 2024 Election

The Israel-Hamas war has been raging for more than four months. The U.S. blocked another U.N. cease-fire resolution this week and $14 billion dollars in Israel aid is stalled in Congress. How critical is the U.S.' support to the fight against Hamas?

U.S.-Israel Relations And The 2024 Election

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Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., speaks during a town hall hosted by the Democratic lawmaker at Montana Technological University, Nov. 10, 2023, in Butte, Montana. Matthew Brown/AP hide caption

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Senate Races To Watch This Year

All eyes are on the presidential primaries, but there are a few key Senate races to watch this year too. West Virginia, Maryland, and Arizona — to name a few — could decide if Democrats keep their one-seat majority in the Senate or if Republicans will reign again.

Senate Races To Watch This Year

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Republican presidential candidate former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley gives a speech on the state of her campaign on Feb. 20, 2024, in Greenville, S.C. Meg Kinnard/AP hide caption

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"I Feel No Need To Kiss The Ring"

Former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley delivered a rousing speech to supporters in South Carolina today, vowing to stay in the race for the state's primary on Saturday and beyond. And with just a week before the Michigan primary, a democratic congresswoman is urging voters to vote against Joe Biden in the election by selecting 'uncommitted' on their ballots.

"I Feel No Need To Kiss The Ring"

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