For Some Trump Loyalists, It’s Personality Over Policy

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For Some Trump Loyalists, It’s Personality Over Policy
At the opening of a new Trump campaign office in Nevada, Trump supporters say they support him, regardless of whether they agree with everything he says.

Politics In The News: Trump On Immigration; Clinton’s Emails
Renee Montagne talks to columnist and commentator Cokie Roberts and Jonah Goldberg, senior editor at the National Review and a columnist for the Los Angeles Times.

Impeachment Trial Begins For Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff
The impeachment trial for suspended president of Brazil Dilma Rousseff has begun. She is scheduled to testify before the Senate Monday.

Colin Kaepernick Is Just The Latest Athlete To Make A Strong Political Statement
Newly retired New York Times columnist Bill Rhoden discusses NFL player Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the national anthem and past political activism by athletes.

Donald Trump Tackles Immigration In Iowa ‘Roast And Ride’ Speech
Donald Trump takes his campaign to Iowa where he’ll take part in a political fundraiser that merges a pig roast and motorcycles.

Trump And Clinton Mudslinging Ensues, As Trump Sends Mixed Messages On Immigration
Linda Wertheimer and Domenico Montenaro look at the past week in politics: Trump and Clinton traded accusations of bigotry and racism, while Trump continued to struggle to define his immigration plan.

Since 2012, The Economy Has Changed — And So Has The Conversation
Since the last presidential election, a growing economy has sent the unemployment rate plunging. That improvement has changed the political conversation, but it hasn’t stopped worries about wages.

A Young Woman Dies, A Teen Is Saved After Amoebas Infect The Brain
In Florida, perfect timing and alert medical staff saved a teen from almost certain death. But in North Carolina, one young woman died of an amoeba infection after rafting at a popular tourist site.

What Should We Call This Kind of Presidential Campaign, Anyway?
One can easily imagine Hillary Clinton having some affinity with the “front porch” style campaign of the late 19th century, while Donald Trump personifies the “whistle stopping” style that came next.

Trump Promises Crackdown On Immigrants At Iowa ‘Roast And Ride’ Event
At Iowa freshman Sen. Joni Ernst’s motorcycle ride and barbecue fundraiser, Trump didn’t attend the ride, but addressed participants in a much-needed bid to draw support from influential GOP leaders.

Why Trump’s Minority Outreach May Really Be About White Voters
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has publicly tried to reach out to minority voters. But that outreach may really be aimed at improving his standing with suburban white voters.

Ben Carson Supports Trump’s Outreach To African-Americans
Donald Trump met with black and Latino supporters this week to try to gain favorability among minority voters. Former presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson was in that meeting and supports Trump.

The Week In Politics
Donald Trump softened his stance on deportations this week, or did he? And questions on the Clinton Foundation continue to fly in a week when Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump called each other bigots.

In A Change Of Tone, Trump Reaches Out To Black And Hispanic Voters
In an effort to reach out to minority voters, Trump met with a group of Black and Hispanic leaders on Thursday. Scott Simon speaks with Pastor Mark Burns, who’s supported Trump since the primaries.

Felons’ Rights Restored, Early Voting And Other Voting Law Changes This Week
Voting laws have been getting a lot of attention recently and more twists and turns can be expected before the election in November. Here’s an update on challenges that saw movement this week.

Trump’s Many Shifts On Immigration Confuse Supporters And Opponents
After launching his presidential campaign with promises to deport millions of immigrants in this country illegally, Donald Trump has taken positions on the issue that have confused people.

Week In Politics: Trump Shifts On Immigration Policy
NPR’s Kelly McEvers speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times about Donald Trump’s shift on immigration and Hillary Clinton’s speech linking Trump to white supremacists.

Reports: New Trump Campaign CEO Faced Domestic Violence Charge In 1996
Stephen K. Bannon, the new Trump campaign chief, is the third top Trump adviser who’s landed in hot water during this campaign.

‘Alt-Right,’ A White Nationalists Fringe Group, Gains Attention
Hillary Clinton blasted Donald Trump for aligning with the “alt-right.” David Greene talks to Nicole Hemmer, University of Virginia professor and author of a forthcoming bookMessengers of the Right.

Suburban Women Key To Victory In Pennsylvania Senate Race
GOP Sen. Pat Toomey and his Democratic opponent Katie McGinty are battling it out in the Philadelphia area suburbs.

Clinton: Trump Is ‘Taking Hate Groups Mainstream’
“From the start, Donald Trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia,” Clinton said Thursday in Reno, Nev.

Donald Trump Appears To Soften Position On Immigration
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump suggests he may be shifting his position on one of the signature issues of his campaign: immigration.

When African-American Voters Shifted Away From The GOP
NPR’s Robert Siegel talks with historian Leah Wright Rigueur, whose book, The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power, explores the history of the relationship between African-Americans and the Republican Party.

Clinton Delivers Remarks Linking Trump To White Supremacists
Hillary Clinton delivered a speech Thursday aimed at tying Donald Trump to white supremacists and the “alt-right” movement.

Pennsylvania’s Senate Race Comes Down To Women In Philadelphia Suburbs
Women are the decisive vote in the Pennsylvania Senate race, where Democratic challenger Katie McGinty is seeking to oust GOP Sen. Pat Toomey. They are competing for women voters worried about economic and national security. The battleground is the Philadelphia-area suburbs.

Hillary Clinton’s April Interviews Offer Insight Into Media Strategy
Hillary Clinton’s interviews from the month of April offer some insight into her strategy and how she has approached the media.

Former White House Doctor Outlines Gray Areas In Candidates’ Health
NPR’s Robert Siegel talks to Rob Darling, a former White House physician, about how much voters have a right to know about the medical histories of presidential candidates.

In Stunning Reversal, Trump Suggests He’d ‘Work With’ Immigrants In U.S. Illegally
Donald Trump courted hard-liners on immigration in the primary campaign. But he signaled Wednesday night he’d be in favor of a path to legalization for some immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

Polls Show Clinton Has An Edge With White College-Educated Voters
Historically, white college-educated voters support Republicans, but they seem to be leaving Donald Trump. The demographic is pushing Colorado from a battleground state more toward the Democrats side.

Tallying Hillary Clinton’s Appearances With The News Media
When Hillary Clinton is criticized for failing to give enough access to the press, she says she’s done more than 300 interviews. That figure sounds impressive, and yet it is only part of the story.

Donald Trump Continues To Reach Out To Latino Voters
Donald Trump recently met with the National Hispanic Advisory Council for Trump. Renee Montagne talks to one council member who was at that meeting: Kentucky State Senator Ralph Alvarado.

All Mixed Up: What Do We Call People Of Multiple Backgrounds?
The share of multiracial children in America has multiplied tenfold in the past 50 years. It’s a good time to take stock of our shared vocabulary when it comes to describing Americans like me.

‘Saving Lives’ Or ‘Selling Access’? Explaining The Clinton Foundation
Donald Trump has centered on a key attack against Hillary Clinton: He says the Clinton Foundation was a pay-to-play front that enabled Hillary and Bill Clinton to trade government access for money.

Donald Trump’s Real Problem Is With White People
The Trump campaign is doing a lot of outreach to black and Latino communities, but he is underperforming most with the group he is supposed to appeal to most — whites.

Bernie Sanders’ New Political ‘Revolution’ Faces Bumpy Beginning
Eight key staffers have already quit the political group aimed at furthering progressive causes near and dear to the runner up in the Democratic presidential primary.

Trump, Clinton Campaigns Rapidly Open Field Offices In Florida
Florida is a must win state for both the Trump and Clinton campaigns. Both are now in a scramble to open field offices and recruit volunteers to help boost voter turnout this November.

Campaign 2016 Analysis: Minority Outreach Marks Shift In Trump Strategy
Questions surrounding the Clinton Foundation and possible conflicts of interest while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state have intensified, while Donald Trump continues a pitch to minority voters.

For Many Black Voters, Trump’s ‘What Do You Have To Lose?’ Plea Isn’t Enough
Donald Trump promises to help bring jobs and security to black neighborhoods. But his poll numbers with African-Americans are in the low single digits, and many say his message is insulting.

Trump Courts Black Voters; Appears To Scale Back Immigration Plans
Donald Trump has been changing his tone toward African-Americans and Latinos in recent days. He’s been speaking in mostly white communities, but on Wednesday he’ll speak in mostly black Jackson, Miss.

Clinton Foundation To Adjust Its Model If Hillary Is Elected President
The Clinton Foundation, a big organization that has led to big political headaches for Bill and Hillary Clinton, plans to spin off its international work if Hillary is elected president.

Channeling Sinatra? Trump Says He Has Regrets, But Too Few To Mention
Do Donald Trump’s comments about regret signal a new phase in the phenomenon? They might as easily be heard as a variation on what Trump has sounded from the beginning: Same song, different verse.

After A Rough Summer, Pennsylvania Trump Fans Explain Why He Is Still Their Guy
In central Pennsylvania, a farm family, the CEO of a small paper mill and a student at Penn State University — all Trump supporters — weigh in on the candidate’s claim of potential voter fraud.

Trump Off Camera: The Man Behind The ‘In-Your-Face Provocateur’
Biographer Marc Fisher says Donald Trump has lived a “strikingly solitary life given how public he is.” Fisher and his Washington Post colleague Michael Kranish are the authors ofTrump Revealed.

FBI To Release Thousands More Documents In Clinton Email Probe
Thousands more emails from Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state could be released just weeks before the November election.

Clinton Foundation To Drastically Shrink If Hillary Clinton Is Elected
The foundation would give up its most recognizable parts, including its major global health and wellness programs.

Mike Pence Got His Hair Cut At A Black Barbershop And This Happened
The GOP vice presidential candidate dropped into a Pennsylvania barbershop to get a haircut Thursday. The barber wasn’t quite sure who he was.

WATCH: Clinton Opens Pickle Jar In Response To Rumors About Her Health
Hillary Clinton dismissed rumors about her health that Donald Trump and his supporters have been raising during an appearance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.

On Immigration, Trump Appears To Shift Focus To Getting ‘Rid Of The Bad Ones’
Donald Trump had promised to identify and remove the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally. But the candidate wouldn’t say whether his new comments are a policy shift.

Political Strategists Weigh In On Whether Trump Can Turn His Campaign Around
David Greene talks to two top political strategists — Eric Fehrnstrom and Doug Hattaway — on what it takes to turn a campaign around, and if they think GOP nominee Donald Trump can do it.

Louisiana Flooding Puts A Lot Of Rep. Grave’s District Under Water
Almost two weeks after severe flooding in Louisiana, President Obama will visit the state. David Greene talks to Republican Rep. Garret Graves about how his district is doing.

Some Clinton Supporters Complain Only Wealthy Backers Have Candidate’s Ear
With 76 days to go before the election, Hillary Clinton is busy doing closed-door fundraisers. David Greene talks to Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-OH, about whether Clinton needs more contact with voters.

This Week, Trump Stumps And Clinton Airs Ads
The two major-party presidential candidates will be taking different approaches to reaching voters this week. Donald Trump has four rallies planned while Hillary Clinton is running ads on television.

How Hillary Clinton Is Trying To Win Over Millennial Skeptics
Hillary Clinton is banking on the support of millennials this November. But during the primary season young voters overwhelmingly supported her opponent. So, what’s her strategy to win them over?

Virginia Governor Restores Voting Rights to Felons Again
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says felons have paid their debt to society and deserve enfranchisement. Republicans say he is trying to increase Democratic voter rolls for November.

How The Man Created The Brand In ‘Trump Revealed’
NPR’s Robert Siegel talks to authors Marc Fisher and Michael Kranish about their book, Trump Revealed, which explores Donald Trump’s rise as a businessman, political candidate and above all, a brand.

‘To Be Determined’: Trump Campaign Signals He May Moderate Immigration Stance
The GOP nominee is considering walking back a key campaign promise central to his support — whether 11 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally would be deported under a President Trump.

Research Challenges Assumptions On Why Voters Support Trump
The conclusion of new research shows supporters of Donald Trump are not experiencing economic anxiety driven by trade and immigration policies, which are common themes of his campaign.

Politics In The News
Donald Trump last week shook up his campaign staff. What’s in store this week? David Greene talks to columnist and commentator Cokie Roberts, and Washington Post reporter Robert Costa.

The Week In Politics: Trump’s Campaign Shake-up; Clinton Foundation’s New Donor Rules
NPR’s Mara Liasson looks back on a week of political upheaval: new leadership in Donald Trump’s campaign, and changes to the Clinton Global Initiative and Clinton Foundation.

The Week In Politics: Trump’s Campaign Shake-up; Clinton Foundation’s New Donor Rules
NPR’s Mara Liasson looks back on a week of political upheaval: new leadership in Donald Trump’s campaign, and changes to the Clinton Global Initiative and Clinton Foundation.

Trump’s Appeal To Black Voters May Repeat Past Mistakes Of GOP Outreach
Speaking for “the party of Lincoln” before mostly white crowds, Trump’s focus on crime and poverty may have another benefit if it doesn’t boost support from African-American voters.

Money Race Accelerates For Hillary Clinton And Donald Trump
Both candidates had record months for collecting cash.

The Week That Was: Does Manafort’s Resignation Mean A Trump Campaign Reboot?
This week there were major changes to Donald Trump’s campaign. The Washington Post‘s Robert Costa looks into what they’ll mean, and if they’ll be enough to help Trump win the presidency in November.

Clinton Tries To Quell Criticism With Promised Change To Foundation Rules
The Clinton Foundation will stop accepting foreign and corporate donations if Hillary Clinton wins in November. But critics say that doesn’t go far enough. Politico’s Katy O’Donnell explains.

Bill Clinton Turned 70 This Week. Here Are 5 Moments That Defined His Career
The 42nd president has been popular and controversial over a long career.

Donald Trump Tours Damaged Louisiana Flood Regions
Flooding continues in Louisiana and thousands are still living in shelters. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump paid a visit to the devastated region as residents try to pick up the pieces.

Hillary Clinton Campaign Works To Capitalize On Younger Support In Iowa
Hillary Clinton’s campaign is relying on a network of youthful organizers to turn out millennial voters in order to win Iowa, a state Barack Obama carried twice.

As Trump’s Poll Numbers Slide, Campaign Targets Ohio Working-Class Voters
Donald Trump’s campaign is behind Clinton’s when it comes to organizing in the key state of Ohio. But his campaign believes the enthusiasm generated from Trump’s visits will propel him to victory.

Trump Brings In New Campaign Manager; Clinton Foundation Sets New Donor Rules
This week in politics, Donald Trump shook up his campaign staff again and the Clintons signaled they’d make changes to their foundation if Hillary Clinton were elected president.

As Campaign Management Shakes Up Again, Donald Trump Softens His Tone
After major upheaval in his staff, presidential candidate Donald Trump has rallied voters in North Carolina and Michigan. His supporters describe how they now feel about their candidate’s chances.

After DNC Hack, Cybersecurity Experts Worry About Old Machines, Vote Tampering
Experts have long warned that America’s patchwork of old and unsecured voting systems leaves votes vulnerable to tampering — and in ways that wouldn’t have to involve a foreign attack.

#NeverTrump Candidate McMullin Envisions A Country Of Understanding And Respect
Many consider Evan McMullin, an independent candidate for president, to be an alternative to Donald Trump for conservative voters.

Judge: No Deposition By Hillary Clinton In Email Lawsuit
Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch had wanted its lawyers to question Clinton about her use of a private email server while secretary of state. She needs to answer written questions only.

As Trump Tours Flood-Ravaged La., White House Announces Obama’s Going, Too
President Obama is heading to Louisiana next week to survey damage from historic flooding there. The announcement by the White House came on the same day GOP nominee, Donald Trump, is doing the same.

Judge: No Deposition By Hilary Clinton In Email Lawsuit
Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch had wanted its lawyers to question Clinton about her use of a private email server while secretary of state. She needs to answer written questions only.

Roundup: Smart Thoughts On Ryan Lochte And White Privilege
As it becomes increasingly clear that Lochte fabricated parts of his story, an interesting thought experiment emerges: What would happen if white athletes were treated like black athletes?

#MemeOfTheWeek: Picking Better Presidential Candidates … Like A Chicken
Twitter spent a lot of time this week on #BetterPOTUSCandidates — almost begging for any one other than Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Including Jake from State Farm.

How To Write A Resignation Letter In The Middle Of A Scandal
Is there a right way to write and handle a resignation letter when you’re embroiled in a scandal? For many ousted bosses, “spending more time with my family” is the excuse of least resistance.

Week In Politics: Trump Campaign Shake-Ups
NPR’s Ari Shapiro speaks with E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and Eliana Johnson of the National Review. They discuss the recent shake-ups within the Trump campaign and the Clinton Foundation’s announcement that if Hillary Clinton is elected president, the foundation will stop accepting donations from corporations or foreign governments.

Questions About Obamacare’s Future As Health Insurers Back Out
Aetna announced this week it’s dropping out of Obamacare exchanges in 11 of the 15 states where the company has been competing. UnitedHealth and Humana are also scaling back their Obamacare business raising questions about the future of government run exchanges.

Iowa Republicans Struggle To Reconcile Support For Trump And TPP
Most Iowa Republicans are strong backers of Donald Trump and an Asian free trade deal that Trump opposes.

Former Navy SEAL Settles With Authorities Over Bin Laden Raid Book
Matthew Bissonnette, who wrote a best-seller about the Osama bin Laden raid, has agreed to pay more than $6 million to resolve civil breach of contract claims with the government.

WATCH: Donald Trump Releases First Campaign Ad, To Air in 4 States
The Republican nominee is finally going up on air with TV ads. His first spot — airing in Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Florida — focuses on security, specifically immigration.

Trump Campaign Chair Paul Manafort Resigns
Just over two months after Manafort was brought on to bring some structure to Donald Trump’s presidential bid, the Washington insider has resigned from the campaign.

Koch Network Building A Senate Wall Against Trump
Four years after the the Koch political network spent heavily to back Republican nominee Mitt Romney, it’s now spending millions to save the GOP Senate majority from their own presidential candidate.

Between Police And Black Lives Matter, Hillary Clinton Walking A Fine Line
“I know that just by saying all these things together, I may upset some people,” Clinton said this week as she tries to validate the concerns of police and groups like Black Lives Matter.

Trump Apologizes For Not Always Using The Right Words
Donald Trump, amid a campaign shake-up, expressed “regret” to his supporters Thursday night in Charlotte, N.C., for some of the more unscripted moments throughout his presidential run.

Hillary Clinton Walks A Fine Line When She Addresses The Issue Of Policing
Hillary Clinton met with law enforcement leaders this week. The Democratic nominee has been balancing an embrace of both the police and those critical of police practices in minority communities.

In Leak Of Democratic Emails, Questions About Russia’s Role
What’s behind Russia’s apparent hacking into the Democratic National Committee — and what could it gain by meddling in the U.S. election? “It’s all about Hillary Clinton,” says a Russian journalist.

With New Campaign Leadership Comes A New Trump: Apologetic
In his first speech since reorganizing his top campaign staff, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he regrets sometimes saying the “wrong thing.”

Bill Clinton, Big Money To Leave Foundation If Hillary Clinton Is Elected
The former president told staff he’ll step down from the board of the Clinton Foundation and it would stop accepting money from corporate and foreign sources, if Hillary Clinton wins the election.

WATCH: Donald Trump Expresses ‘Regret’ For Sometimes Saying The Wrong Thing
The Republican nominee has landed in controversy after controversy. Thursday night, after shaking up his campaign, Trump acknowledged regret for sometimes causing “pain” with his words.

In Nevada, Tribes Push To Protect Land At The Heart Of Bundy Ranch Standoff
National monument designations that bypass Congress are hugely controversial. In this presidential election year, the politics in a state like Nevada are even more sensitive.

On Social Media, As In Real Life, White People Are Way Less Likely To Talk About Race
A new study from Pew found that while people of color regularly see and share content on social media about race, white people rarely do.

‘Breitbart News’ Chairman Hired To Salvage Ailing Trump Campaign
NPR’s Audie Cornish speaks with Joshua Green, senior national correspondent for Bloomberg Businessweek, about his cover story regarding Steve Bannon. He talks about how Bannon, executive chairman of Breitbart News, plans to salvage the Trump campaign.

Data Scientists Find Consistencies In Donald Trump’s Erratic Twitter Strategy
Donald Trump has become well known for his shoot-from-the-hip tweeting style. Lots of insults, lots of rants and lots of energy. Data scientists who have examined all of Trump’s tweets over time found he has some very clear Twitter strategies and tactics that, in many ways, have been working.

Conservative Groups Redirect Support From Trump To Endangered Republicans
The Koch network and some other conservative groups are redirecting their efforts from supporting Donald Trump to sending a lifeline to endangered Republican senators and representatives.

Is ‘Rural Resentment’ Driving Voters To Donald Trump?
The rural-urban split is one of the biggest demographic stories of the 2016 election.

Cooked Up After A Hillary Clinton Gaffe, The First Spouse Cookie Battle Is Back
This year, Bill Clinton and Melania Trump submitted recipes to Family Circle magazine’s presidential cookie competition — though some say the whole idea is antiquated.

As November Approaches, Trump Overhauls Campaign Staff
Donald Trump named a conservative media provocateur to lead his campaign — in the third major shakeup during the election season. David Greene talks to senior Trump adviser Boris Epshteyn.

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