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#MemeOfTheWeek: Donald Trump's Alter Egos

Seems the likely Republican presidential nominee may have his own Sasha Fierce, who some say used to handle his PR.

Week In Politics: White House Responds To North Carolina Bathroom Bill

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Reihan Salam, executive editor of the National Review, and E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, about North Carolina's law on transgender bathroom access and the latest on the presidential primary race.

Political Ad Spending Way Up From 2012

The biggest spending came from the campaign of Democrat Bernie Sanders. Outside groups dominated spending on the Republican side.

It's Gotten A Lot Harder To Act Like Whiteness Doesn't Shape Our Politics

When we don't acknowledge the role whiteness plays in how Americans vote, we're essentially agreeing to misidentify some of the most important dynamics of this election cycle.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Brazil's senate votes to suspend the president. Saudi Arabia plans to sell off part of its state oil company and increase oil production. And Islamic State bombings kill more than 90 people in Iraq. A panel of journalists joins guest host Rachel Martin for analysis of the week's top international news stories.


How Many Levels Can You Count In The Ryan-Trump Chess Game?

Speaker Paul Ryan is widely regarded as a thought leader in his party and in the conservative movement, generally. He speaks often of principles, and he seems to mean it. He has yet to back Trump.

In 9 Out Of 10 Cities, Middle-Income Families Are Slipping Away

A new study by the Pew Research Center shows the share of middle-income households is shrinking. That's because more households are moving into the upper class, while others are sinking lower.

Speaker Paul Ryan Calls Donald Trump Meeting 'Encouraging'

House Speaker Paul Ryan met with the de facto nominee of the Republican Party Donald Trump Thursday and called the conversation encouraging and a good first step, while acknowledging that the two have legitimate policy differences.

Fact-Checking Hillary Clinton's Medicare Buy-In Proposal

The Democratic presidential candidate this week floated the idea of allowing people over 50 to "buy in" to Medicare. NPR looks at how that would affect health care costs for everyone else.

Protesters Surround RNC Headquarters Amid Trump Meetings

Colorful protests surrounded Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C., Thursday morning as Donald Trump met with House Speaker Paul Ryan and other officials inside.