KRWG

Sarah McCammon

Sarah McCammon worked for Iowa Public Radio as Morning Edition Host from January 2010 until December 2013.

Donald Trump so far has stayed away from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia - but he's made his presence known on the campaign trail this week. The turmoil at the DNC convention has been constant theme of Trump's speeches as he and his running mate travel the country, campaigning and fundraising. After boos erupted on the floor of the Democratic convention floor Monday at mentions of presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton's name, Trump celebrated in front of a crowd in Winston...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

When Donald Trump takes the stage in Cleveland to accept the Republican nomination Thursday, it will be the culmination of decades in the limelight.
From his early days as a New York real estate developer to his entertainment career to his rise in politics, Trump has used his celebrity status to enhance his brand. Writer Glenn Plaskin says he has seen this firsthand. He first met Donald Trump almost three decades ago, on the set of The Phil Donahue Show. "Donald Trump was very...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit NPR .

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: Any day now Donald Trump will announce his running mate. We can guess at some of the names that are on his short list because they've been campaigning with Trump. Indiana Governor Mike Pence is the latest vice presidential hopeful to hit the trail with Donald Trump. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) MIKE PENCE: To paraphrase the director of the FBI, I think it would be extremely careless to elect Hillary Clinton...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Hillary Clinton spoke in Atlantic City, N.J. Wednesday, calling for more jobs in the city and blasting Donald Trump's business record in the area. NPR's politics team has annotated Clinton's speech below. Portions we commented on are highlighted, followed by analysis, context and fact check in italics . The speech follows: That was really great. Thank you so very much. I'll tell you there's no place like Atlantic City. I mean just think, the history, the boardwalk, saltwater taffy — it's no...

Donald Trump is coming to Washington Thursday for meetings with Congressional Republicans. He has a breakfast scheduled with House GOP members and a meeting soon after on Capitol Hill with Senate Republicans. This comes about a week and a half before Trump will formally accept his party's nomination at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. So, why now? Here are three reasons: A Do-Over With The GOP Establishment: While Trump is about to accept the Republican Party nomination for...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Donald Trump insists he didn't mean anything anti-Semitic by his weekend tweet depicting Democratic rival Hillary Clinton alongside a six-point star and piles of $100 bills. Assuming that's true, it's yet another unforced error for the Trump campaign, in what's become an almost constant stream of errors, gaffes, and other blunders. Trump often touts his millions of social media followers . But his free-wheeling style — online and on the stump — has gotten him into trouble many times during...

Religious liberty is a rallying cry for many evangelical voters, and it has been popping up repeatedly throughout this presidential campaign. But in the current political climate, some conservative Christians are struggling with how to apply religious freedom to other faiths — like Islam. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz made religious freedom a hallmark of his failed campaign for the Republican nomination. Now, presumptive nominee Donald Trump is picking up the theme. "Religious freedom. The right of...

Donald Trump celebrated voters' stunning decision in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union , while he marked the re-opening of his golf course and resort in Scotland. Trump contended that the U.K. had "taken back their independence" and predicted similar populist, nativist movements throughout the Western world, like the one fueling his candidacy in the U.S. At a press conference from the 9th tee of the golf course, a lighthouse along the rocky coast in the southwest of Scotland in...

Most Donald Trump events kick off with music from Elton John or the Rolling Stones at deafening volumes. But praise choruses ruled the day Tuesday as hundreds of conservative Christians gathered at a hotel in Times Square to question Trump. Under glittering pink-and-white chandeliers, evangelicals and conservative Catholics filled the large ballroom, some raising their hands and closing their eyes as they sang, "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God/And his righteousness/And all these things shall...

Who would expect a Donald Trump Republican convention to be conventional, right? Modern conventions have been staid affairs — except for the sometimes rogue empty chair . But Trump is considering ways to upend all that, campaign sources confirm to NPR. Trump campaign advisers have said previously that, in a departure from custom, Trump could make an address to the delegates each night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next month. (Typically, party leaders give major speeches...

Southern Baptists are one of the most reliably Republican religious groups in the U.S. But in a week when the party's presumptive presidential nominee has expanded on his proposal for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, the Southern Baptist Convention is taking a different approach . During the annual meeting of Southern Baptist churches in St. Louis, participants weighed in on a variety of hot-button issues , among them the controversy over refugee resettlement....

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

After days of digging in on his racially charged criticism of U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, Donald Trump appears to have changed his tune. The presumptive Republican nominee released a statement late Tuesday afternoon that seemed to back away somewhat from his earlier statements saying the judge, who is overseeing a case against the now-defunct Trump University, cannot be fair because of his Mexican heritage and Trump's calls for building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. "It is...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Donald Trump has knocked out all of his rivals for the Republican nomination, but you wouldn't know it by looking at his campaign schedule. The real estate developer is setting out on his biggest campaign swing since becoming the de facto nominee — and he's still focused on primary states. New Mexico, California, Montana aren't exactly general election battlegrounds, but they're all places where Trump is going this week. "Obviously he's going to be the nominee anyway, but this keeps voter...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Donald Trump likes to tout his popularity among conservative Christians, who make up a key voting base within the Republican Party. But even with Trump as the de facto nominee, some evangelicals say they're unsure about voting for him — as a matter of conscience. At Fort Des Moines Church of Christ , a sign on the front lawn reads, "Abortion is America's Holocaust." Inside, after a rehearsal for Sunday's service, Pastor Mike Demastus sits down to talk about the state of the presidential race....

It may be too late for a man identified as a white nationalist leader to be removed from a list of Trump delegates, an official in the California secretary of state's office told NPR. "The Trump campaign did not reach out to our office about removing William Johnson's name as a delegate until Tuesday, May 10 — which is past the statutory deadline to submit delegate lists to the Secretary of State's office," Press Secretary Sam Mahood said in a statement. William Daniel Johnson is affiliated...

This has been a tough year for celebrity deaths — and a sad week for fans of Prince, who died Thursday at age 57. But as flashes of purple filled my social media feeds from friends mourning Prince's death, I just felt numb — and like an outsider, watching a ritual I couldn't fully join. That's because I grew up in a conservative evangelical home in the Midwest in the 1980s and '90s, with pop culture kept carefully at arm's length. We were told — at my charismatic church where the faithful ...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Donald Trump is no typical politician — and his wife Melania is not a typical political spouse. Melania Trump says she's spending most of her time at home, caring for the couple's 10-year-old son, Barron. But lately, the former model and native of Slovenia has been more visible on the campaign trail for the Republican front-runner. At a campaign rally in Milwaukee this month, Trump introduced his wife as "an incredible woman ... an incredible mother." In turn, she praised her husband as a ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lt3P73y1dHc Ted Cruz has made no secret of his dislike of what he calls "New York values." But now Cruz needs the support of New York voters if he is to stop Donald Trump from winning the Republican presidential nomination. It's only been a few months since the Texas senator went after Trump with a campaign ad highlighting the billionaire's past support for abortion rights — aimed at casting doubt on Trump's conservative bona fides. The ad was launched ahead of...

According to Donald Trump, he's got an amazing relationship with women. "I respect women. I love women. I cherish women!" Trump said at political conference last year, but it's a version of a line he repeats often on the campaign trail. His poll numbers and recent comments, though, tell a slightly different story. Trump's favorability numbers with female voters are low enough that they could cause a problem for him should he be the candidate in the general election. The Republican front...

Donald Trump's past contradictory statements on Israel have raised questions about his ability to handle foreign relations — especially as he moves closer to the Republican presidential nomination. Whether he can sharpen his rhetoric will be the question Monday evening when he addresses the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC . Like many Republicans, Trump is often quick to praise Israel. At a Republican primary debate in Florida earlier this...

Pages