Sarah McCammon

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

Talking about God is pretty standard for American politicians. But a line that has been popping up often in Donald Trump's recent campaign speeches seems to go further. At a recent gathering of conservative Christians in Washington, D.C., Trump promised that if he is elected president, "we will be one American nation." The Republican nominee quoted the Bible and spelled out his vision for American unity: "Imagine what our country could accomplish if we started working together as one people,...

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Presidential candidates deliver hundreds of stump speeches over the course of their campaigns. This week, we're looking closely to the messages that the two major-party candidates deliver in city after city. In his stump speech, Donald Trump brings the energy and spends a lot of time talking about core issues like illegal immigration and trade as well as attacking the media and hitting Hillary Clinton, especially over her emails. And there's plenty of ad-libbing, especially about what's in...

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#NPRreads is a weekly feature on Twitter and The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers from our newsroom share the pieces that have kept them reading, using the #NPRreads hashtag. Each weekend, we highlight some of the best stories. From Miles Parks, associate producer for Here & Now : If you've been a Los Angeles Lakers fan for the past three seasons, I should begin by saying sorry. Anyone who's loved sports for an extended period of time has seen some rough...

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Donald Trump's presidential campaign is going into five more states with a new $10 million television ad buy. It's the largest for the Trump campaign so far, which has been relatively slow to invest in TV ads, relying instead on free media coverage and the Republican nominee's large social media following. The campaign is now targeting the battleground states of New Hampshire, Iowa, Nevada, Virginia, and Colorado, putting Trump on the air in a total of nine states. The campaign rolled out its...

Immigration has been a galvanizing issue in Donald Trump's campaign from the beginning . But in recent days, the Republican nominee has been adjusting his position — first suggesting he'd be willing to " soften " calls to deport people in the country illegally, then returning to a more hard-line stance after criticism from prominent conservatives . But many of Trump's staunchest supporters seem unconcerned about his apparent policy shifts. Over the weekend, Trump supporters streamed in and...

Updated at 7:10 p.m. ET Like a lot of people's grandmothers, Flonzie Brown-Wright keeps a candy jar in the living room of her single-story home, which is also adorned with potted plants and family photos. For Brown-Wright, 74, this jar is a reminder of the absurd questions — questions with no real answers — that she and other African-Americans had to answer before registering to vote in Mississippi in the 1960s. "'How many jelly beans in a pound of candy? ... 'How many feathers are on a...

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As Hillary Clinton began a meeting with police chiefs from departments around the country, she expressed gratitude to those on the force. "They represent officers who get up every day, put on their uniforms, kiss their families goodbye and risk their lives on behalf of our communities," the Democratic nominee said at the Thursday gathering in New York City. During the brief part of the meeting that was open to reporters, Clinton referenced Dallas, where five police officers were shot and...

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Donald Trump has described himself as "really rich" — but by just about any standard, that label fits both the Republican presidential nominee and his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. In an election year characterized by populist energy over economic concerns like jobs and trade, the gap is striking. Clinton's newly released tax returns show that she and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, made more than $10 million in 2015. Trump is under pressure to follow suit, but he has yet to...

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hf2STe6Cb-g http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CLYV-dKC2E Updated at 9 p.m. ET Donald Trump has been saying for months that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton wants to "abolish the Second Amendment," but now the Republican presidential nominee has gone even further. At a rally in Wilmington, N.C., on Tuesday afternoon, Trump repeated that charge and then appeared to many observers to suggest taking up arms against his rival. "Hillary wants to abolish — essentially...

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Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: And I'm David Greene in Philadelphia. They are picking up all of those balloons at the Wells Fargo Center a few miles from where we are here near the Liberty Bell. My colleague, Don Gonyea, is in the studio with me. And, Don, I guess it's, from here on, it's game-on time for this election. DON GONYEA, BYLINE: Absolutely. And last week, Republicans got a small bump, a medium-sized bump in the polls from their...

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...

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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...

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