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The Trump translator: How Stephen Miller became so powerful in the West Wing

Nick Miroff and Josh Dawsey on the outsize influence of Stephen Miller on Trump’s immigration policy. Former Mass. governor Bill Weld makes a long-shot case for the Republican presidential nomination. And a summer field trip with Joel Achenbach.
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The author of Trump’s immigration agenda
Stephen Miller is a driving force behind President Trump’s immigration policies. The 33-year-old senior adviser, once a press aide to then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), was one of the first staffers with Trump’s presidential campaign and has proved his longevity in an administration known for having a revolving cast.

Reporters Nick Miroff and Josh Dawsey spoke with 22 current and former administration officials, as well as Miller, to get a better picture of the agenda-setting conservative who, last week, secured tighter immigration rules against green-card applicants who are deemed to be potential future recipients of government services. 

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How Bill Weld intends to unseat Trump
Weld tells voters that a vote for him in the Republican primary is a chance to vote against Trump twice. The former governor of Massachusetts is the only Republican to mount a primary challenge against the president, with the goal of landing a meaningful blow during the New Hampshire primary.

Host Martine Powers caught up with Weld in Miami to discuss what he calls his old-school Republican values. “My platform is, I want the government out of your pocketbook and out of your bedroom,” he says.

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A summer science tour
With a handful of guidelines — stick to the Lower 48 states, stay clear of national parks and visit only sites that are open to the public — reporters from The Post were set free to visit vacation spots known for scientific reasons.

Reporter Joel Achenbach helped wrangle a dozen of their stops into a final list of places to hit during your science vacation.

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Post Reports is the daily podcast from The Washington Post. Unparalleled reporting. Expert insight. Clear analysis. Everything you’ve come to expect from the newsroom of The Post -- for your ears.