NPR: Cokie Roberts en Pope's Resignation News Pauses Runup To Obama's Speech Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And this is the day of the week when we normally talk to our MORNING EDITION contributor Cokie Roberts about politics. This morning, though, politics and the runup to the president's State of the Union Address tomorrow have been overshadowed by the news out of Rome.<p>So we've asked Cokie, a longtime Vatican watcher, to weigh in on the announcement that Pope Benedict is resigning at the end of this month.<p>And good morning, Cokie.<p>COKIE ROBERTS, BYLINE: Hi, Renee. Well, this is politics, of course. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:44:00 +0000 NPR: Cokie Roberts 39678 at State Of The Union Message To Focus On Economy Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne.<p>President Obama goes before a joint session of Congress tomorrow evening to deliver his State of the Union message. White House briefers say the president plans to bring the national conversation back to the economy, after weeks of focusing on immigration and gun violence.<p>Here for more insight is Cokie Roberts, who joins us most Mondays. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 10:26:00 +0000 NPR: Cokie Roberts 39664 at With Weeks Until Election, What's Next? Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Now that the Democratic convention is over, polls show President Obama pulling ahead of Mitt Romney, not by so much, but the change did show up in several surveys. Let's talk about that and more with Cokie Roberts, who joins us most Mondays.<p>Cokie, good morning.<p>COKIE ROBERTS, BYLINE: Hi, Steve.<p>INSKEEP: Any surprise in the polls over the weekend?<p>ROBERTS: Yeah, I think so. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 09:17:00 +0000 NPR: Cokie Roberts 32660 at Politics In The News Renee Montagne talks to NPR's Cokie Roberts about the week ahead in politics. Mon, 16 May 2011 08:00:00 +0000 NPR: Cokie Roberts 3808 at Obama's Ratings Improve On Bin Laden Mission President Obama is still riding high after last week's military operation that killed Osama bin Laden. The question now: Can the president convert that success into increased clout as he addresses the economy and immigration — while his team works with Congress on the budget? Mon, 09 May 2011 08:00:00 +0000 NPR: Cokie Roberts 3203 at Looking Ahead To The 2012 Presidential Campaign Donald Trump and Sarah Palin might be exciting some voters. But the Republicans often nominate a presidential candidate who appears to be next in line. Who would be favored if that tradition holds? Mon, 18 Apr 2011 08:00:00 +0000 NPR: Cokie Roberts 1718 at Politics Update Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, host: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep. <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, host: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne <p>The suspense of a possible government shutdown is over, but the debate over larger issues has only begun. The federal government is open today. Lawmakers reached a deal on the budget Friday night, and gave themselves most of this week to formally pass it. That deal, though, is only for the current fiscal year - already half over. The federal deficit is a long-term problem. Mon, 11 Apr 2011 08:00:00 +0000 NPR: Cokie Roberts 1307 at