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Trent Lott Resigns as Senate Majority Leader

Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) resigned Friday as Senate Republican leader following two weeks of controversy over racially divisive remarks. Lott was poised to serve as majority leader in a Senate newly controlled by Republicans. Now that job is likely to go to Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN). The abrupt leadership change could have profound effects on relations with the White House, the legislative agenda, judicial appointments and the perception of the major political parties.


Sen. Robert Bennett (R-UT)
*Republican Senator from Utah
*Sits on the following committees: Appropriations; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Mara Liasson
*NPR's National Political Correspondent

David Hampton
*Editorial Page Director, Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss.

Shelby Steele
*Fellow, Stanford University's Hoover Institution
*Author, A Dream Deferred: The Second Betrayal of Black Freedom in America.

Grover Norquist
*President, Americans for Tax Reform

Ralph Eubanks
*Author of Ever Is a Long Time, a book about Mississippi politics

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Mara Liasson is a national political correspondent for NPR. Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazine programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Liasson provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, DC — focusing on the White House and Congress — and also reports on political trends beyond the Beltway.