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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.

Guests:

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.