CNN Political Briefing

CNN Political Briefing

The political news you need to know, in 10 minutes or less. CNN Political Director David Chalian shares the latest insider analysis so you can make sense of the headlines.

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October 22, 2021 7 min
In a CNN Town Hall last night, President Biden actually spoke candidly about some key issues in Washington right now. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down Biden’s updates and insight on what’s in and what’s out of his social spending bill, including where the two Senators holding it up stand. Plus, Biden offered a new perspective on the future of the filibuster. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, vi...
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Breaking news: the House just voted to approve the January 6th committee’s recommendation to hold Steve Bannon for criminal contempt of Congress. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains the Attorney General, who testified before another House committee today, is faced with a tough decision. Plus, the former president is doing all he can to keep his records away from the committee. To learn more about how CNN protects listene...
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October 20, 2021 6 min
President Biden is making clear this week what he wants included in the social spending bill. Now it’s up to Democrats to get on the same page by the end of the week. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains what’s likely to be in the final package and what might not make the cut. Will Progressives and Moderates actually be able to strike a deal that everyone would support? To learn more about how CNN protects listener privac...
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October 19, 2021 6 min
Two weeks away from Election Day in Virginia and the race between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin is heating up. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down both campaigns’ strategies. The ads being released in the final days of the race tell an interesting story -- Youngkin is trying to entice frustrated Democrats in the state, while McAuliffe is trying to tie Youngkin to former President Donald Trump. ...
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October 18, 2021 8 min
Colin Powell, the first Black man to hold many key positions in Washington, has died from Covid-19 complications. CNN Political Director David Chalian reflects on how Powell–a longtime Republican–often put his country over party. From why he decided not to run for president in the ‘90s to why he endorsed every Democrat since Barack Obama in 2008, you’ll hear from Powell himself speaking on major political moments throughout his dec...
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October 15, 2021 6 min
Many have questions and qualms with how the Supreme Court operates. President Joe Biden put together a commission of diverse experts to tackle these tough issues, like court-packing, term limits, etc. CNN National Correspondent Kristen Holmes shares the highlights from the commission’s draft report and why it’s findings so far are frustrating to some... To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
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President Joe Biden updated the American people on the progress made so far on the pandemic and the work that still needs to be done. CNN Political Director David Chalian makes the point that Covid has been a dominant political issue for over a year. Will Covid help or hurt Dems in two gubernatorial races coming up? It certainly helped another Democratic governor this year… To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, vi...
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October 13, 2021 5 min
A new CNN poll dropped today that revealed some fascinating revelations. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks them down from President Joe Biden’s approval numbers to Americans’ thoughts on how Congress should move forward with the social spending bill. A large majority of Americans actually want to see lawmakers go big with the bill, and that’s not even the most striking stat. To learn more about how CNN protects listener ...
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October 12, 2021 6 min
With patience running thin, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told her caucus some “difficult decisions” need to be made to pass President Joe Biden's ambitious legislative agenda. CNN Political Director David Chalian details the difficulties Dems face when considering the price and scope for the social spending bill. Should the bill feature more funding for policies geared towards the younger or older generation? To learn more about...
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October 11, 2021 5 min
All eyes are on Virginia as a gubernatorial race is heating up between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains why this race could provide key insight on how the midterm elections will go next year. President Biden won the state by 10 points in 2020, but that doesn't mean a win is a sure thing for McAuliffe.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, vi...
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Like most days in office, President Biden is facing multiple political challenges at once. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains how today’s disappointing jobs report and the spike in gas prices all contribute to an upside down approval rating for the President. Plus, Democrats seem to be at a crossroads for how to move forward with Biden’s two big bills that would advance his economic agenda. To learn more about how CNN p...
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New, behind-the-scenes details have come to light about how former President Donald Trump and his allies attempted to overturn the 2020 presidential election days before January 6th. CNN Political Director David Chalian digs into some of the troubling toplines from the Senate Judiciary Committee report released today. Plus, court documents show Trump allies admitted on the record they did little to vet their public, false claims of...
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October 6, 2021 7 min
UPDATE: After weeks of gridlock, some Senate Democrats have signaled they'll accept a proposal from Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to increase the debt limit in the short term. But the leaders are still hashing out details. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down how Democrats have been strategizing leading up to this breaking news. Republicans have been stubborn in their positions not to help Democrats raise the debt...
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Donald Trump’s ex-press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, recently published a book illustrating her experience working for the former President. CNN National Correspondent Kristen Holmes breaks down the details and the story behind Grisham’s resignation after the January 6th insurrection. You’ll also hear from Grisham directly, addressing some key topics like Covid and the state of democracy. To learn more about how CNN protects list...
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The clock is ticking for Congress to raise or suspend the debt limit. Otherwise, the US will default on its debt for the first time in history. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains the impact this would have on the country and the political factors at play. President Joe Biden blamed Republicans for being reckless and causing the debt ceiling standoff. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/p...
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October 1, 2021 6 min
President Joe Biden made his way to Capitol Hill today after neither the $1.2T infrastructure bill, nor the social spending budget bill, passed yesterday. Let the deal-making commence... CNN Political Director David Chalian explains how members of the party in power have been approaching these negotiations. Can Biden bring his agenda back from the brink? What items, if any, would be cut from the “Build Back Better” bill to get ever...
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September 30, 2021 6 min
Today is the day a vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill is supposed to take place in the House. CNN Political Director David Chalian gives the latest on where things stand. It’s possible the votes aren’t there to pass it, after Progressives heard Sen. Joe Manchin’s top-line number on the social and climate reconciliation bill. The Senate Majority Leader & the President have known what that number's been for a while no...
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September 29, 2021 6 min
What seems to be certain in Washington today is that lawmakers are addressing funding the government and raising the debt ceiling. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down what isn’t so certain–where Democrats stand on passing President Biden’s Build Back Better legislative agenda. You’ll hear mostly from lawmakers today on where things stand on those bills… To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn....
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September 28, 2021 7 min
It’s back to the drawing board for Democrats as they try to find a way forward on four major fronts this week. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks them all down -- from the impending government shutdown to the two infrastructure bills. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did a total 180 in just 24 hours that the Senate Majority Leader wasn’t even clued in on... To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/pr...
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September 27, 2021 6 min
President Biden might say he’s an optimist, but this week is likely to test that. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down why the future of Biden’s economic agenda remains uncertain... as Democrats are yet to reach an agreement on two key bills that are dependent on each other’s passing. At the same time, Congress must pass a bill to fund the government or a shutdown is imminent. To learn more about how CNN protects liste...
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