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.... Show More

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March 2, 2021 6 min
The Supreme Court is hearing a case that supporters of voting rights fear will lead the court's conservative majority to weaken a key provision of the Voting Rights Act that prohibits laws that result in racial discrimination. David Chalian discusses the ongoing battle for voting rights between Democrats and Republicans. Plus, new allegations surface against Governor Cuomo, and finally FBI Director Chris Wray appears before the...
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March 1, 2021 6 min
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is facing mounting pressure after another allegation of misconduct surfaces over the weekend. David Chalian explains what the looming investigation and losing the support of his party, could mean for the Governor. Plus, the roadblocks the Covid relief bill faces in the Senate this week, and how Donald Trump reminded everyone he is the leader of the Republican Party. To learn more about how CNN protec...
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President Biden was more factual in his first month in office than his predecessor ever was, but that doesn't mean he's truthful one-hundred percent of the time. Today, CNN Reporter Daniel Dale fact checks the new president and explains how to spot Biden's inaccurate statements. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
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February 25, 2021 8 min
The first vote on Biden's Covid relief bill is tomorrow and there are big questions remaining for both parties. David Chalian explains what is at stake for Republicans and Democrats as key details get sorted out, plus the rift on Capitol Hill over the partisan makeup of the January 6th commission. And finally, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is having a very rough time.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, vi...
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February 24, 2021 7 min
After a contentious confirmation battle, President Biden's Office of Management and Budget nominee is now on very thin ice after her committee votes were delayed. David Chalian examines the political implications of potentially losing this confirmation battle, plus Kevin McCarthy and Liz Cheney have a moment that perfectly encapsulates the divide in the GOP. And finally, could the winter disaster in Texas help turn it blue?  T...
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February 23, 2021 7 min
In the very building that was the site of the insurrection, law enforcement officials revealed the chain of failures that lead to the deadly day. David Chalian unpacks what we learned from the first of many hearings into the Jan 6th insurrection. Plus, he explains implications for the Biden administration of the contentious Senate hearings for two of the President's cabinet nominees and the preliminary hearing on the minimum wa...
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February 22, 2021 7 min
As Former President Trump prepares to reengage with the public, the Supreme Court hands him two big losses. David Chalian explains the implications of those major court decisions, plus how some of Biden's cabinet nominations are facing smooth sailing while others are in hot water as they face a divided senate. And finally, America passes the tragic half million mark of coronavirus victims.  To learn more about how CNN protects...
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February 19, 2021 7 min
With an estimated 11.4 million workers set to lose their unemployment benefits in March, Democrats hope to vote on Biden’s stimulus package as soon as next week. In today’s episode, CNN Capitol Hill Reporter Daniella Diaz unpacks what’s in the plan, breaks down the sticking points that need to be worked out, and explains what will happen next.   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
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February 18, 2021 7 min
Today President Biden announced a sweeping immigration bill that he’s hoping will modernize the American immigration system. David Chalian explains what's in the bill and the uphill battle it faces in Congress. Plus, the latest from the ongoing civil war over the future of the GOP, and as Texans continue freezing without power... Senator Ted Cruz flies to Cancun.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cn...
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February 17, 2021 7 min
During last night's CNN Town Hall, President Biden both laid out his Covid timeline and pushed back on some progressive policy priorities. David Chalian explains what Biden's showcase of his moderate credentials means for his future policy fights. Plus, what former President Trump's McConnell attacks mean for the GOP, and as millions of Texans struggle with cold-weather and power outages, Governor Greg Abbott is playing...
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February 16, 2021 7 min
President Biden heads to Milwaukee tonight to face voters in person for the first time since being elected at a CNN town hall. David Chalian explains how Biden will make the case for Covid relief tonight and explains the most significant sticking point for the relief proposal among Democrats. Plus, McConnell's efforts to move on from Trump are hitting some serious roadblocks. To learn more about how CNN protects listener priva...
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February 15, 2021 7 min
Now that former President Trump's impeachment trial is over, Biden's agenda is taking center stage and first up is delivering on his Covid relief package. David Chalian breaks down where stimulus negotiations stand and how the GOP is responding to its members who broke with Trump. Plus, it's looking more and more like there will be a Trump on the ballot in 2022.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, v...
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February 14, 2021 10 min
The Senate voted to acquit Former President Trump of insurrection charges in his second impeachment trial. David Chalian breaks down how the final day unfolded and what the verdict means for America. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
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February 12, 2021 5 min
In less than a quarter of their allotted time, Former President Trump’s defense lawyers presented their brief case to the Senate, pushing a lot of whataboutism and playing out of context clips of Democrats. David Chalian breaks down their arguments and lays out how the trial is expected to wrap up soon.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
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February 11, 2021 6 min
And with that, the prosecution rests. David Chalian explains everything you need to know after day three of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, where House Managers used their last day of arguments to try to directly link Trump to the January 6th violence and prove that he is still a clear and present danger. Tomorrow President Trump's lawyers begin their case as we learn the former President may realize his "stop the steal&#...
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February 10, 2021 6 min
On day two of Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, David Chalian discusses the chilling new material House Managers introduced as they laid out their case that Trump’s words and tweets leading up to January 6th can be seen as the direct cause of the insurrection. And finally, Chalian reflects on how this trial may be cathartic for many watching… and a necessary step for the country to heal.  To learn more about how CNN protect...
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February 9, 2021 6 min
David Chalian breaks down day one of former president Donald Trump's second impeachment trial, where the constitutionality of trying an ex-president was up for debate. We saw some convincing arguments and moving speeches on the Senate floor today... and some bizarre, incoherent speeches as well. Overall, it was an emotional day at the Capitol as lawmakers were forced to relive the violent events that took place on January 6th. ...
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February 8, 2021 8 min
Former President Trump’s second impeachment trial begins tomorrow, and David Chalian tells you what to expect as last-minute details get finalized. Plus, when it comes to passing a pandemic relief package, President Biden’s challenge isn’t only the GOP… a divide is growing within the Democratic Party. And finally, Congresswoman Liz Cheney stands her ground after being censured by the Wyoming Republican party over the weekend.  To ...
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With former President Trump's second impeachment trial beginning next week, David Chalian previews the unprecedented moments ahead. He explains the process, tells you the key players to watch for, and lays out what the result could mean for the country.   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
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February 4, 2021 7 min
David Chalian discusses today’s House vote on removing the controversial Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee assignments and what the GOP's choice on including Greene in their big tent means for the electoral future of the party. Plus, how the failures of Republican leaders for the past four years to speak out against fringe elements have led to a party that is now home to extremism. And finally, the House i...
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