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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June 27, 2022 8 min
As CNN Political Director David Chalian explains, the political fallout from the Supreme Court’s decision to end the federal constitutional right to an abortion continues. CNN spoke to Vice President Kamala Harris exclusively in her first interview since Friday’s decision. Plus, the former president took a victory lap this weekend, while Democratic and Republican lawmakers strategize their next moves on this issue. To learn more a...
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The Supreme Court overturned nearly five decades of court rulings guaranteeing the constitutional right to an abortion. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down how all three branches of government are responding today and what’s likely to come in the ruling’s wake. Democrats in Washington, DC vow the fight isn’t over, while Republicans are mostly celebrating the ruling. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privac...
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The Supreme Court struck down a New York concealed carry law, while the Senate advanced a bipartisan gun safety reform bill. CNN’s Chris Cillizza breaks down the details of both the ruling and the bill, and why both are monumental. The same day the Senate appears on track to pass its most significant gun safety package in almost 30 years, the high court implements the widest expansion of gun rights in a decade. To learn more about...
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In the January 6 House select committee's fourth public hearing, state and local officials detailed the pressure they faced by the former President and his team for not overturning the 2020 election and the threats that followed. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down how the lie that the 2020 election was rigged is still fueling harassment and violence that lingers today, even for the lawmakers on the panel. Plus, an...
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Voters in Alabama, Virginia, Georgia, and Washington DC head to the polls today in primary races and runoffs for general elections in November. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down the key races to watch, including the GOP Senate runoff in Alabama. How much will former President Donald Trump’s influence matter in these races this time around? Plus, DC’s Democratic mayor is trying to make history tonight. To learn more ...
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President Joe Biden did a rare interview with the Associated Press in the Oval Office where he got candid about the mood of America. CNN’s David Chalian explains what Biden had to say about inflation, gas prices, and the possibility of a recession. Biden also said he doesn’t regret the US involvement with Ukraine, despite its effect on American households. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privac...
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June 16, 2022 11 min
Today was the January 6 House Select Committee’s third televised hearing. Through witnesses close to former Vice President Mike Pence, it became clear that Pence never believed he had the power to overturn the 2020 election. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains how former president Donald Trump disregarded Pence and tried to pressure his Vice President into doing it anyway. You’ll hear sound from some key testimonies. To ...
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Voters in five states have spoken – CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down the key takeaways in primary elections from South Carolina to Nevada. It ended up being a pretty good night for former President Donald Trump’s candidates, even in a race where he endorsed the losing candidate. Plus, the Democratic majority in the House just got a bit smaller, thanks to a special election in Texas. To learn more about how CNN prot...
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With inflation rising, stocks falling, and recession fears growing, President Joe Biden tried to look on the bright side today while recognizing Americans’ price pains. CNN Political Director explains how Biden can blame Russia’s war in Ukraine all he wants – but the squeeze families are feeling in their wallets is still happening under his watch. Will voters see it the same way in November? To learn more about how CNN protects li...
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Many people close to former President Donald Trump told him he lost the 2020 election, but he didn’t listen to them. That was the focus of the January 6 House select committee’s second hearing today, as CNN Political Director David Chalian explains. You’ll hear testimony from former Trump campaign aides, former Attorney General Bill Barr and others about what went down after Trump found out he lost. To learn more about how CNN pro...
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Last night, the January 6 House select committee gave an overview of their findings so far in their first of many public hearings to come. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down the bombshells that came out of it, and what he thinks are the goals for these hearings. Plus, the former President has responded to what his own daughter brought up in her testimony.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit ...
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The January 6th House select committee holds its first public hearing tonight after spending 10 months investigating. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down what to expect tonight and from hearings to come. Meanwhile, some Republicans close to former President Donald Trump are slamming the hearings before they’ve even started. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
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In the wake of two mass shootings at a school in Texas and a grocery store in upstate New York, those directly affected shared their tragic stories and called for legislative action to a House committee. You’ll hear several heartbreaking testimonies today, as CNN Political Director David Chalian explains the progress made so far by lawmakers on potential gun reform. Some of what you’ll hear is graphic – please listen with discretio...
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It’s primary day in seven states today and both political parties will be closely watching the elections in California. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains why two local races in the Sunshine state will provide critical feedback about how to run campaigns for November and beyond. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
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This is a big week for the January 6th House select committee and former President Donald Trump is gearing up some GOP allies to go on the attack. CNN Political Director David Chalian shares what some committee members are previewing before Thursday’s primetime hearing and what viewers should expect. Will the committee succeed at capturing America’s attention? To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/pr...
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This month marks 50 years since the Watergate scandal rocked the Nixon presidency, but many of the scandal’s lessons still seem fresh. We sat down with former Nixon White House aide John Dean, as CNN correspondent Kristen Holmes breaks down the Watergate scandal – and what it tells us as the Jan. 6th House select committee prepares for public hearings next week. Don’t miss the “Watergate: Blueprint for a Scandal” premiere this Sund...
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June 2, 2022 5 min
Newly-revealed texts to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows during the Capitol insurrection show GOP lawmakers pleading for former President Donald Trump to intervene. CNN Editor-at-Large Chris Cilizza breaks down who sent the texts, and what’s in them. Plus, what Republican leaders are saying ahead of the Jan. 6th House select committee’s public hearings next month. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy...
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Lawmakers in both Texas and the nation’s capital are debating legislation in the wake of last week’s shooting in Uvalde. CNN correspondent Kristen Holmes explains the latest with the shooting investigation and what legislators at all levels are saying on both sides of the aisle. Has the time come for meaningful reform in the US? To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
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May 31, 2022 7 min
President Joe Biden and his administration are kicking off a monthlong focus on the economy this week. CNN's Chief National Affairs Correspondent Jeff Zeleny sums up Biden's plans and why it's going to be an uphill battle for him and his party to convince Americans they've got a handle on inflation and the economy. The polls don't paint a pretty picture, and some critics don't have as optimistic of a view on...
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Today, the community of Uvalde, Texas is rattled by the news that law enforcement say they made a mistake by not immediately breaking into the classroom during Tuesday’s shooting that left 21 people dead. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down the latest with the investigation and how lawmakers on Capitol Hill are responding. The state is especially on edge with the National Rifle Association kicking off its annual, weeke...
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