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Is Gordon Sondland a Trump loyalist or an independent thinker? Sondland, the US ambassador to the E.U., took to Capitol Hill today and seemed to defy GOP talking points. Meanwhile, over at the White House, Mick Mulvaney denied that the suspension of Ukrainian aid had anything to do with Biden. Instead, he claimed the aid was tied to Ukrainian help with a Department of Justice investigation into 2016 election interference. And for n... Read more

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The insiders are finally telling their stories. A series of high-ranking diplomats take to Capitol Hill this week to shed light on the Trump administration's Ukraine dealings. Will any of Trump's allies turn on him? Meanwhile, federal investigators are reportedly engaged in a counterintelligence probe of Rudy Giuliani. CNN political director David Chalian is joined by CNN senior Washington correspondent Joe Johns and impeac... Read more

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It's debate day, a chance for the 2020 hopefuls to distinguish themselves. Democrats agree on the topic that looms largest - the impeachment inquiry - but questions remain. Will Hunter Biden's dealings in Ukraine hurt his father? Will any of Biden's rivals raise ethics concerns? How will the inquiry play among moderates? CNN political director David Chalian is joined by CNN political correspondent Abby Phillip and CNN p... Read more

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Joe Biden has gotten aggressive. After weeks of dismissing the President's criticism of his son Hunter, the 2020 hopeful has pledged to prohibit family members from having relationships with foreign companies if he becomes president. But is that enough to stave off criticism at tomorrow's debate? Meanwhile, former White House Russia advisor Fiona Hill testifies in front of Congress. CNN political director David Chalian is j... Read more

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A political problem might become a criminal problem. As the Trump administration fights off congressional subpoenas, new details emerge about the two Giuliani associates arrested for trying to insert foreign money into the US political system. On the Hill, former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told lawmakers that Trump pushed for her ouster. Can the GOP stand by Trump without paying an electoral price? Guest host and CNN c... Read more

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The GOP is largely sticking by Trump, but they're calling him out on the withdrawal of troops in Syria. Meanwhile, Joe Biden is calling for Trump's impeachment and two Giuliani associates have been arrested for their roles in the Ukraine scandal. CNN political director David Chalian talks over the latest impeachment developments with CNN's chief political correspondent, Dana Bash. Dan Caldwell, a Distinguished Professor... Read more

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Will a White House insider turn on Trump? Special guest and former Nixon White House counsel John Dean thinks so as he compares the current impeachment drama to the Watergate era. CNN's law enforcement analyst Josh Campbell fills in as guest host. He's joined by Dean and CNN's senior political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson to talk through the impeachment headlines of the day, including new public polling, a high-profile... Read more

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The Trump administration says it's done playing nice. On Tuesday morning, the State Department blocked the congressional testimony of Gordon Sondland, the US Ambassador to the E.U. and a key figure in relations with Ukraine. Democrats say the move to silence Sondland amounts to evidence of obstruction. Meanwhile, according to a new poll, the majority of Americans support the impeachment inquiry. CNN political director David Cha... Read more

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President Trump may soon have a new antagonist: a second whistleblower with direct knowledge of the administration's Ukrainian dealings. Meanwhile, cracks emerge in the president's GOP support. CNN political director David Chalian and national correspondent Athena Jones are joined by national security analyst Sam Vinograd to talk through the latest headlines and examine if Trump put America at risk. Read more

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In the first deposition of the impeachment inquiry, former United States Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker handed over text messages that revealed extensive coordination between Trump administration officials and the president's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate the genesis of the 2016 hack into the DNC and an energy company that employed Joe Biden's son. CNN Political Di... Read more

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October 3, 2019 8 min

President Trump once again invites a foreign country, this time China in addition to Ukraine, to investigate the Biden family. CNN's David Chalian analyses Trump's strategy in doing so, and the impact this could have on his efforts to defend himself against a potential impeachment. via Knit

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September 27, 2019 15 min

As the impeachment process unfolds, will Donald Trump find his footing as he tries to fight back? How might this affect vulnerable members of Congress as they consider their constituents at home? CNN's David Chalian analyzes where the political chips may fall. via Knit

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September 24, 2019 9 min

In a dramatic day of political events, Speaker Pelosi and former Vice President Joe Biden, arguably the nation's top two Democrats, moved their positions on the impeachment of President Trump to being more open and willing to the House of Representatives beginning down that road. CNN's David Chalian analyses the political landscape that shifted beneath their feet and the challenges ahead for Democrats as they seek to bring... Read more

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As we get closer to seeing third quarter fundraising numbers and the fourth debate, CNN's David Chalian analyzes the shifts in strategy employed by the various candidates, and what it means for the various campaigns moving forward in the battle for the democratic nomination. via Knit

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In the aftermath of newly reported additional allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh, CNN's David Chalian breaks down the divide in calls for his impeachment from the presidential candidates of the Democratic Party. via Knit

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September 13, 2019 17 min

In the aftermath of the third democratic debate, CNN's David Chalian offers his analysis of how the candidates performed and the high impact moments that will define the next phase of the campaign. via Knit

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With a debate around the corner, CNN's David Chalian dives into a new CNN poll that shows Joe Biden continuing to hold his place in the lead, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders in a heated battle for second place as Warren makes gains on electability. via Knit

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September 10, 2019 8 min

Voters in North Carolina's 9th District head to the polls today to re-do their 2018 midterm vote after voting fraud caused that election to never be certified. CNN's Political Director David Chalian offers insight on what to look for in this closely watched and hotly contested special election in a district that Trump won in 2016. via Knit

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September 9, 2019 10 min

With a bevy of new polls, both national and from early states, on the 2020 Democratic presidential race, CNN's Political Director David Chalian dives into the numbers and provides an update on themes of the race, including the continuing steady rise of Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden's strong hold on the electability question. via Knit... Read more

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After one night of 10 different 2020 Democratic candidates and seven hours worth of town hall events on the climate crisis, CNN's Political Director David Chalian revisits the groundbreaking evening and discusses some of the night's most memorable and most important moments. via Knit

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