CNN Inside Politics

CNN Inside Politics

Each weekday, John King and his panel of well-sourced reporters bring you the most important political stories of the day. On the weekend, Abby Phillip kicks off CNN's Sunday morning political programming with Inside Politics Sunday. John and Abby get answers from the people making headlines, explain the political that stories matter, and report on how the news will impact you.


June 8, 2023 37 mins

First: Former President Donald Trump's legal team gets official notice he could face charges in the federal investigation over classified documents. This is an unprecedented legal and political moment as one piece of the special counsel investigation nears its end just as Trump's 2024 comeback bid gears up. 

Plus: We bring you new CNN reporting on a critical building block of the case against Trump. A career government expert inte...

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First: Former VP Mike Pence officially announces his candidacy for president at a rally in Iowa, while in Fargo, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum enters the race. That brings the already crowded field of those seeking the Republican presidential nomination to 10. 

Plus: The Trump campaign releases a provocative new TV spot. 

And: The latest on the dam collapse in Ukraine. 

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June 6, 2023 37 mins

After a major dam is destroyed in a Southern region of Ukraine leading to flooding, there are mass evacuations and plenty of blame as Russia and Ukraine point fingers at each other.

Plus, trouble for Trump after special counsel Jack smith attended a meeting with the former president’s legal team, with a bizarre plot twist that led to a flood of suspicion from prosecutors in the Mar-a-Lago documents case.

And, Chris Ch...

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New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu joins to share his announcement on whether he will join the widening GOP field for the 2024 presidential election, in an exclusive interview with Dana Bash. Plus, President Trump's lawyers meet with the DOJ as the special counsel's probe appears to be nearing its final stages. John King walks through what that means. And, Ukraine is cultivating a network of agents inside Russia to carry out attac...

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June 4, 2023 39 mins

As Trump and DeSantis spar at separate rallies, what is the DeSantis' plan to convince voters that he would be better GOP nominee and president? Plus, the GOP field keeps growing with three more candidates likely to soon join the race, including Trump’s former vice president. But, how many of them will make it to the Republican debate stage? Also, after a financial crisis is averted, President Biden says the debt deal is proof his ...

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Today's show begins with exclusive new CNN reporting about Special Counsel Jack Smith's investigation into Donald Trump and that audio recording of the former president discussing a classified military document he admitted taking. Sources tell CNN that Trump attorneys turned over material in mid-March connected to a document about plans to attack Iran, but they can't locate the document itself. 

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June 1, 2023 38 mins

First: CNN exclusive reporting reveals federal prosecutors have obtained a recording of former President Donald Trump admitting he kept a classified document when he left the White House. 

Plus: A month-plus scramble of meetings, late nights, bartering, breakdowns and near rebellions leads to 314 yeas in the House on a deal to steer the United States around a debt default. 

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First: The House Speaker says the agreement to pull the United States back from a crippling default is on track to pass, adding, "I don't want to be on the wrong side of history." 

Plus: Campaigning in Iowa, Ron DeSantis says it's time to give former President Donald Trump the gold watch and move on to the next generation. 

And: Special counsel Jack Smith reportedly is looking into the firing of the cybersecurity chief who called...

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First: The debt deal meets its first test today in the House rules committee, where hardline conservatives deeply unhappy with the agreement have a chance to kill it. 

Plus: An attack in Moscow brings the Ukraine war into the heart of Russia's capital as Vladimir Putin keeps up a relentless aerial assault on Kyiv. 

And: Ron DeSantis makes his first road trip as an official candidate. 

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May 29, 2023 37 mins

First: Joe Biden and Kevin McCarthy strike a debt ceiling deal. Now they embark on the daunting task of convincing their respective parties to vote for it. 

Plus: Chris Sununu says he'll decide soon on a 2024 run. But is the field already too crowded for anyone not named Donald Trump? 

And: Retire or not retire? That's the question still swarming about Senator Diane Feinstein. 

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May 28, 2023 39 mins

First: President Biden and Kevin McCarthy announce an "agreement in principle" to raise the debt ceiling and avoid an economic catastrophe. But the hardest part may lie ahead: convincing their parties to vote for it. 

Plus: Ron DeSantis jumps into the 2024 race and levels his toughest attacks yet on Donald Trump. But will it be enough? 
And: Retail giant Target is the latest battlefield for conservatives hoping to roll bac...

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May 26, 2023 37 mins

First: Two days after officially launching his 2024 presidential bid, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis directly and repeatedly attacks Republican front-runner Donald Trump while floating ideas like firing the FBI director and pardoning January 6th criminals. 

Plus: Kevin McCarthy sounds positive as the outline of a debt deal emerges. Neither liberals nor conservatives are happy with the compromises being negotiated. 

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May 25, 2023 37 mins

First: Ron DeSantis chooses Twitter to make his official 2024 presidential campaign announcement and is plagued by embarrassing technical difficulties. When we could hear him, he pointed to abortion and spending among the issues with which he disagrees with Donald Trump. 

Plus: A judge decides how much time the Oath Keepers leader will spend behind bars. 

And: Despite the looming debt deadline, Kevin McCarthy sends lawmakers home...

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May 25, 2023 37 mins

First: A just-released CNN snapshot of the 2024 Republican primary race shows Donald Trump with a huge lead. However, voters say they're open to supporting Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who's scheduled to officially announce his candidacy tonight via Twitter. 

Plus: Donald Trump's legal team wants an audience with the attorney general to complain about the special counsel and his investigation. 

And: House Speaker Kevin McCarthy...

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First: Both President Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy deem their latest meeting productive, but the two sides still appear to be nowhere near a debt ceiling deal. 

Plus: Donald Trump's words at last week's CNN town hall push E. Jean Carroll to seek more damages. 

And: Swing voters dread the idea of a Biden-Trump rematch, but their focus group on what would happen if there is one is quite revealing. 

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May 22, 2023 33 mins

First: Today's show begins just after South Carolina Senator Tim Scott officially announces his candidacy for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. He joins the field with a not-insignificant amount of cash and a conservative message centered on hope, faith and opportunity. 

Plus: President Biden and Kevin McCarthy come together for a critical meeting about the debt ceiling with default looming just 10 days away. 

And: Law...

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May 21, 2023 39 mins

President Biden ends his overseas trip with no debt limit deal in sight, and says it’s time for the GOP to move from its “extreme positions”. Is there still time to avoid economic calamity?

Plus, Ron DeSantis is finally set to announce his 2024 run, but does he have what it takes to topple Trump?

And, there’s an election nightmare on HBO’s “Succession”. The question viewers are asking is, could it happen in real life?


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May 19, 2023 37 mins

First: After days of optimism, negotiators for the White House and Kevin McCarthy's office pause debt ceiling talks, all but eliminating hopes of a deal by this weekend. 

Plus: Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky is headed to Japan where he will ask the richest democracies to deliver more weapons at a crucial moment. 

And: Ron DeSantis' feud with Disney prompts the mouse company to drop plans for a billion-dollar complex in Orlando. 

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May 18, 2023 37 mins

First: Sources tell CNN the official "DeSantis for president" paperwork will be filed next week. His "how to beat Trump" battle plan is a culture wars blizzard on abortion, guns and transgender rights. 

Plus: New reporting reveals the special counsel investigating Donald Trump will soon have his hands on 16 records that show the former president and his advisers knew how the classified document declassification process was suppose...

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May 17, 2023 37 mins

First: Both the White House and Republicans are more upbeat after President Biden tapped three trusted aids to negotiate directly with the House speaker's team. But giant policy divides remain, despite big progress with the process. 

Plus: The Carolinas take center stage in the abortion debate. North Carolina Republicans override the governor's veto to enact a 12-week ban. In South Carolina, a six-week ban is the subject of a mara...

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