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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.

New Revelations Ahead of Jan 6. Hearing CNN Political Briefing
The January 6th House Select Committee returns this week with another public hearing, but it will likely be the last one. CNN’s Chris Cillizza explains some recent developments ahead of the hearing, including revealing text messages and a mysterious phone call. Plus, Committee Vice Chair Liz Cheney made some direct comments about the former president over the weekend.
Sep 26, 2022
Trump’s Secret Court Battle in DOJ Probe CNN Political Briefing
Sources say that former President Donald Trump's attorneys are waging a secret court battle related to the Justice Department’s investigation into January 6th. They’re trying to prevent a grand jury from gathering information from Trump’s inner circle. CNN’s Chris Cillizza explains what we know and what we don’t know. Plus, what does this mean for Trump’s shot at a 2024 presidential run?
Sep 23, 2022
House Passes Bill to Protect Elections CNN Political Briefing
The House has passed a bill to update the Electoral Count Act of 1887 in response to the January 6th insurrection. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down the legislation and why it may have some trouble passing in the Senate. Plus, hear why most Republicans were not on board.
Sep 22, 2022
NY AG Sues Trump for Years of Fraud CNN Political Briefing
New York Attorney General Letitia James has filed a civil lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, three of his adult children and the Trump organization. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down the suit, including the AG’s claims that Trump inflated his net worth by billions to make himself richer. Trump has denied all wrongdoing and continues to accuse James of having a political agenda.
Sep 21, 2022
GOP Defends, Dems Condemn Migrant Stunts CNN Political Briefing
Republican governors continue to send migrants to liberal leaning localities to make a political statement on immigration. CNN’s Political Director David Chalian explains how new data from the border fits into this, and what the Biden administration is saying in response. Plus, hear how Senate leaders on both sides of the aisle addressed the issue today.
Sep 20, 2022
The Venus & Mars Midterm Campaigns CNN Political Briefing
Democrats and Republicans are running two different midterm election campaigns and it's unclear which one will resonate with voters more come November. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains the divided moment, and why 2024 is already part of the political conversation.
Sep 19, 2022
Recession Fears Shape Midterm Season CNN Political Briefing
A slew of shaky economic news this week highlights how difficult it could be for President Joe Biden and Democrats to navigate ahead of November’s elections. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down the recent inflation data and how both parties are reacting. Republicans think the economy is a winning message for them.
Sep 16, 2022
Migrants Caught in a Political Crossfire CNN Political Briefing
The Republican governor of Texas continued his months-long strategy today of bussing migrants to Washington, DC... this time, to the front of the Vice President’s residence. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis also sent two planes to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts yesterday. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains the political calculus behind these moves and reminds us of the human aspect of this situation. You’ll hear reactions from local volunteers assisting migrants on the ground and from lawmakers on both sides.
Sep 15, 2022
GOP Divide on Display over Abortion Midterm Message CNN Political Briefing
Expect abortion to be an issue front-and-center in this year’s midterms – GOP Senator Lindsay Graham vows his 15-week abortion ban bill will be voted on if Republicans win control of both chambers in November. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down why Republicans are not on the same page with how to message their stance on the issue, and how Democrats are already seizing on that divide.
Sep 14, 2022
Final Primary Day of 2022 CNN Political Briefing
The midterm primary season ends today, as voters in Delaware, Rhode Island and New Hampshire head to the polls. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down the marquee race to watch – the GOP Senate primary in New Hampshire. Plus, two former Trump administration officials are going head-to-head for a congressional seat in the state, but they’re running two types of campaigns.
Sep 13, 2022
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