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The political news you need to know, in 10 minutes or less. Hosted by David Chalian.

Jan. 6 Cmte Prepares for Public Hearings CNN Political Briefing
Earlier this month, the Jan. 6th House select committee subpoenaed five members of Congress, after they refused to testify voluntarily. At least three have since objected to or contested the subpoenas. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains what the House members are telling the committee – and what to look for as the select committee prepares for public hearings in June.
May 26, 2022
Politicians Respond Predictably to Texas Shooting CNN Political Briefing
Yesterday, a gunman shot and killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Today, politicians on both sides of the aisle are repeating the same messages they’ve given after other mass shootings. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains why little political change is expected after the deadliest school shooting since Sandy Hook.
May 25, 2022
More Primaries Test Trump’s Power CNN Political Briefing
Five states hold primary elections today, but a lot of attention is on Georgia. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains why the GOP primary for governor is so important and how a new voting and elections law in the state of Georgia is working out. Plus, votes in Pennsylvania’s GOP Senate primary are still being counted – check CNN.com for the latest on that.
May 24, 2022
GA, AL and AR Hold Primaries Tomorrow CNN Political Briefing
Georgia’s GOP race for governor will end tomorrow – but the likely winner, Gov. Brian Kemp, has already turned his eyes to the general election. There, he’s expected to face off against Democrat Stacey Abrams, who almost beat him four years ago. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down what to look for in the races in Georgia, Alabama and Arkansas tomorrow, along with run-offs in Texas.
May 23, 2022
N. Korea Looms Over Biden’s Asia Visit CNN Political Briefing
President Joe Biden kicked off his first trip to Asia as president today, beginning with a stop in South Korea. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down what Biden hopes to get out of the visit, and how the administration is preparing for possible security threats from North Korea.
May 20, 2022
Biden’s Political Headaches CNN Political Briefing
President Joe Biden can’t seem to catch a break. Even though the number of people on unemployment is the lowest it’s been since 1969, inflation remains top of mind for Americans. Plus, CNN Political Director David Chalian explains the crisis surrounding the baby formula shortage in the US – and how lawmakers are responding. A new CNN poll shows a majority of Americans are not happy with how things are going in the country today.
May 19, 2022
PA GOP Senate Primary Still Unresolved CNN Political Briefing
What can we take away from last night’s primary elections? CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down results from key elections across the country, from Pennsylvania to Oregon. The marquee race of the evening – the GOP Senate primary in PA– is neck-and-neck and some Democratic primaries are too close to call at this point too.
May 18, 2022
Five States Hold Midterm Primaries CNN Political Briefing
States from coast to coast are holding primaries today ahead of the 2022 midterm election. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down the races to watch, like Pennsylvania’s contentious Senate and gubernatorial races, and North Carolina’s congressional races. Also, how is this primary election cycle challenging Trump’s influence in the GOP? And what do the Democratic primary frontrunners say about the party’s midterm strategy?
May 17, 2022
Racist Ideal Embraced by Some in GOP CNN Political Briefing
A racially-motivated shooting in Buffalo, New York is being investigated as a hate crime. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains how a racist, conspiratorial belief the accused shooter allegedly held is part of a concerning trend in America. This fringe idea has moved to the political mainstream, where replacement theory rhetoric has been echoed by some conservative TV personalities and lawmakers.
May 16, 2022
GA Primary Pits Pence Against Trump CNN Political Briefing
Former Vice President Mike Pence weighed in on the GOP gubernatorial primary race in Georgia. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains why his endorsement puts him at odds with his former boss. Will former President Donald Trump and Pence go head-to-head for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024? That’s the question that looms over all the races this year.
May 13, 2022
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