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

Jan. 6 Panel Alleges Witness Interference CNN Political Briefing
After Cassidy Hutchinson’s explosive public testimony this week, sources say she told the January 6 House select committee she was one of the cooperating witnesses Trump world sought to influence. CNN Correspondent Kristen Holmes breaks down the latest fallout from this week’s hearing, including new reporting about disputes with some of what the former Trump White House aide said, and who the committee wants to hear from again.
Jul 1, 2022
A Historic End to a Controversial SCOTUS Term CNN Political Briefing
The Supreme Court ended one of the most controversial terms the nation has seen in decades by swearing in a new justice and issuing some consequential decisions. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson’s historic appointment and the continued fallout from the court’s major decisions on climate change, immigration and abortion. President Joe Biden had some strong opinions about the conservative-leaning court today and said Senate Democrats should go nuclear in response.
Jun 30, 2022
Lessons Learned from Latest Primaries CNN Political Briefing
Five states held primaries on Tuesday and the results tell us a lot about what issues Republican primary voters care more about. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down results in key states like Colorado and Illinois, where some 2020 election deniers lost, and other Trump-backed candidates won. Plus, incumbent lawmakers went toe-to-toe in new districts in some states, and a prominent member of the January 6th House select committee announced a new Senate primary campaign.
Jun 29, 2022
Jan. 6 Panel’s Surprise Hearing was Shocking CNN Political Briefing
The January 6 House select committee held an explosive hearing with an ex-Trump White House aide as its star witness, Cassidy Hutchinson. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down the most shocking testimony she shared about her former boss – Chief of Staff Mark Meadows – and his former boss – ex-President Donald Trump. Hutchinson shared a lot of previously unknown details, but the committee urges others close to Trump to cooperate with their investigation.
Jun 28, 2022
Roe Reversal Reverberates Across the US CNN Political Briefing
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.
Jun 27, 2022
SCOTUS Has Spoken on Abortion Rights CNN Political Briefing
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.
Jun 24, 2022
The Supreme Court & Senate Act on Guns CNN Political Briefing
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.
Jun 23, 2022
Jan. 6 Panel Faces Threats After Hearing About Them CNN Political Briefing
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 investigator is leaving his position on the committee early and hearings will pause temporarily after this week.
Jun 22, 2022
It’s Election Day in AL, VA, GA & DC CNN Political Briefing
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.
Jun 21, 2022
Biden Knows “People are Really Down” CNN Political Briefing
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.
Jun 17, 2022
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