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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.

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Race massacre in Buffalo Inside Politics
What we now know about Saturday's mass shooting in Buffalo is chilling.  The white gunman drove 200 miles. He picked his target -- a supermarket in a predominantly Black neighborhood -- and surveilled the store. Authorities say he was motivated by hate, based on a racist creed he allegedly wrote. And, it could have ben worse. Investigators have evidence the shooter planned to continue his rampage at a nearby superstore. CNN's Joe Johns joins the show from Buffalo. 

Also in today's episode: Russia may have lost a third of its combat forces in its war with Ukraine ... the Republican contest a free for all between a surgeon, a tycoon, and a Big Lie believer.
May 16, 2022
Racially motived mass shooting in Buffalo leaves 10 dead Inside Politics
An 18-year-old gunman espousing white supremacist and anti-Semitic beliefs fatally shot 10 people in a Buffalo supermarket. New York Governor Kathy Hochul called the attack "white supremacist terrorism" and has vowed to reform gun laws and called for social media companies to take down racist language. The Justice Department is now investigating the shooting rampage as a hate crime.

Plus, two far-right candidates are surging ahead of Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary races. But can they actually...Show more win in November?

And Russia is about to have a new NATO neighbor as Finland says they'll join the alliance.

On today’s panel: Journalist Wesley Lowery, Margaret Talev of Axios, Astead Herndon of the New York Times, Asma Khalid of NPR, Alex Burns of the New York Times, David Sanger of the New York Times.
May 15, 2022
A complex picture of Ukraine battlefield Inside Politics
Ukraine forces a Russian retreat on one front. Russian forces slowly but steadily eat into Ukrainian territory in another. In Kharkiv Russia back pedals. In Rubizhne, Ukrainian troops are pulling back. Meanwhile, the war is causing a global ripple effect on food supply. The Russian blockade is stopping grain from getting out and putting nations at risk of starving. And In Kyiv, an important first: a Russian soldier on trial for alleged atrocities, accused of killing an unarmed 62-year-old. We be...Show moregin our coverage in Kyiv with Melissa Bell. 

Also in today's show: rare common ground between Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell, why some of the nation's most vulnerable citizens are being charged for a critical Covid drug.
May 13, 2022
Where's the data? Inside Politics
New CNN reporting raises questions about why the White House is slow to back up its startling fall Covid forecast of as many as 100 million new infections. Plus, a Florida judge appointed by Ron DeSantis says the governor's proposed congressional map is likely unconstitutional. And, Finland's leaders say the support ending decades of neutrality and joining NATO.
May 12, 2022
Might worst inflation be behind us? Inside Politics
Today's new inflation numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show the Consumer Price Index rose 8.3% in April compared with last year. While that's a big number, it's down from a 40-year high. Looking at it month-to-month, inflation was 0.3% in April, down from the 1.2% gain in March. But a closely watched data point was up, not down. Today's show begins with a look inside the numbers with CNN's Christine Romans. 

Also in today's episode: brand new CNN reporting on the Jan 6 committee's plan for a public hearing.
May 11, 2022
Biden cites inflation as #1 challenge facing families Inside Politics
Today's Inside Politics begins with in-depth analysis of President's Biden's just-concluded speech about the US economy. It was advertised by his advisers as being focused on his plan to fight inflation. But while Biden did speak about inflation, he spent a significant amount of time attacking Republicans. 

Also on today's show: New details on the tragic saga of corrections officer Vicky White ... Donald Trump and Kevin McCarthy share a stage.
May 10, 2022
'Victory Day' yields no escalation, no new threats Inside Politics
The world worried Monday's Victory Day in Russia would bring dramatic action from Vladimir Putin. Instead, it came and went without any public change in posture from the Russian president. He again called his Ukraine invasion preemptive. He again painted NATO and Ukraine as the aggressors. And he repeated a lie by linking the invasion to the fight against the Nazis. We explore what clues, if any, Putin's speech may have provided on the direction of the war. 

Also in today's show: more stunning revelations from Donald Trump's former defense secretary, and Bono & The Edge visit Kyiv.
May 9, 2022
U.S. Prepares For Post-Roe America Inside Politics
A leaked draft Supreme Court decision is poised to reshuffle American politics and life. If the court overturns Roe v. Wade, abortions will be immediately banned in about half the country. Democrats are searching for ways to protect abortion access but it's unclear that there's anything they can do. The Senate is set to vote to protect abortion rights on Wednesday but it's expected to fail.

Plus, why Vladimir Putin could escalate the war in Ukraine as Russia commemorates "Victory Day."

And...Show more former President Trump says Dr. Mehmet Oz is a true MAGA believer. Why aren't Pennsylvania Republicans buying it?

On today’s panel: CNN’s Manu Raju, Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report, Tamara Keith of NPR, CNN’s Michael Warren, CNN’s Jill Dougherty, Robin Wright of the New Yorker, CNN’s Joan Biskupic.
May 8, 2022
Good news for American workers Inside Politics
Today's show begins with new proof the US economy is strong and stable. The latest jobs report out this morning shows 428,000 jobs were added in April while the unemployment rate held steady at 3.6%. Plus, average hourly wages are up 5.5% from one year ago. But inflation remains a giant election year cloud over President Biden and his party. 

Also in today's episode: Another desperate attempt to get people out of Mariupol ... Donald Trump says Republicans will stay home in November if his candidate in Georgia loses, but new CNN reporting suggests otherwise.
May 6, 2022
The enemy is inside the gates Inside Politics
After weeks of heavy, bloody battles, Russian forces have breached Mariupol's final stronghold. Artillery strikes continue to pound the Azovstal steel plant, each hit bringing it closer and closer to Russian capture. But CNN's Scott McLean reports there may be some good news. 

Also in this episode: While some Democrats believe abortion rights will become this year's driving issue in the midterms, others say the economy is almost always issue #1. And on that front, the President is in a heap of trouble.
May 5, 2022
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