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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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Disaster averted? CNN Inside Politics
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 back LGBTQ rights.
May 28, 2023
DeSantis goes after Trump CNN Inside Politics
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. 
And: New revelations about the Trump classified docs probe from the Washington Post, including the former president allegedly producing a dress rehearsal of moving sensitive materials out of sight.
May 26, 2023
DeSantis' digital dysfunction CNN Inside Politics
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 for the weekend.
May 25, 2023
CNN poll finds Trump up BIG but ... CNN Inside Politics
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 sends negotiators to the White House, insisting he's conceded a lot to President Biden in the debt ceiling debate.
May 25, 2023
Debt ceiling talks productive, but deal remains elusive CNN Inside Politics
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.
May 23, 2023
Scott makes it official CNN Inside Politics
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: Lawyer Tim Parlatore explains why he quit Donald Trump's legal team.
May 22, 2023
Brink of default CNN Inside Politics
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?
May 21, 2023
Debt limit talks hit a snag CNN Inside Politics
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.
May 19, 2023
The Ron DeSantis wait is almost over CNN Inside Politics
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 supposed to work. 
And: President Biden is in Japan for a meeting of the world's leading economies. Peers want assurances the political divide over the debt ceiling won't lead to a global financial mess.
May 18, 2023
Biden: 'America will not default' CNN Inside Politics
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 marathon debate. 
And: We review the results of some big primaries last night. Trump-backed candidate Daniel Cameron is now the Republican choice to challenge Kentucky's Democratic governor. Pennsylvania and Florida voters delivered some off-year surprises.
May 17, 2023
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