CNN Political Briefing
The political news you need to know, in 10 minutes or less. Hosted by David Chalian.
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
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
Former President Donald Trump is nervous about the odds his endorsed candidate – Dr. Mehmet Oz – has of winning the Senate GOP primary in Pennsylvania next Tuesday. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains the emergence of a candidate in the race who’s complicating things for Oz and David McCormick, another top primary contender. It’s why party leaders are watching this race closely too.
May 12, 2022
US inflation cooled off a bit last month, but consumer prices are still high. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains why the Biden administration isn’t celebrating the slight dip. President Biden continues to blame Russia’s war in Ukraine for price pains and food shortages in the US. But as Republicans often point out – and polls show – Americans don’t think Biden’s economic policies are effective so far.
May 11, 2022
West Virginia and Nebraska are holding primary elections today and former President Donald Trump’s influence is being tested, yet again. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down two races – one congressional, one gubernatorial – where Trump has endorsed candidates. Trump’s chosen candidate won in Ohio last week – will the streak continue in the many important primaries to come this month?
May 10, 2022
The Supreme Court’s leaked opinion on Roe vs. Wade has Democrats campaigning on the possible ripple effects of overturning the landmark abortion rights decision, while Republicans are evasive about what could come next. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down the political game plans on both sides of the aisle – and what privacy rights could be targeted next. It could be not just a state-by-state debate soon, especially if Republicans take control of Congress.
May 9, 2022
The leak of the Supreme Court majority opinion overturning Roe vs. Wade may not be the final decision – but it was enough for Democrats to sound the alarm. CNN Political Director David Chalian dissects brand new polling from CNN/SSRS that shows a majority of Americans oppose overturning Roe vs. Wade. That’s been the case for a while, but that’s not the full story. Democrats think this issue can be a rallying call ahead of the midterms, but polling shows that might not be true at this point.
May 6, 2022
From anti-Trump-impeachment arguments, to 25th Amendment discussions – more tapes have dropped where we hear House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy talk candidly in the aftermath of the insurrection. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains why the recorded private conversations provide new context about what happened after January 6th. Plus, the House select committee spoke to some members of the former President’s family recently.
May 5, 2022
Amid a crowded GOP field, JD Vance came out on top in yesterday’s Senate primary election in Ohio. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains how Vance’s win proves former President Donald Trump’s endorsements can still make a difference. Will that be the case in other races? Plus, the overall political environment for Democrats is toxic and the economy is reason number one – it’s why you’ll hear Vance’s opponent Rep. Tim Ryan talking about it.
May 4, 2022
A leaked draft of a majority opinion shows the Supreme Court may be poised to end Roe v. Wade – making it the most consequential decision on abortion in decades. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains the magnitude of this and its political implications. Republicans are focusing on the danger the leak poses to the high court, while Democrats are using the opinion as a rallying call ahead of the midterms.
May 3, 2022