CNN Political Briefing

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The political news you need to know, in 10 minutes or less. CNN Political Director David Chalian shares the latest insider analysis so you can make sense of the headlines.

Fact Checking President Biden’s First Month
Last Friday at 8:32 PM

President Biden was more factual in his first month in office than his predecessor ever was, but that doesn't mean he's truthful one-hundred percent of the time. Today, CNN Reporter Daniel Dale fact checks the new president and explains how to spot Biden's inaccurate statements. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


Big Questions Remain before Covid Vote
Last Thursday at 10:13 PM

The first vote on Biden's Covid relief bill is tomorrow and there are big questions remaining for both parties. David Chalian explains what is at stake for Republicans and Democrats as key details get sorted out, plus the rift on Capitol Hill over the partisan makeup of the January 6th commission. And finally, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is having a very rough time.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


From the Hot Seat to Thin Ice
Last Wednesday at 11:08 PM

After a contentious confirmation battle, President Biden's Office of Management and Budget nominee is now on very thin ice after her committee votes were delayed. David Chalian examines the political implications of potentially losing this confirmation battle, plus Kevin McCarthy and Liz Cheney have a moment that perfectly encapsulates the divide in the GOP. And finally, could the winter disaster in Texas help turn it blue?  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


Preventing Another January 6th
Last Tuesday at 10:08 PM

In the very building that was the site of the insurrection, law enforcement officials revealed the chain of failures that lead to the deadly day. David Chalian unpacks what we learned from the first of many hearings into the Jan 6th insurrection. Plus, he explains implications for the Biden administration of the contentious Senate hearings for two of the President's cabinet nominees and the preliminary hearing on the minimum wage also held on the Hill today.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


Trump's Very Bad Day in Court
02/22/2021

As Former President Trump prepares to reengage with the public, the Supreme Court hands him two big losses. David Chalian explains the implications of those major court decisions, plus how some of Biden's cabinet nominations are facing smooth sailing while others are in hot water as they face a divided senate. And finally, America passes the tragic half million mark of coronavirus victims.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


Inside Biden’s Covid Relief Bill
02/19/2021

With an estimated 11.4 million workers set to lose their unemployment benefits in March, Democrats hope to vote on Biden’s stimulus package as soon as next week. In today’s episode, CNN Capitol Hill Reporter Daniella Diaz unpacks what’s in the plan, breaks down the sticking points that need to be worked out, and explains what will happen next.   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


Biden Unveils Sweeping Immigration Bill
02/18/2021

Today President Biden announced a sweeping immigration bill that he’s hoping will modernize the American immigration system. David Chalian explains what's in the bill and the uphill battle it faces in Congress. Plus, the latest from the ongoing civil war over the future of the GOP, and as Texans continue freezing without power... Senator Ted Cruz flies to Cancun.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


The Moderate-in-Chief
02/17/2021

During last night's CNN Town Hall, President Biden both laid out his Covid timeline and pushed back on some progressive policy priorities. David Chalian explains what Biden's showcase of his moderate credentials means for his future policy fights. Plus, what former President Trump's McConnell attacks mean for the GOP, and as millions of Texans struggle with cold-weather and power outages, Governor Greg Abbott is playing politics.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


Biden Takes the Stage
02/16/2021

President Biden heads to Milwaukee tonight to face voters in person for the first time since being elected at a CNN town hall. David Chalian explains how Biden will make the case for Covid relief tonight and explains the most significant sticking point for the relief proposal among Democrats. Plus, McConnell's efforts to move on from Trump are hitting some serious roadblocks. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


Now the Biden Presidency Really Begins
02/15/2021

Now that former President Trump's impeachment trial is over, Biden's agenda is taking center stage and first up is delivering on his Covid relief package. David Chalian breaks down where stimulus negotiations stand and how the GOP is responding to its members who broke with Trump. Plus, it's looking more and more like there will be a Trump on the ballot in 2022.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


Republicans Acquit Trump Again
02/14/2021

The Senate voted to acquit Former President Trump of insurrection charges in his second impeachment trial. David Chalian breaks down how the final day unfolded and what the verdict means for America. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


Trump's Brief Defense
02/12/2021

In less than a quarter of their allotted time, Former President Trump’s defense lawyers presented their brief case to the Senate, pushing a lot of whataboutism and playing out of context clips of Democrats. David Chalian breaks down their arguments and lays out how the trial is expected to wrap up soon.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


The Democrats Rest Their Case
02/11/2021

And with that, the prosecution rests. David Chalian explains everything you need to know after day three of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, where House Managers used their last day of arguments to try to directly link Trump to the January 6th violence and prove that he is still a clear and present danger. Tomorrow President Trump's lawyers begin their case as we learn the former President may realize his "stop the steal" messaging doesn't exactly make him seem innocent. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


A Haunting Impeachment Case
02/10/2021

On day two of Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, David Chalian discusses the chilling new material House Managers introduced as they laid out their case that Trump’s words and tweets leading up to January 6th can be seen as the direct cause of the insurrection. And finally, Chalian reflects on how this trial may be cathartic for many watching… and a necessary step for the country to heal.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


An Emotional First Day
02/09/2021

David Chalian breaks down day one of former president Donald Trump's second impeachment trial, where the constitutionality of trying an ex-president was up for debate. We saw some convincing arguments and moving speeches on the Senate floor today... and some bizarre, incoherent speeches as well. Overall, it was an emotional day at the Capitol as Senators were forced to relive the violent events that took place on January 6th.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


Ready or Not... Impeachment Is Here
02/08/2021

Former President Trump’s second impeachment trial begins tomorrow, and David Chalian tells you what to expect as last-minute details get finalized. Plus, when it comes to passing a pandemic relief package, President Biden’s challenge isn’t only the GOP… a divide is growing within the Democratic Party. And finally, Congresswoman Liz Cheney stands her ground after being censured by the Wyoming Republican party over the weekend.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


Previewing Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial
02/05/2021

With former President Trump's second impeachment trial beginning next week, David Chalian previews the unprecedented moments ahead. He explains the process, tells you the key players to watch for, and lays out what the result could mean for the country.   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


How Did the GOP Get Here?
02/04/2021

David Chalian discusses today’s House vote on removing the controversial Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee assignments and what the GOP's choice on including Greene in their big tent means for the electoral future of the party. Plus, how the failures of Republican leaders for the past four years to speak out against fringe elements have led to a party that is now home to extremism. And finally, the House impeachment managers are requesting that former President Donald Trump testify at his upcoming impeachment trial.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


The GOP's Future May Be Up for a Vote
02/03/2021

David Chalian breaks down how the fate of two Republican lawmakers, from polar opposite sides of the GOP, will indicate the future of the Republican party. Plus, President Biden spoke with Democratic lawmakers as he continues to push his $1.9 trillion Coronavirus relief package. And finally, one of the pro-Trump attorneys who pushed election fraud lawsuits in Georgia is now the subject of an election fraud investigation… how’s that for irony.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


The GOP vs. "Looney Lies"
02/02/2021

David Chalian breaks down Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s scathing rebuke of QAnon supporter Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene... and why it probably won't accomplish much. Plus, both sides present their arguments ahead of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial next week. And finally, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez opens up about her terrifying experience during the deadly capitol riot. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


The GOP Covid Relief Plan is DOA
02/01/2021

President Biden meets with Republicans as he decides whether to try to unify a divided Congress behind a coronavirus bill or plow ahead with only his own party's support. David Chalian explores the possible pitfalls of both strategies. Plus, the latest on Trump's legal strategy with the impeachment trial forthcoming. And finally, with reckonings for Liz Cheney and Marjorie Taylor Greene looming, the GOP's divisions come to a head.   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


Fact Checking in a Post-Trump Era
01/29/2021

Trump is no longer president, but that doesn't mean fact checking the highest office stops. So, we've asked our resident CNN fact checker Daniel Dale to take us behind the scenes and explain how fact checking President Biden is different and how he will continue to pursue objective truth in this post-Trump era.   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


The GOP Kisses the Ring
01/28/2021

Trump may be out of the White House, but that didn't stop House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy from traveling to Mar-a-lago to try to get back in the President's good graces. David Chalian explains how the GOP is embracing Trumpism, plus why members of Congress are worried about their safety after the deadly Capitol siege.  And finally, President Biden has his hands full as 2020 was the worst year for economic growth since World War II.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


Biden Takes on the Climate Crisis
01/27/2021

It's Climate day for the Biden administration... David Chalian explains how even as the President takes action to tackle the Climate crisis, he may face headwinds from some fellow Democrats. Plus, how after yesterday's procedural vote it's possible to think both that the Senate won't convict Trump and that his actions are worthy of impeachment. And finally, a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked one of Biden's key campaign promises.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


Republicans Cry Unconstitutional
01/26/2021

The impeachment trial process begins today, and 45 Republicans have already suggested they believe it may be unconstitutional. David Chalian explains why they're taking that approach, plus, how Minority Leader Mitch McConnell walked away without a win from negotiations over the Senate filibuster. And finally, some state Republican parties have gone rogue trying to keep Trumpism alive in the GOP. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


Convicting Trump Probably Won't Happen
01/25/2021

As the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump looms, Republicans are trying to find their footing as a party divided. David Chalian explains what that means for the GOP when it comes to convicting Trump, holding the Senate, and in key races across the country. Plus, Biden's time is running out for a bipartisan stimulus deal and a history making swearing in.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


What to Expect in Biden’s First 100 Days
01/22/2021

For decades, the first 100 days of a new administration have become a marker of a president's governing ability. In this episode, David Chalian explores President Biden's agenda to combat the many challenges testing the country and the hurdles he will have to overcome in his first 100 days in office. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


The Man with the Plan
01/21/2021

On his first full day in office, President Biden releases his national Covid plan as he tries to get a handle on his biggest challenge: the pandemic. David Chalian explores the difficulties ahead, plus how some Republicans are already flip-flopping on their condemnations of Trump for the January 6th Capitol siege. Finally, he looks at how Biden is handling taking office with a nearly an empty Cabinet.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


A New Day in America
01/20/2021

Today Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States of America. David Chalian reflects on what this momentous day means for the country and why Biden's inaugural speech was so unique and powerful. Finally, a look at some of the actions President Biden is taking on his first day.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


Mr. Biden Goes to Washington
01/19/2021

President-elect Joe Biden arrives in Washington to begin his inaugural events as President Trump puts out a farewell address on his final full day in office. David Chalian reacts to Biden's tearful goodbye to Delaware and the Republican party’s attempts to put Trump in the past. Plus, Biden has been working on his inaugural address since he was elected and plans to deliver a message of unity. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


DC is a Fortress
01/18/2021

As the clock winds down on the Trump presidency, the national guard locks down the nation's Capital ahead of Biden's inauguration. David Chalian explores the unprecedented nature of a militarized inauguration, plus the fact that Biden will have no confirmed cabinet members when he takes office. Lastly, a look a President Trump's final approval rating as he leaves office in our new CNN poll.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


Biden's Inherited Crises
01/15/2021

When President-elect Biden takes office in 5 days, he'll inherit the greatest set of challenges of any incoming President we’ve seen in this lifetime. David Chalian discusses the plans Biden is laying out to help fix a broken nation and looks at when the Senate will receive the article of impeachment... and why the House has yet to send it. And finally, incoming Vice President Kamala Harris is not surprised by the violent and racist events that occurred in Washington last week. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


A Disastrous End to a Disastrous Presidency
01/14/2021

The Trump presidency is ending as it began: complete chaos. David Chalian takes you inside the President's disastrous final days and tells you how President-elect Biden is trying to reframe the conversation. Plus, a look at law enforcement's massive preparations underway ahead of Inauguration Day and investigations reveal there was more planning behind the Capitol siege than previously thought.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


President Trump Impeached Again
01/13/2021

History has been made, again. The House has impeached President Trump for inciting the insurrection at the US Capitol last week, making him the first President to be impeached twice. David Chalian reacts to the vote, examines the motivations of the Republicans who broke rank, and tells you what will happen next.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


The GOP's 'Vote of Conscience'
01/12/2021

After being banned from social media and staying out of the public eye for days following the fatal US Capitol siege, President Donald Trump speaks out. David Chalian reacts to his complete lack of accountability and explains the political calculations facing Republicans on the eve of the President's second impeachment vote. Plus, planned "armed protests" nationwide are raising safety concerns for Biden's inauguration.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


Biden's Impeachment Problem
01/11/2021

David Chalian discusses everything you need to know about the resolution to impeach President Trump introduced by House Democrats today and why President-Elect Biden has an impeachment problem. Plus, although some Republicans have called for Trump to step down, the GOP seems divided on how to proceed after the events of last week… with many Republicans still refusing to hold Trump accountable. And finally, in light of last week’s events, Biden’s inauguration theme will be "America United."  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


A Second Impeachment Looms
01/08/2021

Democrats are poised to impeach President Trump for a second time before his term ends in less than two weeks - which would make him the only President to be impeached twice. David Chalian explains the politics of impeachment and the continued fallout within the Republican Party after the siege on the US Capitol this week. Plus, Biden's new plan to speed the vaccine rollout.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


What Comes Next?
01/07/2021

David Chalian discusses the aftermath of yesterday’s disturbing events and the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office. Plus, despite Trump’s attempts to stall the process, President-elect Biden was officially certified as the 46th President of the U.S. and announced his picks for the Department of Justice today. And finally, Chalian takes a further look at how law enforcement utterly failed to control the chaos that erupted yesterday. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


Insurrection in Washington
01/06/2021

A scene that no one expected to ever see and yet one that was completely predictable: an insurrection with rioters breaching the Capitol as lawmakers did their constitutional duty to certify President-elect Joe Biden's victory. David Chalian explains the events leading up to a mob storming the Capitol and how the President and his allies' efforts to overthrow the election enabled it. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


Georgia Senate Runoffs: Election Day
01/05/2021

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for... election day in Georgia! David Chalian discusses what we can expect to see in the Georgia Senate runoff elections and why those races are so crucial. Plus, President Trump’s final test of loyalty will play out tomorrow at the official electoral college vote… and all eyes are on Vice President Pence. Buckle up, it's going to be a wild 48 hours.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy