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CNN Political Briefing – Podcast on CNN Audio

Special Counsel Zeroes in on Chaotic Trump Meeting
CNN Political Briefing

New CNN reporting indicates special counsel Jack Smith may be close to deciding charges in another probe involving former President Donald Trump. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down what prosecutors are focusing on as they investigate Trump and his allies’ efforts to overturn the 2020 election. This, as Trump campaigned in Iowa today and attacked his top GOP rival, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

Jul 7, 2023

GOP 2024 Loyalty Pledge Could Present Obstacles
CNN Political Briefing

The holiday week has been stacked with 2024 candidate events, new political ads, and fresh fundraising numbers. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains the drama over loyalty pledges, which require GOP candidates to support the eventual nominee if they want to be on the ballot in Florida or participate in the RNC’s first primary debate. Plus, will former President Donald Trump even show up to the debate?

Jul 6, 2023

GOP 2024 Candidates Hit the Holiday Campaign Trail
CNN Political Briefing

Some Republicans running for the presidential nomination hit the campaign trail hard over the holiday, except for the frontrunner. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains how former President Donald Trump, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and former Vice President Mike Pence spent the last few days, and what that says about the primary race so far.

Jul 5, 2023

SCOTUS Term Ends With Major Decisions
CNN Political Briefing

On the final day of its term, the Supreme Court issued two, monumental 6-3 decisions that strikes down student debt relief and limits LGBTQ protections. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down each opinion, and what President Joe Biden plans to do in response. Republicans are celebrating the rulings today, as the high court leans even more to the right.

Jun 30, 2023

The Supreme Court Rules Against Affirmative Action
CNN Political Briefing

In a landmark 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that race can no longer be a consideration for colleges and universities, upending decades of precedent that benefitted Black and Latino students. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains the nuances of the majority opinion, the fiery dissent, and what the Biden administration plans to do next. Plus, will this ruling have the same impact on the 2024 race as the Dobbs decision did last time around?

Jun 29, 2023

Biden Banking on ‘Bidenomics’ for Reelection
CNN Political Briefing

The White House is embracing the term ‘Bidenomics’ to try to rebrand President Joe Biden’s economic record and policy vision under one term. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down Biden’s big speech in Chicago — and the latest poll numbers and political headwinds on the economy — as the president seeks a second term.

Jun 28, 2023

Trump Talks About ‘Secret Information’ on Tape
CNN Political Briefing

CNN was the first to obtain a 2021 audio recording where former President Donald Trump seemed to admit he had a secret Pentagon document, and appeared to show it off to people in the room. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down the legal and political implications for Trump, as he hits the 2024 campaign trail in New Hampshire.

Jun 27, 2023

Biden Distances US From Russian Rebellion
CNN Political Briefing

President Biden said today the US and its closest allies had nothing to do with a mercenary group’s insurrection attempt in Russia on Saturday. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains more on how the West, Russia, and Ukraine are responding to the Wagner Group’s rebellion in Russia.

Jun 26, 2023

Abortion Politics Takes Centerstage for Both Parties
CNN Political Briefing

Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court decision to overturn the constitutional right to abortion. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down how both Democrats and Republicans in the 2024 presidential race are marking the occasion. The Biden-Harris campaign believes abortion rights will be a motivating issue for voters, while some Republicans struggle to navigate.

Jun 23, 2023

Biden Courts a Controversial Leader
CNN Political Briefing

President Joe Biden rolled out the red carpet for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state visit. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down the trade-offs the president had to make in order to strengthen ties with India in the face of growing US-China tension.

Jun 22, 2023

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