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CNN Political Briefing – Podcast on CNN Audio



FBI Director Defends Bureau from GOP Attacks
CNN Political Briefing

The House Judiciary Committee heard testimony from FBI Director Christopher Wray. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down key moments from the hearing, and what it may (or may not) accomplish. Republicans attacked the agency for playing politics on a number of issues, while Democrats labeled the hearing itself as political.

Jul 12, 2023

Biden Attends High Stakes NATO Summit
CNN Political Briefing

As Russia’s war in Ukraine continues, President Joe Biden attends a high stakes NATO summit in Lithuania. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains NATO’s efforts to help Ukraine join the alliance, but the White House says it won’t happen until after the war is over. Plus, Turkey has agreed to back Sweden’s bid to join NATO in a major win for the alliance.

Jul 11, 2023

Aftermath of Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Ouster Vote
CNN Political Briefing

The House Freedom Caucus is still finding its way in a McCarthy-led House in a post-Trump Washington. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down how the group of conservative Republicans struggles at times to stay on the same page when it comes to policy, strategy, and presidential endorsements. The caucus even voted to oust one of its members with high name recognition: Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene.

Jul 10, 2023

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



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