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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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Biden's overseas juggling act Inside Politics
Today's top story is President Biden'a big trip to Asia. He sees a crossroads in how the world stands up to Russia and China. And the President says the choices will echo for decades. "We're standing at an inflection point in history where the decisions we make today will have far-reaching impacts on the world we leave to our children tomorrow." Plus, we take a look at some new numbers in the too close to call Pennsylvania Republican senate primary. And, still more new details about Donald Trump's deep personal involvement in the strategy to try to steal the election.
May 20, 2022
President faces pair of big foreign policy tests Inside Politics
President Biden is on his way to Asia to assure Japan and South Korea that Russia's war in Ukraine won't distract him from the China challenge, and he welcomed the leaders of Finland and Sweden to the White House. Plus, they're still counting votes in Pennsylvania. We may not have a Republican senate primary winner until next week, and when we do, it might trigger a recount. And, the President responds to the baby formula issue with action.
May 19, 2022
An election cliffhanger in Pennsylvania Inside Politics
16 hours after the polls closed, the biggest race in Pennsylvania, the Republican senate primary, remains undecided. Dr. Mehmet Oz, Donald Trump's preferred candidate, led with 31.3% of the vote over former hedge fund manager Dave McCormick, who had 31.1%. The result could determine which party controls the US Senate after the midterm election. We take a look inside the numbers. 

Plus, another big night for the Big Lie. And, new, beyond-awful details about the Buffalo shooter.
May 18, 2022
Bidens in Buffalo: 'Evil shall not win' Inside Politics
Today's show begins as President Biden is about to speak in Buffalo, New York, a city shaken by Saturday's mass shooting. Before his speech, the president, along with First lady Jill Biden, met with community members and families of those who were killed. The president observed a moment of silence, and then he and his wife left a bouquet at a memorial. Their visit comes as authorities continue to uncover new, chilling details about the gunman, how he targeted the supermarket and planned the rampage, how he wrote about it extensively on the dark quarters of the internet, and how he skirted laws on the books designed to stop violent episodes exactly like this.
May 17, 2022
Race massacre in Buffalo Inside Politics
What we now know about Saturday's mass shooting in Buffalo is chilling.  The white gunman drove 200 miles. He picked his target -- a supermarket in a predominantly Black neighborhood -- and surveilled the store. Authorities say he was motivated by hate, based on a racist creed he allegedly wrote. And, it could have ben worse. Investigators have evidence the shooter planned to continue his rampage at a nearby superstore. CNN's Joe Johns joins the show from Buffalo. 

Also in today's episode: Russia may have lost a third of its combat forces in its war with Ukraine ... the Republican contest a free for all between a surgeon, a tycoon, and a Big Lie believer.
May 16, 2022
Racially motived mass shooting in Buffalo leaves 10 dead Inside Politics
An 18-year-old gunman espousing white supremacist and anti-Semitic beliefs fatally shot 10 people in a Buffalo supermarket. New York Governor Kathy Hochul called the attack "white supremacist terrorism" and has vowed to reform gun laws and called for social media companies to take down racist language. The Justice Department is now investigating the shooting rampage as a hate crime.

Plus, two far-right candidates are surging ahead of Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary races. But can they actually...Show more win in November?

And Russia is about to have a new NATO neighbor as Finland says they'll join the alliance.

On today’s panel: Journalist Wesley Lowery, Margaret Talev of Axios, Astead Herndon of the New York Times, Asma Khalid of NPR, Alex Burns of the New York Times, David Sanger of the New York Times.
May 15, 2022
A complex picture of Ukraine battlefield Inside Politics
Ukraine forces a Russian retreat on one front. Russian forces slowly but steadily eat into Ukrainian territory in another. In Kharkiv Russia back pedals. In Rubizhne, Ukrainian troops are pulling back. Meanwhile, the war is causing a global ripple effect on food supply. The Russian blockade is stopping grain from getting out and putting nations at risk of starving. And In Kyiv, an important first: a Russian soldier on trial for alleged atrocities, accused of killing an unarmed 62-year-old. We be...Show moregin our coverage in Kyiv with Melissa Bell. 

Also in today's show: rare common ground between Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell, why some of the nation's most vulnerable citizens are being charged for a critical Covid drug.
May 13, 2022
Where's the data? Inside Politics
New CNN reporting raises questions about why the White House is slow to back up its startling fall Covid forecast of as many as 100 million new infections. Plus, a Florida judge appointed by Ron DeSantis says the governor's proposed congressional map is likely unconstitutional. And, Finland's leaders say the support ending decades of neutrality and joining NATO.
May 12, 2022
Might worst inflation be behind us? Inside Politics
Today's new inflation numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show the Consumer Price Index rose 8.3% in April compared with last year. While that's a big number, it's down from a 40-year high. Looking at it month-to-month, inflation was 0.3% in April, down from the 1.2% gain in March. But a closely watched data point was up, not down. Today's show begins with a look inside the numbers with CNN's Christine Romans. 

Also in today's episode: brand new CNN reporting on the Jan 6 committee's plan for a public hearing.
May 11, 2022
Biden cites inflation as #1 challenge facing families Inside Politics
Today's Inside Politics begins with in-depth analysis of President's Biden's just-concluded speech about the US economy. It was advertised by his advisers as being focused on his plan to fight inflation. But while Biden did speak about inflation, he spent a significant amount of time attacking Republicans. 

Also on today's show: New details on the tragic saga of corrections officer Vicky White ... Donald Trump and Kevin McCarthy share a stage.
May 10, 2022
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