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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.

President Biden’s Packed Week in Washington CNN Political Briefing
President Joe Biden welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron for an official state visit at the White House this week. CNN’s Kristen Holmes explains the significance of Macron’s trip and key issues the two leaders addressed. Plus, Biden also signed a bill to avoid a rail strike and addressed the latest jobs report.
Dec 2, 2022
Lawmakers Work Against the Clock CNN Political Briefing
While House Democrats race to wrap up investigations, Republicans reveal more of what could come when they take the House next month. CNN’s Melanie Zanona breaks down two committee investigations regarding former President Donald Trump’s tax returns and January 6. Plus, a bill meant to avert a devastating freight rail strike heads to President Joe Biden’s desk.
Dec 1, 2022
House Moves on Rail Deal & New Leadership CNN Political Briefing
The House passed a key bill to avoid a rail strike today, but it still needs to pass in the Senate. CNN’s Chris Cillizza explains the measure, on top of Democrats’ other priorities for the lame-duck session. Plus, House Democrats elected new leadership today, while GOP House leader Kevin McCarthy struggles to secure the votes for speaker.
Nov 30, 2022
Final Countdown in GA Senate Runoff CNN Political Briefing
The Georgia Senate runoff is one week away from voters deciding if Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock will get another term, or if Republican Herchel Walker will make the Senate 50/50. CNN’s Chris Cillizza breaks down what both candidates and parties are doing for the race, and why its result matters.
Nov 29, 2022
Congress’ Lame Duck Session is Jam-Packed CNN Political Briefing
Lawmakers are working to pass bills that would fund the government, codify same-sex and interracial marriage rights, and more in a matter of weeks. CNN’s Krista Bo explains what Congress aims to accomplish and what other political factors are at play in this lame duck session.
Nov 28, 2022
Kevin McCarthy's Math Problem CNN Political Briefing
Republicans take control of the House in January, and GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy wants to become the next speaker. CNN's Melanie Zanona explains why the math isn't working out so far, and how he's trying to change that. As he scrambles to lock down the votes for his speakership, McCarthy issued his strongest stance yet on the Biden administration's immigration policies and border security leadership, while the White House pushed back.
Nov 23, 2022
Debate over Trump’s Special Master Continues CNN Political Briefing
The Justice Department faced off with Donald Trump’s lawyers today in a key hearing related to the Mar-a-Lago investigation. CNN’s Kristen Holmes explains how the newly appointed special counsel is handling his position overseeing the case. Plus, Holmes explains other key investigations at the federal and state level involving the former president.
Nov 22, 2022
Democrats’ Goals for Lame-Duck Session CNN Political Briefing
Democrats have a little over a month left before Republicans take control of the House. CNN’s Kristen Holmes explains their priorities in the little time they have left, including passing same-sex marriage and protections for DACA recipients. Plus, President Joe Biden considers a 2024 run in the context of the midterms and Donald Trump’s campaign launch.
Nov 21, 2022
House Republicans Prep Multiple Investigations CNN Political Briefing
Now that Republicans are projected to have the majority in the House, they are preparing investigations on multiple fronts. CNN’s Chris Cillizza breaks down these investigations and a related update from Attorney General Merrick Garland. Plus, what will House leadership look like in the new year?
Nov 18, 2022
End of an Era: Pelosi Steps Down CNN Political Briefing
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told lawmakers she will not run for reelection for Democratic leadership, but will remain a member of Congress. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains how the #2 and #3 House Democrats followed suit, paving the way for a new generation to take power. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy did not attend Pelosi’s farewell speech, but he has been celebrating the new Republican majority.
Nov 17, 2022
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