CNN Political Briefing
The political news you need to know, in 10 minutes or less. Hosted by David Chalian.
President Joe Biden can’t seem to catch a break. Even though the number of people on unemployment is the lowest it’s been since 1969, inflation remains top of mind for Americans. Plus, CNN Political Director David Chalian explains the crisis surrounding the baby formula shortage in the US – and how lawmakers are responding. A new CNN poll shows a majority of Americans are not happy with how things are going in the country today.
May 19, 2022
What can we take away from last night’s primary elections? CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down results from key elections across the country, from Pennsylvania to Oregon. The marquee race of the evening – the GOP Senate primary in PA– is neck-and-neck and some Democratic primaries are too close to call at this point too.
May 18, 2022
States from coast to coast are holding primaries today ahead of the 2022 midterm election. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down the races to watch, like Pennsylvania’s contentious Senate and gubernatorial races, and North Carolina’s congressional races. Also, how is this primary election cycle challenging Trump’s influence in the GOP? And what do the Democratic primary frontrunners say about the party’s midterm strategy?
May 17, 2022
A racially-motivated shooting in Buffalo, New York is being investigated as a hate crime. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains how a racist, conspiratorial belief the accused shooter allegedly held is part of a concerning trend in America. This fringe idea has moved to the political mainstream, where replacement theory rhetoric has been echoed by some conservative TV personalities and lawmakers.
May 16, 2022
Former Vice President Mike Pence weighed in on the GOP gubernatorial primary race in Georgia. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains why his endorsement puts him at odds with his former boss. Will former President Donald Trump and Pence go head-to-head for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024? That’s the question that looms over all the races this year.
May 13, 2022
Former President Donald Trump is nervous about the odds his endorsed candidate – Dr. Mehmet Oz – has of winning the Senate GOP primary in Pennsylvania next Tuesday. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains the emergence of a candidate in the race who’s complicating things for Oz and David McCormick, another top primary contender. It’s why party leaders are watching this race closely too.
May 12, 2022
US inflation cooled off a bit last month, but consumer prices are still high. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains why the Biden administration isn’t celebrating the slight dip. President Biden continues to blame Russia’s war in Ukraine for price pains and food shortages in the US. But as Republicans often point out – and polls show – Americans don’t think Biden’s economic policies are effective so far.
May 11, 2022
West Virginia and Nebraska are holding primary elections today and former President Donald Trump’s influence is being tested, yet again. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down two races – one congressional, one gubernatorial – where Trump has endorsed candidates. Trump’s chosen candidate won in Ohio last week – will the streak continue in the many important primaries to come this month?
May 10, 2022
The Supreme Court’s leaked opinion on Roe vs. Wade has Democrats campaigning on the possible ripple effects of overturning the landmark abortion rights decision, while Republicans are evasive about what could come next. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down the political game plans on both sides of the aisle – and what privacy rights could be targeted next. It could be not just a state-by-state debate soon, especially if Republicans take control of Congress.
May 9, 2022
The leak of the Supreme Court majority opinion overturning Roe vs. Wade may not be the final decision – but it was enough for Democrats to sound the alarm. CNN Political Director David Chalian dissects brand new polling from CNN/SSRS that shows a majority of Americans oppose overturning Roe vs. Wade. That’s been the case for a while, but that’s not the full story. Democrats think this issue can be a rallying call ahead of the midterms, but polling shows that might not be true at this point.
May 6, 2022