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McCarthy Calls for Impeachment Inquiry into Biden
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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said he’s directing House committees to open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden without uncovering any direct evidence yet of wrongdoing. CNN Political Director breaks down what this move means, how McCarthy arrived here, and why he’s under political pressure to do so. This is happening as lawmakers are trying to pass a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown by the end of the month.

Sep 12, 2023

Biden Remembers 9/11 After Asia Trip
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President Joe Biden marked 22 years since the September 11th terror attacks with remarks at a military base in Alaska after his multi-day trip across Asia. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down how US leaders are paying their respects, and how President Biden’s trip to India and Vietnam went. Biden’s team believes these types of foreign trips show the president has the stamina for a second term in the face of poor poll numbers.

Sep 11, 2023

Unsealed Report Sheds New Light on Trump GA Case
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We now have the Georgia special grand jury’s report on its investigation into former President Donald Trump and his allies’ efforts to overturn the 2020 election. The report helped inform District Attorney Fani Willis’ charging decisions. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down the main takeaways from the report, such as key people Willis decided not to charge.

Sep 8, 2023

Voters Raise Red Flags for Biden’s 2024 Bid
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A new CNN poll shows persistent problems for President Joe Biden and his reelection bid. CNN Congressional Correspondent Jessica Dean breaks down how Biden’s numbers are down essentially across the board, and how his son’s legal issues are complicating things. We’ll also tell you what polling suggests a Biden-Trump rematch would look like.

Sep 7, 2023

Inside the First Hearing for Trump’s GA Case
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Today, cameras captured the first hearing inside a Georgia courtroom for the state’s election subversion case against former President Donald Trump and 18 other defendants. CNN Congressional Correspondent Jessica Dean breaks down highlights from the hearing, and how long prosecutors think the trial will last. Judges are expected to rule on key questions raised by some co-defendants soon, which could impact the trajectory of the case.

Sep 6, 2023

GOP Voters Broadly Support Donald Trump
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A new CNN/SSRS poll shows former President Donald Trump is in a league of his own for the Republican presidential nomination, with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis falling even farther behind him. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains how Republicans view Trump’s candidacy and legal troubles. Several of Trump’s competitors who are seeking to gain traction in this race hit the campaign trail in New Hampshire this Labor Day week as the contest becomes more engaged.

Sep 5, 2023

Trump Distances Himself from Co-Defendants
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Former President Donald Trump pleaded not guilty in his latest legal case out of Georgia. Meanwhile, Trump is trying to distance himself legally and financially from his 18 co-defendants, some of whom are turning to crowdfunding to pay steep legal bills. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down the latest out of Georgia, and what Trump’s fellow Republicans are saying.

Sep 1, 2023

McConnell Episode Revives Voters’ Age Old Question
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The attending physician at the US Capitol said McConnell is “medically clear,” after apparently freezing yesterday in Kentucky. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains why this incident may be reinforcing what Americans are already thinking about when it comes to powerful leaders in Washington. President Joe Biden faces similar questions about his age from voters that prompts the White House to push back on the notion he can’t serve a second term.

Aug 31, 2023

Natural Disasters Test Leaders’ Compassion & Competence
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and President Joe Biden have put their political differences and 2024 rivalry aside to address the impact of Hurricane Idalia. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down the state and federal responses so far, and explains the twofold mission leaders have in moments like this. Biden also addressed the continued federal response to the Maui wildfires today, after being criticized for it.

Aug 30, 2023

Biden Highlights Efforts to Lower Drug Costs
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Today, the Biden administration announced the 10 drugs that Medicare will be able to negotiate prices for – a key provision in the Inflation Reduction Act President Joe Biden signed into law last year. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down what this process will look like, and why you’ll hear a lot about it on the campaign trail. Plus, a new poll out shows what vulnerabilities both Biden and Donald Trump have.

Aug 29, 2023

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