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The political news you need to know, in 10 minutes or less. Hosted by David Chalian.

  • A Speech 49 Years in the Making

    On his 99th day in office, 49 years after first entering the Senate, President Biden will deliver his first speech to a joint session of Congress. David Chalian previews what to expect from his big speech and explains what new CNN poll numbers say about where the president stands with the American people at his 100-day mark. Plus, what to expect from Senator Tim Scott’s Republican rebuttal. 

  • New Mask Guidance Shows Pandemic Progress

    Today, President Biden announced new CDC mask guidance for fully vaccinated Americans. David Chalian breaks down how the president is delivering on his pandemic promises as he reaches his 100-day mark. Plus, a brand-new CNN poll shows the country’s view on police reform, and the official Census results mean a changing political map. 

  • The 100-Day Report Card

    This week, President Biden will mark his first 100 days in office by pitching his progressive policies in his first address to Congress. David Chalian breaks down how the American people grade his performance so far. Plus, what the top GOP leader’s changing rhetoric on former President Trump tells us about the direction of his party and how the battle for control of the Senate is starting to heat up. 

  • Climate Diplomacy on the World Stage

    This week, global leaders gathered virtually for President Biden’s Earth Day climate summit, putting the President’s commitment to climate diplomacy in sharp focus. Today, CNN National Security Correspondent Kylie Atwood explains how the administration tried to use this summit to reassert the US as a leader in the climate crisis by working with both allies and adversaries.

  • “Biden’s Big Earth Day Pledge”

    As the country celebrates Earth Day, President Biden announces a bold goal to cut carbon emissions while convening a global climate summit. David Chalian explain how Biden’s commitment to reducing the US emissions sets him apart from his predecessors. Plus, Democrats and Republicans try to meet in the middle on police reform and DC Statehood passes in the House, but challenges lie ahead.

  • The Next Steps for Police Reform

    After the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, the question remains whether this ruling is just the end of a legal battle or the beginning of a legislative push on police reform. David Chalian breaks down the political fallout from the verdict and what it means for the future of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act in the Senate. Plus, President Biden’s strategy of focusing on vaccine shots and stimulus checks is a winning message.

  • The Politics of the Chauvin Trial

    After 10 hours of deliberation, the jury in the trial of Derrick Chauvin found him guilty on all counts. David Chalian explain how the Biden Administration prepared for this verdict as well as an innocent one, plus congresswoman Maxine Waters faces big consequences in the house. Finally, former President George W. Bush speaks up about the polarization within his own party.

  • The Next Vaccine Challenge

    As of today, every American over the age of 16 years old is eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine… but not everyone is ready to take it. CNN Correspondent Kristen Holmes explains how the Biden Administration is planning to tackle vaccine hesitancy, plus why congresswoman Maxine Waters’ call for “confrontation” may not be the message the country needs right now. Finally, the White House flip flop on whether the situation at the Southern Border is a crisis is just their latest mixed message on immigShow moreration. 

  • The George Floyd Policing Act Explained

    America is reeling from a series of police shootings across the country, as Derek Chauvin’s trial for the murder of George Floyd nearly a year ago heads to closing arguments. Pressure is mounting on President Biden and members of Congress to act, and their solution is a bill that has already passed the House known as the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. So today, CNN’s Race and Equality Senior Writer Nicquel Terry Ellis breaks down where the push for police reform stands, what’s in the billShow more, and the challenges it faces passing the Senate.  

  • A Big Week in Foreign Policy

    The day after President Biden announced the deadline for the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, he’s imposing new sweeping sanctions on Russia. CNN Correspondent Kristen Holmes joins to explain the President’s moves and his big foreign policy week. Plus, the three new pieces of progressive legislation raising eyebrows on Capitol Hill and what the latest fundraising reports tell us about political sway in Congress.

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