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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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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.




Fire, smoke and a new Middle East flashpoint

The United States retaliates with airstrikes that after a suspected Iranian kamikaze drone kills an American contractor inside Syria. Plus: While a Trump lawyer testifies in front of a federal grand jury in the classified documents case, the former president calls the Manhattan prosecutor a degenerate and recklessly warns of death and destruction if he's charged with a crime. And: President Biden meets with Justin Trudeau as the US and Canada strike a new deal to slow a growing migrant...


TikTok goes to Washington

Today Capitol Hill's main event pits viral videos versus national security, as TikTok CEO Shou Chew tries to convince a skeptical Congress to say no to a ban by promising to put data from 150 million Americans under lock and key. Plus: A big legal loss for Donald Trump in Washington, where a judge orders his lawyer to answer more questions about classified documents. And: In a new interview, the Florida governor gives a very different answer about the war in Ukraine. To learn more about...


Two courts, two legal migraines for Donald Trump

In New York, a grand jury weighs charging the former president for steering money to Stormy Daniels. In Washington, a consequential secret ruling from a federal judge agreeing with the special counsel prosecutors that there is evidence Trump used his attorneys to commit crimes. Plus: As we await today's Fed interest rate decision, Democratic senators are demanding Fed action to corral regional banks they blame for pushing the economy to the brink. And: In a new interview, Ron DeSantis...


Is it a when or if?

A New York grand jury weighs whether to indict Donald Trump in a hush money scheme involving Stormy Daniels. Law enforcement in New York and Washington are on alert for possible protests. Plus: A handshake watched around the globe. The highly choreographed moment by Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin sends a defiant message to the United States and to the west. And: President Biden takes out his veto pen for the first time. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit...


A possible indictment that would make history

Today, a witness tries to undermine Michael Cohen's credibility and help the former president avoid indictment for paying hush money to a porn star. This, as House Republicans are now war-gaming to attack the New York prosecutor pursuing the case. Plus: China's Xi Minping touches down in moscow for his face-to-face meeting with Vladimir Putin. Xi says China and Russia share key goals, but it's unclear whether Putin will get the help he wants for his war in Ukraine. And: A Swiss bank spends...


Donald Trump says he expects to be arrested

Former President Donald Trump wrote in a social media post that he expects to be arrested on charges of hush money payments involving adult film actress Stormy Daniels, calling on his supporters to protest any such move. His team said after Trump’s post that it had not received any notifications of arrest from prosecutors. What is Trump’s end game? And, the Biden administration is hoping that last week’s bank rescue plan was enough to prevent a bigger crisis from unfolding. We’ll examine how...


The big bank bailout

The biggest banks toss a $30 billion lifeline to the struggling First Republic. The hope is that this massive cash infusion will calm markets and stop a panicky selloff. Plus: The Trump special council takes sweeping steps to get questions answered, including subpoenas for workers from Trump's communication handlers to the staff member caught on video helping move boxes in and out of a storage room. And: Next week China's president will make a state visit to Russia. The trip has consequences...


US: Video proves Russia is lying about drone incident

A high-altitude, declassified video of the midair encounter between an American drone and Russian fighter jets shows Moscow putting the drone in its crosshairs, igniting a cloud fuel and buzzing the drone twice. Plus: The US treasury secretary is on Capitol Hill today trying to calm nerves, assuring Americans their money is safe. And: The Senate barrels towards a vote on undoing the use of force authorizations against Iraq, two decades after the run up of shock and awe. To learn more about...


Major abortion case in Texas

Today a Trump-appointed judge in Texas will determine if pregnancy pills should be pulled off the shelf from coast to coast. Plus: More economic turbulence as American markets tumble on fears a global bank might go over the edge. And: Washington says DeSantis is way off target to suggest the US should forget about Ukraine. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


New inflation numbers complicate Fed's job

The inflation playbook says the Fed should raise interest rates again. But the latest Consumer Price Index shows inflation continuing to cool. The recent banking crisis complicates things even more. Plus: GOP presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis says Russia's assault on Ukriane and its democracy is not a vital US interest. It's a flip flop for the governor that puts him in sync with today's GOP. And: Donald Trump says January 6th wouldn't have happened if Mike Pence had helped him steal the...


Biden's bank rescue plan

The federal government swoops in to pay back depositors after a bank goes under. Joe Biden says the US banking system is "safe" and promises 2023 will not look like 2008. Plus: Mike Pence says President Trump was reckless on January 6th. The big question now is whether Pence repeats that sentiment when he's with GOP voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and beyond. And: President Biden greenlights a giant oil drilling project in Alaska, angering progressives. A court fight is likely. To learn more...


DeSantis debut

In Iowa, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis prepares for an all but certain presidential run. Plus, President Biden may break a big campaign promise on energy as he makes a shift towards the Right. Will it cause a breach with progressives? Also, how a ring-wing TV host triggered a conversation most Republicans don’t want to have after comments about the Capitol insurrection. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Are prosecutors close to indicting Trump?

Manhattan prosecutors invite Donald Trump to testify before a grand jury. It's a big indication they could be close to charging the former president for his role in buying the silence of a porn star mistress. Plus: Ron DeSantis visits Iowa today and Nevada tomorrow, sending loud signals he's running for president. And: The latest jobs report is yet another indication of the US economy's resilience but feeds worries about inflation and Fed rate hikes. To learn more about how CNN protects...


Putin unleashes hypersonic high tide

Wave after wave of Russian missiles pierce holes in Ukraine's air defense in Moscow's most ferocious assault in weeks. Plus: President Biden's just-released, ambitious budget provides a road map to the president's 2024 campaign contest. And: California's Democratic governor walks away from a $54 million state deal with Walgreens because he says the pharmacy giant won't dispense abortion pills. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


A blatant, horrific disregard for humanity

The Justice Department says the Louisville Police Department had a practice of stomping on civil rights, using excessive force, conducting illegal searches, making unlawful stops and discriminating against Black and Brown people. Plus: Officials pull back the curtain on the biggest challenges to national security. And: Fresh evidence from a lawsuit against Fox showing its executives and hosts knew election fraud allegations and conspiracies were bogus but promoted them anyway. To learn more...


A horror story in Mexico

Officials locate the four kidnapped Americans after they were stuffed in the back of a pickup truck in Mexico. Two were found dead, the other two alive -- but a source tells CNN one of the survivors is fighting for his life. We bring you the very latest on this tragic story of mistaken identity. Plus: We have a brand new, exclusive CNN interview with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. And: Ron DeSantis delivers his state of the state address and previews his 2024 plan to make America...


Trump: 'I am your retribution'

Donald Trump tries to make his case why Republicans should give him another chance. Plus: Russia is on the verge of the first battlefield victory in months. And: Pete Buttigieg admits to CNN he got it wrong on the Ohio train derailment. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Trump's dark vision

Ex-President Donald Trump regales the MAGA faithful with promises for his supporters and threats against his enemies. Plus: President Biden ignites a firestorm inside his own party over violence in big cities. But is he picking politics over principle? And: Remembering "Bloody Sunday" in Selma as the nation grapples withhow to reconcile its past with its present. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Alex Murdaugh sentenced to life with parole

Disgraced lawyer Alex Murdaugh will spend the rest of his life behind bars after being convicted of killing his wife and youngest son. CNN's Diane Gallagher tracked the trial from the beginning and joins the show live to discuss the verdict as well as the judge's remarkable comments as she dressed down the defendant. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


A hate-based plot in Michigan

A man is arrested and charged with scheming to murder Jews serving in the Michigan state government. The attorney general says she's among those targeted. Plus: Joe Biden warns that Republicans want devastating spending cuts in exchange for a deal on the debt ceiling. Kevin McCarthy says that's not true and blames the president for dragging things out instead of negotiating. And: Secretary of State Blinken secretly meets with his Russian counterpart for the first time, but only for 10...