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John King and his panel of well-sourced reporters bring you their latest scoops on the most important political stories of the day. A reporter with three decades of experience covering the White House, Congress and the campaign trail, King has interviewed presidents, politicians and voters. He explains what political stories matter, and why they matter to you.
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John King and his panel of well-sourced reporters bring you their latest scoops on the most important political stories of the day. A reporter with three decades of experience covering the White House, Congress and the campaign trail, King has interviewed presidents, politicians and voters. He explains what political stories matter, and why they matter to you.




Thursday, January 17, 2019: Cohen Hired Firm to Rig Online Polls in Trump's Favor

Another giant story change from the President's top lawyer. Rudy Giuliani now says maybe Trump campaign aides did communicate or collude with Russians -- but he says it's no big deal because the candidate himself didn't. Plus, longtime Trump fixer Michael Cohen tells CNN the boss directed him to rig polls to help generate fake news about Trump's popularity. And Beto O'Rourke takes a road trip to ponder a 2020 presidential run. On today's panel: NPR's Tamara Keith, CNN's Phil Mattingly,...


Wednesday, January 16, 2019: U.S. Troops Killed in Massive Syria Suicide Attack

U.S. soldiers reported killed in a marketplace bombing in Syria. ISIS claims responsibility for the explosion, just weeks after President Trump said ISIS was defeated and it's time for American troops to come home. Plus, new signs the government shutdown is hurting the economy. And a new power play from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- she says the President should delay his State of the Union address, or just submit it in writing, because security wouldn't be paid for during the shutdown. And...


Tuesday, January 15, 2019: AG Nominee Says Mueller Probe Is No Witch Hunt

William Barr, the President's nominee to be attorney general, promises to defend the independence of the Justice Department and maintain his own independence as well. We analyze the early highlights from Barr's confirmation hearing. On today's panel: CNN's Nia-Malika Henderson, Evan Perez, Laura Jarrett, and Chief Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin. via Knit


Monday, January 14, 2019: Trump Denies He Ever Acted at Behest of Russia

President Trump is on his way to New Orleans this hour to speak at the Farm Bureau Convention in New Orleans -- not Nashville, like he tweeted this morning. But on the White House lawn, the President fielded questions not on the plight of farmers, but on whether or not he's working for the Russians. Meanwhile the President's attorney general nominee laying down two big markers today: The Special Counsel should finish his investigation, and the American people should see Robert Mueller's...


Sunday, January 13, 2019: The Longest Government Shutdown in History

Day 23 of the partial government shutdown - now the longest on record. Workers miss their first paychecks, some vital government services are stopped or stressed, and new polling finds the American people squarely place the shutdown blame on President Trump and his demand for a border wall. Plus, new faces for the Democrats - as what will be a crowded 2020 presidential field begins to take shape. And dramatic new twists in the Russia investigation. The president lashes out at a new account...


Friday, January 11, 2019: Trump, Pelosi Wait for The Other To Blink in Shutdown Standoff

The partial government shutdown is about to become the longest on record -- this as tens of thousands of federal workers mark a pay day without pay and feel the pinch of being pawns in a political standoff. And help still wanted: 10 days shy of the two-year mark, new numbers show a stunning number of senior Trump administration jobs are vacant -- record breaking chaos and turnover in a White House we were promised would be exceptional. Also Breaking News on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader...


Thursday, January 10, 2019: Trump Says China Is Easier To Deal With Than The Democrats.

Before heading to the U.S.-Mexico border, President Trump says he's open to a compromise to end the shutdown, but makes clear it would have to include his wall. Democrats repeat that the wall is a non-starter. On day 20 of the shutdown, they blame the President for the increasing stress on furloughed federal workers. The only way out may be for the President to declare a national emergency and take wall money from the Pentagon or other agencies. He says that might happen soon, but for now...


Wednesday, January 9, 2019: Trump Speaks on Day 19 of Government Shutdown

After an Oval Office bill signing and Q&A with reporters, President Trump will head to Capitol Hill for lunch with Senate Republicans. Many remain worried the White House still has no sound strategy to end the shutdown. Plus, Rod Rosenstein is making plans to leave his post as Deputy Attorney General, indicating the Mueller probe may finally be wrapping up. On today's panel: CNN's Nia-Malika Henderson, Tarini Parti with Buzzfeed, CNN's Jeff Zeleny, and Julie Hirschfeld Davis with The New...


Tuesday, January 8, 2019: Trump to Make Case for Border Wall in Prime-Time Address

Prime time from the oval office: President Trump makes a risky national address to press his case the U.S-Mexico border is in crisis and that the government shutdown is necessary to force Congress to give him his border wall. Plus, the credibility question: Can the President sway public opinion -- and key players in Congress -- when so much of what he and his team say about immigration and the security threat is simply not true. And Senator Kamala Harris wants you to read her new book and...


Monday, January 7, 2019: Trump Plans Trip to the Border

Breaking news on Day 17 of the government shutdown, the White House announces the president will visit the southern border later this week. Plus, Joe Biden says he's close to making a decision on running for president in 2020. But how long will he wait? And as Democrats take charge in the House, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is unapologetic -- promising to push her liberal priorities and dismissing those who question her budget math. On Today's show: Catherine Lucey with the Associated...


Sunday, January 6, 2019: Shutdown Stalemate Drags On

Shutdown showdown meets divided government. Is there an end in sight? And Nancy Pelosi grabs the speaker's gavel for a second time, with a diverse Democratic caucus taking the House - and already making waves. Plus, Elizabeth Warren takes her likely 2020 bid on the road. Nia-Malika Henderson in the anchor chair. Today's panel: Maggie Haberman and Lisa Lerer of the New York Times, Eliana Johnson of Politico, and CNN's Manu Raju via Knit


Friday, January 4, 2019: Lawmakers Back at White House on Day 14 of Shutdown

The President is meeting with Congressional leaders about the partial government shutdown. Will this meeting be any more productive than the one earlier this week? And after a new Democratic Congresswoman uses an expletive to describe the President in calling for his impeachment, newly elected Speaker Nancy Pelosi downplays it, as a "generational" thing. Plus, the latest jobs report shows a surge in hiring, which triggers a surge on Wall Street. Today's panel: Karoun Demirjian with The...


Thursday, January 3, 2018: The New Congress Convenes with Democrats in Control of the House

Breaking News: The 116th Congress gavels into session. Vice President Pence swears in newly-elected Senators. And as the House prepares to elect Nancy Pelosi speaker, Dana Bash interviews the first woman to represent Pennsylvania's 6th district, incoming Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan. via Knit


Wednesday, January 2, 2019: There Is No "I" In TEAM

President Trump is huddled with his cabinet this hour, ahead of a face-to-face gathering with lawmakers on day-12 of the shutdown. A substantive meeting, or a political stunt? Plus, tomorrow marks the first day of the 116th Congress, making Capitol Hill noticeably more diverse. We'll tell you which members to watch. And after Mitt Romney publishes a scathing critique of President Trump, a fellow freshman Senator asks, "Can't we all just get along?" On today's panel: Eliana Johnson with...


Tuesday, January 1, 2019: Trump Urges "Haters" to "Calm Down and Enjoy The Ride"

Welcome to a special New Year's Day edition of "Inside Politics" with Phil Mattingly. We're learning more details about the American detained in Russia on espionage charges. His family insists he isn't a spy for the U.S. government. We speak to his brother David Whelan. Meanwhile in Washington, the President has some bold predictions for his "haters" in 2019. And the incoming freshman class on Capitol Hill gives lessons on how to win on social media. Today's panel: Karoun Demirjian with The...


Monday, December 31, 2018: Sen. Warren Officially Dips Her Toe into 2020 Pool

CNN's Phil Mattingly hosts a special New Year's Eve edition of "Inside Politics." Elizabeth Warren -- who President Trump calls his "dream come true" opponent -- makes her first official move toward a 2020 run. Plus, on Day 10 of the government shutdown, the president is tweeting for Democrats to give him the votes needed for his wall. And Defense Secretary James Mattis references Lincoln in his farewell note while the president defends his Syria strategy. On today's panel: Margaret Talev...


Sunday, December 30, 2018: Shutdown Showdown

CNN's Nia-Malika Henderson hosts today's edition of "Inside Politics." The government shutdown is now in its 9th day over a fight over funding for a southern border wall. The President will skip his New Years Eve party at Mar-a-Lago to stay in Washington, tweeting that he's "in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come on over and make a deal." Democrats say they're willing to pay for border security, but won't vote for any money to build a wall. Eight-hundred thousand federal...


Friday, December 28, 2018: Trump Threatens to Close Border if Dems Don't Fund Wall

CNN's Nia-Malika Henderson hosts a special edition of "Inside Politics." On day seven of the government shutdown, the White House is out to re-claim the narrative. They say it's not the president who owns the shutdown, it's Nancy Pelosi. Plus, Republican strategists weigh in on which Democrat they hope runs against the president. They want someone just like Hillary Clinton. And as the president threatens on Twitter to close the southern border if a wall isn't built, one Democrat warns that...


Thursday, December 27, 2018: Trump Calls Out Pelosi

Nia-Malika Henderson anchors today's edition of Inside Politics. President Trump is back at the White House after visiting U.S. troops in Iraq and Germany. But today Iraq's current ruling political party are openly criticizing his visit. The president also said everyone wants to be his Defense Secretary, a common refrain when it comes to this White House and job openings. And it's day six of the government shutdown. Status update: Standstill. On Today's Panel: Michael Shear with the New York...


Wednesday, December 26, 2018: Your Government Shutdown Update

CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Manu Raju anchors today's Inside Politics. House Freedom Caucus Chair Rep. Mark Meadows gives us an update on the negotiations to end the government shutdown, now on its 5th day. Meanwhile, the White House says the Fed Chair's job is "100%" safe, but what about his Treasury Secretary? And the 2020 presidential race is closer than you think. On Today's Panel: CNN's Sara Murray, Margaret Talev with Bloomberg, POLITICO's John Bresnahan, plus Seung Min Kim...