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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.




Wednesday, August 21, 2019: Trump's Evolving Answers on Background Checks

Apologies, we have a truncated show today because the President answered questions on the White House lawn for nearly 40 minutes. Our reporters discussed the economy, the climate in Washington over gun reform, and President Trump's "disloyalty" comments towards American Jews who vote for Democrats. Today's panel: CNN's Abby Phillip, Heather Caygle with POLITICO, The Wall Street Journal's Joshua Jamerson, and Margaret Talev with Axios. via Knit


Tuesday, August 20, 2019: New Data Complicates Trump 2020 Economy Argument

Joe Biden is back on the trail in Iowa today as a new CNN poll shows him widening his national lead in the Democratic race. Electability is Biden's theme in his first campaign TV ad -- and Jill Biden offers a rather unusual endorsement. Plus, the scramble to make the next Democratic debate. Julian Castro is in -- and a few Democrats who are close are racing against the clock to qualify. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo making news today on China and ISIS. Plus offering his take on a New Yorker...


Monday, August 19, 2019: Trump, Economic Advisers Downplay Recession Threat

Elizabeth Warren in Iowa today to promote a detailed plan to help a group of Americans long ignored and underserved. Plus, a Massachusetts primary drama with national implications: Congressman Joe Kennedy moves to challenge incumbent Democrat Ed Markey -- hoping to follow his grandfather and two grand-uncles to the United States Senate. And an up day in financial markets .. planned new trade talks with China and efforts to stimulate Europe's economy cheer investors today ---- as Team Trump...


Sunday, August 18, 2019: Is a Recession on the Horizon?

A tumultuous week on Wall Street - President Trump plays the blame game with the Federal Reserve and says everything's fine, but could a recession be looming on the horizon? Plus, Israel blocks a visit by two Democratic congresswomen - after a very public nudge from the president. And one struggling 2020 Democrat bows out - but another fights on after a mass shooting back home. Today's Panel: Julie Pace of the Associated Press, Politico's Laura Barron-Lopez, Lisa Lerer of the New York Times,...


Friday, August 16, 2019: Trump: "No Choice But to Vote for Me" to Keep Economy Rolling

An Israeli official says Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib must hate Israel more than she loves her grandmother. This after the Democratic Congresswoman asks for permission to see family in the Palestinian territories, then says never mind when Israel says yes. Plus, a new complication in the China challenge: The White House approves a major arms sale to Taiwan -- something sure to anger Beijing at an already tense time in the trade war. And just an August 2019 snapshot, but a new poll shows...


Thursday August 15, 2019: Israel Bans Omar & Tlaib after Trump Tweets

Another norm busting tweet and then a big decision from the Israeli government: Two Democratic Congresswoman are told they are not welcome to visit shortly after the President tweets Israel would show great weakness if it welcomed Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. Plus, China says it hopes to work with President Trump but will retaliate if he again escalates the trade war -- as the President deflects blame for the turmoil on Wall Street. And changes in the 2020 Democratic field: Former...


Wednesday August 14, 2019 : New Economic Fears & New Doubts About Gun Legislation

The Dow plunges amid new recession fears triggered by economic worries overseas and a big warning sign in the U.S. bond market. Plus, several Democrats running for President are being urged to run for Senate instead. Colorado's John Hickenlooper is thinking about it, but Beto O'Rourke insists he's still focused on the White House. And Congress and the White House are in serious talks about new gun control legislation -- with expanded background checks atop the list. But there is deep...


Tuesday, August 13, 2019: Trump Says Tariff Delay Will Help a Lot of People

New tariffs on China delayed, stock market surges: The step-back in the trade war comes as President Trump heads to western Pennsylvania to promote his record on the economy. And, Senator Bernie Sanders shares a playbook with President Trump: The Democratic candidate accuses the Washington Post of unfair coverage because he is a constant critic of its owner. Today's Panel: Seung Min Kim with The Washington Post, Jackie Kucinich with The Daily Beast, Margaret Talev with Axios and CNN's...


Monday, August 12, 2019: Legal Migrants Could Be Turned Down for Low Income, Lack of Education

The Trump Administration imposes dramatic new limits on legal immigration. The new rules make it easier to reject green card and visa applications from low-income people on grounds they could end up on public assistance. Plus, a big Iowa weekend for the 2020 Democrats. Joe Biden raises questions with another gaffe, Elizabeth Warren proves her organizing prowess - and Kamala Harris is on a bus tour to make clear she plans to make a play in the state that votes first. And from friend to foe in...


Sunday, August 11, 2019: Iowa, Iowa, Iowa

President Trump promises action on America's mass shooting epidemic - has Washington finally hit a tipping point, or will efforts fall short like they have in the past? Plus, tough new attacks on the president from the Democrats who want his job, as 2020 hopefuls descend on first-in-the-nation Iowa. And President Trump plays down the latest North Korean missile tests - siding with Kim Jong Un over America's allies and his own advisers. CNN's Phil Mattingly in the anchor chair. Today's Panel:...


Friday, August 9, 2019: Trump: "I Have Greater Influence" Now Over Gun Policy

The President just spent 33 minutes talking to reporters -- much of that time was dedicated to discussing the latest mass shootings in America. He said his influence over gun policy is stronger now than in years past, and he promised solutions are coming. But will Congress cooperate? And, Democrats running for President descend on the Iowa State Fair. And they're being put on the spot to answer a stark question about the President: Do they believe he is he a white supremacist? Today's panel:...


Thursday, August 8, 2019: Presidential Hopefuls Campaigning At Iowa State Fair

The President is publicly defending his trips to Ohio and Texas while a new video shows him bragging about his rally crowd size at an El Paso hospital. Plus, a Trump fundraiser is causing a lot of headaches for Equinox and SoulCycle. And no presidential campaign is complete without a trek back to Iowa for the state fair. Today's Panel: Toluse Olorunnipa with The Washington Post, Heather Caygle with POLITICO, Michael Shear with The New York Times, and Elana Schor with the Associated Press....


Wednesday, August 7, 2019: Show Preempted

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019: Show Preempted for Breaking News

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Monday, August 5, 2019: Show Preempted for Breaking News

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Friday, August 2, 2019: Markets Down Sharply After Trump's New Tariff Threat

The American jobs machine is humming -- 164,000 new jobs last month and a jobless rate of just 3.7%. But is there an election year risk of a slowdown, especially as the President slaps new tariffs on China? Plus, does majority rule in the Democratic party? The growing number of House Democrats calling for impeachment is raising a big question for Speaker Nancy Pelosi. And the next phase for the 2020 Democrats. Those at the bottom of the pack are struggling to meet the tougher criteria for...


Thursday, August 1, 2019: Debates Reveal Democrats 'Ideological Divide

At a post-debate campaign stop in Detroit, Joe Biden says he wasn't surprised by attacks last night from fellow Democrats. The front-runner showed some fight but also some rust in his feisty exchanges, as many of his opponents fought to survive until the next round of debates. Plus, Elizabeth Warren gets the nod most often when you ask Democrats who was the strongest debater over the past two nights. Those high marks even coming from party moderates who worry the Massachusetts Senator is too...


Wednesday, July, 31, 2019: The Battle of the Dems: CNN Debate Edition

On Democratic debate night two here in Detroit, former Vice President Joe Biden will be center stage, looking to reassert himself as front-runner by rebutting the powerful case made last night by the party's leading liberals. Plus, the tag team smackdown: Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders teamed up to take on the moderates on night one -- deciding their rivalry for the progressive mantle can wait for another day. And Marianne Williamson gets some of the night's biggest applause and shows...


Tuesday, July 30, 2019: Trump: African Americans "Have Never Been So Happy"

It is debate day one in Detroit. Ten candidates on stage tonight, including the two leading liberals in the Democratic field: Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. President Trump says he still thinks Joe Biden will emerge as the Democratic nominee, but he says he will be watching so he can size up the others. And the President Trump says black voters have never been so happy with a President, while some White House aides are expressing discomfort at the bosses attacks on Congressman Elijah...


Monday, July 29, 2019: Democratic Candidates Release Series of Policy Plans Ahead of CNN Debates

In Gilroy, California, the latest on a tragic weekend shooting: Three killed, at least 12 injured when a gunman opened fire on the city's annual Garlic Festival. Plus, new pre-debate plans from two Democratic contenders. Elizabeth Warren offers her thoughts on trade while Kamala Harris stokes a new fight over Medicare for All. And, a treat for me here in Detroit -- lunch at an iconic bakery with four undecided African American voters. They weigh in on the President's repeated attacks on...