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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.

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Solid political analysis

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Great host and solid guests, create a great hour of political analysis.

Inside Politics

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John King & company are the best. Insightful & unbiased what else do you need to know?

iTunes Ratings

97 Ratings
Average Ratings
63
18
3
0
13

Solid political analysis

By What could go wrong - Mar 04 2019
Read more
Great host and solid guests, create a great hour of political analysis.

Inside Politics

By Mr. Sparkie - Apr 18 2018
Read more
John King & company are the best. Insightful & unbiased what else do you need to know?

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Rank #1: Sunday, October 27, 2019: ISIS leader killed in U.S. military raid

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The world's most wanted terrorist, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is dead after a dramatic U.S. special forces raid in northern Syria. Officials say the ISIS leader detonated a suicide vest as American forces closed in. CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports on the latest developments from Iraq. CNN's Ben Wedeman and Ryan Browne break down the significance of al-Baghdadi's death and what this means for the U.S. military's mission in Syria. Plus, a look ahead to a busy week for House Democrats in their impeachment inquiry. Today's Panel: Lisa Lerer of the New York Times, the Washington Post's Toluse Olorunnipa, Catherine Lucey of the Wall Street Journal, and Politico's Heather Caygle.

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Oct 27 2019

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Rank #2: Thursday, October 24, 2019: Trump and Republicans on the Attack amid Damning Impeachment Testimony

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House Conservatives barge into a secure impeachment hearing. Democrats call it a stunt designed to distract from damning testimony, and promise public hearings -- most likely next month.

Plus the President's impeachment strategy has two key elements: Smear the key witnesses, and pressure Republicans to stay in line. Human scum is the President's term for Republicans who disagree with him.

And on Capitol Hill -- a rare bipartisan moment of unity -- and a solemn farewell to Congressman Elijah Cummings.

Today's Panel: Vivian Salama with The Wall Street Journal, CNN's Jeff Zeleny, Heather Caygle with POLITICO, and Margaret Talev with Axios

Also on the Program: CNN's Manu Raju and Michael Warren

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Oct 24 2019

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Rank #3: Sunday, January 5, 2020: A Defining Moment in the Trump Presidency

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A defining moment of the Trump Presidency - Iran's top general killed in a U.S. airstrike. With Iran now vowing revenge, what happens next as tensions escalate in the Mideast?

Plus, less than a month until Iowa votes. Will foreign policy now take center stage in the 2020 race?

And an impeachment impasse. As Congress returns from the holidays, there's still no date for President Trump's trial.

Nia-Malika Henderson in the anchor chair.

Today's panel: Margaret Talev of Axios, Politico's Heather Caygle, CNN's Abby Phillip, and the Washington Post's Josh Dawsey and Dan Lamothe.

Plus exclusive reporting on the ground in Tehran from CNN's Fred Pleitgen.

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Jan 05 2020

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Rank #4: Friday, August 9, 2019: Trump: "I Have Greater Influence" Now Over Gun Policy

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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: CNN's Manu Raju, Annie Linskey with The Washington Post, POLITICO's John Bresnahan, and Catherine Lucey with The Wall Street Journal.

Also on the program: CNN's Arlette Saenz and Vicky Ward

To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

Aug 09 2019

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Rank #5: Sunday, December 1, 2019: Critical Days Ahead for Impeachment Inquiry

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Impeachment enters a critical new phase, as Democrats claim they have the upper hand - and the president calls it a scam.

Plus - Joe Biden's Iowa campaign shifts into high gear, with a message for his 2020 rivals: he's not going anywhere.

And Elizabeth Warren's summer surge gives way to a winter reckoning.

Nia-Malika Henderson in the anchor chair.

Today's panel: Lisa Lerer of the New York Times, Axios' Margaret Talev, and the Washington Post's Seung Min Kim and Dan Balz.

Plus CNN military and diplomatic analyst retired Rear Adm. John Kirby.

To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

Dec 01 2019

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Rank #6: Tuesday, January 14, 2020: Sanders-Warren Feud Escalates Before Tonight's CNN Debate

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It is debate night for the six leading 2020 Democrats. There are new tensions between progressives Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, while Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar look to sell Iowa caucus voters on the idea a centrist has the best chance to beat President Trump.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tells House Democrats they have to wait one more day to find out who she will tap to manage the Senate impeachment trial.

And Majority Leader Mitch McConnell waits for the impeachment articles to arrive in the Senate, and watches a handful of Republicans who might vote to include witnesses in the trial.

On today's panel: Julie Pace with Associated Press, CNN's MJ Lee, Sahil Kapur with Bloomberg, Jackie Kucinich with The Daily Beast, and Paul Kane with The Washington Post

Also, on the program: Alex Thompson with POLITICO and CNN's Arlette Saenz, Manu Raju, and Lauren Fox

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Jan 14 2020

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Rank #7: Tuesday, March 3, 2020: Super Tuesday has arrived

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Fourteen states and American Samoa cast ballots in the biggest day on the presidential primary calendar. Several former rivals now back Joe Biden, but Bernie Sanders hopes that it's too late to stop him from opening a big delegate lead.

It's proving day for Michael Bloomberg and Elizabeth Warren. The former New York mayor is on the ballot for the first time today; the Massachusetts senator voted at home and hopes super Tuesday finally brings her a primary win.

And, the Federal Reserve slashes interest rates in a bid to juice the economy through the Coronavirus crisis, as Congress nears approval on a multi-billion-dollar emergency response plan.

Today's panel: Julie Hirschfeld with The New York Times, Ron Brownstein with The Atlantic, POLITICO's Laura Barron-Lopez, and Jackie Kucinich with the Daily Beast

Also on the show: CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Amara Walker, Ed Lavandera, and Alison Kosik

To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

Mar 03 2020

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Rank #8: Sunday, March 1, 2020: How Biden's Big South Carolina Win Could Reshape the 2020 Race

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Plus, officials announce the first U.S. death from coronavirus in Washington state. Amid growing concerns over a potential outbreak here at home, the White House is rolling out new travel restrictions - but says most Americans should go about their normal routines.

And is America's longest war finally nearing its end? The Trump administration signs a peace deal with the Taliban and says U.S. troops will begin a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan. Hawks in his own party say the deal is dangerous, but the president says it is long overdue.

Today's panel: Jackie Kucinich of the Daily Beast, Michael Shear of the New York Times, Dan Balz of the Washington Post, and CNN's Nia-Malika Henderson. Plus CNN's Nic Robertson live from Qatar on the U.S.-Taliban deal.

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Mar 01 2020

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Rank #9: Sunday, August 25, 2019: Trump vs. the World

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Just another week in the Trump presidency - a feud with Denmark, and a promise that he alone can beat China on trade. What will this weekend's G7 summit bring?

Plus, the Trump economy on edge - with markets dropping over the president's words and an escalating trade war. But the White House insists it's nothing to worry about.

And Team Biden admits you may have your doubts about him - but says Democrats still should vote for him if they want to win in 2020

Nia-Malika Henderson in the anchor chair. Today's panel: Jonathan Martin of the New York Times, Vice News' Shawna Thomas, Vivian Salama of the Wall Street Journal, and CNN's Phil Mattingly. Plus CNN's Nic Robertston live from the G7 summit in France.

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Aug 25 2019

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Rank #10: Monday, January 16, 2020: Another 2020 Democrat Drops Out

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The once historically diverse Democratic field shrinks again: Senator Cory booker suspends his presidential campaign.

With three weeks to go before the Iowa caucuses, the attacks get sharper as six of the the leading Democrats prepare for tomorrow's CNN debate.

And the defense secretary concedes he never saw intelligence specifically indicating an Iranian threat on four American embassies, despite what President Trump said.

Today's panel: Seung Min Kim with The Washington Post, Sirius XM's Olivier Knox, Tarini Parti with The Wall Street Journal, and CNN's Kaitlan Collins.

Also on the show: CNN's Jeff Zeleny, Nic Robertson, Max Foster, and Victoria Arbiter

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Jan 13 2020

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Rank #11: Sunday, December 8, 2019: Congress Nears the Impeachment End Game

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Congress enters the end game, as House Democrats get closer than ever to impeaching the president.

Plus, the gloves come off in the 2020 race, as Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg square off over transparency and corruption.

And a look at President Trump on the world stage - and how his fellow leaders treat him behind the scenes.

David Gregory in the anchor chair.

Today's panel: Julie Pace with the Associated Press, CNN's Jeff Zeleny, Vivian Salama of the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post's Karoun Demirjian

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Dec 08 2019

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Rank #12: Sunday, March 8, 2019: Joe Biden's Stunning Comeback

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Joe Biden's stunning comeback upends the Democratic race. With six more states preparing to vote, will he cement his lead, or can Bernie Sanders turn things around?

Plus, Warren ends her political campaign, but her exit revives the debate about sexism in politics.

And as the administration scrambles to stop the spread of coronavirus, President Trump's mixed messages are only adding to the confusion.

Today's panel: Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Jonathan Martin of the New York Times, Toluse Olorunnipa of the Washington Post, and Politico's Laura Barrón-López

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Mar 08 2020

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Rank #13: Sunday, September 15, 2019: U.S. Blames Iran for Strike on Saudi Oil

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New tensions between the Trump White House and Iran after a stunning attack on Saudi oil facilities. Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed responsibility, but the Trump administration is blaming Iran. CNN's Senior International Correspondent Nick Paton Walsh joins us with a report from Tehran and CNN's John Kirby provides analysis. Plus, the Democratic presidential race turns testy as summer gives way to fall. Julian Castro questioned Joe Biden's memory and Cory Booker suggested Biden could fumble away any chance of beating President Trump. Today's panel: Margaret Talev of Axios, CNN's Nia Malika Henderson, Julie Hirschfeld Davis of The New York Times, and Vice News' Shawna Thomas.

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Sep 15 2019

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Rank #14: Wednesday, March 4, 2020: Super Tuesday Saves Biden, Bloomberg Is Out

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Super Tuesday gives way to Wow Wednesday: After a big night of Joe Biden wins, Michael Bloomberg ends his 2020 campaign and joins the wave of Democrats endorsing the former Vice President.

Plus, Elizabeth Warren is also weighing her future after coming up empty on super Tuesday -- including running third in her home state of Massachusetts.

And the Bernie Sanders campaign is left stunned by the swiftness and scope of the Biden resurgence. Sanders is leading in delegate-rich California -- but his Tuesday -- and now his Wednesday -- anything but super.

Today's Panel: Molly Ball with TIME, Seung Min Kim with The Washington Post, and CNN's Dana Bash and Jeff Zeleny

Also on the program: CNN's Elizabeth Cohen, Kaitlan Collins and Manu Raju

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Mar 04 2020

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Rank #15: Sunday, January 12, 2020: Trump Faces a Credibility Gap on Iran

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After a bold U.S. strike, Iran backs down. President Trump sees a major victory - but finds himself facing a crisis of credibility over his constantly-shifting justification for it.

Meanwhile, Iranians take to the streets en masse to protest their government's accidental shootdown of a Ukrainian airliner.

Plus, the impeachment trial approaches, as Nancy Pelosi signals she's ready to name managers and submit the articles to the Senate.

And three weeks from the first votes, Iowa is a tossup.

Today's panel: Julie Pace of the Associated Press, CNN's Jeff Zeleny, Karoun Demirjian of the Washington Post, and Vivian Salama of the Wall Street Journal

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Jan 12 2020

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Rank #16: Friday, March 13, 2020: Trump Likely to Make Emergency Declaration as Coronavirus Spreads

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America adjusts to our fast changing new normal -- schools closed, sporting events canceled and fast rising numbers in the rush to count coronavirus cases.

The Trump White House tries to address a major coronavirus shortcoming, taking several new steps designed to accelerate production and availability of tests. The President is expected to make an emergency declaration at an afternoon news conference.

And Democratic Presidential candidates Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders criticize the administration's response, as they struggle to keep their campaigns moving forward amid the crisis.

Today's Panel: CNN's Vivian Salama, POLITICO's Melanie Zanona, and Paul Kane and Matt Viser with The Washington Post

Also on the program: CNN's Drew Griffin, Brynn Gingras, Dan Simon, Barbie Nadeau and Kylie Atwood, plus Dr. Ashish Jha with Harvard Global Health Institute, Lisa Delpy Neirotti with George Washington University, and Jeanna Smialek with The New York Times

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Mar 13 2020

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Rank #17: Sunday, February 16, 2020: Democrats Head West

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The Democratic race moves west to Nevada, with Bernie Sanders feeling confident - and moderates increasingly concerned there's a new frontrunner in town.

Plus, with Michael Bloomberg on the rise, his record on race is increasingly coming under scrutiny

And the post-acquittal president - Trump crosses another line, and this time, even his own attorney general asks him to pump the brakes.

Nia-Malika Henderson in the anchor chair. Today's panel: Lisa Lerer with the New York Times, CNN's Phil Mattingly, Tarini Parti with the Wall Street Journal, and Axios' Margaret Talev.

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Feb 16 2020

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Florida starts to feel the effects as Hurricane Dorian as it batters the Bahamas. The storm has killed at least five people and island officials expect the number to rise.

Plus, battle lines being drawn over Brexit. British Parliament is back from its summer break for a showdown with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

And, in the 2020 race, Joe Biden's campaign announces it will return donations it received from federally registered lobbyists, as he once again defends his botched version of a war story.

Today's Panel: CNN's Phil Mattingly, Julie Pace with the Associated Press, and Vivian Salama with The Wall Street Journal

Also on the program: CNN's John Berman, Chad Myers, Patrick Oppmann, Brian Todd, Nic Robertson, and Arlette Saenz. Also, National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham, Florida Senator Rick Scott, and Martin County Sheriff William Snyder

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Sep 03 2019

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Rank #19: Sunday, November 3, 2019: One Year Until Election Day

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History in the House as the impeachment fight enters a critical new phase.

Plus, a new star shines in Iowa - as a former bright light says goodbye to the 2020 race.

And with one year until Election Day, Democrats duke it out over health care - as President Trump hones his campaign message

Nia-Malika Henderson hosting. Today's panel: CNN's Jeff Zeleny, Rachael Bade with the Washington Post, Margaret Talev with Axios, and Time's Molly Ball

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Nov 03 2019

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Rank #20: Wednesday, January 1, 2020: Trump Faces Foreign Policy Gut Check with Iran, NK

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Apache gun-ships in the skies and tear gas in the streets, as security forces fight back protesters attacking the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

And "D" is for dollar signs, as the top Democratic presidential contenders reveal who's feeling flush with cash after the fourth quarter.

Plus, Chief Justice John Roberts warns America not to take democracy for granted. This comes as he prepares to preside over the President's impeachment trial.
On todays Panel: CNN's Lauren Fox, Meridith McGraw with POLITICO, Katie Rogers with The New York Times and Karoun Demirjian with The Washington Post

On todays Program: CNN's Arwa Damon, Ryan Browne, Ryan Nobles, Alison Kosik, and Ariane de Vogue.

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Jan 01 2020

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