New CNN Poll on the Battle for the 2020 Democratic Nomination
New CNN/SSRS poll shows a clear majority of Democrats and Democratic leaning independents put defeating President Trump above any ideological purity or policy positions and that may prove to be the defining characteristic of this initial phase of the battle for the party's nomination. CNN Political Director David Chalian discusses what this could mean as the race continues to take shape.
Hillary Clinton and Senator Jeff Merkley, a Democrat from Oregon, have made their final decision on a presidential bid. CNN Political Director David Chalian discusses the latest on who's in and who's out for the 2020 presidential race.
John Hickenlooper, the former Colorado governor, has announced he is running for president. CNN Political Director David Chalian discusses Hickenlooper's announcement as he joins the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential field.
CNN Chief Political Analyst and Michael Cohen expert Gloria Borger joins CNN Political Director David Chalian for look back on all the evidence, testimony, reporting, anecdotes and moments from Michael Cohen's week of testifying on Capitol Hill. They highlight Cohen's fallout with Trump, his credibility in his testimony, and the evidence he submitted which implicates the President in crimes he committed while in office.
President Trump is coming home following his collapsed summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-Un and the controversial appearance of Michael Cohen before the House Oversight Committee. CNN Political Director David Chalian discusses the latest set of events and their toll on President Trump.
Michael Cohen, President Trump's former lawyer and fixer is taking center stage with his public testimony before the House Oversight Committee. CNN Political Director David Chalian discusses the significance of today's hearing.
Sen. Bernie Sanders laid out his case for why he should be the Democratic nominee in a CNN Town Hall with Wolf Blitzer in Washington, DC last night. He laid out his vision for Democratic Socialism in America, cautioned against intervention into the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, and addressed the reports of sexual harassment during his 2016 presidential campaign. CNN Political Director David Chalian digs into Sanders' performance to take stock of where he's positioned himself at the start of his campaign.
As Donald Trump travels to Vietnam to meet with Kim Jong Un, he will be many time zones away from Washington, where Michael Cohen will testify on Capitol Hill, Congress will vote to block his border wall funding, and as Robert Mueller prepares to complete his investigation into the Trump campaign. CNN Political Director David Chalian takes stock of how the President might react when all of these events start to bleed together.
Having energized the left wing of the Democratic Party with his underdog campaign in 2016, Sen. Bernie Sanders is back with another presidential campaign. But this time, the rules of engagement are completely different. CNN Political Director David Chalian sits down with CNN Politics Reporter Greg Krieg to map out what Bernie has done since 2016 to prepare himself for 2020, and what he'll have to do differently going forward if he wants to win the nomination.
Attorney General Bill Barr is set to announce the completion of the Mueller investigation as soon as next week. CNN Political Director David Chalian discusses the impact these findings will have in the political environment as we head towards the 2020 election.
Former FBI Official Goes Public with Talk of the 25th Amendment
Andrew McCabe, the former acting FBI Director, confirmed that discussions about invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office took place at the Department of Justice. CNN Political Director David Chalian discusses the latest on McCabe's 25th Amendment bombshell.
Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz joined CNN's Poppy Harlow at a CNN town hall in Houston, Texas to discuss his potential run for president as a "centrist independent." CNN Political Director David Chalian discusses key moments from last night's town hall.
Senator Amy Klobuchar and Senator Elizabeth Warren officially joined the 2020 presidential race this past weekend. CNN Political Director David Chalian discusses their latest announcement and contrasting messages.
Virginia politics continues to be consumed by the latest blackface and sexual assault scandal. CNN Political Director David Chalian discusses the latest controversy being faced by Virginia's top three Democrats.
President Trump gives his State of the Union address tonight as Congress barrels towards another funding deadline battle over immigration. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down what to expect from tonight's tension-filled event and how it could shape national politics going forward.
New CNN polling shows that Donald Trump's approval ratings slide has snapped back to its normal range, while Nancy Pelosi comes in at her highest approval rating in over ten years. CNN Political Director David Chalian analyzes all the latest data ahead of President Trump's high pressure Congressional address.
Earlier today, Sen. Cory Booker announced his candidacy for President with a slick campaign video and a press conference in front of his childhood home in Newark, New Jersey. CNN Political Director David Chalian is joined by CNN Senior Political Reporter Nia-Malika Henderson to discuss Cory Booker's path to the presidency, as well as the week's worth of drama around the potential independent campaign of former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. Plus, they go deep on where each Democratic candidate stands on Medicare for All.
President Trump and House Speaker Pelosi remain at odds over border wall funding. CNN Political Director David Chalian discusses their rift as negotiators work to strike a deal ahead of the February 15 deadline.
Senator Kamala Harris introduced herself to Iowa caucus-goers on Monday during CNN's town hall at Drake University. CNN Political Director David Chalian discusses Harris' full embrace of "Medicare-for-all".
CNN's exclusive footage of the FBI arresting Roger Stone at his home in Florida on seven charges connected to Robert Mueller's investigation sent shockwaves through the country this morning. CNN's David Chalian is joined by CNN Crime and Justice Reporter Shimon Prokupecz to break down everything we learned from the Special Counsel's charges against Stone, and he reveals how CNN was able to anticipate Stone's arrest ahead of everyone else.
Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana is the latest candidate to announce his exploratory committee for a 2020 presidential bid. CNN Political Director David Chalian discusses this latest announcement in the rapidly growing list of Democratic candidates.
Is third time the charm for Joe Biden? Will Beto O'Rourke take his message from blog posts to ballot boxes? Will Bernie Sanders be able to repeat his 2016 cinderella run? CNN Political Director David Chalian sits down with CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jeff Zeleny to discuss all the unanswered questions in the lead up to the 2020 Democratic primary race.
In an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo, President Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani contradicted months of 'no collusion' talk. CNN Political Director David Chalian discusses Giuliani's stunning admission that he never denied that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 election.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is asking President Trump to delay his State of the Union address until the government shutdown is over. CNN Political Director David Chalian discusses Speaker Pelosi's latest power move against President Trump's scheduled January 29 State of the Union address.
CNN Political Director David Chalian discusses Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's potential announcement towards a 2020 presidential race and the questions she may face due to her previous conservative-leaning positions.
CNN Political Director David Chalian discusses President Trump's response to stories about an FBI investigation into whether or not he has acted on behalf of Russia and the upcoming confirmation hearing of William Barr before the Senate Judiciary Committee to be U.S. Attorney General.
CNN Political Director David Chalian discusses the gridlock in the government, why Republicans are sitting on their hands, why the President won't budge an inch, and why the Democrats have no reason to meet the Republicans halfway.
CNN Political Director David Chalian officially kicks off the 2020 election cycle with a breakdown of Elizabeth Warren's first trip to Iowa, Joe Biden publicly musing on whether to enter the race, and how progressives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will affect 2020 Democratic candidates.
CNN Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash sits down with CNN Political Director David Chalian to discuss the historic 116th Congress, Speaker Pelosi, the politics of impeachment and the changing landscape of U.S. government.
Washington enters a new era as Democrats seize control of the House, electing Nancy Pelosi as House speaker. David Chalian breaks down the new makeup of the 116th Congress, including the record-breaking number of female members and other historic firsts.
Mitt Romney's Critique of the President's Character
Mitt Romney, who will be sworn in as a United States senator on Thursday, makes his senatorial debut by deeming President Trump's character unfit for office in a new op-ed. Is this an insight as to what we can expect from his tenure in Congress?
CNN Political Director David Chalian sits down with CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Manu Raju to discuss the state of play as Congress and the White House drive the government towards a shutdown. They playback the moments that led up to this stalemate, from Trump's Oval Office meeting with Pelosi and Schumer, to Pence telling Republicans that Trump would sign a clean CR. Plus, they look into the murky future and try to forecast when and how the final shutdown will finally be resolved.
CNN Political Director David Chalian discusses the newly announced format for the Democratic presidential primary debate calendar, which will include 12 DNC-sanctioned debates, the first of which starting in June 2019.
CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down new reporting that Donald Trump is prepared to cave on border wall funding in the context of his famous "Build the wall!" campaign slogan, his on-camera Oval Office showdown with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, and the priorities of the new Democratic House.
CNN Political Director David Chalian asks: What's the one thing the President hinges all of his success on, and the one thing that Republican voters are becoming increasingly skeptical of (according to new CNN polling), and the one thing that could undermine the entire Trump presidency if it were to bottom out? It's the economy, stupid.
CNN Political Director David Chalian discusses the contentious meeting between President Trump, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi over funding for the border wall and the prospects of a government shutdown.
CNN Political Director David Chalian sits down with CNN Special Correspondent Jamie Gangel to discuss the Bush political dynasty and remember the life of its leader, President George H.W. Bush. The two discuss the relationships that bonded the family together, the values that the 41st President instilled upon his children, and the ways that President Bush's life changed as he grew older.
CNN Political Director David Chalian discusses the allegations that absentee ballots were tampered with in North Carolina's 9th Congressional district by operatives connected to the Republican candidate's campaign.
CNN Crime and Justice Reporter Shimon Prokupecz joins CNN Political Director David Chalian in studio to break down exactly what happened this week in the Russia investigation and what that means for Robert Mueller's probe.
We're talking about emails again. This time, it's Ivanka Trump, daughter of and assistant to the President of the United States, who sent hundreds of emails last year using a personal account. Trump's defense rings similar to that of Hillary Clinton when she was accused of the same offense. How is the White House handling this ironic predicament?
President Trump Fires Shots at a Former Servicemember
President Trump attacked retired Adm. McRaven, the architect of the raid on Osama bin Ladin, during an interview with Fox News' Chris Wallace on Sunday. The President boasts being a champion of the military, but is his comfort with politicizing and criticizing veterans at odds with this claim?
CNN Political Director David Chalian is joined by CNN Congressional Correspondent Phil Mattingly for insights into the midterm election results, the most surprising Democratic flips in the House, and the Republicans' tenuous position in the Senate. Plus, with the House changing hands, David and Phil preview what to watch for in the House leadership races for Democrats and Republicans.
CNN Political Director David Chalian is joined in studio by the communications directors for both the National Republican Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee ahead of the midterm elections. Hear Matt Gorman of the NRCC and Meredith Kelly of the DCCC discuss what each party expects this Tuesday.
With one week before the 2018 midterm elections, CNN Political Director David Chalian discusses the latest early voter numbers and the contrasting campaign arguments between Republicans and Democrats heading into the final stretch of the midterms.
CNN Political Director David Chalian is joined by CNN White House Reporter Sarah Westwood to discuss President Trump's official response -- and his Twitter response -- to a domestic terrorist sending over a dozen pipe bombs to high-profile political figures, and how the White House is handling the narrative around the story as election day nears.
CNN Political Director David Chalian discusses President Trump's political response following yesterday's domestic terrorism event and how President Trump has successfully changed the Republican Party into his own framework.
Suspicious Packages Sent to Trump Political Targets
CNN Political Director David Chalian discusses President Trump's response following the suspicious packages sent to CNN, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and other prominent Democrats as well as the political component of today's domestic terrorism event.
CNN Political Director David Chalian talks to CNN White House Reporter Jeremy Diamond about the disappearance of American resident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey, and the White House's attempts to redefine their friendly relationship with Saudi Arabia. Then, David and Jeremy talk about President Trump's aggressive midterm campaign strategy, and what's at stake for Trump if the Democrats take back the House.
CNN's Political Director David Chalian breaks down Joe Donnelly's latest attention grabbing TV ad in which he splits with his own party and slams the "liberal left" as he navigates the rocky terrain of running as a Democrat in Trump Country.
CNN's Political Director David Chalian discusses the highlights of the second and final debate between Texas Senator Ted Cruz and his Democratic opponent Representative Beto O'Rourke where things got feisty and personal.
In advance of the second senatorial debate in Texas between Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and his Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke, CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down the latest poll numbers.
The midterm elections are still ahead of us, yet some potential presidential candidates are already making moves in Iowa and New Hampshire -- and they're not doing so quietly. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, on her part, has rolled out a campaign to prove that she has Native American ancestry in her bloodline.
Texas Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke announced his campaign raised an eye-popping $38.1 million... in the third quarter alone. CNN Political Director David Chalian discusses what all that cash means for O'Rourke's chances to unseat Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who has maintained a steady lead throughout the campaign.
Tonight President Trump will ceremonially swear in Brett Kavanaugh as the 114th Supreme Court Justice. David discusses how President Trump's latest accomplishment's might affect his approval rating and the outcome of the upcoming midterm elections.
CNN Congressional Correspondent Phil Mattingly joins CNN Political Director David Chalian on the phone from Capitol Hill to break down the final days of one of the ugliest Supreme Court confirmation processes in our nation's history.
The FBI investigation into the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh is complete and the chances of the Senate confirming President Trump's pick to the Supreme Court seem high. David discusses the potential political and cultural implications as the vote draws near.
The competition is close in two of the most watched re-election races in the Senate, new CNN polling shows. David breaks down the races - and what's at stake for the Senate's balance - in Nevada and Missouri.
A press conference that was supposed to tout a successful trade agreement took a sharp turn today as the President addressed questions regarding Kavanaugh and the FBI investigation into his allegations.
CNN National Political Reporter MJ Lee, who was in the room yesterday during the testimonies of Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh, recounts the historic event to CNN Political Director David Chalian. What happened, what's next, and what this means in the grand scheme of this political era.
David breaks down the whirlwind of news today regarding the Deputy Attorney General and what this means for Thursday, which could be one of the most politically significant moments of the Trump administration
CNN Supreme Court Reporter Ariane de Vogue joins CNN Political Director David Chalian to break down and analyze the latest news in Christine Blasey Ford's accusations and the confirmation process of President Trump's pick to the Supreme Court.
David breaks down President Trump's reaction to the sexual assault allegations against his Supreme Court pick and how this is all playing out at the intersection of partisan politics and the #MeToo era
What was widely assumed to be a swift confirmation for Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is on the rocks as the woman who accused him of sexual assault has come forward with a willingness to testify before Congress.
CNN Legal Analyst and Supreme Court Biographer Joan Biskupic joins CNN Political Director David Chalian in studio to break down this week's confirmation hearings for President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh.
Last night's primary results in Massachusetts seem to be part of a larger general trend that the Democratic primary electorate is demanding different representation. What does this mean for the midterms and 2020?
From Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing to Arizona Governor Ducey's selection to fill late Sen. John McCain's vacant seat to eye-popping quotes from Bob Woodward's new book, there is no shortage of news on this day back from the long weekend. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks it all down.
CNN Justice Correspondent Laura Jarrett joins CNN Political Director David Chalian to reflect on a week to be remembered, including rare pushback from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Michael Cohen's guilty plea, and to talk about how the Russia investigation is affecting the day-to-day efforts at the Justice Department.
The Fallout from the Worst Day of the Trump Presidency
The President continues to praise Paul Manafort after he was found guilty on eight counts of financial crimes, and all's quiet on the Republican leadership front as the President of the United States is implicated in a federal crime. This and more on the fallout from the worst day the administration has experienced yet.
CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jeff Zeleny joins CNN Political Director David Chalian to discuss how the White House has been dealing with a tumultuous week that included Paul Manafort's trial, Omarosa and security clearances.
CNN Political Reporter Dan Merica joins CNN Political Director David Chalian on the phone from Des Moines, Iowa to discuss Michael Avenatti's trip to the state and his potential presidential run, how Iowa farmers are responding to President Trump's tariffs, what's going on with the special election in Ohio's 12th district, and more.
CNN Crime and Justice Reporter Shimon Prokupecz joins CNN Political Director David Chalian to discuss the latest in the Mueller investigation, including Rick Gates's upcoming testimony and why Paul Manafort has not cooperated with prosecutors.
The House of Representatives has checked out for five weeks, and soon there will be just 100 days until the midterm elections. CNN Congressional Correspondent Phil Mattingly joins CNN Political Director David Chalian in studio to discuss the temperature on the Hill as November approaches.
The President has been exhibiting a pattern of backing down and adjusting to the political and public backlash generated from his governing from the hip. Are we seeing a new character trait in President Trump?
What to Watch for in the Latest Midterm Poll Numbers
As the 100-day mark until the midterm elections approaches, new national polling numbers give insight into the president's approval rating, the temperature of independent voters, and what this could mean for the battle over control of Congress.
New York Times Best-Selling Author and CNN Contributor Kate Andersen Brower joins CNN Managing Editor Brooke Brower for a special Friday episode to discuss Vice President Mike Pence's role in the administration, former VPs and their relationships, and more from her book, First in Line: Presidents, Vice Presidents and the Pursuit of Power.
CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Manu Raju joins CNN Politics Managing Editor Brooke Brower on the phone from Capitol Hill to discuss the latest developments in Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation, including his 2016 comments regarding the constitutionality of an independent counsel.
CNN Politics Reporters Rebecca Berg and Eric Bradner sit down with CNN Politics Managing Editor Brooke Brower to give an overview of the midterm elections in the fall, the chances of a Democratic wave happening and to share which key races they're watching.
CNN Politics Reporter Tal Kopan and CNN Senior Writer Catherine Shoichet, who both cover immigration, sit down with CNN Politics Managing Editor Brooke Brower to give an overview of where the issue of child separations stands and what developments can be expected going forward.
CNN White House Reporter Stephen Collinson joins CNN Politics Managing Editor Brooke Brower to discuss President Trump's Europe trip and specifically his historic meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
CNN White House Reporter Jeremy Diamond joins CNN Political Director David Chalian on the phone from London to break down the President's trip to Europe so far. Is Trump upending the world order or are alliances stronger than ever? Also: analysis of the bombshell interview President Trump gave a British tabloid.
President Trump is pursuing his 'America First' policy in full force at the NATO summit using a script unlike any other post-WWII president before him. Will his 'Art of the Deal'-style tactics pay off?
Ahead of the President's Supreme Court nominee unveiling tonight, interest groups from both sides are already gearing for battle. If confirmed, it's a decision that could shift the U.S. Supreme Court's ideological composition in a more conservative direction for at least a generation.
CNN National Correspondent Miguel Marquez joins CNN Political Director David Chalian on the phone from McAllen, Texas to discuss the latest in the immigration crisis since the President signed the executive order on family separation.
The Politics of the Supreme Court Justice Confirmation
As President Trump moves closer to settling on his selection for the Justice Kennedy replacement, outside interest groups are getting engaged. How will the Supreme Court confirmation will play out in the Senate, and what are its effects on the midterm elections?
President Trump's flair for the dramatic is showcased in what seems to be his favorite part of being president: rolling out a Supreme Court nominee. It's the U.S. Supreme Court edition of his reality show programming.
CNN Legal Analyst and Supreme Court Biographer Joan Biskupic sits down with CNN Political Director David Chalian to discuss the political ramifications of Justice Kennedy's retirement, potential nominees for his replacement, and the future of the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Earthquake That Hit the Democratic Party Last Night
Are last night's primary results in New York indicative of an ideological battle waging inside the Democratic Party? Also: Mitt Romney's overwhelming victory in Utah and other important primary results are discussed.
President Trump continues to operate in a familiar pattern, sparking outrage from the media and riling up his political opposition, without incurring much, if any, political harm. Can the dedication and passionate support he maintains from his base translate to the midterm elections?
The Family Separations Executive Order is Signed. What's Next?
CNN Politics Reporter Tal Kopan, who covers immigration issues, sits down with CNN Political Director David Chalian to discuss the politics and policy of immigration and President Trump's family separations executive order.
New CNN Poll Numbers: Americans Happy with the Economy
Exclusive CNN poll numbers show that two-thirds of Americans think economic conditions are good, yet despite such positive ratings on the economy, Democrats still hold an edge in November's midterm elections.
CNN Law Enforcement Analyst Josh Campbell sits down with CNN Political Director David Chalian to discuss the release of the Inspector General's report and to provide an inside look at the culture of the FBI.
CNN Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto sits down with CNN Political Director David Chalian ahead of two major international moments for President Donald Trump: the G7 summit and the highly-anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.
What to Watch for in Tonight's Big Primary Results
The battle for control of the House of Representatives continues in the most consequential primary day of the 2018 midterms, and California is in the spotlight. Also to watch: key statewide races, including those in Alabama and South Dakota that may provide further insight into the fate of incumbent Republicans seeking higher office.
Bill Clinton's Lewinsky Answer Shows Why Some Dems May Keep Their Distance
The former President appeared ill-prepared to respond to a question about the Lewinsky scandal in the wake of the #MeToo movement. It's precisely why you may see less of Bill Clinton -- once one of the most-requested surrogates for Democratic candidates -- out on the campaign trail.
Host of Reliable Sources and CNN Senior Media Correspondent Brian Stelter joins CNN Political Director David Chalian to break down the political implications of the Roseanne and Samantha Bee controversies this week. Has public debate reached a level of indecency beyond saving?
CNN Legal Analyst and Supreme Court Biographer Joan Biskupic sits down with CNN Political Director David Chalian to talk about the origin of "Notorious RBG" and to preview the busy month ahead for the Supreme Court
The Big Takeaways from Last Night's Primary Results
What yesterday's history-making primary elections tell us about the state of the Democratic party, how it's changing, and what Democrats will need to do in order to put together winning campaigns in red districts
Senior Writer and Analyst for CNN Politics, Harry Enten, joins CNN Political Director David Chalian to discuss Tuesday's election results, CNN's new poll, and what they may portend for the upcoming midterm elections in November.
As Mrs. Trump prepares to unveil the policies and causes that will define her time as First Lady, she does so while riding high in popularity with the American people, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.
President Trump's Growing Frustration with the Russia Investigation
In a string of tweets this morning, President Trump threatens to use his presidential power and get involved in the Russia investigation. CNN Political Director David Chalian unpacks the legal basis and political strategy behind Trump's argument against accusations of obstruction of justice.
The Russia investigation continues to be a distraction for President Trump. CNN Political Director David Chalian examines how the investigation regularly shifts the focus away from issues important to the President's agenda, like trade, immigration, North Korea and Iran, and why it matters.
President Trump called for Montana Democratic Sen. Jon Tester to resign over his opposition to White House physician Ronny Jackson's nomination for Secretary of Veterans Affairs. CNN Political Director David Chalian questions why Tester raised concerns about allegations against Jackson and looks into the resulting political ramifications ahead of running for re-election.
CNN White House Reporter Kate Bennett joins CNN Political Director David Chalian to discuss how Melania Trump is growing more comfortable in her role as First Lady of the United States -- from planning the first state dinner with France and her fashionable wardrobe, to her relationship with the President and her upcoming platform announcement.
CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down President Trump's interview on "Fox & Friends" Thursday morning, in which Trump discussed his relationship with his personal attorney Michael Cohen and his continued frustration with the Department of Justice.
Republicans won a special congressional election Tuesday in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona -- holding on against Democrats in a reliably red district. CNN Political Director David Chalian looks into the close margin of victory in a district President Trump won by 21 points in 2016 and how it signals trouble for Republicans heading into the midterm elections in November.
The confirmation hearing for Ronny Jackson as VA Secretary has been delayed indefinitely as lawmakers look into a series of allegations that involve questionable behavior under his leadership. CNN Political Director David Chalian looks into the allegations against Jackson, examines Mike Pompeo's now favorable bid to become Secretary of State, and questions EPA Chief Scott Pruitt's continued service as more ethical accusations arise.
CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down the confirmations facing three of President Trump's cabinet nominees this week: Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State, Gina Haspel for CIA Director, and Ronny Jackson for VA Secretary.
Is the Senate trending away from Republicans? CNN Political Director David Chalian analyzes new quarterly fundraising totals and recent polling data to examine the likelihood that control of the Senate might be in play in the fall.
CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down three major political headlines out of the White House today: US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow at odds over Syria sanctions, CIA Director Mike Pompeo's secret meeting with leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang, and President Trump contradicting his own words and denying firing Former FBI Director James Comey over the Russia probe.
Fox News host Sean Hannity was revealed as Michael Cohen's mystery third client on Monday afternoon. CNN Political Director David Chailan examines why Hannity didn't disclose his legal ties to Cohen when reporting about President Trump's personal attorney last week, and why President Trump should continue to be concerned about the investigation into Cohen.
In his first sit-down, televised interview since he was fired by President Trump last May, Former FBI Director James Comey opened up to ABC's George Stephanopoulos about his deep concerns with Trump, calling him "morally unfit to be President." CNN Political Director David Chalian dives into why he thinks Comey shared his side of the story and became a player in the political drama.
CNN Congressional Correspondent Phil Mattingly joins CNN Political Director David Chalian to weigh in on House Speaker Paul Ryan's decision to leave Capitol Hill when his term expires at year's end. They discuss Ryan's congressional legacy, the state of the Republican party, and who has a shot at succeeding him.
FBI agents who raided the home, office and hotel of Michael Cohen, President Trump's personal lawyer, sought communications between the two before the 2016 election, including information regarding the "Access Hollywood" tape and payments to hush affair allegations. CNN Political Director David Chalian looks into whether Cohen might potentially face serious legal jeopardy and if he will remain completely loyal to President Trump.
House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Wednesday that he is not seeking re-election and will retire from Congress after this year. CNN Political Director David Chalian examines how his departure will affect the midterm elections as Republicans hope to keep control of the House in November.
The FBI raid against Michael Cohen has sparked anger and frustration from President Trump, with him calling it "ridiculous" and "an attack on our country," and referring to the special counsel investigation as a "total witch hunt." CNN Political Director David Chalian examines President Trump's reaction, how this new information relates to the overall Russia probe, and what going after Cohen means for the Trump presidency.
While a blue wave may be forming for Democrats to take control of the House, it may be tougher for Democrats to reclaim the Senate. CNN Political Director David Chalian examines how Florida Gov. Rick Scott's decision to take on Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson is good news for the Republicans.
CNN White House Correspondent Abby Phillip joins CNN Political Director David Chalian to discuss President Trump returning to a hardline position on immigration, the prospect of a possible trade war with China and the future of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.
CNN Politics Managing Editor Brooke Brower highlights the top stories that CNN Politics is covering today -- from embattled EPA Chief Scott Pruitt's apartment controversy to Sen. Kamala Harris dodging questions about a potential presidential run in 2020 during an appearance Thursday on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."
Election victories, poll numbers, and fundraising data continue to point to a very engaged Democratic electorate throughout the country. CNN Political Director David Chalian examines a possible blue wave that's forming after a Democratic-backed candidate won a seat Tuesday on Wisconsin's Supreme Court.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is under scrutiny for his housing situation amid reports that he rented a room in Washington, D.C. from the family of an energy lobbyist. CNN Political Director David Chalian examines if Pruitt's job is in jeopardy and whether his actions go against Trump's campaign message to "drain the swamp."
President Trump spent time with Fox News personalities over the holiday weekend at his Florida estate which prompted a series of tweets in which Trump blamed Democrats for weak immigration policies. CNN Political Director David Chalian examines if Trump is interested in broadening his base as he continues to hear from conservative allies and appeal to his most committed supporters.
CNN Political Reporter MJ Lee joins CNN Political Director David Chalian to discuss her reporting of President Trump's affair allegations with adult actress Stormy Daniels. They dig into the White House's silence over the allegations and the defamation lawsuit against Trump and his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.
In a new CNN poll, Democrats continue to hold steep advantages in enthusiasm for voting, Congress' approval ratings lag, and more than half of Americans think President Trump will not get reelected in 2020. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down the numbers and looks at their implications in the upcoming primary races.
A new CNN poll shows President Trump's approval ratings for his handling of North Korea have risen, but have hardened when it comes to the Russia investigation. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down the numbers and examines the effect of these two issues on Trump's overall approval rating.