Biden Allies Fear a Third-Party Threat
CNN Political Briefing
The number of third-party candidates in the 2024 presidential election is growing. And while independent candidates traditionally haven’t gained enough votes to win, this year, strategists say they could have significant impact, including siphoning votes in an already tight race. CNN’s Political Director David Chalian talks with Matt Bennett, the executive vice president for public affairs at Third Way, and a vocal opponent of third-party efforts in the 2024 race. Bennet explains why he’s been so outspoken against a nonprofit group called No Labels, which is actively seeking ballot access to potentially run a bipartisan and centrist ticket opposed to both Joe Biden and Donald Trump.
Oct 27, 2023
26 mins

Inside the House Speaker Turmoil
CNN Political Briefing
After ousting their own majority leader, Republicans in the House of Representatives have been unable to elect a new speaker. This week it was Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan’s turn to try unsuccessfully to rally his party behind him. Meanwhile on the other side of the aisle, Democrats are waiting to see if they’ll be approached for a bipartisan deal. House Democratic campaign chief Congresswoman Suzan DelBene tells CNN Political Director David Chalian that her party plans to make the current House chaos a part of its campaign to win back the majority next year.
Oct 19, 2023
19 mins

What’s at Stake in the 2024 Iowa Caucuses
CNN Political Briefing
We’re less than 100 days away from one of the first big voting events of the 2024 election: the Iowa caucuses. Election season is in full swing in a state that’s once again set up to be a focal point in the next presidential race. CNN Political Director David Chalian takes us inside what’s happening on the ground in the Hawkeye state with O. Kay Henderson, News Director of Radio Iowa. Henderson explains why seasoned experts and operatives say, this year, the stakes for the caucuses are even higher than normal.
Oct 13, 2023
22 mins

Is Polling a Science or an Art?
CNN Political Briefing
The outcome of a race is ultimately up to voters to decide. And while polls aren’t always perfect, they can be helpful to gauge support for a candidate and inform decisions for a campaign. CNN Political Director David Chalian sits down with prominent Republican pollster Neil Newhouse to discuss the state of the GOP presidential primary, what it’s like to be a lead pollster for a presidential campaign, and how he’s adjusted for challenges the polling industry is facing.
Oct 6, 2023
21 mins

Hutchinson Aggravated by his Debate Absence
CNN Political Briefing
There were fewer Republican presidential candidates on the debate stage this week. The front runner, former President Donald Trump, was noticeably absent, while Governor Asa Hutchinson failed to qualify. CNN Political Director David Chalian asks Hutchinson how he plans to regain ground in the race, what made him run for president, and how his former losses inform his current campaign. Plus, Hutchinson shares what life is like on the campaign trail and when he first met former President (and fellow Arkansan) Bill Clinton.
Sep 29, 2023
23 mins

An exciting update
CNN Political Briefing
Starting this week our show will be moving from daily to weekly, with new episodes dropping every Friday. As we gear up for yet another pivotal election cycle, we want to take you beyond the daily headlines to bring you insight, analysis, and expertise from the key players in politics. Join CNN Political Director David Chalian each week as he guides you through our ever-changing political landscape. From conversations with campaign managers, to pollsters, to party leaders, and political reporter…Show mores on the ground in the key states – we’ll be pulling back the curtain and taking you inside the political arena, as you hear from the people actually living it. 
And we want to hear from you! Is there a question about this election cycle that you want answered? Is there a guest you’d want to hear from? Give us a call at 301-842-8338 or send us an email at cnnpoliticalbriefing@gmail.com and you might just be featured in a future episode of the podcast.
Sep 25, 2023
2 mins

Lawmakers Head Out of Town Amid Funding Chaos
CNN Political Briefing
The House and Senate are out until next Tuesday, as the likelihood of a government shutdown grows by the day. CNN Political Director David Chalian breaks down where each chamber stands on a bill that would fund the government before it runs out of money on September 30th. Plus, quick reminder: starting next Friday, September 29, our show will be moving from daily to weekly. Join David every Friday as he takes you inside the latest election developments from the people actually living it, from campaign managers to pollsters to local political reporters. Thanks for listening!
Sep 22, 2023
8 mins

Trump Maintains Strong Lead as Race for Second Place Heats up
CNN Political Briefing
Former President Donald Trump still has a strong lead in the Republican presidential primary contest, but a new CNN poll shows the race for second place in New Hampshire is tight. CNN Political Director David Chalian checks in on how candidates are faring in early states, and how some view the frontrunner’s first term and his comments on abortion.
Sep 21, 2023
10 mins

House GOP Grills AG as Gov’t Shutdown Looms
CNN Political Briefing
House Republicans put Attorney General Merrick Garland in the hot seat for how the Justice Department has handled probes into Hunter Biden and former President Donald Trump. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains how Garland responded to Republicans’ repeated accusations of political bias. Plus, some lawmakers are working on a potential plan B to fund the government and avoid a shutdown before the end of next week.
Sep 20, 2023
10 mins

Biden & Trump’s 2024 Strategies on Display
CNN Political Briefing
President Joe Biden previewed his reelection stump speech while in New York this week, while former President Donald Trump is straddling the primary and the general. CNN Political Director David Chalian explains how Biden is approaching key challenges in a new way, and what Trump’s plan to skip the next GOP debate says about his 2024 calculus. Plus, evangelical voters in Iowa have mixed feelings towards Trump that could complicate his path to the nomination.
Sep 19, 2023
10 mins