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    May 30, 2024: Countdown to a Trump verdict

    May 30, 2024: Countdown to a Trump verdict

    Jury deliberations in Trump's hush money case started yesterday, and already there have been a number of interesting developments. Twice during the day, jurors sent notes to the judge. The first asked to review segments of testimony that came out during the trial; the second asked the judge to rehash jury instructions. What, if anything, can this tell us about a possible verdict? Legal editor James Romoser offers Playbook co-author Eugene Daniels some insight. Plus, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris make a rare double-appearance in Philadelphia to emphasize the importance of the Black vote, and Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s flag fiasco is only getting more complicated. All of that, and the rest of the news you need to know today.

    • 9 min
    May 29, 2024: Trump’s fate is now in the hands of the jury

    May 29, 2024: Trump’s fate is now in the hands of the jury

    Jury deliberations for former President Donald Trump's hush money case begin today. Yesterday, attorneys on both sides laid out their closing arguments in what was a nearly 12-hour day in court. But New York isn’t the only place Trump is making legal headlines. In Florida, yet another snafu involving Judge Aileen Cannon is making the likelihood of that trial taking place before the election slimmer and slimmer. Senior legal affairs reporter Kyle Cheney joins Playbook co-author Rachael Bade to recount what he saw in the courthouse Tuesday and what to expect in the coming days.

    • 10 min
    May 28, 2024: What could a conviction spell for Trump?

    May 28, 2024: What could a conviction spell for Trump?

    As the end of former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial looms, his future has come into question. Should a jury decide to convict Trump, there are a number of different punishment options on the table. He could, of course, be sentenced to jail time. But, what would that look like? And what else could Judge Juan Merchan have the former president and presumptive GOP nominee do? National correspondent Betsy Woodruff Swan joins Playbook co-author Ryan Lizza to offer some insight. Plus, some Democrats are voicing fears about the Biden campaign’s approach to the 2024 election, and how will President Biden respond to Israel’s deadly attack on a refugee camp in Rafah? All that, and the rest of the news you need to know today.

    • 9 min
    May 24, 2024: Trump’s Bronx tale

    May 24, 2024: Trump’s Bronx tale

    Donald Trump held a large rally in the South Bronx in New York City last night, attended by a diverse array of people — a far cry from the typical MAGA rally crowd. National politics correspondent Meridith McGraw, who was present at the rally, tells Playbook co-author Ryan Lizza about how Trump tailored his message to the Big Apple audience. And just as interesting, she explains, is what he left unsaid. Plus, inside the U.S.’s plan for a “prominent post-war” role in Gaza, and the rest of the news you need to know today.

    • 8 min
    May 23, 2024: GOP gears up for ‘voter fraud’ push

    May 23, 2024: GOP gears up for ‘voter fraud’ push

    Today’s legislative theme is voter fraud — or “fraud,” as the case may be. The GOP House majority is gearing up for two votes today aimed at blocking non-citizens from voting — with one vote centering on the District of Columbia and the other taking effect nationwide. Democrats are steamed, both because it’s already illegal for non-citizens to vote in federal elections, and because they see in this effort the groundwork for a 2024 reprise of Trump’s “Stop the Steal” push to sow doubt about the rightful outcomes of elections. Playbook co-author Rachael Bade explains it all. Plus, what’s driving Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) to enter the fray and put himself forward as the next GOP leader? All that, plus the rest of the news you need to know today.

    • 6 min
    May 22, 2024: Inside Biden's big plans for President Ruto's visit

    May 22, 2024: Inside Biden's big plans for President Ruto's visit

    For the first time since 2008, the president of Kenya will make a visit this today, where he is set to receive the whole nine yards of special treatment. There are a few reasons for this: Kenya is celebrating 50 years of independence, and it has become an emerging tech hub. But there is also the fact that President Biden promised to visit the country and has yet to stay true to his word. Will that cast a certain light on the whole event? Playbook co-author Eugene Daniels joins Playbook editor Mike DeBonis to weigh in. Plus, the Trump defense team rested their case yesterday, but it looks like court won’t adjourn by the end of the week after all. All that, plus the rest of the news you need to know today.

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537 Ratings

matt2377 ,

amazing resource

This is the place the pros go to get their quick informative coverage. Solid work to the whole team; your efforts are obvious and appreciated.

midwestBlue ,

wrong again

you said hope hicks helped trump defense saying trump was worried about melania rather than winning the presidency but you are wrong. you should go back and read the transcripts because that was minor. the major testimony of hicks was that trump was worried about winning the pres race and wanted stories killed for that reason. get it right politico hacks.

misty3303 ,

Generally a good morning recap

But what’s up with having Ankush Khardori on to give the commentary on the Trump trials? He couldn’t have been any more biased and his ignorance about the subject given his single focus showed. Definitely impacted my opinion of this show as I looked for balanced reporting. Thank goodness Ryan Lizza and Rachel Bade offset segments like this one!

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