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Headliner interviews and in-depth looks at the people and events shaping U.S. politics. Hosted by ABC News' Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl and Political Director Rick Klein.

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    • 4.1, 242 Ratings

Headliner interviews and in-depth looks at the people and events shaping U.S. politics. Hosted by ABC News' Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl and Political Director Rick Klein.

    "I Didn't Listen to My Experts"

    "I Didn't Listen to My Experts"

    We're seeing huge fundraising numbers in many down-ballot races, Kanye West says he's running for President of the United States, and when it comes to the nation's coronavirus response, President Trump says he didn't listen to his experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci.

    Guest: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot

    • 39 min
    "If It's Indefensible, It's Indefensible"

    "If It's Indefensible, It's Indefensible"

    Former Vice President Joe Biden makes an appearance on the campaign trail, and political consultant Frank Luntz evaluates the effectiveness of President Donald Trump's messaging in the presidential race so far. Sen. Tim Scott shares his stance on police reform and whether he will run for president in 2024. Guests: Frank Luntz and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott.

    • 45 min
    Primary Colors

    Primary Colors

    Election day might be over in Kentucky and New York, but now the real wait begins for results. Some of the outcomes, expected next week, might just reflect how much the country is shifting to meet the moment. But behind the delays is record turnout, since counting all the mail-in ballots takes time.



    Guest: ABC News Senior Congressional Correspondent, Mary Bruce

    • 38 min
    "Americans Want Law and Order"

    "Americans Want Law and Order"

    Nearly three weeks after the death of George Floyd, Trump on Tuesday met with American families who have also had loved ones killed by police officers. In signing his executive order, he made it clear that there is overwhelming support for some policing reforms, such as the banning of choke-holds in most incidences.


    Guest: Dr. Leah Wright Rigueur, Associate Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University and ABC News contributor





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    * ABOUT JONATHAN KARL: Jonathan Karl is ABC News Chief Washington Correspondent and Chief White House Correspondent, contributing to all ABC News broadcasts. Karl has covered every major beat in Washington, including the White House, Capitol Hill, the Pentagon, and the State Department. Karl covered all the major candidates in the 2016 election, including the first interview with Donald Trump of the 2016 election cycle.


    * ABOUT RICK KLEIN: Rick Klein is Political Director of ABC News, leading the network's political coverage and planning, and serves as an on-air political analyst across ABC News platforms. Klein joined ABC News in 2007 from The Boston Globe, where he most recently covered Congress and national politics.

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    • 28 min
    Bonus: Dr. Anthony Fauci

    Bonus: Dr. Anthony Fauci

    Guest: Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

    • 29 min
    About That Conspiracy Theory Tweet

    About That Conspiracy Theory Tweet

    Never one to let a wild conspiracy theory pass him by, President Donald Trump Tuesday stoked division online, while otherwise removing himself from the national conversation taking place in local governments and living rooms coast-to-coast. Hours before George Floyd was to be laid to rest, Trump made an unfounded allegation against a 75-year protester who was pushed by police in Buffalo, New York, last week during a protest and remains hospitalized.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
242 Ratings

242 Ratings

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Great work

You both do an excellent job, thanks

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Kudos to the Fifth Estate

Character assassination is a dirty trick. Newt Gingrich took an unnecessarily aggressive posture when he hung up on the call. Kudos to you and ABC News for leaving in the full interview.

I’m sorry the interview ended this way, but on one hand, Newt was right. The white house press corps asks a lot of circuitous questions that put politicians on the spot. You put Newt on the spot and even though you opted to full disclosure, he didn’t. He was there to publicize his book. You wanted to get him on the record in regards to his character assassination of the press.

Both sides need to take a break and stop shoveling muck on each other. We need to call a truce and get back our American spirit. United we stand. Divided we fall. Why can’t we all get along?

During these troubled times, we desperately need a free press. The press is NOT the enemy of the people. It is our last defense as you speak truth to power, better than our elected officials. Please keep doing what you’re doing, but do it in a way that doesn’t leave bitter feelings and a breakdown in communication.

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