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We bring you 5 stories that will get you up to speed and on with your day. Updates at 6am, 9am, 12pm, 5pm and 10pm Eastern, every weekday.


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We bring you 5 stories that will get you up to speed and on with your day. Updates at 6am, 9am, 12pm, 5pm and 10pm Eastern, every weekday.




3PM ET: Balloon shot down, SCOTUS 'burn bags', DNC demotes Iowa & more

The US military shoots down a suspected Chinese spy balloon over the Atlantic Ocean. New reporting reveals more concerns about information security at the Supreme Court. The Democratic National Committee has approved a major shakeup of the presidential primary calendar – but it’s not a done deal yet. A new national windchill record has been set in New Hampshire. And a massive train derailment prompts shelter-in-place orders for a northeastern Ohio town. To learn more about how CNN protects...


10 AM ET: Spy balloon path, unreal cold, Disney workers reject offer & more

The Chinese spy balloon floating over the US could head out to sea at some point today. Millions in the Northeast are under wind chill alerts as extreme cold sets in. A CNN team sees Russian aggression in Ukraine up close. Thousands of unionized Disney World workers have rejected a new contract offer. And new data reveals that more Americans are heading back to work in the office. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


10 PM ET: Second spy balloon, Memphis officer fired, world’s oldest dog & more

We start with new developments on a second Chinese spy balloon and where it's been spotted. Plus, an additional Memphis police officer has been fired in connection to Tyre Nichols’ death. We have an update on a shooting that killed six people in central California. Elon Musk won a legal fight over a controversial tweet that had shareholders in a frenzy – we have details. Lastly, a special canine set a new world record. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit...


5 PM ET: Spy balloon tracking, monkey theft arrest, LeBron to set NBA record

The Pentagon is accusing China of spying with a surveillance balloon hovering over the US despite China’s denials – we have the latest. Plus, the US has officially announced a new aid package to Ukraine to defend itself against Russia. A hot jobs report is getting the cold shoulder on Wall Street. We’ll also tell you who police arrested in connection to a missing monkeys case at the Dallas Zoo. And, LeBron James is closing in on a new NBA milestone. To learn more about how CNN protects...


12 PM ET: Spy balloon response, surprising jobs report, Murdaugh finances & more

China’s suspected spy balloon causes the US to postpone a major trip to Beijing. The January jobs report pleases President Joe Biden but probably confuses the Federal Reserve. A former senior Russian officer is apologizing to Ukrainians and trying to seek asylum in the US. The CFO of Alex Murdaugh’s former law firm testified she confronted him about missing funds the morning his wife and son were killed. Plus, we’ll tell you how a key meeting went on federal police reform. To learn more...


9 AM ET: Jobs numbers jump, dangerous low temperatures, 'Lantix' ban & more

The latest jobs numbers are out - and they're pretty surprising. Parts of the Northeastern US are starting to experience dangerously cold temperatures. Air sirens could be heard in Kyiv this morning ahead of a summit with European leaders in Ukraine's capital. Some Democratic lawmakers in Connecticut want to ban agencies from using the term "Latinx". Plus, Hong Kong is offering half a million free flights for tourists. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit...


6 AM ET: Spy balloon over US, gun law 'unconstitutional', tennis star avoids conviction & more

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a suspected Chinese spy balloon flying over the US - we'll bring you the details. Ukraine's president wants EU membership sooner rather than later. A court has ruled that it's unconstitutional to ban people with domestic abuse restraining orders from owning a gun. Three bodies have been found in Detroit, and officials say they could be the missing rappers they've been searching for. Plus, a tennis star who pleaded guilty to assaulting his ex-girlfriend...


10 PM ET: Chinese spy balloon, double-amputee killed, Big Tech earnings & more

The US is tracking a Chinese spy balloon flying over the country – we have details. The Biden administration plans to send more aid to Ukraine. The family of a double-amputee shot and killed by police is demanding justice. A Republican councilwoman’s death in New Jersey is under investigation. Lastly, reported earnings from some Big Tech companies are hitting a sour note with investors. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


5 PM ET: Ilhan Omar’s removal, arctic blast, Brady proposition & more

The House voted Congresswoman Ilhan Omar off of the Foreign Affairs Committee – we’ll tell you how she’s responding. Plus, the FBI is planning to search for classified documents at former Vice President Mike Pence’s home and office. Bitter cold and brutal wind chills are on tap for parts of the US. We also have good news for homebuyers in the US. And, we’ll tell you the offer New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft made to Tom Brady on the heels of his retirement announcement. To learn more...


One Thing: Are Florida Students Getting the Full Story?

Earlier this month, the state of Florida announced it would block reject a proposed Advanced Placement course on African American Studies. The move follows laws passed in Florida and other Republican-led states aimed at restricting certain race-based coursework in the classroom, including so-called critical race theory. We examine how students, parents and teachers are reacting to this new era of partisan education. Guest: Leyla Santiago, CNN Correspondent To learn more about how CNN...


One Thing: On the Front Lines of the Western Water Wars

Despite recent rainstorms in California, the decades-long megadrought in the West shows no signs of easing. As a result, some states have been forced to pull back on the water they use from the Colorado River. In this episode, we hear the story of one Arizona community forced to take legal action against the city of Scottsdale after being cut off from its water supply – and why it could serve as a warning to the rest of the country as the climate crisis continues. Guest: Lucy Kafanov, CNN...


One Thing: The Biden Document Discovery (And How It Compares to Trump)

When we learned Obama-era classified documents were discovered in multiple locations used by President Joe Biden after his time as vice president, some Republicans were quick to draw comparisons to former President Donald Trump, who is also under investigation for mishandling government documents. But just how similar are the two circumstances? We break down what we know about each case, the special counsels tasked with investigating them, and the political ramifications ahead of a possible...


One Thing: Will Damar Hamlin Change How We Watch Football?

The sports world came to a standstill last Monday night after 24-year-old Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed on the field during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. In this week’s episode, a former NFL player weighs in on the league’s reaction and explains why he thinks this incident represents a turning point in the conversation around player safety and mental health concerns at all levels of the sport. Guest: Coy Wire, CNN Sports Anchor &...


One Thing: The Tech That Could Define 2023 (and Beyond)

The metaverse. Artificial intelligence. These technologies are here and already shaping our world in ways you may not realize. We take a closer look at how they are taking hold and tackle some commonly asked questions. See more on “Decoded”. Guest: Anna Stewart, CNN Reporter To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


One Thing: Hollywood’s ‘Last Movie Stars’ with Ethan Hawke

Earlier this year, CNN Films and HBO Max released “The Last Movie Stars”, a documentary detailing the love story and careers of legendary Hollywood icons Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. Its director, Ethan Hawke, stops by to talk about the film, how streaming has changed Hollywood, and what to watch if you have some downtime this holiday season. “The Last Movie Stars” is now streaming on HBO Max. Guest: Ethan Hawke, director of “The Last Movie Stars” To learn more about how CNN protects...


One Thing: Inside the Fall of a ‘Crypto King’

Sam Bankman-Fried promised to revolutionize the cryptocurrency industry through his exchange, FTX. Last week, he was arrested and charged with fraud, capping a month-long saga which saw the collapse of FTX along with his personal wealth. We examine how customers' money was allegedly stolen and what it all could mean for the future of the industry. Guest: Allison Morrow, CNN Business Senior Editor To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


One Thing: Just How Vulnerable is America’s Power Grid?

Thousands of central North Carolina residents spent much of last week in the dark following an attack on two electric substations. It follows years of warnings from the federal government that the power grid was an attractive target for extremists. We examine how this attack upended daily life and look at what can be done to protect the grid going forward. Guest: Whitney Wild, CNN Law Enforcement Correspondent To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


One Thing: Zero Patience for Zero-Covid in China

China has signaled it may adjust some aspects of its strict zero-Covid policy following a massive show of defiance in cities across the country, with some openly calling for the removal of Chinese leader Xi Jinping. We examine the financial and psychological ramifications of the restrictions and look at whether the protests could force more change. Guest: Selina Wang, CNN International Correspondent To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


One Thing: Understanding “The Assignment” with Audie Cornish

Over the past few years, once-sleepy local school board meetings have become passionate and occasionally rowdy venues for debate over issues like the pandemic, race, gender and more. We’ve also seen school board elections become more partisan than ever. We hear from two parents about why they decided to run for office and what changes they hope to make while in power. Listen to “The Assignment” here. Guest: Audie Cornish, CNN Anchor & Correspondent To learn more about how CNN protects...


One Thing: Donald Trump is Running Again. Is The GOP On Board?

Former President Donald Trump has officially kicked off his 2024 presidential campaign amid multiple investigations into him, his business, and his allies. We examine if Trump’s grip on the party has weakened in recent years following his efforts to overturn the 2020 election and look at who may challenge him in the Republican primary. Guest: Kaitlan Collins, “CNN This Morning” Anchor & Chief Correspondent To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit