10 Best News Shows to Keep Up with D.C. Politics If you can't get enough White House and Congress, these shows will fill your void.

Washington D.C. is the epicenter of American politics. During an election year (especially one like 2020 coming up), politics can get heated. Everyone wants to stay informed while also belittling the other side in heated arguments.

It can be exhausting, and many people burn out on it. But political discourse is an important facet of life, and we have a duty as citizens to stay informed.

If it’s been a while since you’ve last looked at American politics, here are the news shows to watch.

10. The Five (Fox News)

Hosts: Jedediah Bila, Greg Gutfeld, Dana Pernio, Jesse Watters, Juan Williams

This Fox News talk show is one of the easiest to watch on the network, providing a rare conservative point of view to the national discussion.

9. Saturday Night Live Weekend Update (NBC)

Hosts: Michael Che, Colin Jost

The latest SNL Weekend Update hosts started in 2014 and are the consistent bright spot of the show. Whether you watch on Saturday night or Sunday morning, this is the best place to keep up with all the news that matters in our culture, often acted out with varying degrees of success.

8. This Week With George Stephanopoulos (ABC)

Hosts: George Stephanopoulos

Every Sunday morning, ABC News explores the top stories of the week with an all-star panel of guests. Look no further for relevant discussions before your week starts.

7. The Young Turks (YouTube)

Hosts: Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, Jill Pike, Ben Mankiewicz

TYT explores all the top stories of the day, including those not being given proper attention in the media. This is one of the most trusted news sources online or off.

6. Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (Netflix)

Hosts: Hasan Minaj

Following in the footsteps of Michelle Wolf, Minhaj takes to Netflix with his own brand of humor. Look for him to tackle topics for younger, more ethnic audiences than most news shows you’re used to seeing in America.

5. Today (NBC)

Hosts: Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Carson Daly

Today made news itself in 2018 over Matt Lauer’s sexual accusations. This show brings a lighthearted view of the news like it’s done since 1952.

4. The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC)

Hosts: Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow is MSNBC’s top gun, bringing a unique brand of storytelling to otherwise boring political stories. Maddow takes no prisoners, much to the ire of conservatives she disagrees with.

3. PBS NewsHour (PBS)

Hosts: Julie Woodruff, Yamiche Alcindor, Jeffrey Brown

PBS NewsHour brings you the top stories that deserve your attention. If you only have a short time to get everything in, this is the place to do it.

2. Meet the Press (NBC)

Hosts: Chuck Todd, David Gregory

Meet the Press is the longest-running television program in history, running consistently since November 6, 1947. It’s a great place to keep up with an aggregate of today’s news.

1. The Daily Show (Comedy Central)

Hosts: Trevor Noah, Roy Wood Jr., Michael Kosta, Ronnie Chieng

The Daily Show has been skewering news for over 20 years, and it has a deep focus on politics. If you want to keep up with what’s happening on Capitol Hill with a bit of humor, Comedy Central is the place to do it.


Dr. Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. You can find his work in Cracked, High Times, HuffPost, Lifewire, Forbes, Fast Company, and dozens of other places, although much of it is no longer under his name. Dr. Penny loves annoying fake media.

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