Rick Klein

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Rick Klein is Political Director of ABC News, leading the network's political coverage and planning and serving as an on-air political analyst across ABC News... Read More »

Rick Klein is Political Director of ABC News, leading the network's political coverage and planning and serving as an on-air political analyst across ABC News platforms.

Klein has contributed stories and analysis to all ABC News broadcasts, including "Good Morning America" and "World News." He also provides regular political commentary and analysis for ABC News Radio, ABC News NOW and NewsOne, the network's affiliate news service.

Klein also co-hosts "Top Line," a political Webcast that's part of the Yahoo! News/ABC News "Power Players" series. He is a regular guest on Fox News and NPR programs, and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN, and PBS, among numerous other television outlets. From 2007-2010, Klein wrote The Note, a daily political blog and tip sheet that publishes every weekday morning at ABCNEWS.com. The New Yorker magazine called The Note "the most influential morning tip sheet in Washington," serving as an insider's and outsider's guide to what's happening in politics and why.

Starting in 2010, he began serving as Senior Washington Editor for "World News with Diane Sawyer," working as senior Washington producer for the program in addition to on-air roles.

Klein joined ABC News in 2007 from The Boston Globe, where he most recently covered Congress and national politics. Prior to coming to Washington in 2004 to cover the Bush campaign, he covered the Massachusetts State House and Boston City Hall. He previously worked as a metro reporter at The Dallas Morning News.

A native of Long Island, New York, Klein graduated with a degree in politics from Princeton University, where he served as editor-in-chief of The Daily Princetonian. He lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Laine, and their sons, Jack and Max.

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The Note: Ascendant left drives outcomes -- and backlash
The TAKE with Rick Klein The young and ascendant left announced its arrival in a few splashy ways this week. Now Democrats are pondering where they will be taken next. Amazon’s decision to pull
Feb 15, 2019 06:00 AM Story from Politics Rick Klein and MaryAlice Parks, ABC News
Trump seeks to upend Trumpism – if only for a night: ANALYSIS
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Feb 05, 2019 11:20 PM Story from Politics Rick Klein, ABC News
Trump faces political emergency of his own making in fight over border wall: ANALYSIS
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Jan 08, 2019 11:24 PM Story from Politics Rick Klein, ABC News
Trump surrenders to new Washington realities: ANALYSIS
President Donald Trump has caved again, first on the State of the Union and now on border wall money, accomplishing nothing, says ABC Political Director Rick Klein.
Jan 25, 2019 05:54 PM Story from Politics Rick Klein, ABC News
2018 offers hints at disruptions on road to 2020: ANALYSIS
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Dec 16, 2018 06:43 AM Story from Politics Rick Klein, ABC News
‘Chaos president’ isolates himself with plays to base: ANALYSIS
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Dec 22, 2018 04:33 AM Story from Politics Rick Klein, ABC News
ANALYSIS: Divided verdict on Trump means repudiation as well as vindication
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Nov 07, 2018 02:54 AM Story from Politics Rick Klein, ABC News
Ratify or reject? Midterm elections offer referendum on Trump presidency: ANALYSIS
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Nov 06, 2018 06:21 AM Story from Politics Rick Klein, ABC News
The Note: Democrats confront familiar demons in Virginia and beyond
The TAKE with Rick Klein The 2020 race got a whole lot more interesting -- and a whole lot more complicated -- in the space of this week. Ongoing turmoil has offered challenges on familiar fronts
Feb 08, 2019 06:00 AM Story from Politics Rick Klein and MaryAlice Parks, ABC News
The Note: Elizabeth Warren battles her own words
The TAKE with Rick Klein For a candidate who's not even technically a candidate yet, Sen. Elizabeth Warren has done a whole lot of battling with herself. This time two words, in Warren's own
Feb 06, 2019 07:16 AM Story from Politics Rick Klein and MaryAlice Parks, ABC News
The Note: Virginia meltdown brings heat to 2020 Democrats
The TAKE with Rick Klein If you're going to have an utter meltdown in state leadership ... and ABC News Political Director Rick Klein, who give us the latest on the chaos in Virginia
Feb 07, 2019 06:00 AM Story from Politics Rick Klein and MaryAlice Parks, ABC News
The Note: Seeds of primary challenge to Trump are planted
The TAKE with Rick Klein The 2020 news this week may have looked good for President Donald Trump . The potential independent candidacy of former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has dominated
Feb 01, 2019 06:01 AM Story from Politics Rick Klein and MaryAlice Parks, ABC News
The Note: Beto O'Rourke speaks to state of Democrats' union
The TAKE with Rick Klein It's been all of five weeks in the political wilderness for Beto O'Rourke, enough time for a road trip, a tooth cleaning, some long runs and all manner of speculation about
Feb 05, 2019 06:02 AM Story from Politics Rick Klein and MaryAlice Parks, ABC News
The Note: Ralph Northam and Stacey Abrams speak to Democrats’ worries around race
The TAKE with Rick Klein Democrats would like to make Ralph Northam their past and Stacey Abrams their present. But the party's future has to account for the dynamics surrounding the man who
Feb 04, 2019 06:01 AM Story from Politics Rick Klein and MaryAlice Parks, ABC News
The Note: Democrats face challenges posed by own diversity
The TAKE with Rick Klein Democrats already have the most diverse field in presidential primary ... Jonathan Karl and Political Director Rick Klein interview House Budget Committee Chair Rep. John Yarmuth
Feb 13, 2019 06:00 AM Story from Politics Rick Klein and MaryAlice Parks, ABC News
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