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: Pelosi, Schumer take early round vs. Trump
The TAKE with Rick Klein Don't say divided government can't accomplish anything. Based on one meeting, there's no agreement on a border wall or on a plan to avert a government shutdown . But it's
Dec 12, 2018 06:02 AM Story from Politics Rick Klein and MaryAlice Parks, ABC News
The Note: Trump confronts trust deficit as 'Chuck and Nancy' visit
The TAKE with Rick Klein The problem isn't that they don't like each other. (They sometimes do -- nicknames aside.) The problem isn't that they don't agree on some things. (They definitely do
Dec 11, 2018 06:01 AM Story from Politics Rick Klein and MaryAlice Parks, ABC News
The Note: Robert Mueller presents new political peril for President Donald Trump
The TAKE with Rick Klein There was, for a very long time, quiet Robert Mueller. Then came a Mueller team that trafficked in legal obscurities and in directions that seemed like distractions. Now
Dec 10, 2018 06:01 AM Story from Politics Rick Klein and MaryAlice Parks, ABC News
The Note: Mueller takes center stage after week remembering Bush's GOP
The TAKE with Rick Klein The week belonged, appropriately, to former President George H.W. Bush and the era he came to represent. Starting Friday, another Republican -- something of a throwback
Dec 07, 2018 06:01 AM Story from Politics Rick Klein and John Verhovek, ABC News
The Note: George Bush's moment fades to reveal uglier realities
The TAKE with Rick Klein The path off the "high road of humility" will have some bumps. As the national political pause ends Thursday with the burial of former President George H.W. Bush in Texas
Dec 06, 2018 06:01 AM Story from Politics Rick Klein and John Verhovek, 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
ANALYSIS: Kavanaugh confirmation marks triumph of tribalism
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Oct 07, 2018 03:20 PM Story from Politics Rick Klein, ABC News
The Note: Obama takes the midterms stage
The TAKE with Rick Klein Out of the chaos and norm-busting and institution-bursting of the last ... , the current president gets something he wants as well: a foil. The RUNDOWN with Rick Klein
Sep 07, 2018 06:04 AM Story from Politics Rick Klein, ABC News
Kavanaugh hearing could define a political generation: ANALYSIS
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Sep 27, 2018 04:00 AM Story from Politics Rick Klein, ABC News
Raw divisions exposed, as emotional hearing devolves into partisan anger: ANALYSIS
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Sep 27, 2018 07:14 PM Story from Politics Rick Klein, ABC News
ANALYSIS: Hillary Clinton Seeks Reality Check on Bernie Sanders
Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, election 2016, Analysis, Rick Klein,
Feb 11, 2016 11:19 PM Story from Politics RICK KLEIN, ABC News
The Note: Bush 43 gets his moment, amid remembrance of his father
The TAKE with Rick Klein Together for the first time since the inauguration of President Donald Trump , the presidents club gathers on Wednesday under traditional, yet uncomfortable, circumstances
Dec 05, 2018 06:01 AM Story from Politics Rick Klein and John Verhovek, ABC News
The Note: George Bush’s death marks distance between 41 and 45
The TAKE with Rick Klein The list of Republican presidents will always include a stretch that reads Bush, Bush, Trump. And history will record just three presidencies between the 41st and the 45th
Dec 03, 2018 06:01 AM Story from Politics Rick Klein and Adam Kelsey, ABC News
The Note: Voting rights return as post-campaign issue
The TAKE with Rick Klein They are questions that are central to democracy: who gets to vote, how ... . ABC News Political Director Rick Klein and FiveThirtyEight's Geoffrey Skelly take stock
Dec 04, 2018 06:15 AM Story from Politics Rick Klein and John Verhovek, ABC News
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