Capital Gang

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Capital Gang
StarringPat Buchanan
Robert Novak
Al Hunt
Mark Shields
Mona Charen
Margaret Warner
Margaret Carlson
Kate O'Beirne
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Original release

Capital Gang was an American weekly political talk show on CNN which aired on Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. ET. The show debuted in the fall of 1988 and ran until CNN cancelled it in 2005.[1]

The original panel was Pat Buchanan, Robert Novak, Al Hunt, and Mark Shields.[2] Mona Charen and Margaret Warner joined the panel in 1992, when Buchanan left the show to run for president in 1992. In 1993, Warner left the program to join PBS and was replaced by Margaret Carlson, and Kate O'Beirne replaced Charen when she moved to Capital Gang Sunday in 1995. Typically four of the commentators were featured along with a prominent public official from either party. Buchanan, O'Beirne, Charen and Novak were the conservative panelists, while Shields, Hunt, Warner and Carlson were the liberal commentators.

Capital Gang Sunday was hosted by James Glassman in the mid-1990s. It featured panelists Juan Williams, Howard Fineman, Ruth Conniff, James Warren, and Mona Charen. The show did not feature any guests and was more cerebral than combative, in contrast to the Saturday version. In 1998, it was canceled, along with CNN's Sunday edition of Crossfire.

In 2005, after overall declining ratings at the network, CNN attempted to shake up its programming by cancelling several of its politically oriented shows, including the Capital Gang and Crossfire.[3]

The Capital Gang panelists appeared together again on NBC's Meet the Press with Tim Russert on February 17, 2008. With the Democratic presidential nomination race still very much undecided, and the role of the superdelegates in question, Hunt, Carlson, Shields, Novak and O'Beirne gathered to discuss the issues.


  1. ^ "CNN Disbands 'Capital Gang' As Part of Schedule Shakeup." By John Maynard. The Washington Post. Friday, June 24, 2005; Page C07.
  2. ^ "CNN Turns up the Volume of Babble Inside the Beltway". 16 April 1995.
  3. ^ "CNN to wrap up 'Capital Gang'". 24 June 2005.

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