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CNN to air Van Jones/Bill Maher town hall special

CNN to air Van Jones/Bill Maher town hall special

CNN's Van Jones will host a town hall featuring HBO's Bill Maher next week.

Maher, a progressive comedian and host of HBO's "Real Time" will take questions from a live studio audience in Los Angeles on Feb. 9, with Jones, briefly a member of the Obama administration, serving as moderator.

"The special will take a look at Maher’s history as a major influencer with more than 20 years on television as an outspoken voice in American politics and culture," reads the CNN announcement. "Less than one month since President Trump has taken office, Jones will lead a timely discussion with Maher and audience members on the administration’s recent Executive Orders, Supreme Court nominee, Cabinet appointments and where America is heading moving forward."

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CNN has added town halls as a periodic part of its primetime programming. Earlier this week, the network hosted a live town hall with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). CNN also has aired town halls with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Democrats facing tough reelections back bipartisan infrastructure deal The Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare here to stay MORE (I-Vt.) and Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanNow we know why Biden was afraid of a joint presser with Putin Zaid Jilani: Paul Ryan worried about culture war distracting from issues 'that really concern him' The Memo: Marjorie Taylor Greene exposes GOP establishment's lack of power MORE (R-Wis.).

The Jones/Maher special will air two nights after a town hall debate between Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Ted Cruz says critical race theory is as racist as 'Klansmen in white sheets' Pentagon pulling 'certain forces and capabilities,' including air defenses, from Middle East MORE (R-Texas) and Sanders from Washington, D.C.

--This report was updated at 11:08 a.m.