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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 SandersBriahna Joy Gray: Biden campaign promises will struggle if Republicans win back Congress Biden backs COVID-19 vaccine patent waivers McConnell sidesteps Cheney-Trump drama MORE (I-Vt.) and Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanBudowsky: Liz Cheney vs. conservatives in name only Cheney at donor retreat says Trump's actions 'a line that cannot be crossed': report Press: John Boehner: good author, bad leader MORE (R-Wis.).

The Jones/Maher special will air two nights after a town hall debate between Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  The Memo: The GOP's war is already over — Trump won Hawley says Cheney 'spiraling,' 'out-of-step' amid Trump backlash MORE (R-Texas) and Sanders from Washington, D.C.

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