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Hosted by CNN's Jake Tapper and Dana Bash, State of the Union features interviews with top newsmakers on politics and policy—covering Washington, the country, and the world.

Hosted by CNN's Jake Tapper and Dana Bash, State of the Union features interviews with top newsmakers on politics and policy—covering Washington, the country, and the world.


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Hosted by CNN's Jake Tapper and Dana Bash, State of the Union features interviews with top newsmakers on politics and policy—covering Washington, the country, and the world.






Interviews with: Sen. Chris Murphy, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Rep. Adam Schiff.

After another holiday marred by tragedy, President Biden vows to do more to stop gun violence. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut sits down with Dana to examine the prospects for more gun reform in a lame duck Congress. They also discuss why existing gun laws in Colorado and Virginia weren’t enough to prevent the shootings from happening. Also, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson joins Dana to respond to former President Trump’s decision to host rap artist Ye and a prominent white supremacist...


Exclusive interviews with: Democratic Caucus Chairman Rep. Hakeem Jeffries & January 6 Select Committee member Rep. Adam Kinzinger

First, Jake goes one-on-one with the man on track to take over House Democratic leadership from Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries. Jake asks Jeffries about Pelosi’s impact on the party, how he would unite the moderate and progressive wings of his caucus, and his approach to working with Republicans. Next, Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger joins Jake to react to former President Trump’s return to Twitter, as well as the Justice Department’s appointment of a special counsel to oversee its Trump...


Interviews with: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro, Gov. Larry Hogan, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

First, re-elected Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer tells Dana Bash that her party's major wins in her state were the result of being "focused on the fundamentals" like infrastructure, inflation and schools. Next, Pennsylvania Governor-elect Josh Shapiro says the key to winning rural voters is "just a matter of showing up, treating people with respect, and showing them how you're going to make their lives better." Then, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan blames former President Donald Trump for...


Exclusive interviews with: Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee Ronna McDaniel, and Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

First, Dana goes one-on-one with Republican Party Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. She pushes McDaniel on whether Republicans should accept election results and whether she thinks think the Republicans are going to take control of the House. They also discuss poll-watching and voter intimidation, and McDaniel explains that the RNC will stop paying Trump’s legal bills if he launches a 2024 presidential bid. Next, Dana interviews Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar. She presses Klobuchar on whether she...


Interviews with Sen. Rick Scott, North Carolina Senate Candidate Cheri Beasley

With only nine days to go until Election Day, Dana Bash sits down for a one-on-one interview with Senator Rick Scott. He shares his reaction to the brutal attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband, as well as antisemitic displays outside of a football game in Florida. He also responds to criticism that the GOP's midterms agenda will hurt the economy and lead to cuts in Medicare and Social Security. Then, Dana presses North Carolina Senate Candidate Cheri Beasley on whether she is...


Interviews with: Sen. Bernie Sanders, Rep. Nancy Mace.

Amid looming recession fears, Sen. Bernie Sanders tells Jake that Democrats need to broaden their midterms message to include the economy and other challenges facing voters. Then, GOP Rep. Nancy Mace joins Jake to discuss whether she would lift a Trump-era tariff on China and what steps she would take to reduce inflation. Jake also presses her on if she supports impeaching President Biden if Republicans take control of the House. On today’s panel, Karen Finney, Alyssa Farah Griffin, Ashley...


Interviews with: National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, WH Council of Economic Advisers Chair Cecilia Rouse, Republican Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, Colorado Senate Candidate Joe O’Dea and Senator Mi

First, Dana goes-one-on-one with White House Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers Cecilia Rouse on the White House’s efforts to reduce inflation as core inflation reaches a new 40-year high. Then, Dana interviews National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan on what Biden’s vow to rethink the U.S.-Saudi relationship means, how he thinks the US would respond to a Russian nuclear strike in Ukraine, and what the Biden administration is doing to support human rights protestors in Iran. Next,...


Interviews with: Gov. Glenn Youngkin, Sen. Chris Murphy, Ambassador Bill Richardson

First, Jake presses Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin on whether he supports the Federal Reserve potentially raising interest rates to get inflation under control and on his administration’s policy requiring that students’ bathrooms and sports teams are based on their sex assigned at birth and not their gender identity. Then, after President Biden delivered a warning about potential nuclear “Armageddon” with Russia, Senator Chris Murphy joins to discuss whether Biden was right to raise the...


Interviews with: FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell, Sen. Rick Scott, Sen. Marco Rubio

Today’s show focuses on Hurricane Ian’s frightening devastation in Florida. With homes destroyed, lives lost, electricity not fully restored, and rescue efforts still underway, Dana speaks with FEMA administrator Deanne Criswell and Florida Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio about recovery efforts after one of Florida’s largest storms on record. Dana also questions Sen. Scott about former President Trump’s “death wish” comments about Mitch McConnell on social media. She also asks Sen. Rubio...


Interviews with: UK Prime Minister Liz Truss, Rep. Adam Schiff, Former Tennessee Governors Phil Bredesen (D) and Bill Haslam (R)

First, United Kingdom Prime Minister Liz Truss sits down with Jake Tapper for her exclusive first US interview. Jake asks the new British leader about her view of the state of the “special relationship” between the UK and US, as well as how the West should respond to any escalation by Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ukraine. Jake also presses Truss on her controversial new tax plan and tensions with Europe and the Biden administration over her approach to Northern Ireland. Then, Rep....


Interviews with: New York City Mayor Eric Adams, Republican Senator Mike Rounds, US Ambassador to the United Nations Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

First, Jake goes one-on-one with New York City Mayor Eric Adams. He says his city is “nearing its breaking point” and accuses Republican governors of creating a “humanitarian crisis” by sending thousands of migrants to New York from the southern border. Next, Jake presses Republican Senator Mike Rounds over Republican governors’ treatment of migrants. They also discuss whether Senator Rounds supports Senator Graham’s proposed national 15-week abortion ban bill that has split the...


Remembering Queen Elizabeth, 9/11

In this second of a two-part, four-hour State Of The Union, we look back at the Queen's enduring legacy as well as the attacks of September 11, 2001. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Remembering Queen Elizabeth II, 9/11

In this first of a two-part, four-hour State Of The Union, we look back at the Queen's enduring legacy as well as the attacks of September 11, 2001. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Interviews with: Deanne Criswell, Tiffany Smiley, Sen. Patty Murray

As campaign season ramps up, today’s show zeroes in on how top issues like the economy, education, and abortion are resonating in key midterm races. But first, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell joins Dana to discuss efforts to restore clean drinking water to the residents of Jackson, Mississippi. Then, Dana highlights the Washington state Senate race for an in-depth look at the upcoming midterm elections. She presses both candidates, Republican Tiffany Smiley and incumbent Democratic...


Interviews with: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Tim Ryan, Gov. Chris Sununu

Our main focus this week is on President Biden's controversial decision to forgive student loan debt for millions of borrowers. First, Dana Bash asks Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren whether Biden's plan is fair for those Americans who have already worked to pay off their debt. Next, Dana goes one-on-one with Ohio Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Tim Ryan, who says his party needs a renewed "laser-like focus on the economic well-being of the average person." Then, Republican Gov. Chris...


Interviews with: Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly, Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Dan Crenshaw

First, as Western states are experiencing a historic drought, CNN's Jake Tapper asks Arizona Senator Mark Kelly what recent federal restrictions to Arizona's supply of water from the Colorado River will mean for the state. Then, Rep. Adam Schiff discusses what could be learned if a federal judge decides to release a redacted version of the FBI affidavit to search former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago home. And, Jake asks Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw about the FBI's seizure of classified documents...


Interviews with: House Intelligence Committee Member Rep. Mike Turner, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, and Governor of Arkansas Asa Hutchinson.

First up, Brianna goes one-on-one with the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, Congressman Mike Turner. They discuss the stunning discovery of highly-classified material at former President Trump's home during an FBI search and Republicans' call for Attorney General Garland to justify the investigation. Brianna also presses Rep. Turner on if national security secrets were at risk and whether President Trump broke the law. Next, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm joins...

Exclusive joint interview with Senators Lindsey Graham and Richard Blumenthal, plus Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams

First up, Dana has an exclusive bipartisan interview with Senators Lindsey Graham and Richard Blumenthal. They discuss whether the Democrats' tax and climate bill will help Americans struggling with inflation costs and their bipartisan push to call Russia a state sponsor of terrorism. Plus, Dana asks Graham why he still supports Trump after the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Next, Dana goes one-on-one with Stacey Abrams. The Democratic gubernatorial candidate gives her reaction to the...

Interviews with: Senator Joe Manchin, Senator Pat Toomey, Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese

First, Jake asks Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin why he agreed to sign onto Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's bill on healthcare, climate and taxes after previously signaling he would not support it. Manchin also responds to claims that the $739 billion deal would increase inflation and taxes. Plus, Jake presses Republican Sen. Pat Toomey on why he blocked a bill designed to help U.S. military veterans exposed to toxic burn pits. Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough joins Jake to...


Interviews with: January 6 Committee Vice Chair Rep. Liz Cheney, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg

First, Jake goes one-on-one with January 6 Committee Vice Chair Rep. Liz Cheney on whether she believes the investigation has successfully made the case that former President Trump committed crimes. Plus, faced with the prospect of losing her seat over her work on the committee, Jake asks Cheney if it was all worth it. Next, Jake talks to Maryland GOP Governor Larry Hogan about Republicans’ decision to nominate Trump-backed election denier Dan Cox to succeed him, and gets his reaction to...