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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: CNN’s Andrew McCabe, CNN’s Juliette Kayyem, Sen. Dick Durbin, Sen. Joe Manchin, Rep. Michael McCaul

First, Dana begins after a press conference from Monterey Park, California brings more information from a mass shooting that killed least ten people inside a dance studio. Dana speaks with CNN Senior Law Enforcement Analyst Andrew McCabe and CNN National Security Analyst Juliette Kayyem about what we know so far. Then, Sen. Dick Durbin shares his concern over the additional classified documents the FBI found at President Biden’s Delaware home on Friday. And, Dana asks Sen. Joe Manchin...


Interviews with: Rep. James Comer, Rep. Jamie Raskin

First, Jake presses Republican House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer about why he wants to investigate Biden’s potential mishandling of classified documents but says investigating Trump is “not a priority.” Also, with the U-S facing a risk of a default this summer, Jake asks what will be done in a GOP-led House to avoid an economic catastrophe. Next, the top Democrat on the Oversight Committee, Rep. Jamie Raskin, responds to Rep. Comer and contrasts Biden’s approach to the Justice...


Interviews with: Rep. Chip Roy, Rep. Dan Crenshaw, Rep. Katherine Clark

First, after a bruising fight, Kevin McCarthy finally grabs the speakership. But can he govern? Republican Rep. Chip Roy, the man who negotiated a deal to deliver McCarthy key votes, joins Jake Tapper for his first post-vote interview. Next, Jake presses a lawmaker who's been critical of those who rebelled against McCarthy, Republican Dan Crenshaw, on whether he can now work with members of his party he called "terrorists." Then, Democratic House Whip Katherine Clark discusses the chaos of...


Interviews with: Maryland Governor-elect Wes Moore, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Democratic Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer

First, Dana goes one-on-one with Maryland Governor-elect Wes Moore. They discuss why Moore thinks Democrats need to talk more about patriotism, his top priorities as he takes office, and Bash presses him on how he plans to pay to pay for his sweeping agenda. Next, Dana interviews outgoing GOP Congressman Adam Kinzinger about the case he helped make against former President Donald Trump as a member of the January 6 Committee, the future of the Republican party, his own political future, and...


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Interviews with: Rep. Mike Gallagher, Rep. Adam Schiff, Sen. Pat Toomey

First, Jake asks the incoming chairman of the new House Select Committee on China Rep. Mike Gallagher about his bill to completely ban TikTok in the US and what information China could be collecting from users of the popular app. And, with the House January 6th Committee expected to recommend three criminal charges against Donald Trump over his role in the attack on the Capitol, Jake asks committee member Rep. Adam Schiff whether there is sufficient evidence to prosecute and convict...


Interviews with: White House hostage negotiator Roger Carstens, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Legislative Affairs Director Louisa Terrell

First, Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs Roger Carstens joins Dana to discuss the trade to free Brittney Griner and his efforts to bring Paul Whelan home from Russia. Next, Sen. Bernie Sanders weighs in on Sen. Krysten Sinema's split with the Democratic Party to register as a political independent. Then, our panel debates the significance of Sinema's surprising decision, as well as Kevin McCarthy’s struggle to lock down support to become Speaker of the House. Finally, in our...


Interviews with: Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Congressman-elect Mike Lawler

First, Secretary of State Antony Blinken sits down with Jake Tapper to discuss why the Biden administration has not labeled Russia a state sponsor of terrorism despite calls to do so. Also, Jake asks chair of the Senate Banking Committee Sen. Sherrod Brown about his opinion on how the Fed should fight inflation after the US economy added 263,000 jobs in November. Jake also presses him on why it has taken so long to pass protections and regulations for Americans investing in...


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