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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.


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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: Sec. Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Dick Durbin, Rep. Tim Burchett, Rep. Josh Gottheimer, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick.

First: The United States government continues to be on the verge of shutting down. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg says that a shutdown should be avoided because it would prevent government workers such as air traffic control from being paid. He also voices support for UAW workers and President Biden's visit to striking workers in Michigan. Next: Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) allegedly accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars, a luxury car, and gold bars as bribes from wealthy businesspeople. He was indicted on Friday on corruption charges. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) says that Sen. Menendez rightly lost his leadership position, but whether he resigns is up to him and his constituents. Then: Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) says that he would not vote for a short-term spending bill because he wants to cut the government's budget. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) say that Congress should pass their bipartisan spending bill to avoid a shutdown. Later: The panel discusses the US congress's disagreement on a spending bill, and President Biden and the US labor movement. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Interview with: Sen. Bernie Sanders, Mike Pence.

First: UAW workers at 3 major US auto manufacturer plants are on strike due to income inequality and poor conditions. Mike Pence says that the question of CEOs making 400 times as much as the average worker should be left to the companies' shareholders. Next: Sen. Bernie Sanders says he fully supports UAW's goals, and that companies could easily improve pay and benefits. The CEO of General Motors makes $29 million a year, while new workers make only $17 an hour. Later: The panel discusses the possibility of a government shutdown, as congress has less than 2 weeks to pass a spending bill. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Interviews with: Nikki Haley, Sec. Antony Blinken, Rep. Michael McCaul.

First: Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley talks about the statement from the G20 on the war in Ukraine, describes China as "an enemy", and says the US should stop immigrants from entering the US from Mexico. Then: Secretary of State Antony Blinken talks about the statement from the G20 on the war in Ukraine, and declines to speak on Elon Musk's alleged prevention of a Ukrainian drone attack on a Russian navy fleet. Later: Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, criticizes the G20 statement and President Biden, saying that they should be more aggressive towards China. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Interviews with: Secretary Gina Raimondo, Sen. Mike Rounds, and Rep. Nancy Mace.

First: Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo talks to Dana Bash about US-China economic relations, the Biden administration's economic policy, and the economics of abortion restrictions. Next: Republican Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) speaks on Sen. Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) health status, hurricane relief efforts, and how he believes congress might avoid a government shutdown. Then: this week's panel, Kate Bedingfield, Doug Heye, Scott Jennings, and Faiz Shakir, discuss Florida Governor Ron Desantis refusing to meet with President Biden about Hurricane Idalia, Vivek Ramaswamy's (R) election prospects, and recent election polling on Biden and Trump. Later: Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) speaks on being a female Republican congresswoman who supports abortion bans with exceptions, as well as her similarities and differences from her other party members. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Interviews with: 2024 Candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Martin Luther King Jr.'s Family, Rep. Jamie Raskin, 2024 Candidate Asa Hutchinson, Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker

First, three black Americans and a white shooter are dead after an attack in Jacksonville, Florida. The FBI is investigating the case as a hate crime. Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy shares his thoughts. Plus, with Joe Biden's poll numbers stagnant, his one-time competitor Sen. Bernie Sanders heads to a key state with a warning. The panel shares their thoughts on the Republican debate without Donald Trump present. And the family of Martin Luther King, Jr. joins on the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington. Then, Donald Trump is now the first former president in American history to have a mug shot and an inmate number. Trump and his 18 co-defendants have all surrendered. Rep. Jamie Raskin joins Dana on what to expect. After that, Republicans get a Trump-free field on the debate stage. Who stood out and who struggled? 2024 Presidential Candidate Asa Hutchinson joins us. Then, Biden supporter and Governor of Illinois J. B. Pritzker shares his advice for the president. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Interviews with: FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell, GOP presidential candidate Asa Hutchinson, Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy, No Labels National Co-Chair Larry Hogan and former Obama senior adviser David Axelrod, former judge J. Michael Luttig and constit

First, Kasie Hunt goes one-on-one with FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. They discuss how California is preparing for a dangerous storm, the increasing threat from severe weather events in the future, and challenges FEMA faces in its response to the Maui wildfires. Next, GOP presidential candidate Asa Hutchinson speaks with Kasie about qualifying for the GOP debate, what his strategy will be, and why he asserts Trump is constitutionally unable to be president again. Plus, Kasie interviews Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy about what he is doing to address the climate crisis, whether he supports more money going to FEMA amid proposed GOP budget cuts, and whether he thinks Trump should be running for president given his 91 criminal charges. Then, Kasie speaks with No Labels National Co-Chair Larry Hogan and CNN’s David Axelrod about why the third-party group could play a spoiler in the 2024 campaign, and why the first GOP debate is a “make or break moment” for DeSantis. After that, constitutional law experts J. Michael Luttig and Laurence Tribe join Kasie to discuss their suggestion that Trump is constitutionally disqualified from serving as president again. Finally, the panel joins Kasie to preview the first Republican debate. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Interviews with: Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono, GOP Presidential Candidate Will Hurd, and Democratic Rep. Dan Goldman

First, Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii joins Jake to discuss what she witnessed after touring the wildfire devastation on Maui. Jake asks Sen. Hirono whether the federal response to the Maui fires is enough and gets her reaction to officials saying none of the 80 warning sirens on Maui were ever activated. To wrap-up, Jake asks Hirono if she thinks President Biden should declare a climate emergency. Next, Jake interviews GOP presidential candidate Will Hurd, who reacts to Georgia prosecutors obtaining messages showing Trump’s team was behind a 2021 voting systems breach. Jake then asks Hurd if he thinks he’ll achieve the polling and donor thresholds he needs to qualify for the debate and what his refusal to sign the RNC debate pledge means for the future of his campaign. To close, Jake asks if Hurd supports Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's policy of bussing migrants to Democratic-run cities. After, Jake speaks with Democratic House Oversight Committee member Rep. Dan Goldman about Attorney General Garland's decision to appoint a special counsel in the DOJ’s Hunter Biden probe. Jake asks Goldman if President Biden displayed a lapse of judgement with how he responded to his son's controversial business dealings. Finally, our panel discusses rivals Trump and DeSantis taking their campaign fight to the Iowa State Fair, Trump’s expected announcement on whether he’ll join the first Republican debate, and the political fallout from the Hunter Biden investigation. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Interviews with: John Lauro, Mike Pence, Chris Christie

First: Donald Trump lashes out after a 3rd indictment. How will he defend himself? Will he go to trial before the election? Trump's attorney John Lauro speaks. Next: Former Vice President and GOP presidential candidate Mike Pence criticizes Donald Trump and shares his thoughts on the case. Plus: With just 2 weeks left until the GOP debate, other candidates struggle to break through. Chris Christie joins us on the show and talks about his meeting with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Interviews with: Vivek Ramaswamy, Chris Christie, Chris Murphy

First: As Donald Trump faces new charges with the potential for even more, he flexes his power over his party. Next: Republican presidential hopefuls take their message to key early states, but can they overtake the frontrunner without taking him on? 2024 candidates Vivek Ramaswamy and Chris Christie weigh in. Then: Is age just a number? Renewed concerns about aging political leaders. Candidates on both sides say it's time for a fresh start. What does the American public think? Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy shares his thoughts. Plus: the panel discusses Republican candidates' reluctance to take on Donald Trump directly, as well as President Biden's decision to acknowledge his seventh grandchild for the first time. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Interviews with: Mike Pence, Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Spencer Cox, Gov. Jared Polis.

First: As Donald Trump faces a potential third indictment over his actions around January 6th, one of the leaders who was there that day, former Vice President Mike Pence, joins to answer if he thinks Trump should be charged if the DOJ has evidence Trump committed a crime. Next: Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi reacts to a potential third Trump indictment, Speaker McCarthy considering expunging impeachment measures against Trump, public sentiment of Biden amidst indications of US economic recovery, and more. Then: Republican Gov. Spencer Cox and Democratic Gov. Jared Polis join to discuss their latest efforts to increase bipartisanship and reduce anger in politics. Dana asks if quelling anger can occur while Trump remains an influential political figure. Plus: The panel debates Vice President Kamala Harris’ impassioned remarks about Florida’s Board of Education approving new Black history standards, as well as new polls showing former President Trump far ahead of his 2024 rivals in Iowa and New Hampshire. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Interviews with: National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, GOP candidate Chris Christie, Sen. Mark Kelly

First, Jake Tapper and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan look at how deepening rifts in Congress are shaping defense priorities as Biden signals a drawn out war in Ukraine. Then, with the Iowa caucuses just six months away, new numbers reveal GOP voters' views on the field. Jake goes one-on-one with GOP Presidential candidate Chris Christie who speaks frankly about Trump's "lie" and flamboyant claim that his own recent indictments are "a great badge of honor and courage." Later, as the impact of the climate crisis is felt around the country with excessive temperatures and extreme weather events, Senator Mark Kelly joins from Arizona to discuss whether these increasing climate disasters might finally change minds on Capitol Hill. Finally, this week’s panel break down newly released GOP fundraising numbers and how they will reshape the race. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Interviews with: Rep. Michael McCaul, Rep. Barbara Lee

First, Jake goes one-on-one with House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) to ask him why he sees nothing wrong with Biden sending cluster bombs to Ukraine. Rep. McCaul also responds to the Biden administration’s efforts to strengthen diplomatic relations with China. Next, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calf.) breaks with the Biden administration over its decision to send cluster bombs to Ukraine. Jake also asks Rep. Lee, notably the only House member to vote against the war in Afghanistan, about a State Department report faulting the Biden administration’s handling of the chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal. And, this week’s panel discusses which Republican candidates can reach the Iowa 2024 caucuses, if Gov. DeSantis can reverse his slump in the polls, former Vice President Pence’s response to a voter on January 6, and whether President Biden can ease voters’ concerns about his age. Finally, Jake shares details about his new fictional thriller, “All the Demons Are Here.” To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Interviews with: Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Republican Presidential candidates Chris Christie and Will Hurd

First: Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talks to Dana Bash about the Supreme Court’s decision to block President Joe Biden’s student loan debt forgiveness program. Next: United States Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg reacts to the Supreme Court’s ruling limiting protections for LGBTQ+ Americans. Then: Former New Jersey Governor and 2024 Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie weighs in on the Supreme Court rulings as well as former President Trump's legal peril. Plus: Former Texas Representative and 2024 Republican presidential candidate Will Hurd responds to the Supreme Court affirmative action decision, as well as some of his fellow Republicans attacks on LGBTQ+ Americans. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Interviews with: Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Ret. Gen. David Petraeus, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Gov. Doug Burgum (R-ND)

First: Secretary of State Antony Blinken talks to Dana Bash about the latest developments in Russia and his recent trip to China, where he met with Xi Jinping. Next: Retired General and former CIA Director David Petraeus shares his thoughts on the state of Russian President Vladimir Putin following the failed Wagner insurrection. Then: Minnesota Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar discusses the future of abortion rights a year after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Plus: North Dakota Republican Governor Doug Burgum explains why he's running for president. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Interviews with: Former Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ), Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH), Former Defense Sec. Mark Esper, Mayor Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles)

First, Jake Tapper goes one-on-one with former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Christie tells Jake that former President Donald Trump is a “petulant child when someone disagrees with him” after several former officials criticized him over his federal indictment. Jake also presses Christie on whether he would pledge to support Trump if he is the Republican nominee for president in 2024. After, Rep. Mike Turner discusses Secretary Anthony Blinken’s trip to China as well as Trump’s alleged mishandling of classified documents. Later, Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass tells Jake about the city’s efforts to move people affected by homelessness into homes. And, Jake asks former Defense Secretary Mark Esper whether Trump’s handling of classified documents put national security at risk. Lastly, in honor of Father’s Day, Jake shares a moving personal example of a father standing up for his son. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Interviews with: Judiciary Committee Chairman Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, Democratic Rep. Dan Goldman, GOP 2024 presidential candidates Vivek Ramaswamy & Asa Hutchinson.

First, Dana goes one-on-one with Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan. Bash pushes Jordan on the acceptability of former President Trump sharing information with individuals with no security clearance, and gets his reaction to Trump admitting on tape he knowingly shared classified information. Next, Dana interviews Rep. Dan Goldman, who responds to Rep. Jordan repeatedly asserting Trump had the remit to declassify every document he removed from the White House. Bash then asks Goldman if he’s worried about some Americans not seeing Trump’s indictment as legitimate. Then, Dana sits down with GOP 2024 presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy to discuss his pledge to pardon Trump if he's elected president and whether Trump facing serious criminal charges should affect the GOP primary. After, Dana goes one-on-one with GOP 2024 presidential candidate Asa Hutchinson. The former Arkansas Governor reacts to Ramaswamy’s promise to pardon Trump and calls for the former president to drop out of the presidential race. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Interviews with: Rep. Jamie Raskin, Rep. Ken Buck, OMB Director Shalanda Young

First, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) sits down with Dana to react to CNN’s reporting that federal prosecutors have audio of former President Trump discussing a classified document he kept after leaving office. Rep. Raskin also responds to voters’ concerns about President Biden’s age and answers when he’ll make his decision on running whether he’ll run for Senate. Then, Dana speaks with conservative hard-liner Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) about the House Freedom Caucus’ influence after a majority of Republicans voted in favor of the debt ceiling deal and asks if they will push to remove McCarthy from the speakership. After, Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and key negotiator of the debt limit agreement Shalanda Young joins Dana to answer if she believes the deal was better for Democrats or Republicans and whether Biden’s decision to negotiate over the debt deal could undercut him in future negotiations. After the panel debates what GOP strategies could topple Trump 2024 and the RNC’s new debate rules. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Interviews with: Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-SD), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Gov. Chris Sununu (R-NH), Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison

First: President Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy reached an "agreement in principle" last night to raise the debt limit. But with lawmakers on both sides skeptical, do they have the votes to pass it? Jake Tapper speaks with one of the GOP negotiators, South Dakota Representative Dusty Johnson, as well as Progressive Caucus Chairwoman Representative Pramila Jayapal. Next: More Republicans have jumped into the 2024 presidential race, but Donald Trump continues to dominate the polls. Who, if anyone, can cut into his lead? New Hampshire Republican Governor Chris Sununu joins the show to discuss his future plans. Plus: This week marked three years since George Floyd was murdered in the streets of Minneapolis. The man who successfully prosecuted that case, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, discusses his new book, Break the Wheel: Ending the Cycle of Police Violence. On today’s panel: former Republican Congresswoman Mia Love, CNN Senior Political Commentator Scott Jennings, and CNN Political Commentators Bakari Sellers and Ashley Allison. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Interviews with: National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, Republican Senator Bill Cassidy

First, Jake Tapper goes one-on-one with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan on Biden’s decision to train Ukrainian pilots to fly F-16 jets and what changed the President’s mind. Tapper also presses Sullivan on the Pentagon’s $3 billion accounting error on Ukraine aid and the US military's claim that it killed an Al-Qaeda leader in a strike in Syria. Tapper asks if Sullivan still has faith in the Secret Service after an intruder entered his home last month without being detected. Next, Jake interviews Republican Senator Bill Cassidy about stalled negotiations over the debt ceiling and whether House Republicans are willing to support a compromise deal. They also discuss Cassidy's efforts to prevent Social Security from going insolvent, as well as the state of the Republican presidential primary. After, the panel discusses the debt ceiling showdown, the expanding GOP 2024 field, and whether any candidate can make a dent in Trump’s lead. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


Interviews with: Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas, Rep. Mark Green, Deputy Treasury Sec. Wally Adeyemo, Sen. Tammy Duckworth

With the flow of migrants into the U.S. lower than expected after the end of the Covid-era Title 42 border rule, Dana Bash asks Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas about the latest updates from the Southern border. Afterwards, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green tells Dana that last week saw more border crossings than any other week in U.S. history. Then, Dana asks Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo about the status of the debt ceiling negotiations after President Biden said they are moving along. And, this week’s panel discusses Ron DeSantis’ approach to his expected 2024 presidential candidacy and Democrats’ reaction to Donald Trump’s statements at the CNN town hall last week. Finally, Senator Tammy Duckworth joins Dana to discuss solutions to the rising cost of child care in the U.S. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit