State of the Union

State of the Union

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.


First, Dana speaks with Tyre Nichols' family attorney Ben Crump, who says the horrific video of Nichols’ fatal beating by police is “a watershed moment for America”.

Next, Dana discusses former President Trump’s return to the campaign trial with New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu. Sununu weighs in on if he thinks Trump can win his key primary state, as well as whether he’s considering running for president himself in 2024.


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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 De...

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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 ...

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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....

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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 fu...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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...

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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 dec...

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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 Depart...

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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.&...

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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...

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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 ...

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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.


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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...

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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 Mu...

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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 ab...

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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 adminis...

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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 nation...

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