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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: Gov. Chris Sununu, Sen. Mark Kelly, New York Times’ Maggie Haberman State of the Union
Former President Donald Trump wrote in a social media post that he expects to be arrested on charges of hush money payments involving adult film actress Stormy Daniels and called on his supporters to protest any such move. But how likely are charges? New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu tells Jake Tapper the investigation is building “sympathy” for the former president and that “we don’t want history to repeat itself” with Trump’s call for protests, after the violent protests of January 6, 2021. ...Show moreLater, Senator Mark Kelly tells Jake that “nobody is above the law” and that it’s important for the Manhattan District Attorney to thoroughly investigate Trump’s alleged role in the hush money scheme. He also reacts to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis saying that the war in Ukraine is not a “vital" national interest for the United States. Then, New York Times Senior Political Correspondent Maggie Haberman tells Jake that Trump is “very anxious about the prospect of being indicted.” Then, the panel discusses whether Trump should drop out of the 2024 presidential race if he is indicted this week and whether the investigation actually helps his campaign prospects. And, Jake reflects on the 20-year mark of the Iraq War.
Mar 19, 2023
Interviews with: OMB Director Shalanda Young, Gary Cohn, Rep. Nancy Mace, Vivek Ramaswamy State of the Union
First, guest anchor Kaitlan Collins sits down with the White House Director of Office Management and Budget Shalanda Young to discuss what actions the Biden administration will take to stabilize the financial system after the stunning collapse of Silicon Valley Bank this week.Next, South Carolina Republican Rep. Nancy Mace joins to discuss the future direction of the Republican Party and Mike Pence’s forceful comments that history will hold Donald Trump accountable for the January 6 insurrection...Show more. Then, Kaitlan goes one-on-one with GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy on his outsider campaign and his “anti-woke” platform. After, the panel discusses Pence’s remarks about holding Trump accountable for January 6th, if other Republican candidates will have to speak out against Trump ahead of a 2024 presidential primary, Nikki Haley’s calls to raise the retirement age for Social Security benefits, and if Biden is pivoting toward the political middle ahead of his expected re-election campaign.
Mar 12, 2023
Interviews with: House Minority Leader Hakeem Jefferies, NYC Mayor Eric Adams, Former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson State of the Union
First, Dana Bash speaks exclusively with House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries about Democrats' strategy for navigating a divided Congress, as well as President Biden's surprise announcement that he won't block a GOP bill to override a controversial DC crime law.
Next, many blame Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's reelection loss this week on crime concerns. Are Democrats vulnerable on crime? Dana discusses the issue with New York City Mayor Eric Adams. 
Plus, some Republican 2024 presidential hop...Show moreefuls are seeking a lane around former President Trump. Will it be harder than they think? Former Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson shares his thoughts. 
Finally, our panel reacts to today's announcement by former Maryland Governor Larry Hogan that he won't run for president in 2024.
Mar 5, 2023
Interviews with: National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel State of the Union
First, Bash goes one-on-one with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, pressing him on Biden giving fighter jets to Ukraine and whether the US would support Ukraine taking Crimea back militarily. Sullivan explains the specific support Ukraine needs at this stage of the war, responds to a new report on Covid's origin, and discusses the US warning China about sending drones and ammunition to Russia.Next, the first Sunday show interview with Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDanie...Show morel since her re-election. She tells Bash the GOP presidential nominee will accept the results of the 2024 election, and also that Medicare and Social Security are "not up for negotiation." Bash asks McDaniel if Trump will sign the controversial pledge that requires GOP candidates to say they will support whomever becomes the Republican nominee in order to appear on the primary debate stage. After, the panel discusses the state and federal government’s response to the Ohio train derailment, and Biden’s waiting game in announcing his re-election intentions, plus, if he should be challenged for the Democratic 2024 presidential nomination. Finally, a report on two lawmakers on either side of the aisle who share the common goal of passing paid leave legislation. 
Hosted by Dana Bash.
Feb 26, 2023
Interviews with: Rep. Michael McCaul, Rep. Mike Turner, Amb. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Sen. Sherrod Brown State of the Union
First, with tensions running high between the U.S. and China, CNN’s Pamela Brown asks House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul and Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Turner about the U.S. response and whether President Biden is right to try and lower the temperature with China.
Plus, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield joins Pamela to discuss the state of U.S.-China relations after a “blunt” meeting between the nations’ top diplomats. She als...Show moreo reiterates U.S. support for Ukraine ahead of the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion.
And, some residents of East Palestine, Ohio say they have developed rashes, sore throats, nausea and headaches after toxic chemicals were released in a train derailment two weeks ago. Pamela asks Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown whether residents should trust officials’ assurances that the water and air are safe and what should be done to help those affected.
Finally, our panel discusses Nikki Haley’s 2024 presidential campaign and how potential Trump rivals should handle attacks from the former president.
Feb 19, 2023
Interviews with: Rep. Mike Turner, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Sen. Mike Rounds State of the Union
First, the U.S. military has shot down a third flying object in just over a week. Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Mike Turner joins to answer if these objects are a threat and what investments can be made to protect U.S. airspace. Next, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sits down with Jake to answer if she’s worried that polls show Democrats do not share her enthusiasm for a Biden 2024 presidential bid. Plus, now that Democrats have unified control of Michigan’s government for the...Show more first time in nearly four decades, she outlines her top priorities.Then, as Democrats and the GOP spar over Medicare and Social Security, South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds answers if he agrees with Sen. Rick Scott’s plan to sunset government spending programs.Finally, our panel debates how Republican contenders should challenge Trump in 2024 and whether President Biden can defeat them in a general election. Today’s panel includes Commentators Scott Jennings, Ashley Allison, Alyssa Farah Griffin and Paul Begala.
Feb 12, 2023
Interviews with: Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Marco Rubio, Rep. Josh Gottheimer, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick State of the Union
First: Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg touts the takedown of the suspected Chinese spy balloon and previews President Biden's State of the Union address. 
Next: Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Marco Rubio questions why the Biden administration didn't act sooner to shoot down the Chinese balloon. 
Then: In an exclusive joint interview, Representatives Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), co-chairs of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, discuss their work on a 'failsafe' to prevent a debt ceiling crisis. 
On today's panel: Rep. Pramila Jayapal, CNN's Jonah Goldberg, CNN's Karen Finney, CNN's David Urban.
Feb 5, 2023
Interviews with: Tyre Nichols' family attorney Ben Crump, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, plus an exclusive​ joint interview with Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Ilhan Omar, and Rep. Eric Swalwell. State of the Union
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.
After, Dana sits down for an exclusive​ joint interview with Democrati...Show morec Reps. Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell, and Ilhan Omar about Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s push to remove them from key committees. Schiff and Swalwell slam what they call McCarthy’s “hypocrisy” and tell Dana that he is committing “political abuse" by removing them from the House Intelligence Committee. Dana also presses Omar about her past statements on Israel as she fights to keep her seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Jan 29, 2023
Interviews with: CNN’s Andrew McCabe, CNN’s Juliette Kayyem, Sen. Dick Durbin, Sen. Joe Manchin, Rep. Michael McCaul State of the Union
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 whether ...Show morehe thinks the White House should negotiate spending cuts in exchange for raising the debt ceiling after the Biden administration said they want Congress to pass an increase with no negotiations.
Later, chairman of House Foreign Affairs Committee Rep. Michael McCaul tells Dana he supports the U.S. sending tanks to Ukraine.
This week’s panel discusses the implications of the discovery of more classified documents in the FBI’s search of Biden’s home and what Americans could expect from the GOP’s presidential candidates in 2024.
Jan 22, 2023
Interviews with: Rep. James Comer, Rep. Jamie Raskin State of the Union
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 Depa...Show morertment documents investigation to Trump’s.
Finally, our panel analyzes the latest developments on the special counsel probes and discuss the House’s contingency plan in case of a debt default. Today’s panel includes Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna, CNN Political Commentators Scott Jennings and Ashley Allison, and former Trump White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews.
Jan 15, 2023
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