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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. State of the Union
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 fo...Show morer dinner at Mar-a-Lago. Gov. Hutchinson also previews his message for Republicans as he weighs running for president in 2024.
Plus, Rep. Adam Schiff joins Dana to respond to reported tension within the House January 6th Select Committee over what to include in its final report. Rep. Schiff also comments on House Republican Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s pledge to kick him off the House Intelligence Committee.
After, the panel joins Dana to discuss the Georgia Senate runoff election, what lessons Democrats should learn from the midterm elections, and Trump’s meeting with Ye and a white nationalist holocaust denier at Mar-a-Lago. Today’s panel includes Hilary Rosen, Kristen Soltis Anderson, Marc Short, and Ashley Allison.
Nov 27, 2022
Exclusive interviews with: Democratic Caucus Chairman Rep. Hakeem Jeffries & January 6 Select Committee member Rep. Adam Kinzinger State of the Union
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 inve...Show morestigations. He also responds to former Vice President Mike Pence’s refusal to testify before the January 6 Committee and predicts what a Kevin McCarthy-led Republican House majority would look like.After, the panel joins Jake to discuss Trump's 2024 presidential campaign launch and the prospect for a contested GOP primary. They also react to House Republicans’ plans to launch wide-ranging investigations into the Biden administration as well as President Biden’s family. Finally, Jake looks at the Biden administration’s decision to grant legal immunity to the Saudi Crown Prince over his role in the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and how that runs contrary to Biden’s campaign pledge to hold him accountable.
Nov 20, 2022
Interviews with: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro, Gov. Larry Hogan, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi State of the Union
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 focu...Show moresing too much on the 2020 election and conspiracy theories when campaigning for Republicans. 
Finally, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi does not commit to running for House leadership again but says "there are all kinds of ways to exert influence." 
On today's panel, Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY), GOP strategist Brad Todd, CNN Political Commentator Karen Finney and CNN Political Commentator S.E. Cupp discuss where Republicans went wrong in the midterm elections, and whether Donald Trump should announce his candidacy for president next week.
Nov 13, 2022
Exclusive interviews with: Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee Ronna McDaniel, and Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar. State of the Union
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 thinks ...Show morethe Democrats made a mistake spending millions boosting an election denier who could now potentially win the New Hampshire Senate race, responds to Governor Gavin Newsom’s comment about Democrats 'getting crushed on narrative', and says she believes Democrats will keep control of the Senate.Then, CNN’s John King breaks down what to watch for on Election Night. Later, the panel discusses how each party will fare on election night and what their winning message will be, plus, Trump rallying voters in key states while hinting he’ll run again in a possible 2024 showdown with Ron DeSantis. 
Finally, Dana travels to key states to hear voters’ priorities and the issues motivating their votes, just days ahead of the midterms.
Nov 6, 2022
Interviews with Sen. Rick Scott, North Carolina Senate Candidate Cheri Beasley State of the Union
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 satisfie...Show mored with how the Biden administration and Democrats in Washington are handling inflation. 
Today’s panel discusses President Obama hitting the campaign trail for midterm candidates and the best messaging to win over voters ahead of Election Day.
Finally, Dana travels to Arizona for a look at the GOP's effort to win over Hispanic voters this election cycle.
Oct 30, 2022
Interviews with: Sen. Bernie Sanders, Rep. Nancy Mace. State of the Union
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 Alli...Show moreson, and David Urban discuss which issues will most impact voters in the final stretch before midterms, the key races to watch, former President Trump’s subpoena by the House January 6 Committee, and more. 
Finally, Jake honors one soldier’s amazing efforts to help veterans with PSTD.
Oct 23, 2022
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 Michael Bennet. State of the Union
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, Dana goes...Show more-one-on-one Republican Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake. Bash asks what Lake would do differently to fix the high inflation rate in the US, whether she thinks the US has a responsibility to the asylum seekers at the southern border, her false claims about the 2020 election, and if she will accept the 2022 election result if she loses. After, Dana interviews Democratic Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs about abortion rights in Arizona being in jeopardy amid a key court battle, and why Hobbs is refusing to debate Lake.Later, Dana speaks with Colorado Senate candidate Joe O’Dea about high inflation being a concern for voters ahead of the midterms, what he would do to stop gun violence, and what the January 6 probe means for Trump’s political future. Finally, Dana interviews Senator Michael Bennet, who is defending his seat against O’Dea. She pushes Bennet on why the Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act isn’t reducing inflation and how he thinks his opponent is painting himself as a far-right Republican.
Oct 16, 2022
Interviews with: Gov. Glenn Youngkin, Sen. Chris Murphy, Ambassador Bill Richardson State of the Union
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 issue ...Show moreof nuclear conflict. Afterwards, former UN Ambassador Bill Richardson shares details from his recent trip to Russia and his conversations to free detained American citizens Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan.
On today’s panel, Mia Love, Nina Turner, Scott Jennings and Bakari Sellers join Jake to discuss whether Georgia Republicans will support Herschel Walker after allegations that he paid for a woman’s abortion in 2009 and about the possible lack of enthusiasm among Democratic voters ahead of the midterm elections.
Oct 9, 2022
Interviews with: FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell, Sen. Rick Scott, Sen. Marco Rubio State of the Union
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 abo...Show moreut Russian President Vladimir Putin’s threats to deploy nuclear weapons and whether Russia sabotaged a key underwater gas pipeline to Europe.
Plus, Dana heads to one of the most competitive House races in the country for a special report on voters’ top issues heading into the midterms.
On today’s panel, Ashley Allison, Scott Jennings, Xochitl Hinojosa, and Brendan Buck join Dana to discuss whether Republicans will speak out against Trump’s latest social media comments, how Hurricane Ian is impacting Florida Gov. DeSantis’ political future, and former President Obama’s warning to voters about what could happen if Republicans take the House.
Oct 2, 2022
Interviews with: UK Prime Minister Liz Truss, Rep. Adam Schiff, Former Tennessee Governors Phil Bredesen (D) and Bill Haslam (R) State of the Union
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. Adam Sc...Show morehiff tells Jake that he believes the Justice Department’s investigation into the January 6 attack on the Capitol “has been very slow.” Then, former Democratic Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen and former Republican Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam join Jake to discuss why they’re working to find common ground in a politically divided America. Finally, Jake calls on the leaders of the Western world to stand with Iranian women and protesters after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody.
Sep 25, 2022
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