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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: 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
Interviews with: Rep. Chip Roy, Rep. Dan Crenshaw, Rep. Katherine Clark State of the Union
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 t...Show morehe past week, proclaiming, "The keys have been handed over to extremists." 
Finally, our panel debates McCarthy's drawn-out speakership fight and President Trump's potential influence on Republican members of the House.
Jan 8, 2023
Interviews with: Maryland Governor-elect Wes Moore, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Democratic Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer State of the Union
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 why h...Show moree thinks the DOJ will ultimately charge Trump with a crime.Then, Dana talks with Democratic Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer about his decision to step back from leadership to make way for a new generation, plus interning alongside Nancy Pelosi in the 1960’s, whether he would have liked to become Speaker, and he also shows Dana where rioters entered his office on January 6. Finally, former campaign advisers Lis Smith and David Urban join Dana to discuss how 2024 hopefuls are preparing to run, and also the likelihood of President Biden running again.
Jan 1, 2023
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Dec 25, 2022
Interviews with: Rep. Mike Gallagher, Rep. Adam Schiff, Sen. Pat Toomey State of the Union
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 Trump.
Pl...Show moreus, retiring Republican Sen. Pat Toomey reflects on his political career and whether he thinks Trump’s influence on the Republican Party is waning.
And, the panel discusses the January 6 Committee’s impact, as well as the expected influx of migrants at the U.S-Mexico border this week. 
Finally, Jake remembers the life and legacy of his father-in-law, who passed away last week.
Dec 18, 2022
Interviews with: White House hostage negotiator Roger Carstens, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Legislative Affairs Director Louisa Terrell State of the Union
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 latest installment of "Badass Women of Washington," meet President Biden's Director of Legislative Affairs Louisa Terrell, who's charged with pushing the president's agenda in Congress.
Dec 11, 2022
Interviews with: Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Congressman-elect Mike Lawler State of the Union
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 cryptocurrency.
Plu...Show mores, Congressman-elect Mike Lawler shares whether he is worried that House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy will not reach the 218 votes he needs to win speakership.
And, the panel joins Jake to discuss this week’s Georgia Senate runoff election and Joe Biden’s proposed 2024 primary calendar changes.
Finally, Jake examines how Donald Trump has avoided condemning Kanye West’s anti-Semitic rhetoric and how GOP leaders have recently avoided criticizing Trump for having dinner with West and a prominent white supremacist.
Dec 4, 2022
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
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