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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.

Interviews with: House Intelligence Committee Member Rep. Mike Turner, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, and Governor of Arkansas Asa Hutchinson. State of the Union
First up, Brianna goes one-on-one with the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, Congressman Mike Turner. They discuss the stunning discovery of highly-classified material at former President Trump's home during an FBI search and Republicans' call for Attorney General Garland to justify the investigation. Brianna also presses Rep. Turner on if national security secrets were at risk and whether President Trump broke the law.Next, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm joins Brianna to d...Show moreiscuss the Biden administration's next steps to address the climate crisis after Democrats passed sweeping climate and tax legislation. Brianna also pushes Sec. Granholm over what that law will do to address inflation and lower costs for Americans in the near term.After, Brianna speaks with Arkansas Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson about the unprecedented FBI search of former President Trump's home and asks whether attacks on the FBI by some Republicans are putting lives at risk. Brianna also presses him on whether Republican-led states that are limiting or banning abortion access need to do more to support mothers and infants.To close: the panel discusses how FBI search of Trump’s home will impact him politically, as well as Democrats' lingering anxiety about a potential Biden 2024 run despite his recent legislative wins.
Aug 14, 2022
Exclusive joint interview with Senators Lindsey Graham and Richard Blumenthal, plus Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams State of the Union
First up, Dana has an exclusive bipartisan interview with Senators Lindsey Graham and Richard Blumenthal. They discuss whether the Democrats' tax and climate bill will help Americans struggling with inflation costs and their bipartisan push to call Russia a state sponsor of terrorism. Plus, Dana asks Graham why he still supports Trump after the January 6 attack on the Capitol.Next, Dana goes one-on-one with Stacey Abrams. The Democratic gubernatorial candidate gives her reaction to the sweeping ...Show moreDemocratic tax and climate legislation. She also discusses how she’ll keep abortion safe and legal in Georgia, how her faith impacts her abortion views and whether she thinks Biden should run in 2024.To close, Dana and the panel discuss the Democrats’ key wins heading into the midterms, the Democrats’ split on Biden’s potential 2024 run and what the annual Conservative Political Action Conference tells us about what Republican voters are thinking.
Aug 7, 2022
Interviews with: Senator Joe Manchin, Senator Pat Toomey, Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese State of the Union
First, Jake asks Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin why he agreed to sign onto Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's bill on healthcare, climate and taxes after previously signaling he would not support it. Manchin also responds to claims that the $739 billion deal would increase inflation and taxes. 
Plus, Jake presses Republican Sen. Pat Toomey on why he blocked a bill designed to help U.S. military veterans exposed to toxic burn pits. Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough joins Jake to respon...Show mored.
And, newly-elected Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese joins to discuss his country's ambitious plan to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, and shares how Australia is responding to China's strengthening military presence.
Jul 31, 2022
Interviews with: January 6 Committee Vice Chair Rep. Liz Cheney, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg State of the Union
First, Jake goes one-on-one with January 6 Committee Vice Chair Rep. Liz Cheney on whether she believes the investigation has successfully made the case that former President Trump committed crimes. Plus, faced with the prospect of losing her seat over her work on the committee, Jake asks Cheney if it was all worth it.Next, Jake talks to Maryland GOP Governor Larry Hogan about Republicans’ decision to nominate Trump-backed election denier Dan Cox to succeed him, and gets his reaction to learning...Show more how Trump did nothing to stop the violence at the Capitol while Hogan fielded desperate calls from congressional leaders and mobilized police and National Guard units.Then, Jake speaks exclusively to US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg about the Biden administration’s efforts to contain the spread of monkeypox in the United States. Plus, Buttigieg responds to a Republican senator saying that codifying same-sex marriage protections is a “stupid waste of time.”To close, the panel discusses the impact the January six hearings are having on GOP voters and whether former President Trump’s hold on the party is weakening.
Jul 24, 2022
Interviews with: White House economic adviser Jared Bernstein, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Jan 6th committee member Elaine Luria State of the Union
First: Inflation skyrockets at home while abroad President Biden makes nice with a leader he vowed to make a "pariah." Was it worth the price? Top White House economic adviser Jared Bernstein joins Dana Bash to discuss.  
Next: Republican primaries pit sitting governors against former President Trump, who says it's a matter of when, not if, he runs. What will the GOP look like in 2024? Dana speaks exclusively to Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey. 
Then: January 6th committee member Elaine...Show more Luria tells Dana why she thinks Donald Trump committed a crime during the insurrection. 
And: Former Trump White House Communications Director Alyssa Farah Griffin, Pennsylvania House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton, former Trump campaign senior adviser David Urban and Democratic strategist Paul Begala talk about the effect of abortion restrictions and culture wars on future elections, and how former President Trump's re-election bid could affect voters in swing states.
Jul 17, 2022
Interviews with: Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Gov. Chris Sununu, Rep. Zoe Lofgren. State of the Union
After a tragic 4th of July mass shooting, Jake speaks with Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker about the missed warning signs and what changes are needed to ensure this doesn’t happen again. After, Jake asks New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu about the risk of a recession and what the Biden administration can do to help Americans. They also discuss the push to roll back abortion access in Republican-led states. Then, January 6th select committee member Rep. Zoe Lofgren joins Jake to discuss if form...Show moreer Trump adviser Steve Bannon will testify and whether the panel will release excerpts of former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone’s testimony. Plus, Jake takes a moment to honor the sacrifice of veterans from World War II.
This week’s panel includes Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval, former U.S. Representative Mia Love, former Obama senior policy adviser Ashley Allison, and former special assistant to President George W. Bush Scott Jennings.
Jul 10, 2022
Interviews with: South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, Rep. Adam Kinzinger State of the Union
First, Dana presses South Dakota Republican Governor Kristi Noem on if she supports paid parental leave and state-funded childcare after South Dakota banned all abortions except when the mother's life is at risk. Then, Dana goes one-on-one with Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger to discuss former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson's bombshell testimony to the House Select Committee investigating January 6. 
This week's panel includes former Reagan Administration official Linda Chavez, former U.S. ...Show moreSenator Scott Brown, CNN Political Commentator Bakari Sellers and CNN Political Commentator Jess McIntosh discussing former President Donald Trump's influence on his party and the Biden Administration’s response to the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Jul 3, 2022
Interviews with: Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson State of the Union
First, Jake goes one-on-one with Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams on what the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade will mean for her state, whether Biden is doing enough on abortion rights, whether the Senate should lift the filibuster to codify Roe into law, and if Netflix and Disney should pull their businesses from Georgia in their opposition to the so-called ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban.Next, Jake interviews Secretary of State Antony Blinken live from the G7 Summit in Krun, ...Show moreGermany. They discuss the international political reaction to the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, whether Russia is winning its tactical war against Ukraine after failing strategically, the G7’s ban on $19 billion of Russian gold imports and the possible prisoner swap being negotiated to bring WNBA star Brittney Griner home from Russia. After, Jake goes one-on-one with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his reaction to the US overturning Roe v. Wade, his view of American democracy after January 6, how a Russian victory in Ukraine would be 'absolutely catastrophic', and the six-year milestone since Brexit. Is Britain better off? To close: Has the ‘American experiment’ begun to fail? Jake reflects on how America’s institutions have held up against the insurrection, fake elector plots and former president Trump’s pressure campaign on officials to ‘find’ extra votes in the states he lost in 2020.
Jun 26, 2022
Interviews with: Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Fred Upton, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee State of the Union
First, as the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol enters its third week of hearings, committee member Rep. Adam Schiff tells Dana Bash that this week's hearings will reveal how pressure campaigns "directed against state and local elections officials put their lives in danger."
Next, Rep. Fred Upton joins to discuss whether the Jan. 6 committee's case is resonating with moderate Republicans and independent voters, as well as whether he thinks the Republican ...Show moreParty would back Trump if he decides to run again in 2024.
Then, Dana presses Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on the steps the Biden administration is taking to prevent a recession, including using the Defense Production Act to increase fuel supply and lower gas prices.
And, as today marks Juneteenth, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee shares what the federal recognition of the end of slavery in America means to her after she fought to make the day a national holiday.
This week's panel includes former U.S. Senator Scott Brown, Former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, CNN Political Commentator Alyssa Farah Griffin, and CNN Anchor Audie Cornish discussing the January 6 hearings and inflation.
Jun 19, 2022
Interviews with: Rep. Jamie Raskin, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Chris Jacobs, former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, former Rep. Gabby Giffords. State of the Union
First, Dana asks Congressman Jamie Raskin if the January 6th select committee can prove Donald Trump knew he lost the 2020 election while he publicly claimed victory. After, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins Dana to answer why she went on Twitter to ask GOP members of Congress if they petitioned Trump for a pardon. Then, Dana sits down with Republican Rep. Chris Jacobs about facing GOP backlash after he expressed support for new gun restrictions. Also, as Americans face record-high gas prices ...Show moreand skyrocketing inflation, Dana asks former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers if there is anything the Biden administration can do to lower gas prices. Plus, former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords shares her fight to stop gun violence, the kind that almost took her life in an attempted assassination in 2011.
This week’s panel includes former House Impeachment Manager Delegate Stacey Plaskett, CNN Political Commentator Alyssa Farah Griffin, former Congresswoman Jane Harman, and CNN Political Commentator Scott Jennings discussing inflation and the January 6th hearings.
Jun 12, 2022
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