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State of the Union with Jake Tapper and Dana Bash

Hosted by CNN's Jake Tapper, State of the Union features interviews with top newsmakers on politics and policy - covering Washington, the country and the world.

Interviews with: Gov. Kathy Hochul, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Pete Ricketts, Finland President Sauli Niinistö. State of the Union with Jake Tapper and Dana Bash
First, Dana speaks with New York Governor Kathy Hochul after 10 people were fatally shot in a Buffalo supermarket by a gunman espousing white supremacist beliefs. Then, Dana asks Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi if abortion rights will become a larger priority for Democrats and what a path toward greater abortion access could look like. Next, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts joins to answer if there are limits to a Trump endorsement, if he would support a bipartisan congressional bill to raise t...Show morehe minimum age to own assault style weapons to 21, and if he will move to ban abortion in Nebraska if Roe v. Wade is overturned. After, Dana talks to President of Finland Sauli Niinistö about his country’s decision to formally apply to join NATO and what Putin said to President Niinistö when he called to announce those plans.

On today’s panel: Michigan State Senator Mallory McMorrow, Former Congresswoman Mia Love, Democratic Strategist Paul Begala, CNN Political Commentator David Urban.
May 15, 2022
Interviews with: Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield. State of the Union with Jake Tapper and Dana Bash
First, Jake goes one-on-one with GOP Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves about the so-called "trigger law" in his state that would ban all abortions, except in cases of rape or to save the mother's life, if Roe v. Wade is overturned. They also discuss Mississippi’s high rate of infant mortality, child poverty, lack of paid maternity leave and its troubled foster care system. Next, Jake gets Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's reaction to the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion on overturning Roe...Show more. They also discuss what Democrats are doing to oppose this potentially seismic shift for abortion access in the US, as well as her accusation that the conservative members of the court lied about their stance on abortion rights during their confirmation hearings. Was it perjury?

After, Jake interviews US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield about Russia’s nuclear threats ahead of its ‘Victory Day’ celebrations, as well as the intelligence the Biden administration is supplying to the Ukrainian military on Russian targets. Finally, Jake and the panel discuss the potential impact of the Supreme Court deciding to overturn Roe v. Wade and what that could mean for the future of other landmark decisions, including same-sex marriage.

On today’s panel: Editor-in-Chief of The Dispatch Jonah Goldberg, Democratic Strategist Hilary Rosen, President of the Judicial Crisis Network Carrie Severino and CNN Political Commentator Bakari Sellers.
May 8, 2022
Interviews with: Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson State of the Union with Jake Tapper and Dana Bash
First, Dana goes one-on-one with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. They discuss the pandemic border rule that has divided Democrats as the U.S. prepares for a possible migrant surge, the role of the new DHS Disinformation Governance Board, and Republicans' threat to impeach Mayorkas if they win control of the House. Next, Dana interviews Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. They discuss whether President Biden is right to dismiss recession fears, newly released audio of Kevin McCarthy...Show more criticizing his fellow Republicans, and Governor Ron DeSantis' move to punish Disney for opposing Florida's law limiting discussion of LGBTQ issues in schools.

After, the panel discuss the midterm elections and what messages Democrats need to focus on to win voters over in November. Plus, as Republican candidates battle it out ahead of Tuesday's primaries, is former President Trump still a kingmaker? Finally, Dana reports on a dark chapter in Polish history, where in 1968 its communist government forced thousands of Jews to leave the country in an anti-Semitic purge, which stands in stark contrast to the generosity and compassion the country is now showing Ukrainian refugees fleeing Putin’s war.

Panel: Former Texas Congressman Will Hurd, former Obama White House Senior Director Nayyera Haq, and CNN Political Commentator Bakari Sellers.

Hosted by Dana Bash.
May 1, 2022
Interviews with: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Victoria Spartz, White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha State of the Union with Jake Tapper and Dana Bash
First, with inflation above 8%, Dana presses Sen. Elizabeth Warren on whether America could face a recession. Warren also weighs in on what Democrats need to do if they hope to stand a chance in the midterm elections. Next, Rep. Victoria Spartz, the first Ukrainian-born member of Congress, joins from Kyiv to discuss what she's seeing in the capital and her reaction to U.S. Secretary State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Llyod Austin's visit to Ukraine today. Then, after a judge struck down ...Show morethe federal mask mandate on transportation, Dana asks White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha whether mask requirements are still necessary. And, this week's panel discusses a leaked phone call where U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy suggested former President Trump should resign after the January 6 insurrection, as well as the battle between Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Disney.

On today's panel: Former Atlanta Major Keisha Lance Bottoms, Former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush Scott Jennings, Former DNC Communications Director Xochitl Hinojosa, and Former White House Director of Strategic Communications Alyssa Farah Griffin.
Apr 24, 2022
Interview with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and Dave Matthews performs a song to support refugees State of the Union with Jake Tapper and Dana Bash
In an exclusive interview, Jake sits down with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to cover a wide range of issues, including the sinking of one of Vladimir Putin’s premier naval ships, whether Zelensky thinks he can win the fight in the Donbas, what can be done to help the devastated city of Mariupol, whether President Joe Biden should visit Ukraine and whether there is anything the Ukrainian people are willing to give up to end the war.

Plus, singer-songwriter Dave Matthews performs a new song in support of refugees. To donate and help refugees please visit: cnn.com/impact
Apr 17, 2022
Interviews with: National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, Rep. Liz Cheney, former CIA Director General David Petraeus, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans State of the Union with Jake Tapper and Dana Bash
As the world expresses horror at Russia's indiscriminate attacks on Ukraine, and demands for justice grow, President Biden says the US will "ratchet up the pain" for Vladimir Putin. But can Russia's leader be stopped? Reporting from Lviv, Jake Tapper puts that thorny question to Jake Sullivan, Liz Cheney, and David Petraeus. 

Also: Russia's invasion has forced millions to flee the violence. In an exclusive joint interview, Ursula von der Leyen, Justin Trudeau and Hugh Evans explore the burgeoning refugee crisis. 
 
Plus: a deep dive into Ukraine's painful history of oppression by the Soviet Union and its impact on their fight today.
Apr 10, 2022
Interviews with: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken; NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg; Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan; Ukrainian Parliament Member Anastasia Radina State of the Union with Jake Tapper and Dana Bash
First, Dana speaks with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken about Putin’s change in military strategy, as Russian forces pull back from Kyiv. With Russia leaving behind evidence of civilian executions and mass graves, are we seeing crimes against humanity? Next, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg joins to discuss the latest developments in the war, including Ukraine's suggestion that it's willing to take NATO membership off the table in exchange for peace.

Then, Dana has a one-on-one ...Show morewith Maryland GOP Governor Larry Hogan, where they discuss what can be done to provide relief to Americans at the gas pump, former President Trump's brazen call for Putin to release negative information on the Biden family, and the backlash over Florida's so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law. After, Dana and the panel discuss the pressure Attorney General Merrick Garland is under to take decisive action over January 6, as well as potential impact lingering challenges still facing the US economy could have on Democrats' midterm election hopes. Later, Ukrainian Parliament Member Anastasia Radina joins to talk about her visit to Congress where she made an impassioned plea for more aid for her country.

Panel: CNN Political Commentator David Urban, Former House Intelligence Committee Member Rep. Jane Harman, Political Columnist for 'The Bulwark' Amanda Carpenter, Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna.

Hosted by Dana Bash.
Apr 3, 2022
Interviews with: Amb. to NATO Julianne Smith, Sen. Jim Risch, Sen. Cory Booker, Chef José Andrés, Ukrainian Amb. to the U.S. Oksana Markarova, Sen. Mark Warner, Rep. Michael McCaul. State of the Union with Jake Tapper and Dana Bash
President Biden made international headlines this week when he went off-script during a speech in Poland, suggesting support for a regime change in Russia. Fresh off the NATO summit in Brussels, U.S. Ambassador to NATO Julianne Smith joins to clarify Biden’s comments about Putin and outline the U.S.’s new plan with the E.U. So, was Biden’s trip a success? 

Today’s extended episode also features exclusive interviews with Sen. Jim Risch and Rep. Michael McCaul about Russia signaling a shift in ...Show morethe deadly and destructive Ukraine conflict; Sen. Cory Booker on an emotional Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmation hearing; Sen. Mark Warner on future Russian cyberattacks; Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.S. Oksana Markarova on what a peace agreement could resemble; and Chef José Andrés explains how he is helping provide millions of meals to Ukrainian refugees. Plus, our correspondents around the world provide the latest global news for our panels of experts to analyze.
Mar 27, 2022
Interviews with: US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Polish Ambassador Marek Magierowski, Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, Former CIA Director General David Petraeus, The New Yorker Editor David Remnick and Staff Writer Masha Gessen State of the Union with Jake Tapper and Dana Bash
First, Jake checks in with Senior International Correspondent Ivan Watson, who is live in Ukraine, about Russia's increased attacks on civilian areas. Then, US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield joins Jake to discuss prospects for peace talks between Ukraine and Russia. Next, Jake presses Polish Ambassador to the United States Marek Magierowski on a preliminary proposal by Poland’s prime minister for a NATO peace-keeping mission in Ukraine. After, Prime Minister of Estonia ...Show moreKaja Kallas joins to detail her priorities as she heads to the NATO summit this week. Then, former CIA Director General David Petraeus examines what's going wrong for Russia amid its expanding attacks. Later, The New Yorker Editor David Remnick and and Staff Writer Masha Gessen discuss Russia's pro-war propaganda, its resemblance to Stalin's Russia, and its effect on Russian citizens.
Mar 20, 2022
Interviews with: National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, Sen. Rob Portman, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko, Latvia President Egils Levits State of the Union with Jake Tapper and Dana Bash
First: Putin's forces strike a Ukrainian base just miles from the border with Poland. With millions of Ukrainians fleeing the violence, what is the US prepared to do to stop the killing? We ask National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.

Today's extended episode also features Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko and his brother Wladimir, who is fighting on the frontlines in Ukraine; exclusive talks with Senators Rob Portman and Amy Klobuchar from the Polish-Ukrainian border; Latvian President Egils Levit...Show mores; and live reporting from CNN's Clarissa Ward on the latest violence and the death of an American journalist in Ukraine.

Also: CNN Global Affairs Analyst Susan Glasser; House Foreign Affairs Committee member Rep. Colin Allred (D-TX); Former House Intelligence Committee ranking member Jane Harman (D-CA); and CNN Political Commentator Scott Jennings join Dana to discuss the latest developments in Ukraine.

Plus: a special look at life inside Russia from former CNN Moscow Bureau Chief Jill Dougherty and Puck News’ Julia Ioffe.
Mar 13, 2022
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