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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: 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
Interviews with: New York City Mayor Eric Adams, Republican Senator Mike Rounds, US Ambassador to the United Nations  Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield. State of the Union
First, Jake goes one-on-one with New York City Mayor Eric Adams. He says his city is “nearing its breaking point” and accuses Republican governors of creating a “humanitarian crisis” by sending thousands of migrants to New York from the southern border.Next, Jake presses Republican Senator Mike Rounds over Republican governors’ treatment of migrants. They also discuss whether Senator Rounds supports Senator Graham’s proposed national 15-week abortion ban bill that has split the GOP. After, Jake ...Show morespeaks with US Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, about President Biden’s warning to Russia on using chemical weapons against Ukraine and what a “consequential” US response might look like. Jake also asks Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield if the discovery of 440 unmarked graves found in the recaptured city of Izium by Ukrainian officials is evidence of further war crimes by Russia. Finally, CNN Global Affairs Analyst Susan Glasser joins the panel to give a preview of her new book “The Divider”, which gives fresh insights into former President Trump’s time in office and his plans for the future.
Sep 18, 2022
Remembering Queen Elizabeth, 9/11 State of the Union
In this second of a two-part, four-hour State Of The Union, we look back at the Queen's enduring legacy as well as the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Sep 11, 2022
Remembering Queen Elizabeth II, 9/11 State of the Union
In this first of a two-part, four-hour State Of The Union, we look back at the Queen's enduring legacy as well as the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Sep 11, 2022
Interviews with: Deanne Criswell, Tiffany Smiley, Sen. Patty Murray State of the Union
As campaign season ramps up, today’s show zeroes in on how top issues like the economy, education, and abortion are resonating in key midterm races. 
But first, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell joins Dana to discuss efforts to restore clean drinking water to the residents of Jackson, Mississippi. 
Then, Dana highlights the Washington state Senate race for an in-depth look at the upcoming midterm elections. She presses both candidates, Republican Tiffany Smiley and incumbent Democratic Senato...Show morer Patty Murray, on abortion, school and family issues, and President Biden’s remarks about domestic threats to American democracy.
After that, former Trump White House communications director Alyssa Farah Griffin, former chief of staff to First Lady Melania Trump Stephanie Grisham, and former homeland security adviser to Mike Pence Olivia Troye join Dana to discuss former President Trump’s handling of classified information at Mar-a-Lago.
Finally, Dana travels to Michigan for a look at how abortion is impacting the critical governor’s race there.
Sep 4, 2022
Interviews with: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Tim Ryan, Gov. Chris Sununu State of the Union
Our main focus this week is on President Biden's controversial decision to forgive student loan debt for millions of borrowers. 
First, Dana Bash asks Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren whether Biden's plan is fair for those Americans who have already worked to pay off their debt. 
Next, Dana goes one-on-one with Ohio Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Tim Ryan, who says his party needs a renewed "laser-like focus on the economic well-being of the average person." 
Then, Republican Gov. Chris Sun...Show moreunu slams the student loan forgiveness program, calling it "a really, really bad idea." 
This week's panelists: Democratic strategist Paul Begala, former Trump White House Communications Director Alyssa Farah Griffin, CNN Political Commentator Ashley Allison and CNN Political Commentator Scott Jennings weigh in on Biden's student loan plan and if Democrats will be able to hold on to their control of the House and the Senate after the midterms.
Aug 28, 2022
Interviews with: Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly, Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Dan Crenshaw State of the Union
First, as Western states are experiencing a historic drought, CNN's Jake Tapper asks Arizona Senator Mark Kelly what recent federal restrictions to Arizona's supply of water from the Colorado River will mean for the state. Then, Rep. Adam Schiff discusses what could be learned if a federal judge decides to release a redacted version of the FBI affidavit to search former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago home. And, Jake asks Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw about the FBI's seizure of classified documents from ...Show moreMar-a-Lago and the response from other Republicans.
This week's panel discusses the electability hurdles Republican Senate candidates face as new polls show Democrats gaining traction in key Senate races.
Finally, Jake highlights how the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra is using music to promote Ukraine’s culture and fight back against Russia’s assault on their country.
Aug 21, 2022
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
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