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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.

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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: Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson

    Interviews with: Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson

    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, Germany. 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.

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    • 43 min
    Interviews with: Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Fred Upton, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee

    Interviews with: Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Fred Upton, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee

    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 Party 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.

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    • 40 min
    Interviews with: Rep. Jamie Raskin, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Chris Jacobs, former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, former Rep. Gabby Giffords.

    Interviews with: Rep. Jamie Raskin, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Chris Jacobs, former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, former Rep. Gabby Giffords.

    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 and 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.



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    • 50 min
    Interviews with: Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, Former Republican Rep. Denver Riggleman.

    Interviews with: Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, Former Republican Rep. Denver Riggleman.

    First, Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy tells Jake the Senate is "closer than ever before" to passing new gun legislation but cautions, "Let's see if we land it." 

    Next, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo says the Biden administration is "committed" to reining in inflation and will "stick with it until we do." 

    Then, former Republican Rep. Denver Riggleman predicts the upcoming January 6 committee hearings will be "concise," "exciting," and will "present this case in a very cogent way." 

    This week's panel features Texas Democratic Congresswoman Veronica Escobar, CNN Political Commentator Scott Jennings, conservative lawyer George Conway and CNN Political Commentator Ashley Allison discussing what the bipartisan Senate group on gun control will be able to agree on and pass, as well as what the goal of the upcoming January 6 committee hearings should be.

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    • 42 min
    Interviews with: Texas State Sen. Roland Gutierrez, Sen. Dick Durbin, Rep. Dan Crenshaw, Rep. Adam Kinzinger

    Interviews with: Texas State Sen. Roland Gutierrez, Sen. Dick Durbin, Rep. Dan Crenshaw, Rep. Adam Kinzinger

    First, Dana interviews Uvalde State Sen. Roland Gutierrez about law enforcement waiting over an hour to breach the classroom at Robb Elementary School, whether the delay may have cost lives, and Gutierrez confronting Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to push for a special session to raise the minimum age of gun ownership from 18 to 21. Next, Dana interviews Democratic Whip Sen. Dick Durbin about the bipartisan group of Senators in Washington who, after years of inaction, are working on a compromise bill to tackle gun violence. Will things be different this time?

    Then, Dana speaks with Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas about law enforcement accountability for the Uvalde shooting response and his stances on universal background checks, a new red flag law and raising the minimum gun ownership age to 21. After, Dana goes one-on-one with Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger about why he changed his mind to back some gun restrictions, how the GOP is “frightened of the loudest voices” on guns and Kevin McCarthy’s decision not to comply with a January 6 subpoena as it stands.

    Finally, Dana speaks with the Director of Children’s Services at Hill Country MHDD, Melissa Ramirez, about how her organization is preparing to help grieving Texans following the Uvalde massacre.

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    • 49 min
    Interviews with White House Economic Adviser Brian Deese, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and Democratic Candidate for Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro

    Interviews with White House Economic Adviser Brian Deese, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and Democratic Candidate for Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro

    First, after the S&P 500 briefly fell into bear market territory last week, Dana presses White House Director of the National Economic Council Brian Deese on whether the United States is headed towards a recession. Then, Dana and Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson discuss Arkansas' trigger law that would come into effect if Roe v. Wade is overturned banning abortion from the moment of fertilization, with no exception for rape or incest. After, Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania governor Josh Shapiro joins to discuss his plan to address rising prices in the state, his stance on abortion restrictions, and his opponent's attempts to throw out Pennsylvania's 2020 election results. 

    Plus, this week's panel discusses the Republican party’s divide ahead of the upcoming primary election in Georgia, as well as a new poll that shows 78% of Americans say the United States is headed in the wrong direction.

    On today’s panel: Former Speechwriter for President Biden Jeff Nussbaum, CNN Political Commentator Scott Jennings, CNN Political Commentator Bakari Sellers, CNN Political Commentator Alyssa Farah Griffin.

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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5
1K Ratings

1K Ratings

D .K. ,

Good podcast

I like all high level interviews with good questions. However, Dana is why too confrontational. I would like to see her stop repeating the same question when the guest already answered. It feels like harassment

statedept1515 ,

Too little pushback by Dana

Guests say ridiculous things and the only one willing to push back is Jake. Dana doesn’t pivot well to worthwhile follow ups and will ask some variation of the original question before just moving on. It’s infuriating how poor of an interviewer you can be and still have this prestigious position. It’s not about her being too far left (she is btw), but is about her not challenging literally anything that the most ridiculous guests say.

midwestBlue ,

6.12

female cnn host asked jamie raskin if he is going to vote for the today’s announcement of the mere fact that there are 10 gop signing on. no text yet has been put together for the actual legislation. what a stupid question to ask him when it is not even finalized.

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