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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 Democratic Sen. John Fetterman; Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson; Democratic Rep. Jasmine Crockett

    Interviews with Democratic Sen. John Fetterman; Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson; Democratic Rep. Jasmine Crockett

    On CNN’s State of the Union, Jake Tapper presses Democratic Sen. John Fetterman on Biden's slipping support in Pennsylvania. Then, 2024 potential Trump VP pick Dr. Ben Carson tells Jake that he would love to debate Vice President Kamala Harris.
     
    Next, Democratic Rep. Jasmine Crockett tells Jake Tapper that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s comment during a late-night committee hearing about her eyelashes was “buying into a racist trope.”
     
    Also, Bakari Sellers, Ashley Allison, Brad Todd, and Alyssa Farah Griffin join Jake to discuss Joe Biden's push to appeal to Black voters, the state of the 2024 race and the latest scandal from a Supreme Court Justice.
     
    Finally, Jake, Ashley and Alyssa reflect on the life and legacy of their friend and member of the CNN family, Alice Stewart.
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    • 42 min
    Interviews with Republican Sen. JD Vance; Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy; FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell

    Interviews with Republican Sen. JD Vance; Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy; FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell

    On CNN’s State of the Union, Dana Bash presses potential Trump VP pick Sen. JD Vance on Trump’s comment that Jewish Americans who voted for President Biden “should be ashamed of themselves.” Then, Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy joins Dana to discuss President Biden’s threat to withhold aid from Israel if it launches a Rafah offensive.

    Next, Scott Brown, Ashley Allison, Scott Jennings, and Karen Finney join Dana to discuss how both parties are responding to Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s independent presidential bid. Dana also goes behind the scenes of disaster relief efforts with FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell after tornadoes in Oklahoma, as part of her “Badass Women of Washington” series.

    Finally, Dana reflects on the life and legacy of her friend, former White House Counsel Jack Quinn.
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    • 41 min
    Interviews with North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum; Biden Campaign Co-chair Mitch Landrieu; University of Florida President Ben Sasse

    Interviews with North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum; Biden Campaign Co-chair Mitch Landrieu; University of Florida President Ben Sasse

    On CNN’s State of the Union, potential Trump VP contender Gov. Doug Burgum brushes off Donald Trump comparing the Biden administration to the Gestapo but acknowledges that Joe Biden won the 2020 election despite Trump’s claims to the contrary.
    Then, Jake presses Biden campaign co-chair Mitch Landrieu over President Biden’s response to campus protests amid Democratic concern they could damage his campaign.
    Next, University of Florida President and former U.S. senator Ben Sasse joins Jake to explain how his university has handled protests on campus.
    After, Kate Bedingfield, Jonah Goldberg, Ashley Allison and Marc Lotter join Jake to discuss the race to be Trump’s running mate.
    Finally, Jake reflects on the life and legacy of someone very important to the Tapper family.
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    • 44 min
    Interviews with South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin

    Interviews with South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin

    On CNN’s State of the Union, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham tells Dana Bash that he will still support Donald Trump for president even if he’s convicted in his hush money trial. Then, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders tells Dana that antisemitic displays at college protests must be condemned but that they shouldn’t distract from criticism of Netanyahu’s handling in Gaza. Next, Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass joins Dana to discuss the protests at USC and UCLA as well as her efforts to combat homelessness. After, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin tells Dana that he will protect peaceful protests in Virginia but not “hate speech and intimidation.” Finally, Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-TX), Ana Navarro, SE Cupp, and David Urban join Dana to discuss the White House Correspondents Dinner and troubling new poll numbers for President Biden.
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    • 43 min
    Interviews with South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker

    Interviews with South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker

    On CNN's State of the Union, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem tells Dana Bash she will support Donald Trump for president even if he's convicted in his New York hush money trial.
    Then, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker tells Dana that RFK Jr qualifying for the ballot in Michigan will have "little effect" on the race there.
    Finally, Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX), Kate Bedingfield, Jamal Simmons, and Scott Jennings join Dana to discuss Trump's legal woes and Speaker Johnson's future after the House passed Ukraine aid despite pressure from far-right Republicans.
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    • 41 min
    State of the Union - Special Extended Edition

    State of the Union - Special Extended Edition

    On a special extended edition of CNN’s State of the Union, top Biden adviser John Kirby tells Jake Tapper that the White House doesn’t believe the “unprecedented” attack on Israel by Iran is the start of a broader regional war.
    IDF spokesman Col. Peter Lerner tells Jake that Israel is considering what it’s response to Iran will look like. Democratic Sen. Chris Coons tells Jake that he thinks Israel should “pause for a moment” before responding to the attack.
    Former National Security Adviser John Bolton tells Jake that Israel should retaliate by striking Iranian territory. Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Marco Rubio tells Jake that Iran’s goal is to “make Israel an unlivable place.”
    Democratic Sen. John Fetterman and Republican Sen. JD Vance spar over Vance’s opposition to sending more aid to Ukraine. Former CIA Director David Petraeus reacts to Iran’s attack and tells Jake “there's never been something like this.”
    Former Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett calls for a “decisive” response to Iran’s attack. Former Director of National Intelligence tells Jake that “a Rubicon has been crossed” but doesn’t think Iran wants a wider war.
    Iranian journalist and activist Masih Alinejad tells Jake that Iran’s attack should be a “tipping point” for democratic countries around the world.
    Plus, the New Yorker’s Robin Wright, Axios’ Barak Ravid, the New York Times’ David Sanger, former IDF spokesman Jonathan Conricus, and CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Clarissa Ward, and Jeremy Diamond join Jake to share their insight on the attack.
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Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

Jeff from boulder ,

Hi Dana

hello dana:

bernie sanders described aptly how i feel about the middle east. there is no room for antisemitism or any other violent rhetoric. Bernie makes this clear.

So far as Trump and Maga folks are concerned they use the situation as a political lever….. like Trump most of them don’t even know who Fredrick Douglas is, let alone Rabbi Leo Baeck
i’m sure they’d say the same of progressives such as myself or bernie. A sort of ideological circular debate.

Trump represents the Spirt of our times to a large extent. Again i’m sure his ilk would argue the opposite. netanyahu is nothing like Trump but in my view he is also a Titan and not an Olympian.

Another of Trump’s appeal to his base is that of a “bad boy.” Resentment and inferiority feelings might be a common denominator with Hitler and his base. Trump’s appeal is to the shadow of American society, as was Hitler’s to Germany in his day. But Trump’s appeal is quite shallow by comparison. He doesn’t carry the numinous aura of an archetype, which instills fear and trembling. In our time superficial is popular, much more than profound or visionary, and that’s why he’s successful to the degree he is. This is the nature of postmodernity. Trump is, in a sense, a man of these times. Maybe he does belong on the cover of Time magazine after all. He represents well the spirit of these times.” Murray Stein

I don’t agree with everything Bernie says, but Bernie forces us to check our projections. Having Bernie uncomfortable for you, i can tell. but it’s brave and a good start. nice work Dana.

thomasrp72 ,

Overcompensating

In an effort to try and be “fair and balanced “this network and this show in particular has overcompensated towards the right end of the Even in an effort to try and be “fair and balanced “this network in the show in particular has overcompensated towards the right political spectrum.

savagetyler ,

Terrible journalism

I like Jake Tapper that he does an excellent job with the follow up questions and doing his homework on his guest. Diana bash just kind of seems to ask questions and allows them to make false statements without any follow up or correction.

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