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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: UK Prime Minister Liz Truss, Rep. Adam Schiff, Former Tennessee Governors Phil Bredesen (D) and Bill Haslam (R)

    Interviews with: UK Prime Minister Liz Truss, Rep. Adam Schiff, Former Tennessee Governors Phil Bredesen (D) and Bill Haslam (R)

    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 Schiff 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.
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    • 42 min
    Interviews with: New York City Mayor Eric Adams, Republican Senator Mike Rounds, US Ambassador to the United Nations  Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

    Interviews with: New York City Mayor Eric Adams, Republican Senator Mike Rounds, US Ambassador to the United Nations  Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

    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 speaks 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.
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    • 43 min
    Remembering Queen Elizabeth, 9/11

    Remembering Queen Elizabeth, 9/11

    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.
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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Remembering Queen Elizabeth II, 9/11

    Remembering Queen Elizabeth II, 9/11

    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.
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    • 1 hr 41 min
    Interviews with: Deanne Criswell, Tiffany Smiley, Sen. Patty Murray

    Interviews with: Deanne Criswell, Tiffany Smiley, Sen. Patty Murray

    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 Senator 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.
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    • 43 min
    Interviews with: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Tim Ryan, Gov. Chris Sununu

    Interviews with: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Tim Ryan, Gov. Chris Sununu

    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 Sununu 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.
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

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midwestBlue ,

8.28

sinunu was really showing his privilege. just pay your $200 a month & move on he said they owed between he and his wife. he comes from money. people paying $200 is $100 a piece and not very many people’s college loans are $100 a month. many of us had to quit college due to assorted reasons. sinunu also went to college when college tuition wasn’t as expensive. plus you know sinunu’s parents who are rich paid for most of it anyhow if not for all of it so i question if he even had a loan snd perhaps it is just his wife. grrrrrr

MiucaDC ,

Lost it’s serious reporting to get ratings

I used to always watch CNN and SOTU in particular. However I think this increasing appeal to show “both sides” has really hurt their reporting and reputation. Being well informed does not mean giving air time to cooks that have praised, justified, allowed and sometimes helped plan the attempted 1/6 coup against a legitimately elected government trying to do its constitutional mandate. Every time I see any “official” being interviewed where they are politely allowed to justify their fringe MAGA ideology I just switch podcasts remembering all the pain and suffering their guys brought to this country and it frankly disgusts me. I strongly recommend listening/watching something other than CNN. Good luck with getting ratings up.

PAyscue ,

Faux-Lite

I thought the Christie promotional book tour was bad but Tapper suggesting the President invite the twice-impeached, document stealing former occupant to the funeral of the Queen was the stupidest thing said on cable news this week (including the pro-seditionists on the Murdoch channel)

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