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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.

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: Gov. Kathy Hochul, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Pete Ricketts, Finland President Sauli Niinistö.

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...


Interviews with: Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

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...


Interviews with: Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson

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...


Interviews with: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Victoria Spartz, White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha

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...


Interview with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and Dave Matthews performs a song to support refugees

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...


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

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...


Interviews with: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken; NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg; Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan; Ukrainian Parliament Member Anastasia Radina

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...


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.

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...


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

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...


Interviews with: National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, Sen. Rob Portman, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko, Latvia President Egils Levits

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...


Interviews with: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Vice Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee Sen. Marco Rubio, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy, House Fore

First, Jake interviews Secretary of State Antony Blinken about what the US is doing to address the growing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. Next, Sen. Marco Rubio joins to discuss President Zelensky’s pleas for help from US lawmakers. Then, former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus and Under Secretary of Defense Michèle Flournoy break down the escalation of Russian attacks on Ukrainian cities and what the coming days and weeks could look like. After, European Commission President Ursula von der...


Interviews with: US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Republican Sen. Mitt Romney, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Ukrainian Ambassador to the US Oksana Markarova, Judiciary Chairman Sen. Dick Durbin.

First, Dana checks in with CNN Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward, who is live in Ukraine, about the latest reports on the ground. Then, US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield joins Dana to detail the steps the US is taking to help defend Ukraine. After, Senator Mitt Romney weighs in on the US response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and criticizes pro-Putin sentiments among some in the Republican Party. Next, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg responds...


Interviews with: Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Finland President Sauli Niinistö, and Colorado Gov. Jared Polis

First, Dana speaks with Secretary of State Antony Blinken about whether Russia's plan to invade Ukraine is already in motion, after a series of alleged false flag incidents in Eastern Ukraine and Russia's announcement that it will extend military exercises in Belarus indefinitely. Then, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö joins to share his unique insight into Russian President Putin's mindset and what he thinks the Ukraine crisis means for the world. Later, with more Democratic governors...


Interviews with: National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan

First: As Russian troops close in around Ukraine, the White House says an attack could happen any day now and that Americans need to get out now. Can war still be averted? Jake Tapper asks National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan. Next: With his party still in thrall to former President Trump, Maryland Republican Governor Larry Hogan -- a frequent Trump critic -- joins the show to discuss the state of the GOP and explain why he decided not to run for the Senate. Also: Democratic strategist...


Exclusive joint interview with Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin and Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Interview with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield

First, in rare joint interview, Jake speaks with key Senators Joe Manchin and Lisa Murkowski about how to work together in a deeply divided Congress. The three discuss if bipartisanship is still possible in today’s Washington, their progress toward reforming the Electoral Count Act, and what’s next for President Biden's agenda on Capitol Hill. Next, as the Winter Olympics begin with a controversial start in Beijing, Jake speaks with US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda...


Interviews with: Sen. Bob Menendez, Sen. Jim Risch, Gov. Chris Sununu, Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, and a special report.

First, Dana speaks with Sen. Bob Menendez and Sen. Jim Risch of the Foreign Relations Committee about the bipartisan group of Senators who are trying to prevent war between Russia and Ukraine. Next, amidst optimism from top health officials that the Omicron surge is starting to peak, Dana asks New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu about rolling back individual restrictions. Then, Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester joins our panel to examine the importance of representation in the Supreme Court as Biden...


Interviews with: Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Republican Sen. Joni Ernst, Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, New York City Mayor Eric Adams, Former Trump Advisers Alyssa Griffin and David Urban

First, Secretary of State Antony Blinken joins CNN's Dana Bash to discuss growing tensions between Ukraine and Russia after the British government released a statement saying that Russia is working to install a pro-Kremlin leader in Ukraine. Then, Republican Sen. Joni Ernst details her support for immediate sanctions on Russia. And as two of President Biden's major policy priorities are stalled in the Senate, Biden proposed passing smaller "chunks" of the Build Back Better plan. Independent...


Interviews with: Rep. James Clyburn, Sen. Bill Cassidy, Rep. Michael McCaul, US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy.

On the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jake sits down with House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn to examine how the civil rights leader’s legacy ties to voting rights battles in Congress today. Then, Jake asks Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy about Republican opposition to Democrats’ election reform bill. Afterwards, Rep. Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, discusses how the United States should respond if Russia invades Ukraine. Next, with Covid-19...


Interviews with: Secretary of State Antony Blinken, New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Governor of Arkansas Asa Hutchinson.

First, Jake interviews Secretary of State Antony Blinken about Russian aggression overseas and the key test it represents for President Biden. The US vows “massive consequences” if Russia invades Ukraine, but with democracy in peril at home, does the US have leverage? Next, with thousands of kids across the US back to virtual learning due to the Omicron spread, New York City Mayor Eric Adams is drawing a line. He joins Jake to discuss how we can protect the education of our children and also...


Interviews with: Rep. Bennie Thompson, Gov. Larry Hogan, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Remembering Sen. Harry Reid

First, Dana sits down with the Chairman of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack of the United States Capitol Rep. Bennie Thompson to review what the committee has learned about the impetus of the attack and the role of the former president. Next, as Omicron causes a tidal wave of hospitalizations, travel delays, and school closures, Dana asks Chief Medical Adviser to the President Dr. Anthony Fauci if Americans should be preparing for major societal disruptions in the...