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State of the Union

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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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Interviews with: Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson
3d ago
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. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Interviews with: Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson
3d ago
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. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Interviews with: Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield.
May 8 2022
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 Roe. They also discuss what Democrats are doing to oppose this potentially seismic shift for abortion access in the US, as well as her accusation that the conservative members of the court lied about their stance on abortion rights during their confirmation hearings. Was it perjury? After, Jake interviews US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield about Russia’s nuclear threats ahead of its ‘Victory Day’ celebrations, as well as the intelligence the Biden administration is supplying to the Ukrainian military on Russian targets. Finally, Jake and the panel discuss the potential impact of the Supreme Court deciding to overturn Roe v. Wade and what that could mean for the future of other landmark decisions, including same-sex marriage. On today’s panel: Editor-in-Chief of The Dispatch Jonah Goldberg, Democratic Strategist Hilary Rosen, President of the Judicial Crisis Network Carrie Severino and CNN Political Commentator Bakari Sellers. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Interviews with: Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson
May 1 2022
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 McCarthy criticizing his fellow Republicans, and Governor Ron DeSantis' move to punish Disney for opposing Florida's law limiting discussion of LGBTQ issues in schools. After, the panel discuss the midterm elections and what messages Democrats need to focus on to win voters over in November. Plus, as Republican candidates battle it out ahead of Tuesday's primaries, is former President Trump still a kingmaker? Finally, Dana reports on a dark chapter in Polish history, where in 1968 its communist government forced thousands of Jews to leave the country in an anti-Semitic purge, which stands in stark contrast to the generosity and compassion the country is now showing Ukrainian refugees fleeing Putin’s war. Panel: Former Texas Congressman Will Hurd, former Obama White House Senior Director Nayyera Haq, and CNN Political Commentator Bakari Sellers. Hosted by Dana Bash. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Interviews with: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken; NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg; Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan; Ukrainian Parliament Member Anastasia Radina
Apr 3 2022
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 with Maryland GOP Governor Larry Hogan, where they discuss what can be done to provide relief to Americans at the gas pump, former President Trump's brazen call for Putin to release negative information on the Biden family, and the backlash over Florida's so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law. After, Dana and the panel discuss the pressure Attorney General Merrick Garland is under to take decisive action over January 6, as well as potential impact lingering challenges still facing the US economy could have on Democrats' midterm election hopes. Later, Ukrainian Parliament Member Anastasia Radina joins to talk about her visit to Congress where she made an impassioned plea for more aid for her country. Panel: CNN Political Commentator David Urban, Former House Intelligence Committee Member Rep. Jane Harman, Political Columnist for 'The Bulwark' Amanda Carpenter, Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna. Hosted by Dana Bash.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
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 Foreign Affairs Committee Member Rep. Michae McCaul, Former CIA Director General David Petraeus and Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova.
Mar 6 2022
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 Foreign Affairs Committee Member Rep. Michae McCaul, Former CIA Director General David Petraeus and Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova.
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 Leyen discusses the mass exodus of refugees fleeing Ukraine and how quickly Ukraine could join the EU. Jake also speaks with Rep. Michael McCaul live from Poland where his is on a bipartisan fact-finding trip to the Ukrainian border. After that, Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova speaks out about the thousands of Russians detained today for protesting against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Finally, Jake closes the show with his analysis of how 20 years of misplaced optimism, appeasement and looking the other way paved the way for Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.  To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy