• State of the Union

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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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  • Nov 27 2022

    After another holiday marred by tragedy, President Biden vows to do more to stop gun violence. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut sits down with Dana to examine the prospects for more gun reform in a lame duck Congress. They also discuss why existing gun laws in Colorado and Virginia weren’t enough to prevent the shootings from happening. 

    Also, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson joins Dana to respond to former President Trump’s decision to host rap artist Ye and a prominent white supremacist for dinner at Mar-a-Lago. Gov. Hutchinson also previews his message for Republicans as he weighs running for president in 2024.

    Plus, Rep. Adam Schiff joins Dana to respond to reported tension within the House January 6th Select Committee over what to include in its final report. Rep. Schiff also comments on House Republican Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s pledge to kick him off the House Intelligence Committee.

    After, the panel joins Dana to discuss the Georgia Senate runoff election, what lessons Democrats should learn from the midterm elections, and Trump’s meeting with Ye and a white nationalist holocaust denier at Mar-a-Lago. Today’s panel includes Hilary Rosen, Kristen Soltis Anderson, Marc Short, and Ashley Allison.

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    39 mins
  • Nov 20 2022

    First, Jake goes one-on-one with the man on track to take over House Democratic leadership from Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries. Jake asks Jeffries about Pelosi’s impact on the party, how he would unite the moderate and progressive wings of his caucus, and his approach to working with Republicans. Next, Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger joins Jake to react to former President Trump’s return to Twitter, as well as the Justice Department’s appointment of a special counsel to oversee its Trump investigations. He also responds to former Vice President Mike Pence’s refusal to testify before the January 6 Committee and predicts what a Kevin McCarthy-led Republican House majority would look like.

    After, the panel joins Jake to discuss Trump's 2024 presidential campaign launch and the prospect for a contested GOP primary. They also react to House Republicans’ plans to launch wide-ranging investigations into the Biden administration as well as President Biden’s family. Finally, Jake looks at the Biden administration’s decision to grant legal immunity to the Saudi Crown Prince over his role in the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and how that runs contrary to Biden’s campaign pledge to hold him accountable.

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    39 mins
  • Nov 13 2022

    First, re-elected Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer tells Dana Bash that her party's major wins in her state were the result of being "focused on the fundamentals" like infrastructure, inflation and schools. 

    Next, Pennsylvania Governor-elect Josh Shapiro says the key to winning rural voters is "just a matter of showing up, treating people with respect, and showing them how you're going to make their lives better." 

    Then, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan blames former President Donald Trump for focusing too much on the 2020 election and conspiracy theories when campaigning for Republicans. 

    Finally, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi does not commit to running for House leadership again but says "there are all kinds of ways to exert influence." 

    On today's panel, Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY), GOP strategist Brad Todd, CNN Political Commentator Karen Finney and CNN Political Commentator S.E. Cupp discuss where Republicans went wrong in the midterm elections, and whether Donald Trump should announce his candidacy for president next week. 

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    44 mins

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