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State of the Union with Jake Tapper

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Hosted by CNN's Jake Tapper, 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, State of the Union features interviews with top newsmakers on politics and policy - covering Washington, the country and the world.

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536 Ratings
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Excellent!

By gabfanatico - Nov 10 2019
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Awesome & interesting interviews and political commentary. Thank you Jake!

Please stop...

By Mamabird CT - Nov 03 2019
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...inviting Kelly Ann Conway to your show. It’s painful to watch.

iTunes Ratings

536 Ratings
Average Ratings
281
69
37
26
123

Excellent!

By gabfanatico - Nov 10 2019
Read more
Awesome & interesting interviews and political commentary. Thank you Jake!

Please stop...

By Mamabird CT - Nov 03 2019
Read more
...inviting Kelly Ann Conway to your show. It’s painful to watch.
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State of the Union with Jake Tapper

Updated about 16 hours ago

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Hosted by CNN's Jake Tapper, State of the Union features interviews with top newsmakers on politics and policy - covering Washington, the country and the world.

Rank #1: Interview with Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel on the response to the Parkland shooting; Interview with Senator Chris Murphy; Interview with Adam Schiff on the Democratic memo

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First, Jake discusses the law enforcement response to the Parkland shooting in a contentious interview with the Sheriff of Broward County, Scott Israel. Then, Senator Chris Murphy joins Jake to discuss the law enforcement failings and the potential for future gun control legislation. Next, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiiff talks with Jake about being insulted by the President and the newly released Democratic memo. Finally, the panel of Rick Santorum, Jennifer Granholm, Bryan Lanza, and Karine Jean-Pierre discuss the President's response to Parkland and a new CNN poll showing a stunning shift in attitudes about guns. via Knit

Feb 25 2018

52mins

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Rank #2: Interview with White House counselor Kellyanne Conway; Interview with Tennessee Senator Bob Corker; Trump's Secret Weapon

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Guest anchor Dana Bash sits down with White House counselor Kellyanne Conway in the wake of a presidential tweet storm. She says the tweets explain themselves. Then, Dana is joined by outgoing Tennessee Senator Bob Corker. The two discuss the upcoming summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, as well as Corker's tepid endorsement of Marsha Blackburn, the Republican party's choice for his seat. Next, the panel of Linda Chavez, Rick Santorum, Bakari Sellers, and Nina Turner sit down with Dana to discuss the drama surrounding the FBI investigation into Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen and the 2018 midterm elections. Finally, as the White House readies for its first state dinner, Melania Trump is taking a leading role -- much like the first ladies before her. via Knit

Apr 22 2018

42mins

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Rank #3: Washington backlash over US-Russia relations and new FISA application revelations; exclusive interview with former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page; Interview with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio; Interview with Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton; State of the Ca

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Following the release of the controversial FISA surveillance documents last night, CNN's Jake Tapper is joined by the subject of the application and former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page to comment on his alleged Russia connections and if, in fact, he is a Russian agent. Second, Florida Senator Marco Rubio weighs in on the controversy, plus Trump's evolving relationship with Putin amid raging domestic controversy. Jake is then joined by Rep. Seth Moulton, a Democrat of Massachusetts, to speak about defending strong NATO alliances, and the future of the leadership of the Democratic Party. Next our panel of Rep. Pramila Jayapal, former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, former Sen. Rick Santorum and former Obama official Karine Jean-Pierre discuss the Mueller investigations, recent Michael Cohen revelations and their analysis of US-Russia relations. Finally, in this week's State of the Cartoonian, Jake imagines what the new Air Force One, as described by the President, would look like. via Knit

Jul 22 2018

47mins

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Rank #4: Interview with Senator Tim Kaine; Interview with Ohio Governor John Kasich; Kate Bennett on Melania Trump's silence amidst affair allegations

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First, Brianna Keilar talks to Virginia Senator Tim Kaine about the March for Life movement and his 'yes' vote on the Omnibus spending bill -- which didn't include funding for DACA recipients. Next, Ohio Governor John Kasich joins Brianna to discuss what impact the marches yesterday may have on Washington and whether he has his sights set on 2020. Then, our panel of CNN's Van Jones, Rep. Nanette Barragan, Rick Santorum, and Linda Chavez pick up the conversation on gun reform and the President's new pick for National Security Adviser, John Bolton. Finally, Kate Bennett shares her insight on the first couple's relationship amidst public allegations by two women of what they say were private affairs with the President. via Knit

Mar 25 2018

38mins

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Rank #5: Interview with Sen. James Lankford; Interview with Gov. John Kasich; Interview with Stormy Lawyer Michael Avenatti; "The Hellfire Club"

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On State of the Union, Jake Tapper talks to Sen. James Lankford about North Korea and the Russia investigation. Next, Jake sits down with Gov. John Kasich to discuss the Republican Party and midterm elections. Then, Jake talks to Stormy Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti about his case and Michael Cohen. Then our panel of David Urban, Patti Solis Doyle, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and Amanda Carpenter discuss Kanye West and President Trump's midterm strategy. Finally, Jake gives a preview of his new political thriller, "The Hellfire Club." via Knit

Apr 29 2018

38mins

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Rank #6: Interview with President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani; Interview with former Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe one year after Charlottesville; State of the Cartoonion, Donald Trump's swamp creatures

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In this Sunday's episode, Jake talks to former Mayor of New York and President Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani about the ongoing Russia investigations and the possibility of Special Counsel Robert Mueller interviewing the President. Jake is then joined by former Governor of Virginia and possible 2020 candidate Terry McAullife to discuss race in America and the Democratic Party on the one-year mark since the Charlottesville rally. Next, our panel of Bakari Sellers, Michael Caputo, Nina Turner and Amanda Carpenter discuss President Trump's response to Charlottesville. Finally, in this week's State of the Cartoonion, Jake takes President Trump's notorious phrase "drain the swamp" quite literally by looking at all the swamp creatures in Washington. via Knit

Aug 12 2018

38mins

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Rank #7: Interview with U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley; Interview with Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono on the Kavanaugh allegations; State of the Cartoonion: Is Donald Trump Making America Read Again?

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In this episode, Jake talks to the Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley about Brett Kavanaugh, North Korea's nuclear program, and the recent attack in Iran. Then, Jake is joined by the Democratic Senator from Hawaii, Mazie Hirono as they discuss the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's. Next, our panel of Michael Caputo, Jennifer Granholm, Amanda Carpenter, and Karine Jean-Pierre join to discuss Christine Blasey Ford's upcoming testimony about her allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Finally, in this week's State of the Cartoonion, Jake depicts how Donald Trump is "Making America Read Again." via Knit

Sep 23 2018

38mins

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Rank #8: Interview with Senator Bernie Sanders; Interview with former Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin; Interview with author Ronald Kessler

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First, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) joins Jake for a wide-ranging interview on topics including President Trump's recent announcement that the US would "be coming out of Syria like very soon," the conflict in Gaza, and Trump's pick to head the VA. Then, former Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David Shulkin joins Jake to discuss his tumultuous tenure at the VA and whether he'll back his replacement. Next, author Ronald Kessler sits down to discuss his new book, "The Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game." Finally, the panel of Rick Santorum, Nina Turner, Bakari Sellers, and Amanda Carpenter discuss Hillary Clinton's recent remarks on being told to "go away," as well as Fox News host Laura Ingraham's attack on Stoneman Douglas student David Hogg. via Knit

Apr 01 2018

39mins

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Rank #9: Remembering Senator John McCain; interviews with Senator Jeff Flake, Senator Susan Collins, former McCain adviser Steve Duprey, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Former Senator Kelly Ayotte on McCain's remarkable legacy; Congressman Adam Schiff on his memories of Mc

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In a special two-hour memorial episode of State of the Union, Jake is joined by Senator McCain's former Senate colleagues -his fellow Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, his longtime Republican colleague Susan Collins, and his friend Senator Amy Klobuchar. Jake also talks with former McCain adviser and close friend Steve Duprey, former adviser Mark McKinnon, and Presidential Historian Douglas Brinkley. Our panel of Dana Bash, Jay Carney, Bill Kristol, and Amanda Carpenter share their thoughts on McCain's legacy as well. Finally, Jake talks about why Senator McCain will be so missed in Washington. via Knit

Aug 26 2018

1hr 25mins

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Rank #10: Interview with Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum; Roundtable discussion with S.E. Cupp, Bakari Sellers, Tim Ryan, and Jan Brewer; Interview with South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and Former Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman; A look at CNN'

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Guest host Dana Bash is joined by Mayor of Tallahassee and Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum to discuss the issues surrounding his race against Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis. Then, S.E. Cupp, Bakari Sellers, Tim Ryan, and Jan Brewer reflect on the life of John McCain and discuss President Trump's campaign strategy for the midterms. Dana is then joined by South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and Former Senator Joe Lieberman to discuss the lasting legacy of John McCain, Kavanaugh's potential decisive vote on Roe v. Wade, and the Mueller investigation. via Knit

Sep 02 2018

37mins

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Rank #11: Interview with former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara on Trump lawyer memo: Interview with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy; Interview with Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland

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First, Dana Bash speaks with CNN senior legal analyst Preet Bharara about the recently released memo from Trump's legal team and the President's pardon powers. Then, Dana talks with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy about the claims made by the President's legal team and this weeks bombshell tariffs. next, Dana speaks with the Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Christia Freeland about President Trump's tariffs on her country and where the Canada-U.S. relationship goes from here. Finally, the panel of Rick Santorum, Karine Jean-Pierre, Bakari Sellers and Linda Chavez discuss the ongoing culture wars and President Obama's legacy on race. via Knit

Jun 03 2018

42mins

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Rank #12: Interview with National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow; Interview with Senator Susan Collins; State of the Cartoonion: Trade Wars

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Following his first week on the job, President Trump's new chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow sat down with Jake Tapper to discuss the possibility of new tariffs against China and his thoughts on Chief of Staff John Kelly. Then, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) joins Jake to talk about the suspected chemical attack in Syria as well as what tariffs may mean for Mainers. Next, our panel of Linda Chavez, Jen Psaki, Dr. Kelli Ward, and Karine Jean-Pierre join Jake to discuss whether a Democratic blue wave can be expected this midterm election season and the reports saying Chief of Staff John Kelly is losing his influence in the White House. Finally, in the State of the Cartoonion, a twist on the well-known galactic saga, 'Trade Wars: Chinese Empire Strikes Back' as if President Trump is writing the script. via Knit

Apr 08 2018

38mins

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Rank #13: Interview with Kellyanne Conway about the Kavanaugh testimony and FBI investigation; Interview with Senate Judiciary Democrat Amy Klobuchar; State of the Cartoonion: is gut-wrenching testimony a marketing opportunity?

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First, Jake talks to the Counselor to the President, Kellyanne Conway about the Brett Kavanaugh hearing and the ongoing F.B.I investigation. Jake is then joined by Amy Klobuchar, a Democratic member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to discuss Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's hearing from this past week. Next, our panel of Carrie Severino, Jennifer Granholm, Nina Turner, and Linda Chavez joins to discuss the FBI investigation and the cultural implications of Brett Kavanaugh's testimony. Finally, in this week's State of the Cartoonion, Jake depicts moments from the gut-wrenching testimony that ended up feeling more like an excuse for product placement than a Supreme Court hearing. via Knit

Sep 30 2018

44mins

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Rank #14: Interview with Republican Presidential Candidates Mark Sanford and Joe Walsh; Interview with Democratic Presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar; Jake looks at how history will judge Republican lawmakers for their response to President Trump's recent actions.

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First, Jake speaks with two of President Trump's Republican challengers -former Congressmen Joe Walsh and Mark Sanford -who debate impeachment and whether they would vote for Trump over a Democrat. Then, Jake talks to Democratic Senator and Presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar about Democrats' handling of the impeachment inquiry and the next steps if it reaches the Senate. Then, our panel of Amanda Carpenter, Karen Finney, Linda Chavez, and former Mayor Mitch Landrieu discuss the Republican response to the President's latest actions and the impact of impeachment on the 2020 race. Finally, Jake takes a look at a historical lesson for Republican Senators equivocating on Trump's latest attempts to solicit foreign interference. via Knit

Oct 06 2019

39mins

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Rank #15: Interview with House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rep. Hakeem Jeffries on the impeachment inquiry into President Trump; Interview with Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio on the whistleblower's complaint on Ukraine; Interview with 2020 presidential candidate

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First, Jake talks with House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rep. Hakeem Jeffries about their impeachment inquiry into President Trump and Democrat. Then, Jake sits down with Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio to lay out the facts about the President's conversation with Ukraine, the whistleblower's complaint and whether it was appropriate to store the transcript in a tightly-held classified system. Next, Jake interviews 2020 presidential candidate Cory Booker about how the impeachment inquiry is impacting the 2020 campaign. Then, Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan, David Urban, Aisha Moodie-Mills and Bill Kristol break down what the impeachment inquiry means. Finally, Jake shares his thoughts on elections in Afghanistan and a lesson for the United States. via Knit

Sep 29 2019

43mins

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Rank #16: Interview with National Security Adviser John Bolton; Interview Senator Bernie Sanders; Mother's Day advice from former first ladies

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First, Jake sits down with National Security Adviser John Bolton to discuss the President's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, the President's preparation for his meeting with Kim Jong Un, and the controversy over a White House staffer's comments about John McCain. Then, Senator Bernie Sanders responds to Bolton, talks about the Trump administration's immigration policy, and discusses his plans for 2020. Then our panel of Rep. Val Demings, Amanda Carpenter, Michael Caputo, and Jeff Weaver discuss the White House's refusal to apologize for a staffer's controversial McCain remarks. Finally, Jake takes a look at what Mother's Day advice Melania can take from former first ladies. via Knit

May 13 2018

39mins

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Rank #17: Interview with Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chair Mark Warner on stunning new developments in the Russia investigation; Interview with Senate Homeland Security Committee Chair Ron Johnson on the longest-ever government shutdown; Interview with New Y

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First, CNN's Jake Tapper interviews Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chair Mark Warner on reports of the FBI's investigation into whether President Trump was working on behalf of the Russians and the President's concealing details of his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, plus how Congress can get out of the government shutdown. Next, Jake talks with Senate Homeland Security Committee Chair Ron Johnson about President Trump's push for his border wall and this week's developments in the Russia investigation. Then, Jake sits down with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio about his new health care policy to cover undocumented immigrants and others in the city, plus Democratic politics and the race for the White House in 2020. Finally, in this week's State of the Cartoonion, Jake takes a look at President Trump and his "medieval" border wall. via Knit

Jan 13 2019

44mins

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Rank #18: Interview with former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci; Interview with White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow; Interview with former mayor of New Orleans and potential 2020 candidate, Mitch Landrieu; State of the Cartoonian, Trump

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In this Sunday's episode, Jake follows the week's explosive development in the Trump-Cohen saga - former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci weighs in and the President's strained relationship with the press. Jake is then joined by White House National Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow to talk about the impressive economic growth figure that has led to a presidential victory lap. Former Mayor of New Orleans Mitch Landrieu joins next, to discuss the direction the Democratic Party is taking ahead of the 2020 presidential race. Next, our panel of Rep. Eric Swalwell, Nina Truner, Amanda Carpenter and David Urban discuss US-Russia relations and President's attitude towards Putin specifically, and if it really matters that the President knew about the Trump Tower meeting. Finally, in this week's State of the Cartoonian, Jake imagines what the President's Orwellian Universe would look like. via Knit

Jul 29 2018

38mins

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Rank #19: Interview with Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; Interview with Alabama Democratic Senator Doug Jones; Interview with former Special Counsel and author of the new book "Contempt" Ken Starr; Jake's take on Trump and Puerto Rico.

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In this Sunday's episode, Jake talks to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez about the President's denial of the death toll in Puerto Rico, the anonymous sexual assault allegation against Kavanaugh, and the cost of her proposed programs. Next, Senator Doug Jones joins to discuss Manafort's plea deal, the Mueller investigation, and the allegation against Brett Kavanaugh. Then, Ken Starr joins to talk to Jake about the Mueller investigation, the possibility of impeachment, and his thoughts on Brett Kavanaugh. Next, our panel of Democratic Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, Mary Katharine Ham, Marc Short, and Karine Jean-Pierre joins to discuss the Manafort deal and the midterm elections. Finally, Jake gives his thoughts regarding President Trump's trouble with the truth. via Knit

Sep 16 2018

38mins

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Rank #20: Special Helsinki edition; Interview with Virginia Senator Mark Warner; followed by a reporters and panels analyzing Trump's overseas adventure live from set; Putin's relationship with past Presidents and Melania Trump's European adventures.

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State of the Union travels to Helsinki, Finland this week to report live from the venue of the historic Trump-Putin summit. This episode opens with an analysis of Putin and Russia's relationship with past U.S. presidents and how it varies from Trump's new relationship. Then, Virginia Senator Mark Warner talks to Jake about the Senate Intelligence Committee's view on the recent indictment and the President's reaction to them. Putin reporters Masha Gessen and Julia Ioffe join to weigh in about the current state of events followed by the return of the panel. The special coverage ends with reporter Kate Bennett's analysis of First Lady Melania Trump's European adventures in the midst of her husband's political rhetoric. via Knit

Jul 15 2018

41mins

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