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May 31, 2020
First, Jake talks with St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter about the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota and protests nationwide over his death. Then, Jake interviews Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on the threat of coronavirus during these protests and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker on how to fight racism in the United States. Next, Jake talks with national security adviser Robert O’Brien about President Trump's response to the protests and riots across the country. Finally, Jake asks Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan about how he would handle this crisis differently than President Trump.
May 24, 2020
First, Dana talks with White House adviser Kevin Hassett about the economic outlook during the coronavirus pandemic and another potential aid package from Congress. Then, Dana interviews New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy about beaches reopening on Memorial Day and how his state is reopening the economy. Next, Dana talks with Florida Sen. Rick Scott about President Trump ordering houses of worship open nationwide and how Florida is handling the coronavirus pandemic. Finally, Dana talks with Florida Rep. Val Demings about former Vice President Joe Biden's comment this week on black voters.
May 17, 2020
First, Jake talks with Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar about the US testing response to the coronavirus pandemic and what's next as states being to reopen. Then, Jake talks to California Gov. Gavin Newsom about his state's looming budget deficit amid the coronavirus outbreak. Next, Jake talks to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine about efforts to reopen his state and whether students will be back in school this fall. And Jake presses Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson on his speculation about unmasking under the Obama administration. Finally, Jake responds to President Trump firing four inspectors general in six weeks.
May 10, 2020
First, Jake talks with White House senior economic adviser Kevin Hassett about dire new economic numbers during the coronavirus outbreak and new cases among White House staff. Then, Jake interviews Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker about his plan to reopen his state in the face of continued new cases and deaths. Next, Jake talks with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms about her coronavirus response, the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery and speculation about the vice presidential nomination. Then, Jake talks with Regeneron CEO Leonard Schleifer about his search for an antibody treatment for coronavirus. Finally, Jake wishes everyone a Mother's Day.
May 3, 2020
First, Jake interviews White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow on the status of further stimulus packages and the push within the White House to reopen the economy. Then, Jake talks with Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer about the protests in her state and Joe Biden's denial of Tara Reade's sexual assault allegation. Next, Jake talks with Maryland GOP Governor Larry Hogan about his state's need for financial assistance from the federal government and his acquiring of tests from South Korea. Finally, Jake interviews Michigan Congressman and Libertarian Presidential Candidate Justin Amash about his White House bid.
April 26, 2020
First, Jake interviews Speaker Nancy Pelosi on how Congress is responding to the coronavirus outbreak and her view of the Trump administration's response. Then, Jake talks with White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx on efforts to ramp up testing in the United States and President Trump's recent comments on disinfectants. Next, Jake talks with Colorado Gov. Jared Polis about his efforts to begin to reopen his state's economy despite warnings from public health officials. And Jake interviews former Georgia House Democratic Leader Stacey Abrams on the reopening effort in Georgia and vice presidential nominee speculation. Finally, Jake breaks down President Trump's "incredibly bizarre" comments on light and disinfectants and tells him to defer to the experts.
April 19, 2020
First, Jake interviews Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on the latest in the negotiations in Congress for more small business loan funding and the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the economy. Then, Jake talks with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer about his view on the possible deal and the administration's coronavirus testing system. Then, Jake talks with three governors about the coronavirus outbreaks in their states: Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia, Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan. Finally, Jake gives his take on the lack of coronavirus testing in the United States.
April 12, 2020
First, Jake interviews top US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci on whether the United States could have saved lives by starting social distancing measures earlier as the number of coronavirus deaths in the United States continues to climb. Next, Jake talks about the coronavirus response throughout the country with three key governors: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. And finally, Jake breaks down the President's responses (or non-responses) to tough questions from the press.
April 5, 2020
First, Jake interviews Secretary of Defense Mark Esper about how the military is mobilizing to respond to coronavirus. Next, Jake talks with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards about the rapidly escalating crisis in his state. Then, Jake talks with Illinois Governor JB Pritzker about how his state is obtaining lifesaving medical supplies. Next, Jake speaks with House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, who was selected to chair the House committee overseeing stimulus spending. And finally, Jake has a question for President Trump.
March 29, 2020
First, Jake interviews Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus outbreak and the $2 trillion relief package passed by Congress this week. Next, Jake talks with top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci about how long to expect the outbreak to last and what can be done to stop it. Then, Jake talks with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts about the status of the outbreaks in their areas and what they need from the federal government. And finally, Jake thanks medical workers on the front lines of the crisis.
March 22, 2020
First, Jake discusses the latest in the federal government's response to the coronavirus pandemic with FEMA administrator Peter Gaynor, including what officials are doing to get masks and other supplies to states as soon as possible. Next, Jake talks with Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on his stay-at-home order over the coronavirus outbreak. Then, Jake interviews Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York about the impact of coronavirus in her district and the negotiations for a relief package in Congress. Then, Jake talks with the panel of Rep. Stephanie Murphy, Vivek Murthy, Dr. Jennifer Lee and Lanhee Chen discuss the government's response to coronavirus. Finally, Jake offers a reason for hope amid today's outbreak.
March 15, 2020
First, Brianna sits down with the nation's top infectious disease doctor, Anthony Fauci, on how bad the coronavirus outbreak could get, whether the US is prepared, the administrations response so far and more. Next, Brianna interviews Ohio Republican Governor Mike DeWine on his decision to close schools and how Ohio is prepared to respond to the outbreak. Then, Brianna speaks with New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio on whether or not people should still be going out in his city and whether he is getting all he needs from the federal government. Then our panel of Scott Jennings, Karen Finney, Linda Chavez, and Rep. Ro Khanna break down the President's response and how his 2020 rivals are filling the void. Finally, Brianna offers a helpful reminder about the importance of social isolation.
March 8, 2020
First, Jake interviews presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders about the upcoming contests in the 2020 race, the effect of coronavirus on the campaign and why he says he's better than Joe Biden to take on President Trump. Then, Jake sits down with Surgeon General Jerome Adams about the spread of coronavirus in the United States, the number of individuals who have been tested so far and the President's response to the outbreak. Then, the panel of David Urban, Alexandra Rojas, Linda Chavez and Bakari Sellers joins Jake to break down the latest in the 2020 election and the US response to the coronavirus outbreak. Finally, Jake outlines the war between the President and the facts on the US coronavirus response.
March 1, 2020
First, Jake sits down with Vice President Mike Pence to discuss the first coronavirus death in the United States and what steps the administration is taking to combat the disease. Then, Jake talks to former Vice President Joe Biden about his big win in the South Carolina primary and his momentum heading into Super Tuesday. Then, the panel of former Sen. Rick Santorum, Rebecca Katz, Amanda Carpenter and Van Jones discusses their predictions for Super Tuesday. Finally, Jake gives his take on the United States agreement with the Taliban.
March 1, 2020
First, Jake sits down with Vice President Mike Pence to discuss the first coronavirus death in the United States and what steps the administration is taking to combat the disease. Then, Jake talks to former Vice President Joe Biden about his big win in the South Carolina primary and his momentum heading into Super Tuesday. Then, the panel of former Sen. Rick Santorum, Rebecca Katz, Amanda Carpenter and Van Jones discusses their predictions for Super Tuesday. Finally, Jake gives his take on the United States agreement with the Taliban.
February 23, 2020
First, Jake breaks down Sanders' victory in the Nevada caucuses and the path forward for the other 2020 contenders with former DNC chair and Vermont Gov. Howard Dean and CNN Political Commentator Mark McKinnon. Then, Jake sits down with Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy to talk about Russian interference in the 2020 election and the latest on the presidential hopefuls after Nevada. Then, the panel of former Sen. Rick Santorum, Bakari Sellers, Linda Chavez and Alexandra Rojas discusses the Sanders campaign's path to the nomination and whether any other candidates can stop him. Finally, Jake gives his take on how President Trump is rewarding loyalists and punishing his enemies.
February 16, 2020
First, Dana interviews former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg on his health care plans for union members in Nevada, attacks against his high-dollar fundraising strategy and his lack of support from black voters. Then, Dana talks with Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar about the crisis at the Justice Department, her criminal justice record in Hennepin County and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg's campaign. Next, Dana sits down with Chief of Staff to the Vice President Marc Short on the President's comments on Justice Department decisions and the President's support for stop-and-frisk. Finally, Dana interviews Democratic Rep. James Clyburn about the upcoming South Carolina primary and whether former Vice President Joe Biden's firewall there is still intact.
February 9, 2020
First, Jake talks with 2020 presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders about the upcoming New Hampshire primary, whether his nomination would hurt moderate Democrats and the aftermath of the Iowa caucuses debacle. Then, Jake interviews 2020 presidential candidate and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg about the upcoming New Hampshire primary, his criminal justice record in Indiana and attacks from opponents Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. Next, Jake sits down with Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez about the problems with the Iowa caucuses and whether voters should have concerns going forward. Then, former Sen. Rick Santorum, former Rep. Mia Love, Karen Finney and Wajahat Ali join Jake to talk about the President's acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial and his decisions to fire two key witnesses. Finally, Jake gives his take on President Trump's attacks on the faiths of Mitt Romney and Nancy Pelosi at the National Prayer Breakfast.
February 2, 2020
First, Jake sits down with former South Bend Mayor and 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg to talk about tomorrow's Iowa caucuses, the latest in the Senate impeachment trial, his new attacks on his fellow 2020 opponents and his struggle to win over black voters. Then, Jake interviews Republican Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa about her vote to reject calling additional witnesses in the impeachment trial and whether she thinks President Trump did anything wrong regarding Ukraine. Next, Democratic Rep. Cindy Axne of Iowa, Des Moines Register chief politics reporter Brianne Pfannenstiel, Jen Psaki, Andrew Gillum and Scott Jennings join Jake to talk about tomorrow's Iowa caucuses, which candidate has the winning message and what impeachment means for the 2020 campaign. Finally, Jake explains what a Senate acquittal could mean for future presidents after Trump.
January 26, 2020
First, Jake sits down with Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford to talk about his views on the President's impeachment trial and his latest tweet attacking House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff. Next, Jake talks with House Impeachment Manager Rep. Zoe Lofgren about the case from Democrats against the President and efforts to compel witnesses to testify in the Senate trial. Then, Jake's interview with conservative lawyer George Conway from this week on how Republicans are navigating President Trump's impeachment trial. Next, Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith, former Rep. Mia Love, Wajahat Ali and David Urban join Jake to preview the week ahead in the Senate impeachment trial. Finally, Jake remembers former PBS NewsHour anchor Jim Lehrer, who died this week at age 85.
January 19, 2020
First, CNN's Brianna Keilar talks with Trump legal team member Alan Dershowitz and CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin about the constitutional arguments for and against removing President Donald Trump from office in the Senate. Next, Keilar interviews Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown in Ohio about his role as a juror in the Senate trial and the clash between 2020 presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren on the campaign trail. Then, Keilar interviews impeachment manager Democratic Rep. Jason Crow about the Democratic strategy to win over Republican Senators and call additional witness testimony. Finally, Rep. Michael Waltz, Karen Finney, Mary Katherine Ham and Terry McAuliffe join Keilar to talk about the politics of impeachment and the latest in the 2020 presidential campaign.
January 12, 2020
First, Jake talks to Defense Secretary Mark Esper about the threat of Iran on US embassies and the intelligence that led to the death of Qasem Soleimani. Next, Jake talks with Republican Senator Mike Lee on the intelligence briefing he received about the Iran strike and whether there was a threat to US embassies. Then, Jake interviews 2020 presidential candidate Tom Steyer on his campaign spending and what makes him qualified to be the next Commander in Chief. Next, Jake speaks to a panel of Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, Mia Love, Wajahat Ali and Rick Santorum about a new CNN/Des Moines Register poll out of Iowa showing a Bernie Sanders resurgence and the upcoming Senate impeachment trial of President Trump. Finally, in light of the tensions with Iran, Jake wonders if "trust us" is enough of a message?
January 5, 2020
First, Jake talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about President Trump's strike against a top Iranian commander, discussing possible retaliation from the Iranians and questions from Congressional leaders about the intelligence supporting the attack. Next, Jake interviews 2020 presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg about his criticism of the President's strike in Iran, as well as how he compares his foreign policy experience to former Vice President Joe Biden and whether he would rule out appointing donors to ambassador posts. Then, Jake talks with 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren about her response to the strike, as well as her transition to Medicare for All and how she plans to handle the upcoming impeachment trial. Finally, Jake sits down with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff to talk about his view of the strike against Iran and the Democratic strategy to hold the impeachment articles from the Senate.
December 29, 2019
First, Jake speaks with Oren Segal of the Anti-Defamation League about the horrific knife attack in New York and the recent string of anti-Semitic attacks in New York. Then, Jake talks to Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana about the ongoing Senate trial negotiations and the President tweeting an unsubstantiated claim about the whistleblower's identity. Next, Jake speaks with Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy about the Democrat's impeachment strategy and Joe Biden's potential testimony if he is subpoenaed. Next, our panel discusses Biden's potential testimony, Pelosi vs. McConnell, and President Trump's holiday message. Finally, Jake looks at the public servants we lost in 2019 and the lessons their legacies leave behind.
December 22, 2019
First, Dana talks to Presidential Candidate and Senate Judiciary Committee member Amy Klobuchar about the Democrats impeachment strategy and her buzzy debate performance. Next, Dana sits down with Republican Senator Roy Blunt, a member of Republican leadership, to discuss a the format of a Senate trial and whether the Presidents actions were appropriate. Then, The Democratic Whip, Senator Dick Durbin joins to discuss if any Democrats will cross the aisle on impeachment and whether Senators should be making up their minds. Next, Linda Chavez, Andrew Gillum, Rick Santorum, and Joe Trippi discuss the latest in the 2020 race after a feisty debate and an evangelical magazine editor calling for Trump's removal.
December 15, 2019
First, Jake sits down with Republican Senator Rand Paul to talk about the articles of impeachment against President Trump and the upcoming Senate trial. Next, Jake talks to Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown about the impeachment trial in the Senate, the 2020 Democratic candidates and the USMCA trade deal. Next, Jake speaks to Republican Congressman Will Hurd about the upcoming House impeachment vote and the Justice Department Inspector General's latest report on FISA. Next, Rep. Karen Bass, Rick Santorum, Paul Begala and Mary Katharine Ham discuss the latest developments in the impeachment process and new polling on impeachment. Finally, Jake takes a look at the fundamental question facing the Republican Party on impeachment.
December 8, 2019
First, Dana sits down with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to talk about the latest in the impeachment inquiry against President Trump and a possible vote on articles of impeachment in his panel this week. Nadler says that his case is strong enough that a jury would convict President Trump in "three minutes flat" and suggested he's willing to impeach President Trump with no Republican votes. Next, Dana sits down with Republican Rep. Mark Meadows to talk about the President's defense in the impeachment inquiry, where he says what President Trump did was "appropriate" and he'd be OK with a Democrat doing what President Trump did. Next, Rep. Joe Neguse, David Urban, Jen Psaki and Linda Chavez to break down the latest in the 2020 presidential race and the impeachment battle on Capitol Hill.
December 1, 2019
First, Dana sits down with 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota to talk about the latest in the impeachment inquiry, attacks over her opposition of free four-year college and progressive criticism of her health care plan. Then, Dana talks with Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California about her House panel's key impeachment hearing on Wednesday and how the impeachment of President Trump compares to her work on the impeachment process for President Nixon and President Clinton. Next, Hilary Rosen, David Urban, Karen Finney and Doug Heye join Dana to look ahead to next week's impeachment schedule and break down the latest in the 2020 election. Finally, Dana asks: As presidential candidates make their cases to the American voters, who is the Obama 2.0 of the 2020 campaign?
November 24, 2019
First, Jake sits down with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff to break down the latest in the House impeachment inquiry and the public testimony this week about President Trump's demand for Ukraine investigations. Then, Jake talks with Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin of New York about the President's defense in the impeachment inquiry and the Navy's military review of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher. Next, Jake breaks down the latest on impeachment with Jennifer Granholm, Rick Santorum, Mia Love and Bakari Sellers.
November 17, 2019
First, Jake speaks to Republican Rep. Mike Turner of the Intelligence Committee about this week's testimony in the impeachment inquiry and President Trump's conduct in the Ukraine scandal. Then, Jake talks to Democratic Senator Chris Murphy about Ambassador Sondland's future testimony and the President's view of Ukraine. Next, our panel of Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Scott Jennings, Jen Psaki and Mia Love discuss Pete Buttigieg's rise to the top in Iowa and the Republican response to the impeachment inquiry. Finally, in light of the new film "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" Jake takes a look at what Mr. Rogers might teach us about the cruelties and divisions of today.
November 10, 2019
First, Jake talks with Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson to discuss the July 25th phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky, the fact that witnesses say there was a Ukraine quid pro quo connected to Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, and Johnson's role in advocating for military aid to be released to Ukraine. Then, Jake talks with 2020 presidential candidate. Senator Amy Klobuchar about House GOP's demands for Hunter Biden to testify in the impeachment probe, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg considering joining the 2020 Democratic presidential race, and the political experience of Mayor Pete Buttigieg who has climbed into top tier of Iowa polling. Next, our panel of Democratic Rep. Max Rose, David Urban who is a member of the 2020 Trump advisory committee, Linda Chavez, and Karine Jean-Pierre discuss the latest developments in the impeachment probe. Finally, Jake evaluates the political evolution of Senator Lindsey Graham.
November 3, 2019
First, Dana sits down with White House counselor Kellyanne Conway to talk about the President's request that Ukraine investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, testimony from administration officials indicating a quid pro quo over military aid, and new Mueller memos showing former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pushed a conspiracy theory about Ukraine during the 2016 election. Then, Dana talks with House Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn about the impeachment inquiry in the House and the 2020 presidential primary in South Carolina. Next, Dana's interview with 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang, and his wife, Evelyn, in Des Moines, Iowa, on Medicare for All and why his unconventional campaign is catching on. Finally, our panel of Democratic Rep. Robin Kelly, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Scott Jennings and Mary Katherine Ham talk about the latest news in the 2020 primary race.
October 27, 2019
First, Jake sits down with the Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, to discuss the details of the daring U.S. Special Forces raid to kill ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Then, Jake talks with Democratic Senator Chris Murphy about Baghdadi and Ukraine, as he recounts his meeting with the Ukrainian President in September. Next, Jake breaks down the Presidents statement on Baghdadi and the raids national security implications with former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Former Pentagon Spokesman Admiral John Kirby. Then, our panel of Rep. Mark Waltz, Neera Tanden, Bill Kristol, and Susan Glasser discuss the latest developments in the impeachment case. Finally, Jake looks at the career of service of Ambassador Bill Taylor in light of the attacks he faces from the Trump administration.
October 20, 2019
First, Jake sits down with Democratic presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg about the latest on the conflict in Syria, his attacks on 2020 opponents over Medicare for All and Secretary Hillary Clinton's swipe at 2020 candidate Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. Next, Jake talks with Democratic presidential candidate Senator Amy Klobuchar about the impeachment inquiry and her health care attacks at the Democratic debate. Then, retired Gen. David Petraeus joins Jake to talk about the latest on the conflict in Syria and the President's dealings with Ukraine. Then, our panel of Rep. Joe Neguse, former Rep. Sean Duffy, Jennifer Psaki and Amanda Carpenter discuss White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney's recent comments on Ukraine and how Republicans are responding to the impeachment inquiry. Finally, Jake reflects on the legacy of Rep. Elijah Cummings and what it means for sitting members of Congress.
October 13, 2019
First, Jake speaks with Democratic presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg about President Trump's decision to pull troops out of Syria, the impeachment inquiry and Beto O'Rourke's proposal to strip religious institutions of their tax-exempt status if they don't support LGBTQ rights. Then, Jake talks to Republican Senator Kevin Cramer about the conflict in northern Syria and whether or not it is acceptable for a President to ask a foreign leader to investigate political rivals. Then, Jake talks to former Governor John Kasich about the current state of the Republican Party and the implications of the impeachment inquiry. Then, our panel of Rep. Anthony Brown, Xochitl Hinojosa, Linda Chavez, and Scott Jennings discuss Hunter Biden's decision to step down from a foreign board to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest. Finally, Jake takes a look at a several Republican officials' past views on oversight and how they have changed their views now.
October 6, 2019
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.
September 29, 2019
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.
September 22, 2019
First, Jake sits down with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and presses him on President Trump's Ukraine call, new Iranian sanctions, and the Administration's lack of action on the climate crisis. Then, Jakes talks with House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff about the implications of Trump pushing Ukraine to investigate Biden, renewed calls for impeachment, and the whistleblower complaint being blocked from Congress. Then, our panel discusses CNN's brand new Iowa poll showing no clear leader between Warren and Biden, as well as Trump pressing the Ukrainian President. Finally, in the State of the Cartoonion Jake imagines Sean Spicer learning some new dance moves more in line with his time in the White House.
September 15, 2019
First, Jake sits down with South Bend Mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg to talk about his health care plan, plans for gun control in the Democratic Party and recent criticisms of Vice President Joe Biden. Then, Jake interviews Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul about his feud with Rep. Liz Cheney, the latest in Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia, and the possibility of gun control legislation in Congress. Next, Jake talks with Democratic presidential candidate entrepreneur Andrew Yang about his plan to give $1,000 per month to every American and Asian-American slurs from SNL's Shane Gillis. Then, Jennifer Granholm, Rick Santorum, Aisha Moodie-Mills and Bill Kristol join Jake to discuss criticism of Biden's comments on the legacy of slavery on the debate stage. In this week's State of the Cartoonion, Jake takes a look at swearing on the 2020 campaign trail.
September 8, 2019
First, Jake sits down with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, to talk about Trump's cancelled meeting with the Taliban and Afghan leaders and what it would take for the U.S. to come back to the negotiating table. Next, Jake talks to Senator Amy Klobuchar about the Taliban being invited to Camp David so close to 9/11, when she would negotiate with the terror group if she were President, and her priority on confronting gun violence. Then, Jake sits down with Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro to discuss the latest on the U.S.-Afghanistan peace talks and why he does not consider former Vice President Joe Biden to be the most electable presidential candidate.
September 2, 2019
First, Dana sits down with 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke to talk about the tragic mass shooting in his home state of Texas, his proposal for mandatory gun-buybacks and what he thinks the best strategy for beating Trump is. Next, Dana talks to acting FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor for updates on Hurricane Dorian's recent upgrade to a Category 5 hurricane and what that means for people in its path. Then, Dana sits down with Senator Rick Scott of Florida and discusses his home state preparing for the force of Hurricane Dorian, his thoughts on President Trump slamming Puerto Rico ahead of the hurricane and his stances on gun safety. Finally, Dana sits down with Senator Rick Scott of Florida to discuss preparations for Hurricane Dorian and the shooting in Texas. Then former Sen. Rick Santorum, former Rep. Mia Love, Xochitl Hinojosa and Wajahat Ali discuss gun safety laws and the current economy ahead of the election.
September 1, 2019
First, Dana sits down with 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke to talk about the tragic mass shooting in his home state of Texas, his proposal for mandatory gun-buybacks and what he thinks the best strategy for beating Trump is. Next, Dana talks to acting FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor for updates on Hurricane Dorian's recent upgrade to a Category 5 hurricane and what that means for people in its path. Then, Dana sits down with Senator Rick Scott of Florida and discusses his home state preparing for the force of Hurricane Dorian, his thoughts on President Trump slamming Puerto Rico ahead of the hurricane and his stances on gun safety. Finally, Dana sits down with Senator Rick Scott of Florida to discuss preparations for Hurricane Dorian and the shooting in Texas. Then former Sen. Rick Santorum, former Rep. Mia Love, Xochitl Hinojosa and Wajahat Ali discuss gun safety laws and the current economy ahead of the election.
August 25, 2019
First, Brianna speaks with Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow about President Trump's refusal to back down on tariffs, the likelihood of a trade deal with China by 2020 and the cost of tariffs on US families. Next, Brianna talks with 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders about his most recent tweak to his Medicare for All Plan, and he says that President Trump's trade policies are irrational. Then Bill Kristol, Rick Santorum, Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Karen Finney discuss President Trump's "second thoughts" on his trade war with China and the latest from the G7 meetings. Finally, Brianna talks with Cindy McCain, the late former Senator John McCain's wife, where Cindy talks about her take on the state of today's politics and her new "Acts of Civility" initiative.
August 18, 2019
First, Jake sits down with White House trade adviser Peter Navarro to talk about growing recession fears, the Federal Reserve's decision to lower interest rates and whether or not American consumers will bear the brunt of the additional China tariffs. Next, Jake talks with 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg about how his efforts to break through with black voters, his plan to reduce gun violence, and the Trump administration's peace talks with the Taliban. Then Xochitl Hinojosa, Rick Santorum, Amanda Carpenter and Andrew Gillum discuss President Trump saying that Americans had no choice but to vote for him due to the economy, the controversy over several progressive Congresswomen being barred from visiting Israel and the division within the democratic party over gun buybacks. Finally, in this week's State of the Cartoonion, Jake explores what the Statue of Liberty would look like after a Trump makeover.
August 11, 2019
First, Jake talks with 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke who says that President Trump was trying to shift focus from mass shootings by retweeting conspiracy theories and that he is now willing to embrace gun licensing laws. Then, Jake sits down with the acting head of Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan to react to the Mississippi ICE raids and the pleas of a child separated from her father, plus the decrease in apprehensions at the border. Then, Jake speaks with presidential candidate Senator Cory Booker about the President's Epstein tweets and the possibility of gun control legislation. Then our panel of Xochitl Hinojosa, Aldofo Franco, Mitch Landrieu, and Mia Love discuss the current dynamic of the gun debate and the chances something gets done. Finally, in the State of the Cartoonion, Jake compares today's politics to some of the best moments from Seinfeld.
August 4, 2019
First, Jake talks to former Texas Representative Beto O'Rourke live from El Paso about the recent mass shooting and white nationalism. Then, Jake talks to Mayor Pete Buttigieg about the the two shootings and his calls to for gun reform. Then, Jake talks to former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, who says the two shootings point towards the effects of President Trump on the rise of bigotry. Then, Jake talks to former Mayor Cory Booker, who blames President Trump for inspiring violence. Then, Jake talks to Senator Kamala Harris on the trauma of domestic terrorism on children and the need for congressional action on gun reform. Then, Jake talks to Senator Bernie Sanders about the effects of President Trump's divisive attacks. Lastly, Jake talks to Congressman Tim Ryan about his calls for immediate action and his blame for President Trump over the culture behind mass shootings.
July 28, 2019
First, Jake sits down with 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders about President Trump's recent attacks on Rep. Elijah Cummings and the city of Baltimore, fellow 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's criticism of Sanders' health care plan, Sanders' comparison of American pharmaceutical executives to murderers, his plan to get rid of all student loan debt, and his regret over supporting the 1994 crime bill despite voicing reservations at the time. Next, Jake talks with the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerry Nadler about his committee's major step towards possible impeachment. Then, Jake sits down with Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib to talk about the president's attacks, Michigan's economy under the Trump administration, her support for the BDS movement, and the qualities she looks for in a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. Then Van Jones, David Urban, Jennifer Granholm and Mia Love discuss CNN's upcoming Democratic presidential debates, President Trump's attack on Rep. Elijah Cummings, whether President Trump's actions reflect the rest of the Republican party, and the most recent poll numbers showing 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden still ahead of his rivals.
July 21, 2019
First, Dana talks with 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Senator Cory Booker on President Trump attacking four progressive Congresswomen, the chance to face off against fellow 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on the next debate stage, and the recent criticism of the Newark New Jersey police department. Next, Dana talks with Senator Ron Johnson, Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, on President Trump's continued twitter attack of democratic Congresswomen, the rising tension with Iran, and President Trump's decision to limit asylum for Central Americans. Then Rick Santorum, Karen Finney, SE Cupp and Wajahat Ali discuss the division caused by President Trump's attack on the 'Squad,' the leftward lurch of the Democratic party, and the Trump campaign selling plastic straws. Finally, we take a look at which 2020 candidates are leading the Hollywood primary with celebrity donors.
July 14, 2019
First, Jake talks with 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Mayor Bill de Blasio on the deportation raids in New York City, the Obama-Biden deportation rate, President Trump's tweets on progressive congresswomen and the electricity blackout in New York City. Next, Jake sits down with acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli on the condition of the detention centers at the border, the people targeted in the deportation raids and President Trump's tweets on progressive congresswomen. Then former Mayor Andrew Gillum, Amanda Carpenter, Rep. Nanette Barragan and Scott Jennings discuss the division in the Democratic caucus between Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the deportation raids and the state of the detention facilities at the border. Finally, in this week's State of the Cartoonion, Jake looks at President Trump's reaction to the former UK ambassador calling President Trump "inept" and imagines who the new UK ambassador might be.
July 7, 2019
First, Jake Tapper sits down with Michigan Rep. Justin Amash to talk about leaving the Republican Party, his future as an independent and possible plans to run for president in 2020. Then, former Vice President Joe Biden's exclusive interview with CNN on his political record, and the future of his 2020 campaign. Next, former Rep. Mia Love, Scott Jennings, Jennifer Psaki and Abdul El-Sayed join Jake to talk about the 2020 primary race and Amash leaving the Republican Party. Finally, Jake sits down with sports analyst Christine Brennan to talk about the US national women's soccer team at the World Cup finals and the success that 15-year old Coco Gauff has had on the tennis court at Wimbledon.
June 30, 2019
First, Brianna Keilar, filling in for Jake, talks with Fareed Zakaria and Director James Clapper about President Trump's meeting with Chairman Kim Jong Un, his invitation to Kim Jong Un to Washington. Next, Brianna talks with 2020 Presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar about President Trump conducting foreign diplomacy by tweet, the idea that Russia could be behind the twitter bot attacks on fellow 2020 Democratic presidential contender Kamala Harris, and the most recent House Border bill. Next, Brianna talks to 2020 Presidential contender Julian Castro about President Trump's 'haphazard' approach to North Korea, potential immigration raids in 10 major cities, and the policy differences between himself and fellow Texan, 2020 democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke. Then, Bakari Sellers, David Urban, Mary Katharine Ham, and Jess McIntosh join Brianna to discuss President Trump's reaction to the 2020 Democratic debate, 2020 Democratic candidate Kamala Harris' performance at the debate, and the latest with President Trump's visit to North Korea. Finally, a look at how the USWNT is the latest sports team to make a a trip to the White House a political issue.
June 23, 2019
First, Jake sits down with Vice President Mike Pence on the escalating tensions with Iran and President Trump's decision to pull back a retaliatory strike, as well as the conditions for migrant children at the border and his run for re-election with President Trump in 2020. Next, Jake talks with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff about how President Trump is handling tensions with Iran and rising support within the Democratic caucus for impeachment proceedings. Then, Jake talks with 2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro about the conditions of detention centers and the need for Congress to pass funding to fix it. Then, Amanda Carpenter, Bakari Sellers, Rep. Pramila Jayapal and Rep. Michael Waltz join Jake on the panel to discuss the latest on the 2020 campaign trail.
June 16, 2019
First, Jake sits down with 2020 presidential candidate South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg on President Trump's willingness to accept foreign election interference, the latest tensions in Iran and starting a family in the White House. Next, Jake talks with former Congressman Beto O'Rourke of Texas about the crisis at the border, calls for impeachment against President Trump and his stalled poll numbers in the 2020 race. Then, Amanda Carpenter, former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, former Sen. Rick Santorum and Karen Finney join Jake on the panel to discuss the President's willingness to accept foreign help and the latest in the 2020 campaign. Finally, in this week's State of the Cartoonion, Jake imagines what would happen if Mayor Pete Buttigieg's idea of a 2020 carpool became reality.
June 9, 2019
First, Dana interviews 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders on his current second place polling in a new CNN/Des Moines Register Iowa poll, his plan for a free college, his views as a Democratic socialist and what that means for his campaign. Dana also talks about trade and the President's deal to avoid tariffs with Mexico, as well as immigration, the Hyde Amendment, his efforts to pressure Walmart to raise the minimum wage and his foreign policy goals with Iran and Iraq. Then, Scott Jennings, Jennifer Psaki, Bill Kristol and Aisha Moodie-Mills join Dana to break down the latest in the 2020 race and the President's tariff threat. Finally, Kate Bennett joins Dana to talk about the hidden message in First Lady Melania Trump's fashion choices abroad.
June 2, 2019
First, Jake interviews 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker on the mass shooting in Virginia Beach, his proposal for federal gun licenses and his new call to being impeachment proceedings against President Trump. Then, Jake sits down with acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan to talk about the humanitarian crisis at the border with Mexico and the President's new tariffs on Mexican goods. Next, Jake talks with House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn about growing calls for impeachment from Democrats and House investigations into President Trump. Finally, Jake talks with 2020 presidential candidate Rep. Seth Moulton on his time in Iraq with the Marines, his experience with post-traumatic stress and his new mental health proposal. And in this week's State of the Cartoonion, Jake imagines ways President Trump's staff might be protecting him from reality.
May 26, 2019
First, Dana interviews Republican Sen. Joni Ernst on the President's recent tweet that he's not disturbed by North Korean missile tests, how his tariffs are hurting Iowa farmers and a new GOP plan for paid family leave. Next, Dana interviews New York City Bill de Blasio on the launch of his 2020 presidential campaign, how Democrats should handle impeachment and criminal justice. Then, Alexandra Rojas, Scott Jennings, Bakari Sellers and Kristen Soltis Anderson join Dana to talk about the President's feud with House Democrats and the 2020 campaign. And on Memorial Day weekend, a record number of black women graduates from West Point.
May 19, 2019
First, Jake sits down with Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney about Michigan Republican Justin Amash laying out the case for impeachment, heightened tensions with Iran, and the President's trade war with China. Then, Jake is joined by Montana Governor and 2020 Democratic candidate Steve Bullock to discuss the strong economy, abortion, and his 2020 run. Next, our panel of Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Mia Love, Bakari Sellers, and Rick Santorum discuss Amash saying the President committed impeachable offenses and former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign kickoff. Finally, the State of the Cartoonion takes a look at some of the parallels between Washington... and Game of Thrones.
May 12, 2019
Jake travels to Oakland, California for an exclusive one-on-one interview with 2020 presidential candidate and California Sen. Kamala Harris. Harris talks about the latest news, including a potential constitutional crisis in Washington and escalating trade tensions with China. She defends her positions on Medicare for All and her truancy initiative in California. And she talks about her "modern family" and why her stepchildren call her "Momala." Then, Rep. Michael Waltz, former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, former Sen. Rick Santorum and former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake join Jake on the battle between the White House and Congress. Finally, Jake breaks down how the political drama on "Veep" often mirrors real-life Washington.
May 5, 2019
First, Jake interviews Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota on the strong economy, her plan to fight addiction and fund mental health services, and her 2020 presidential campaign. Next, Jake travels to Newark, New Jersey to talk with Democratic Sen. Cory Booker about his record on charter schools, his health care policies, how to stop gun violence and his strategy for taking on Trump in 2020. Then, David Urban, Abdul El-Sayed, S.E. Cupp and Karen Finney join Jake to break down the messaging battle between President Trump and the Democrats on the strong economy. And in this week's State of the Cartoonion, Jake takes on the 2020 feud between Biden and Trump.
April 28, 2019
First, Jake sits down with White House counselor Kellyanne Conway to talk about the attack on a California synagogue and President Trump's defense of his Charlottesville comments, plus new economic numbers and the Russia investigation. Next, Jake interviews Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton about his run for President in 2020 and his views on health care. Then, Former Mayor Andrew Gillum, former Utah Rep. Mia Love, David Urban and Kirsten Powers talk about the rise of hate crimes in the United States and 2020 Democratic primary. And in this week's State of the Cartoonion, Jake imagines the 2020 candidates as Avengers.
April 21, 2019
First, Jake speaks with CNN's Nic Robertson about the terror attacks in Sri Lanka. Next, the President's attorney Rudy Giuliani sits down with Jake to discuss the credibility of the Mueller report and former White House Counsel Don McGahn, respond to criticism from Senator Mitt Romney, and look at the case for Obstruction of Justice. Then, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara joins Jake to respond to Giuliani and lay out his thoughts on the Muller report. Then, Jake speaks with 2020 contender Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio about whether Democrats should impeach the President after the report's revelations. Finally, our panel of Barbara Comstock, Jennifer Granholm, Scott Jennings, and Symone Sanders break down the Giuliani interview and the implications of the Mueller report.
April 14, 2019
First, Jake talks with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler about Trump's offer to pardon a top border official if he went to jail to blocking asylum-seekers from entering the country, Trump's plan to transport undocumented migrants from the border into sanctuary cities and the imminent release of the Mueller report. Next, Jake interviews Sen. Rick Scott of Florida about the President's latest moves on the border, the potential for military intervention in Venezuela and stalled relief funding for Puerto Rico. Then, Jake talks with Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell on his 2020 campaign for president, including his plans for health care and gun control. Then, Andrew Gillum, Scott Jennings, Jen Psaki and Linda Chavez join the panel to discuss President Trump's attack on Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar. And in this week's State of the Cartoonion, Jake imagines Trump's advice for past presidents.
April 7, 2019
First, Jake interviews the House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff about the pending release of the special counsel report and Democratic requests for President Trump's taxes. Next, Jake sits down with White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on the latest jobs numbers and the President's two new picks for the Federal Reserve board. Then, Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet talks with Jake about his likely run for President in 2020 and the state of Democratic politics. Then, Democratic Rep. Katie Porter, Rick Santorum, Symone Sanders and Amanda Carpenter join Jake on the panel. And in this week's State of the Cartoonion, Jake imagines how spies might be trying to infiltrate Trump properties.
March 31, 2019
First, Jake spars with acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney over the Trump administration's lack of legislation to replace Obamacare and the President's threat to close the US-Mexico border, as well as the conclusions of the Mueller report. Next, Jake talks with former Nevada assemblywoman Lucy Flores in her first TV interview on her allegation of "inappropriate" behavior by then-Vice President Joe Biden in 2014. Then, Jake interviews Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton about a potential run for the White House and Democratic politics in Washington. Finally, our Panel of Amanda Carpenter, Abdul El-Sayed, Rick Santorum, and Karen Finney discuss the President's comments on immigration and healthcare and the allegations against Joe Biden.
March 24, 2019
First, Dana interviews House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler on what to expect from Attorney General Bill Barr's summary of the Mueller report, how he plans to obtain the full Mueller report and what the latest information means for possible impeachment. Next, Dana talks with Senator Ted Cruz of Texas about the latest in the Russia investigation, as well as President Trump's recognition of Israel's sovereignty in the Golan Heights and ongoing federal investigation into Boeing after two airplane crashes. Finally, Dana interviews former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara for legal analysis of what the Mueller report could mean for the White House and what to watch for in the upcoming fight over what's next.
March 17, 2019
First, Jake speaks with the US Ambassador to New Zealand Scott Brown about the latest details on the Christchurch attack and the President's response to the tragedy. Then, Jake speaks with Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, one of only three Muslims in Congress, about her reaction to Trump's comments on White Nationalism and the ongoing controversy surrounding Rep. Ilhan Omar. Next, Jake interviews 2020 Democratic candidate and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar on the Christchurch shooting, her record as a prosecutor, and more. Then, our panel of Waleed Shahid, Rep. Jim Banks, Karen Finney, and former Congresswoman Mia Love discuss the US political ramifications of the Christchurch attack. Finally, in the State of the Cartoonion, Jake looks at Beto O'Rourke's campaign launch and his "born to run" attitude.
March 10, 2019
First, Jake interviews 2020 presidential hopeful Julián Castro about divisions in the Democratic Party on reparations for slavery, the response to controversial comments by Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar and a new CNN/Des Moines Register poll in Iowa. Next, Jake sits down with Texas Rep. Will Hurd on the President's national emergency declaration to build his border wall and his thoughts on his fellow Texan Beto O'Rourke's possible 2020 bid. Then, Jake interviews 2020 presidential contender and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee about his plans to combat climate change and his reflections on diversity and white male privilege in the Democratic Party. Plus, CNN gets a tour of The Daily Show's Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library.
March 3, 2019
First, Jake sits down with the National Security Adviser John Bolton to discuss the fallout from the North Korea summit, negotiations with the Taliban, and the ongoing crisis in Venezuela. Then, the Vice Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee Mark Warner joins to address reports that President Trump intervened in Jared Kushner's security clearance, Michael Cohen's testimony, and the ongoing controversies in his home commonwealth of Virginia. Next, Louisiana Republican Senator John Kennedy sits down with Jake to address Michael Cohen's accusations against President Trump and the Republican opposition to President Trump's national emergency on the border. Then, the lone Congressman to cosponsor legislation to terminate the emergency, Justin Amash, responds and discusses a potential libertarian run for the White House. Next, our panel of Bakari Sellers, David Urban, Jennifer Granholm, and Amanda Carpenter break down Bernie Sanders getting personal on the campaign trail and whether age will be a factor among 2020 candidates. Finally, Jake takes a look at Michael Cohen's potential movie deal in the State of the Cartoonion
February 24, 2019
First, Jake interviews Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about the Trump administration's plans to handle the political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela as well as next steps to achieve North Korean denuclearization. Next, Jake talks about the latest from the Special Counsel's investigation with former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, and Lisa Monaco, who served as counsel and chief of staff for Robert Mueller at the FBI. Then, Jake sits down with Mike Rogers, Jen Psaki, David Urban and Symone Sanders about Trump's wild week ahead and Bernie Sanders' second campaign for President. In this week's State of the Cartoonion, Jake imagines what Sean Spicer's responsibilities might be in his new role as a correspondent for Extra!
February 17, 2019
First, Dana Bash talks to Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown about the President's national emergency declaration, medicare for all, whether he's running for President and more. Then, Dana speaks with the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff about the constitutionality of the national emergency and the latest on the Special Counsel investigation. Next, our panel of Jennifer Granholm, Rick Santorum, Rep. Anthony Brown, and Linda Chavez discuss how Republicans will respond to Trump's move to build the border wall and how Amazon pulling out of NYC will impact Democrats. Finally, Dana Bash takes a look at how women are leading and shaping politics across the country.
February 10, 2019
First, Jake interviews 2020 presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg about his run for the White House, the scandals plaguing top Democrats in Virginia and plans for a Green New Deal. Next, Jake talks with Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming about President Trump's troop withdrawal from Syria and the latest in the efforts to find a compromise on the President's border wall. Plus, Jake sits down with Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy about possible sanctions against Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and plans for a Green New Deal. In this week's State of the Cartoonion, Jake imagines how famous artists might depict today's politicians.
February 3, 2019
First, Jake talks with former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe about the racist photo controversy involving the current VA governor Ralph Northam including whether Northam should resign. Then, Jake speaks with the chair of the Senate Appropriations committee and one of lead Congressional negotiators trying to strike an immigration deal on the state on the negotiations and Trump's feud with his intelligence chiefs. Then our panel of Karen Finney, Scott Jennings, Bakari Sellers, and Linda Chavez break down Northam's baffling explanation for his flip flop on the racist photo and the latest from the 2020 Democratic race. Finally, in the state of the Cartoonion, Jake takes a look at what exactly the President's big red button in his office might do...
January 27, 2019
First, Jake interviews Florida Senator Marco Rubio on whether the GOP gained anything from the shutdown, the implications of the Roger Stone indictment, and the ongoing power struggle in Venezuela. Next, Jake talks with Roger Stone associate Jerome Corsi about the details of the Roger Stone indictments and his connections to Wikileaks. Then, Jake interviews former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro on the border wall, the impact of a possible independent running in 2020 and his own run for the White House. Jake is then joined by our panel of Rick Santorum, Nina Turner, Paul Begala, and Linda Chavez to discuss the shutdown deal, the former Starbucks CEO's potential independent White House bid, and Kamala Harris's Presidential announcement. Finally, in this week's State of the Cartoonion, Jake takes a look at the ongoing back and forth over Trump's State of the Union address.
January 20, 2019
First, CNN's Jake Tapper interviews President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Trump's involvement in a potential deal for a Trump Tower in Moscow during the campaign. Next, Jake talks with New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand about a possible deal to get out of the government shutdown, plus her conservative views on immigration from her past in light of her 2020 presidential bid. Finally, Jake interviews Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard on her own run for the White House in 2020 and her controversial views on Syria. In this week's State of the Cartoonion, Jake puts a spin on President Trump's "Art of the Deal."
January 13, 2019
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.
January 6, 2019
First, CNN's Jake Tapper sits down for a wide-ranging interview with acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, diving into the government shutdown and the standoff over President Trump's calls for border funding. Next, Jake talks with Alabama Sen. Doug Jones about how Democrats are navigating the shutdown, plus Democratic politics as his party takes over the House and prepares for the 2020 presidential campaign. Then, Jake interviews House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff as he takes the gavel and prepares to launch investigations into the Trump administration. Finally, in this week's State of the Cartoonion, Jake imagines potential Democratic 2020 contenders engaging in social media trends on the campaign trail, including memes, and flossing.
December 30, 2018
First, CNN's Dana Bash talks with White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on President Trump pointing the blame at Democrats for the deaths of two migrant children at the US border, plus Day 9 of the government shutdown and Trump's demand for border wall funding. Then, Bash talks with South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham about possible solutions to the stalemate on immigration in Congress, as well as President Trump's decision to withdraw American troops from Syria. Bash also talks with former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe about the best message for Democrats to defeat Trump in 2020, as well as his own possible bid for the White House in 2020. Finally, CNN White House reporter Kate Bennett recaps the highlights from 2018 for first lady Melania Trump.
December 23, 2018
First, Jake sits down with Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair Bob Corker to discuss the partial government shutdown, the resignations of Defense Secretary James Mattis and top diplomat in the ISIS fight Brett McGurk, and Trump's decision to withdraw from Syria. Then, Trump talks to Senator Rand Paul, who supports the President's decision on Syria about that and the ongoing partial government shutdown. Next, incoming House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff joins Jake to discuss the President venting about federal prosecutors to the acting AG and other developments in the Russia investigation. Finally, in the State of the Cartoonion Jake looks at Trump's Jurassic twitter habits.
December 16, 2018
First, Jake sits down with Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins to discuss the Federal judge ruling Obamacare unconstitutional and the latest development in the investigations into President Trump. Then, Jake is joined by Rep. Elijah Cummings, the incoming chair of the House Oversight committee to discuss his investigative priorities, the ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign, and the possibility of a government shutdown. Next, our panel of Symone Sanders, David Urban, Jen Psaki, and Amanda Carpenter discuss the healthcare decision, Trump's new Chief of Staff pick, and CNN's brand new Iowa 2020 poll. Finally, in the State of the Cartoonion Jake takes a look at how some of the characters in Trumpworld compare to classic gangster films.
December 9, 2018
First, Jake talks to the expected head of the House Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler about the Mueller investigation and whether the Southern District of New York alleging Trump directed Cohen to commit felonies is an impeachable offense. Then, Jake is joined by Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio to discuss John Kelly leaving the White House, the Mueller investigation, Saudi Arabia, the alleged election fraud in North Carolina. Next, our panel of Rick Santorum, Jennifer Granholm, Adam Kinzinger, and Nina Turner discuss the latest Russia developments and the Trump allegations and the possible democrat candidates in 2020. Finally, on this week's State of the Cartoonion... you can call him on his cell phone -Trump's late night calls.
December 2, 2018
First, Jake Tapper is joined by James Baker, President George H.W. Bush's best friend and former Chief of Staff and Secretary of State, about the former President's final days and lasting legacy. Then, Vice-chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee Mark Warner joins to discuss a week of major revelations in the Mueller probe. Next, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown joins Jake to discuss President Trump's trade maneuvering with China and the new NAFTA replacement deal. Then, former top military adviser to President George H.W. Bush, Colin Powell, joins Jake to discuss Bush's foreign policy legacy and more. Next, our panel of journalists and former Bush aides reflects on the 41st President's legacy. Finally, Jake takes a look at George H.W. Bush's past as a World War II flyboy
November 25, 2018
First, Dana Bash talks to the incoming Vice Chair of the Senate Republican Conference, Joni Ernst about a potential government shut down, Trump's latest Khashoggi response, climate change, and the GOP's messaging toward women. Dana is then joined by the expected head of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, to discuss President's relationship with the Saudi's, acting AG Whitaker's role in the Mueller investigation, and his opinion on Nancy Pelosi's Speaker chances. Next, Dana speaks with our panel of Rick Santorum, Jen Psaki, Bill Kristol, and Symone Sanders about the controversial Mississippi Senate election and climate change. Finally, Dana interviews Nancy Pelosi as part of her "Badass women of Washington" series.
November 25, 2018
Dana Bash talks to Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, the Incoming Vice Chair of the Senate Republican Conference, about a potential government shut down, Trump's Khashoggi responce, climate change, and the GOP's messaging toward women. Then, Dana is joined by the expected head of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff, as they discuss the President's response to Khashoggi, Whitaker's role in the Mueller investigation, and Schiff's opinion on Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House. Following, Dana speaks with Rick Santorum, Jen Psaki, Bill Kristol, and Symone Sanders about the Mississippi Senate election and climate change. Finally, Dana interviews Nancy Pelosi for her "Badass women of Washington" series
November 18, 2018
Jake talks to Arizona Senator Jeff Flake about the CIA assesment that the Saudi Crown Prince likely ordered the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the Mueller investigation, and his potential 2020 presidential run. Jake is then joined by former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams to discuss her allegations of voter suppression and her next steps in politics. Next, Jake speaks with three new members of the congress, New Mexico Democrat Deb Haaland, Texas Republican Dan Crenshaw, and Pennsylvania Democrat Chrissy Houlahan regarding civility in politics, Trump's decision to not visit the Arlington cemetery on Veteran's Day, and their opinion on Nancy Pelosi as leader of the house. Then, our panel of Richard Ojeda, Michael Caputo, Karine Jean-Pierre, and Amanda Carpenter join to discuss Trump's response to the fires in California, Republican Senator Cinde Hyde-Smith's recent rhetoric, and the direction of the democratic party in 2020. Finally, on this week's State of the Cartoonion, Jake depicts the measures states took in order to secure their city as the new amazon headquarters and who came out on top.
November 11, 2018
First, Jake talks Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer about the ongoing recounts in Florida, healthcare, and future of democratic party. Jake spars with the chairman on the NRSC, Senator Gory Gardner, over claims of voter fraud in Florida and Arizona. Next, Jake speaks to the expected head of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerry Nadler about the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general and the possibility of impeachment proceedings against President Trump. Next, our panel of Rep. Cheri Bustos, Rick Santorum, Mike Rogers, and Nina Turner joins to discuss President Trump's treatment of reporters and possible racist rhetoric, the Florida recount, and more.
November 4, 2018
First, Jake talks to Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams about Trump's attacks on her, health-care policy, gun control, and the investigation launched by her opponent into the Georgia Democratic Party for hacking. Jake is then joined by the Chair of the Republican Committee Ronna McDaniel to discuss immigration and Trump's rhetoric. Next, Jake speaks to Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Tom Perez about the economy and the domestic abuse allegations against his deputy chair, Keith Ellison. Next, our panel of Van Jones, Rick Santorum, Mary Katherine Ham, Jennifer Granholm joins to discuss the upcoming midterm elections and campaign tactics.
October 28, 2018
First, Jake talks to Pittsburgh mayor, Bill Peduto about the violent shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue. Jake is then joined by the top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee, Adam Schiff to discuss anti-Semitism and if Trump plays a role in the recent violence. Then, Jake speaks to billionaire Democratic donor, Tom Steyer about the shooting in Pittsburgh and the bombs sent to prominent democrats this week -including him. Jake then talks to former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci about the role of Trump's rhetoric in the events this week. Then, our panel of Amanda Carpenter, Nina Turner, David Urban, and Jonathan Weisman joins to discuss the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting and the way Trump has handled the events this week and anti-Semitism in general. Finally, after a shooting literally in Mr. Roger's neighborhood, we leave you with an evergreen message from Mr. Rogers.
October 21, 2018
Live from Tampa, Florida ahead of tonight's gubernatorial debate, Jake talks to Tennessee Senator Bob Corker about Jamal Khashoggi's death, the U.S. response, and if the Saudi story is credible. Jake is then joined by Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, as they discuss his new book "Them: Why We Hate Each Other - and How to Heal." Next, Jake speaks with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on immigration policy, the Los Angeles homelessness problem, and his potential run for President in 2020. Next, our panel of Attorney General Pam Bondi, Representative Ted Deutch, Representative Matt Gaetz, and Symone Sanders joins to discuss the upcoming governor's race in Florida and the public protesting of politicians. Finally, in this week's State of the Cartoonion, Jake explores some of the art Donald Trump has... or would... commission for the White House.
October 14, 2018
First, Jake talks to Florida Senator Marco Rubio about Hurricane Michael, the effects of climate change, and the diplomatic fallout over the missing Saudi Journalist. Jake is then joined by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders to discuss healthcare, Trump's response to the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, and who will run for the Democrats in 2020. Next, our panel of Paul Begala, Scott Jennings, Amanda Carpenter, and Symone Sanders joins to discuss new CNN polling on the 2020 race and their thoughts on the upcoming elections. Finally, in this week's State of the Cartoonion, Jake takes a look at how the feud between Kanye West and Taylor Swift... may lead to the West Wing?
October 7, 2018
First, Dana talks to Maine Senator Susan Collins about her decision to vote yes on Kavanaugh and her vote's implication. Then, Dana is joined by the Hawaii Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono to respond to Collins' and discuss what's next after Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation. Next, our panel of Van Jones, Rick Santorum, Amanda Carpenter, and Jen Psaki joins to discuss Kavanaugh's confirmation and the implications for November's election. Finally, we take a look inside Melania Trump's first solo trip outside of the US and her comments on Kavanaugh.
September 30, 2018
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.
September 23, 2018
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."
September 16, 2018
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.
September 9, 2018
This Sunday on State of the Union, Jake interviews Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway to discuss the anonymous New York Times op-ed which criticizes President Trump as well as Bob Woodward's new book "Fear." Next, Jake is joined by Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse to discuss the state of the Republican Party and why he considers leaving it. Following this, Jake interviews Virginia Senator Mark Warner to discuss the Mueller investigation and the George Papadopoulos sentencing. Jake is then joined by Nina Turner, David Urban, Bill Kristol and Jen Psaki to discuss former President Barack Obama's speech in Illinois and the anonymous New York Times op-ed written by a senior White House official. Finally, in this week's State of the Cartoonion, Jake imagines President Trump's hunt for the anonymous sources behind the New York Times op-ed and Bob Woodward's new book.
September 2, 2018
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.
August 26, 2018
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.
August 19, 2018
In this Sunday's episode Jake Tapper is joined by former Homeland Security and counterterrorism adviser to President Obama Lisa Monaco, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and former CIA and NSA Director General Michael Hayden to discuss President Trump's decision to remove John Brennan's security clearance and the President's recent response to the Russia investigation. Jake then interviews Governor of Montana and possible 2020 Democratic candidate Steve Bullock to discuss the Democratic Party, and how Dems can beat Trump in 2020. Next, our panel of Congresswoman Karen Bass, Rick Santorum, Jennifer Granholm, and SE Cupp discuss the Mueller investigation and President Trump's comments on Joseph McCarthy. Finally, Jake takes a look at the Pennsylvania priest abuse scandal and the PA Attorney General's claim that Cardinal Wuerl isn't being truthful.
August 12, 2018
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.
August 5, 2018
Jake talks to former Governor of Massachusetts and potential 2020 candidate, Deval Patrick about racism in Trump's world, his view on the abolishing ICE, the Democratic cry for impeachment and his future 2020 aspirations. Jake is then joined by Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs committee, Ed Royce of California about the Russia investigation and the country's relationship with North Korea. Next, our panel of Karen Finney, Rick Santorum, Bill Kristol and Rep. Nanette Barragan joins to discuss 'identity politics,' Trump and Russia and the White House's strained relationship with the press. Finally, in this week's State of the Cartoonion, Jake imagines Paul Manafort's extravagant lifestyle choices which have come out in his trial.
July 29, 2018
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.
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