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SOTU Sneak Peek: What else happened this week?
April 19th, 2013
06:00 PM ET

SOTU Sneak Peek: What else happened this week?

What can we expect for this Sunday’s show? As one would expect, after this week, it’s difficult to say.  The news continues to break, but here at State of the Union, we’re constantly developing our topics for this Sunday’s show. We have a range of guests lined up to discuss the week’s events.

We’re keeping up-to-date with the events in Boston and are attentive to all of the angles involved. Information will likely continue to develop over the weekend.

We are also paying attention to the devastating blast in West, Texas. Though in two different regions of the country, we are taking special consideration to both of these events.

What else happened through the week?

The Senate’s “Gang of 8” released its immigration bill. The proposal allocates $3 billion to enhance border security and establishes a path to full legal status that is contingent upon the stipulation that border officials are able to apprehend 90% of illegal border crossers. The bill also creates a blue card, a special legal status card for agricultural workers. The Judiciary Committee held its first hearing on this bill on Friday.

Before the immigration proposal hit the airwaves, the Senate turned its back on several much-debated gun control measures. Are efforts for the expansion of background checks dead? Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, said he will not relent in pushing for the expansion. Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly said the same. Their organization, Americans for Responsible Solutions, committed itself to spending money on electing candidates who will support their efforts in Congress. The couple also announced they will soon produce commercials praising several senators that voted in favor of the Toomey-Manchin agreement.

Mail directed to President Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi, as well as a Lee County, MS, judge contained the presence of ricin, a deadly poison. The incidents took place as reports of suspicious mail and packages surfaced around the country.

All this and more will be the focus of this Sunday’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley at 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. ET.

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