National security and immigration are at the forefront for this Sunday’s State of the Union. We’ll be following the new information coming out of House hearings about NSA surveillance programs and tracking the progress of immigration reform as it reaches a final vote. It’s the end of a long, hard-fought battle for the Senate Gang of Eight, and last minute compromises are being made to grab the needed votes. The Director of the NSA said on Tuesday that as many as 50 terrorist plots have been stopped by the surveillance programs that leaker Edward Snowden claims are invasions of privacy for Americans. Obama returns this weekend from Germany and departs next week for Africa, but Candy Crowley will be here in Washington on Sunday to talk about the nation’s news with lawmakers and a panel of experts.
We at State of the Union work really hard to put on the best Sunday morning talk show each week. We think through program topics, book guests, do research, pull together sound, write scripts, as well as attend to dozens of other tasks. Even with our busy work week, we never miss a chance to celebrate. Weddings, newborns, show anniversaries, intern sendoffs and birthdays are always feted with treats (usually cake).