Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, October 11, 2013
1) Cruz-ing with conservatives. Sen. Ted Cruz received a standing ovation after his remarks to gathering of social conservatives in Washington. The Texas senator also faced his share of hecklers, who he eagerly took on. "Let me make an offer to the President," Cruz told the audience. "I would welcome the President if he wants to get 100 of his rabid political operatives in a room, I'll answer their questions on tv as long as he likes. And in exchange, all I would ask Mr. President, is you take not 100 but 10 of the men and women in this room." Cruz was one of several prominent speakers to address the Values Voter Summit, sponsored by the Family Research Council.
By CNN's Jamie Gray Follow @jgraycnn
I am the State of the Union team's resident Brit, raised in southwest London. You'll often find me regaling my colleagues with tall tales of life in a faraway land whose residents drink tea, eat crumpets and enjoy oddities like socialized medicine and a functioning government.
I also like to spend my time watching, reading about or talking about the greatest sport on earth and one of Britain's many gifts to the world; football. I’m speaking here about Association football, which involves players using their feet to kick a ball, rather than the inferior American game, which I prefer to call "handegg."