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Sunday on State of the Union
January 31st, 2014
07:28 PM ET

Sunday on State of the Union

President Obama talks about the prospects for immigration reform, marijuana, Sochi safety, and dialing back his governing ambitions. It's Obama’s first television interview since his State of Union address.  The conversation with CNN’s Jake Tapper.

Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) on his response to the President, the GOP’s plan for breaking immigration gridlock, and what he did right in advance of the devastating snow and ice storm.

And our panel’s take on Obama’s 2014 agenda and whether it’s time for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to resign as the head of the Republican Governors Association, with former Congressman Artur Davis, CNN Senior Political Analyst Ron Brownstein and former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn join us.

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SOTU Scoop
January 31st, 2014
05:34 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

By Tracey Webb

Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, January 31, 2014.

1. From hope and change to... what? In his first interview since his State of the Union address, President Obama says he hasn't recalibrated his expectations or plans for governing the country after some contentious years with Congress. "In no way are my expectations diminished, or my ambitions diminished, but what is obviously true is we've got divided government right now, the President told CNN's Jake Tapper. "The House Republicans, in particular, have had difficulty rallying around any agenda, much less mine. And in that kind of environment, what I don't want is the American people to think that the only way for us to make big change is through legislation." Obama also said he believed Democrats and Republicans could come together to pass an immigration reform bill, and expressed concerns about the fallout from the criminalization of pot use. You can see the President's interview Sunday, plus reaction to his comments from Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal on State of the Union.

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SOTU Scoop
January 30th, 2014
04:11 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

By Tracey Webb

Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, January 30, 2014.

1. Hillary's huge lead. Hillary Clinton is the commanding frontrunner among Democrats for the 2016 presidential campaign, while there is no clear frontrunner among Republicans. A new Washington Post/ABC News poll finds the former Secretary of State crushing her potential primary rivals, capturing the support of 73% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents. Vice President Joe Biden is a very distant second with 12%, while Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is third with eight percent. On the Republican side, Rep. Paul Ryan tops leads potential candidates with 20%, while Jeb Bush is a close second with 18% and recently embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is third with 13%. This is all theoretical at this point, but an indication that the political world is already turning to the next presidential contest.

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January 30th, 2014
03:05 PM ET

A tale of two seatmates

How Jason Collins and Joey Hudy came to share the First Lady's box during the State of the Union from CNN's Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.


Filed under: Candy Crowley • State of the Union
SOTU Scoop
January 29th, 2014
04:31 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

By Tracey Webb

Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, January 29, 2014

1. The reviews are in.  The public's reaction to President Obama's State of the Union address is less positive compared to previous years.  A CNN/ORC poll found that 44% of people who watched Tuesday night's speech had a very positive reaction, while 32% said they had a somewhat positive response and 22% had a negative response.  The 44% who said they had a very positive reaction is down from the 53% who said the same thing after the President's State of the Union address last year.  The poll also found that only 3 in 10 said Obama should bypass Congress to deal with major issues.

2. On the road again.  Fresh from his SOTU speech, President Obama hit the road Wednesday to push policies he outlined in his address.  At a Costco store in Maryland, the President repeated his call for an increase in the federal minimum wage.  Later at a steel plant near Pittsburgh, Obama signed an executive order establishing a savings program for workers whose employers don't offer retirement plans. "I am hoping that congress goes along with this but I am not going to wait for Congress.  I could do more with Congress but I am not going to not do anything without Congress," said the President.  Obama travels to Wisconsin and Tennessee Thursday. FULL POST


Filed under: State of the Union
January 28th, 2014
06:36 PM ET

Jason Collins: Cut through DC gridlock

NBA Veteran Jason Collins on his role in politics. He will attend the State of the Union address in the First Lady's box.

January 28th, 2014
06:03 PM ET

Jason Collins: Uphill climb for equality

NBA Veteran Jason Collins talks to Candy Crowley about his role in the LGBT community, politics and sports.

January 28th, 2014
02:22 PM ET

The art of the speech

The State of the Union address and the art of the speech.


Filed under: Candy Crowley • State of the Union
Presidential Poker Politics
January 28th, 2014
11:07 AM ET

Presidential Poker Politics

By Jamie Gray

Over the years, poker and the presidency have been inextricably linked. President Truman played poker with reporters for twelve hours a day on the ship returning from the Potsdam Conference and President Nixon is said to have used his winnings from the poker table to help fund one of his early political campaigns. In his seminal poker book, “Positively Fifth Street” author James McManus quotes one of Nixon’s college professors as saying “A man who couldn’t hold a hand in a first-class poker game is not fit to be President of the United States.” Indeed, many of the skills needed for success in a poker room can also be useful in the Oval Office.

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Filed under: Peanut Gallery • State of the Union
January 27th, 2014
04:24 PM ET

The President's Moment

The President's high-stakes State of the Union address presents a chance for him to reset after a difficult year.


Filed under: Candy Crowley • State of the Union
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