By Tracey Webb Follow @WebbWriterguru
Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, January 24, 2014.
1. SOTU speech preview. President Obama is expected to lay out his agenda for the next year in his State of the Union address Tuesday. Will he ask Congress for help and if so, is he likely to get it? "The president's very clear that he will work with Congress where Congress is willing to work with him, but where Congress refuses to move forward and cooperate on common-sense ideas to help the economy, help the middle class, he's going to use every power that he has to advance, " said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said. What can the President realistically get done? We'll talk with White House Adviser Dan Pfeiffer this Sunday on State of the Union.
*NOTE: Due to the press conference on the Mall shooting our panel with House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Deputy Majority Whip Tom Cole (R-OK) and CNN's Dana Bash will be entirely new at 12pm ET/ 9am PT.
An Exclusive interview with Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak, Russia’s Ambassador to the US on the Sochi Olympics, and if his country will be able to keep the athletes and their families safe, and why some U.S. lawmakers are saying Russia isn’t sharing enough intelligence ahead of the games.
White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer will preview the President’s State of the Union address, and whether the White House will offer Congress a workable agenda, or a 2014 election primer.
Speaking of the Congressional agenda, they left a lot of unfinished business on the table, including immigration reform, extending unemployment benefits, and now will tackle a new request to raise the debt ceiling. Is any of it possible in an election year? We’ll talk to leaders on both sides of the aisle –House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Deputy Majority Whip Tom Cole (R-OK).
And, the man The Atlantic has called the 2016 GOP Frontrunner. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) joins us on why he’s suing the Obama Administration over NSA spying, why he’s giving a response to the President’s State of the Union address, and what he makes of Chris Christie.
Watch it Sunday at 9am & NOON ET.