By Tracey Webb Follow @WebbWriterguru
Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, February 19, 2014
1. The Ukraine blowup. The United States and the European Union are considering sanctions against Ukraine after violent clashes have left 26 people dead and hundreds more injured. Anti-government demonstrators have been protesting in the country's capital Kiev since November, when President President Viktor Yanukovych reversed a decision to sign a trade deal with the E.U. and instead forge closer ties with Russia. Ukraine's foreign minister told CNN extremist groups and opposition parties are responsible for the violence, but the Obama administration disagrees. "We hold the Ukranian government primarily responsible for making sure that it is dealing with peaceful protesters in an appropriate way, that the Ukrainian people are able to assemble and speak freely about their interests without fear of repression," President Obama said.