By Tracey Webb Follow @WebbWriterguru
Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, March 6, 2014.
1. The Ukraine crisis. The U.S. has begun its sanctions squeeze on Russia over its movement of troops into Ukraine's Crimea region. President Obama signed an executive order that imposes financial penalties on individuals and entities seen as violating Ukraine's territorial integrity, though Russian President Vladimir Putin is not on the list. The order also allows visa bans to be imposed on certain individuals. Senior administration officials said the sanctions are intended to "send a strong message that we intend to impose costs on Russia for this intervention."