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SOTU Scoop
March 14th, 2014
04:37 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, March 14, 2014.

By Tracey Webb

1. Where is Flight 370? Theories abound about what happened to the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. The newest, reported by Reuters, is that the plane flew toward and possibly landed on the Andaman Islands. But a senior U.S. official says the aircraft likely crashed in the Indian Ocean, where the search has expanded. Meanwhile China says there is evidence of seismic event that occurred in waters around Malaysia and Vietnam about 90 minutes after the plane lost contact. Flight 370 was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board when it vanished seven days ago. We examine the possibilities of what happened and get the latest on the search Sunday on State of the Union.

2. Ukraine standoff. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov held talks in London in a last-ditch effort to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, but apparently to no avail. The referendum on whether Crimea should break from Ukraine and rejoin Russia remains a go for Sunday. Lavrov indicated Russian President Vladimir Putin isn't prepared to make any concessions before the referendum, while Kerry warned Russia against escalating its military presence in Ukraine. "If Russia does establish facts on the ground that increase tensions or that threaten the Ukrainian people, then obviously that will beg an even greater response, and there will be costs," said Kerry. Sen. John McCain is currently leading a U.S. delegation in Ukraine. We'll talk with him about the crisis Sunday on State of the Union.

3. Americans: Russia's no friend. For the first time in more than a decade, most Americans see Russia as a serious threat to the United States. A new CNN/ORC poll finds that 69% of those surveyed think Russia is a danger to America. "That's a 25 percentage point increase since 2012 and represents the highest number on that question since the break-up of the Soviet Union," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. The poll also found Russian President Vladimir Putin with a 68% unfavorable rating, while 50% think a new Cold War between the U.S. and Russia is likely.

4. Brown eyes U.S. senate... again. Former Massachusetts Republican Senator Scott Brown is moving closer to another run for the Senate. This time in neighboring New Hampshire. Brown is launching an exploratory committee for a run against the state's incumbent Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen. If Brown does enter the race and win the GOP primary in September, it could heighten Republicans chances of winning control of the Senate. New Hampshire is considered a purple state, and Brown has been critical of Shaheen over her general support of Obamacare.

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