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SOTU Scoop
May 9th, 2014
04:37 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

By Tracey Webb

Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, May 9, 2014.

1. Democrats and the Benghazi select committee. House Democrats are divided and undecided about whether to join a select committee formed by Republicans to investigate the Benghazi terrorist attack. Some Democrats want to boycott the panel, but participating as a minority bloc as proposed by the Republicans is still under consideration. "The fact is this is a stunt. This is a political stunt," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday. We'll talk about the politics of Benghazi with DNC Chairwoman and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Rep. Michele Bachmann Sunday on State of the Union.

2. Obama's midterm plea to Democrats. President Obama says his fellow Democrats have a midterm election voting ailment. "Democrats have a congenital defect when it comes to our politics, and that is we like voting during presidential years and during the midterms we don't vote," Obama told a DNC fundraising gathering in California. "With the stakes as high as they are, with the progress that needs to be made, with families out there who are desperate to see a Washington that is on their side - we're going to have to make sure that we are coming out with the same urgency and the same enthusiasm that we typically show during presidential years," Obama added. Democrats are facing strong headwinds this year, with the Republicans expected maintain control of the House and Democrats in danger of losing their majority in the Senate.

3. Obama touts green energy... at Wal-Mart. President Obama wrapped up his California trip with an appearance to push his administration's energy policies. The site he chose was Wal-Mart. America's largest retailer is often the subject of criticism from some of the president's supporters. But Obama cited Wal-Mart's solar energy efforts. Wal-Mart has set a goal of producing or procuring 7 billion kilowatt hours of renewable energy by 2020 and as part of that commitment announced plans Friday to double the number of solar projects at its facilities. Still, Obama's appearance at the retailer's Mountain View, California store drew fire. In a Facebook post entitled "Department of Ill-Advised Photo Opportunities," former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich slammed Wal-Mart's environmental record and asked: "What numbskull in the White House arranged this?"

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