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Will Washington’s glass ceiling finally break?
June 19th, 2014
06:55 PM ET

Will Washington’s glass ceiling finally break?

By CNN's Annesha Bhattacharya

While certainly more reminiscent of a political campaign than a book tour, Hillary Clinton's trip around the country has succeeded in not only selling more than 100,000 copies of her book "Hard Choices," which will debut at number one on the New York Times best seller list next Sunday, but also in highlighting the gender discrepancies in American politics today.

Gender inequality is nothing new to Washington. Since 1789, only 44 women have served in the United States Senate, 20 of whom are currently serving. Sixteen of these Senators are Democrats, while four are Republicans. Today, the House of Representatives is less than 20% female. Out of the 79 women who hold seats in the House, 60 are Democrat and 19 are Republican. FULL POST


Filed under: Peanut Gallery • State of the Union
Behind the scenes: Hillary Clinton's town hall
June 19th, 2014
06:48 PM ET

Behind the scenes: Hillary Clinton's town hall

By CNN's Kylie Mohr

I felt myself being watched.  Amidst the flurry of instructions from a producer, I peeked over my shoulder to see a mother and her two daughters openly staring at the cluster of people sporting CNN badges.  They were tourists in the Newseum, sporting comfortable shoes and wide eyes.  As a new intern at the CNN’s Washington DC Bureau, I know that look of awe well.  I know it’s on my face every day.

This week, CNN hosted a town hall broadcast with Hillary Clinton – part of the former Secretary of State’s book tour.   As an intern for CNN’s “State of the Union,” I was recruited to help with the grunt work.  Although I didn’t even make it inside the studio for the broadcast- not disappointed in the slightest, of course- I learned more from the outside, about what happens on the inside, than I thought.  When we learned the studio was full, the intern contingent quickly walked to the nearest restaurant, begged the manager to change the channel away from the World Cup, and promptly glued ourselves to the subtitles.  Undoubtedly, we looked a little crazy.  We just wanted to see our colleagues’ work behind the scenes pay off.

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Sunday on State of the Union
June 19th, 2014
05:22 PM ET

Sunday on State of the Union

Sen. Rand Paul, one of the most prominent members of the Republican Party and a potential 2016 presidential contender sounds off about the crisis in Iraq.   Plus, he has a new issue here at home – an effort to restore voting rights to non-violent felons.

And the most powerful Senator in the intelligence committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), on why she thinks Iraq's Prime Minister should step down.

Then, 42 years after the break-in at the Watergate office complex, we’ll talk with the two journalists whose reporting brought down a presidency. Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein join us live to discuss the current crisis in Iraq, and why Dick Cheney can’t seem to stay out of the conversation.

And our powerhouse panel of Donna Brazile, Kristin Soltis Anderson, Penny Lee, and SE Cupp tell us what they think about Hillary Clinton’s book tour, President Obama’s all time low poll numbers, and the investigation into whether the IRS targeted conservative and Tea Party groups.

Watch Sunday at 9am and Noon ET.


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SOTU Scoop
June 19th, 2014
03:50 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

By CNN's Tracey Webb

Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, June 19, 2014.

1. The U.S. response to Iraq's crisis.  President Obama announced he is sending 300 U.S. military advisers to Iraq, but reiterated that combat troops will not be returning to the country.  The President said the U.S. is increasing its intelligence and surveillance, as well as support for Iraqi security forces and is leaving the door open to "targeted and precise military action if and when we determine that the situation on the ground requires it."  Obama also called on Iraq's political leadership to rise above their differences to form a government that advances Shia, Sunni and Kurd interests. In the past week Islamic militants have gained control of parts of Iraq as Iraqi forces refused to fight.  The offensive by ISIS fighters have taken them to the outskirts of Baghdad.

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