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SOTU Scoop
August 20th, 2014
05:50 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

By CNN's Tracey Webb

Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, August 20, 2014.

1. Ferguson. Attorney General Eric Holder is in the St. Louis suburb that has been the center of unrest since the August 9th fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. Holder is meeting with federal investigators as well as community leaders. His visit follows what was a relatively peaceful night in Ferguson. Meanwhile St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch said he would begin presenting the Brown case to a grand jury Wednesday, but it will likely be October before the panel has all the evidence.

2. ISIS beheads an American. U.S. intelligence officials confirmed the authenticity of a video showing an ISIS fighter beheading American photojournalist James Foley. ISIS says Foley's execution was in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The terrorist group is threatening to kill another U.S. journalist, Steven Joel Satloff, if the strikes don't stop. President Obama condemned Foley's murder and said ISIS "will ultimately fail." Foley's parents expressed pride in their son and the work he did. "We pray that Jim's death can bring our country together in a stronger way and the values that Jim held dear, said Foley's mother Diane. "Jim would never want us to hate or be bitter and we cannot do that and so were very proud of Jimmy. "

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