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SOTU Scoop
August 28th, 2014
03:51 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

By CNN's Tracey Webb

Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, August 28, 2014

1. Ukraine says it has been invaded by Russia. A U.S. official says as many as 1,000 Russian troops are in Ukraine to aid pro-Russian rebels. Russia denies that it has launched a military invasion or arming the separatists. In a U.N. Security Council emergency meeting on Ukraine, U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power accused Russia of lying about its actions. “Russia is not listening, instead they have come before this council to say everything but the truth,” Power said. The latest incident comes just two days after Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko were photographed shaking hands.

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SOTU Scoop
August 27th, 2014
05:02 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

By CNN's Tracey Webb

Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, August 27, 2014.

1. Steven Sotloff. The American journalist's mother made a plea to ISIS terrorists holding her son hostage. In a video broadcast on Al Arabiya Network, Shirley Sotloff spoke directly to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. "Steven is a journalist who traveled to the Middle East to cover the suffering of Muslims at the hands of tyrants," she said. Steven is a loyal and generous son, brother and grandson. He is an honorable man who has always tried to help the weak." Shirley Sotloff then appealed to al-Baghdadi's self-declared title of caliph of the Islamic State, telling him as caliph, he has the power to grant amnesty to her son. "I ask you to please release my child," she said. Steven Sotloff disappeared while reporting from Syria in August 2013. He was seen in the recent ISIS video showing the beheading of U.S. photojournalist James Foley.

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August 24th, 2014
01:17 PM ET

Police chiefs speak out on Ferguson

Police chiefs on transparency and trust between the public and police in Ferguson.


Filed under: Ferguson • State of the Union
August 24th, 2014
01:13 PM ET

Police chief: "This looks like 1964"

Police chiefs react to police militarization and say that there is an overuse of military equipment in Ferguson.


Filed under: Ferguson • State of the Union
August 24th, 2014
11:25 AM ET

Is ISIS an immediate threat to the U.S.?

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) say "it's about time now to assume the worst" about ISIS.


Filed under: ISIS • Jack Reed • Lindsey Graham • Newsmakers • State of the Union
August 24th, 2014
10:58 AM ET

Westmacott: We are not getting into another Iraq war

Britain's Ambassador to the U.S. Peter Westmacott on what his country is doing to combat the ISIS threat.


Filed under: ISIS • Newsmakers • Peter Westmacott • State of the Union
August 24th, 2014
10:54 AM ET

The search for James Foley's killer

Britain's Ambassador to the U.S. Peter Westmacott says "we are close" to identifying Foley's killer.


Filed under: ISIS • Newsmakers • Peter Westmacott • State of the Union
Sunday on State of the Union
August 22nd, 2014
06:49 PM ET

Sunday on State of the Union

The beheading of an American brings the ISIS threat closer to home. But is President Obama doing enough to stop them? Senators Lindsey Graham and Jack Reed on what the U.S. should do next.

The militant who killed American James Foley has a British accent, and there are reports that more British Muslims are fighting for ISIS than British forces.   We talk to Peter Westmacott, the British Ambassador to the United States about the alarming numbers of Westerners fighting in Iraq and Syria.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon remains under fire for his handling of the situation in Ferguson.  He joins us with the latest on the investigation.

Ferguson’s troubles resonate along the thin blue line.  We convene police chiefs from across the country to discuss: Thomas Manger, Chief of Police in Montgomery County Maryland and Vice President of the Police Executive Research Forum, Malik Aziz, Deputy Chief of Police in Dallas and Chair of the National Black Police Association, and James Craig, Chief of Police in Detroit.

Watch State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Sunday at 9a and Noon on CNN.

SOTU Scoop
August 21st, 2014
05:18 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

By CNN's Tracey Webb

Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, August 21, 2014

1. Ferguson face-to-face. Things appear to be calming down in the city. There were fewer protesters in the streets Wednesday night. But there is still a strong demand for answers in the August 9 fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. Attorney General Eric Holder, who visited Ferguson Wednesday, promised a fair, thorough and independent investigation into Brown's shooting by the Justice Department. "In my conversations with dozens of people in Ferguson yesterday it was clear that this shooting incident has brought to the surface underlying tensions that have existed for many years. There is a history to these tensions and that history simmers in more communities than just Ferguson," Holder said. Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden, told CNN that meeting with Holder gave her more confidence about the probe into her son's death. "You can read a person. And when you’re looking at them and they’re looking at you in your eyes it puts some trust back there. That you lost. And he did ensure that it will be a fair and thorough investigation," McSpadden said.

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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.

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