By Tracey Webb
Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, April 24, 2014.
1. Crisis in Ukraine. Tensions are escalating as Russia launched new war games on its southern border with Ukraine after Ukrainian forces said they killed five pro-Russian militants. President Obama said Russia appears to be ignoring a truce deal agreed to last week by the U.S., Russia, Ukraine and the European Union. "We continue to see militias and armed men taking over buildings, harassing folks who are disagreeing with them, and destabilizing the region, and we haven't seen Russia step up and discourage that," Obama said Thursday in Tokyo. But Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says the West is unfairly blaming Russia for Ukraine's unrest. "We don't have any doubts that the first step must be done by the Kiev authorities," Lavrov said.
Lukman Faily - Iraqi Ambassador to the United States - talks about the future of democracy in Iraq.
Mo Elleithee, Sean Spicer and Stu Rothenberg discuss the toughest Senate races in the 2014 election cycle.
The DNC's Mo Elleithee, the RNC's Sean Spicer and Stu Rothenberg on tough races for democrats who supported Obamacare.
Iraq’s Ambassador to the United States, Lukman Faily, is from a country splintered almost daily by sectarian terrorism. Car bombs, kidnappings, and horrific acts of violence continue to plague an Iraq trying to recover and rebuild after more than a decade of armed upheaval. Faily was serving as his country’s ambassador in Tokyo last year when Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, and Lingzi Lu were killed and hundreds were injured in the Boston Marathon bombings. The pictures of desperate faces and devastation were familiar to him.
When Faily was told last summer he would be posted to Washington, he told himself he would run in the 2014 Boston Marathon.
“This is a way for me to say ‘thank you’ to our American friends,” says Faily.FULL STORY
Sen. John Walsh (D) Montana and Tom Tarantino from the IAVA on how the aftermath of war affects veterans.
Sen. John Walsh (D) Montana and Tom Tarantino from the IAVA on how a "system of failures" impacts veterans.
Sen. John Walsh (D) Montana and Tom Tarantino from the IAVA on what needs to be done to help serviceman with mental health challenges before they enlist.
U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt on the unrest unraveling in Ukraine.
Kim Beazley – Australian Ambassador to the United States on the search for flight 370.