Britain raises its terror threat level in response to ISIS’s growing influence in Iraq and Syria. Should the U.S. do the same? Does President Obama have a strategy? Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger - #2 on the House Intelligence Committee – and Congressman Adam Kinzinger - Iraq war veteran and member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee – join us live in studio.
Russia crosses the border into Ukraine, but Obama rules out U.S. military intervention to stop them. Senator Robert Menendez – Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee – joins us live from the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.
Texas Governor Rick Perry beefs up his legal team to fight a felony indictment. Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was also indicted by the Travis County Grand Jury – and he’ll join us live to discuss.
And is Mitt Romney prepared to run if Republican leaders push him? We'll get our roundtable's take, including the view of one of his advisers in 2012. Lanhee Chen, Penny Lee, Marc Lamont Hill, and Kristen Soltis Anderson join us.
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By CNN's Tracey Webb
Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, August 29, 2014.
1. The terror threat. The British government has raised its terror threat level from "substantial" to "severe," in response to the actions of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. While raising the threat level means a terrorist attack is highly likely, Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May said "there is no intelligence to suggest that an attack is imminent." Prime Minister David Cameron said Islamic extremism is the "root cause" of the terrorist threat in the UK, and that ISIS' fight in Syria and Iraq "is not some foreign conflict thousands of miles from home that we can hope to ignore." Cameron added that he would soon announce plans to keep jihadist sympathizers from traveling to Syria and make it easier to seize their passports. The ISIS fighter who murdered American James Foley is believed to be from Britain, and British authorities estimate that 500 UK nationals have gone to Iraq and Syria to fight alongside Islamic groups.
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.
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.
Police chiefs on transparency and trust between the public and police in Ferguson.
Police chiefs react to police militarization and say that there is an overuse of military equipment in Ferguson.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) say "it's about time now to assume the worst" about ISIS.
Britain's Ambassador to the U.S. Peter Westmacott on what his country is doing to combat the ISIS threat.
Britain's Ambassador to the U.S. Peter Westmacott says "we are close" to identifying Foley's killer.
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.
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