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June 3rd, 2012
04:53 AM ET

Early Bird morning research for Sunday, June 3

Good Sunday morning. Our staff is coming in morning to prepare a great program for you. Prepare along with us – check out what we're reading this morning.

On our radar: Wisconsin's recall election, the ceaseless unrest in Syria and the Middle East, and a pretty dismal May jobs report.

Check out what we're reading, and be sure to watch our exclusive interviews with Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett and the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. We'll also talk with Sens. Mark Warner and Dick Lugar about the state of bipartisanship in Congress and the unraveling of Syria. And we'll wrap up with our economic roundtable: Dan Balz of the Washington Post, Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal and Mark Zandi of Moody's Analytics.

State of the Union airs today at its regular time of 9 a.m. ET. Due to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the program will not re-air at noon ET.

Check out our morning news note, after the jump: FULL POST

May 27th, 2012
04:48 AM ET

Early Bird morning research for Sunday, May 27

Good Sunday morning. The staff is working its way in and we're preparing for today's program. Prepare along with us – check out what we're reading this morning.

On our radar: Memorial Day and veterans issues - why aren't our country's bravest men and women getting the treatment they need and deserve? Also, politics, 2012 and the looming recall election in Wisconsin.

Check out what we're reading, and be sure to watch our exclusive interviews with Rudy Giuliani and DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. We'll also be joined by Senate Veterans Affairs Committee chairwoman Patty Murray; Former Vice Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army, Gen. Peter Chiarelli (Ret.); the executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Paul Rieckhoff; and the legislative director for the American Legion, Tim Tetz.

State of the Union airs today at 9am/12pm ET. FULL POST

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May 20th, 2012
04:42 AM ET

Early Bird morning research for Sunday, May 20

Good Sunday morning. The staff is working its way in and we're preparing for today's program. Prepare along with us – check out what we're reading this morning.

On our radar: a deadly earthquake in Italy, protests in Chicago during a NATO summit with world leaders and a recall election in Wisconsin that that political world is watching closely.

Check out what we're reading, and be sure to watch our exclusive interviews with senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus and the secretary-general of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Also joining us: Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-California) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas); and our political panel, Jeff Zeleny of the New York Times and CNN senior congressional correspondent Dana Bash.

State of the Union airs today at 9am/12pm ET. FULL POST

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May 13th, 2012
04:44 AM ET

Early Bird morning research for Sunday, May 13

Good Sunday morning. The staff is coming in and we're preparing for today's program. Prepare along with us – read what we're reading this morning.

On our radar: the latest on the killing of a former Taliban minister who was a member of the Afghan Peace Council, the latest from the campaign trail here in the U.S., and of course, Mother's Day.

Check out what we're reading, and be sure to watch our interviews with Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) and John Cornyn (R-Texas); Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-Colorado); Sen. Joe Lieberman and Rep. Peter King; and finally, Tony Perkins and Gary Bauer.

Oh, and don't miss a special tribute to close the show.

State of the Union airs today at 9am/12pm ET. FULL POST

May 6th, 2012
04:42 AM ET

Early Bird morning research for Sunday, May 6

Good Sunday morning. The staff is (mostly) in and we're preparing for today's program. Prepare along with us – read what we're reading this morning.

On our radar: the official kick-off of the general election, Newt Gingrich's withdrawal from the GOP race, the debate over U.S. policy for Afghanistan, France's runoff presidential election and plenty more.

Check out what we're reading, and be sure to watch our interviews with Gingrich, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and former Virginia Rep. Tom Davis on the importance of their swing states; Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Mike Rogers on the way forward in Afghanistan; and economists Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Alice Rivlin (joined by the National Journal's Major Garrett) on the latest jobs numbers. State of the Union airs today at 9am/12pm ET. FULL POST

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April 29th, 2012
05:12 AM ET

Early Bird morning research for Sunday, April 29

Good Sunday morning. The staff is in and we're preparing for today's program. Prepare along with us – read what we're reading this morning.

On our radar: the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, building the campaign war chests and a look at "the Presidents Club."

Check out what we're reading, and be sure to watch our exclusive interview with House Speaker John Boehner. Also on the show: White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan, Govs. Bob McDonnell (R-Virginia) and Brian Schweitzer (D-MT) and TIME Magazine editors Michael Duffy and Nancy Gibbs. State of the Union airs today at 9am/12pm ET. FULL POST

April 22nd, 2012
04:44 AM ET

Early Bird morning research for Sunday, April 22

Good Sunday morning. The staff is in and we're preparing for today's program. Prepare along with us – read what we're reading this morning.

On our radar: the fine line between President Obama's "political" and "presidential" trips, the story of the Secret Service supervisor who set in motion the investigation into at least 11 of her agents, and the fragile ceasefire in Syria.

Check out what we're reading, and be sure to watch our exclusive interview with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and a live discussion with the Obama campaign's senior strategist David Axelrod. State of the Union airs today at 9am/12pm ET. FULL POST

April 15th, 2012
04:39 AM ET

Early Bird morning research for Sunday, April 15

Good Sunday morning. We're up early preparing for today's program. Prepare along with us – read what we're reading this morning.

On our radar: A tornado outbreak in the midwest spawns deadly twisters that have left at least five people, including two children, dead in Oklahoma. As the sun rises, we'll get a better idea of the damage that likely spreads across four states. We'll have the very latest live pictures. Then, with an eye on November we talk politics with the chairman of the Republican Party, Reince Priebus. And courting female voters with powerful congressional women - Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney.

Oh, and Bill Cosby on politics, the Trayvon Martin case and plenty more.

Check out what we're reading, and be sure to watch our exclusive interview with chairman Priebus and our other fantastic guests. State of the Union airs today at 9am/12pm ET.

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April 1st, 2012
03:41 AM ET

Early Bird morning research for Sunday, April 1

Happy April Fools Day. It's no joke that we're up super-early to prepare for today's program. Prepare along with us - read what we're reading this morning.

On our radar: The 2012 GOP primaries move to Wisconsin, where an influential Republican in the state announced his endorsement of Mitt Romney on Friday (he's our guest, see below). We're also keeping an eye on the Middle East and rising tensions in Iran and Syria.

Check out what we're reading, and be sure to watch our exclusive interview with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. We'll also talk to Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan on the winding down Republican primary season; and we'll get a handle on the Mideast with the chairman and ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee. State of the Union airs today at 9am/12pm ET. FULL POST

March 25th, 2012
04:29 AM ET

Early Bird Morning Research for Sunday, March 25, 2012

It's early, and State of the Union is bringing you the best of the morning headlines to go with your cup of coffee.

On our radar: The latest on Dick Cheney's condition after undergoing heart transplant surgery on Saturday; the status of Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law; the state of the GOP race after another decisive victory for Rick Santorum in the south; and the biggest test of all for President Obama's health care reform law: a Supreme Court challenge.

Check out what we're reading, and be sure to watch our exclusive interviews with Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Sen. Lindsey Graham. We'll also speak with White House senior adviser David Plouffe. State of the Union airs today at 9am/12pm ET.
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