Will she stay or will she go? The Russian parliament says it supports Crimea in their quest to separate from Ukraine, despite the threat of sanctions and travel bans, and Russia’s Foreign Ministry warns that Russia will retaliate if sanctions are imposed. Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Obama both say they want to preserve the Russian-American relationship, but with Russian troops pouring into Ukraine, and US fighter jets entering the region, how will the standoff end? We’ll get the latest from the White House’s Deputy National Security Adviser, Tony Blinken.
Plus, with neighbors like these…as Russia moves in to Ukraine, its neighbors to the west worry about the possibility of the same thing happening to them, and beef up their defense systems. The Ambassadors from two former eastern bloc countries – Lithuania and Estonia – join us for a look at security in the region, and if their countries could be next.
Then, Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist says the Republican party has been hijacked by the extreme right. Our Sunday exclusive with the man who went from party insider to persona non grata, on why he supports raising the minimum wage, what he thinks of ObamaCare and why the party’s over for the GOP.
And, our political panel – Donna Brazile, AB Stoddard and Ben Ferguson – on the annual gathering of the Conservative Political Action Committee, who is making it clear that the party has only just begun.
State of the Union airs at 9am and 12noon Eastern on CNN.
Russia's Parliament signed off Saturday on President Vladimir Putin's request to send military forces into Ukraine, raising the stakes in a quickly escalating game of brinksmanship between the two countries.
Ukraine's ambassador to the United Nations is calling Russia’s actions a clear act of aggression, saying Russian troops are being deployed and increasing "every hour." Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev joins us exclusively for a live interview.
President Obama and Vladimir Putin spoke on the phone for nearly 90 minutes. Obama’s Former National Security Adviser Tom Donilon will be here to discuss the implications of rising tensions between the U.S. and Russia.
President Obama said that the US supports sovereignty of Ukraine, warning Russian President Vladimir Putin that “there will be costs” for intervening. Two members of the Senate, Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin and South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham on Russia’s bold move into the Crimean peninsula, and Obama’s bold move to cut the military budget back here at home.
It might have just been a quick lap around the White House with the President, but the Vice President looks to be getting into shape for more than just a West Wing jog. Can Joe Biden finally make it to the finish line in a presidential run, or will Hillary Clinton trip him up. Our political panel – former Obama insider Bill Burton, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report – weigh in on the 2016 contenders.
And in our special noon hour, the former U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Beyrle joins us for a discussion on Putin’s next move and the U.S. response. We’ll also have the latest from CNN reporters here in Washington and around the world.
Sunday 9am and Noon ET.
Not much is expected to happen in Washington this year with the White House and Congress are focused on midterms. So the action is in the states. Govs. Mike Pence (R-IN), Dan Malloy (D-CT), Rick Perry (R-TX), and Jay Nixon (D-MO) join Candy to talk about what’s going on with Obamacare, the minimum wage, same-sex marriage and the death penalty.
President Obama tables the idea of Social Security cuts as House Speaker Boehner throws cold water on immigration reform. We’ll look at how the President and congressional Republicans are playing to their bases, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s reemergence and Ted Nugent’s explosive remarks on the Republican campaign trail with our panel Robert Costa of the Washington Post, Democratic Strategist Penny Lee, and the National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru.
Plus, actor Joe Morton of ABC’s “Scandal” talks with Candy about whether the hit show reflects the realities of Washington, Hollywood’s depiction of the African American experience, and what he thinks about President Obama.
Watch Sunday at 9 am and Noon ET.
Janet Napolitano, head of the U.S. delegation to Russia and former Secretary of Homeland Security, joins us from Sochi to discuss ongoing Olympic security concerns.
And joining us in studio- a trio of Russian and political experts on Putin, Obama, and if Russian Security forces are prepared for the challenges facing them over the next two weeks with former Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte, diplomat Nicholas Burns, and Russian expert Dimitri Simes.
Plus, Bill Clinton and Joe Biden hit the campaign trail in states where Obama’s name is a poison pill for Democrats, the anti-Washington sentiment threatening to derail the careers of long-time Senators, and new polls showing Americans think Republicans are out of touch with women. CNN Contributors Cornell Belcher, Ana Navarro, and A.B. Stoddard, Associate Editor for The Hill newspaper make up this week’s political panel.
Watch State of the Union with Candy Crowley Sunday at 9am and Noon ET.
President Obama talks about the prospects for immigration reform, marijuana, Sochi safety, and dialing back his governing ambitions. It's Obama’s first television interview since his State of Union address. The conversation with CNN’s Jake Tapper.
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) on his response to the President, the GOP’s plan for breaking immigration gridlock, and what he did right in advance of the devastating snow and ice storm.
And our panel’s take on Obama’s 2014 agenda and whether it’s time for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to resign as the head of the Republican Governors Association, with former Congressman Artur Davis, CNN Senior Political Analyst Ron Brownstein and former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn join us.
Watch Sunday 9am and Noon ET.
*NOTE: Due to the press conference on the Mall shooting our panel with House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Deputy Majority Whip Tom Cole (R-OK) and CNN's Dana Bash will be entirely new at 12pm ET/ 9am PT.
An Exclusive interview with Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak, Russia’s Ambassador to the US on the Sochi Olympics, and if his country will be able to keep the athletes and their families safe, and why some U.S. lawmakers are saying Russia isn’t sharing enough intelligence ahead of the games.
White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer will preview the President’s State of the Union address, and whether the White House will offer Congress a workable agenda, or a 2014 election primer.
Speaking of the Congressional agenda, they left a lot of unfinished business on the table, including immigration reform, extending unemployment benefits, and now will tackle a new request to raise the debt ceiling. Is any of it possible in an election year? We’ll talk to leaders on both sides of the aisle –House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Deputy Majority Whip Tom Cole (R-OK).
And, the man The Atlantic has called the 2016 GOP Frontrunner. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) joins us on why he’s suing the Obama Administration over NSA spying, why he’s giving a response to the President’s State of the Union address, and what he makes of Chris Christie.
Watch it Sunday at 9am & NOON ET.
Candy interviews Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley in the second installment of our series of interviews with possible presidential party picks in 2016. This will be his first television interview since last September, and comes at an opportune moment to get his gubernatorial take on the actions of potential rival in 2016, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. His stand on increasing the minimum wage, increasing “economic mobility,” and stricter gun control mirrors the national policy priorities of the Democratic Party.
The two elephants, or perhaps donkeys, in the room with O’Malley are Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden. O’Malley was a strong supporter of Clinton’s ’08 campaign, but says now that he can’t predicate his own presidential ambitions on her decision whether to mount a second campaign for the White House. O’Malley’s “O'Say Can You See” PAC can’t match the dollars that Clinton’s are raising in her name, but as a young-ish politician – he turns 50 later this month – some compare him to a little known governor from Arkansas with minimal political clout or electoral votes who won it all in 1992. After several months of quietly pushing his progressive message in states like New Hampshire, Virginia, and Ohio, the Governor makes his 2014 debut on State of the Union.
And Is Chris Christie the heir apparent to the Straight Talk Express? Sen. John McCain knows a thing or two about political resurrection, and he’ll join us with perspective on the popular Republican Governor’s woes. McCain will also discuss Iraq at a tipping point, the congressional roadblock to the Obama administration’s interim nuclear deal with Iran, and his reservations about extending long-term unemployment benefits.
And our panel discusses 2016 implications from Bob Gates’ book and jobs (or lack thereof). RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer, DNC Communications Director Mo Elleithee, and Karen Tumulty, National Political Reporter for the Washington Post.
Watch Sunday at 9a and Noon ET.
New Year, but old troubles for the Obama Administration. Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling on the White House push to restore unemployment insurance for 1.3 million Americans who lost it on Dec 28th.
2014 is an election year and Republican governors want Americans to look at the states, not the hyper-partisan gridlocked Congress – for the definition of a Republican. An exclusive interview with Governor Scott Walker on rebranding the GOP and whether he's considering a run in 2016. And an update on the frigid conditions for the NFL playoff game in Green Bay and what they’re doing to keep the fans safe.
Plus, what’s going on with all the legal challenges to ObamaCare and same-sex marriage. We’ll talk to veteran Supreme Court reporter Joan Biskupic of Reuters. And Republicans need just a net gain of 6 to wrest control from Harry Reid. Helping us preview the top races of 2014 is Stu Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Political Report, along with CNN Commentator Cornell Belcher and Mattie Duppler of Americans For Tax Reform.
Watch Sunday at 9am and 12pm ET.
He’s bucked his party as many times as he’s supported it. He’s a centrist Democrat in an ever-deepening red state. And he has an affinity for the middle ground. West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin sits down with Candy for an exclusive interview about getting a budget deal out of Congress, the future of ObamaCare, the chances of passing gun legislation in the next term and what he thinks of his party’s leadership in the Senate.
Then, they’re the Young Turks in the House of Representatives – the Millennials who are tired of waiting their turn to take the reins of Congress. Meet the leaders of the Congressional Future Caucus – Hawaii Democrat Tulsi Gabbard and Illinois Republican Aaron Schock – and what they have in mind for getting things done on Capitol Hill.
And, for the last minute shopper with a political junkie on their Christmas list – the members of our political roundtable are also best-selling authors of this year’s hottest political books. The Washington Post’s Dan Balz, New York Times’ Mark Leibovich, Mark Halperin of Time Magazine and CNN “Crossfire” host Newt Gingrich will look at the political landscape in 2013 and what it means for the midterm elections in 2014 and beyond. We’ll also be giving away autographed copies during the show.
State of the Union airs Sunday at 9am and 12noon ET.
The Obama administration and its European allies are praising an interim nuclear deal reached with Iran, but tougher sanctions being proposed in Congress could complicate matters. We talk with House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul and House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Adam Schiff about whether the deal represents progress or a threat to the United States and the Middle East region.
The economy added 203,000 jobs in November, pushing the unemployment rate down to 7%, its lowest level in five years. We’ll get the story behind the numbers with economist Mark Zandi, Annie Lowrey of the New York Times and the American Enterprise Institute’s Kevin Hassett.
President Obama goes on offense over the health care law, Bill Clinton defends some public advice he gave to the President and the Republicans try a reset with women. Our panel DNC Communications Director Mo Elleithee, Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell and USA Today’s Susan Page weighs in.
Watch Sunday at 9 am ET and Noon ET.