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SOTU Scoop
April 11th, 2014
06:00 PM ET

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By Tracey Webb

Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, April 11, 2014.

1. So long Sebelius. President Obama announced the resignation of Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Sebelius, who has been under fire because of the botched rollout of Obamacare, is leaving office on a higher note as sign-ups for the federal health insurance exchanges have topped seven million. Obama praised Sebelius, saying under her leadership the rollout "turned the corner, got it fixed, got the job done, and the final score speaks for itself." Sebelius called her tenure as HHS Secretary "the most meaningful work I’ve ever been a part of. In fact, it has been the cause of my life." Obama is nominating Office of Managment and Budget director Sylvia Matthews Burwell as Sebelius' replacement. Does Sebelius' departure give the White House a chance to rebrand Obamacare? We'll get our political panel's take Sunday on State of the Union.

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April 10th, 2014
07:20 PM ET

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By Tracey Webb

Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, April 10, 2014.

1. Brown is in. Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown is back in the political ring. The Republican, now a New Hampshire resident, has launched his bid to challenge the state's incumbent Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen, and is taking aim at her support of the health care law. Shaheen "is wrong on issues facing the people of New Hampshire," Brown said. "She made that clear when she cast the deciding vote for Obamacare on this state and our country." Should Brown win the GOP primary, a race between him and Shaheen could become one of the country's most high profile contests in a year when Democrats are struggling to hold on to their majority in the Senate.

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April 9th, 2014
06:11 PM ET

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Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, April 9, 2014

1. Obama at Fort Hood. President Obama returned to Fort Hood to attend a memorial service for soldiers killed in a gun rampage last week. He first visited the army base nearly five years ago after a similar tragedy. "I'm determined that we will continue to step up our efforts to reach our troops and veterans who are hurting. To deliver to them the care that they need and to make sure we never stigmatize those who have the courage to seek help," Obama told family, friends and service members who attended the service. Fort Hood officials say Army Specialist Ivan Lopez opened fire on the base on April 2, killing three fellow soldiers and wounding 16 others before turning the gun on himself. Authorities say Lopez had been undergoing treatment for mental health issues.

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March 28th, 2014
05:00 PM ET

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

1. MH370 Mystery. A new search area is offering new leads in the investigation into the missing Malaysian jetliner. Authorities are now focusing on a corridor closer to the Australian coast. Five of 10 planes that scoured the new search zone Friday spotted objects in the water. The crew of a U.S. Navy P-8 search plane saw white objects, orange rope and a blue bag. Authorities say it is too early to tell whether the debris is from Flight 370. "The objects cannot be verified or discounted as being from MH370 until they are relocated and recovered by ships," the Australian Maritime Authority said in a statement. We'll talk about the search for Flight 370, how its disappearance will change air travel and what's next for the passengers and crew's families Sunday on State of the Union.

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March 27th, 2014
03:39 PM ET

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Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, March 27, 2014

1. The Pope and the President. President Obama and Pope Francis had their first face-to-face meeting Wednesday at the Vatican. The world leaders posed for pictures and exchanged gifts. "It's a great honor and I'm a great admirer so it's wonderful to be here," the President told the Pope. The meeting was meant to focus on issues where the two men agree, such as addressing income inequality and immigration reform. But the Roman Catholic Church remains at odds with the Obama administration over its support of abortion rights, same-sex marriage and the contraception coverage requirement in the Affordable Care Act.

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March 26th, 2014
04:00 PM ET

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By Tracey Webb

Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, March 26, 2014.

When is a deadline not really a deadline?

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March 21st, 2014
04:40 PM ET

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Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, March 21, 2014.

1.  The search for MH370. Efforts came up empty after a day of scouring an area off the coast of western Australia. Search planes were focusing on two objects in the southern Indian Ocean that were photographed by a satellite, but no debris from the Malaysian jetliner was found. Meanwhile, the plane's flight data recorders have a little over two weeks of life left. They contain critical information about the plane's location and what happened during its flight path. But there are growing calls for airliners to ditch the so-called black boxes for live streaming flight data. We'll discuss the search for Flight 370 and lessons already learned from the mystery Sunday on State of the Union.

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March 20th, 2014
02:35 PM ET

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Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, March 20, 2014.

Your first day of Spring edition of the Scoop.

1. Flight 370 breakthrough? Australian satellite pictures have captured images that may be debris from the missing Malaysian Airlines plane. Investigators say the pictures are promising enough to focus resources on the area about 1,500 miles from Perth, Australia. "At least there is a credible lead," said Malaysia's interim Transportation Secretary Hishammuddin Hussein. "That gives us hope. As long as there's hope, we will continue." The search is scheduled to resume Friday at daylight western Australia time.

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March 19th, 2014
04:57 PM ET

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By Tracey Webb

Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, March 19, 2014.

Your last day of winter edition of the Scoop!

1. MH370. Australian and U.S. teams are focusing their search for the missing plane on Australia's west coast, while the investigation into the jetliner's disappearance has turned to its unexpected change in direction. The altered route apparently was set before the pilots' last contact with air traffic control. Meantime, the many unanswered questions about Flight 370 is taking a toll on the families of the plane's 239 passengers and crew members. Some of the families protested what they say is the Malaysian government's lack of transparency in the investigation. The families of Air France Flight 447 crash victims have written a letter to the loved ones of the Malaysian plane's passengers urging them to demand a "neutral investigation to be carried out by experts of your choice in order to safeguard transparency."

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SOTU Scoop
March 12th, 2014
04:58 PM ET

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By Tracey Webb

Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, March 12, 2014.

1. CIA in the hot seat.  The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, says he wants to get to the bottom of concerns that the spy agency tried to interfere with a congressional probe of its activities. "We're going to have to unwind this, find out what the truth is," Rogers told CNN. "If someone broke the law, they're going to have to pay the penalty." His comments followed accusations by the Senate Intelligence Committee's Democratic chairman Dianne Feinstein that the CIA removed some documents from her staff's computers in the middle of an oversight investigation. Feinstein says the CIA may have broken the law and violated Congress' constitutional authority. CIA Director John Brennan has denied Feinstein's claims, saying "nothing could be further from the truth."

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