Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was "likely downed by a surface-to-air missile ... operated from a separatist-held location in eastern Ukraine." Candy talks to Secretary of State John Kerry.
And, if pro-Russian separatists are responsible for shooting down the plane, how should the U.S. respond? We'll talk to Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein and the House Homeland Security Committee Chair Michael McCaul.
Then, will it be a game changer for U.S.-Russian relations? We’ll talk to The Atlantic’s Peter Beinart, Michael Crowley of TIME magazine, NPR’s Steve Inskeep and CNN commentator L.Z. Granderson.
Plus, Robert Turner, Director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Gaza City on the relief efforts in Gaza.
Watch Sunday 9am and Noon Eastern on CNN.
By CNN's Tracey Webb
Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, July 17, 2014.
4:40 UPDATE: A senior US official tells CNN’s Barbara Starr that the U.S. has concluded the Malaysian airline was shot down. One radar system saw a surface-to-air missile system turn on and track an aircraft right before the plane was shot down, according to the official.
1. MH17. Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 crashed in Ukraine with 295 people on board. The airliner went down on Ukraine’s border with Russia, the area of months-long unrest between Ukrainian separatists-aligned with Russia and Ukrainian government forces. The flight was heading from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed.
By CNN's Tracey Webb
Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, July 16, 2014.
1. Gaza's rising death toll. Four children were killed by what Palestinian medical officials say was shelling from an Israeli ship. Their deaths come one day after a cease-fire agreement brokered by Egypt was rejected by Hamas. The Palestinian death toll is now over 200, many of them women and children. One Israeli civilian has also died since the conflict between Israel and Hamas escalated nine days ago. Israel says Hamas has fired more than 1,200 rocket attacks from Gaza.
By CNN's Deena Zaru
Even before the deaths of the three Israeli settlers were confirmed, an Israeli military operation had begun in the West Bank. It was then, with a bookbag on my back and a rip in my jeans, that I crossed the Jordan River on a bus and arrived in Jericho after almost thirty six hours of travel.
It had been three years since I’d gone home and I couldn’t wait to see my grandparents, cousins and friends.
Rep. Edwards (D-MD) and Rep. Blackburn (R-TN) on the leadership of President Obama and the Republican party.
Reps. Blackburn, Edwards, O'Rourke and Schock on the immigration crisis. Is it just politics as usual?
Sen. John McCain on the escalation of violence in the Mid East: "More dangerous than any time in the past."
Sen. John McCain on how he'd fix the surge of immigrants coming from Central America
Sen. John McCain on what should be done with more than 50,000 immigrant children in limbo. Should they be sent back?
By CNN's Tracey Webb
Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, July 11, 2014.
1. Three titans scold Congress. Three of the country's biggest business moguls joined forces to push Congress for immigration reform. In a New York Times editorial, Warren Buffett, Sheldon Adelson and Bill Gates said there is no excuse for inaction. "It's time for the House to draft and pass a bill that reflects both our country's humanity and its self-interest," they wrote. They also said passage of comprehensive immigration reform legislation would lift the country's spirits which could in turn, improve the economy. Adelson, a casino magnet and a top Republican Party donor, Buffett, the CEO of Berskhire Hathway and a supporter of President Obama, and Gates, the founder of Microsoft, also chided Congress for its role in Washington's constant gridlock. "It's time for 535 of American's citizens to remember what they owe to the 318 million who employ them," they wrote. We discuss the current border crisis and prospects for immigration reform with Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, and four members of the House Sunday on State of the Union.