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September 26th, 2014
05:51 PM ET

Sunday on State of the Union

Air strikes increase and the coalition builds as the U.S. ramps up the fight against ISIS.  Candy gets White House reaction from Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken.

Senator Chris Murphy is a democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, voted against President Obama's plan to arm and train rebels in Syria, supports airstrikes, and is worried about another open-ended U.S. involvement in the Muslim world.  Senator Murphy joins former Joint Chiefs Chairman Richard Myers and former Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns on the long and short term consequences of U.S. involvement.

As the anti-war President tackles issues he promised to avoid, some are starting to compare his actions to George W. Bush’s, whose policies he opposed so strongly.  Our political roundtable dives into that, plus the legacy of Attorney General Eric Holder.  Ken Cuccinelli, Mercedes Schlapp, LZ Granderson, and Penny Lee are with us.

President Obama says the Ebola outbreak is not only a humanitarian crisis, but national security problem, too.  Dr. Adam Levine and virus hunter Joseph Fair are back from ground zero in West Africa with firsthand accounts.


Filed under: Newsmakers • This Sunday...
SOTU Scoop
September 25th, 2014
05:09 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

By CNN's Tracey Webb

Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, September 25, 2014

  1. ISIS.  The U.S. and its allies are hitting more ISIS targets in Syria.  Overnight airstrikes pounded oil refineries believed to help fund the terrorist group's operations.  War planes also struck an ISIS headquarters and training camp. Meanwhile FBI Director James Comey says the U.S. believes it has identified the man speaking in the ISIS videos in which Americans James Foley and Steven Sotloff and British aid worker David Haines were murdered.
  1. Subway plot?  U.S. officials say there is no indication of a terrorist plot against U.S. subway systems. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said his country's intelligence agency had uncovered an ISIS plot to target American subways.  "We have not confirmed any specific threat," Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters aboard Air Force One. "We want to review the information from the Iraqis and seek to corroborate that. In terms of specific plotting, we'll have to follow up with the Iraqis."
  1. Syrian rebels.  A group of Syrian rebel commanders have signed off on what they are calling a historic agreement to fight ISIS and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.   Under the agreement, moderate Muslim rebel groups fighting under the Supreme Military Council in Syria will partner with the predominantly Christian Syrian Military Council. The deal also calls for the groups to work together to assure any free Syria will be inclusive of all ethnic, religious and political parties. The agreement follows Congress' approval of President Obama's plan to train and arm moderate rebels to fight ISIS.
  1. Attorney General Eric Holder. The nation's top lawyer is resigning after six years on the job.  His tenure was sometimes marked by controversy, including gun trafficking controversy known as Operation Fast and Furious that led to him being the first sitting cabinet member to be held in contempt of Congress. But Holder's supporters praise his Justice Department's response to the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri as well as his fight against voting restriction laws and advocating for changes in sentencing guidelines in certain non-violent criminal cases.   In announcing Holder's resignation, Obama praised his friend and expressed gratitude for Holder's service.  "I just want to say thank you, Eric, thank you to the men and women of the Justice Department who work day in and out, for the American people, and we could not be more grateful for everything you've done- not just for me and the Administration, but for our country," Obama said.  Holder will remain attorney general until his replacement, who has not been named by Obama, is confirmed.

 

September 21st, 2014
01:04 PM ET

Everybody's talking about... that?

Democrats are running ads on social issues like abortion around the country. Are they the issues on voters' radar in this election?


Filed under: State of the Union
September 21st, 2014
12:52 PM ET

Dissing the chairwoman of the DNC

DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz faces criticism from her own party.

September 21st, 2014
11:51 AM ET

Are we asking too much of the NFL?

Should we be expecting the NFL to set the standard for society on combating domestic abuse? Shannon Sharpe, Izell Reese and Christine Brennan weigh in.

September 21st, 2014
11:35 AM ET

Blair: Even more determined to take ISIS on

Former British PM Tony Blair's personal reaction to ISIS hostage mentioning him by name in video.


Filed under: ISIS • Newsmakers • State of the Union • Tony Blair
September 21st, 2014
11:12 AM ET

Goodell's apology: touchdown or fumble?

NFL Hall of famer Shannon Sharpe, Izell Reese and Christine Brennan on Roger Goodell's handling of NFL abuse scandal.

September 21st, 2014
11:07 AM ET

Tony Blair: Obama is 'absolutely right'

Fmr British Prime Minister Tony Blair says President Obama is absolutely right to take on ISIS.


Filed under: Barack Obama • ISIS • Newsmakers • State of the Union • Tony Blair
September 21st, 2014
09:47 AM ET

Tony Blair on British ISIS jihadists

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair on British born citizens fighting with ISIS.


Filed under: ISIS • Newsmakers • State of the Union • Tony Blair
September 21st, 2014
09:32 AM ET

Blair: A need to hit ISIS on the ground

Fmr. UK PM Tony Blair says there will certainly need to be an effort on the ground to defeat ISIS.


Filed under: ISIS • Newsmakers • State of the Union • Tony Blair
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