Chairman of the NRCC Rep. Greg Walden on whether Rep. McAllister, now known as the "Kissing Congressman", should resign.
Reps. Israel & Walden weigh in on whether race is a factor in getting immigration reform passed in the House.
DCCC Chair Rep. Steve Israel and & NRCC Chair Rep. Greg Walden discuss chances of getting members of their party elected in 2014 and firing up voters amidst low approval ratings.
By Michelle Koepp
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama honored the legislation that helped pave his path to the White House. Fifty years ago, the 1964 Civil Rights Act was signed into law. It made it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, gender, or national origin. The act outlawed for the first time the segregation of whites and minorities at lunch counters, on buses, and in other public places. It also notably gave women legal recourse for workplace gender discrimination, giving American women a metaphorical “hammer” which they could wield to shatter the glass ceiling.
They’re determined to get members of their party elected to the House in the upcoming midterm elections. Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Rep. Steve Israel and Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee Congressman Greg Walden – discuss firing up voters when Congress is as popular as a skunk at a picnic, how race factors into opposition to the Obama administration and whether it would be easier to pass immigration reform if today’s immigrants had freckles, red hair and names like O’Toole.
Plus- a reporter round-up will detail how pings identified potentially from Flight 370’s black box are offering renewed hope that more information will emerge of just what happened to the Malaysian airliner with 239 passengers aboard.
Our political panel this week includes Cornell Belcher, Ron Brownstein and Liz Mair and they’ll dig into the resignation of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Watch Sunday at 9am and Noon ET.
By Tracey Webb Follow @WebbWriterguru
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.
By Deena Zaru Follow @DeenaZeinaCNN
Recent successes in getting some states to recognize same-sex marriage has put the issue of states' rights center stage.
On Thursday oral arguments began in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals where a three-judge panel, made up of federal judges from around the country, will decide whether to strike down same-sex marriage bans or leave the issue of marriage up to each state.
By Tracey Webb Follow @WebbWriterguru
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.
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.
House Intel Chair Mike Rogers & Ranking Member Dutch Ruppersberger on Senate committee report's CIA allegations.