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SOTU Scoop
July 18th, 2014
04:21 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

By CNN's Tracey Webb

Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, July 18, 2014.

1. Malaysia Airlines plane crash.  President Obama confirmed that a surface-to-air missile shot down Flight 17 in a territory controlled by pro-Russian rebels.  But he stopped short of blaming a particular culprit. "There's been a lot of misinformation generated in eastern Ukraine generally," Obama said.  "This should snap everybody's heads to attention and make sure that we don't have time for propaganda, we don't have time for games and everybody needs to make sure we're holding accountable those who committed this outrage." The President also called for an immediate ceasefire between Ukraine and the rebels so an international investigation can proceed without any tampering of evidence.  NATO's Supreme Allied Commander of Europe Gen. Phillip Breedlove, who is leading much of the U.S. military's technical intelligence gathering on the crash, joins State of the Union this Sunday. FULL POST


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Sunday on State of the Union
July 18th, 2014
02:46 PM ET

Sunday on State of the Union

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.


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SOTU Scoop
July 17th, 2014
02:57 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

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.

FULL POST


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SOTU Scoop
July 16th, 2014
04:31 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

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.

FULL POST


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Home through the eyes of a Palestinian
July 13th, 2014
12:49 PM ET

Home through the eyes of a Palestinian

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.

FULL POST


Filed under: Peanut Gallery • State of the Union
July 13th, 2014
11:55 AM ET

Can Congress get the job done?

Rep. Edwards (D-MD) and Rep. Blackburn (R-TN) on the leadership of President Obama and the Republican party.


Filed under: State of the Union
July 13th, 2014
11:37 AM ET

Immigration reform a political casualty?

Reps. Blackburn, Edwards, O'Rourke and Schock on the immigration crisis. Is it just politics as usual?


Filed under: State of the Union
July 13th, 2014
11:03 AM ET

McCain: Restraint of Israelis is admirable

Sen. John McCain on the escalation of violence in the Mid East: "More dangerous than any time in the past."


Filed under: State of the Union
July 13th, 2014
10:54 AM ET

McCain on fixing the surge at the border

Sen. John McCain on how he'd fix the surge of immigrants coming from Central America


Filed under: John McCain • Newsmakers • State of the Union
July 13th, 2014
10:00 AM ET

More than 50,000 children in limbo

Sen. John McCain on what should be done with more than 50,000 immigrant children in limbo. Should they be sent back?


Filed under: Immigration • John McCain • Newsmakers • State of the Union
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