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Sunday on State of the Union
August 15th, 2014
06:14 PM ET

Sunday on State of the Union

After a week of unrest and outrage in Ferguson, Missouri we talk to Governor Jay Nixon about what went wrong, and how he plans to ease tensions going forward.

The pressure is on local police to explain their tactics – both in the shooting of Michael Brown and in the response that followed. Rep. William Lacy Clay represents Ferguson, and pushed the White House and Justice Department to conduct a federal investigation. He’ll join former NYPD Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik to discuss law enforcement and the traditionally tense relationship with the African American community.

And does it feel like we’ve been here before? The answer is yes. Race relations are always simmering on the surface of our society, so we’ll turn to actor and activist Jesse Williams, CNN Contributor LZ Granderson, and journalist and Political Strategist Tara Wall for context.

Then, Texas Governor Rick Perry is facing indictment, a look at what it means for his 2016 ambitions.

Watch State of the Union with Candy Crowley Sunday at 9am and Noon ET.

Filed under: State of the Union • This Sunday...
SOTU Scoop
August 14th, 2014
06:21 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

By CNN's Tracey Webb

Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, August 14, 2014.

1. Missouri unrest. Tensions escalated in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson after the most violent night yet since the deadly police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The town's police chief said 12 people were arrested during protests in which heavily armed police fired tear gas and smoke bombs on largely peaceful protesters. Two reporters were also arrested as police tried to clear out a McDonald's where they were writing. The Washington Post's Wesley Lowery and the Huffington Post's Ryan Reilly both described being roughed up by police. They were later released without explanation.


SOTU Scoop
August 13th, 2014
03:57 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, August 13, 2014.

1. Iraq. As nearly 130 more American military advisers arrive in northern Iraq, the U.S. is considering an air evacuation of thousands of Yazidis stranded on a mountain and threatened by ISIS fighters. The plight of the Yazidis, coupled with the ISIS assault against Iraq's semiautonomous Kurdish region, prompted the United States to begin targeted airstrikes over the past several days. Humanitarian airdrops of food and water are also underway. A U.S. official tells CNN that if an air operation is proposed and approved by President Obama, it would require putting U.S. ground troops both on the mountain and at a nearby airfield. The official also said focusing on a possible air option - rather than a ground one - is due to initial indications that going by land would take too long would up the risk to the Yazidis. Meanwhile Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Malaki is fighting efforts to replace him as his support crumbles. Iraq's president has nominated Haider al-Abadi to be the new prime minister, a move supported by both the U.S. and Iraq's neighbor Iran.


August 10th, 2014
01:45 PM ET

McCain dismisses claim that he has it in for Obama

By CNN's Deena Zaru

Washington (CNN) – U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, is no stranger to the Sunday morning political talk show circuit, and viewers have apparently taken notice.

On Sunday, he appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” from Jakarta, Indonesia, primarily to discuss the U.S. airstrikes on Iraq and President Obama’s foreign policy. However, during the interview, CNN’s Candy Crowley asked him about the frequency of his Sunday show appearances and his regular criticism of Obama.


Filed under: John McCain • Newsmakers • State of the Union
August 10th, 2014
01:08 PM ET

Cuccinelli: Harry Reid is "lead blocker"

Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) blames Sen. Harry Reid for congressional stalemate and Gov. Ted Strickland says democrats will maintain control of the Senate.

August 10th, 2014
12:36 PM ET

Media-shy Obama steps into the spotlight

Before leaving for vacation, President Obama holds a series of press conferences. Is he fulfilling a presidential duty or playing politics?

August 10th, 2014
12:31 PM ET

General Jones: 'Time is not on our side' in Iraq

Gen. Jim Jones (ret.) and fmr. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad on the ISIS advance in Iraq and what needs to happen.

Filed under: Iraq • ISIS • Jim Jones • Newsmakers • State of the Union • Zalmay Khalilzad
August 10th, 2014
11:55 AM ET

Iraq: the risks to American lives

Gen. Jim Jones (ret.) and fmr. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad on the strikes in Iraq and the risk to American lives.

Filed under: Iraq • ISIS • Jim Jones • Newsmakers • State of the Union • Zalmay Khalilzad
August 10th, 2014
11:12 AM ET

McCain: ISIS a direct threat to U.S.

Sen. John McCain tells Candy Crowley that ISIS is more than an Iraqi problem, it poses a threat to our national security.

Filed under: Newsmakers • State of the Union
August 10th, 2014
11:08 AM ET

Jim Brady life and legacy

A look at the legacy of fmr. press secretary Jim Brady, who was severely wounded in the assassination attempt on President Reagan.

Filed under: Al Hunt • Ann Compton • Jim Brady • Joe Lockhart • Ronald Reagan • State of the Union • White House
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