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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.

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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.

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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
SOTU Scoop
July 11th, 2014
06:11 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

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.

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Sunday on State of the Union
July 11th, 2014
05:54 PM ET

Sunday on State of the Union

Crisis at the border runs into gridlock in Washington. Obama administration officials warn the flood of Central American children entering the U.S. is only going to get worse unless Congress gives them more money. But Sen. John McCain has his own plan to help thousands of children in limbo, and joins us from the border state of Arizona.

And what’s it like to witness the flood of child immigrants first-hand? Border patrol agent Chris Cabrera is live from the Rio Grande Valley border in Texas with details.

Plus, four powerful members of the House of Representatives on why the House won’t take up comprehensive immigration reform this year, and why Speaker John Boehner is suing the President.  Republican Reps. Marsha Blackburn and Aaron Schock join Democratic Reps. Donna Edwards and Beto O’Rourke.

Watch Sunday 9am and Noon Eastern on CNN.


Filed under: State of the Union • This Sunday...
SOTU Scoop
July 10th, 2014
03:11 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

By CNN's Tracey Webb

Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, July 10, 2014

1. Middle East tinderbox. Israel's military launched a new round of airstrikes on Gaza in response to Hamas rocket attacks on Israel. The Israeli offensive has left at least 80 Palestinians dead, including women and children. So far no Israelis have been killed in the Hamas attacks. Secretary of State John Kerry says a cease-fire is desirable but unlikely until Hamas ceases its rocket assault. The latest Israeli-Palestinian clash was set off by last month's abduction and killing of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank. Israel believes Hamas is responsible, although the group has denied any involvement. Last week a Palestinian was kidnapped and later found dead in Jerusalem in what Israeli police believe was a revenge killing.

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