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SOTU Scoop
August 21st, 2014
05:18 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

By CNN's Tracey Webb

Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, August 21, 2014

1. Ferguson face-to-face. Things appear to be calming down in the city. There were fewer protesters in the streets Wednesday night. But there is still a strong demand for answers in the August 9 fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. Attorney General Eric Holder, who visited Ferguson Wednesday, promised a fair, thorough and independent investigation into Brown's shooting by the Justice Department. "In my conversations with dozens of people in Ferguson yesterday it was clear that this shooting incident has brought to the surface underlying tensions that have existed for many years. There is a history to these tensions and that history simmers in more communities than just Ferguson," Holder said. Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden, told CNN that meeting with Holder gave her more confidence about the probe into her son's death. "You can read a person. And when you’re looking at them and they’re looking at you in your eyes it puts some trust back there. That you lost. And he did ensure that it will be a fair and thorough investigation," McSpadden said.

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SOTU Scoop
August 20th, 2014
05:50 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

By CNN's Tracey Webb

Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, August 20, 2014.

1. Ferguson. Attorney General Eric Holder is in the St. Louis suburb that has been the center of unrest since the August 9th fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. Holder is meeting with federal investigators as well as community leaders. His visit follows what was a relatively peaceful night in Ferguson. Meanwhile St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch said he would begin presenting the Brown case to a grand jury Wednesday, but it will likely be October before the panel has all the evidence.

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August 17th, 2014
02:53 PM ET

A matter of race

LZ Granderson, Tara Wall and Jesse Williams on the shooting of black teen by a white officer in Ferguson, MO and having an honest conversation about race in America.


Filed under: Ferguson • Jesse Williams • LZ Granderson • Race • State of the Union • Tara Wall
August 17th, 2014
01:15 PM ET

Officer Friendly or G.I. Joe?

Rep. Lacy Clay and former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik on finding the balance protecting all communities.


Filed under: Bernard Kerik • Lacy Clay • Newsmakers • State of the Union
August 17th, 2014
12:56 PM ET

Perry indictment: A 2016 roadblock?

LZ Granderson and republican strategist Tara Wall on whether Gov. Rick Perry's indictment will hurt his chances in 2016.


Filed under: 2016 • LZ Granderson • Rick Perry • State of the Union • Tara Wall
August 17th, 2014
12:34 PM ET

'This is about finding justice' for a kid

Actor and activist Jesse Williams on the double standards and the narratives around race.


Filed under: Ferguson • Jesse Williams • Newsmakers • Race • State of the Union
August 17th, 2014
11:45 AM ET

The case against Gov. Rick Perry

Craig McDonald from 'Texans for Public Justice.' His group's complaint led to two felony counts against Perry.


Filed under: Eric McDonald • Newsmakers • Rick Perry • State of the Union
August 17th, 2014
11:39 AM ET

Call to arms: Big weapons for small towns?

Fmr. NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik and Ferguson Rep. Lacy Clay on the militarization of police in quelling protests.


Filed under: Bernard Kerik • Ferguson • Lacy Clay • Newsmakers • State of the Union
August 17th, 2014
10:55 AM ET

Missouri Gov. on 'militarization of police response'

Missouri Gov Jay Nixon on the state of the streets in Ferguson and the death of a black teen.


Filed under: Ferguson • Jay Nixon • Newsmakers • State of the Union
August 17th, 2014
09:48 AM ET

Missouri Gov Nixon on the investigation

Gov Jay Nixon on the latest into the investigation of the police killing of teen Michael Brown.


Filed under: Ferguson • Jay Nixon • Newsmakers • State of the Union
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