Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Sunday that Pres. Obama is weak & indecisive when it comes to foreign policy.
Bill Burton, Ross Douthat, and Amy Walter discuss Biden's 2016 plans, and if Hillary will affect his final decision.
Senators Lindsey Graham & Dick Durbin react to the crisis in Ukraine.
The more things change, the more they stay the same? On Friday, The William J. Clinton Presidential Library released more than 3,500 previously secret documents offering an insider’s look into the internal politics of the Clinton years. With the former First Lady and Secretary of State now the favorite to nab the Democratic nomination for 2016, the rush to access the documents temporarily crashed the Library’s website due to overwhelming demand.
Many observers call it the most rapidly changing social issue of our time. State legislatures and American voters have made widespread modifications over the past years regarding same-sex marriage rights and freedoms. Last month, Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage was deemed unconstitutional by a federal judge. This comes alongside a series of recent federal court rulings that are overturning state’s bans against same-sex marriage.
This week Vice President Joe Biden announced he’s running, but not for the 2016 presidential nomination. Biden and President Obama jogged through the White House in a comical YouTube video, as part of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign. Biden says “Mr. President, are you ready to move,” to which the duo shows off how they stay fit.
The escalating tensions in Ukraine are developing every moment. The crisis began in November of last year when President Viktor Yanukovych rejected a trade deal with the European Union. This dismissal symbolized a closer tie between Ukraine and Russia. The arrangement was popular among many Western Ukrainian citizens who were expecting a stronger economic connection with the European Union. Ukraine is a country that is bordered by Russia and Central Europe, and has been characterized as a country divided. Most citizens in Eastern Ukraine, specifically in the southern region of Crimea, which functions with regional autonomy, speak Russian and embrace pro-Russian policies. Ukrainian speakers live in the West and lean toward the EU.
By Tracey Webb
Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, February 28, 2014.
1. The Clinton papers. More than 4,000 pages of documents released by the Clinton Presidential Library is offering a new look at the workings of the Clinton White House. Among the early highlights: Hillary Clinton told Democratic leaders in Congress in 1993 that a Republican alternative to require people to get health insurance would be "a much harder sell" for her husband's administration than its ultimately defeated proposal requiring employers to provide health coverage for workers. Ironically, the mandate is the heart of what is now known as Obamacare.
Russia's Parliament signed off Saturday on President Vladimir Putin's request to send military forces into Ukraine, raising the stakes in a quickly escalating game of brinksmanship between the two countries.
Ukraine's ambassador to the United Nations is calling Russia’s actions a clear act of aggression, saying Russian troops are being deployed and increasing "every hour." Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev joins us exclusively for a live interview.
President Obama and Vladimir Putin spoke on the phone for nearly 90 minutes. Obama’s Former National Security Adviser Tom Donilon will be here to discuss the implications of rising tensions between the U.S. and Russia.
President Obama said that the US supports sovereignty of Ukraine, warning Russian President Vladimir Putin that “there will be costs” for intervening. Two members of the Senate, Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin and South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham on Russia’s bold move into the Crimean peninsula, and Obama’s bold move to cut the military budget back here at home.
It might have just been a quick lap around the White House with the President, but the Vice President looks to be getting into shape for more than just a West Wing jog. Can Joe Biden finally make it to the finish line in a presidential run, or will Hillary Clinton trip him up. Our political panel – former Obama insider Bill Burton, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report – weigh in on the 2016 contenders.
And in our special noon hour, the former U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Beyrle joins us for a discussion on Putin’s next move and the U.S. response. We’ll also have the latest from CNN reporters here in Washington and around the world.
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By Tracey Webb
Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, February 27, 2014.
1. Russia's war games. As tensions grow in Ukraine's Crimea region, Russia is conducting military exercises on the Ukrainian border. The United States is expressing concern about Russia's moves. "I expect Russia to be transparent about these activities, and I urge them not to take any steps that could be misinterpreted, or lead to miscalculation during a very delicate time - a time of great tension," said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Is the Cold War on again?