Senate Dems worried about Obamacare: President Obama says “…Democrats should forcefully defend and be proud” of the Affordable Care Act now that enrollment hits 8 million. Will that help Democrats save the Senate in November? Candy Crowley breaks down the ObamaCare effect with the DNC’s Mo Elleithee, Sean Spicer from the RNC, and political handicapper Stu Rothenberg
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: According to Australia’s Prime Minister, searchers using a robotic submarine to look for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have less than one week to find the wreckage. Prime Minister Abbott says "If we don't find wreckage, we stop, we regroup, we reconsider." Kim Beazley, Australia’s Ambassador to the United States joins us live in studio.
Iraq and a marathon: Among the 36,000 runners at Monday’s Boston Marathon is Lukman Faily, the Iraqi Ambassador to the United States. He’s running to fund-raise and show solidarity with the victims of terror in Boston and Baghdad. Iraq’s national elections are less than 2 weeks away, but parts of the country are descending further into chaos. Has war fatigue in the U.S. contributed to instability in the Middle East?
Suicide epidemic: 22 U.S. war veterans kill themselves every day. It’s the silent killer resulting from physical and mental health challenges, financial woes, or what some describe as the “daunting task” of re-assimilating to civilian life. Sen. John Walsh – the first Iraq War combat veteran to serve in the United States Senate and Tom Tarantino of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America are here with a story that defines an entire generation.
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By CNN's Nefi Alarcon Follow @NefiAlarcon
More than half of the 2.6 million veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars struggle with physical and mental health problems stemming from their service, a recent Washington Post & Kaiser Family Foundation poll found.
Whether it’s physical and mental health challenges, financial woes, or what some describe as the “daunting task” of re-assimilating to civilian life, the pressure can be overwhelming.
By CNN's Deena Zaru Follow @DeenaZeinaCNN
When a soldier’s time on the front lines of combat is over, veterans like Marine Captain Jason Haag, face a lingering and painful internal battle defined by the trauma of war.
“When you come home you are haunted by flashbacks of having your friends killed, killing other people and probably the biggest thing for me is the paranoia of living step by step, second by second, never knowing when your last moment might be,” Haag says.
By Susan Garraty
Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, April 16, 2014.
1. Korean ferry disaster. It’s a massive operation to try and rescue hundreds of passengers from the Korean ferry Sewol that sank off the south west coast on its way to a resort island. Many passengers, including some of the 300 high school students from Seoul on a field trip, jumped from the ship before it sank. Survivors report being given conflicting guidance on whether to stay in place. Helicopters, fishing boats, as well as police and military ships recovered passengers after the ferry rolled and sank relatively quickly miles away from its destination, Jeju. U.S. Navy ship USS Bonhomme Richard, already in the area, went to scene to offer assistance to the South Korean rescue efforts.
The difficult search for flight MH370 and what it takes to locate the wreckage at sea.
Our panel analyzes Attorney General Eric Holder's claim that race is a factor in how President Obama is treated.
Our political panel discusses whether Speaker Boehner will be pushed aside from his position in the House by members of his own party.
Does the GOP have a messaging problem? The State of the Union political panel weighs in.
Our political panel talks the resignation of Kathleen Sebelius and the partisan divide over Obamacare in a lively debate.
Candy checks in with correspondents in Australia, Malaysia, and China for the latest updates in the search for MH370.