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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
SOTU Scoop
August 8th, 2014
05:04 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

By CNN's Tracey Webb

Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, August 8, 2014

  1. U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.  American warplanes have returned to Iraqi airspace targeting the Islamic extremists known as ISIS.  President Obama signed off on the mission after the jihadists became a threat to the city of Irbil, where U.S. personnel are stationed, and to keep ISIS from committing genocide against Christians and the Kurdish minority Yadzis.   The U.S. military is also airdropping food and water to tens of thousands of starving and thirsty Yadzis who were forced into the mountains by the ISIS onslaught.  Sen. John McCain will offer his thoughts on the airstrikes and whether the U.S. should do more Sunday on State of the Union.
  1. Israel-Gaza conflict. The fighting between Israel and Hamas has resumed after the two sides couldn't come to an agreement to extend a three-day truce. Israel hit targets in Gaza in retaliation for what it says were rocket attacks by Hamas.  Palestinians say the renewed fighting has claimed five lives in Gaza.  Israel says rockets fired from Gaza injured one of its civilians and one soldier.   There is no indication if cease-fire talks will be re-started.
  1. The Ebola crisis.  The World Health Organization is now describing the spread of the Ebola virus as an international health emergency.  The WHO says a coordinated global response is needed to curb the crisis.  The epicenter of the Ebola outbreak has been West Africa, where over 900 people have died. Two Americans who contracted the virus while in Liberia are being treated at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital.
  1. The Tea Party.   It lost its last chance to unseat an incumbent Republican senator Thursday, when Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander soundly defeated his primary challenger.   The Tea Party is 0 for 6 in this year's Republican Senate primaries.   The question now is whether Tea Party supporters will back the establishment Republican candidates they railed against.


Sunday on State of the Union
August 8th, 2014
04:57 PM ET

Sunday on State of the Union

U.S. airstrikes target ISIS Militants in Iraq. Senator John McCain joins Candy to explain why he feels President Obama should go further.

Analysis on past, present, and future operations in Iraq from General Jim Jones, President Obama’s first National Security Adviser, and Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq under President George W. Bush.

But while the world is on fire, we can’t ignore what’s shaping up to be an historic midterm election season. Ken Cuccinelli, Ted Strickland, Stephanie Cutter, and Kevin Madden make up this week’s roundtable.

And a tribute to former White House Press Secretary James Brady who died Monday at the age of 73 with Joe Lockhart, Ann Compton and Al Hunt.

Watch Sunday at 9am & 12pm ET on CNN.

Filed under: State of the Union • This Sunday...
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