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October 25th, 2012
06:00 PM ET

SOTU Snapshot

By State of the Union Intern Alex Kaplan

There is no shortage of stories dominating the news this week, but what will be leading the headlines on Sunday morning? These are some of the stories we are looking at this week.

Obama & Romney clash on foreign policy. President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney expressed their differing ideals about America’s foreign policy on Tuesday in Florida. Romney criticized the president for a lack of leadership and “apologizing” for America, while Obama slammed Romney for having inconsistent foreign policy positions and his support for increased defense spending. For much of the debate, however, Romney seemed to agree with Obama’s positions, including withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan in 2014 and applying harsh sanctions onto Iran to stop their supposed nuclear program. A CNN instant poll taken after the debate had Obama winning the debate by a small margin, 48 percent to 40 percent.
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SOTU Sneak Peek
October 11th, 2012
06:07 PM ET

SOTU Sneak Peek

There is no shortage of stories dominating the news this week, but what will be leading the headlines on Sunday morning? These are some of the stories in the news this week.

Can Biden get Obama back on track? On Thursday night Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan will face-off in a debate that has taken on increasing significance in the wake of Romney’s aggressive and vibrant debate performance last week. Although polls show most voters expect Ryan to win the debate, there are potential risks for him. His Medicare reform plan may come under attack by Vice President Biden, who has proven to be an effective attack dog for democrats.
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There is no shortage of stories dominating the news this week, but what will be leading the headlines on Sunday morning? These are some of the stories we are looking at this week.

Team Romney’s Mixed Messages: In an interview earlier this week, Mitt Romney’s senior advisor Eric Fehrnstrom said that the GOP presidential nominee agrees with the Obama administration that the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act is a penalty, not a tax. “The governor disagrees with the ruling of the Court. He agreed with the dissent written by Justice Scalia that stated that the mandate was not a tax,” said Fehrnstrom in an interview with MSNBC. However, in a sit down interview with CBS, Romney said that the individual mandate is in fact a tax. “While I agreed with the dissent, that’s overtaken by the fact that the majority of the Court said it’s a tax and therefore it is a tax. They have spoken. There’s no way around that,” said Romney.

Independent Voters: As the driving force behind the race for the White House, Independent voters and swing states hold high stakes in the 2012 presidential election. With polls suggesting that last Thursday’s monumental Supreme Court health care ruling had no effect on how Independents feel about both President Obama and Mitt Romney, both candidates are aiming their political messages at unsure voters. “I want to work with anyone who believes we are in this together. I want to work with anybody who believes we’ve got to invest in our future,” said President Obama at a campaign even in Maumee, Ohio on Thursday. A recent CNN/ORC poll found that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney leads President Obama 51% to 43% in 15 battleground states.
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SOTU Sneak Peek: SCOTUS Edition
June 28th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

SOTU Sneak Peek: SCOTUS Edition

There is no shortage of stories dominating the news this week, but what will be leading the headlines on Sunday morning? These are some of the stories we are looking at this week.

The wait is over. On their last day in session, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld President Obama’s signature legislation, commonly referred to as “ObamaCare.” In a 5-4 landmark decision, with Chief Justice John Roberts as the swing vote, the Supreme Court ruled the entire law will be upheld and that the mandate is in fact a legitimate operation of Congress’s power to tax. “Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness,” said Roberts. Thursday’s ruling is clearly a victory for the Obama administration and has left Republicans saying that they will repeal the law.
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