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February 12th, 2012
02:24 PM ET

SOTU Crib Sheet for February 12th

On State of the Union:

The contraception controversy and budget politics with White House Chief of Staff Jacob Lew.  On the White House's controversial contraception policy he says the president has put out the plan that reflects where he intended to go. Room to compromise? Lew says "No. This is our plan."

Rick Santorum saw his winning streak come to an abrupt end this week at CPAC and in the Maine caucuses.  He doesn't put much stock in Romney's CPAC win, telling Candy: "For years, Ron Paul's won those because he just trucks in a lot of people, pays for their ticket, and they come in and vote. ... We didn't do that. We don't do that. I don't try to rig straw polls."

Senator Joe Lieberman, Chair of the Homeland Security Committee, on whether the Obama administration could/should do more to stop the Syrian government's deadly crackdown.  He told Candy "I think it's time to give them help. Medical help first, and then I'd give them training, I'd give them communications equipment, and then ultimately I'd give them weapons"

And a bit of a musical interlude. Make sure to check out this week's campaign trail, a look at the tunes selected by the candidates to accompany their comings and goings on the stage.


February 12th, 2012
02:08 PM ET

Santorum on his conservative credentials

Rick Santorum tells Candy Crowley the CPAC straw poll numbers only show Romney's ability to pay for support.

Filed under: Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
February 12th, 2012
01:59 PM ET

W.H. Chief of Staff previews the budget

White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew previews the president's budget, and assesses the state of the economy.

**NOTE** Read this fact check, courtesy of the Washington Post, concerning Lew's statement on our program that "you can’t pass a budget in the Senate of the United States without 60 votes...."

Filed under: Budget • Jacob Lew
February 12th, 2012
01:46 PM ET

Sen. Lieberman: Arm the Syrian Opposition

Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman says a coalition should form and offer arms support to the Syrian rebels fighting Assad.

Filed under: Joe Lieberman • Syria
February 12th, 2012
01:29 PM ET

W.H. Chief of Staff: No more negotiations on contraception policy

White House Chief of Staff Jack Law stood by the administration's policy change on contraception coverage despite some very vocal critics.

Filed under: Jacob Lew
February 12th, 2012
01:11 PM ET

The Campaign Trail: Candidates' Soundtrack

Candy Crowley takes a look at the music that graces the rallies of the GOP presidential contenders.

Filed under: Road to 2012
February 12th, 2012
04:44 AM ET

State of the Union Early Bird for February 12, 2012

(CNN)-It's early, and State of the Union is bringing you the best of the morning headlines to go with your cup of coffee.

On our radar this morning:  The firestorm over the W.H.'s contraception policy, Mitt Romney's Maine win, and the untimely death of Whitney Houston.

Check out what we're reading, and be sure to watch our interview with W.H. Chief of Staff Jacob Lew and GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum at 9am/12pm ET.


Filed under: Early Bird news note