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SOTU Sneak Peek
February 23rd, 2012
12:49 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 we are looking at this week.

The Final GOP Primary Debate? The remaining GOP candidates faced off in what could be the final GOP debate last night in Arizona. Mitt Romney had a much needed strong showing and, aided by the other candidates, kept Santorum on the defensive about his conservative record in Washington. Will it be enough to win over voters in his home state of Michigan? Romney is currently in a statistical dead heat in Michigan with only days to go before that state’s contest. Did Romney do enough to paint Santorum as a Washington-insider and past his own opposition to the auto-bailout for Michigan voters? Or will voters from his home state deal a serious blow to the already struggling front-runner?

Syria on the brink. As the violence in Syria continues to escalate and the bloodshed continues, a U.N. panel found Thursday, that the Syrian government bears responsibility for “crimes against humanity and other gross human rights violations.” After 20 consecutive days of shelling in the Syrian city of Homs and on the eve of the “friends of Syria” conference in Tunisia, U.S., Arab and European officials gathered in London to draft an ultimatum to President Bashar al-Assad demanding a cease fire to allow international groups to deliver humanitarian aid and evacuate the injured. What will be the breaking point?

Pain at the pump. Tensions with Iran and sanctions are leading to a sharp uptick in gas prices around the country. Republican candidates have seized on the rise in gas prices on the trail and pointed to Obama as the culprit. Newt Gingrich saying prices are “a direct result of Obama” and claiming responsibility for low prices when he was speaker of the House. How will the politics of gas prices play at the polls? The president delivers a speech on energy today in Miami.

Much more to come, make sure to check back on Friday for our full Rundown and don’t forget to tune in Sunday at 9am & Noon ET.

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