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April 29th, 2012
05:12 AM ET

Early Bird morning research for Sunday, April 29

Good Sunday morning. The staff is in and we're preparing for today's program. Prepare along with us – read what we're reading this morning.

On our radar: the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, building the campaign war chests and a look at "the Presidents Club."

Check out what we're reading, and be sure to watch our exclusive interview with House Speaker John Boehner. Also on the show: White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan, Govs. Bob McDonnell (R-Virginia) and Brian Schweitzer (D-MT) and TIME Magazine editors Michael Duffy and Nancy Gibbs. State of the Union airs today at 9am/12pm ET. FULL POST

April 27th, 2012
07:02 PM ET

Candy's pre-show rundown

A preview of Sunday's exclusive interview with Speaker Boehner. Plus, WH counter terrorism adviser John Brennan 1 yearr after OBL's death.

Filed under: State of the Union
This Sunday...
April 27th, 2012
06:17 PM ET

This Sunday...

An exclusive sit-down interview with the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, on the veepstakes, his sharp criticisms of President Obama, and whether Mitt Romney’s wealth will hurt his chances among Blue Collar voters.

Then, one year after Osama Bin Laden was captured and killed, we’ll ask President Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, if we are safer today, and what challenges remain?

Plus, Governors Brian Schweitzer (D-MT)  and Bob McDonnell (R-VA) on the economy, and the battle for the White House.

Then, Time magazine’s Michael Duffy and Nancy Gibbs on their new book “The Presidents Club,” and the political news of the week.

Watch a sneak peek of Candy’s interview with Speaker Boehner on the fight with Pres. Obama over student loan rates and Mitt Romney’s VP short list.

Behind the scenes photos of Candy’s Capitol Hill interview with Speaker Boehner.

It promises to be a great show. Tune in Sunday at 9AM & NOON ET.

Filed under: Brian Schweitzer • John Boehner • John Brennan
April 27th, 2012
05:13 PM ET

Boehner: VP is Romney's personal decision

Candy talks to House Speaker John Boehner about Mitt Romney's short list of vice presidential candidates.

The full interview will air Sunday at 9am & 12p ET.

Filed under: John Boehner • Newsmakers • State of the Union
April 27th, 2012
04:17 PM ET

Speaker Boehner: No one wants loan rates to rise

A sneak peek of Candy's interview with House Speaker John Boehner. He talks about the fight with President Obama over the threat of higher student loan interest rates.

The full interview will air Sunday at 9am & 12p ET.

Filed under: 2012 • John Boehner • Newsmakers • State of the Union
SOTU Sneak Peek for Thursday, April 26
April 26th, 2012
03:53 PM ET

SOTU Sneak Peek for Thursday, April 26

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.

One day after President Obama returned from three swing state rallies, House Speaker John Boehner lashed out at him for acting “beneath the dignity of the White House.” He suggested the Obama campaign should “pony up” and reimburse the federal government for the expenses of his trip to North Carolina, Colorado and Iowa.

Obama made the trip to three college campuses to push Congress to extend student loan interest rates that were halved to 3.4 percent during the Bush administration. On Wednesday, Republicans announced a plan to extend the low interest rate, and Democrats accused the plan of draining funds for women’s programs to pay for it.

Be sure to watch our exclusive interview with Speaker of the House John Boehner, this Sunday at 9 a.m. and noon ET.

Read more: FULL POST

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Filed under: Sneak Peek • State of the Union
April 23rd, 2012
05:20 PM ET

Secret Service director survives scandal, so far

By Candy Crowley, CNN Chief Political Correspondent

There is nothing good to say about a scandal involving 12 Secret Service agents in a foreign country in advance of a presidential trip with 20 prostitutes and too much liquor.

"It included two supervisors," said Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. "That is particularly shocking and appalling."

Widespread respect for the Secret Service in general helps blunt the impact. It also helps that Director Mark Sullivan seems well-versed in the rules of Scandal Handling 101.

Rule 1: The best defense is lightning-speed offense.

"[The agents involved] are gone, half of them, and I think others will be leaving shortly," U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, told me Sunday.

Rule 2: Whatever you've got, put it out there.

"From every indication I've seen, from the moment this scandal broke until now, there's no attempt to cover anything over," U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-New York, told NBC.

Rule 3: Information is the coin of the realm in Washington - keep in touch.

Members of Congress filled the Sunday talk shows with information they got directly from the director. U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-New York, said she had spoken with Sullivan the night before.

And don't forget the boss.

"The president has confidence in Director Sullivan and the agency," David Axelrod, President Barack Obama's re-election campaign communications director, said Sunday.

It's the worst Secret Service scandal in history. The president's security might not have been compromised, but it certainly could have been.

April 22nd, 2012
02:13 PM ET

State of the Union Crib Sheet for April 22, 2012

Today on State of the Union, in an exclusive interview, Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) predicted that presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will receive more support from Hispanics in his state than Republicans garnered in the 2008 presidential election. Rubio downplayed his higher office aspirations, refusing to talk about his vice presidential prospects and saying he does not think about a future presidential run. President Obama’s re-election senior adviser, David Axelrod, blamed Republicans for the failing to pass immigration reform in the president’s first term. Axelrod said a congressional "reign of terror" has prevented supportive Republicans from cooperating on immigration issues, which were a hallmark of President Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) confirmed that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on which he serves as Ranking Member, is sending a letter of inquiry to the Department of Defense (DOD) about their knowledge of the prostitution scandal now that has engulfed the Secret Service. FULL POST

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Filed under: Post-show rundown • State of the Union
April 22nd, 2012
12:43 PM ET

Candy's post-show analysis

Candy talks about her interview with David Axelrod, Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Elijah Cummings.

April 22nd, 2012
12:27 PM ET

Rubio changing his tune on the VP slot?

Sen. Marco Rubio talks to Candy Crowley on whether he'd accept a vice presidential offer for the 2012 ticket.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush recently said he hoped Rubio would accept a potential offer from presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to serve on the ticket:


Filed under: 2012 • Marco Rubio • Newsmakers • State of the Union • The Contenders • Veepstakes
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