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May 27th, 2012
04:48 AM ET

Early Bird morning research for Sunday, May 27

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

On our radar: Memorial Day and veterans issues - why aren't our country's bravest men and women getting the treatment they need and deserve? Also, politics, 2012 and the looming recall election in Wisconsin.

Check out what we're reading, and be sure to watch our exclusive interviews with Rudy Giuliani and DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. We'll also be joined by Senate Veterans Affairs Committee chairwoman Patty Murray; Former Vice Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army, Gen. Peter Chiarelli (Ret.); the executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Paul Rieckhoff; and the legislative director for the American Legion, Tim Tetz.

State of the Union airs today at 9am/12pm ET. FULL POST

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May 25th, 2012
05:51 PM ET

Candy and Andy

Who would’ve thunk?! Bravo’s Andy Cohen is a HUGE fan of Candy! In a behind the scenes look at his set of “Watch What Happens Live,” Andy reveals a little gift Candy gave to him.

For a behind the scenes look at Andy’s show, check out this piece by Reliable Sources.

Filed under: Candy Crowley • State of the Union
This Sunday...
May 25th, 2012
02:54 PM ET

This Sunday...

Sunday on “State of the Union,” tightening poll numbers in the presidential race, and the heated debate over Bain Capital. Candy talks exclusively with Former Republican Presidential Candidate Rudy Giuliani, and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

On Memorial Day we remember those who have died in service to our country by taking an account of how we care for our veterans. Last year, we explored the challenges facing veterans. A year later we check back with our guests to measure progress:

General Peter Chiarelli (ret.), Fmr. vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army on treating PTSD and brain injuries in veterans.

Senator Patty Murray, chairwoman of the Veterans Affairs Committee, on the V.A.’s struggle to break the backlog of disability claims.

Tim Tetz, Legislative Director of the American Legion, and Paul Rieckhoff, Founder and Executive Director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America on the challenges our nation’s veterans have in finding a job in a struggling economy.

May 25th, 2012
02:50 PM ET

Rieckhoff: V.A. system is "broken"

Paul Rieckhoff Executive Director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America says the Veteran Affairs disability claims system is "broken."

Filed under: Paul Rieckhoff
May 25th, 2012
02:31 PM ET

More vets die of suicide than in combat

Former Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli (ret.) on the effect of a high suicide rate in the military.

See the full interview Sunday at 9 a.m.

Filed under: Peter Chiarelli
May 25th, 2012
02:25 PM ET

Murray: V.A. backlog is "unacceptable"

Veteran Affairs Cmte. Chair Sen. Patty Murray says the current backlog of disability claims is "unacceptable."

Filed under: Patty Murray
Serving Those Who Serve: A Memorial Day Report Card
May 24th, 2012
08:32 PM ET

Serving Those Who Serve: A Memorial Day Report Card

State of the Union's sneak peek at this week's Memorial Day special.

This Memorial Day weekend, a time to honor those who have given their life in service to their country, State of the Union explores how this country cares for its warriors lucky enough to come home alive.


May 24th, 2012
07:42 PM ET

Candy previews SOTU's Memorial Day special

Candy Crowley previews State of the Union's Memorial Day special: Serving those who Serve.

May 24th, 2012
03:25 PM ET

Murray predicts strong democratic Senate

DSCC Chair Sen. Patty Murray says Dems have a 'really great shot' of keeping a "strong" democratic Senate this year.

See the full interview Sunday at 9 a.m. on State of the Union.

Filed under: Patty Murray
May 20th, 2012
12:44 PM ET

What's next for the NATO mission in Afghanistan?

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen weighs in on the mission in Afghanistan moving forward: NATO must operate abroad to defend interests.

NATO must be willing to be involved in conflict away from the immediate geography of the member nations, the group's secretary general told CNN's Candy Crowley on Sunday.

Rasmussen was responding to a Security Clearance article by CNN Foreign Affairs Reporter Elise Labott which reported that the decade-long NATO involvement in Afghanistan has produced what some have described as collective fatigue among European allies and questions about whether NATO should be involved in conflicts outside of Europe's backyard.


Filed under: Afghanistan • Anders Fogh Rasmussen • NATO • Newsmakers • State of the Union
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