By Tracey Webb [twitter-follow screen_name='WebbWriterguru']
Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, October 18, 2013.
1) Trouble for McConnell? A major conservative super PAC is endorsing Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's Tea Party primary challenger. The endorsement comes on the heels of a deal McConnell brokered to end the partial government shutdown. "Matt Bevin is a true conservative who will fight to stop the massive spending, bailouts, and debt that are destroying our country," said Senate Conservatives Fund Executive Director Matt Hoskins in a statement announcing the endorsement. "We know that winning this primary won't be easy. Mitch McConnell has the support of the entire Washington establishment and he will do anything to hold on to power."
Picking up the pieces after the shutdown. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) says the American people are fed up, and urges Congress to “stop this childishness.” The original maverick joins us on the cost of the government shutdown in dollars and “sense.”
Then Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX): Conservative hero, or the “laughing stock” of the Senate? The architect of the strategy that led to the recent showdown in Washington joins us exclusively to discuss the next battle in the fight to eliminate ObamaCare, and why he’s not ruling out another attempt to shut down the federal government.
And will Democrats and Republicans suffer long-term wounds from these short term fights? Our political panel with CNN Political Commentators, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, Republican strategist Alex Castellanos and The New Yorker’s Washington correspondent Ryan Lizza.
Watch Sunday at 9am ET and Noon ET on CNN.