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SOTU Scoop
October 25th, 2013
05:33 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

By Allison Brennan and Deena Zaru

Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, October 25, 2013:

1. A Strained Alliance Saudi Arabia is unhappy with the U.S. to say the least, threatening to “scale back” the countries’ strong alliance over disapproval of recent efforts by the U.S. to warm up to Iran. Both the Saudis and the Israelis have urged the U.S. not to buy into Iran’s “charm offensive.” Last week Saudi Arabia decided not to join the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member, citing the Council’s failure to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and their failure to stop the bloodshed in Syria, which further strained the decades-long alliance between the U.S. and the Saudi Arabia. Prince Bandar bin Sultan al-Saud criticized what he considers a weak U.S. approach in handling Syria, accusing Obama of being indecisive and failing to act more aggressively against Bashar Al-Assad. The Saudis’ frustration is fueled by fears of a change in the balance of power in the Middle East as they pressure the U.S. to take a stronger position against Iran and Syria. If Saudi Arabia continues to turn a cold shoulder toward the U.S., Jordan and the United Arab Emirates might be the only strong remaining Arab allies, threatening Israeli and American interests in the region.

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Sunday on State of the Union
October 24th, 2013
07:19 PM ET

Sunday on State of the Union

Not a great week for President Obama’s Foreign Policy. Documents show we’re listening to our friends’ phone calls, including cozy allies like Germany and France. Add to that a report that Iran may be just one month away from making a nuclear bomb, and a another report that Saudi Arabia is contemplating a “major shift” in its relations with the U.S. over perceived inaction over Syria. House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) joins us for an exclusive interview.

Healthcare.gov Reboot. The Administration promises the site will be fixed by the end of November, but 10 Democratic Senators have asked Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to extend the open enrollment period. We’re joined by Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a Health Policy Adviser to the Obama Administration from 2009-2011 and Congressman John Fleming, a Republican and one-time Louisiana Family Doctor of the Year.

CNN Political Commentators Ross Douthat and Cornell Belcher will join A.B. Stoddard from The Hill to put everything in perspective.

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Filed under: Mike Rogers • State of the Union • This Sunday...
SOTU Scoop
October 24th, 2013
04:59 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

By Tracey Webb

Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, October 24, 2013

1. Obamacare website hearing. Contractors for the problem plagued federal health care website faced a grilling from lawmakers Thursday. The contractors denied any culpability and instead blamed the government for the website's failures. Meanwhile angry exchanges erupted between Republicans who oppose Obamacare and Democrats who defended it. Rep. Fred Upton, the Republican chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, called the website rollout "nothing short of a disaster." One of the committee's Democrats, Rep. Frank Pallone accused Republicans of not having "clean hands" on the issue. "Their effort is not to make things better," said Pallone.

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SOTU Scoop
October 23rd, 2013
05:51 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

By Tracey Webb

Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, October 23, 2013

1. Obamacare's troubles. The federal website to register millions of Americans for the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, is dominating headlines. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviewed Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about the website's troubles and warnings that there could be problems. "We moved forward because millions of people have been waiting for health care insurance," Sebelius said.

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October 20th, 2013
03:07 PM ET

Sen. Ted Cruz brushes off threats to his safety

Capitol police are investigating threats TX Sen. Ted Cruz started receiving since he became the face of the shutdown.


Filed under: Newsmakers • State of the Union • Ted Cruz
October 20th, 2013
12:00 PM ET

McCain: Shutdown tactics ‘fool’s errand’

Senator John McCain talks with CNN's Gloria Borger about the GOP strategy during the federal government shutdown.


Filed under: John McCain • Newsmakers • State of the Union
October 20th, 2013
11:55 AM ET

GOP strategist: Shutdown strategy hurt the brand

GOP consultant Alex Castellanos: Cruz needs to "learn the difference between standing for principle and standing in front of a train."

October 20th, 2013
11:53 AM ET

McCain: Cruz 2016 run attractive to many voters

Sen. John McCain says a Ted Cruz presidential run in 2016 would be attractive to many voters.


Filed under: John McCain • Newsmakers • State of the Union
October 20th, 2013
11:34 AM ET

Cruz: GOP failed because they "didn't unite"

Sen. Ted Cruz tells CNN's Dana Bash that is wasn't the strategy behind the shutdown that failed, but the fact that the GOP didn't unite behind it.


Filed under: Newsmakers • State of the Union • Ted Cruz
October 20th, 2013
11:32 AM ET

McCain: Can’t go at Obamacare “with a meat ax”

McCain: can’t go at Obamacare “with a meat ax”

Responding to calls for the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Senator John McCain said “let’s have Congressional hearings” over Obamacare’s failure to launch.

He called the Affordable Care Act a “fiasco.” Sebelius will not attend Congressional hearings scheduled to begin Thursday, but McCain said “let’s find out who is responsible.”

“This is just the beginning of the problems associated with a massive restructuring of one-fifth of our economy,” he said.

The White House announced that 475,000 have registered under the ACA, and McCain told CNN’s Gloria Borger on State of the Union that he was “glad they finally came through with some information.”

“It’s ridiculous and everybody knows that,” he said. But Republicans need to “rifle shot” Obamacare and stop going at it with a “meat ax,” said the Arizona Senator.


Filed under: John McCain • Newsmakers • State of the Union
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