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November 24th, 2013
01:35 AM ET

This Sunday...

Geneva, Switzerland (CNN) - A historic deal was struck early Sunday between Iran and six world powers over Tehran's nuclear program that slows the country's nuclear development program in exchange for lifting some sanctions while a more formal agreement is worked out. We'll talk to Secretary of State John Kerry about the deal Sunday at 9am/ 12pm ET on State of the Union with Candy Crowley.


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SOTU Scoop
November 22nd, 2013
04:43 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

By Tracey Webb

1. The terrorist threat.  Is the U.S. safer from terrorism now than five, 10 years ago?  The administration has said the core of Al Qaeda has been largely decimated but breakout cells and affiliates have cropped up.  How far is the terrorists' reach? What type of attacks does the U.S. still potentially face?  Is the intelligence community effectively connecting the dots?  Where are we most vulnerable?  We get answers from the chairs of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Mike Rogers this Sunday on State of the Union.

2. GOP to Dems: You'll be sorry.  A day after Senate Democrats exercised the so-called nuclear option to change the filibuster rules, the long-term political fallout is still in question.   But Republicans say Democrats will eventually pay a price, perhaps as early as next year's mid-term elections. "The solution to this problem is an election. The solution to this problem is at the ballot box," Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said.  "We look forward to having a great election on 2014."  A mistake by Senate Dems?  Be sure to watch our all-star political panel Sunday on State of the Union.

3. Deal or no deal, Part 2.  Secretary of State John Kerry is headed back to Geneva to rejoin talks on a potential nuclear deal with Iran.  Kerry is going back to the negotiating table "with the goal of continuing to help narrow the differences and move closer to an agreement," said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.  Kerry took part in negotiations earlier this month, but the U.S., its European allies and Iran fell short of an agreement.  The potential deal's framework would require Iran not to pursue a nuclear weapon in exchange for an easing of crippling economic sanctions.

4. Walker's immigration fix. Immigration reform may be at a standstill in Washington but Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker is offering his solution: make it easier for qualified immigrants to come to the United States legally and focus less on the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants. "From an immigration standpoint it's simple," Walker said. "If you want to come into America today legally, it is very, very difficult from my point of view, to do so on a timely basis... We should be finding a way for that to be easier to do in the United States."  Walker has been mentioned as a potential 2016 White House contender Could he be trying to thread the needle on an issue that has cost Republicans?

5. Cell phones in flight? Not so fast.  The Federal Communications Commission is considering rules that would allow air travelers to talk on their cell phones during flight.  The proposal has the support of the head of the FCC, but many consumers are making it clear they don't like the plan and the nation's flight attendants have their back. "Passengers overwhelming reject cell phone use in the aircraft cabin.  The FCC should not proceed with this proposal," the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA said in a statement. "Passengers making phone calls could extend beyond a mere nuisance, creating negative effects on aviation safety and security that are great and far too risky."  Makes you think twice about sitting next someone talking on the cell phone during a three-hour flight.

SOTU Scoop
November 21st, 2013
05:44 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

By Tracey Webb

Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, November 21,  2013

1.  Senate Democrats drop the bomb.  Out of frustration over Republicans blocking President Obama's judicial and executive nominees, Senate Democrats voted to change the chamber's filibuster rules.  Under the old rules, breaking a filibuster required 60 votes.  But by backing the so-called "nuclear option," the Democratically-controlled Senate can now end the filbuster with 51 votes.  "It is time to get the Senate working again, not for the good of the current democratic majority or some future Republican majority, but for the good of the United States of America.  It is time to change."  said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) Nevada.   Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell suggested Democrats were only trying to change the subject.  "This is not a very proud day in the history of the Senate," said McConnell.  "In order to distract attention away from Obamacare, the Senate has just broken the rules in order to change the rules."  Will the change clear the path for the President's nominees or ramp up an already bitterly partisan environment in the Senate?  Try both.

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A Journey Through Time
November 21st, 2013
02:42 PM ET

A Journey Through Time

By CNN's Ellen Van de Mark

My grandfather’s pocketwatch is one of my favorite possessions. It dates back to the turn of the 20th century. My dad kept it in an old cigar box for many years. A forgotten artifact of another time. It no longer winds and the initials that were engraved once have been rubbed down from use. But I love it. It has a history and story that is intertwined with my own.

A few years ago I started on a journey back through time and the origins of my family.  It was prompted in large part due to my father's waning health and a fear that his story might be lost if I didn't start recording it.  I had no idea where that journey would lead and how grateful I would be to have started the trek.

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SOTU Scoop
November 20th, 2013
04:40 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

By Nefi Alarcon

Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, November 20, 2013.

Congressman's cocaine bust: Earlier this year, on his first day on the job, we interviewed first-term Republican Rep. Trey Radel about how he planned to change Washington. “I want to be a conservative voice that stands up for what is right and does the right thing,” he said.

Court documents show Radel was caught last month in a sting operation buying a small amount of cocaine in Washington D.C.. Today he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession and was sentenced to a year of probation.

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November 17th, 2013
10:11 AM ET

Barrasso: Obamacare fix a 'political band-aid'

Senator John Barrasso and Congressman James Clyburn discuss the lasting impact of the Obamacare launch.

November 17th, 2013
10:09 AM ET

Trusting the government on health care?

Senator John Barrasso and Congressman James Clyburn discuss Americans losing trust in government after Obamacare launch.


Filed under: James Clyburn • John Barrasso • Newsmakers • State of the Union
November 17th, 2013
10:08 AM ET

Nervous Dems break with party for GOP fix

Senator John Barrasso and Congressman James Clyburn discuss the 39 Democrats who are supporting a GOP Obamacare fix.

November 17th, 2013
09:17 AM ET

Netanyahu on Iran: Increase the pressure

"Increase the pressure on Iran because it's finally working," says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He calls the P5+1 deal discussed in Geneva "exceedingly bad."

November 17th, 2013
09:17 AM ET

Netanyahu: Iran is not a partisan issue

Netanyahu says Republicans and Democrats alike are calling for tougher sanctions & to preserve sanctions "as they are."

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