New Year, but old troubles for the Obama Administration. Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling on the White House push to restore unemployment insurance for 1.3 million Americans who lost it on Dec 28th.
2014 is an election year and Republican governors want Americans to look at the states, not the hyper-partisan gridlocked Congress – for the definition of a Republican. An exclusive interview with Governor Scott Walker on rebranding the GOP and whether he's considering a run in 2016. And an update on the frigid conditions for the NFL playoff game in Green Bay and what they’re doing to keep the fans safe.
Plus, what’s going on with all the legal challenges to ObamaCare and same-sex marriage. We’ll talk to veteran Supreme Court reporter Joan Biskupic of Reuters. And Republicans need just a net gain of 6 to wrest control from Harry Reid. Helping us preview the top races of 2014 is Stu Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Political Report, along with CNN Commentator Cornell Belcher and Mattie Duppler of Americans For Tax Reform.
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Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, January 2, 2014. Happy New Year!
1. Newspapers: Give Snowden a break. Two of the world's leading newspapers are urging clemency for NSA leaker Edward Snowden. The New York Times says Snowden should be allowed to return home. "He may have committed a crime... but he has done his country a great service," the Times said in an editorial. "It is time for the United States to offer Mr. Snowden plea bargain or some form of clemency." The Guardian is also calling for leniency for Snowden. "We hope that calm heads within the present administration are working on a strategy to allow Mr. Snowden to return to the U.S. with dignity, and the president to use his executive powers to treat him humanely and in a manner that would be a shining example about the value of whistleblowers and of free speech itself," the London newspaper said.