By Tracey Webb
Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, February 28, 2014.
1. The Clinton papers. More than 4,000 pages of documents released by the Clinton Presidential Library is offering a new look at the workings of the Clinton White House. Among the early highlights: Hillary Clinton told Democratic leaders in Congress in 1993 that a Republican alternative to require people to get health insurance would be "a much harder sell" for her husband's administration than its ultimately defeated proposal requiring employers to provide health coverage for workers. Ironically, the mandate is the heart of what is now known as Obamacare.
Russia's Parliament signed off Saturday on President Vladimir Putin's request to send military forces into Ukraine, raising the stakes in a quickly escalating game of brinksmanship between the two countries.
Ukraine's ambassador to the United Nations is calling Russia’s actions a clear act of aggression, saying Russian troops are being deployed and increasing "every hour." Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev joins us exclusively for a live interview.
President Obama and Vladimir Putin spoke on the phone for nearly 90 minutes. Obama’s Former National Security Adviser Tom Donilon will be here to discuss the implications of rising tensions between the U.S. and Russia.
President Obama said that the US supports sovereignty of Ukraine, warning Russian President Vladimir Putin that “there will be costs” for intervening. Two members of the Senate, Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin and South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham on Russia’s bold move into the Crimean peninsula, and Obama’s bold move to cut the military budget back here at home.
It might have just been a quick lap around the White House with the President, but the Vice President looks to be getting into shape for more than just a West Wing jog. Can Joe Biden finally make it to the finish line in a presidential run, or will Hillary Clinton trip him up. Our political panel – former Obama insider Bill Burton, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report – weigh in on the 2016 contenders.
And in our special noon hour, the former U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Beyrle joins us for a discussion on Putin’s next move and the U.S. response. We’ll also have the latest from CNN reporters here in Washington and around the world.
Sunday 9am and Noon ET.
By Tracey Webb
Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, February 27, 2014.
1. Russia's war games. As tensions grow in Ukraine's Crimea region, Russia is conducting military exercises on the Ukrainian border. The United States is expressing concern about Russia's moves. "I expect Russia to be transparent about these activities, and I urge them not to take any steps that could be misinterpreted, or lead to miscalculation during a very delicate time - a time of great tension," said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Is the Cold War on again?
By CNN's Deena Zaru
Reality is what you choose to show and not necessarily what is; public image is invaluable and what you say can and will be used against you not only in the court of law, but in the court of public opinion; and sometimes silence is more dangerous than anything you might say.
Welcome to Washington D.C. – where if the media and the public pay attention to you, chances are you are in need of an adviser, an image consultant – and in the midst of scandal – a cunning, capable and calculating crisis manager.
Enter Olivia Pope.
By Tracey Webb
Get your daily scoop of what we're watching for February 26, 20014.
1. Arizona's anti-gay bill. Pressure is growing against a measure that would allow the Grand Canyon state's retailers to refuse service to LGBT customers based on the owners' religious convictions. More than 80 businesses have sent a letter to Gov. Jan Brewer urging her to veto the bill. "When the legislature passes bills like this, it creates a reputation that Arizona is judgmental and unwelcoming," the letter said. "This will haunt our business community for decades to come." The Hispanic National Bar Association is also pulling its 2015 convention from Phoenix to protest the bill. Brewer must sign or reject the bill by the end of this week.
It's the political drama on Washington's must see list. But what are the power couples of Netflix's 'House of Cards' watching on Sunday mornings?
This week's panel discusses the fallout from Bridgegate and its effect–or lack thereof–on Christie's political career.
Robert Costa, Penny Lee, and Ramesh Ponnuru discuss Greg Abbott's chances in the GOP primary race for Texas governor.
Actor Joe Morton plays Rowan Pope on ABC's 'Scandal' and talks to Candy about what makes the show and its such a standout for all audiences.
Govs. Mike Pence (R-IN), Dan Malloy (D-CT), Rick Perry (R-TX), and Jay Nixon (D-MO) weigh in.