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.
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