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SOTU Scoop
April 9th, 2014
06:11 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, April 9, 2014

1. Obama at Fort Hood. President Obama returned to Fort Hood to attend a memorial service for soldiers killed in a gun rampage last week. He first visited the army base nearly five years ago after a similar tragedy. "I'm determined that we will continue to step up our efforts to reach our troops and veterans who are hurting. To deliver to them the care that they need and to make sure we never stigmatize those who have the courage to seek help," Obama told family, friends and service members who attended the service. Fort Hood officials say Army Specialist Ivan Lopez opened fire on the base on April 2, killing three fellow soldiers and wounding 16 others before turning the gun on himself. Authorities say Lopez had been undergoing treatment for mental health issues.

2. Closing in on Flight 370? Searchers picked up two new underwater pulse sounds that are giving them hope they may be closer to finding the missing Malaysian jetliner. The Australian ship Ocean Shield picked detected a pair of pulse sounds Saturday and a second set Tuesday. All four signals were within 17 miles of each other. "I believe we are searching in the right area, but we need to visually identify wreckage before we can confirm with certainty that this is the final resting place of MH370," said Australian Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, who is coordinating the search. Flight 370, which was carrying 239 passengers and crew, vanished without a trace 33 days ago.

3. Pay gap politics. A bill to even the wage gap between men and women has stalled in the Senate. Republicans blocked the Democrat-backed measure, saying laws to against pay discrimination are already on the books. GOP lawmakers attempted to offer several amendments but Democrats refused to allow votes on them. The so-called paycheck equity is one of several economic issues Democrats hoping will help them in this year's midterm elections. Democrats won the women's vote by an 11-point margin in 2012, while Republicans narrowly won women by 49%-48% in the 2010 congressional races.

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