They’re determined to get members of their party elected to the House in the upcoming midterm elections. Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Rep. Steve Israel and Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee Congressman Greg Walden – discuss firing up voters when Congress is as popular as a skunk at a picnic, how race factors into opposition to the Obama administration and whether it would be easier to pass immigration reform if today’s immigrants had freckles, red hair and names like O’Toole.
Plus- a reporter round-up will detail how pings identified potentially from Flight 370’s black box are offering renewed hope that more information will emerge of just what happened to the Malaysian airliner with 239 passengers aboard.
Our political panel this week includes Cornell Belcher, Ron Brownstein and Liz Mair and they’ll dig into the resignation of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
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By Tracey Webb [twitter-follow screen_name='WebbWriterguru']
Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, April 11, 2014.
1. So long Sebelius. President Obama announced the resignation of Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Sebelius, who has been under fire because of the botched rollout of Obamacare, is leaving office on a higher note as sign-ups for the federal health insurance exchanges have topped seven million. Obama praised Sebelius, saying under her leadership the rollout "turned the corner, got it fixed, got the job done, and the final score speaks for itself." Sebelius called her tenure as HHS Secretary "the most meaningful work I’ve ever been a part of. In fact, it has been the cause of my life." Obama is nominating Office of Managment and Budget director Sylvia Matthews Burwell as Sebelius' replacement. Does Sebelius' departure give the White House a chance to rebrand Obamacare? We'll get our political panel's take Sunday on State of the Union.
By CNN's Deena Zaru [twitter-follow screen_name='DeenaZeinaCNN']
Recent successes in getting some states to recognize same-sex marriage has put the issue of states' rights center stage.
On Thursday oral arguments began in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals where a three-judge panel, made up of federal judges from around the country, will decide whether to strike down same-sex marriage bans or leave the issue of marriage up to each state.