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SOTU Scoop
June 18th, 2014
03:25 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

By CNN's Tracey Webb

Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, June 18, 2014.

1. The crisis in Iraq. Iraq's military says it has prevented Islamic militants from taking over the country's largest oil refinery. But ISIS fighters, who have already seized control of parts of the country, are still trying to take over the city of Baquba, which is just 37 miles from Baghdad. Meanwhile President Obama is set to meet with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi about possible steps the U.S. will take to quell the chaos in Iraq.

2. Obama's plunging poll numbers. A series of international crises appear to be taking a toll on how Americans think President Obama is handling foreign policy. According to a new NBC News/Wall Street journal poll, only 37% of Americans asked approve of the job the President is doing on foreign policy, while 57% disapprove. The poll was taken before the current events in Iraq began dominating the news. An even more troubling number for Obama is what Americans think of his ability to govern. The survey found 54% no longer believe he is able to lead the country and get the job done, compared with 42% who expressed confidence that he can run the nation.

3. The Cheneys blast Obama. Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz Cheney slammed President Obama's foreign policy in Wall Street Journal op-ed. "Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many," the Cheneys write. "Instead, he abandoned Iraq and we are watching American defeat snatched from the jaws of victory." Dick Cheney was one of the architects of the 2003 invasion of Iraq and he and his daughter are among a number of neoconservatives who are now blaming Obama for the crisis.

4. Redskins' trademark axed. Washington's NFL team has been stripped of its trademark protection. The U.S. Patent and Trademark office said it was canceling the team's exclusive marketing rights because the name "Redskins" is "disparaging of Native Americans." The team is expected to appeal the ruling and can retain its trademark protection through the appeals process. While the Patent and Trademark office's decision is largely symbolic for now, it is seen as part of a mounting effort to get the team's name changed. "Daniel Snyder may be the last person in the world to realize this, but it's just a matter of time until he is forced to do the right thing and change the name," said Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, who is one of several lawmakers who have called on Snyder to change the name.

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