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SOTU Scoop
August 7th, 2014
05:54 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

By CNN's Tracey Webb

Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, August 7, 2014.

1. Iraq. Islamic militants have taken over the country's largest Christian town. The advance of ISIS has forced thousands of Christian Iraqis and other minorities to flee or face death. "We're concerned about the welfare of the large community of Iraqi Yazidis who are stranded on Mount Sinjar without food, water, or shelter, and the Iraqi Christians who have been forced to flee from their villages in the region," said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. The White House is considering humanitarian air drops as well as airstrikes. In June, the U.S. said it was sending up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to assess conditions there and assist Iraqi forces.