House Intel Chair Mike Rogers & Ranking Member Dutch Ruppersberger on the situation in Afghanistan.
Rep. Peter King (R) and Rep Lynn Woolsey (D) on the pros and cons of drones used overseas and in the U.S.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen weighs in on the mission in Afghanistan moving forward: NATO must operate abroad to defend interests.
NATO must be willing to be involved in conflict away from the immediate geography of the member nations, the group's secretary general told CNN's Candy Crowley on Sunday.
Rasmussen was responding to a Security Clearance article by CNN Foreign Affairs Reporter Elise Labott which reported that the decade-long NATO involvement in Afghanistan has produced what some have described as collective fatigue among European allies and questions about whether NATO should be involved in conflicts outside of Europe's backyard.FULL STORY
Another jam-packed show this week. Leading off, the now-former Republican presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich talked to Candy about his victorious opponent, Mitt Romney and how he plans to help him in his general election campaign. He also discussed Tuesday's Indiana GOP Senate primary. Former Republican Virginia Congressman, Tom Davis and Ohio’s former governor, Democrat Ted Strickland joined Candy to discuss the politics of the crucial battleground states. Following their meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Candy talked to Rep. Mike Rogers and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the heads of the House and Senate Intelligence committees about the challenges the United States still faces in Afghanistan. Finally, National Journal correspondent Major Garrett and economists Alice Rivlin and Douglas Holtz-Eakin dissected the April unemployment numbers and their impact on the 2012 campaign.
State of the Union Highlights
It was a big morning of breaking news today on State of the Union. After deadly tornadoes swept through the Midwest overnight, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback gave Candy an update on the damage done in his state.
Meanwhile, in Afghanistan the Taliban launched a coordinated series of attacks in Kabul and across the country. First on CNN, ISAF Spokesman Jimmie Cummings praised the response of Afghan National Security Forces to the attacks.
Also first on CNN, Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker spoke to Candy while his embassy in Kabul was on lockdown. He said that the attacks showed that the US still needed a military presence in Afghanistan.
After a week in which the “War on Women” was at the forefront of political discourse, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Rep. Carolyn Maloney discussed the politics of gender.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus downplayed the potential impact of the so-called Buffett Rule and questioned President Obama’s priorities in promoting it.
Amb. Crocker: "The Afghan national security forces pretty much have the situation under control in Kabul now. Still some reports of a couple of terrorists out there, but I think this one is clearly winding down."
U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker talks to CNN from the Kabul Embassy after it's forced to lock down due to Taliban violence.
Amb. Crocker: "Attacks like this demonstrate why we need to be here. ... It also shows there's a very dangerous enemy out there with capabilities and with safe havens in Pakistan. To get out before the Afghans have a full grip on security, which is a couple of years out, would be to invite the Taliban, Haqqani, and al Qaeda back in and set the stage for another 9/11. And that, I think, is an unacceptable risk for any American."FULL STORY
Fmr. U.S. Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad and fmr. Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair discuss the tense relationship.
Afghanistan's ambassador to the U.S. Eklil Hakimi discusses Afghan-U.S. relations.
Following a shooting rampage that left 16 Afghan civilians dead, new questions are being raised about how the United States should continue fighting the war in Afghanistan. Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Friday sharply criticized the United States for not cooperating with their investigation into the killings. Have relations between the two countries ever been more tenuous? We’ll ask the Afghan Ambassador to the United States, Eklil Hakimi in an exclusive interview.
Then, we’ll change gears and focus on politics and the 2012 presidential race. Fresh off his twin victories in Alabama and Mississippi, Rick Santorum will join us from the campaign trail. Can he maintain the momentum this weekend in Puerto Rico and on Tuesday in Illinois? Should conservatives ditch Newt Gingrich to consolidate around him? We’ll ask.
And finally, we’ll tie up the loose ends with former Obama White House Communications Director Anita Dunn and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie.
Stay tuned for more as we continue our booking efforts.
There is no shortage of stories dominating the news this week, but what will be leading the headlines on Sunday morning? These are some of the stories we are looking at this week.
Santorum takes the Deep South: Rick Santorum won the Republican presidential primaries in Alabama and Mississippi last night. He's solidified his position as the favorite candidate for the GOP's conservative base. Santorum may have the momentum, but Romney has the delegate count in his favor. Last week, the Gingrich campaign said they had to win Alabama and Mississippi to remain credible. But there are no signs of Gingrich bowing out. Last night he asserted he would continue to the national convention in Tampa.