By Tracey Webb [twitter-follow screen_name='WebbWriterguru']
Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, February 20, 2014.
1. Ukraine's truce collapses. At least 100 people are reported dead and 500 more injured from violent clashes after Ukraine's hours-long truce with anti-government demonstrators crumbled. Demonstrators claim they're being targeted by snipers, while the government is accusing protesters of taking some police officers hostage. European Union officials are in Kiev for talks with both sides and Russia is sending a mediator for negotiations even as it blames the unrest on demonstrators. A senior Obama administration official says U.S. sanctions against Ukraine are being "fast-tracked" and President Obama has warned the Ukrainian government of "consequences" if the bloodshed continues. Could the Ukraine crisis be turning into a proxy war between the U.S. and Russia?
By Tracey Webb [twitter-follow screen_name='WebbWriterguru']
Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, February 19, 2014
1. The Ukraine blowup. The United States and the European Union are considering sanctions against Ukraine after violent clashes have left 26 people dead and hundreds more injured. Anti-government demonstrators have been protesting in the country's capital Kiev since November, when President President Viktor Yanukovych reversed a decision to sign a trade deal with the E.U. and instead forge closer ties with Russia. Ukraine's foreign minister told CNN extremist groups and opposition parties are responsible for the violence, but the Obama administration disagrees. "We hold the Ukranian government primarily responsible for making sure that it is dealing with peaceful protesters in an appropriate way, that the Ukrainian people are able to assemble and speak freely about their interests without fear of repression," President Obama said.
By CNN's Ellen Van de Mark [twitter-follow screen_name='EllenVdM']
My grandfather’s pocketwatch is one of my favorite possessions. It dates back to the turn of the 20th century. My dad kept it in an old cigar box for many years. A forgotten artifact of another time. It no longer winds and the initials that were engraved once have been rubbed down from use. But I love it. It has a history and story that is intertwined with my own.
A few years ago I started on a journey back through time and the origins of my family. It was prompted in large part due to my father's waning health and a fear that his story might be lost if I didn't start recording it. I had no idea where that journey would lead and how grateful I would be to have started the trek.
State of the Union's sneak peek at this week's Memorial Day special.
This Memorial Day weekend, a time to honor those who have given their life in service to their country, State of the Union explores how this country cares for its warriors lucky enough to come home alive.
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.
The Final GOP Primary Debate? The remaining GOP candidates faced off in what could be the final GOP debate last night in Arizona. Mitt Romney had a much needed strong showing and, aided by the other candidates, kept Santorum on the defensive about his conservative record in Washington. Will it be enough to win over voters in his home state of Michigan? Romney is currently in a statistical dead heat in Michigan with only days to go before that state’s contest. Did Romney do enough to paint Santorum as a Washington-insider and past his own opposition to the auto-bailout for Michigan voters? Or will voters from his home state deal a serious blow to the already struggling front-runner?
As the clock ticks down to the South Carolina Primary on Saturday, the Republican field continues to narrow after both Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman drop out of the race. The remaining candidates push their case to be the anti-Romney candidate, claiming they have the best chance to beat President Obama.
What a difference a week makes: A week ago people were predicting it could all be over after South Carolina, but that was several polls, two more candidates, a testy debate and a recount ago. Rick Perry drops out of the race, days after his appearance on State of the Union telling Candy his intention was to stay in the race through Florida. Today he says he sees ‘no viable path forward’ and instead throws his support behind Newt Gingrich as ‘a conservative visionary who can transform our country.” Jon Huntsman also ended his presidential bid this week, dropping out on Monday and throwing his support behind Mitt Romney.
This Sunday we’re live from Des Moines, Iowa ahead of Tuesday’s first-in-the-nation caucuses. Our focus will be squarely on the Hawkeye State as the GOP candidates make their closing arguments to voters.
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A sneak peek of some stories we’re following today, but what will be leading the headlines on Sunday morning?
All quiet on the Iraq front? After almost nine years, nearly 4,500 Americans lives, more than 30,000 wounded, and an estimated 100,000 Iraqi civilians killed, the military declares an official end to the war in Iraq in a ceremony in Baghdad on Thursday. Just 200 troops will remain as part of the diplomatic mission along with almost 15,000 U.S. Embassy personnel. Questions remain about the future of a country marked by almost a decade of violence, a fledgling new democracy and a strained infrastructure. Will the pullout of US troops bring a resurgence of bloodshed?
There is no shortage of stories dominating the news this week, but what will be leading the headlines on Sunday morning?
World AIDS Day: This year marks the 30th anniversary of the first reported AIDS cases with a theme of “Getting to Zero” (Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths). President Obama, alongside former Presidents Bush and Clinton announced a renewed commitment to eradicating the disease on a global level.
The Arab Spring and other hotspots around the world...
There is no shortage of stories in the news this week, but what will be leading the headlines on Sunday morning?
Candy is in California today to sit down with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. They’ll discuss bringing jobs back to Los Angeles, immigration, and his relationship with President Obama. A strong Obama supporter, Villaraigosa, as part of a mayoral delegation, urged the president and congressional leaders to work together on creating jobs. Locally he’s proposed several initiatives to use tax revenue on infrastructure projects in order to create jobs.
The clock ticks down: With just two weeks to go before the supercommittee deadline, can they find real compromise on reducing the deficit? Does a Republican proposal put forward this week that includes tax increases indicate a step forward for both sides? We’ll talk exclusively with House supercommitte co-chair Rep. Jeb Hensarling and two senators on either side of the debate.