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SOTU Sneak Peek for October 9, 2011
October 6th, 2011
03:00 PM ET

SOTU Sneak Peek for October 9, 2011

It’s Thursday, but our work week started yesterday. Here’s a couple things we’re talking about today. The news changes fast though, so think of this more as a guide to our show planning and less as an outline of what the broadcast will look like on Sunday.

Presidential press conferences
: President this morning continued to pressure Congress to pass his jobs plan. The plan, it was announced last night, would be paid for by a 5.6 percent tax increase on personal income over $1 million (dubbed the “millionaire’s tax”) that Senate Democrats have tacked onto the legislation. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will schedule a vote for next week; House Republicans are expected to defeat the legislation.

Presidential politics: With Chris Christie out of the presidential race once and for all, frontrunner Mitt Romney is locking up big money donors left and right. But Rick Perry raised $17 million in his first 49 days in the race. And while Herman Cain isn’t likely to raise nearly as much as Perry or Romney, some recent polls show he’s competitive with both of them.

The booking calls are out. We’ll give you an update tomorrow and as more develops.

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SOTU Sneak Peek for September 18
September 15th, 2011
01:05 PM ET

SOTU Sneak Peek for September 18

It’s Thursday, but our work week started yesterday. Here’s a few things we’re talking about today. The news changes fast though, so think of this more as a guide to our show planning and less as an outline of what the broadcast will look like on Sunday.

President Obama unveiled his jobs bill last week and has taken his message to battleground states. Top Republicans are dismissing it as “venture socialism” and “a political exercise” that won’t “actually work.” Speaker Boehner has a plan of his own that he’s set to show off later today. A compromise seems possible – at least on some issues – but political maneuvering might threaten any deal that emerges.
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SOTU Sneak Peek for September 4th...
August 31st, 2011
04:00 PM ET

SOTU Sneak Peek for September 4th...

It’s Wednesday, but our work week has just begun. Here’s a few things we’re talking about today. News changes fast though, so don’t count on us talking about everything here on Sunday

President Obama is back from vacation and Congress’ August recess is almost over; the focus is once again turning to jobs. GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman revealed his jobs plan this afternoon; the largest labor union in the country, the AFL-CIO, published its plan this morning; and President Obama has asked to address a joint session of Congress on September 7 so he can roll out his proposals before the American people.
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One week after a quarter of the country endured both an earthquake and a hurricane, there’s fresh debate over whether funding for FEMA’s relief efforts ought to be offset by cuts elsewhere in the federal budget. House Majority Whip Eric Cantor advocates for that position. Texas Rep. Ron Paul, a GOP presidential candidate, thinks we should just eliminate FEMA from the budget all together.
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September is home to three Republican presidential debates and many of the candidates have begun to shown their willingness to criticize their opponents. You won’t see most of them spending time anywhere other than the first three states to pick a candidate – Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

There’s a lot happening this week, and we’re working to pull it all together for you. Add a comment below and let us know what you think. We’ll have a guest list for you on Friday.

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