State of the Union's Early Bird for February 5, 2012
February 5th, 2012
04:44 AM ET
11 years ago

State of the Union's Early Bird for February 5, 2012

(CNN)-It's early, and State of the Union is bringing you the best of the morning headlines to go with your cup of coffee.

On our radar:  Mitt Romney wins handily in Nevada, but his opponents vow to carry on.

Check out what we're reading, and watch our interviews today with Governors Bob McDonnell (R-VA) and Martin O'Malley (D-MD) today at 9am/12pm ET.



Nevada caucuses 2012: 5 takeaways

Conservatives are still, as a group, resistant to Romney, and yet they can’t settle on a single option they want to rally behind. Santorum and Gingrich have, over the last two weeks, suggested that the other bow out in order for conservatives to get behind one person. But the hour is growing late for conservatives to make their voices heard, beyond a protest non-Romney vote, and with a specific candidate.

Gingrich Patron Could Have a Plan B: Romney

Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino executive keeping Newt Gingrich’s presidential hopes alive, has relayed assurances to Mitt Romney that he will provide even more generous support to his candidacy if he becomes the Republican nominee, several associates said in interviews here.

Gingrich campaign paid off some debts, still owes $600,000

Fundraising by the former House speaker’s campaign has stepped up markedly since then and Gingrich just last month cut by half the $1.2 million owed in October 2010. Still, several outstanding creditors remain.

At the end of last year, he owed a total of $1.19 million


Russia, China veto U.N. action on Syria; opposition group calls for strike

U.S. Ambassador Rice said the United States was "disgusted" at the veto by Russia and China.

Referring to Russia, she said, "This intransigence is even more shameful when you consider that one of these members continues to deliver weapons to Assad."


Afghan civilian deaths hit record high in 2011, U.N. report says

Last year was the deadliest for civilians in the decade-long U.S.-led war in Afghanistan, according to a U.N. report released Saturday.

The report said 3,021 civilians were killed in 2011, an 8 percent increase from 2010. It was the fifth consecutive year that the number of deaths has increased.

The conflict last year also had an unprecedented impact on refugees, forcing 185,632 Afghans from their homes in 2011, an increase of 45 percent from the previous year.

U.S. Plans Shift to Elite Units as It Winds Down in Afghanistan

The United States’ plan to wind down its combat role in Afghanistan a year earlier than expected relies on shifting responsibility to Special Operations forces that hunt insurgent leaders and train local troops, according to senior Pentagon officials and military officers. These forces could remain in the country well after the NATO mission ends in late 2014.

The United States has about 90,000 troops in Afghanistan, with 22,000 of them expected to leave by this fall. No schedule has been set for the pace of withdrawal for the 68,000 American troops who will remain, although some administration officials are advocating for Mr. Obama to order another reduction by the summer of 2013.


Thanks for reading!

Watch State of the Union with Candy Crowley Sundays at 9am ET. For the latest from State of the Union click here.

Filed under: TV-State of the Union
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. scott

    I guess what amazes me on how much CNN has not told the real story of the "lack" o voters that voted yesterday. I see all the mormans voted but the amount of people voted was dismal. When you have that ew of votes to get a "blowout" then I really wouldnt call it that,

    February 5, 2012 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  2. scott

    how much was spent on Romneys ads is about 1000.00 per vote he got to actually vote , I know money can buy you alot in Nevada but REALLY? 🙂

    February 5, 2012 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    This may be hard for the reality challenged wingnuts but . . . by 2008 the republicans had put our country in the crapper, yet they still had more republicans voting in primaries than the republican clown show is attracting in 2012.

    February 5, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Right wingnuts say Plan Parenthood is bad. Do they really think that unplanned parenthood is good? Why don't republicans think that breast exams and cancer screening programs for women are good? No wonder they are opposed to the Affordable Care Act.

    February 5, 2012 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Last night Romney pledged to cut taxes (his plan favors the rich ) cut government spending , and increase spending for the military. Does he know that the only revenue that will make his stupidity possible will then come from cuts in social security, medicare, veterans, and programs that help the poor and middle class?

    February 5, 2012 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    According to Romney, losing 750,000 jobs a month under Bush was better than gaining 250,000 private sector jobs a month under Obama.

    February 5, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  7. diridi

    America is changing in a right direction on a right track. Yes, it is changing. Now world is respecting America than ever before. Yes, it is a definitely a good news. These Republican idiots, and Fox news thugs, do not know any thing about this nation other than propagating just color. Shame on them. Only An Educated can comprehend. Emerging markets are realizing that they need America for their growth. America now is going in right direction. Because of Obama's foreign-policy. Romney does not have any idea of America, except shipping jobs overseas, and taking money from KB Toys after declaring bankruptcy. shame. America needs Education. Yes, yes, yes, it is.

    February 5, 2012 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Sunday morning news shows are a waste of time. They are merely outlets for the GOBP to spread its latest propaganda. Studies show the number of guests from the right exceeds the number from the left by 2 or 3 to 1. Anyone who thinks these shows have any value or worth should rethink the basis for those beliefs.

    February 5, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  9. w l jones

    Just think if all the stimulus money given to candidate were loan to small business we would have a robust economy for years to come. Bless

    February 5, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  10. Portland tony

    @any mouse .....All the right leaning folks, including evangelicals, should be in church on Sunday Morning so how can this be? Maybe DVR...huh!

    February 5, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  11. T'sah From Virginia

    MITTens is so proud of "winning" Nevada and NO ONE mentions the actual numbers of the turnout... Almost 50% of only 20,000 or 30,000 votes means.....???? Nothing. There are 400,000 registered voters in NV – Where are they?

    Okay, this was a caucus but remember President Obama caucuses??? The Republicans argument about STRENGTHS in small numbers is NOT going to work!!!

    Obama 2012!

    February 5, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |