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Is Obamacare a success?
March 31st, 2014
01:05 PM ET

Is Obamacare a success?

It’s Obamacare D-Day: The last day of open enrollment for health insurance without having to pay a penalty.

The White House came up one million short of their original goal of 7 million signups, but has still been touting the numbers as a success.

Many critics beg to differ that the numbers have much meaning, as the White House hasn’t given out many details as to exactly who these 6 million people are and how many have paid their premiums.

One Republican senator, John Barrasso of Wyoming, said that he doesn’t even believe the numbers and thinks the White House is “cooking the books.”

We want you to weigh in on today's Fireback question: Now that more than 6 million people have enrolled in Obamacare, do you consider it a success?

Vote by tweeting Yes or No using #Crossfire or by commenting on our Facebook post. View results below or through our Poptip results page.

UPDATE:  Thank you to everyone who joined the conversation! Here are some highlights from both sides of the debate.

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Gingrich: Inside the mind of Vladimir Putin
March 25th, 2014
09:24 PM ET

Gingrich: Inside the mind of Vladimir Putin

(CNN) - "If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles." - Sun Tzu, "The Art of War" (circa 500 BC)

It is time to take Russian President Vladimir Putin seriously. We must develop serious strategies for dealing with a serious man.

Putin has been in charge of Russia since 1999. He is arguably the most effective leader in the world today.

The Obama administration's foreign policy, meanwhile, has variously offered Putin a "reset" photo op, likened him to a "slouch ... like that bored kid sitting in the back of the classroom," and most recently, uttered meaningless protests while he annexed the territory of a sovereign state. Monday's cancellation of the G8 summit in Sochi, Russia, was really the minimum that could be done. Of course the United States and its allies could not go forward with the meeting as if nothing had happened.

The symbolic, tactical approach which is the hallmark of the Obama foreign policy is dangerous, delusional and utterly incapable of understanding or coping with a serious leader like Putin.

Indeed, there is a growing danger that the combination of strong words and weak actions (the essence of symbolic liberalism) will lead Putin to believe he can continue to incrementally rebuild the Russian Empire by gradually absorbing various pieces around the periphery.

In the year in which we mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, danger will grow dramatically if Putin decides to put pressure on Estonia, which is a member of NATO. FULL STORY

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Filed under: CNN Opinion • Newt Gingrich • Putin • Russia • Ukraine
Jones: Costly college loan? You're stuck with it
March 25th, 2014
09:19 PM ET

Jones: Costly college loan? You're stuck with it

(CNN) - If you took out a loan a few years ago to buy a flashy sports car, you could save buckets of money by refinancing at today's low rates.

But if you did the smart thing and took out federal student loans to pay for an education - sorry, you are out of luck! Federal student loans cannot be refinanced.

If that sounds insane to you, you will like the plan Sen. Elizabeth Warren unveiled in a speech recently at the Center for American Progress.

Last spring, Congress passed bipartisan legislation to lower student loan interest rates as of July 1, 2013. But they did little for people who already had borrowed at higher rates.

Say you took out a loan even a day earlier, on June 30. At that point, the congressionally mandated rate was 6.8%. You are locked into it. No matter what else Congress does to help new borrowers.

Unlike almost every other type of loan, federal student loans are set in stone even if rates change for the better. (There are private refinancing options but they have strict requirements and limited scope.) This might not constitute a crisis if college cost what it did in the 1970s. But with middle class wages flat for decades, the soaring cost of education has become a mammoth debt dilemma dragging down an entire generation.

Today, Americans hold an all-time record $1.3 trillion in student debt. It cannot be discharged by bankruptcy or even death. In some cases, Social Security benefits are being garnished to pay for a grandchild's debt if a grandparent co-signed. Parents are still paying off their own bills while contemplating putting their kids through college.

The solution is simple: Let Americans with federal student loans refinance to today's low rate. But the reason why Congress refuses to act may surprise you. FULL STORY

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Filed under: CNN Opinion • Education • Student loans • Van Jones
March 25th, 2014
10:56 AM ET

Crossfire Reloaded: Winning over millennials

S.E. Cupp explains why winning the millennial vote may be tougher than it looks for Hillary Clinton.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Reloaded • S.E. Cupp
March 21st, 2014
07:18 AM ET

Web exclusive: Should college athletes be paid?

Top college basketball teams from across the nation are facing off over the next three weeks during March Madness. The highly-anticipated sporting event is watched by millions and generates over a billion dollars, but none of that goes to the players.

Meanwhile, an attorney representing four college athletes filed a class-action lawsuit against the NCAA on Monday arguing that universities should have the option of paying players. "The reality is that it is already pro sports for everybody but the athletes," Attorney Jeffrey Kessler said in the landmark anti trust suit.

Is it time for student athletes to get paid?
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Filed under: Christine Brennan • Debates • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar • Newt Gingrich • Sports • Van Jones
March 18th, 2014
06:00 AM ET

Crossfire reloaded: Are smart guns a dumb idea?

S.E. Cupp explains why smart gun technology is not the solution to our country's gun problems.


Filed under: Guns • Reloaded • S.E. Cupp
March 13th, 2014
09:41 AM ET

Crossfire Reloaded: Is Colorado getting too high?

In the debut episode of Crossfire Reloaded, S.E. Cupp tells us what we should be paying attention to after Colorado's first month of marijuana sales. Do you agree with her?

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Filed under: Marijuana • Reloaded • S.E. Cupp
March 10th, 2014
09:13 PM ET

Santorum questions Christie's sincerity

Marc Lamont Hill asks Rick Santorum about the rifts in the Republican party including with Santorum and Gov. Christie.

Sen. Sanders on Hillary Clinton 2016
S.E. Cupp says the Democrats have a rift within their own party and Sen. Bernie Sanders responds.

Cupp: Justin Bieber is probably a bad person
S.E. Cupp was outraged at Justin Bieber's behavior at his deposition.

George Zimmerman signs autographs at gun show
Guest host Marc Lamont Hill was outraged that George Zimmerman was signing autographs of himself at a gun show.

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