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Should Obama endorse Biden?
April 17th, 2014
05:50 PM ET

Should Obama endorse Biden?

The selfie. The “guys’ trip.” An endorsement?

Not quite.

President Barack Obama, who has never been less than glowing in public praise of his vice president, said in an interview aired Thursday that Joe Biden “will go down as one of the finest vice presidents in history” and has been “a great partner in everything that I do.”

But Obama stopped short – as he’ll likely do until a Democratic nominee emerges in 2016 – from saying he’d support Biden if he makes a third run for the White House.

“I suspect that there may be other potential candidates for 2016 who have been great friends and allies,” he told CBS News. “I know that we've got an extraordinary secretary of state who did great service for us and worked with me and Joe to help make the country safer.”

That “extraordinary” diplomat would be Hillary Clinton, the understood Democratic frontrunner whose every utterance is parsed for signs she’s closer to jumping back into the political fray.

As it happens, the last time Obama sat down with CBS for a joint interview was with Clinton as she prepared to step down as secretary of state shortly after the start of his second term. And just as he did Thursday, Obama heaped praise on the former rival.

“I think Hillary will go down as one of the finest secretary of states we've had,” he said – but again stopped short of offering his 2016 endorsement. FULL STORY

We want you to weigh in: If Joe Biden decides to run for President in 2016, should Obama endorse him?

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

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Can Michael Bloomberg defeat the NRA?
April 16th, 2014
04:29 PM ET

Can Michael Bloomberg defeat the NRA?

(CNN) - Michael Bloomberg is investing a chunk of his personal fortune to minimize the influence of the National Rifle Association.

The former New York City mayor pledged $50 million to his new group Everytown for Gun Safety, an umbrella organization for his two other gun control groups: Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. It aims to make the political climate more supportive of gun control.

The new organization plans to compete against the NRA by adopting its playbook. The NRA has built an impressive and effective organization that touts millions of members, a robust lobbying organization and a massive campaign arm.

"You've got to work at it piece by piece," Bloomberg told the The New York Times.

In its grass-roots operation, Everytown plans to increase its membership from 1.5 million to 2.5 million this year to implement its education and mobilization efforts. The group will focus on 15 states that have liberal gun laws, including Texas, Montana and Indiana. States that have advanced gun control initiatives will also receive attention, including Colorado and Washington.

"The NRA should be afraid," said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action. Women, and more particularly mothers, will be the key demographic in the outreach to curb gun violence.

"Moms are afraid that our children will be taken away. In the end, that's the emotion that's going to win." FULL STORY

We want you to weigh in: Can Michael Bloomberg and his millions defeat the NRA?

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

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Filed under: Debates • Fireback • Guns • Michael Bloomberg • NRA
April 9th, 2014
04:10 PM ET

Will you read Hillary Clinton’s memoir?

Bringing you a Crossfire Classic today. Remember when former Crossfire host Tucker Carlson lost a bet to Hillary Clinton in which he said she would not sell 1 million copies of her book?

Well, spoiler alert, she did and his punishment was to eat a shoe cake.

Today, her new memoir, which focuses on her time spent as Secretary of State, releases this June.

This book is an important one for Clinton, as it serves an opportunity for her to frame her years as America's top diplomat as a success, especially with critics charging that she had no crowning achievement during that time.

We want you to weigh in: Hillary Clinton’s new memoir will be published June 10. Will you read it? 

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

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Filed under: 2016 • Crossfire Classic • Debates • Fireback • Hillary Clinton
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?
FULL POST

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Filed under: Christine Brennan • Debates • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar • Newt Gingrich • Sports • Van Jones
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.

March 7th, 2014
10:13 PM ET

Begala: CPAC bans gay groups

Guest host, Paul Begala, was outraged that no gay groups were allowed to sponsor CPAC 2014.


Does attacking Hillary Clinton work?

Newt Gingrich and Paul Begala debate with David Bossie and Stephanie Shriock about conservatives attacking Hillary Clinton.

Begala: Ted Cruz's CPAC comments are appalling
Paul Begala argues that Sen. Ted Cruz's CPAC comments were appalling, however David Bossie does not agree.

Gingrich: Obama's failures travel with him
Newt Gingrich was outraged that others were outraged because Obama will be on vacation this weekend. He thinks Obama will be just as ineffective.

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Filed under: 2014 Elections • 2016 • David Bossie • Debates • GOP • Hillary Clinton • Newt Gingrich • Obama • Paul Begala • Stephanie Shriock
March 6th, 2014
09:13 PM ET

Graham Now Says Obama's Done Good Job

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) who has been a harsh critic of President Obama's foreign policy, now says in the last 24 hours, Obama has done a very good job in handling the Russia/ Ukraine crisis.

Kohn: GOP undermining Obama's leadership
Sally Kohn asks Sen. Lindsey Graham about his recent criticism on President Obama and if it's undermining him on the world stage.

Is Ukraine related to Benghazi?
Sally Kohn questions Sen. Graham on his connection from Benghazi to the Ukraine crisis.

Kohn: Obama vs. Putin? That's sick!
Sally Kohn was outraged that The Daily Caller put out a survey who would make a better President: Obama or Putin.

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Are Republicans undermining Obama on world stage?
March 6th, 2014
04:19 PM ET

Are Republicans undermining Obama on world stage?

President Obama signed an Executive Order Thursday allowing the U.S. government to impose a host of sanctions on both individuals and entities deemed to be violating Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. FULL STORY

Is the President's Ukraine diplomacy paying off or failing? At 6:30pm ET on Crossfire, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) go head-to-head in a debate joined by Newt Gingrich and guest host Sally Kohn.

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Sen. Graham has been highly critical of the President’s foreign policy, calling him "weak and indecisive" and going as far as blaming Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Benghazi.

In a CNN Opinion column, Kohn argues that the Republican attacks on Obama are hurting America’s global standing.

We want you to weigh in: Do you think GOP criticism of Obama undermines him on the world stage?

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

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Filed under: Ben Cardin • Debates • Fireback • Foreign policy • In the Crossfire • Lindsey Graham • Obama • Putin • Russia • Sally Kohn
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