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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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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 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
Who can beat Hillary?
March 7th, 2014
05:26 PM ET

Who can beat Hillary?

Republicans have been shopping for their 2016 Presidential candidate at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference. Is it time for Hillary Clinton to be worried?

Tonight on Crossfire at 6:30pm ET: David Bossie of Citizens United and Emily Schriock of Emily's List join Newt Gingrich and guest host Paul Begala to debate.

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We want you to weigh in: Which party has deeper divisions heading into the election?

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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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Filed under: Ben Cardin • Debates • Foreign policy • Lindsey Graham • Newt Gingrich • Obama • Outrage of the Day • Putin • Russia • Sally Kohn
March 3rd, 2014
09:14 PM ET

Gingrich: Putin's a stone cold killer

Newt Gingrich's Outrage of the Day is that people are surprised President Putin is acting like a "stone cold killer."

Gingrich: Obama's weak foreign policy is the real problem
Sally Kohn and Newt Gingrich debate Obama's foreign policy on Russia with Larry Korb and Danielle Pletka.

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Does Obama or Putin have the stronger hand?
March 3rd, 2014
04:34 PM ET

Does Obama or Putin have the stronger hand?

Tonight on Crossfire, President Barack Obama said the United States is examining a series of economic and diplomatic steps to "isolate Russia," and he called on Congress to work with his administration on an economic assistance package for Ukraine. But Republicans think Obama is mishandling Russia. FULL STORY

At 6:30pm ET on Crossfire: Larry Korb, who supports the President, and Danielle Pletka, one of Obama's harshest critics, join Newt Gingrich and guest host Sally Kohn to debate the crisis in Ukraine.

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We want you to weigh in: Who has a stronger hand in the Ukrainian crisis?

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Filed under: Danielle Pletka • Fireback • Foreign policy • In the Crossfire • Larry Korb • Newt Gingrich • Obama • Putin • Russia • Sally Kohn • Ukraine
Is America turning into a nanny state?
February 27th, 2014
05:46 PM ET

Is America turning into a nanny state?

Choosing healthier foods at the grocery store may soon be a little easier, thanks to First Lady Michelle Obama.

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing several changes to the nutrition labels you see on packaged foods and beverages. If approved, the new labels would place a bigger emphasis on total calories, added sugars and certain nutrients, such as Vitamin D and potassium. FULL STORY

Is the first lady’s initiative going too far, or is it the government's job to help regulate what we eat?

At 6:30pm ET on Crossfire: Margo Wootan, a health and nutrition activist, and Rick Berman, who opposes government overreach, join Newt Gingrich and Sally Kohn to debate.

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We want you to weigh in: Should government have a role in reducing obesity?

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

Filed under: Fireback • Health • In the Crossfire • Margo Wootan • Michelle Obama • Newt Gingrich • Rick Berman • Sally Kohn
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