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"Documented" star detained
July 15th, 2014
04:56 PM ET

"Documented" star detained

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and undocumented immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas suspected he wouldn't get out.

His fear came to fruition Tuesday morning when he was detained at a Texas airport while trying to pass through security en route to Los Angeles, said Ryan Eller, campaign director for Define American, a group Vargas founded in 2011.

At 6:30pm ET, Newt Gingrich and Van Jones host a debate with Reps. Michele Bachmann and Charlie Rangel about the immigration crisis in the United States.

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Filed under: Charles Rangel • Fireback • Immigration • In the Crossfire • Michele Bachmann • Newt Gingrich • Politics • Race • Van Jones
July 14th, 2014
09:13 PM ET

Racism directed at the President

Paul Begala brings up some of the racism the President has had to endure in light of Attorney General Eric Holder's recent comments. Holder said he sees "racial animus" in strident Republican opposition to some Obama administration policies. Newt Gingrich, Tim Phillips and Neera Tanden debate.

In the Crossfire: the Perry, Paul duel
Paul Begala and Newt Gingrich debate Gov. Perry and Sen. Paul's dueling op-eds with Tim Phillips and Neera Tanden.

Gingrich outraged Israel under attack
Newt Gingrich is outraged that Israel is under attack and Paul Begala agrees with him.

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Filed under: 2016 • Debates • Eric Holder • Israel • Neera Tanden • Newt Gingrich • Outrage of the Day • Paul Begala • Politics • Race • Rand Paul • Rick Perry • Tim Phillips
Bundy's racist remarks cause a stir in Washington
April 24th, 2014
02:56 PM ET

Bundy's racist remarks cause a stir in Washington

(CNN) – What started out as a standoff over land rights may be turning into a controversy over race.

Racist comments from Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy – who earlier this month appeared to win a highly publicized standoff against federal authorities over his two-decade long illegal grazing of cattle on public land – are giving Democrats a new weapon to attack some top Republicans who earlier came to Bundy's defense.

And the controversial comments also call into question moves by Fox News and some conservative media that highlighted the story and painted Bundy as a hero in his battle against federal authorities.

Bundy, 67, won his standoff against federal rangers after armed militiamen came to his side. Even with the incident over, Bundy continued to talk to a dwindling crowd of media from his ranch, about 100 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

The comments that sparked the latest controversy came this weekend when Bundy recalled to supporters about a time he drove by a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, according to a report from The New York Times.

"I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro," Bundy said, "and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids – and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch – they didn't have nothing to do. They didn't have nothing for their kids to do. They didn't have nothing for their young girls to do.

"And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?" Bundy continued. "They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I've often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn't get no more freedom. They got less freedom."

Thursday morning, hours after The New York Times story went viral, the Nevada Democratic Party put out a statement saying "These comments are reprehensible, and every Republican politician in the state of Nevada who tried to latch on to Cliven Bundy's newfound celebrity with TEA Partiers and the militia movement should be ashamed of their actions."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that "Bundy revealed himself to be a hateful racist. But by denigrating people who work hard and play by the rules while he mooches off public land he also revealed himself to be a hypocrite."

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Filed under: Cliven Bundy • Fireback • Harry Reid • Race
January 3rd, 2014
09:08 PM ET

Race & the drug war

Tonight on Crossfire, Van Jones asks former Rep. Patrick Kennedy about the impact the drug war has had on the African-American community.

Do you agree with Van? Or were you siding with Rep. Kennedy?


Filed under: Allen St. Pierre • Debates • Marijuana • Newt Gingrich • Patrick Kennedy • Race • Van Jones
The duck debate: bigotry or beliefs?
December 19th, 2013
05:26 PM ET

The duck debate: bigotry or beliefs?

Is this man simply expressing his beliefs or spewing bigotry?

Either way, Phil Robertson, the patriarch in A&E's "Duck Dynasty," won't be duck calling on air anytime soon. The network suspended him after he made controversial remarks about gays and blacks in a magazine interview. FULL STORY.

CNN contributor LZ Granderson and CEO of Concerned Women for America Penny Young Nance are in the #Crossfire, joining hosts Newt Gingrich and Van Jones at 6:30pm ET.

We want you to weigh in: Was it right for A&E to suspend ‘Duck Dynasty’ star over his comments?

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