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Harmless selfie or shameless promotion?
April 3rd, 2014
04:02 PM ET

Harmless selfie or shameless promotion?

The Boston Red Sox made their trip to the White House on Tuesday, and designated hitter David Ortiz wanted to make sure that he had a way to remember the visit. He took a "selfie" of himself with the President that has been retweeted over 40,000 times!

Later comes word of his promotional deal with Samsung, which had people begging the question- was the spontaneous selfie just another advertising plug? FULL STORY

Samsung released this statement about the picture:

“We were thrilled to see the special, historic moment David Ortiz captured with his Galaxy Note 3 during his White House visit. It was an honor to help him capture such an incredible and genuine moment of joy and excitement. Similar to the selfie Ellen was able to capture during the Oscars, this was an opportunity for David to share the incredible moment with his fans.”

So, we want to hear from you. Do you feel duped by Big Papi's selfie with President Obama?

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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Fewer campaign donation restrictions?
April 2nd, 2014
05:27 PM ET

Fewer campaign donation restrictions?

(CNN) – If you're rich and want to give money to a lot of political campaigns, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that you can.

The 5-4 ruling eliminated limits on much money people can donate in total in one election season.

However, the decision left intact the current $5,200 limit on how much an individual can give to any single candidate during a two-year election cycle. Until now, an individual donor could give up to $123,200 per cycle. FULL STORY

We want you to weigh in on today's Fireback question: Do you think there should be fewer or more restrictions to campaign contributions? Reply Fewer/More using #Crossfire

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


Filed under: Fireback • Politics
Should Jonathan Pollard be freed?
April 1st, 2014
03:08 PM ET

Should Jonathan Pollard be freed?

Jonathan Pollard, the former U.S. intelligence agent who was convicted of spying for Israel, could be released before the Jewish holiday of Passover as part of efforts to save Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, an Israeli official involved in the talks told CNN.

Suggestions for deals for Pollard's release have been floated over the years but have not materialized. Passover starts on April 14.

Talk of Pollard's possible release came as Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Israel on Monday to try to mediate a dispute between Israel and the Palestinians over the release of Palestinian prisoners. Kerry was in Belgium on Tuesday but will go back to Israel on Wednesday and also visit Ramallah, West Bank, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday that President Barack Obama hasn't decided whether to release Pollard at Israel's request.

"The Israelis frequently raise this issue, and they have raised this issue in our discussions," Carney said. "Beyond that, I'm not going to get ahead of the work that Secretary Kerry is doing and the conversations that he's having."

Pollard's possible release was being discussed as part of a broader agreement that has not been finalized, according to sources familiar with the talks. FULL STORY

We want you to weigh in on today's Fireback question: Do you think Jonathan Pollard should be freed?

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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April 1st, 2014
10:07 AM ET

Crossfire Reloaded: What politicians get wrong about women

S.E. Cupp offers advice on how to understand women for politicians on both sides of the aisle.

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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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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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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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