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In the Crossfire: Sens. Saxby Chambliss & Bob Casey
September 25th, 2013
04:36 PM ET

In the Crossfire: Sens. Saxby Chambliss & Bob Casey

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Despite Sen. Ted Cruz’s marathon speech lasting more than 21 straight hours, the Senate has moved forward on a temporary spending measure, allowing for Senate Democrats to amend the bill and restore funding for Obamacare.

Amid the Senate action, the Obama administration released data today that provides the first look into predicted rates for those purchasing insurance through federally run exchanges. The release has the administration touting that premiums will cost less, but disputes still remain over the plan’s overall costs.

Tonight, U.S. Senators Saxby Chambliss, an Obamacare opponent, and Bob Casey, a supporter, join hosts Stephanie Cutter and S.E. Cupp to break down the costs associated with the controversial health care law and the political impact of Sen. Cruz’s big speech.

We want you to weigh in. Do you think that Sen. Ted Cruz’s all-nighter was worthwhile? Vote now by responding Yes or No below, replying to our tweet, or commenting on our Facebook post.

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September 25th, 2013
11:12 AM ET

Cutter: I planned a protest for the homeless

With the return of "Crossfire" to CNN, we are taking a closer look into the hosts' lives with a series of Web videos.

In this video, Stephanie Cutter, former White House Senior Adviser, reflects on how she was inspired by her grandfather at a young age to enter public service.

“I grew up in a very active household; my grandfather was very involved in local politics and taught in Massachusetts, and he always had a carful of grandkids, going to different events, going to the fire station, the police station, the town hall meeting, going around and hearing their concerns,” Cutter explains. She says this influenced her to pursue a life in the public sector, but says “I think at that early stage I didn’t know politics was the answer, but I knew I wanted to pursue something that helped change the world.”

Cutter also tells the story of her first organizing experience, when she planned a protest for the homeless while spending a college semester in Washington: “I organized a protest where I got college kids to sleep outside in solidarity with the homeless in Dupont Circle. We slept on grates on a cold December night.”

Reflecting on this experience, she said she didn’t know it would lead her to where she is today: “I don’t think anybody did. But that’s part of the beauty of this - once you get into public life and public service you have no idea where it’s going to lead.”

"Crossfire" airs on CNN weekdays at 6:30pm ET.

September 24th, 2013
07:36 PM ET

Bernie Sanders: Obamacare is a ‘good Republican program’

Washington (CNN) – Noted Senate liberal Bernie Sanders stood in support of Obamacare Tuesday even while saying the bill doesn’t go nearly far enough.

Sanders, an Independent who caucuses with Senate Democrats, reiterated his support of a universal single-payer Medicare for all, inspired by health care programs in Europe. On CNN’s Crossfire, he called the Affordable Care Act that Congress passed in 2010 a “good Republican program,” referring to the Massachusetts program introduced by former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney that served as the blueprint for what has come to be known as Obamacare.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham: Obamacare stinks


Sen. Lindsey Graham says he supports certain elements of Obamacare but says the overall plan is bad for jobs.

Sanders: Americans hurting very badly


Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bernie Sanders take over Crossfire and debate Obamacare, taxes and entitlements.

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In the Crossfire: Sens. Graham & Sanders
September 24th, 2013
04:29 PM ET

In the Crossfire: Sens. Graham & Sanders

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Less than a week from the government shutdown deadline, the debate continues over President Obama’s controversial health care law. Despite Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s plans to remove the provision that defunds the law, Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has taken to the Senate floor to deliver remarks on Obamacare and the shutdown, saying, “I intend to speak until I am no longer able to stand.”

Tonight, two U.S. Senators, Bernie Sanders, an independent who supports Obamacare, and Republican Lindsey Graham, who opposes it, face off on the controversial health care law with hosts Newt Gingrich and Van Jones.

We want you to weigh in. Do you think the implementation of Obamacare should be delayed to make changes to the law? Reply with Yes or No below, respond to our tweet, or comment on our Facebook post to vote.

September 24th, 2013
01:46 PM ET

Crossfire all GIF'ed up

BuzzFeed's Dorsey Shaw had some GIF fun with Monday night's "Crossfire" guests, Bill Kristol and Cornel West. As the two dueled over Obamacare, and a full range of expressions was on display, providing the perfect fodder for a "GIF factory."

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Filed under: Bill Kristol • Cornel West • Crossfire news • S.E. Cupp • Van Jones
September 24th, 2013
12:42 PM ET

Newt Gingrich's love for ABBA and McDonald's

With the return of "Crossfire" to CNN, we are taking a closer look into the hosts' lives with a series of Web videos.

In this peek into host Newt Gingrich’s life outside of politics, the former House speaker and 2012 presidential candidate reveals his unusual phone ringtone and his fondness for a certain fast food establishment.

Gingrich’s ringtone choice, ABBA’s “Dancing Queen,” comes from his appreciation of the musical movie “Mamma Mia,” which he says is “an amazing achievement” and “as energetic and compelling as any scene I’ve seen in a musical, so I really get a kick out of it.”

Gingrich, noted for his love of the latest technologies, also divulged that his wife has a McDonald’s app on her phone, allowing them to locate the nearest restaurant anywhere in the world. Gingrich says he is a particular fan of the Chicken McWrap, noting it is “fairly low cal.” In the next breath, when asked his favorite food, Gingrich doesn’t miss a beat: “A McDonald’s ice cream cone.”

"Crossfire" airs on CNN weekdays at 6:30pm ET.

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September 23rd, 2013
07:21 PM ET

Where are 'compassionate conservatives'?

Van Jones asks where the "compassionate conservatives" have gone. William Kristol and Cornel West debate.

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In the Crossfire: Cornel West and Bill Kristol
September 23rd, 2013
01:04 PM ET

In the Crossfire: Cornel West and Bill Kristol

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A week out from the government shutdown deadline, the debate over Obamacare, the President’s signature health care reform law, continues to rage. After the Republican-led House passed a bill that would shut down the government and defund Obamacare, the next move rests with the Senate, where Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to remove the provision that defunds the law.

At the center of this debate: does the government have a responsibility to provide health care for its citizens? Author and professor Cornel West, who believes the law doesn’t go far enough, and The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol, who would repeal the entire law, join hosts S.E. Cupp and Van Jones to debate Obamacare.

We want you to weigh in. Do you think the government has a responsibility to provide health care for its citizens? You can also join the conversation by tweeting with #Crossfire.

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