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September 23rd, 2013
12:47 PM ET

Van Jones: A father first

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, Van Jones, a former special adviser to President Obama for green jobs, shares what comes first in his busy life: his children.

“Like probably most dads, my main thing, 80% of my brain is taken up thinking about my kids,” Jones says. “We can argue back and forth about politics but at the end of the day I’m worrying about my boys and how they’re doing and how they’re getting along in the world.”

Jones’ kids, ages 5 and 9, are on both sides of the talent spectrum. “I’ve got an older boy that’s an incredible athlete; the kid can play any sport imaginable,” Jones continues, “and I’ve got another son who is very introverted, he seems to be more like an artist like me.”

Jones, who commutes from Los Angeles to host Crossfire in Washington, says he prefers seeing his kids rather than the D.C. politics scene. “I think a lot of people are either real political animals. They’re here in Washington, D.C. they’re going to every event they can, they’re networking… when I’m here I’m reading books. I’m Skyping with my kids.”

Jones’ time is split; yet, he persists for his perspective to be heard. “I want to be heard on some of these topical issues but my roots are back in the grassroots heartland of America, not in Washington, D.C.”

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

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September 23rd, 2013
12:43 PM ET

S.E. Cupp on ballet and hunting

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, host S.E. Cupp discusses her past as a childhood ballet dancer and her passion for hunting.

Cupp, a ballet dancer since age six, performed with prestigious dance companies until her late teens. “Our Christmases were oriented around when my ‘Nutcracker’ performances were,” Cupp explains. "It was a full time job."

Now, Cupp says she spends much of her free time hunting and fishing. "I guess you wouldn’t know it by looking at me, but that’s what I love doing," Cupp explains. She says these activities have allowed her to combine her love of the outdoors with charity work. During one hunting expedition with female military veterans in Alaska, Cupp described her most memorable catch: “I got to bag a 200-pound black bear. It was awesome.”

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

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September 20th, 2013
08:33 PM ET

Cutter: Obamacare won't be defunded

Stephanie Cutter says it's crazy for the GOP to keep fighting Obamacare because a majority of Americans are OK with it.

Gingrich: Obamacare is 'incompetent'


CNN's Newt Gingrich makes his case for defunding Obamacare and says the U.S. needs a real debate on health care.

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In the Crossfire: Is defunding Obamacare worth it?
September 20th, 2013
01:14 PM ET

In the Crossfire: Is defunding Obamacare worth it?

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The U.S. House of Representatives has launched the latest spending battle with the passage of a spending plan that could lead to a government shutdown and would eliminate all funding for Obamacare, the controversial health care reform law passed in 2010.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), citing the law's unpopularity, said: "The American people don't want the government shut down and they don't want Obamacare. The House has listened to the American people. Now it's time for the United States Senate to listen to them as well."

"I will not negotiate over the full faith and credit of the United States," President Obama shot back at a speech in Liberty, Missouri.

Joining hosts Newt Gingrich and Stephanie Cutter in the Crossfire are Neera Tanden, the President of the Center for American Progress and a key architect of Obamacare, and FreedomWorks President and CEO Matt Kibbe, who supports defunding Obamacare.

We want you to weigh in. If the government shuts down, which party deserves the blame? Vote on our daily question below or Tweet your response using #CrossfireReturns.

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Gingrich: Obama's big debt limit deception
September 20th, 2013
10:12 AM ET

Gingrich: Obama's big debt limit deception

(CNN) - As a historian and a former speaker of the House who negotiated successfully through two government shutdowns, a successful welfare reform bill, the first tax cut in 16 years and four balanced budgets, I am offended and a little frightened by President Barack Obama's deliberate dishonesty about the debt ceiling.

On Wednesday, speaking to the Business Roundtable, Obama said:

"You have never seen in the history of the United States the debt ceiling or the threat of not raising the debt being used to extort a president or a governing party and trying to force issues that have nothing to do with the budget and nothing to do with the debt."

This is just plain false, and he knows it. That he would say something so factually false in a prepared text is very worrisome.

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September 19th, 2013
09:18 PM ET

Rangel & Bachmann fired up over Obamacare

In a heated debate, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) discuss repealing Obamacare.

Bachmann: Obama used to being George III
Rep. Charles Rangel and Rep. Michele Bachmann discuss President Obama's role in the fiscal negotiations.


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In the Crossfire: Reps. Michele Bachmann and Charles Rangel
September 19th, 2013
01:21 PM ET

In the Crossfire: Reps. Michele Bachmann and Charles Rangel

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A government shutdown is looming again. This time, Obamacare is in the center of the debate as House Republicans have declared they will pass a bill that would only allow the government to function if the controversial health care law is defunded.

"We're going to continue to do everything we can to repeal the president's failed health care law," said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. "The law is a train wreck."

Tonight, two House members, Rep. Michele Bachmann, who opposes Obamacare, and Rep. Charles Rangel, who supports the law, weigh in on the potential government shutdown. Is defunding Obamacare worth shutting down the government?

We want you to weigh in. If you were in Congress, would you vote to defund Obamacare?

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September 19th, 2013
08:30 AM ET

Perry, O'Malley clash over jobs, healthcare

Washington (CNN) – Red state-blue state governors Rick Perry and Martin O’Malley debated job creation and healthcare on Wednesday, with Perry equating adding people to Medicaid via Obamacare with “putting tens of thousands on the Titanic knowing how it’s going to turn out.”

Both men are thought to be contenders for the White House in 2016 and on CNN’s “Crossfire,” they aired out some of the key issues that are likely to define their campaigns should they run.

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Perry: Medicaid broken like the Titanic
CNN's Stephanie Cutter questions Texas Gov. Rick Perry on why his state is refusing help from Obamacare.


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