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Would you vote for politicians who cheat?
April 8th, 2014
03:07 PM ET

Would you vote for politicians who cheat?

On Monday, The Ouachita Citizen in West Monroe, Louisiana, published a surveillance video it says shows Rep. Vance McAllister and his scheduler, Melissa Hixon Peacock, passionately kissing in his office last December.

“It was just a kiss, that was all it was, but it embarrassed me and my family,” Heath Peacock, Melissa's husband said. “This guy has turned my life upside down.”

Melissa Peacock no longer works for McAllister, Heath Peacock said.

McAllister, who is married with five children, issued a statement on Monday saying, “There's no doubt I've fallen short and I'm asking for forgiveness. I'm asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve.”

We want you to weigh in: If a politician is caught on tape having an affair, does it affect your vote?

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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Filed under: 2014 Elections • 2016 • Fireback • Political scandal • Politics • Vance McAllister
April 8th, 2014
11:40 AM ET

Reloaded: How we'll know if Obamacare is a success

7.1 million people signed up for health plans under the Affordable Care Act. Does that mean it's a success? See what S.E. Cupp thinks.

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Filed under: Reloaded • S.E. Cupp
Bush vs. Clinton déjà vu
April 7th, 2014
03:38 PM ET

Bush vs. Clinton déjà vu

Jeb Bush sang a different tune towards immigration than his Republican colleagues. "Yes, they broke the law, but it's not a felony. It's an act of love; it's an act of commitment to your family," Bush told Fox News host Shannon Bream at town hall event at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Center.

The Republican Party base has recently shown no love for candidates who talk about the need for compassion in dealing with undocumented immigrants. But Bush has warned Republicans that they must be more inclusive and more willing to compromise with Democrats to get things done.

Could Bush's more inclusive attitudes work for getting the bid in 2016, or is he alienating himself from his base?

We want you to weigh in: Do you think Jeb Bush can beat Hillary Clinton in 2016?

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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Filed under: 2016 • Fireback • Hillary Clinton • Immigration • Jeb Bush • Politics
Bush the artist?
April 4th, 2014
03:52 PM ET

Bush the artist?

Former President George W. Bush unveils his paintings for the first time publicly to his Presidential library in Dallas, Texas.

Among the paintings you can find portraits Bush created of his dad and several world leaders including Vladimir Putin and Tony Blair.

Bush wasn't sure how the world leaders would take his paintings.

"I think they're going to be (like), 'Wow, George Bush is a painter,"' Bush told NBC's "Today" show in an interview. "I'm sure when they heard I was painting, (they said), 'Wow, I look forward to seeing a stick figure he painted of me.'" FULL STORY

For this Fun Friday Fireback we want you to weigh in: Do you think George W. Bush has a promising career as an artist?

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Filed under: Fireback • George W. Bush
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?

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Filed under: David Ortiz • Fireback • Obama • Sports
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

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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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UPDATE:  Thank you to everyone who joined the conversation! Here are some highlights from both sides of the debate.

Those who voted "Yes"

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Those who voted "No"

con 4.1

 

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Filed under: Israel • John Kerry • Jonathan Pollard
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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