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May 22nd, 2014
09:38 PM ET

Rep. Cole: Administration caught napping

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) says the Obama Administration was caught napping with regards to the recent VA scandal

Rep. Cole: VA not a Congress problem!
Stephanie Cutter asks Rep. Tom Cole if he thinks the politics of the VA scandal and who it falls under.

Who's to blame for VA scandal?
Reps. Tom Cole and Joe Crowley debate the politics of the VA and who's to blame for the scandal.

Fl. lawmaker: Common Core makes you gay
Cutter is outraged that a Florida lawmaker said Common Core will make you gay.

Pressure's building at the VA
May 22nd, 2014
05:20 PM ET

Pressure's building at the VA

A congressional committee chairman investigating allegations of delayed care and cooked books at Veterans Affairs health care facilities said the current revelations are "just the tip of the iceberg."

Rep. Jeff Miller, a Florida Republican who heads the House Veterans Affairs panel, on Thursday forecast more serious developments.

"We've received some information and some tips that will make what has already come look like kindergarten stuff," he told CNN's New Day. FULL STORY

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At 6:30pm ET, Reps. Joe Crowley (D-NY) and Tom Cole (R-OK) join Stephanie Cutter and Newt Gingrich for a debate.

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Who do you blame most for the VA scandal?

Vote by tweeting Shinseki, Obama or Congress using #Crossfire or comment on our Facebook post. View results below or through our Poptip results page.

May 21st, 2014
09:03 PM ET

What could Obama have done differently re: VA scandal?

Crossfire host Van Jones asks Senator Dean Heller how he would handle the VA scandal, Sen. Bernie Sanders debates.

Should the head of the VA lose his job?
Newt Gingrich asks Senator Bernie Sanders if Eric Shinseki should lose his job.

A "Benghazi-like" effect with the VA?
Van Jones and Newt Gingrich debate the politicization of the VA scandal along with Sens. Bernie Sanders and Dean Heller.

Joint outraged: Prison system failing America
Van Jones and Newt Gingrich are both outraged that the Prison system is failing America.

VA scandal: Will Obama fire Shinseki?
May 21st, 2014
04:36 PM ET

VA scandal: Will Obama fire Shinseki?

President Barack Obama promised accountability, but he made clear Wednesday he won't fire Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki - yet - over excessive and sometimes deadly waiting times faced by veterans seeking government health care.

The controversy has mushroomed since CNN first reported the problem last November in a detailed investigation examining several VA hospitals.

After meeting with Shinseki at the White House, Obama held a hastily arranged news conference in which he said he needed more time to review what was going on.

"If these allegations prove to be true, it is dishonorable, it is disgraceful, and I will not tolerate it, period," the President said in his first public comments in weeks on the issue. FULL STORY.

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At 6:30pm ET, VA Senate committee chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) debates fellow committee member Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV). Newt Gingrich and Van Jones host the debate.

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How do you rate Obama’s management of the VA scandal?

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May 21st, 2014
04:18 PM ET

Gingrich & Jones: Prison system is failing America

The numbers are arresting.

If Americans under correctional supervision counted as a city of their own, they would form the largest city in the United States after New York.

The number of people in prison, on parole or on probation, 6.9 million Americans, exceeds the populations of the second- and third-largest cities, Los Angeles and Chicago, combined. Or the size of the next four - Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix and San Antonio - put together.

Thirty-eight U.S. states are home to fewer people than live under the corrections system in this country. There are about as many people behind bars as live in Chicago. That's one in every 108 Americans. One in 35 are under some form of correctional supervision.

Among African Americans, the numbers are even more horrifying. According to the NAACP, one in three black males born in the United States today is likely to spend time in prison at some point in his life. That's compared with one in six Hispanic males or one in 25 white males.

It would be hard to overstate the scale of this tragedy. For a nation that loves freedom and cherishes our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, the situation should be intolerable. It is destroying lives and communities. FULL STORY.

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May 20th, 2014
09:08 PM ET

Jones: The Tea Party has taken over GOP

Van Jones argues that the Tea Party has taken over the Republican Party. David Bossie, S.E. Cupp and Brad Woodhouse debate.

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The battle for GOP’s future
May 20th, 2014
04:20 PM ET

The battle for GOP’s future

Tonight on Crossfire, we are diving into the crucial 2014 midterm primaries happening tonight in a half-dozen states.

House Speaker John Boehner said the tea party and conservative Republicans are basically one in the same. Where will the Tea Party stand after tonight? Full story

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At 6:30pm ET, Brad Woodhouse of Americans United for Change and David Bossie of Citizens United join Van Jones and S.E. Cupp for a political debate, along with critical updates from CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King, Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash and Wolf Blitzer.

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We want you to weigh in: Have Tea Party candidates made the Republican Party stronger or weaker?

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May 20th, 2014
10:41 AM ET

Robots are coming to take your job

Smartphones, tablets, and apps have changed the way we do just about everything. But do these conveniences cost us jobs? Van Jones takes a look.

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