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June 13th, 2014
12:32 PM ET

Gingrich: We must use airstrikes in Iraq

Gingrich makes his case for using U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. Stephanie Cutter, Rick Santorum and Rep. Adam Smith debate.

Turning a crisis into a war?
Rick Santorum and Adam Smith debate the crisis in Iraq with Stephanie Cutter and Newt Gingrich.

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America obligated to help Iraq?
June 12th, 2014
04:15 PM ET

America obligated to help Iraq?

Iraq is going to need more help from the United States and the international community, U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday as a militant group gained control of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, is threatening the takeover of more cities, including the capital, Baghdad.

ISIS wants to establish an Islamic caliphate, or state, stretching across the region.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, the President said the U.S. "will not rule anything out" with regard to the unrest in Iraq. "This is an area that we have been watching with a lot of concern," he said.

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At 6:30pm ET, Newt Gingrich and Stephanie Cutter are joined by former Senator Rick Santorum and Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) for a debate.

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Does the U.S. have an obligation to help the Iraqis?

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Are GOP attacks helping or hurting Hillary?
June 10th, 2014
05:37 PM ET

Are GOP attacks helping or hurting Hillary?

No eye-catching achievement at State. No signature doctrine. No strategy.

Those are just some of the buzzwords and phrases national Republicans are going to be using when describing Hillary Clinton's soon-to-be-out memoir "Hard Choices" and her time as America's top diplomat. Full story

At 6:30pm ET, Newt Gingrich and Stephanie Cutter are joined by Neera Tanden of Center for American Progress and David Bossie of Citizens United for a debate.

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Are Hillary's Republican critics helping or hurting her potential 2016 plans?

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Clinton defends paid speeches
June 9th, 2014
06:23 PM ET

Clinton defends paid speeches

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defended the fact she's reportedly made $5 million in speaking fees since leaving the State Department in early 2013 by arguing that her family "came out of the White House not only dead broke but in debt."

Pressed by ABC's Diane Sawyer in a clip of an interview that will air in full on Monday night, Clinton added that her family had "no money" when they left the White House more than a dozen years ago and "struggled to piece together the resources for mortgages for houses, for Chelsea's education." Full story

At 6:30pm ET, S.E. Cupp and guest host Paul Begala are joined by Tracy Sefl of Ready for Hillary and Tim Miller, who is the co-author of "Failed Choices," a response to Hillary's new book.

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Was Hillary Clinton an effective Secretary of State?

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Was Bergdahl worth the price?
June 4th, 2014
05:37 PM ET

Was Bergdahl worth the price?

A new video released by the Taliban showed the final moments of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's five years in captivity, just before he was handed over to the United States.

At one point in the video, Taliban members start chanting, "Long live Mujahideen of Afghanistan, long live Mullah Omar, the leader of Taliban."

Mujahideen refers to those who carry out jihad. Full story

At 6:30pm ET, Van Jones and S.E. Cupp are joined by fmr. Gov. Bill Richardson and Frank Gaffney,President of Center for Security Policy.

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We want you to weigh in: Was bringing Bergdahl back to the U.S. worth the price?

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May 28th, 2014
09:09 PM ET

Is Ben Carson qualified to be President?

Dr. Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon and a popular figure among conservatives who's considering a run for president, wouldn't say whether he's qualified to be commander in chief.

Appearing on CNN's "Crossfire” on Wednesday, Carson was asked by co-host Stephanie Cutter on the left whether he thinks he has what it takes to lead the country.

"Well, let me put it this way, I'm not sure that anybody is qualified to be the commander in chief by themselves," Carson said. Full story

Ben Carson defends Nazi comparison
Dr. Ben Carson defends his recent comments in comparing Nazi Germany to the power of protest in the U.S.

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America's role in world affairs
May 28th, 2014
05:27 PM ET

America's role in world affairs

President Barack Obama on Wednesday outlined a foreign policy vision of "might doing right," arguing that modern pragmatism requires both a strong military and the diplomatic tools of alliances and sanctions to exert influence and provide global leadership.

He told graduating cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point that after the nation's "long season of war and divisions about how to move forward," they now would represent America with the duty "not only to protect our country, but to do what is right and just."

Under fire from the political right for what critics call diminishing U.S. global influence, Obama offered a robust defense of his foreign policy as the pragmatic and most effective expression of America's leadership role in the world.

"I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being," he said, referring to a tenet of conservative ideology.

"But what makes us exceptional is not flouting international norms and the rule of law; it's our willingness to affirm them through our actions," Obama said in arguing that true leadership involves not only having the world's most powerful military, but in doing the right thing.Full story

At 6:30pm ET, Dr. Ben Carson and former Governor Ted Strickland (D-OH) join Newt Gingrich and Stephanie Cutter for a debate.

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Do you think America should play a bigger or smaller role in world affairs?

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May 27th, 2014
09:30 PM ET

Kristol: Obama's announcement "unbelievably irresponsible"

Bill Kristol calls President Obama's announcement on troop withdrawals in Afghanistan "unbelievably irresponsible." What do you think?

America's global responsibility?
S.E. Cupp asks Peter Beinart if President Obama has mishandled threats overseas.

McDonald's: I'm not lovin’ it
Van Jones is outraged McDonald's CEO said their employees make a fair and competitive wage.

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