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In the Crossfire: Is nuclear power safe?
November 7th, 2013
06:07 PM ET

In the Crossfire: Is nuclear power safe?

Is nuclear power the path to energy independence or a deadly danger?

Ahead of the 9pm ET premiere of CNN Films' Pandora's Promise, host Newt Gingrich and our guest host, former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, explore the topic of nuclear energy tonight at 6:30pm ET.

Joining the debate is consumer advocate Ralph Nader, who opposes nuclear power, and Michael Shellenberger, a nuclear energy supporter featured in the film.

We want you to weigh in: Are you afraid to live near a nuclear power plant?

Vote by tweeting with yes or no #Crossfire or comment on our Facebook post. View results below or through our Poptip results page if you are on a mobile device.

Don't forget to tweet along with the show using #Crossfire.

Newt Gingrich and Brian Schweitzer weigh in on today's question:

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In the Crossfire: Obamacare's promises kept?
October 29th, 2013
05:15 PM ET

In the Crossfire: Obamacare's promises kept?

President Obama has said on numerous occasions that Americans will be able to keep their existing health care plan.

According to an insurance industry source, the vast majority of Americans on the individual insurance market will see modifications to their existing plans, or even cancellations.

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and The Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol join Newt Gingrich and Stephanie Cutter in the Crossfire to debate Obamacare, and whether President Obama kept his promises.

We want you to weigh in. Will Obamacare improve your health coverage? Vote by tweeting with Yes or No using #Crossfire, or comment on our Facebook post. View results below or through our Poptip results page if you are on a mobile device.

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Vote: Who will cave first, Obama or Boehner?
October 8th, 2013
04:06 PM ET

Vote: Who will cave first, Obama or Boehner?

It's the eighth day of the the partial government shutdown, and President Obama says he'll only negotiate with House Republicans if they allow a vote to reopen the government and agree to raise the debt ceiling.

In the Crossfire tonight at 6:30pm ET, Former Deputy White House Press Secretary and Democratic strategist Bill Burton, and author, columnist and attorney David Limbaugh, who is Rush Limbaugh's brother.

Burton supports the president's refusal to negotiate, while Limbaugh says Republicans should force him to the table.

Who do you think will cave first, President Obama or Speaker Boehner? Vote below or Tweet your response using #Crossfire. On a mobile device? You can vote and view results on our Poptip results page.

Vote: back pay for furloughed workers?
October 7th, 2013
04:38 PM ET

Vote: back pay for furloughed workers?

It's been a week since the government shutdown, and there's still plenty of blame going around.

In the Crossfire tonight, Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) and Senator. John Thune (R-ND) join Stephanie Cutter and S.E. Cupp to discuss how to end the stalemate.

Sen. Markey blames the Republicans for the shutdown, while Sen. Thune criticizes President Obama for not negotiating.

Meanwhile, the House unanimously passed a bill that provides back pay for furloughed federal workers. On Friday, the White House said the president would sign the measure, but the bill still has to go through the Senate.

What do you think? Should government workers get paid for the days they were furloughed? Vote below or tweet Yes or No using #Crossfire.


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In the Crossfire: Perry vs. O'Malley on economy, jobs
September 18th, 2013
12:32 PM ET

In the Crossfire: Perry vs. O'Malley on economy, jobs

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Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Democratic Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley have opposing views on the economy and are doing battle over which state has the better strategy when it comes to jobs and taxes.

The two potential 2016 presidential candidates join hosts Stephanie Cutter and Newt Gingrich to debate this tonight in the Crossfire.

Perry, who is on a nationwide campaign to attract more business to Texas by touting its business-friendly tax climate, is directly targeting Maryland with radio and TV ads running in the state.

"When you grow tired of Maryland taxes squeezing every time out of your business, think Texas, where we created more jobs than all other states combined," says Perry in the ads, "Maybe it's time to move your business to Texas."

Perry is also touring Maryland's largest gun manufacturer today as part of the ongoing effort to lure businesses to his home state.

O'Malley hit back with Washington Post op-ed arguing Maryland  is a better place for business and jobs than Texas. He accuses Perry of slashing funding for education, health care and infrastructure. O'Malley says as a result, "Texas ranks 49th in high school graduation, 10th in the rate of poverty, and 50th in the percent of residents with even basic health insurance."

Watch the debate at 6:30pm ET on CNN.

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In the Crossfire: John Morse and Will Cain on gun laws
September 13th, 2013
05:13 PM ET

In the Crossfire: John Morse and Will Cain on gun laws

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The gun debate has been revived across the nation as two pro-gun control Democrats in Colorado lost a recall election after voting for a law imposing stricter gun restrictions that would limit magazines to 15 rounds and require universal background checks. Missouri's state legislature came within one vote of overriding the Governor's veto of a bill that would essentially void all federal gun laws.

Ousted Colorado State Senate President John Morse and gun rights advocate Will Cain join hosts S.E. Cupp and Van Jones in the Crossfire tonight to debate gun laws.

We want you to weigh in: Would banning high capacity magazines reduce gun violence? Vote below or tweet your response using #CrossfireReturns. You can also vote by commenting on our Facebook post.
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September 11th, 2013
10:00 PM ET

Reps. Israel vs. Blackburn: Obama wavering on Syria?

U.S. Reps. Steve Israel (D-NY) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) joined hosts Stephanie Cutter and Newt Gingrich in the Crossfire to talk about President Obama's response on Syria and whether or not to trust the Russian plan for Syria to hand over its chemical arsenal to international control.

Rep. Blackburn said President Obama "wavers between having a military and a political solution" for Syria, while Rep. Israel countered that "we've got to keep all the options on the table."

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Join the live blog: How long can Obama delay?
September 11th, 2013
05:25 PM ET

Join the live blog: How long can Obama delay?

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Syria has reportedly accepted a Russian proposal to hand over its chemical weapons to international control, but the details of what was actually agreed upon are still murky.

Later tonight, Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Russia for talks on making that deal happen.

U.S. Representatives Steve Israel (D-NY) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) join hosts Newt Gingrich and Stephanie Cutter in the Crossfire tonight to debate how long the U.S. should wait for Syria to act on this offer.

We want you to weigh in: Should Congress force a deadline for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons? Vote below or tweet your response using #CrossfireReturns. You can also vote by commenting on our Facebook post.
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