AC360 Monday 8p

There are growing questions about the ferry crew's actions. The latest on the South Korean ferry disaster live on AC360.
March 1st, 2013
10:48 PM ET

McCain: Everyone shares blame for spending cuts

Sen. McCain says he accepts blame for the spending cuts but thinks Pres. Obama should lead to protect the defense budget.

March 1st, 2013
10:15 AM ET

Police chief: Slow motion mass murder in U.S.

Anderson Cooper talks to Milwaukee Police Chief Flynn about his heated exchange with Senator Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina at a Senate hearing on a proposed assault weapons ban.

The debate began when Graham questioned why law enforcement doesn't prosecute people who fail background checks when applying for a gun. His point was that the government should enforce current laws rather than enact new legislation.

Flynn's response was that the background checks are working in those cases by preventing someone who shouldn't have a gun from getting one. He explained there simply aren't enough resources to go after everyone who fails a background check.

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March 1st, 2013
12:44 AM ET

Lawmakers leave town before spending cuts deadline

CNN's Dana Bash talks to legislators leaving Washington for a long weekend a day before the $85 billion in spending cuts takes effect.

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February 28th, 2013
12:20 AM ET

Playing politics with forced cuts

David Gergen, Margaret Hoover and Charles Blow argue who's responsible for forced spending cuts taking effect March 1.

Read David Gergen's op-ed "Americans sick of budget soap opera."

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February 28th, 2013
12:10 AM ET

Newtown victim's dad: 'I'm Jesse's voice'

Neil Heslin testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the proposed assault weapons ban Wednesday. His son Jesse was murdered in the Sandy Hook school shooting along with 19 other children. Anderson Cooper spoke with Mr. Heslin about his loss and the gun law changes he believes will make school safer.

"I just feel that it's something I have to do...I feel there's got to be changes made," Heslin said about his decision to speak to lawmakers. Despite the difficulty of  being exposed to the political tension over gun control during a time of mourning, he believes he would be letting his son down if he didn't testify.

Read "Survey: Teachers don't want to carry guns, do support armed guards."

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February 26th, 2013
10:45 PM ET

Spending cuts blame game continues

Lawmakers pepper their forced spending cuts arguments with salty language as the deadline looms. Dana Bash reports.

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February 25th, 2013
11:38 PM ET

Borger: Forced cuts are man-made disaster

There are no signs of compromise in Washington before forced spending cuts take effect. Charles Blow, Gloria Borger and Ross Douthat discuss.

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February 21st, 2013
10:28 PM ET

KTH: Should members of Congress get a pay cut?

Pain from forced spending cuts is a week away and lawmakers are preparing their aides for the fallout that could hit them like other government workers.

"We've actually budgeted with a 10% cut in mind," Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, told CNN last week.

Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Florida, reorganized his office in December.

"We had to let people go then because we were anticipating at least a 16% cut," he said.

But members of Congress, the very people who voted to put the automatic spending cuts in place, won't see any change to their annual salary of $174,000.

Why?

Because Congress can only change its pay by passing a law to do so.

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February 19th, 2013
11:19 PM ET

KTH: Forced spending cuts deadline approaches

Pres. Obama and Republican Congressional leaders must reach an agreement by March 1 to avoid cuts. Wolf Blitzer is Keeping Them Honest.

February 19th, 2013
11:17 PM ET

Sen. Paul to Pres. Obama: Do the right thing

Sen. Rand Paul, who voted against the forced spending cuts, talks about the March 1 deadline and the consequences.

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