In his State of the State address today, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addressed the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal right out of the gate: “Last week has certainly tested this administration. Mistakes were clearly made. And as a result, we let down the people we are entrusted to serve.” Paul Begala, Rick Lazio, and CNN’s Jake Tapper discuss Gov. Christie’s remarks and the recent controversy over how Hurricane Sandy relief funds were spent.
Before news of Gov. Chris Christie's bridge gridlock scandal broke, there were plenty of polls that showed him with the potential to be the next U.S. president. There are many Republicans who don't want that to change. Anderson discussed Christie's handling of the crisis with Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, CNN Political Commentator Paul Begala, and U.S. Congressman Michael Grimm of New York.
In its first month, just 106,185 people signed up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Fewer than 27,000 did it, using the government's troubled web site. These are not the numbers the Obama Administration hoped to release today. Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash has the latest on what this means for the White House, and the millions of Americans who need to purchase coverage under the law.
Wolf discussed all of this with Newsweek and Daily Beast Special Correspondent Peter Beinart, Democratic strategist Paul Begala and political analyst Gloria Borger.
A growing number of Democrats are calling for a delay of key parts of the Affordable Care Act. Many of them are speaking out a day after Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appeared on AC360, saying President Obama did not know about technical problems with the rollout until after the launch. Now the White House is promising daily briefings on the web site problems. Republicans are preparing for hearings that start tomorrow. CNN's Dana Bash has the latest from Capitol Hill.
Dr. Gupta discussed all of this with Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger, Democratic Strategist Paul Begala, and Alice Stewart, who served as Communications Director for the 2012 Santorum and Bachmannpresidential Campaigns.
That's how Democratic strategist Paul Begala describes the Congressional Republican caucus. This after the House dropped plans to vote on a budget deal, with time running out before the debt ceiling deadline. Anderson took a look at what lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are saying about the impasse and spoke to Begala and Republican consultant Alex Castellanos
It is hard to explain just how politicians created the situation we are currently in. But Alex Castellanos got creative trying. He compared the budget battle to "bunny sex." That led to a very colorful discussion on the budget that also included Paul Begala and Dean Clancy, the Vice President of Public Policy for Freedom Works.
Alice Stewart, Paul Begala, and Ralph Reed discuss Day 11 of the partial government shutdown and deadline for hitting the debt ceiling.
Watch part two of their discussion here:
President Obama spoke with House Speaker John Boehner over the phone today. When both men spoke to the press after, there were few signs of progress toward ending the government standoff. CNN's Dana Bash and Jim Acosta have the latest.
Anderson discussed all of this with Democratic Strategist Paul Begala, Rich Galen who handled messaging for then House Speaker Newt Gingrich during the last shutdown and Republican consultant Alice Stewart.
That's the question Anderson asked Republican consultant and radio talk show host Alice Stewart, Democratic Strategist Paul Begala and Rich Galen, who was the spokesman for House Speaker Newt Gingrich in 1996.
Paul Begala and Ari Fleischer debate the differences between the two presidents' national security policies.
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