Time is running out for lawmakers to strike a deal to prevent the government from shutting down. It's Republican vs. Republican in the latest round of this budget battle. The House is preparing to vote on a bill that would keep the government running, but also defund Obamacare. It's a measure that stands virtually no chance in the Senate, and would face a near certain veto from the president. While some Tea Party members in Congress are pushing for this vote, others in the GOP are warning of a disaster. Anderson discussed all of this with CNN's John King, chief political analyst Gloria Borger, and political commentator Ana Navarro.
Since President Obama seems to be a reflective soul, he must be reflecting on the irony of his latest predicament: as the man who came into office promising to change everything and who instead seems to have let much of what he promised to fix only get worse.
First, the good news: Slowly but surely, the economy is coming back. And that's no small feat, given where it was in 2009.
Then, everything else: The constitutional scholar, civil libertarian and antiwar activist can't seem to wake up each day without some basic challenge to his political ecology. The confirmed presence of chemical weapons in Syria now makes some sort of escalation there inevitable, just as the war in Afghanistan winds down. (More military support for the rebels? No-fly zone?)
John King and David Gergen discuss why Rep. Michele Bachmann won't run again in 2014 and how her legislative career will be remembered by her colleagues and constituents.
In a video statement, Bachmann said her decision has nothing to do with an ethics investigation into her presidential campaign or her concerns about not winning another election.
But King points out she won by fewer than 5,000 votes last time she ran. "The Republicans win today by having Michele Bachmann step aside," he says. "The leadership would prefer a different candidate."
Rep. Michele Bachmann has decided not to seek re-election in 2014. An ethics investigation into how her campaign funds were used will end when she exits Congress at the end of her term.
The Republican Congresswoman announced the news in a video on her website on Wednesday. Bachmann said she didn't base the decision on the congressional ethics inquiry, and it's not because she's worried about her chances of getting re-elected. CNN's Dana Bash reports.
Part two of John King's sit down interview with George and Laura Bush on the eve of the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
Former President Bush talks about what he learned during his time in the White House and some tough decisions during his presidency.
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John King sat down with George and Laura Bush for a special private interview on the eve of the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Former President Bush talks about what he learned during his time in the White House and some tough decisions during his presidency.
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