A Florida sheriff took the unusual step of arresting two girls in connection with a bullying case that resulted in another 12 year old girl committing suicide. Rebecca Sedwick jumped off the tower of an abandoned cement plant last month after she was repeatedly bullied. One girl who was arrested is 14 years old, the other is just 12, and they are charged with aggravated stalking. Anderson spoke with Rebecca's mother before today's developments.
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Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp spoke to Anderson about the effort to strike a deal to reopen the government and avoiding a debt default. She said both parties share responsibility for the current situation. When it comes to voting on a solution, she says it comes down to "whether the House and Senate can play nice together."
Lawmakers are running out of time to strike a deal before the debt ceiling deadline. Anderson spoke with Congressman James Lankford, a Republican from Oklahoma. He discussed how he sees Americans getting hurt by the shutdown and by the Affordable Care Act. When it comes to reaching a deal to fund the government, Rep. Lankford said Republicans are "trying to rebuild trust with the President."
A case involving high school football, alcohol, and rape accusations is rocking Maryville, Missouri. 14-year-old Daisy Coleman and a 13-year-old friend reported they'd been raped by two older boys. Hours later police made arrests. Charges were filed, but dropped weeks later one of those boys. That's when the victim's families say the town turned on them. Gary Tuchman has the latest developments.
Six months have passed since the terror attack at the Boston Marathon. It was shortly after that tragedy that we met, Adrianne Haslet-Davis. She is a professional dancer who lost her left leg below the knee and vows to dance again. We are following the inspiring story of her recovery.
The government shutdown is causing serious anxiety for many military veterans who receive disability and G.I. Bill benefits, along with military families who rely on survivor benefits. The Department of Veterans Affairs warned it will not be able to pay those benefits if the government stays closed through the end of month. Now the Wounded Warrior Project is stepping in. Executive Director Steve Nardizzi announced exclusively on AC360 a $20 million fund to help thousands of veterans and their families cover expenses unpaid during the government shutdown.
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.
Congressman Xavier Becerra was in the Oval Office today for a meeting between the President, Vice President and the House Democratic leadership. He says he is confident lawmakers can pass a budget deal, as long as "Republicans don't put up procedural barriers." Rep. Becerra went on to say the Democrats are willing to negotiate anything and everything once the government is up and running.
New York Republican Congressman Peter King takes aim at both parties after a possible budget deal collapses in the House. As the clock ticks down to the debt ceiling deadline, Rep. King tells Anderson he has never seen gridlock this bad in Washington. He unleashes his harshest criticism on Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who he called a "false prophet."
The budget brinkmanship in Washington has brought the nation's credit to the brink of another downgrade. Credit rating agency Fitch is warning America's AAA rated credit is on "rating watch negative," meaning that there is an increased possibility of a downgrade in the near future. It's a move former Labor Secretary Robert Reich says is already "reflecting skittishness of investors."
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