March 5th, 2013
09:34 PM ET

Dow surpasses 2007 record high

Anderson Cooper spoke with Ali Velshi about the Dow Jones industrial average closing at a record high of 14,253.77 on Tuesday. Velshi says the stock market is the only place where Americans can put their money to gain in the short term.

Read Dow record? Who cares? Economy still stinks!

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Filed under: Ali Velshi • Economy
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
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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Filed under: Congress • Economy • Keeping Them Honest • President Barack Obama
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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Filed under: Congress • David Gergen • Economy • President Barack Obama
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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Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Congress • Economy • Raw Politics
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.


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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January 4th, 2013
01:10 AM ET

U.S. debt rating at risk

Margaret Hoover, Charles Blow and Ali Velshi discuss the next big fight in Washington over the deficit and debt.

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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Economy • President Obama • Taxes
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