January 14th, 2014
11:16 PM ET

Christie: ‘Mistakes were clearly made’

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.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • Jake Tapper • Paul Begala • Raw Politics
January 9th, 2014
10:22 PM ET

Political fallout from Christie's bridge crisis

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.

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Filed under: Ari Fleischer • Chris Christie • Paul Begala
November 13th, 2013
10:17 PM ET

White House releases low enrollment numbers on Obamacare. Now what?

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.

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Filed under: Dana Bash • Gloria Borger • Obamacare • Paul Begala • Peter Beinart
October 23rd, 2013
10:16 PM ET

New Obamacare fallout

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.

Filed under: Dana Bash • Gloria Borger • Obamacare • Paul Begala • Raw Politics
October 16th, 2013
12:52 AM ET

Washington whiplash: "It's like Mogadishu on the Potomac"

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.


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Filed under: Alex Castellanos • Debt Ceiling • Government Shutdown • Paul Begala
October 11th, 2013
10:04 PM ET

House plan ignores government shutdown

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:



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Filed under: Government Shutdown • Paul Begala • Ralph Reed
October 9th, 2013
12:57 AM ET

Raw Politics: Both sides are talking... but neither side is budging

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.

Filed under: Dana Bash • Government Shutdown • Jim Acosta • Paul Begala • Raw Politics
October 3rd, 2013
01:14 AM ET

Is there reason for optimism over the shutdown?

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.

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Filed under: Government Shutdown • Paul Begala
October 2nd, 2013
08:54 AM ET

What will it take to end the shutdown?

On Capitol Hill, there is no end in sight to the government shutdown. But what would it take to fully reopen the government? What does all of this mean as lawmakers approach the debt ceiling deadline? Anderson discussed it with Democratic stategist Paul Begala, former Newt Gingrich spokesman Rich Galen and Alice Stewart, spokeswoman for the 2012 Santorum and Bachmann presidential campaigns.
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Filed under: Government Shutdown • Paul Begala
June 18th, 2013
10:12 PM ET

Bush vs. Obama on surveillance

Paul Begala and Ari Fleischer debate the differences between the two presidents' national security policies.

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Filed under: Ari Fleischer • National Security • NSA • Paul Begala • Raw Politics
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