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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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June 17th, 2013
10:36 PM ET

Borger: Behind the slide in Obama's poll numbers

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?)

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May 29th, 2013
11:02 PM ET

Michele Bachmann's political legacy

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."

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May 29th, 2013
10:17 PM ET

Investigation ends when Bachmann leaves

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.

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April 25th, 2013
01:09 AM ET

Bush: We gave it our all, made the best judgment calls I could

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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April 25th, 2013
12:46 AM ET

Former President George W. Bush on life after the White House

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.

Watch part two

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April 8th, 2013
09:42 PM ET

Will the gun law deal be effective?

Charles Blow and Ross Douthat discuss the political strategy playing out in the gun control debate and the status of a proposed bill.

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March 22nd, 2013
11:10 PM ET

President Obama's reputation in Israel

CNN's John King talks about the reaction the president received from the Israeli public during his first trip there in office.

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March 18th, 2013
11:12 PM ET

Republican party 'autopsy' report

Sparks fly when Margaret Hoover, Gayle Trotter and Charles Blow discuss the GOP's future and how to broaden its appeal after a study commissioned by the Republican National Committee prescribed a major makeover for the party.

The report stated, "Unless changes are made, it will be increasingly difficult for Republicans to win another presidential election in the near future." And a new CNN/ORC poll reveals 38 percent view the GOP in a favorable light while 54 percent of voters surveyed have an unfavorable view of the Republican Party. Reince Priebus, RNC chairman, plans to spend $10 million to reshape their message.

Hoover supports Priebus' initiative and "preaching tolerance" on issues like gay marriage and immigration reform. "There has got to be room for people that have different views on different issues, which means we're getting rid of this necessity to have absolute orthodoxy on every issue," she says.

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March 15th, 2013
11:16 PM ET

Santorum on Portman's gay marriage support

In an exclusive interview with CNN's Dana Bash, Ohio Senator Rob Portman announced he has changed his stance on same-sex marriage because his 21-year-old son is gay. CNN asked his conservative colleagues at CPAC to react to his reversal on the issue.

For more on Portman's decision, read One conservative's dramatic reversal on gay marriage

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