March 12th, 2013
11:00 PM ET

Gergen: Give Obama credit for reaching out

David Gergen, Margaret Hoover and Peter Beinart discuss the authenticity of the president's outreach to Republicans.

March 7th, 2013
11:32 PM ET

Sen. Paul: Happy with answer from Holder

Sen. Rand Paul ended his quest Thursday to block a vote on the nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director after he received an answer from the Obama administration about his question on drones.

Paul's decision to back down cleared the way for a final Senate vote this afternoon, and the chamber confirmed Brennan in a 63-34 vote that crossed party lines.

In a letter to Paul Thursday afternoon, Attorney General Eric Holder said that the president does not have the authority to use a drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil.


Filed under: CIA • Congress • Raw Politics
March 6th, 2013
11:32 PM ET

Hoover: Paul's filibuster is substantive

Margaret Hoover, Peter Beinart and Gloria Borger discuss Sen. Rand Paul's filibuster to stall a confirmation vote for President Obama's nominee for CIA Director, John Brennan. He began speaking at 11:47 a.m. on Wednesday and continued until 12:38 a.m. Thursday morning.

Paul used his time on the Senate floor to question the Obama Administration's use of drones against American citizens abroad, and the ability for the president to authorize a drone strike within the United States.

"This filibuster ... is all about getting attention," says Borger. "Because he knows he's not going to stop the nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA."


Filed under: CIA • Congress • President Barack Obama • Raw Politics
March 5th, 2013
11:32 PM ET

Theories on salacious Menendez scandal

Sen. Robert Menendez slammed accusations that he had paid a Dominican woman for sex and expressed hope Tuesday that those behind the claims would be exposed in the wake of the woman's notarized confession that she'd never even met the New Jersey Democrat.

"I hope that you will all vigorously go after who was the source and purpose as you did go after the story at the time," he told reporters.

In a notarized statement filed in court, Nexis de los Santos Santana said she was filmed without her knowledge when she claimed that Menendez had paid her to have sex.


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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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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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January 29th, 2013
11:30 PM ET

Immigration reform politics

Margaret Hoover and Charles Blow discuss the negotiations and coalitions between lawmakers that could lead to immigration reform.

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Filed under: Immigration • Raw Politics
January 28th, 2013
10:49 PM ET

Borger: 'Now it's about survival'

Republicans look to rebrand and attract Latino voters with a possible new bipartisan immigration reform bill.  CNN's chief political analyst Gloria Borger, Democratic strategist Cornell Belcher, and Republican consultant Margaret Hoover discuss.

January 24th, 2013
10:04 PM ET

Gun control personal for lawmaker

Today Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-California, introduced a bill that would ban some military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.

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Filed under: Congress • Gun Control • Gun Violence • Guns • Raw Politics
January 22nd, 2013
12:20 AM ET

Was Pres. Obama's inaugural address partisan?

Paul Begala, Margaret Hoover, Alex Castellanos and Van Jones debate the politics of the president's inaugural speech.

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