July 9th, 2013
11:15 PM ET

Lesser charge for Zimmerman?

George Zimmerman's prosecution could ask the judge to consider a lesser charge such as aggravated assault or manslaughter instead of second-degree murder. Ashleigh Banfield reports.

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
January 2nd, 2013
11:10 PM ET

KTH: Fiscal cliff deal filled with pork

So what is really in the fiscal cliff legislation?

Of course, there are the widely-known sticking points the two sides have been haggling over for weeks: extensions of the income tax cuts for middle and low-income earners, the current estate tax rate, and the alternative minimum tax.

But there's also a provision on two- and three-wheeled electric vehicles, renewable energy, and rum.

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which passed the Senate early Tuesday morning, is a vehicle for a number of regular year-end tax extenders.

Among the extensions is the excise tax carry-over on rum produced in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. It's a federal tax of which most is paid back to the islands.


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Filed under: Congress • Fiscal Cliff • Keeping Them Honest • Taxes
January 2nd, 2013
11:08 PM ET

Thousands still without power after Sandy

New York State Sen. James Sanders Jr. says Washington doesn't get how difficult it is to recover from Superstorm Sandy.

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January 2nd, 2013
11:07 PM ET

KTH: Outrage after House delays Sandy aid

More than two months after Superstorm Sandy hit, victims are still suffering and in need of government relief funds.

November 30th, 2012
10:41 PM ET

Rep. Terry: Republicans have no leverage

Rep. Lee Terry, R-Nebraska, says it would be politically advantageous for President Obama if no deal on the fiscal cliff is met by the end of the year, calling the administration’s proposals to tame the nation’s debt “disingenuous.”

"We come back from the election; we want to get the fiscal cliff resolved,” Terry told CNN on Friday. “But yet we aren't seeing anything from the White House.”

If no deal is reached by the end of the year, automatic federal spending cuts and tax rate increases will go into effect, a situation economists warn could slow economic growth and push the country back into a recession.


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November 30th, 2012
10:31 PM ET

Matalin: Obama does not have a mandate

Mary Matalin and Paul Begala debate the strategy behind President Obama's fiscal cliff proposal.

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Filed under: Congress • Economy • Fiscal Cliff • President Barack Obama • Taxes
November 30th, 2012
10:24 PM ET

Supreme Court could see baby Veronica case

Veronica's adoptive parents are petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court for custody. The 3-year-old is currently living with her biological father. Jeffrey Toobin gives his perspective on the likelihood of the case going before the court.


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November 30th, 2012
10:20 PM ET

Residents return to homes in Aleppo

CNN's Arwa Damon reports from Aleppo, Syria, where people are going back to homes after fleeing the violence. Despite the rebels claiming that the government is not in control of 65% of the city, it is still risky to be in the area. "There is still always that constant threat from the sky," says Damon.

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July 2nd, 2012
11:00 PM ET

Debating health care: Tax vs. penalty

Jeffrey Toobin, Bill Burton and Ari Fleischer discuss the politics of calling the health care law a tax.

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Filed under: Health Care • Raw Politics • Supreme Court
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