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December 1st, 2013
12:33 PM ET

Dean and Santorum debate ACA "nonsense"

"I lose my patience with this nonsense," says former Governor Howard Dean. "It's not nonsense," says former Senator Rick Santorum.


Filed under: Health care • Newsmakers • Obamacare • State of the Union
December 1st, 2013
12:23 PM ET

Supreme Court and the ACA contraceptive mandate

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear cases on the contraceptive mandate. Howard Dean & Rick Santorum give their takes on what the First Amendment means for this.


Filed under: Health care • Obamacare • SCOTUS • State of the Union
December 1st, 2013
12:07 PM ET

Dade: Website fix 'a political deadline'

CNN contributors Kevin Madden and Donna Brazile, plus Corey Dade of TheRoot.com, discuss fixes to Healthcare.gov.


Filed under: Corey Dade • Donna Brazile • Kevin Madden • State of the Union
December 1st, 2013
12:05 PM ET

Walmart protests fuel push for minimum wage hike

CNN contributors Kevin Madden and Donna Brazile, plus Corey Dade of TheRoot.com, discuss recent Walmart protests.


Filed under: Corey Dade • Donna Brazile • Kevin Madden • State of the Union
December 1st, 2013
12:02 PM ET

Can the President right the Obamacare ship?

Former Governor Howard Dean & Former Senator Rick Santorum debate whether the "dramatic progress" on the HealthCare.gov website announced by the White House today will help the President right the Obamacare fiasco.


Filed under: Health care • Obamacare • State of the Union
December 1st, 2013
09:54 AM ET

White House: Significant progress made in fixing Healthcare.gov

The White House says that significant progress has been made in fixing healthcare.gov. The site's capacity has reportedly improved and can accommodate about 50,000 users at a time. CNN's Joe Johns received a progress report from the White House and he talks to Candy about the latest news.


Filed under: Barack Obama • Obamacare • State of the Union • White House
December 1st, 2013
09:28 AM ET

Intel Chairs: 'We're not safer'

Congress' Intel Chairs Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Mike Rogers tell Candy Crowley we're not safer from terror today.

December 1st, 2013
09:27 AM ET

Syria a 'lightning rod' for jihadists

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Sunday on State of the Union that the civil war in Syria has become a “lightning rod for fighters all over the world.” Appearing with Mike Rogers (D-MI), her counterpart in the House, she said that the dilemma in Syria is that “it’s very difficult to separate the bad guys from the good guys.”
“Any time you take a chemical weapon off the battlefield, that’s a good day for the world,” said Rogers.
But the US was “too quick to try to get a deal,” said Rogers, and the Syrian government headed by President Bashar al-Assad now has “the protection of the Russian government.”
“The opposition felt that the United States walked away from them,” he said.

December 1st, 2013
09:25 AM ET

'Taliban is in a position to come back'

The heads of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees said Sunday that the Taliban is poised for a “come back.” Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on State of the Union Sunday said that the Afghan Army will not be able to sustain itself financially and that she was fearful about an Afghanistan with “60 percent of the country controlled by the Taliban.”
Feinstein called Afghan President Hamid Karzai who has not signed a bilateral security agreement with the US, Karzai “a cipher.”
Congressman Mike Rogers (R-MI) weighed in as well. “How you leave may be even more important than how you got there,” he said.
“To just say this is too hard and we're going to pack up and come home, we saw the consequences of that in Iraq. It is absolute chaos,” said Rogers.

December 1st, 2013
09:22 AM ET

Westerners fight with al Qaeda

Senator Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence told Candy that Al-Qaeda continues to be a threat in various regions around the world, including some areas in the Middle East and North Africa. States with failed governments are easier targets and are prime areas where jihadists seek control. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), Chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, agreed and said that it is time for Congress to focus on external threats, instead of infighting regarding the NSA. “We're fighting amongst ourselves here in this country about the role of our intelligence community that it is having an impact on our ability to stop what is a growing number of threats,” said Rogers.

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