GOP consultant Alex Castellanos: Cruz needs to "learn the difference between standing for principle and standing in front of a train."
As Congress heads out of town for recess, they left a lot on their plates. DCCC Chair Rep. Steve Israel and our power panel with Artur Davis, Anita Dunn, Alex Castellanos and Donna Brazile weigh in.
CNN Sources say al Qaeda is in the final planning stages of an unspecified plot, prompting the United States to close almost two dozen embassies in the Middle East and North Africa. Senator Lindsey Graham joins us to discuss these new threats, as well as his impending trip to Egypt at the request of President Obama.
Unemployment dropped slightly this month, but the numbers show an economy still struggling to find good, high paying jobs for many Americans. We’ll ask the man in charge of getting more Democrats elected to the House if he sees a winning strategy running on Jobs, Middle Class, and Growth in 2014. Congressman Steve Israel joins us exclusively.
Plus, in their final act before August break, Congress held its fortieth vote to repeal or gut ObamaCare. Our Political Panel of Anita Dunn, Artur Davis, Donna Brazile, and Alex Castellanos tell us if they think Republicans are overplaying their hand or if Obama’s signature piece of legislation will go down as his signature failure.
And Candy heads down to the Bayou for a chat with the woman who’s poised to become the first full-time female ref in the NFL. Breaking the NFL’s “Grass Ceiling” with Sarah Thomas. See a preview of our interview here.
Watch us Sunday 9am Eastern and Pacific.
CNN's State of the Union panel weighs in on the IRS targeting Tea Party groups controversy.
New questions on the Benghazi attacks that left four Americans dead last September. We’ll talk to Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) who co-authored a report on security problems at the diplomatic post.
Then, a look at the alarming rise in sexual assaults in the military with Congress’ two female Iraq combat veterans: Congresswomen Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). Watch a preview here.
More updates to come.
Sunday at 9a & 12p Eastern
Anita Dunn, Donna Brazile, Newt Gingrich & Alex Castellanos on the Democrats and Republicans that might run in 2016.
An Exclusive interview with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on gridlock in Congress, the President’s meetings with Republicans, and what it will take to get her to sign off on a budget deal and entitlement reform.
Then, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) joins us exclusively to discuss the spring thaw between President Obama and Congressional Republicans, and on if he’s leaving the GOP leadership out in the cold.
Speaking of coming in from the cold, he’s been laying low the past couple of years, but a new book is bringing Jeb Bush back in to the national spotlight. He may be talking immigration between the pages, but he’s got tongues wagging with his open talk of a potential 2016 run. We sit down with former Florida Governor – and presidential brother and son – Jeb Bush about political dynasties, Bush fatigue, and his upcoming pow-wow with top Republican donors.
Plus, former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn, former Speaker of the House and Republican Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich, former Bush and Romney adviser Alex Castellanos and Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile on the long road to 2016, Rand Paul’s long talk on the Senate floor, and why you won’t be seeing any more long lines for White House tours any time soon.
Sunday at 9am & NOON ET.
Dana Bash, Alex Castellanos and Celinda Lake discuss the expectations for next week's presidential debate in Denver.
Exclusive: Senator John McCain. He debated both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, and gives us a unique perspective as Camp Romney tries to manage expectations. We’ll also ask him about the Obama campaign contemplating a play for his home state of Arizona, and we’ll get his take on the investigation into the Libya attack and Syria’s Chemical Weapons.
Exclusive: Obama Campaign Senior Adviser David Axelrod drops in to answer questions about debate preparations, swing state strategy, and Obama’s promises
Exclusive: Governor Martin O’Malley & Senator Roy Blunt on what voters want to hear from the candidates during the home stretch. We also expect to talk about the looming fiscal cliff, what Senator Blunt is doing to avoid it, and how it will affect jobs and the economic recovery.
And we’ll round it out with Republican Consultant Alex Castellanos, Pollster and Democratic Strategist Celinda Lake, and CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash. We’ll talk about Campaign Ad strategy and how it’s changed in the face of so much early voting. And Dana will give us a preview of her forthcoming documentary on Paul Ryan.
Sunday 9am and 12p ET