Today's Situation Room:

Wolf Blitzer delivers the most important breaking news and political, international, and national security stories of the day. Tune to The Situation Room weekdays 5-6:30pm ET on CNN.

Wolf Blitzer delivers the most important breaking news and political, international, and national security stories of the day. Tune to The Situation Room weekdays 5-6:30pm ET on CNN.

August 13th, 2013
08:06 PM ET

Can Sen. Ted Cruz run for president?

Ted Cruz, the freshman senator from Texas and a Tea Party favorite, is said to be laying the groundwork for a presidential run in 2016. But now some are questioning if he can even run in the first place. CNN's Athena Jones reports.


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August 13th, 2013
07:53 PM ET

Crossfire hosts: Voter fraud v. voting rights

Crossfire's co-hosts Stephanie Cutter and S.E. Cupp join Wolf Blitzer in The Situation Room to debate voter ID laws, like the one that just passed in North Carolina.


Filed under: Crossfire • Voter registration
August 13th, 2013
07:27 PM ET

Gunman takes hostages in Louisiana bank

Wolf Blitzer speaks with the Homeland Security spokeswoman for Tensas Parish, Louisiana, after a gunman takes three employees hostage inside a bank in St. Joseph.


Filed under: homeland security • Law Enforcement
August 13th, 2013
07:22 PM ET

Senator Cory Booker?

With his meteoric rise and potential Senate candidacy, Newark Mayor Cory Booker has many comparing him to Pres. Obama. Jim Acosta reports on the man expected to win today's Democratic primary in New Jersey.


Filed under: Cory Booker • Jim Acosta • New Jersey • Senate
August 13th, 2013
07:11 PM ET

Air Force wing fails nuclear weapons inspection, again

Another U.S. Air Force unit responsible for nuclear-tipped missiles has failed a key security test, the second unit this year. CNN's Barbara Starr investigates.


Filed under: Air Force • Barbara Starr • Nuclear
August 13th, 2013
01:31 PM ET

Imprisoned American's sister calls for his release

Wolf Blitzer interviews Terri Chung, whose brother Kenneth Bae has been sentenced to 15 years in a North Korean prison camp. The camp has taken a toll on Bae's health, and he has now been hospitalized in Pyongyang.

If you want to help Kenneth Bae, Terri passed along these four steps:

  1. SIGN the petition and SHARE the linkwww.change.org/FreeKenNow
  2. WRITE letters to Kenneth: Let Kenneth know that he is not forgotten. Send letters to letterforkennethbae@gmail.com
  3. PRAY for Kenneth’s health and his return home soon.
  4. LEARN more and FOLLOW updates on Kenneth’s plight on www.freekennow.com.  

Filed under: Kenneth Bae • North Korea • Situation Room
August 13th, 2013
12:19 PM ET

A drug sentence plan with bipartisan support

Attorney General Eric Holder unveils a new plan to end mandatory minimum sentencing for low-level drug crimes, with broad support from the ACLU to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT).

August 13th, 2013
12:00 PM ET

Clowns, slaps, and calls for impeachment

CNN's Athena Jones reports on the latest series of political jabs aimed at Pres. Obama, including a Missouri rodeo clown that caused outrage and prompted an apology from the rodeo association.


Filed under: Athena Jones • Barack Obama • Politics • Situation Room
August 13th, 2013
11:42 AM ET

NYPD stop-and-frisk policy ruled unconstitutional

A federal judge says the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy is unconstitutional, but New York leaders say it has reduced crime. CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports on the debate surrounding the controversial program.

August 13th, 2013
10:31 AM ET

Alleged kidnapper's eerie link to father

The manhunt is over, but we are just starting to learn about who James DiMaggio, the alleged kidnapper of Hannah Anderson, is. Our Brian Todd investigates the eerie links between DiMaggio's behavior and acts his father allegedly committed 20 years ago.


Filed under: Brian Todd • Situation Room