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Wolf Blitzer delivers the most important breaking news and political, international, and national security stories of the day. Tune to The Situation Room weekdays 5-7pm ET on CNN.

September 25th, 2013
07:43 PM ET

Nairobi terror attack victim praised by Clinton

She was Harvard educated, nine months pregnant, and spending a quiet Saturday afternoon with her husband at a mall in Nairobi– when together, they were gunned down by Somali terrorists. A brilliant vaccines researcher with the Clinton Global Initiative, Elif Yavuz is now being mourned by family, friends, and her boss, former Pres. Bill Clinton.

CNN's Chris Lawrence profiles the woman friends remember as "amazing," "wonderful," and "beautiful."


Filed under: Bill Clinton • Chris Lawrence • Kenya • Nairobi Mall Shooting
September 25th, 2013
07:23 PM ET

Navy Yard shooting: New video shows gunman in action

It's one week after Aaron Alexis opened fire at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC, and we are finally getting some answers to the question, "Why?" At a press conference today, the FBI released chilling new video of Alexis and discussed what may have led to his attack– the voices he heard, the markings on his weapons, and the electromagnetic waves that he claims were controlling him.

CNN's Joe Johns reports on the "delusional" man and tries to piece together a motive.


Filed under: FBI • Joe Johns • must-see video • Navy Yard Shooting
September 25th, 2013
07:12 PM ET

Ted Cruz after talk-a-thon: "I feel terrific"

Sen. Ted Cruz tells CNN he feels terrific following his 21-hour speech on the Senate floor, in which he attacked Obamacare and protested a Senate vote to avoid a government shutdown. CNN's Dana Bash reports on Cruz's marathon speech, the reaction it received from the rest of the GOP, and what comes next for a continuing resolution.


Filed under: Dana Bash • Government shutdown • Obamacare • Ted Cruz
September 25th, 2013
07:02 PM ET

Ted Cruz's moment in the spotlight

Ted Cruz has taken the debate over Obamacare and a government shutdown and turned the spotlight on himself. Whether you love his "fight for freedom" or denounce his "political stunt," chances are you're talking about the freshman senator from Texas who is only nine months into his first term.

CNN's Jessica Yellin takes a look at the career of Sen. Cruz and his meteoric rise within the GOP and Washington.


Filed under: Government shutdown • Jessica Yellin • Obamacare • Ted Cruz
September 25th, 2013
12:40 PM ET

Egypt's top diplomat responds to Obama

In his address to the United Nations General Assembly, Pres. Obama covered a wide range of topics, including some strong words for Egypt. The Egyptian military helped to depose former Pres. Mohamed Morsy and the Muslim Brotherhood after mass protests filled the streets and led to violence that claimed hundreds of lives. Pres. Obama said of Mr. Morsy and the administration that followed him, "The interim government that replaced him responded to the desires of millions of Egyptians who believed the revolution had taken a wrong turn. But it, too, has made decisions inconsistent with inclusive democracy through an emergency law and restrictions on the press and civil society and opposition parties."

Wolf Blitzer interviews the new Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy about the ouster of Mr. Morsy and the state of democracy in Egypt.


Filed under: Egypt • Mohamed Morsy
September 24th, 2013
07:43 PM ET

Meet the new Iranian president

He was elected only months ago, but he is already starting to change the face of Iran on the world stage. Hassan Rouhani, a former nuclear negotiator and national security adviser, is Iran's new president, and he made his big debut at the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday by asking the world to say, "yes to peace and no to war."

Who is this man, and can the U.S. really trust his charm offensive? CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

Be sure to catch Christiane Amanpour's interview with Pres. Hassan Rouhani on AC360, tonight 8 pm ET.


Filed under: Barbara Starr • Hassan Rouhani • Iran
September 24th, 2013
07:35 PM ET

How terror group recruits in the U.S.

More than 40 Somali Americans have been recruited by the al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group Al-Shabaab, according to a Congressional hearing in 2011. The problem dates back to as early as 2008, and at least three young American men are believed to have carried out suicide bombings in Somalia over the last couple of years. Although Somali American communities like Minneapolis's are "100% against terror," analysts say there is a trend of young men fighting for the organization overseas.

But why? Who would give up a comfortable life in America to fight a jihad thousands of miles away in eastern Africa? CNN's Brian Todd explores how Al-Shabaab has successfully recruited so many young men.


Filed under: al-Shabaab • Brian Todd • Nairobi Mall Shooting • Somalia
September 23rd, 2013
08:20 PM ET

Horror stories from Kenyan mall emerge

CNN's Arwa Damon talks to eyewitnesses from inside the brutal attack on a mall in Nairobi, Kenya.


Filed under: al-Shabaab • Arwa Damon • Kenya • Nairobi Mall Shooting
September 23rd, 2013
08:15 PM ET

From Minneapolis to Mogadishu

Al-Shabaab, the terrorist group claiming responsibility for Saturday's attack on a mall in Nairobi, is based in Somalia. But the organization has a history of trying to recruit in the West, and some alleged that two or three Americans were among the gunmen in this weekend's assault.

Brian Todd reports from Minneapolis, Minnesota, a major recruiting ground for the group, on how they have been so successful in recruiting young Somali American men.


Filed under: al-Shabaab • Brian Todd • Kenya • Nairobi Mall Shooting • Somalia
September 23rd, 2013
07:54 PM ET

Sen. Cruz: GOP must unite against Harry Reid

CNN's Dana Bash interviews Sen. Ted Cruz, who wants fellow Republican senators to join him in his effort to fight against cloture and to filibuster a resolution that would fund the government and Obamacare.


Filed under: Dana Bash • GOP • Government shutdown • Obamacare • Ted Cruz
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