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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 5-6:30pm ET on CNN.

October 4th, 2013
07:36 PM ET

Use of force justified in DC car chase?

A driver has a confrontation at the White House and speeds away towards Capitol Hill. Police pursue, and in the chaos that follows, they shoot and kill the woman behind the wheel, Miriam Carey. Today, many are asking, "Were their actions justified?" CNN's Brian Todd investigates.

October 4th, 2013
07:29 PM ET

Shutdown ripple effect

Four days into the government shutdown, the effects are beginning to spread across the country as ancillary industries, from defense contractors to restaurants to universities, feel the impact. CNN's Tom Foreman reports.


Filed under: Government shutdown • Tom Foreman
October 4th, 2013
07:24 PM ET

Leon Panetta: Shutdown a "tragic moment for the United States"

The former Secretary of Defense and director of the CIA Leon Panetta has had many roles in Washington, including Bill Clinton's chief of staff during the last government shutdown in 1995 and 1996 - and before that, chairman of the House Budget Committee. He talks to Wolf Blitzer about what the shutdown means for America.


Filed under: Government shutdown • Leon Panetta
October 4th, 2013
07:09 PM ET

Reports: Man on fire on National Mall

News that broke in The Situation Room: CNN's Brian Todd reports on a man who might have set himself on fire at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.


Filed under: Brian Todd • Washington
October 4th, 2013
07:07 PM ET

Shutdown may increase cyberthreat

Will the government shutdown make the U.S. more vulnerable to a cyberattack? CNN's Jim Sciutto reports on how furloughs are impacting the government's cybersecurity teams.


Filed under: Cyberwarfare • Government shutdown • Jim Sciutto