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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.

October 8th, 2013
08:06 PM ET

Big donors fight campaign finance limits

In 2010, the Supreme Court made a historic ruling in "Citizens United," eliminating limits on how much money corporations and unions could contribute to candidates for office. Now, individual donors like Shaun McCutcheon, want the same. CNN's Joe Johns reports on McCutcheon's case before the Supreme Court that could undercut most of the remaining rules on campaign contributions.


Filed under: Campaign Finance • Joe Johns • Supreme Court
October 8th, 2013
07:56 PM ET

Salmonella outbreak amid shutdown

The partial government shutdown could be affecting how the Centers for Disease Control can track an outbreak of salmonella. CNN's Brian Todd reports.

October 8th, 2013
07:54 PM ET

Pres. Obama to GOP: No ransom, no excuses

In an hour-long news conference today, Pres. Obama addressed shutdown negotiations and the looming debt limit. Hours later, House Speaker John Boehner held his own news conference to jab back at the White House. CNN's Jim Acosta reports on the dueling addresses.

October 8th, 2013
07:48 PM ET

Debt ceiling crisis and you

Chaos. Catastrophic. Apocalyptic.

Economists have thrown out some heavy words to describe what would happen if the U.S. defaulted on its credit. But what does it really mean for you? CNN's Tom Foreman looks at what could happen to your wallet, your home, your job, and your retirement if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling before its October 17th deadline.


Filed under: Debt ceiling • Economy • Tom Foreman
October 8th, 2013
07:43 PM ET

Ron Burgundy the car salesman

Will Ferrell's fake anchorman Ron Burgundy becomes a real car salesman. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.


Filed under: Hollywood • Jeanne Moos
October 8th, 2013
07:38 PM ET

Fiery debate over shutdown and debt ceiling

"You have another version of reality."

Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) and Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) get heated in a debate over raising the debt ceiling, ending the government shutdown, and tying Obamacare to debt negotiations.


Filed under: Debt ceiling • Government shutdown • Interviews • Obamacare
October 8th, 2013
06:55 PM ET

Shutdown stops military death benefits

Four American soldiers were killed in Afghanistan this weekend, but their families will not get Pentagon funding to go to Dover Air Force Base to pay their respects. CNN's Barbara Starr reports on the hold that the government shutdown has put on financial help for families of fallen troops.