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 5-7pm 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 5-7pm ET on CNN.

October 10th, 2013
07:29 PM ET

White House defends Obamacare glitches

CNN's Brian Todd speaks to the White House's point man on the health care sign-up about the government site's glitches, cost, and cybersecurity concerns.


Filed under: Brian Todd • Obamacare
October 10th, 2013
07:26 PM ET

Shutdown fallout on small businesses

From crabbing to beer-making, CNN's Erin McPike reports on the effects that the government shutdown is having on small businesses.

October 10th, 2013
07:20 PM ET

Debt default: Who is right, Democrats or GOP?

There's been some confusion over a government default - what would it mean for the U.S., and what would happen if we actually defaulted? CNN's Tom Foreman gives a virtual look at the different semantics and the timeline of events.


Filed under: Debt ceiling • Democrats • Republicans • Tom Foreman
October 10th, 2013
07:13 PM ET

Debating the debt ceiling: Will we raise it?

"You want to have this conversation by yourself, or you want to engage here?"

A fiery debate that you don't want to miss: Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) and Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) go at it over the debt ceiling and the government's potential debt default.


Filed under: Debates • Debt ceiling • Government shutdown
October 10th, 2013
11:53 AM ET

Obamacare glitches known ahead of time?

There continue to be glitches in the Obamacare insurance exchange program's online sign-up, and new reports say the Obama administration was warned the site was not ready to be rolled out. CNN's Brian Todd investigates.


Filed under: Brian Todd • Obamacare
October 10th, 2013
11:50 AM ET

Shutdown outrage: The pain and the perks

Hundreds of thousands of federal employees have been furloughed, but Congress's gym, declared "essential," remains open. CNN's Erin McPike takes a look at the pains and perks of the government shutdown.


Filed under: Congress • Erin McPike • Government shutdown
October 10th, 2013
11:44 AM ET

Military death benefits debacle resolved

CNN's Barbara Starr has the final chapter in a story we've followed since the shutdown began. Death benefits being denied to families of the fallen because of the shutdown have been restored, thanks to a deal with a private charity.

October 10th, 2013
11:39 AM ET

Hostages? Guns to our head? Metaphor mania

What do cicadas and doggy odors have to do with the shutdown? CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on the metaphor overload.


Filed under: Debt ceiling • Government shutdown • Jeanne Moos
October 10th, 2013
11:36 AM ET

Economists debate how bad it could get

No one knows what exactly would happen if Congress did not raise the debt ceiling and the U.S. defaulted. Two economists debate the catastrophic forecasts many are predicting: the Wall Street Journal's Stephen Moore, former president of the Club for Growth, and the University of California, Berkeley's Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton.


Filed under: Debates • Debt ceiling • Economy • Government shutdown
October 10th, 2013
11:30 AM ET

Richard Branson brings business sense to DC

The political stalemate in Washington is starting to hurt the economy in the United States and around the world. Wolf Blitzer talks to entrepreneur Richard Branson, founder and CEO of the Virgin Group, about Washington's political mess and an issue Branson has been railing against - the war on drugs.