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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 11th, 2013
08:25 PM ET

Rep. King: Real R.I.N.O. is Sen. Ted Cruz

Wolf Blitzer asks Rep. Peter King, a moderate Republican from New York and fierce critic of the Tea Party, if he will switch parties because of the government shutdown and debt ceiling debates. Rep. King fires back, defending his conservative credentials and calling Sen. Ted Cruz a "Republican in Name Only."


Filed under: GOP • Government shutdown • Interviews • Peter King
October 11th, 2013
08:05 PM ET

Starbucks petitions DC to get it together

Howard Schultz is not afraid of jumping into the fray. The CEO of Starbucks has weighed in on another political fight - this time writing a petition to Washington and posting it in stores across the country. CNN's Poppy Harlow reports.


Filed under: Government shutdown • Poppy Harlow • Starbucks
October 11th, 2013
08:01 PM ET

D.C. Mayor: We're running out of cash

Washington's Mayor Vincent Gray confronts Harry Reid on the steps of the Capitol Building, warning the Senate Majority leader that his city is running out of money. CNN's Brian Todd reports on how the shutdown is hitting the nation's capital.


Filed under: Brian Todd • DC • Government shutdown • Vincent Gray
October 11th, 2013
07:56 PM ET

Ted Cruz the star of the Values Voter Summit

The top conservatives of the GOP descended on Washington this week for the annual Values Voter Summit. CNN's Erin McPike reports on the freshman senator from Texas - and the architect of the government shutdown - and his starring role at the conference.


Filed under: Erin McPike • Government shutdown • Ted Cruz
October 11th, 2013
02:19 PM ET

The United States is still getting rid of its chemical weapons

Watch Drew Griffin's full report on the Utah project above.

Syria has been given a year to eliminate its chemical weapons arsenal, or face the threat of a U.S. military strike. Yet it may come as a surprise that the United States has still not destroyed all of its massive supply of deadly nerve agents.

In fact, neither has Russia. Both Washington and Moscow signed the Chemical Weapons Convention of the 1990s, which forbid the use, production and stockpiling of chemical weapons.

FULL STORY
October 11th, 2013
01:28 PM ET

Drunk dialing Congress

Fed up with Congress? CNN's Jeanne Moos says give 'em a piece of your mind - after a couple of beverages.


Filed under: Congress • Jeanne Moos
October 11th, 2013
11:31 AM ET

Sen. Sanders: Reopen the govt., pay our bills

Wolf Blitzer talks to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) about ending the government shutdown, raising the debt ceiling, and fighting Washington's political stalemate.