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 15th, 2013
07:18 PM ET

Senate women to the rescue?

Female lawmakers play a key role in trying to end the current partisan gridlock in Washington. Could having more women leaders solve our problems? CNN's Athena Jones reports.


Filed under: Athena Jones • Congress • Government shutdown • Women
October 15th, 2013
07:13 PM ET

The system is broken

Short-term bandages have become the new norm in Washington, and a political expert says the environment in Washington has become so toxic that there is little chance of a grand bargain - now, and going forward. CNN's Brian Todd reports.


Filed under: Brian Todd • Congress • Debt ceiling • Government shutdown
October 15th, 2013
07:03 PM ET

Cory Booker's rising star

The Newark mayor wants to be New Jersey's next senator, but critics question whether his political popularity is deserved. CNN's Jason Carroll interviews Cory Booker.


Filed under: Cory Booker • Jason Carroll • New Jersey • Senate
October 15th, 2013
07:01 PM ET

Fitch puts the U.S. on warning

News that broke during The Situation Room: Fitch Ratings, one of the big three credit rating agencies, put the U.S. credit rating on watch for downgrade because of the gridlock in Congress over the debt limit. Wolf Blitzer asks Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger and CNN Contributor Ryan Lizza what this means.

October 15th, 2013
06:53 PM ET

When will the House vote?

With little more than 24 hours until the U.S. debt ceiling deadline, House Republicans struggle to get the votes for a spending bill that would reopen the government and raise the debt limit. CNN's Dana Bash reports.


Filed under: Dana Bash • Debt ceiling • Government shutdown