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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.

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.

December 6th, 2013
07:18 PM ET

American teacher killed in Libya

Days away from a trip home to Texas to see his wife and young son, Ronnie Smith - an American chemistry teacher at an international school in Benghazi, Libya - was gunned down during his morning jog. CNN's Barbara Starr reports on the new details, including whether his Christian faith made him a target.


Filed under: Barbara Starr • Libya • Ronnie Smith
December 6th, 2013
07:13 PM ET

White House admits Obama knew uncle

Pres. Barack Obama knows his Uncle Omar. It seems like an obvious statement, but when stories surfaced of a relative who faced deportation, the White House denied that the president knew the man. CNN's Brian Todd reports on the new admission by the White House that Pres. Obama met - and briefly lived with - his uncle.

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Filed under: Immigration • President Obama
December 6th, 2013
07:08 PM ET

Mandela tricks Clinton into buying Castro's rum

Wolf Blitzer sat down for a lengthy interview with former President Bill Clinton, who joyously retells the unbelievable story of the time Nelson Mandela tricked him into bidding for - and buying - Cuban rum.

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • Interviews • Nelson Mandela
December 6th, 2013
07:00 PM ET

Clinton and Mandela, "a genuine friendship"

Wolf Blitzer sat down for a lengthy interview with former President Bill Clinton, who shares some unforgettable moments from his time with Nelson Mandela over their 20 years of friendship and partnership.

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • Interviews • Nelson Mandela
December 6th, 2013
06:46 PM ET

Jobless rate is lowest in 5 years

The stock market has continued to hit new highs as new unemployment numbers showed 203,00 jobs created and the lowest jobless rate in 5 years. But many across the country are still feeling pinched. CNN's Jim Acosta reports on the Obama administration and the economy.


Filed under: Economy • Jim Acosta • Jobs • President Obama
December 6th, 2013
01:25 AM ET

Bernard Shaw remembers Mandela

He was there in 1994 when Nelson Mandela was elected as South Africa's first black president, interviewing the prisoner turned politician for CNN. Nearly 20 years later, the legendary anchor, our very own Bernard Shaw, shares his memories of Mandela with Wolf Blitzer, honoring Madiba's leadership, forgiving nature, and fight for parity.

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Filed under: Bernard Shaw • Interviews • Nelson Mandela
December 6th, 2013
01:15 AM ET

South African ambassador: We owe Americans

Ebrahim Rasool, the South African Ambassador to the U.S., joins Wolf Blitzer to remember the legacy of Nelson Mandela. He explains the significant role America played in bringing an end to apartheid and discusses the growing push to have a memorial service for Mandela in America.

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Filed under: Interviews • Nelson Mandela • South Africa
December 6th, 2013
01:07 AM ET

MLK and Mandela, bonded by their struggle for freedom

Although the two men never met, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela were big fans of each other, bonded by their fights for equality in their respective countries and around the world. Rev. Bernice King, Dr. King's daughter and the CEO of the King Center, pays tribute to Mandela in an interview with Wolf Blitzer.

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Filed under: Interviews • Martin Luther King • Rev. Bernice King
December 6th, 2013
12:51 AM ET

Small cell held "larger than life" man, says fellow prisoner

As news broke that Nelson Mandela had passed away Thursday, tributes poured in from around the world. Wolf Blitzer talks to South African politician "Tokyo" Sexwale, who served time with Nelson Mandela on Robben Island, about the lessons he learned from Mandela and the time they spent together.

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Filed under: Interviews • Nelson Mandela
December 6th, 2013
12:42 AM ET

Obama: Mandela was influential, courageous

Live in "The Situation Room," President Barack Obama addresses the nation and the world to honor former South African President Nelson Mandela. He recalls how Mandela inspired him and drew him to politics, saying, "I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set." Mandela died Thursday at the age of 95.


Filed under: Nelson Mandela • President Obama