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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.

December 26th, 2013
08:26 PM ET

"New Amsterdam": Colorado preparing for legal pot sales

2014 is just around the corner - and with it, the legal sale of marijuana in Colorado and Washington state. CNN's Ana Cabrera reports from Denver, where the state government and many businesses are hoping - and preparing – for millions in taxes and profit from the first year of sales.


Filed under: Ana Cabrera • Colorado • marijuana
December 26th, 2013
08:19 PM ET

U.S. sending Iraq weapons to fight al Qaeda

The U.S. is sending Hellfire rockets and drones to the Iraqi government to aid them in their campaign against terrorism. CNN's Elise Labott and Johns Hopkins University's Vali Nasr weigh in.


Filed under: Drone • Elise Labott • Iraq • Vali Nasr
December 26th, 2013
08:12 PM ET

Al Qaeda hints at new terror attacks in 2014

Newly intercepted messages from senior al Qaeda operatives are renewing concerns for terrorist attacks in the Middle East and overseas in 2014. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.


Filed under: al Qaeda • Barbara Starr • Terror
December 26th, 2013
08:07 PM ET

Ukrainian journalist nearly beaten to death

A prominent Ukrainian investigative journalist was beaten by unknown assailants, and the attack has drawn intense outrage from Ukrainian protestors and even the U.S. State Department. CNN's Jill Dougherty brings us two new videos, of the attack and the aftermath - a bloody, but resolute Tetiana Chornovol.


Filed under: Jill Dougherty • Ukraine
December 26th, 2013
07:52 PM ET

Shirley MacLaine on the record

Shirley MacLaine’s career spans six decades – on stage, in the movies and as an author detailing beliefs on everything from reincarnation to life on other planets.

This weekend she will be one of the stars receiving the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors for their contributions to American culture.

MacLaine recently sat down with CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger. In the interview she said the honor is “more of a life appreciation award," and what a life she has had.

In the interview MacLaine recounted not only her amazing acting career, but also her involvement in politics and her views on life.

She also recalled her old pals, including the infamous "Rat Pack" rogues Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin as well as President John F. Kennedy.

December 26th, 2013
07:33 PM ET

Live from Antarctica with trapped captain

Professor Chris Turney has been leading a scientific expedition through Antarctica – but now, his ship is trapped in the frozen waters, and he and his crew are stranded. In an interview live from Antarctica, Prof. Turney tells CNN's Brianna Keilar that people on board are disappointed over the mishap but otherwise in good spirits.

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Filed under: Antarctica • Interviews • science