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Some of the most powerful men in Washington have been sharing a frat-style house for years. If it sounds like a sitcom, it's because it is. Actor Mark Consuelos is one of the stars of the new show on Amazon.com, but he tells Wolf Blitzer about the real-life inspiration for the show: Sen. Chuck Schumer, Sen. Dick Durbin, and Rep. George Miller.
For more on the true story that inspired the show, check out Dana Bash's report:
Wolf Blitzer interviewed the NTSB's Earl Weener, who gave a preliminary breakdown of the New York City train crash that killed four passengers. Weener revealed that while the train was speeding through a 30 mph-zone at 82 mph when it derailed, investigators still do not know if human error was involved.
One month after Merrill Newman, an 85 year-old Korean War veteran from California, was detained in North Korea, his family has still not been able to make contact with him. His wife Lee and son Jeff join Wolf Blitzer to share his story and plea for his release.
House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Rogers tells Wolf Blitzer that Congress was not told about secret talks with Iran that set the stage for the deal over Iran's nuclear program - and that the deal does not get enough concessions from Iran in return for an easing of sanctions that takes the pressure off the Iranian economy.
Senate Democrats took a historic step this afternoon, voting with a simple majority to implement the "nuclear option" - changing Senate rules so that only 51 votes are needed to approve some presidential nominees. In an interview with Wolf Blitzer, Sen. John McCain decries the move, accusing many Democrats of "outright hypocrisy."
As negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany continue, the President's National Security Adviser Susan Rice tells Wolf Blitzer that the deal on the table is "a good one." Specifically, she says, it will roll back the Iranian nuclear program in key respects over a six-month period while increasing the transparency surrounding the program so that the Iranians "can't sneak out or break out." And while some question easing sanctions on Tehran, Rice says the "sanctions architecture" will remain in place so that the relief will be "limited, modest, temporary, and reversible" - less than $10 billion in total.
Wolf Blitzer interviews the American general in charge of the U.S. relief effort on the ground in the Philippines, who describes the American effort to "almost defy laws of physics" to bring aid to the people.
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."
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.
Wolf Blitzer talks to Sen. John McCain about the government shutdown and the GOP's push to defund Obamacare.