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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.
"You have another version of reality."
Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) and Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) get heated in a debate over raising the debt ceiling, ending the government shutdown, and tying Obamacare to debt negotiations.
Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling and Democrat Rep. Steve Israel debate how the government shutdown should end and what it would take to reach a compromise.
Some are calling for an Olympic boycott over Russia's anti-gay laws. Former Olympic champion Greg Louganis speaks out.