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September 25th, 2012
08:02 AM ET

'Abnormalities' found in dead panda cub

A baby panda cub dies just a week after her birth at the National Zoo. CNN's Sandra Endo reports.


Filed under: Animals • Sandra Endo • Washington
September 19th, 2012
12:37 PM ET

Washington to install stop sign cameras

Motorists may have to be more careful at stop signs. You may be on camera. CNN's Sandra Endo reports.


Filed under: Sandra Endo • Transportation • Washington
September 17th, 2012
07:24 PM ET

Giant panda gives birth

Mei Xiang, the 14 year old female giant panda at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, gave birth Sunday night.


Filed under: Animals • Sandra Endo • Washington
Epic failure by Washington sets us adrift
President Ronald Reagan signs the Tax Reform Act in October 1986, with congressional leaders joining in the ceremony.
April 4th, 2012
03:00 PM ET

Epic failure by Washington sets us adrift

By Gloria Borger, CNN Chief Political Analyst

Editor's note: Gloria Borger is CNN's chief political analyst, appearing regularly on shows such as "AC360˚" "The Situation Room," "John King, USA" and "State of the Union."

(CNN) - There are plenty of ways to game the upcoming Supreme Court decision on health care reform, and they've all been said: President Obama loses in court, he wins with his base. Or it's a severe blow, potentially fatal. Or Republicans benefit if they win, because they were "right" all along. Or the GOP loses, because it has to figure out what to offer for health care instead.

And so it goes.

But there's something else going on here, and it's more meaningful than some short-term political skirmishing. This Supreme Court case is the Waterloo for political polarization, because it underscores something we should have known all along: Great changes in national public policy should never be erected on slender partisan majorities.

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Gloria Borger • Health Care • Politics • Washington
January 30th, 2012
07:03 PM ET

DC protesters have no plans to back down

CNN's Brian Todd reports on how the Occupy DC protest seems to be at a breaking point.

RELATED POST: Protesters vow to stand their ground at Occupy DC camp

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Filed under: Brian Todd • Occupy Wall Street • Washington
BLITZER’S BLOG: Congress flees Washington
August 2nd, 2011
04:41 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: Congress flees Washington

Washington (CNN) - It didn’t take very long for the House of Representatives to get out of Dodge. Within minutes of passing the debt ceiling legislation Monday night, they adjourned until Sept. 7. The August-plus-a-week-of-September recess has begun. Those members who could still get out of Washington Monday night bolted to Reagan National, Dulles or Baltimore/Washington Airport. The others waited until Tuesday.

Now that the Senate has passed the legislation, the senators are doing the exact same thing – rushing to get out of Washington for five weeks.
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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Washington • Wolf Blitzer
July 27th, 2011
09:05 AM ET

Extremes controlling U.S. politics?

With a debt crisis looming, are the nation's political extreme's calling the shots in DC? CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

RELATED STORY: The 'big headache': Boehner backed into corner by tea party, Obama


Filed under: Debt • Jim Acosta • Politics • Washington
BLITZER’S BLOG: Political posturing in Washington worries me about a deal
July 26th, 2011
02:11 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: Political posturing in Washington worries me about a deal

Washington (CNN) –- Now, with only a week to go before the Treasury Department’s August 2 deadline for raising the debt limit, I must confess I am getting increasingly gloomy. I’m very worried no deal will be reached between President Obama and the Republican and Democratic leadership in Congress.

There may be some serious backroom talks going on to achieve an agreement. I certainly hope there are. But all I see in public is a lot of political posturing. If there’s no deal, there will be default, and the consequences will be awful for all of us.
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Filed under: Debt • Politics • Washington • Wolf Blitzer
July 26th, 2011
11:40 AM ET

Debt battle sparks ad war

Lisa Sylvester reports on the money special interest groups are spending to sway opinion on the debt limit debate.


Filed under: ads • Debt • Lisa Sylvester • Washington
July 21st, 2011
09:38 AM ET

Lobbyists battle amid deficit cuts

As U.S. politicians try to work a deal to slash the deficit, there's a flurry of lobbyists fighting to be spared cuts. CNN's Lisa Sylvester reports.

SEE ALSO: Obama continues debt talks with Democrats, then Republicans

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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • Lisa Sylvester • Lobbying • Washington
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