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February 20th, 2012
06:59 PM ET

Exclusive interview with Sheriff Babeu

In an in-depth, exclusive interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu denies allegations of threatening a former boyfriend.

Part 2: Arizona Sheriff on leaving Romney post

Part 3: Sheriff Babeu on gay marriage

RELATED STORY: Arizona sheriff resigns Romney role after allegations


Filed under: Arizona • Interviews • Paul Babeu
February 20th, 2012
06:49 PM ET

Democrats targeting Santorum

Do Democrats see the former Pennsylvania senator as a serious threat? CNN's Donna Brazile and Will Cain discuss with Wolf Blitzer.

Filed under: 2012 election • Donna Brazile • Rick Santorum • Strategy Session • Will Cain
February 20th, 2012
06:40 PM ET

Time for U.S. to arm Syrian rebels?

In an interview CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain discuss the possibility of arming Syrian rebels.

RELATED STORY: Senator 'optimistic' Egypt NGO standoff near end

Filed under: Interviews • John McCain • Lindsey Graham • Syria
BLITZER'S BLOG: Santorum will be center stage at Wednesday's CNN debate
February 20th, 2012
03:31 PM ET

BLITZER'S BLOG: Santorum will be center stage at Wednesday's CNN debate

By Wolf Blitzer, CNN

Mesa, Arizona (CNN) – It’s good to come back to the Phoenix area in advance of CNN’s Republican presidential debate at the Mesa Arts Center. The debate takes place Wednesday night. John King will moderate.

It’s amazing how quickly things have changed. Rick Santorum is now the front-runner. He will be center stage.

When I moderated the last debate on January 26 in Jacksonville, Florida, Newt Gingrich was seen as Mitt Romney’s main threat. Now it’s Santorum.

Winning those contests in Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota really did the job for Santorum.

Gingrich and his supporters still are hoping that wins on Super Tuesday, March 6, will inject his campaign with new momentum. Given the ups and downs of this GOP campaign season, that is still possible. There will be 10 contests that day.

But more immediately, the contests here in Arizona and Michigan on February 28 will be very important. If Santorum can’t pull off an upset win in Romney's home state of Michigan, that will spell major heartburn for the former Massachusetts governor.

Here’s what I will be looking for in Wednesday night’s debate:

How hard will Romney go after Santorum?

Will Santorum hit right back or try to take the high road?

Will they fight over the social issues, including abortion, birth control pills, prenatal testing and public school education?

Will Gingrich go after Santorum or Romney or both?

Where does Ron Paul fit into all of this strategy? He’s raising millions and has no intention of leaving the race.

As I said, it’s good to come back to Arizona to cover all of this.

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RELATED STORY: Arizona debate matters for GOP's final four

SEE ALSO: Poll: Santorum lead expands nationwide

Filed under: Situation Room
February 17th, 2012
08:31 PM ET

Heart attack at Heart Attack Grill

Truth in advertising as a customer at Heart Attack Grill has an apparent heart attack. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.

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Filed under: Jeanne Moos
February 16th, 2012
08:30 PM ET

Basketball phenom a Lin-spiration

Basketball's newest star Lin-spires a Lin-sane amount of wordplay. CNN's Jeanne Moos has the Lin-spiring story.

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Filed under: Jeanne Moos
February 15th, 2012
06:42 PM ET

New poll: Obama ahead of GOP hopefuls

A new poll shows President Obama has a lead over GOP candidates in hypothetical match-ups. CNN's Candy Crowley and Gloria Borger have more.

RELATED STORY: CNN Poll: Obama approval rating back to 50% mark

Filed under: 2012 election • Barack Obama
February 15th, 2012
06:33 PM ET

Obama campaign's "chimichanga" controversy

The Hispanic Leadership Network is demanding an apology for President Obama campaign manager Jim Messina's tweet.


Should he apologize? CNN contributors Maria Cardona and Mary Matalin discuss in the Strategy Session.

February 15th, 2012
06:09 PM ET

What would a war with Iran look like?

U.S military officials are preparing for Iran to fight an asymmetric war. What exactly does that mean and how would it play out? CNN's Chris Lawrence reports.

Filed under: Chris Lawrence • Iran
February 15th, 2012
05:47 PM ET

Could Iran target U.S. Jewish groups?

By Carol Cratty, with reporting from Ross Levitt and Dugald McConnell

(CNN) - With tensions between Iran and the West running high, law enforcement officials are concerned Iran or its surrogates could mount attacks against Jewish targets inside the United States – but there is no specific information that any plots are in the works, according to an intelligence bulletin obtained by CNN.


Filed under: Brian Todd • Iran
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