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November 29th, 2013
07:20 PM ET

Biden's moves fuel 2016 speculation

A new CNN poll shows Joe Biden trailing Hillary Clinton by a huge margin in the race for the 2016 Democratic nomination, but some analysts argue that the Vice President is laying the groundwork for a strong campaign. CNN's Brian Todd reports.

Filed under: 2016 election • Brian Todd • Joe Biden
November 29th, 2013
07:18 PM ET

Deadline for fixing Obamacare site looms

Two months after its launch, may finally be fully operational - for about 80% of users. Ahead of the November 30 deadline the administration set to fix the problems, CNN's Jill Dougherty looks at the setbacks and flaws that have plagued the site.

Filed under: Jill Dougherty • Obamacare
November 29th, 2013
06:39 PM ET

At heart of U.S.-China tensions, air defense zones

A zone of a couple hundred square miles in the East China Sea is at the heart of growing tensions between China and its neighbors South Korea and Japan, along with the U.S. CNN's René Marsh explains what an air defense zone is and why the U.S. does not recognize the one China declared just last week.

Filed under: China • Japan • Rene Marsh
November 29th, 2013
06:34 PM ET

American locked up in Dubai

The State Department is trying to free an American jailed in the United Arab Emirates after he was arrested and held over a parody video he created that poked fun at young Emirati culture. CNN's Ted Rowlands reports.

Filed under: Ted Rowlands • United Arab Emirates
November 27th, 2013
07:50 PM ET

Clinton v. Kerry

In his short time as Secretary of State, John Kerry has achieved some important accomplishments. So how does his ongoing term compare to that of his predecessor, Hillary Clinton? CNN's Jill Dougherty reports on the two distinct styles of achieving diplomatic success and the two legacies that will shape U.S. foreign policy for years to come.

Filed under: foreign policy • Hillary Clinton • Jill Dougherty • John Kerry
November 27th, 2013
07:42 PM ET

Amb. Kennedy: China undermining security

The Chinese extended military control into an area the U.S. defines as international airspace, and in response, America is standing its ground - flying two B-52 bombers through the zone and issuing a stern warning through the new ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy. CNN's Barbara Starr reports on the on-going tension.

Filed under: Barbara Starr • Caroline Kennedy • China • Japan
November 27th, 2013
07:31 PM ET

CNN Great Race Home finish line

Millions of you will be traveling today, tomorrow, and into the weekend, facing poor weather, flight delays, jammed highways – in a nutshell, miserable Thanksgiving travel conditions. We signed up three of our own intrepid reporters to join you on the road, along the tracks, and in the sky for CNN's Great Race Home. We followed along on air and online as Nic Robertson, Lisa Desjardins, and Brian Todd raced from New York City to Washington, DC, via plane, train, and automobile, respectively. Here, watch the conclusion to the epic race, as a dead-last Brian Todd comes running into The Situation Room.

Happy Thanksgiving, and safe travels!

November 27th, 2013
07:16 PM ET

Boston's mayor-elect, 18 years sober

Politicians, drugs, and alcohol - it's a mix all too familiar in recent weeks, as Toronto mayor Rob Ford admits to smoking crack and Rep. Trey Radal was caught with cocaine. Boston's next mayor has his own struggles with alcohol, but after 18 years sober, Marty Walsh, a one-time functioning alcoholic, is headed to city hall. CNN's Poppy Harlow reports.

Filed under: Boston • Poppy Harlow
November 27th, 2013
12:40 PM ET

Plane, train or automobile? CNN's "Great Race Home"!

Poor weather, flight delays, jammed highways - in a nutshell, miserable pre-Thanksgiving travel conditions. Sounds like a great time for a race!

We've signed up three of our own u̶n̶l̶u̶c̶k̶y̶ ̶s̶o̶u̶l̶s̶ ̶w̶i̶t̶h̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶s̶h̶o̶r̶t̶ ̶s̶t̶r̶a̶w̶s̶ intrepid reporters to see who might get from New York to the set of "The Situation Room" here in Washington first: Nic Robertson in a plane, Lisa Desjardins on a train, or Brian Todd in a car.

The man going 500 mph in the air might be your first choice, but this is Thanksgiving, and all the long-line-missed-flight-delayed-takeoff trimmings could be in play.

Millions of you will be traveling today, and these three will be joining you. Which is the fastest way to get from point A to point B on this crazy travel day? Let's see how they do in this v̶e̶r̶y̶ ̶s̶e̶r̶i̶o̶u̶s̶ quite unscientific venture. Follow along here, on CNN TV, and on Twitter (#CNNGreatRaceHome) from noon ET through the afternoon!


Filed under: Brian Todd • CNN Great Race Home • Lisa Desjardins • Nic Robertson • Travel
November 26th, 2013
08:00 PM ET

Hollywood producer - and Israeli spy

He has produced some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters and most acclaimed films, but Arnon Milchan's double life as a spy is the stuff movies are made of. CNN's Nischelle Turner reports.

Filed under: Hollywood • Israel • Nischelle Turner
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