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Wolf Blitzer delivers the most important breaking news and political, international, and national security stories of the day. Tune to The Situation Room weekdays 5-7pm ET on CNN.

December 12th, 2013
09:09 PM ET

Can you hear me now - from the skies?

As the Federal Communications Commission considers lifting the ban on cell phone use on planes, the Department of Transportation and Congress are weighing whether to outlaw phone calls - after passengers across the country express their disapproval for in-flight chats. CNN's René Marsh reports.

Filed under: Air travel • Cell phones • Rene Marsh
December 12th, 2013
08:57 PM ET

After budget deal passes, what's next?

News that broke in "The Situation Room" tonight: The House passes a budget deal that was hammered out by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Democrat Sen. Patty Murray. CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Dana Bash, and Gloria Borger discuss the compromise and what comes next.

RELATED: Budget deal turns GOP rift into open war.

Filed under: Budget • Congress • Dana Bash • Gloria Borger
December 12th, 2013
08:47 PM ET

Rep. Elijah Cummings: Sen. Cruz is running for president

On a 20-hour flight to Nelson Mandela's memorial service in South Africa, Sen. Ted Cruz got an "earful" from the Congressional Black Caucus. Among those on board, Rep. Elijah Cummings got to talk to the Texas Republican, sharing his views on the Affordable Care Act and determining that Cruz is, in his opinion, definitely running for president in 2016.

Filed under: 2016 election • Elijah Cummings • Interviews • Ted Cruz
December 12th, 2013
08:37 PM ET

Debating gun control solutions

As we near the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting, are we any closer to keeping the public and our children in particular safe from gun violence? Mark Kelly - the gun control advocate and husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords - and Asa Hutchinson - former Congressman and NRA National School Shield program director - discuss gun control, background checks, and much more.

Filed under: Asa Hutchinson • Guns • Interviews • Mark Kelly
December 12th, 2013
08:26 PM ET

Syria opposition in disarray

The civil war in Syria has reached new lows of chaos and violence as the Syrian opposition continues to fracture between moderate rebels and Islamist extremists - with the Islamists gaining the upper hand. CNN's Jim Sciutto reports on the deteriorating state of the opposition.

Filed under: al Qaeda • Jim Sciutto • Syria
December 12th, 2013
08:13 PM ET

North Korea leader executes uncle

News that broke in "The Situation Room" tonight: North Korea's state news agency reports that Kim Jong Un's uncle - his number two man - has been executed for treason. CNN's Barbara Starr reveals what the execution means for East Asia's security and U.S. national security.

Filed under: Barbara Starr • Kim Jong-Un • North Korea
December 12th, 2013
08:03 PM ET

Mandela memorial interpreter fights back

After allegations emerged that he is a fake, the deaf interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial service is speaking out in an interview with CNN, defending his work and saying that he has schizophrenia. Our Brian Todd reports.

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Filed under: Brian Todd • Nelson Mandela • Sign language
December 12th, 2013
06:46 PM ET

Boehner at war with conservative groups

As Democrats and Republicans reach a compromise on a budget bill that will fund the government and avoid a government shutdown next year, outside conservative groups are trying to stand in the way of what they see as a bad deal - and House Speaker John Boehner is not happy about it. CNN's Dana Bash reports.

Filed under: Budget • Congress • Dana Bash • John Boehner
December 12th, 2013
01:06 PM ET

3.3 million children saved

By some accounts, malaria has killed more people than anything else in human history - more than war or famine. But a new report shows dramatic progress against the disease, with 3.3 million children saved. Malaria No More CEO Martin Edlund joins Wolf Blitzer in The Situation Room to talk about the steps forward, what work remains, and what stands in the way.

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Filed under: Interviews • Malaria
December 12th, 2013
10:35 AM ET

Will Ferrell in the Situation Room!

It's anchor to anchor: "Anchorman 2" star Will Ferrell joins Wolf Blitzer in The Situation Room on Friday, December 13. Be sure to tune in!

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Filed under: Interviews