Today's Situation Room:

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.

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.

October 10th, 2013
11:39 AM ET

Hostages? Guns to our head? Metaphor mania

What do cicadas and doggy odors have to do with the shutdown? CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on the metaphor overload.


Filed under: Debt ceiling • Government shutdown • Jeanne Moos
October 10th, 2013
11:36 AM ET

Economists debate how bad it could get

No one knows what exactly would happen if Congress did not raise the debt ceiling and the U.S. defaulted. Two economists debate the catastrophic forecasts many are predicting: the Wall Street Journal's Stephen Moore, former president of the Club for Growth, and the University of California, Berkeley's Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton.


Filed under: Debates • Debt ceiling • Economy • Government shutdown
October 10th, 2013
11:30 AM ET

Richard Branson brings business sense to DC

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.

October 9th, 2013
08:16 PM ET

Sen. McCain: Defunding Obamacare a "fool's errand"

Wolf Blitzer talks to Sen. John McCain about the government shutdown and the GOP's push to defund Obamacare.


Filed under: Debt ceiling • Government shutdown • Interviews • John McCain • Tea Party
October 8th, 2013
07:54 PM ET

Pres. Obama to GOP: No ransom, no excuses

In an hour-long news conference today, Pres. Obama addressed shutdown negotiations and the looming debt limit. Hours later, House Speaker John Boehner held his own news conference to jab back at the White House. CNN's Jim Acosta reports on the dueling addresses.

October 8th, 2013
07:48 PM ET

Debt ceiling crisis and you

Chaos. Catastrophic. Apocalyptic.

Economists have thrown out some heavy words to describe what would happen if the U.S. defaulted on its credit. But what does it really mean for you? CNN's Tom Foreman looks at what could happen to your wallet, your home, your job, and your retirement if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling before its October 17th deadline.


Filed under: Debt ceiling • Economy • Tom Foreman
October 8th, 2013
07:38 PM ET

Fiery debate over shutdown and debt ceiling

"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.


Filed under: Debt ceiling • Government shutdown • Interviews • Obamacare
October 7th, 2013
07:24 PM ET

Debt ceiling domino effect

Economists are waving red flags about the upcoming debt limit, saying if the U.S. government doesn't raise its debt ceiling before October 17, the world could fall into another recession. CNN's Tom Foreman takes a look at how the dominoes would fall.


Filed under: Debt ceiling • Economy • Tom Foreman
October 7th, 2013
07:12 PM ET

Lurching from crisis to crisis

One week after the government shutdown began, a new deadline now looms large over Washington– the debt ceiling. CNN's Dana Bash reports on the debt limit and how it is beginning to affect negotiations over the shutdown in DC.


Filed under: Dana Bash • Debt ceiling • Government shutdown
September 26th, 2013
07:06 PM ET

Government shutdown and debt default looming

It's a double doomsday showdown: Two weeks after this Tuesday's government shutdown deadline, the country will face another deadline - for the debt limit. CNN's Dana Bash reports on the politics over the two votes - and how likely we are to go over the edge.


Filed under: Dana Bash • Debt ceiling • Government shutdown
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