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 16th, 2013
07:22 PM ET

Done-deal follies: Bunny sex to mirrors

From bunny sex to mirrors to presidential psychoanalysis, CNN's Jeanne Moos has "Let's Make a Deal: D.C. Edition."

Filed under: Debt ceiling • Government shutdown • Jeanne Moos
October 15th, 2013
07:18 PM ET

Senate women to the rescue?

Female lawmakers play a key role in trying to end the current partisan gridlock in Washington. Could having more women leaders solve our problems? CNN's Athena Jones reports.

Filed under: Athena Jones • Congress • Government shutdown • Women
October 15th, 2013
07:13 PM ET

The system is broken

Short-term bandages have become the new norm in Washington, and a political expert says the environment in Washington has become so toxic that there is little chance of a grand bargain - now, and going forward. CNN's Brian Todd reports.

Filed under: Brian Todd • Congress • Debt ceiling • Government shutdown
October 15th, 2013
07:01 PM ET

Fitch puts the U.S. on warning

News that broke during The Situation Room: Fitch Ratings, one of the big three credit rating agencies, put the U.S. credit rating on watch for downgrade because of the gridlock in Congress over the debt limit. Wolf Blitzer asks Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger and CNN Contributor Ryan Lizza what this means.

October 15th, 2013
06:53 PM ET

When will the House vote?

With little more than 24 hours until the U.S. debt ceiling deadline, House Republicans struggle to get the votes for a spending bill that would reopen the government and raise the debt limit. CNN's Dana Bash reports.

Filed under: Dana Bash • Debt ceiling • Government shutdown
October 11th, 2013
08:25 PM ET

Rep. King: Real R.I.N.O. is Sen. Ted Cruz

Wolf Blitzer asks Rep. Peter King, a moderate Republican from New York and fierce critic of the Tea Party, if he will switch parties because of the government shutdown and debt ceiling debates. Rep. King fires back, defending his conservative credentials and calling Sen. Ted Cruz a "Republican in Name Only."

Filed under: GOP • Government shutdown • Interviews • Peter King
October 11th, 2013
08:05 PM ET

Starbucks petitions DC to get it together

Howard Schultz is not afraid of jumping into the fray. The CEO of Starbucks has weighed in on another political fight - this time writing a petition to Washington and posting it in stores across the country. CNN's Poppy Harlow reports.

Filed under: Government shutdown • Poppy Harlow • Starbucks
October 11th, 2013
08:01 PM ET

D.C. Mayor: We're running out of cash

Washington's Mayor Vincent Gray confronts Harry Reid on the steps of the Capitol Building, warning the Senate Majority leader that his city is running out of money. CNN's Brian Todd reports on how the shutdown is hitting the nation's capital.

Filed under: Brian Todd • DC • Government shutdown • Vincent Gray
October 11th, 2013
07:56 PM ET

Ted Cruz the star of the Values Voter Summit

The top conservatives of the GOP descended on Washington this week for the annual Values Voter Summit. CNN's Erin McPike reports on the freshman senator from Texas - and the architect of the government shutdown - and his starring role at the conference.

Filed under: Erin McPike • Government shutdown • Ted Cruz
October 11th, 2013
11:31 AM ET

Sen. Sanders: Reopen the govt., pay our bills

Wolf Blitzer talks to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) about ending the government shutdown, raising the debt ceiling, and fighting Washington's political stalemate.

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