Van Jones asks where the "compassionate conservatives" have gone. William Kristol of The Weekly Standard and author and professor Cornel West debate on Crossfire.
Updated 9/23/2013 10:12 p.m. ET
Washington (CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz’s message to his fellow Republicans as the potential government shutdown looms is clear: A cloture vote for the continuing resolution is a vote in favor of Obamacare.
In an interview with CNN, Cruz rejected the notion that his plan to pass a continuing resolution in the Senate that defunds Obamacare is doomed to failure. He called on Republicans to vote against cloture on the bill that would bring it to an up or down vote.
Washington (CNN) - Ready for Hillary, the super PAC encouraging Hillary Clinton to launch a second bid for the White House, couldn't be happier about the news that she is considering it.
So on Wednesday the group will launch a video to celebrate, according to an official with the super PAC.
Washington (CNN) – Expect former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to make a previously unannounced appearance to talk health care reform when President Obama and former President Bill Clinton discuss the issue at the Clinton Global Initiative Tuesday night, according to two Democrats aware planning for the event.
Health care was her signature policy issue as first lady, but as secretary of state she avoided domestic politics. This week will see her address issues closer to home in her new role as one of the nation's most public private citizens and as a possible 2016 candidate in waiting.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama has made it clear to the public that he's quit smoking. But Monday he may have hinted at the real reason why: he's afraid of his wife.
The moment of candor followed a roundtable discussion during a conversation caught on camera at the United Nations General Assembly between Obama and Maina Kiai, the U.N. Special Rapporteur for rights to freedom of peaceful assembly.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for September 23, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
EMBATTLED IRS OFFICIAL STEPS DOWN: The woman who first confirmed the Internal Revenue Service had unfairly targeted certain political groups is retiring, the IRS said in a statement Monday. Lois Lerner, director of tax exempt organizations for the IRS, was placed on administrative leave in May, just weeks after she admitted the IRS was applying extra scrutiny to certain groups. – Dana Bash
ISSA STILL WANTS TO TALK: “Lois Lerner’s exit from the IRS does not alter the Oversight Committee’s interest in understanding why applicants for tax exempt status were targeted and inappropriately treated because of their political beliefs,” House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa said in a written statement. “Her departure does not answer these questions or diminish the Committee’s interest in hearing her testimony.”
SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN: HOW IT PLAYS OUT THIS WEEK… In Washington, a week is like an NFL triple-header - a seemingly endless stream of mindless commercial breaks with a few bursts of furious action and momentum swings. Anyone who predicts a shutdown with certainty a week ahead of time is messing with your head. – Tom Cohen
Washington (CNN) - As the clock ticked toward a government shutdown last week, the White House and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid were at odds over whether President Barack Obama should sit down with congressional leaders.
According to a House Republican leadership aide, the White House and House Speaker John Boehner's office went back and forth over a time to meet to discuss averting a government shutdown – the plan was to meet this week, ahead of a Senate vote. The White House ended up nixing such a meeting, citing scheduling issues.
Washington (CNN) - If you're looking for a sign that this week is shaping up as a critical test of President Barack Obama's presidency, look no further than his schedule on Tuesday.
In the morning, he'll make his fifth address to the United Nations General Assembly - this time, with major diplomatic opportunities emerging in Syria and Iran. Later, his domestic agenda takes over when he turns again to former President Bill Clinton to explain Obamacare a week ahead of a critical date in its implementation.
(CNN) – Former President George W. Bush is defending his successor's frequent trips to the golf green. In an interview with the Golf Channel, Bush called golfing "an outlet."
As first reported by the Washington Post, Bush, who quit playing early in his presidency to avoid appearing insensitive during wartime, said he disagreed with critics of President Barack Obama's who say the president shouldn't play. "I think he ought to play golf," Bush said.
Washington (CNN) - The leadership of federal law enforcement agencies is bracing for some real pain/tough choices if forced budget cuts are implemented again next year.
The Obama administration’s ongoing standoff with Republicans over Obamacare and the budget means forced budget cuts from the so-called “sequestration” will be likely. The administration is pushing Congress to find a long-term solution that would restore some of the sequestered cuts.