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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the U.S. is "looking at all options" to fight ISIS, and "we must prepare for everything." CNN's Erin Burnett has the latest.
August 31st, 2012
08:35 PM ET

GSA workers racked up $7.7M in travel costs

An Outfront update on an investigation we first brought you last week. How the federal government's General Services Administration (GSA) is spending your tax dollars on its employees who are working from home full-time.

Sounds good, a lot of companies do this, saves commute time, office space, hassle, but here's the catch:
Some of these government workers, actually a lot of them, don't even live in the city or state where their office is located and the costs are adding up.

Remember, this is the agency whose mission is to monitor how much other government agencies are spending and was created in the spirit of helping to provide a "transparent government for the american people".

Drew Griffin from our special investigations unit, has been trying to find out for months how much all this extra travel is costing.

Recommended: GSA eyed again for wasteful spending

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August 31st, 2012
08:27 PM ET

Obama Revealed: "We want to be at the dinner table with our kids," says Pres. Obama

Even after four years in the public eye, President Barack Obama is still sometimes dogged by charges he's too aloof and too cool.

With just 67 days to go before election day, Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin asked him about those labels in an exclusive interview for a new CNN documentary: "Obama Revealed: The man, the president" airing 8 p.m. ET Monday, September 3rd on CNN.

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August 31st, 2012
08:13 PM ET

Outrage over Aurora victims fund: 'Get the funds to people that needs it,' says Colorado shooting victim

Accused Colorado shooter James Holmes is back in solitary confinement Friday, a day after his most recent court appearance.

He'll have to wait three weeks until his next one, but for some of his alleged victims, the wait for help may drag on even longer.

Despite five-million-dollars in donations, financial aid for the injured has been held up by red tape, clogged in a bureaucratic system that was meant to help the victims.

CNN's Kyung lah reports on their growing outrage.

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Filed under: Colorado theater shooting • Crime • News
August 31st, 2012
07:43 PM ET

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke defends stimulus that cost $1 Million per job

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke made his case Friday for the federal government to take more action to stimulate stronger economic growth. He also gave a hint that the Federal Reserve may provide additional stimulus.

"The Federal Reserve will provide additional policy accommodation as needed to promote a stronger economic recovery and sustained improvement in labor market conditions in a context of price stability," said Bernanke in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee has said in the past that he would replace Bernanke in a Romney-Ryan administration. What kind of impact can the actions of the fed chairman have on the 2012 presidential election? CNN's Erin Burnett reports.

Can Bernanke's actions help Obama?

OutFront tonight: Stephen Moore of Wall Street Journal and Laura Tyson of Center for American Progress.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Economy • Federal Reserve • News • Politics
August 31st, 2012
04:34 PM ET

Dems, it's your turn! Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is 'OutFront'

Starting Monday, September 3rd, Democrats will have their turn to fire up their base and tell the nation why President Barack Obama should get another four years in the White House.

Mitt Romney closed out the final night of the Republican National Convention Thursday by accepting his party's nomination - attacking President Obama and pitching his economic policy to the nation.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who will be presiding over next's week convention, attended the GOP convention in Tampa appeared on CNN Tuesday to discuss the 2012 presidential election and the GOP's strategy for courting the Latino vote.

“I think when it's all said and done that President Obama is going to get somewhere close to 70 percent of the Latino vote. I think he is because the Republican Party and Mitt Romney have gone so far to the right on issues that are important to them."

Villaraigosa told CNN's Early Start's John Berman,  "It's not just immigration where he's talked about the self-deportation of 11 million people and called the Dream Act a handout. It's also health care. Nine million Latinos will benefit from the Affordable Care Act."

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is 'OutFront' tonight at 7p/11p ET.

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