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February 28th, 2013
05:10 PM ET

One day until cuts: Lawmakers play the 11th hour blame game

In less than 24 hours, $85 billion in forced spending cuts that many call 'brutal' and 'dangerous' will start to take effect. These cuts are widely disliked by both sides of the aisle, including the president.

For days leading up to the day set last summer by Congress and the Obama administration - it has been all talk and little action.

One day to cuts: What's Congress doing?

The Senate today already rejected competing Democratic and Republican alternatives to the current cuts. House members are set to leave Washington Thursday.

President Obama said he will meet with top lawmakers from both sides Friday to discuss the budget cuts, but many onlookers believe the meeting will be nothing more than a photo opportunity.

"Tomorrow I will bring together leaders from both parties to discuss a path forward. As a nation, we can't keep lurching from one manufactured crisis to another." Obama added, "Middle-class families can't keep paying the price for dysfunction in Washington."

OutFront tonight: CNN Contributor John Avlon, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former Director of the Congressional Budget Office and Daniel Altman, economics professor at New York University. FULL POST


Filed under: Politics • Sequestration
February 27th, 2013
10:33 PM ET

Immigration detainees released before cuts; GOP accuse Dems of fearmongering

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has released several hundred immigration detainees ahead of the $85 billion in forced spending cuts that kick in on Friday.

ICE says they're just moving the detainees to less costly forms of supervision. Republicans call the move outrageous and accuse the Obama administration of resorting to scare tactics.

Our Jim Acosta is OutFront with the story:


Filed under: Immigration • Sequestration
February 27th, 2013
10:23 PM ET

Top Chef Takes On U.S. Hunger Crisis

The "Top Chef" is taking on his toughest challenge yet. Tom Colicchio and his wife, filmmaker Lori Silverbush talked to Erin Burnett, not about tonight's hotly anticipated finale airing on Bravo 10/9c, but a big new idea - feeding the hungry.


Filed under: I.D.E.A.
February 27th, 2013
10:03 PM ET

Looming spending cuts: Dire warnings or scare tactics?

Erin Burnett talks to Stephen Moore and Robert Reich about looming spending cuts set to take effect in two days.

FULL POST


Filed under: Congress • Economy • News • Politics • Sequestration
February 27th, 2013
09:59 PM ET

Jodi Arias murder trial delves into sex and deceit

For 12 days, Jodi Arias has been on the stand in a sensational murder trial where she is accused of killing her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander in 2008.

It's an unusual case most murder defendants don't even take the stand, let alone sit for 12 days of questioning.

And prosecutors aren't done yet.

Arias has changed her story several times, first claiming she wasn't there, then making up a story about two intruders. Now she says it was self-defense.

Prosecutors grilled Arias Wednesday about the couple's sex life, and Arias' lies.

Maher: Jodi Arias is a storyteller

OutFront tonight: Maureen Maher, Correspondent at "48 Hours Mystery," who interviewed Arias.


Filed under: Crime • Jodi Arias Murder Trial
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