September 18th, 2012
11:09 PM ET

Chicago Teachers' Strike Ends; Union presidents stands by calling Rahm Emanuel a 'bully and liar'

Finally, this evening, the standoff between Chicago teachers and city officials is over. The teachers union voted to suspend its strike, which means 350-thousand students will return to school tomorrow.

Earlier today, Union President Karen Lewis said it was "the best deal we could get at this moment in time." The contract includes a pay increase of 3% for the first year, longer school days, and freezing health insurance contribution rates.

The vote to end the strike comes after school officials went to court Monday to ask a judge to declare the strike illegal.

OutFront tonight: Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union.

Filed under: Chicago Teachers Strike • Education
September 18th, 2012
08:40 PM ET

Down payment and punt on the fiscal cliff

A bipartisan group of Senators, known as the Gang of Eight, are trying to hammer out a $55 billion debt down payment. The idea's to give Congress an additional six months before those $1.2 trillion spending cuts take effect at the end of the year.

OutFront tonight: Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND). He's a member of the gang of eight and chairman of the Senate budget committee.

Filed under: 2012 Election • Congress • News • Politics • Sequestration
September 18th, 2012
08:25 PM ET

The Dark Money Shuffle: Court ruling keeps political donations a secret

A federal appeals court Tuesday overturned a ruling that would have tightened disclosure rules for political donations. The decision may make it even harder to follow the money trail at a time when record amounts of money are being poured into the election through Super PACs and other groups.

OutFront tonight: CNN Contributor John Avlon is writing a series of reports on the influx of cash into this year's campaigns for the Daily Beast in partnership with the Center for Responsive Politics.

John Avlon is also a CNN contributor and member of the OutFront political strike team.



Filed under: 2012 Election • Campaign Finance • Politics
September 18th, 2012
08:16 PM ET

Bob Woodward: Romney is 'dissing some of his own base'

CNN's Erin Burnett talks to iconic journalist and author, Bob Woodward about his new book, The Price of Politics and how Mitt Romney can recover from recent missteps in the campaign.

Filed under: 2012 Election • Politics
September 18th, 2012
08:10 PM ET

One week since Libyan consulate attack and no answers

The horrific attack in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Libyan officials have not arrested anyone directly linked to the attack.

The Libyan government is focused on members of an Islamist militia that is sympathetic to al-Qaeda, but the arrests so far are mostly of people who were outside the consulate that night, but not accused of the brutal attack.

CNN's Arwa Damon has been fighting for answers and she's in Benghazi where we asked her how the investigation is going.

Filed under: Crime • International • Libya
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