November 30th, 2012
08:22 PM ET

OutTake: Time to ditch the dollar bill?

In tonight's OutTake, Erin talks to National Review writer Reihan Salam about the possibility of switching from dollar coins to dollar bills permanently and the savings it could bring.

Filed under: Economy • OutTake
November 30th, 2012
08:21 PM ET

New book "Deadline Artists" celebrates America's greatest newspaper columns

Obviously, the Petraeus affair isn't the first controversy of its kind.

In presidential politics, there have been many notable scandals – Watergate, Iran-Contra, Monica Lewinsky – most of which are second-term scandals that follow convincing re-election victories.

Our own John Avlon has a new book out that explores how these scandals unfolded through influential newspaper columns at the time called Deadline Artists: Scandals, Tragedies, and Triumphs.

Filed under: Corruption • News • Politics
November 30th, 2012
08:19 PM ET

Government developing drones that look and act like animals

Our fifth story OutFront: the rise of drones... with fins.

The number of U.S. drones has jumped from about 50 to 7,500 since 2001. But in a new twist, some of these machines are taking to the water like, well, fish.

This drone in particular is called the "Bioswimmer," developed by the Department of Homeland Security to dart into hard-to-reach places underwater.

And it's not the only nature-inspired robot built for the government – there's a "cheetah" and a robo-mule too, both developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA.

OutFront tonight with more details on these fascinating projects is CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr.

Filed under: National Security
November 30th, 2012
08:16 PM ET

Official 2013 House of Representatives calendar has members in session one-third of the year

Our fourth story OutFront: working hard or hardly working?

If you are a member of the House of Representatives next year, the answer might be the latter.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor released the 2013 schedule for the House today, and its members will be in session for just 126 days. And we should hope that fiscal cliff negotiations don't extend into January, because they'll only be there for a total of 8 days that month.

By comparison, the average American worker puts in around 230 days per year. Is this unfair? OutFront tonight to discuss are National Review writer Reihan Salam and Democratic strategist Maria Cardona.

Filed under: Congress • Politics
November 30th, 2012
08:13 PM ET

Possible financial conflicts form new cloud over Susan Rice's potential cabinet nomination

Our third story OutFront: new problems for Susan Rice.

After weeks of criticism from Republicans for her characterization of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi as spontaneous, Ambassador Susan Rice now faces scrutiny over her personal investments.

Stock holdings listed in Rice's financial disclosure report raise a potential conflict of interest if she were to become Secretary of State. CNN's Mary Snow is OutFront with the story.

Filed under: Politics
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