December 12th, 2012
08:17 PM ET

Exclusive: Panetta says Syria's chemical weapons represent a real danger

Our fifth story OutFront: a desperate situation.

Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad fired at least four short-range scud missiles at rebel fighters today, according to U.S. officials.

The White House says this escalation in fighting is just the latest example of the Assad regime's desperate attempts to defeat the opposition in a civil war that has killed almost 40,000 people over twenty months.

The United States is monitoring the situation closely. Earlier today, Erin sat down with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in Afghanistan in an exclusive interview and asked him if he is concerned about Syria using chemical weapons.

Filed under: Military • OutFront Exclusive • Syria
December 12th, 2012
07:56 PM ET

Extra: Should welfare cuts be on the table in fiscal cliff talks?

Some members of the Republican Party are pushing for welfare cuts to be included as a part of entitlement reform on any potential fiscal cliff deal. Is this fair? Republican Senator Jeff Sessions, ranking member of the Budget Committee, weighs in.

Filed under: Congress • Economy • Fiscal Cliff • OutFront Extra • Politics
December 12th, 2012
07:52 PM ET

Are behind-the-scenes negotiations doing more harm than good?

Our fourth story OutFront: closer to the cliff?

We're now just 20 days away from automatic spending cuts and tax hikes kicking in, and it isn't clear if lawmakers are any closer to cutting a deal. Today House Speaker John Boehner said that despite talks with the President, serious differences still remain.

So, what's really going on behind the scenes? Republican Senator Jeff Sessions, the ranking member of the Budget Committee, wrote an op-ed critical about the behind-the-scenes negotiations, and he comes OutFront tonight.

Filed under: Congress • Economy • Fiscal Cliff • Politics
December 12th, 2012
07:44 PM ET

Amid 2016 buzz, does Chris Christie's weight actually matter?

As talk of 2016 continues to build around Chris Christie, one question in particular is generating more buzz than usual.

As part of her upcoming "10 Most Fascinating People" special, Barbara Walters asked the New Jersey governor if he was too heavy to be president.

His response: "That's ridiculous."

CNN Contributor and Newsweek/The Daily Beast Senior Columnist John Avlon is OutFront on whether or not Christie's health is a legitimate concern should he run for president.

Filed under: News • Politics
December 12th, 2012
07:31 PM ET

New report blames low voter turnout on complicated registration process

Our second story OutFront: getting out the vote.

There is nothing like being an American citizen. You can say what you want, our roads are safe for the most part, and you get to vote and determine your elected representatives in government. Or do you?

It's no secret that voter turnout is relatively low in this country, but according to the Census Bureau, 60 million people failed to vote in 2008 because they were not registered. FULL POST

Filed under: News • Politics
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