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September 24th, 2013
08:55 PM ET

Tavis Smiley: Can America be exceptional when poverty is out of control?

Despite what Russian president Vladimir Putin thinks, President Obama said he believes the United States is, in fact, exceptional.

"Some may disagree, but I believe that America is exceptional – in part because we have shown a willingness, through the sacrifice of blood and treasure, to stand up not only for our own narrow self-interest, but for the interests of all."

But does america deserve those bragging rights?

Tavis Smiley is the host of PBS's "Tavis Smily" and has tweeted out his thoughts on American exceptionalism:


Filed under: News
September 24th, 2013
08:26 PM ET

Christmas in September: Federal agencies rush to spend what's left in budget

With just days left in the fiscal year, government agencies are racing to spend the leftover cash in their budget.

That means it's pay day for Washington's contractors.

CNN's Tom Foreman is OutFront with the story.


Filed under: News • Politics
September 24th, 2013
08:19 PM ET

Sen. Cruz: Speech against Obamacare will go "until I am no longer able to stand"

Senator Ted Cruz took the Senate floor Tuesday for more than four-and-a-half hours, saying he would speak "until I am no longer able to stand."

His friends Senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul came by to offer support.

The reason for the theater? Cruz is trying to block a senate vote on the House plan to defund Obamacare in exchange for not shutting down the government.

Cruz supports the House bill, but he knows it won't pass the senate.

Dana Bash has the story.


Filed under: News • Politics
September 24th, 2013
12:39 PM ET

Is it time for compulsory voting in the U.S.?

Erin Burnett asks whether a new regulation could change the way Americans vote – forever.


Filed under: News • Politics
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