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The drama over the debt ceiling and the government shutdown will hurt the U.S. economy even after (and if) Congress reaches a deal, warns former director of the Office of Management and Budget Peter Orszag.
How did we get here? Orszag describes how the deep partisan divide in U.S. politics has lead to leaders with wildly different ideas of how the U.S. economy should function.
The debt ceiling debate is just the latest arena where we have seen this dynamic play out, says Orszag.
"The middle in Congress is gone," claims Orszag – describing that in the past, deals like the debt ceiling were ironed out by politicians on the left and right who found common ground.
"It's just much harder to find agreements on things when you've got two adamantly opposed, much different perspectives on the world."
They came from Missouri and Illinois, approximately 200 veterans, mostly of World War II, a few from Korea.
And while they had heard the World War II Memorial might be closed because of the partial government shutdown, for men who had stormed the beaches at Normandy and fought in the Pacific, a few Park Service barricades were not going to be a problem.
Not for guys like Robert White, who fought the Japanese while a Marine.
"I'm a Marine, we would have got in here one way or the other," White said with a laugh.
President Obama has his work cut out for him when it comes to convincing Congress to attack Syria – even members of his own party are criticizing his plan.
Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel said on “The Lead”, “I can’t imagine anything that I’ve heard that would persuade me that the conduct of this insane maniac in Syria is doing anything to place my country in danger or to violate our national security.”
If the rest of Congress agrees with Rep. Rangel there is still the chance that President Obama could call for military action.
However, Rep. Rangel says there is “no question” in his mind that the President would never authorize military action without the support of Congress.
Congressman John Lewis, D-Georgia, hopes to inspire a new generation, by sharing his stories through a graphic comic book trilogy called "March."
Amanda Berry grabbed the nation’s attention this week when she burst out of a Cleveland house where she’d been held captive for 10 years.
But Amanda’s most avid supporter is no longer here to cheer. Louwanna Miller, Amanda's mother, died from heart failure in 2006.
However, Louwanna's story lives on in the words of Regina Brett, a columnist for the Cleveland paper, The Plain Dealer.
Brett told CNN that anyone who knew Louwanna would say she actually died of a broken heart.
“If you take the worst day of your life and then live it every day for three years, that’s what killed Louwanna Miller,” said Brett.