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politics lead

October 11th, 2013
06:24 PM ET

Conservative doctor: Obamacare 'worst thing since slavery'

There were hecklers, birth control critics, and a comparison of Obamacare to slavery – and that was just day one of the annual conservative gathering known as the Values Voter Summit, a convention of like-minded conservative activists and elected officials, the GOP base.

Sure Republicans are taking a beating in the polls over the ongoing government shutdown. But these activists aren't about polls, or pleasing the media, they're about pursuing down the path of a cause they believe is just and righteous.

CNN's Erin McPike reports on some of Friday's key moments.

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national lead

October 1st, 2013
10:12 PM ET

Why was the World War II Memorial barricaded?

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill do not seem any closer to an agreement that would end the government shutdown.

On Tuesday, when veterans came to the World War II Memorial only to discover it had been barricaded because of the shutdown, they moved the blockade, then continued on to pay their respects.

But the memorial is a federal site in a public space. According to the National World War II Memorial website, "The memorial is operated by the National Park Service and is open to visitors 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

Why was there a need for barricades in the first place?

"Park Service did not want to barricade these, but unfortunately we have been directed, because of the lack of appropriations, to close all facilities and grounds," said National Mall and Memorial parks spokeswoman Carol Johnson.

"I know that this is an open-air memorial, but we have people on staff who are CPR trained, (and) we want to make sure that we have maintenance crew to take care of any problems. What we're trying to do is protect this resource for future generations," said Johnson.

CNN's Erin McPike reports.

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September 30th, 2013
06:06 PM ET

Shutdown's far-reaching impact

If the government shuts down, families and tourists arriving in Washington, D.C., could be shut out of main attractions.

CNN's Erin McPike reports.

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politics lead

September 23rd, 2013
05:27 PM ET

Clinton 'wrestling' with idea to run in 2016

In Hillary Clinton's first interview since leaving the State Department, she is finally coming clean: Yes, she is "wrestling" with the idea of running for president.

It's taken awhile for her to get there.

In 2011, the question from NBC got an emphatic, "No." Then in 2012, a slight tweak in the verbiage, when she told ABC, "I really don't believe that that's something I will do again." And finally, this year in an interview with CNN, Clinton said, "I am not thinking about anything like that right now."

But now, in an interview with New York Magazine, Clinton said, "I will just continue to weigh what the factors are that would influence me making a decision one way or the other."

Translation? She's thinking about it.

CNN's Erin McPike reports.

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September 18th, 2013
06:24 PM ET

Workers return to Navy Yard for first time since shooting

On Monday they arrived at work, likely expecting another routine day at the office. But a sick man on a mission to shatter as many innocent lives as he could turned their worlds upside down.

For the survivors who escaped the Navy Yard shooting spree without physical wounds, the mental and emotional scars will no doubt linger. But that didn't stop many of them from finding the strength to return to the very scene of a real-life nightmare.

CNN's Erin McPike reports.

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