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How big a threat to the U.S. is Russia?
April 2nd, 2012
04:00 PM ET

How big a threat to the U.S. is Russia?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Top Democrats are jumping all over Mitt Romney for comments he made about Russia.

Both Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton paint the likely Republican nominee as stuck in the days of the Cold War.

This all goes back to President Obama's so-called hot-mic controversy - when Mr. Obama was heard asking Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for some "space" on a European missile defense system. The President said he would have more "flexibility" after the November election.

Romney slammed Mr. Obama after that incident, calling Russia "our number one geopolitical foe."

But now Biden and Clinton are going after Romney for his limited foreign policy experience - and for calling Russia enemy number one.

Biden says it's not the Cold War 1950s. Although we have disagreements with Russia, he says they're "united with us on Iran" and that Russia is one of only two ways the U.S. is getting supplies into our troops in Afghanistan.

Hillary Clinton calls Romney's views on Russia "dated" and says there are more pressing foreign policy issues.

Romney's campaign shot right back at these criticisms, pointing out Russia's "opposition to crippling sanctions on Iran, its obstructionism on Syria and its own backsliding into authoritarianism." Romney insists that President Obama is too open to concessions when it comes to Russia.

The missile defense system has been a prickly issue between the two nations. The U.S. and NATO insist it would be used to protect Europe against an Iranian strike.

But Russia worries it would violate its sovereignty.

Here’s my question to you: How big a threat to the U.S. is Russia?

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If Obamacare falls, what's next?
April 2nd, 2012
03:55 PM ET

If Obamacare falls, what's next?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The fate of the Affordable Care Act now lies in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Although no one knows for sure which way the landmark case will go, last week's oral arguments did not seem promising for the Obama administration. Experts said they believe the individual mandate - and perhaps the whole health care law - is in jeopardy.

Supporters tell Politico that if the law goes down there could be significant ripple effects. They say that other federal laws could be on the firing line - including environmental one such as the Endangered Species and Clean Water acts as well as federal regulation of the labor market and laws preventing employment discrimination.

But opponents of the health care overhaul say liberals are just using "the sky is falling"-scare tactics.

Plus, they suggest if the Supreme Court upholds the individual mandate that could lead to future mandates, such as requirements to buy health food or gym memberships.

The Supreme Court decision is expected in June. And whichever way the court rules, there's no doubt it will be a political lightning rod for both parties coming just a few months before the presidential election.

Meanwhile, as Americans wait for the Supreme Court to decide, health care costs just keep going up.

It's estimated the cost to cover the typical family of four under an employer plan will top $20,000 this year, according to CNNMoney. That's up 7% from last year and would be the fifth year in a row health care costs rose 7% or 8%.

And even though employers pick up much of that tab, you can bet they're passing on their rising costs to the rest of us.

Here’s my question to you: If Obamacare falls, what's next?

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