JOHN KING, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Publicly, you heard the president saying, yes, let's do a deal. Let’s get this done. But the president hasn't picked up the phone and called either Speaker Boehner or Leader McConnell in recent days. I just checked in to see if there would be a secret - you know, Joe Biden goes up to the Senate as we’ve seen in some of these past crisis. And they say, no, there's been no such in treaty, and in fact, Leader McConnell in the Senate says they’re not going to do that again this time.
JESSICA YELLIN, CNN CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Well, he's using the bully pulpit to wage warfare against the Republicans in essence. There’s two strategies here. First, it's the picture. So, we're going to see more events like we did today where the president standing in front of the kind of people who will lose their jobs when these cuts go into effect and he'll say it's all the Republican's fault effectively for not reaching a reasonable compromise who’ll argue with Democrats. And then, in addition to the picture, there's the message, the timing. He started this conversation on his own while Congress is out of session. So, he gets to dominate the microphone and he gets to argue that the debate should be on his terms, which means the ultimate deal should include tax increases and that's what Democrats want. Republicans don't.
GLORIA BORGER, CHIEF POLITICAL ANALYST: You know, you can kick the can down the road when it comes to these forced spending cuts, but you can't kick your legacy down the road. If he wants to get something done on everything else, on immigration, even on the government shutdown on – then pick up the phone, OK? Then pick up the phone. If the president is that concerned, pick up the phone.
On Monday's edition of Newsroom International with Suzanne Malveaux and Michael Holmes, CNN's Robyn Curnow – who attended Oscar Pistorius' bail hearing in Pretoria Tuesday – reports on the track star's emotional affidavit read out in court. She also describes the "palpable fear" South Africans feel in their homes at night.
"A lot of people don't understand the context of living in South Africa. People – myself included – have high walls with electric fences...panic buttons in our houses. The palpable fear that you feel when you go to bed at night is real," says Curnow. "This is a nation of paranoid people because the reality is that more often than not, you are...very likely to be confronted by armed men coming into your house. I think you have to put that into perspective – that people are scared when they go to sleep in this country."
For more on this story go here. Follow Robyn on Twitter @RobynCurnowCNN.
London 15th February: Hublot has signed up as the official timekeeper of CNN Football Club and sponsor of the 24/7 online countdown to the next Champion’s League match. The commercial deal, brokered by CNN Ad Sales, sees the premium watchmaker benefit from a unique association with football programming for a luxury brand, across the weekly football debate show’s web page www.CNN.com/footballclub.
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