10:45 AM ET, April 15th, 2015

New Edition of “Prime Cuts” Offers Favorite Highlights From Season Four and a Taste of Season Five   Season five of the top-rated Emmy and Peabody award-winning CNN Original  Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown begins on Sunday, April 26 at 9pm  ET/PT with twist – a tour of the forward-looking culture of South Korea with  each scene […] Full Post

CNN Politics Surges to Number 1 in March 2015
April 15th, 2015
02:57 PM ET

CNN Politics Surges to Number 1 in March 2015

CNN Politics Outranks all Digital Politics Competitors in Multiplatform Traffic and Video Starts

March 2015 marked the official start of the 2016 presidential election cycle, and cemented CNN Politics as the No. 1 digital destination for breaking news, enterprise analysis and unbiased reporting in the Politics category.  CNN Politics outperformed all competitors in multiplatform unique visitors and views.  With 22 million starts in March, CNN Politics also climbed to No. 1  in video rank for the first time ever.

Over the past 6 months CNN Politics has built up an unrivaled team, drawing top political talent away from more than 15 competing news organizations with a goal of creating the first truly cross-platform political operation in American journalism.  The result is evident through huge gains in digital traffic.  In the month of March 2015:

CNN Politics: #1 Multiplatform Uniques (Desktop + Mobile)

CNN Politics scored more multiplatform unique visitors than any competitor in the Politics category, earning 14% more uniques than second place Vox.com and a whopping 69% more than sixth place MSNBC.

CNN Politics: 14mm unique visitors 

  • Vox.com – 12mm unique visitors (14%)
  • Fox News Politics – 11mm unique visitors (21%)
  • HuffPost Politics – 11mm unique visitors   (26%)
  • POLITICO – 9mm unique visitors (50%)
  • MSNBC – 8mm unique visitors  (69%)

Source: comscore Media Metrix Multiplatform, March 2015

CNN Politics: #1 in Multiplatform Views

CNN Politics was No. 1 in multiplatform views with 90 million for the month, 39% higher than HuffPost Politics and nearly double MSNBC.

CNN Politics: 90mm page views

  • HuffPost Politics – 65mm page views (39%)
  • Newsmax.com sites – 55mm page views (64%)
  • Fox News Politics – 55mm page views (65%)
  • POLITICO – 49mm page views (83%)
  • MSNBC – 47mm page views (94%)

Source: comscore Media Metrix Multiplatform, March 2015

CNN Politics: #1 in Video Starts

For the first time on record, CNN Politics recorded more video starts than any other competitor, surpassing second place Young Turks Network by 29%.

CNN Politics: 22mm video starts

  • Young Turks Network – 17mm video starts (29%)
  • HuffPost Politics – 3mm video starts (708%)
  • Voice of America – 3mm video starts (719%)
  • Townhall.com – 2mm video starts (925%)
  • TheHill.com – 2mm video starts (1167%)

 Source: comscore Video Metrix, March 2015



Novak Djokovic talks to CNN about winning Laureus Sportsman of the Year prize, chances at Roland Garros
April 15th, 2015
01:39 PM ET

Novak Djokovic talks to CNN about winning Laureus Sportsman of the Year prize, chances at Roland Garros

After winning the Laureus Sportsman of the Year award for the second time, world number one Novak Djokovic spoke to CNN’s Alex Thomas about taking the prestigious prize and his prospects at Roland Garros.

“This is certainly a crown for all the achievements I had in phenomenal 2014 season, that’s been highlighted with a Wimbledon trophy and a year end at number one of the world. And most importantly, my wedding and six months ago I had the honour to become a father…so all in all, it’s been the best year in my life so far,” said the 8-time grand slam champion.

When asked about his chances at Roland Garros and whether Rafael Nadal is beatable, Djokovic said: “Nobody’s unbeatable, I can tell you that. But he’s definitely an ultimate challenge on the clay courts.  He’s the king of clay. He has an incredible record at Roland Garros; he’s only lost one match in his entire career there, so - but he’s not the only player that I’m thinking about winning against on this surface. There’s Federer, of course, Wawrinka. I think it’s really a golden year of men’s tennis at this moment and I’m just trying to stay kind of self-disciplined and committed to this sport.”


Topics: Alex Thomas • World Sport
April 15th, 2015
09:21 AM ET

Secrets only a wife would know: Rand Paul's hair and mock turtlenecks

By Dana Bash

Bowling Green, Kentucky (CNN)– For a 52-year-old man to have a full head of hair, it is impressive. When that man wants to be president, it is helpful.

What about when that man cuts his own hair? That will be for voters to decide.

But yes, it turns out Rand Paul takes shears into his own hands to control his unruly mane.

This revelation comes from his wife Kelley - who pantomimes how he cuts his hair in the mirror, as she describes it.

"It's not necessarily that he doesn't like to get his hair cut, it's just he's kind of impatient for things like that," explained Kelley Paul.

It's that kind of story from Paul's wife that aides hope will help humanize the introverted, offbeat Republican candidate - or at least help explain him.

But enough about the hair, what about his now famous black mock turtleneck wears a lot?

The Mock Turtleneck

Kelley Paul is a classy woman with lots of style. So its no surprise that she doesn't like the mock turtleneck look, but she decided this was one of those pick-your-battles moments that often come up in relationships.

"You know like so many things, you have to let him be who he is and now it's kind of a good thing, now he's so known for them and I'm kind of like 'well, OK,' Paul told us.

In fact, she so has so embraced the mock turtleneck, she even shops for them, which is no easy task, since they're hard to find these days.

"I walked into Target and there were like 10 of them. And I bought every one that they had at Target," she said, noting that they're hard to wash because the quality isn't great.

Randy Paul?

But no one should mistake Kelley Paul for a wallflower. She is a strong woman who many call his secret weapon, even releasing a new book, "True and Constant Friends," - and a book tour with interviews like ours, on the heels of his presidential announcement.

She has so much influence over her husband, she even changed his name.

When they started dating, he was called Randy - and had been his whole life - until she changed it to Rand.

"I remember thinking, your name just does not fit you. You don't seem like a Randy. And I started calling him Rand and he liked it," she said.

When she married Randy-turned-Rand, he was a doctor without any obvious desire to run for political office, and that's the way she preferred it.

She was not keen at first on his run for Senate five years ago, and even more reluctant for him to take the plunge he did last week, into the presidential race.

Speaking in the sun-drenched living room of her home in Bowling Green, she said she could have stopped her husband from running for the White House.



Topics: Dana Bash
April 14th, 2015
06:12 PM ET

Sen. Marco Rubio: Never assume every Hispanic has to vote for me

CNN’s Jake Tapper sat down with presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to discuss his upcoming campaign and the latest on the Iran nuclear deal. The full interview aired on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, 4-5 p.m. E.T.

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Marco Rubio on immigration, economics, same-sex marriage

The full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.


April 14th, 2015
10:59 AM ET

Heads Up!, The #1 Game App From The Ellen Degeneres Show, Comes To Play As A New TV Series On HLN

HeadsUP_AppLogoNew Series from DeGeneres' A Very Good Production in Association with Telepictures to Debut in 2016

Heads Up!, a new television series based on the wildly popular game and app of the same name from The Ellen DeGeneres Show, is coming to HLN as its own highly addictive, fast-paced game show. Launching in first quarter 2016, the 65-episode half-hour game show strip from Telepictures will be hosted by Loni Love — comedian, actress and co-host of syndicated talk show The Real — and will air daily, Mondays through Fridays.

In the Heads Up! TV show, contestants pair up with a celebrity and try to correctly identify as many cards as they can based on clues from their teammate in categories ranging from movies and songs to actions, accents, body parts and more. In Heads Up!, (almost) nothing is off limits.

Ellen DeGeneres said: “I’m so excited that Heads Up! is going to be a game show. It’s so fun and addictive. I play it on my show all the time. I play it at home. I played it last night at Jennifer Aniston’s house. She wasn’t home, so please don’t print that part.”

April 13th, 2015
02:21 PM ET


Blowout: The Gulf Oil Disaster airs Tuesday at 9pET/PT

Five years after the worst oil spill in U.S. history, CNN’s Senior Investigative Correspondent Drew Griffin returns to the Gulf of Mexico to explore the impact of the Deepwater Horizon spill on the people, the economy and the environment of the Gulf Coast.

Here, Griffin catches up with people for whom the spill is not a distant memory, including families of the men who died while on the Deepwater Horizon rig, the communities who are still struggling in the aftermath, and the businesses still uncertain about their futures. Environmentalist and ocean conservationist Philippe Cousteau will also join Griffin in the Gulf, and dive in the same waters he dove into five years earlier.

During the one-hour CNN Special Report, viewers will also hear directly from BP about their efforts to clean up the Gulf of Mexico.

Blowout: The Gulf Oil Disaster airs Tuesday, April 14th at 9pET/PT on CNN.


Topics: CNN
April 13th, 2015
10:29 AM ET

New Gloria Borger Reports: Who is Hillary Clinton?

She's been in the public spotlight for 30 years, but who is Hillary Clinton?

CNN's Gloria Borger interviewed close friends and colleagues of the former Secretary of State and First Lady to learn more about how her campaign plans to reintroduce her to voters.

This special piece is a new Gloria Borger Reports for the 2016 presidential cycle.




Topics: Gloria Borger
April 13th, 2015
06:27 AM ET



CNN International and MultiChoice this week officially launched the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2015 Awards.

The competition for African nationals based on the continent welcomes entries from journalists creating content targeting an African audience.

2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the African Journalist Awards.

Tony Maddox, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of CNN International, said: “It’s with immense pride that we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards. Twenty years of encouraging excellence in journalism across the continent has made these the very best awards honouring the journalistic profession in Africa. I’ve witnessed first-hand the tremendous growth in stature and prestige of the competition, and 2015 promises to deliver another year of outstanding work.” FULL POST

Topics: CNN
April 12th, 2015
01:25 PM ET

Fmr. Gov. Chafee on if he will run for president: ". . .I want to be there November, December, and January on the stage debating these issues.”

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee (D-RI) spoke to CNN’s Dana Bash about the expected announcement from Hillary Clinton on her candidacy for president and his own plans to run in 2016.

Text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.

MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “State of the Union”


Chafee on if he will definitely run for president in 2016: “Well, the process is to form the exploratory committee but, yes, I want to be there November, December, and January on the stage debating these issues.”

Chafee on why Hillary Clinton is not a good choice for president: “. . .But that vote for the Iraq war, that was a moment in time, Dana, where the Vietnam era had ended, the Berlin wall come down. There was lasting peace ahead of us if we made good decisions particularly after September 11th when people were angry and they were scared. And that was just a moment in time where the premise for going into Iraq was so false that there were weapons of mass destruction - she didn't do her homework and we live with the ramifications today. And so you may say that's 12 years ago, but we live with it today and it's a big motivator for why I'm running.”

Chafee on the evolution of his party affiliation: “As far as my evolution, certainly the Republican Party changed and I never changed. And as I became an independent and one governorship as an independent, my values never changed whether it's on fiscal responsibility or on environment issues or on using the tools of government to help the less fortunate, keeping us out of the quagmires we see overseas. I've never changed. Protecting civil liberties and now I'm a Democrat. I'm very comfortable as a Democrat and look forward to the primaries and the debate ahead.”

Chafee on Elizabeth Warren: “Yes, absolutely. There's no doubt that Senator Warren's absolutely right about what's happening to the middle class and she's just been a prophet about this for a number of years. And that's what makes any community, whether it's a state or a city or a country or anywhere around the world strong is having a robust middle class. And so she's right. I have a great record of voting against the Bush tax cuts which widened that disparity of wealth, that hurt the middle class, led to the great recession. And so I'm proud of my record and would like to have Senator Warren's support and her legion of followers.”

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