CNN’s Kyra Phillips talked to Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) about his stance on the debt ceiling debate and the question of his credibility on the topic based on his personal financial issues.
If President Obama invokes the 14th Amendment to raise the debt ceiling, he would "effectively be a dictator," Republican Presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann says in an exclusive interview with American Morning anchor Kiran Chetry.
“Congress has the power to lay and collect taxes," Bachmann says. "It's Congress that does the spending. The President is prohibited to do that. If he had the power to do that he would effectively be a dictator. There would be no reason for congress to even come into Washington DC. He would be making the spending decisions. He would be making the tax decisions. Clearly that's unconstitutional.”
CNN, the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference at Emory University, and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights have joined together to launch CNN Dialogues, a series of public discussions featuring prominent figures debating the major issues that define our times. CNN’s lead political anchor and anchor of The Situation Room Wolf Blitzer will moderate the inaugural program on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 7:00pm ET at The Cecil B. Day Chapel of The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. This first public forum will focus on the U.S. Census and the impact of the nation’s changing demographics upon who we are and how we live, examining our national identity, economy, politics, and the view of America in the broader world. FULL POST
CNN investigative correspondent Kaj Larsen hits the seas for some scuba with the U.S. Navy marine mammal unit that trains dolphins to detect and intercept swimmers who could be potential terrorist divers. Dolphins also sweep the bottom of harbors for mines and other animals recover sensors and inert torpedoes from deep in the ocean. National correspondent Gary Tuchman reveals the inside life of Warren Jeffs, the leader of the breakaway fundamentalist Mormon sect, FLDS, who is accused of polygamy and child endangerment. As attorneys prepare opening statements for the upcoming trial in San Angelo, Texas, Tuchman details the hold that Jeffs still has over his followers – even from behind prison bars. Also, correspondent Amber Lyon reports on pain pill-addicted babies who are crowding Florida hospitals as so-called ‘pill mills’ – clinics and medical practices that dispense prescriptions inappropriately – continue to flourish. Federal drug authorities consider the State of Florida among the states with the largest problem with inappropriate prescription drug use.
This edition of CNN Presents will debut Sunday, July 31 at 8:00pm ET and PT. It will replay on Saturday, Aug. 06 at 8:00pmET and PT.
CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta updates viewers on the progress of child actor Max Page, aka 'Mini Darth Vader' who headed to Capitol Hill this week to lobbying Congress against Medicaid cuts. Medicaid is the primary health insurance provider for more than 30 million children American children. And, kids like Max, who receive specialized pediatric care from physicians trained through the Children's Hospitals Graduate Education Program also benefit from the funds those hospitals receive through Medicaid.
More updates on this story will air during SANJAY GUPTA, MD on Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, August 1 at 7:30am ET on CNN.
Tonight, musician and "The Voice " judge, Adam Levine, talks to Piers Morgan about other musician's like Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. On Christina being a so called diva, he comes to her defense saying, 'She is fine, we're all a pain in our own way.'
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Battle for Blair Mountain: Working in America airs Sunday, August 14 at 8:00pm ET & PT on CNN/U.S.
Sharples, West Virginia – population: around 100 people – is ground zero in the fight over an issue of importance to every American who has ever plugged in a computer, watched a television or taken a hot shower. Around 50 percent of electrical power in the United States is produced by coal. Across the nation, a schism that separates pro-coal and pro-environment movements over mountaintop removal, a destructive yet highly effective form of strip mining, is deepening.
CNN documents the intense struggle over mountaintop removal in Battle for Blair Mountain: Working in America, debuting on Sunday, August 14 at 8:00pm ET and PT, with a replay on Saturday, August 20. Anchor and Special Correspondent Soledad O’Brien examines the fight over Spruce One, one of the largest mountaintop removal sites ever proposed in the U.S. When O’Brien’s team first arrived in Sharples, W.V., nearly everyone in Appalachia was waiting to see if the Environmental Protection Agency was going to allow Spruce One’s permit to proceed, citing Clean Water Act violations.
**CNN’s countdown to London 2012 launches with Sebastian Coe interview – INCLUDES QUESTIONS FROM CNN’S AUDIENCE**
**Special show marks the start of a year of dedicated programming for CNN’s global audience**
First programme: Thursday 28 July at 1030 and 1830 BST
With just one year to go until the eyes of the world are on London for the Games of the XXX Olympiad, CNN is launching a series of special Olympics 2012 programming, ‘Aiming For Gold’, as it takes on the role of the international home for the greatest sporting event in the world.
CNN’s programme will speak to the biggest Olympic stars, as well as the newsmakers driving the myriad decisions and events that contribute to the 2012 Games, with contributions from its many bureaux around the world to bring all aspects of the event – financial, social, cultural, political or sporting – to global viewers across all its platforms, from TV to cnn.com and through dedicated social media on Twitter and Facebook.
‘Aiming For Gold’ kicks off its year-long programming with a key interview with Lord Sebastian Coe, former Olympic 1500 meter champion and the man responsible for spear-heading the London 2012 campaign. Coe talks to CNN’s Don Riddell about the challenges, controversies and opportunities the Games will bring to people from across the world, including questions from the CNN audience.
Also in the debut show, Becky Anderson reports on London’s history in hosting the games – in 1908, 1948 and now 2012; Stan Grant looks at the legacy of the 2008 Beijing Olympics; and Christina Ohurugu, a British 2008 gold medallist who grew up in the shadow of the games being built in east London, talks about the inspiration the 2012 provide.
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Tonight, White House Senior Advisor David Plouffe joined Piers Morgan to give his reaction to Speaker John Boehner's response to this evening's presidential address. Plouffe told Piers that Boehner's "my way or the highway approach will not get the job done."