First Lady Michelle Obama takes iReporters' Questions
February 10th, 2012
05:10 PM ET

First Lady Michelle Obama takes iReporters' Questions

CNN iReport sat down with Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States, today in Dallas, Texas to discuss the second-anniversary of her 'Let's Move' initiative.

Nearly 100 video iReport questions were received and posed to the First Lady via iPad. The full iReport interview and an Op-ed written by the First Lady (exclusively for CNN Opinion) will be available Monday, February 13 on

Your Questions for Michelle Obama: iReport Assigment

Topics: CNN • CNN Digital • iReport
February 10th, 2012
03:31 PM ET

TUNE IN: CNN Covers Maine Caucuses, Tomorrow 6 p.m. ET

Anchors Wolf Blitzer,  John King and Candy Crowley will headline the network’s America’s Choice 2012: Maine Caucuses coverage beginning at 6 p.m. live from the nation’s capital with a special edition of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, before the network’s caucus coverage at 7 p.m..  All times Eastern.

CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger and senior political analyst David Gergen, along with political contributors David Frum and Donna Brazile, will offer insight and analysis during the special programming.

CNN political reporter Shannon Travis will be live on location with the Maine Republican Party, where the results of the caucuses will be announced in Portland, Maine. Correspondent Mary Snow will report from Ron Paul headquarters in Maine, senior congressional correspondent Dana Bash will cover the latest on the straw poll results live from the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington and White House correspondent Brianna Keilar will provide reaction from the Obama campaign.


February 10th, 2012
09:02 AM ET

Former Amb. to Syria: no power prepared to use military force

Ted Kattouf, former U.S. ambassador to Syria, discusses the violence in Syria and the U.S. options for intervention.

Kattouf tells CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield, “Once Bashar al Assad realized that the Russians and the Chinese had his back, he's going all out to try to crush any resistance to his regime. He feels he has a narrow window in which to operate and they're going all out, particularly in these pro-opposition neighborhoods that have armed men in Homs.”

He continues, “The president comes from a sect of Shia Islam that makes up about 10 percent to 12 percent of Syria's population. Meanwhile, the Sunni Arab population of Syria is around 67 percent to 70 percent. And they've had enough of discrimination and of poverty and the like, and they want this regime gone. But the Alawites who dominate the military and intelligence services feel that if they lose power, it could be them who are on the receiving end of brutal treatment…. Ashleigh, we have to understand that there is no power, not even Turkey, which borders Syria that is prepared to use military force to bring down Assad. Now, that could change over time.”

Early Start with Ashleigh Banfield and Zoraida Sambolin airs week mornings from 5-7am ET on CNN.

Topics: Ashleigh Banfield • CNN • Early Start • Syria
February 10th, 2012
08:41 AM ET

GOProud talk CPAC exclusion and why Santorum won't win

On Early Start with Ashleigh Banfield and Zoraida Sambolin, GOProud co-founders Jimmy LaSalvia and Chris Barron discuss their exclusion from this year's CPAC and why Mitt Romney, not Rick Santorum, is the best GOP candidate.

Jimmy LaSalvia says, “There were folks… that wanted us barred from CPAC simply because we're gay. And they took advantage of the leadership change at the organization and were successful in keeping us out this year.”

In response to Banfield’s question about Santorum’s stance on gay issues, Chris Barron says, “First off, we strongly disagree with what Rick Santorum said there. Those comments are absolutely outrageous. Secondly, Rick Santorum is not going to be the nominee of this party. I know that the mainstream media and some in the party want to continue the charade that there is a horse race going on here. Rick Santorum is not even on the ballot…. The bottom line is the only candidate who has a national organization that can win this primary is Mitt Romney.”

Early Start with Ashleigh Banfield and Zoraida Sambolin airs week mornings from 5-7am ET on CNN.