CNN Presents examines life, death of Whitney Houston
February 15th, 2012
03:37 PM ET

CNN Presents examines life, death of Whitney Houston

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Randi Kaye host a 3-story magazine special airing including an in-depth look at the life and death of music legend Whitney Houston.  CNN Newsroom anchor Don Lemon reports from Los Angeles on Houston’s  talent, and achievements, her struggles with addiction and the final hours in the life of the iconic singer.  Amber Lyon reports on the history of safety violations and accidents at Vermont’s Yankee Nuclear Power Station, and its controversial re-certification by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  Also, senior international correspondent Nic Robertson investigates the security of aviation cargo, including detailed reporting on how al-Qaeda exploited weak screening procedures to transport laser printer bombs in recent years via commercial aircraft.  

This edition of CNN Presents will air on Saturday, Feb. 18 and Sunday, Feb. 19 at 8:00pm, 11:00pm, and 2:00am Eastern.


Topics: CNN • CNN Presents • Don Lemon • Dr. Sanjay Gupta • Nic Robertson
February 15th, 2012
02:32 PM ET

Jon Bramnick, NJ Assembly GOP Leader, on GOP candidate support

New Jersey Assembly GOP Leader Jon Bramnick joins CNN Anchor Ashleigh Banfield and the Early Start panel to discuss the distribution of GOP candidate support in recent polls.

On Santorum retaining his support among blue collar workers, Bramnick says, “With Super PAC money coming into Michigan and that microscope examining Rick Santorum, he's got a lot of explaining to do with respect to his record…. I think Rick Santorum has a long road to hoe in Michigan.”

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

February 15th, 2012
12:56 PM ET

Nick Jonas on new musical role and living with diabetes

Actor and singer Nick Jonas joins CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien to discuss his lead role in the Broadway musical How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying and living with type 1 diabetes.

Jonas says, “The thing about diabetes is there are good days and there are in between days and there are some bad days…. A bad day would be when your blood sugar’s high…or when it’s low. The thing about diabetes, type I…is that it’s unpredictable.”

He continues, “Yesterday, for instance, it’s was one of those days where it was a bit more difficult but I just kept a close eye on it and made sure I was feeling my best for the show and luckily I’m in the best health I’ve been in since my diagnosis.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs week mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.

Topics: CNN • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point
February 15th, 2012
12:31 PM ET

Arwa Damon reports on sustained bombardment in Homs, Syria

CNN's Arwa Damon (@arwacnn) has reached the besieged Syrian city of Homs, where activists say trying to flee from homes under attack is now virtually a suicide run. Here she tells CNN's John Vause (@vausecnn) about the sustained bombardment in Syria's third largest city.

"Just to give you an idea of how intense this bombardment has been, yesterday morning activists were saying they counted around 55 explosions in just the span of 15 minutes – and they say that has been the norm," says Damon.

Read Damon's dispatch from Syria here.

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Topics: Arwa Damon • Breaking News • CNN International • Syria
February 15th, 2012
11:59 AM ET

Israeli Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom: "In Syria there is a massacre"

 Israel was blaming Iran for a series of bombings in Bangkok yesterday, just one day after attacks against the country's diplomats in India and Georgia. Last night,  Piers Morgan spoke exclusively with Israeli Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom about the current situation of escalating violence in Syria.  The Israeli Senior Vice Prime Minister painted a dangerous picture: "In Syria there is a massacre. He is killing innocent Syrian civilians – I mean President Assad – with collaborators from Iran and from the Hezbollah," says Shalom.

Topics: CNN • Piers Morgan
February 15th, 2012
10:07 AM ET

Rep. Allen West on payroll tax cut: We don't need economic band aids

On Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien, Tea Party member Rep. Allen West (R-FL) responds to news of a tentative deal to extend the payroll tax cut.

On voting for the extension, West says, “Well, not if we're going to do it on the backs of American homeowners, I won't support that. I voted yes for this back in December and we had everything paid for. We were not running a deficit for Social Security, which is exactly what we're talking about doing. So, it's about time that we get pretty genuine with the American people and not give them some political gimmicks. But let's start doing the things that look out for our future, not just a short term economic Band-Aid.”

CNN contributor Will Cain responds, “[Americans] care very much about the government running a deficit. They'd like to see the government take care of that.”

CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien adds, “But they don't actually want to pay for it.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs week mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.

Topics: CNN • CNN Politics • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point
February 15th, 2012
09:39 AM ET

Reps. Smith, Hunter on defense cuts

Armed Service Committee members Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) and Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) discuss Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's calls for less military spending on Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien.

Rep. Hunter says, “We're on the decline now. We're going to have as few ships as we had in World War I. Not World War II, World War I. That should pose a problem and an unacceptable risk to the secretary of defense.”

Rep. Smith says, “I think the more important point is that we are still spending a lot of money on defense…. We could spend $3 trillion a year on defense and we would still have risk. It is in fact a dangerous world. You can't spend your way out of risk. They put out a strategy. They put out a plan. They put out a budget. It still spins an enormous amount of money well over $500 billion a year.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs week mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.

Topics: CNN • CNN Politics • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point