February 21st, 2012
09:41 PM ET

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: We are of the opinion that the Iranian regime is a 'rational actor'

In a wide-ranging interview with the nation's top military chief that covered an array of diplomatic issues, CNN's Fareed Zakaria asked Gen. Martin Dempsey, USA, about the rising tensions with Iran over that country's nuclear program.  Gen. Dempsey discusses the international cooperation that the U.S. has been able to gather around the implementation of the sanctions – and why he still considers it possible to negotiate with the Iranian regime to reconsider their commitment to nuclear weaponization.

Visit this link, for more of Fareed Zakaria's interview with Gen. Dempsey on the topic of why he feels it is premature to engage in an attack on Iran at this point; for the full transcript of this interview, please visit www.cnn.com/transcripts.

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS airs Sundays on CNN at 10:00am and 1:00pm and on CNN International at 8:00am and 3:00pm.  All times Eastern.

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Topics: CNN • CNN International • Fareed Zakaria GPS • Iran • Syria
February 21st, 2012
08:55 PM ET

Gen. Martin Dempsey: “I would challenge anyone to identify the opposition movement in Syria at this point”

CNN's Fareed Zakaria spoke with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, USA, in an interview that aired on Sunday, Feb. 19.  In a wide-ranging interview, Gen. Demsey discussed with Zakaria the rationale for the advice that he is giving to President Obama regarding arming the Syrian resistance.  Among the challenges, Gen. Dempsey discussed with  Zakaria, is the difficulty in identifying the leadership of the Syrian opposition, saying, “I would challenge anyone to identify the opposition movement in Syria at this point.”

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS airs Sundays on CNN at 10:00am and 1:00pm and on CNN International at 8:00am and 3:00pm.  All times Eastern.

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Topics: CNN • CNN International • Fareed Zakaria GPS • Syria
February 21st, 2012
12:03 PM ET

DCCC chair: Democrats will take House majority and reform Super PACs

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) talks to CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien and the Starting Point panel about the role Super PACs will play in the 2012 presidential race, the DNC ad offensive against Rick Santorum and whether or not the House of Representatives is up for grabs this year.

Israel says, “So if a Republican will use super PACs, [Democrats] will too.  When we take the majority the first thing we'll do is pass the disclose act so people know who's funding those PACs, and seek to amend the constitution so that special corporate interests cannot influence elections.”

He adds, “The stakes are so high for the middle class.  You had a House Republican leadership that has turned its back on them, that has tried to end Medicare as we know it, that has been for tax breaks for millionaires and tried to raise taxes on the middle class.  We're going to fight them tooth and nail with every tool that we have.  And that's why I’m so confident because of their wrong priorities, that's why I’m so confident that the House is in play.”

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 21st, 2012
10:58 AM ET

CNN's Mark Whitaker announces new In Depth series on addiction

Mark Whitaker, executive vice president and managing editor of CNN Worldwide, launches a new weeklong In Depth series on addiction with cross-platform pieces on the fight against the deadly disease.

In Depth: Fighting the scourge of addiction

  •  Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta will examine the latest breakthroughs in the brain science and biology of addiction and how they have given rise to promising new anti-substance abuse drugs on Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien and CNN Newsroom.
  • Dr. Drew Pinsky will share his wisdom about the keys to beating addiction on his own prime-time show on HLN.
  • TV sports anchor Pat O'Brien sits down with Piers Morgan, and ex-NBA great Chris Herren talks to Brooke Baldwin to discuss how they turned their lives around.
  • CNN will also air a series of stories about the fastest growing form of addiction in America: prescription drugs. As Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr reports, the U.S. military this month announced it would start testing troops for hydrocodone (the base of Vicodin) and benzodiazepine, the key ingredient in Valium.

Topics: CNN
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