February 27th, 2012
10:22 PM ET

Piers Morgan Tonight: Bill Maher on his $1 Million Super Pac donation

Tonight, comedian Bill Maher sat down with Piers Morgan in a live exclusive primetime interview.

On the heels of his 10-digit donation to Barack Obama's reelection, the comedian explained what was on his mind, when he put his hand in his pocket:

"I wanted to make the point that this really hurt. It does hurt me to write a check for a million dollars," confessed Maher. "I wanted to sort of inspire a lot of the people out there on the left who are rich, who this wouldn't hurt at all. There's lots of people who will never miss a million dollars. I will miss it. I'll miss it badly."

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February 27th, 2012
03:38 PM ET

CNN In Depth series this week – Gas prices

This week across all platforms , CNN In Depth series will take a deeper look at the rising price of gas including the driving forces behind the hike and the affect on the presidential election.

Mark Whitaker, executive vice president and managing editor of CNN Worldwide, outlines the problem and upcoming coverage in a piece on CNN.com: In Depth: Why the price of that tank of gas is going up, up, up.

Highlights include:

  • Tuesday – chief business correspondent Ali Velshi will appear on "Starting Point With Soledad O'Brien" and other shows throughout the day to assess the role of speculators. Also, he will offer a 101 primer on why gas prices go up and down in an Explain It To Me video tutorial.
  • During her prime-time "OutFront" show, Erin Burnett will step back and look at the global market for oil, examining where all the demand is coming from and how a global thirst for oil as far away as China can affect the price you pay at your station around the corner.
  • On "CNN Newsroom" throughout the week, CNN will also address how oil refineries work, how the availability of "surplus gas" from independent oil companies can play havoc with pump prices and what effect the squeeze on oil will have on the market for alternative energy.
  • On CNN.com and CNNMoney.com, consumers will be able to compare gas prices on a state-by-state map.



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February 27th, 2012
02:11 PM ET

CNN Devotes Special Coverage to Arizona, Michigan Primaries

Anchors Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Erin Burnett and John King will headline the network’s America’s Choice 2012: The Arizona and Michigan Primaries coverage beginning at 7 p.m. live from the CNN Election Center. John King, USA kicks off the network’s primary coverage at 6 p.m. and a special edition of Piers Morgan Tonight is scheduled to broadcast at midnight.

CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger and senior political analyst David Gergen, along with political contributors Paul Begala, Maria Cardona, Alex Castellanos and Ari Fleischer, will be on set in the CNN Election Center to offer insight and analysis throughout the evening.

Anchor and chief political correspondent Candy Crowley will report from Romney campaign headquarters in Michigan; national political correspondent Jim Acosta from Santorum headquarters; and senior correspondent Joe Johns from Gingrich headquarters.  CNN political editor Paul Steinhauser and correspondent Miguel Marquez will take viewers inside the voting process in Michigan and Arizona, respectively. Correspondent Tom Foreman will lead a focus group in the bellwether state of Ohio ahead of Super Tuesday. CNN Newsroom anchor Suzanne Malveaux will anchor live from Phoenix, Ariz. beginning Monday, Feb. 27 through Wednesday, Feb. 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. FULL POST

February 27th, 2012
11:57 AM ET

Arwa Damon on risks of reporting from Syria

On CNN's 'Reliable Sources' Sunday, CNN's Arwa Damon discussed the dangers of reporting from Syria. Joined by CBS News Foreign Correspondent Clarissa Ward, Damon told host Howard Kurtz that reporting from Syria is "absolutely" a risk worth taking.

"I don't think any of us really believes that we're invincible. We are very hyper-sensitive to the risks we're exposing ourselves to, but at the end of the day – to truly be able to tell these stories – you have to put yourself in the same situation as those civilians whose plight you are covering," said Damon.  "There is no way to do justice to what people are going through unless you yourself are there as well."

When asked if the deaths of journalists like Marie Colvin would stop news organizations from sending reporters into Syria, Damon said: "I think a lot of people will pause and think about it again before actually going in, but I do not think that is going to stop us from continuing to try to figure out different ways of getting into the country. Bashar al-Assad's tactics are not going to stop us from reporting that story."

Full transcript of Sunday's 'Reliable Sources' found here.

Topics: Arwa Damon • Breaking News • CNN • Reliable Sources • Syria
February 27th, 2012
11:27 AM ET

Starbucks CEO: Washington not doing job, businesses need to do more

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz talks to CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien about his disappointment in the political process in Washington and what his company is doing to make a difference.

Schultz says, “I am a proud American who’s profoundly disappointed by the direction in the country, and feel as if - and I don't want to blame Washington to the point where they’re the problem. The problem in the country is that Washington is not doing their job, and businesses and business leaders need to do more.”

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

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February 27th, 2012
10:45 AM ET

Majority Whip Sen. Durbin: GOP candidates at war with Islam

Majority Whip Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) appeared on Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien to discuss the flare up of violence in Afghanistan.

Durbin says, “And understand, just go back to history a little bit to 9/11, President George W. Bush, I sure had my differences with him, but I thought he got it right, and he stuck with it through his presidency. He said our war is not with the religion of Islam. Our war is with those who would distort it and turn it into terrorism. And I think that was a bright spot kind of a guiding principle. It was adopted by President Obama. Now, listen to these Republican candidates for president. They’re at war with Islam.”

CNN Contributor Will Cain counters, “Senator Durbin, I haven't heard one thing that backs up what you suggest. Just give me an example, how are they at war with Islam?

Referencing the Quran burnings, Durbin replies, “Newt Gingrich saying that the president is guilty of appeasement…. What you listen to is incendiary rhetoric coming out in a very delicate situation. Lives are at stake here. The president is showing leadership. The president is stepping up, trying to calm a situation. These three candidates are coming on television doing the opposite.”

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

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February 27th, 2012
10:29 AM ET

Douglas MacKinnon, former aide to President Reagan, says Republicans 'have to start listening to the poor'

On Early Start, Douglas MacKinnon, former aide to President Reagan, discusses how politicians are approaching the poverty issue and his support of Newt Gingrich for the Republican candidacy.

On how politicians are addressing poverty, MacKinnon says, “So many politicians are pandering to the subject every two or four years for the obvious reasons because they want to try to get some votes. But in reality, they don't understand the issue because most of them have never come from it, never seen it, never touched it, and ultimately, never will. And that's the saddest thing of all for the poor of America… I think for Republicans, if they want to grow the party, if they want to survive, they have to reach out to the poor, they have to reach out to minority America. They have to start listening to the poor. Again, that applies to both sides for sure.”

When Sambolin asks MacKinnon if he agrees with Gingrinch’s statement that ‘poor children…have no habits of working’, he responds, “You know, I really don't, because again, those examples exist… But if he’s never in those neighborhoods, if he's never exposed to that society, he's never going to see those examples… I think ultimately out of the four, he's trying to understand the issue of poverty better than any of them. I'm honestly disappointed with the entire Republican slate, to tell you the truth. But regardless, I think he's at least more open to listening to the issue to try and find some solutions, even if unfortunately, he does say ignorant and silly things from time to time.”

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

Topics: CNN • Early Start • Zoraida Sambolin
February 27th, 2012
09:39 AM ET

Former Army Colonel: Taliban using Quran burnings as leverage

Retired Army Col. David Lamm weighs in on the Taliban's role in the ongoing violence in Afghanistan amid protests over Quran burnings.

On the reaction to the Quran burnings, Lamm says, “Well, it tells you that the rest of the Muslim world looks at this as an accident, as it was, a regrettable accident. But it also tells you that the Taliban, although it may think it's an accident, that is not what they're going to tell the Afghan people. And they are going to be in the business of winning the hearts and minds of Afghan people, using this incident strategically to gain some leverage….”

On President Obama’s apology, he states, “Any admission, any apology like this at this point on the ground in Afghanistan, particularly in the Pashtun south, is seen as number one, not as an apology but it is seen as, quite frankly, an admission of guilt and in any case a sign of weakness.”

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

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Topics: Afghanistan • CNN • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point
New CNN App for Windows Phone hits the street
February 27th, 2012
07:32 AM ET

New CNN App for Windows Phone hits the street

London 27 February 2012. The new CNN App for Windows Phones launches this week, enabling users to tap into the very latest news and video reports from around the globe, direct from the CNN newsroom.


Available exclusively to Nokia users for the first 90 days, including on the award-winning new Lumia 900, the CNN App will then be made available on all Windows Phone devices as they come to market.


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