April 30th, 2012
07:24 PM ET

AC 360: Kimmel Tells Cooper Offensive Jokes Left Out of his WHCD Speech

Tonight on AC360°, Comedian Jimmy Kimmel tells Anderson "offensive" jokes left out of his White House Correspondents' Dinner speech.

He also talks about the honor of being insulted by President Obama at the event, making fun of CNN, and teasing Anderson about his giggle fits.


Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper
April 30th, 2012
04:06 PM ET

CNN obtains access to al Qaeda documents

A year since the death of Osama bin Laden, CNN has gained access to documents that outline al Qaeda's inner workings, including details of high-profile plots and attacks.

Journalists from the network – including CNN's senior international correspondent Nic Robertson – have viewed one of a total of 141 documents found following the arrest of two al Qaeda operates. The arrests, which were made by German intelligence operatives, took place in Europe in the days following the death of Osama bin Laden last year.

Robertson's report – Part 1

Robertson's report – Part 2

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April 30th, 2012
03:35 PM ET

Fmr. Israeli Prime Minister Olmert: "I know one thing...the Iranian leadership has not gone beyond a certain line for the time being of developing the nuclear program"

For the Monday, April 30 edition of Amanpour, host Christiane Amanpour interviewed former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Iran's nuclear program and the ongoing uprising inside Syria.  This is the exchange regarding Mr. Olmert's views on the security intelligence regarding Iran:

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR, HOST of ‘AMANPOUR’ on CNN INTERNATIONAL:  There’s a big debate going on within Israel right now, mostly by the security community. Meir Dagan, the former head of Mossad, in fact, your current head of the IDF, General Benny Gantz and others, calling the Iranian leadership rational and questioning whether there should be a rush to military action against Iran, or whether Iran will rush to make a nuclear bomb.  Do you agree with the description of the leadership as rational? FULL POST

April 30th, 2012
12:52 PM ET

Los Angeles 20 Years After The Riots

In a live interview from the corner of Florence and Normandie, Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks talks with CNN's Ashleigh Banfield (@CNNAshleigh) about the city 20 years after the riots. During the 1992 riots, Bernard Parks served as deputy chief of the Los Angeles Police Department.  Comparing similarities to the coverage of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman, Parks said, "...feelings of outrage are certainly there."

“Stand Your Ground” law: Explained
April 30th, 2012
10:42 AM ET

“Stand Your Ground” law: Explained

The Trayvon Martin case brought the “Stand Your Ground” law into everyday vernacular, but what’s it really all about? CNN Digital’s Mallory Simon and Ann O’Neill have published a piece that has quickly become a top-talker about the law, its origins and how other cases of this law have affected families of the victims. With photo galleries and an interactive outlining self-defense laws by state, CNN Digital explores the ethical dilemma of how the law tows the line between self-defense and murder.

Also “Stand Your Ground” – related, CNN profiled Marion Hammer earlier this month, the first female president of the NRA and the woman responsible for pushing through “Stand Your Ground”. Additionally, CNN published an opinion piece today by contributor Mark NeJame that expresses with the urgency that the Stand Your Ground law and gun laws in general need to be evaluated immediately.


Topics: CNN Digital • Enterprise • This Just In
April 30th, 2012
09:52 AM ET

Brent Scowcroft: “Many parts of the party call me a ‘RINO’ – I don’t think I’ve changed my views at all”

The Sunday, April 29th edition of FAREED ZAKARIA GPS included an interview with former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft (Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush Administrations), about current national security challenges and the state of the Republican party.  On the latter, Scowcroft answered his critics who say he is no longer a Republican and says he feels there is room for people who share his views inside the party – and that the party has been through evolutions before but history suggests it will evolve to a moderate place.  The exchange from this portion of the interview is below:

FAREED ZAKARIA: Are you comfortable with the Republican Party these days?

BRENT SCOWCROFT: Well, many parts of the party call me a RINO. FULL POST

April 29th, 2012
11:27 AM ET

Speaker Boehner on Romney: "I have not talked to him"

In an exclusive interview that aired Sunday on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) spoke on a wide-range of topics including President Obama, Mitt Romney’s bid for the nomination, possible GOP vice presidential running mates and whether the Republicans will hold the majority in the House after the 2012 elections. A transcript of the interview may be found here.

CNN.com Exclusive Video: Getting to Know Speaker John Boehner

EMBEDDABLE VIDEO: Boehner: VP is Romney's personal decision

April 27th, 2012
10:01 PM ET

AC360 invu with Rep. Carolyn Maloney & "the War On Women"

On tonight’s AC360°, Anderson spoke with Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-NY, following Friday’s vote to keep interest rates on government-backed student loans from doubling. Most Democrats, including Maloney, opposed the move, blasting Republicans for raiding a preventative care fund in President Obama’s health care law, in order to pay for their bill, accusing those across the aisle of going after women, yet again.

But when Anderson pointed out Democrats, including Maloney, dipped into that very same fund to pay for an extension of the payroll tax cut earlier this year, things got a little heated.  Additionally, the prevention fund does not appear to specifically target women’s health, rather, it paints in much broader brushstrokes. As Maloney points out, the preventative measures funded in the health care bill do benefit women and their families.

But if Democrats have raided this fund before, and if the fund does not specifically target women’s health programs, can you really call what Republicans did Friday a “war on women”?

April 27th, 2012
05:29 PM ET

Rep. Issa on Eric Holder possible contempt of Congress citation

Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Rep. Darrell Issa (CA–R) spoke with CNN chief national correspondent John King about the possible contempt of congress Attorney General Eric Holder may face in the future. A highlight from the interview is after the jump; please visit http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/2012.04.27.html for a full transcript of the interview. This interview will air today on CNN’s John King, USA during the 6 p.m. ET hour.

Please credit all usage of the interview to CNN’s John King, USA
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Topics: John King, USA
April 27th, 2012
03:18 PM ET

‘Trampled by Turtles’ CNN Rooftop Jam

Trampled by Turtles, a bluegrass-inspired band from Minnesota, stopped by the CNN Center today before their gig in Atlanta tonight. CNN Digital’s original video team invited them by for an interview and a short set…which they played on the CNN Center Rooftop!

Check out the behind-the-scenes video – shot by an amateur on her smartphone – to get a sneak-peek of the song Alone from their new album ‘Stars and Satellites.’  You’ll also see the CNN letters in the background along with CNN’s satellites and the Atlanta skyline.

The video will publish soon under the CNN Music original video franchise. You can also follow them on Twitter.


Topics: CNN Digital • CNN Music • video
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