April 27th, 2012
12:40 PM ET

L.A. Riots: CNN Journalists Remember When a City Turned Warzone

CNN journalists look back at their coverage of the 1992 riots that engulfed Los Angeles following the acquittals of police officers in the beating of Rodney King.

Topics: CNN
April 27th, 2012
12:13 PM ET

Missing Girl's Neighbor Talks with Nancy Grace

Watch as Nancy Grace speaks to Isabel Celis’ neighbor Alicia Stardevant, who remembers hearing male voices and dogs barking early in the morning of the day that Isabel went missing. She found out two hours later that Isabel was, in fact, missing.  Stardevant goes on to say she remembers the window being wide open that morning and that she was woken up by her dog and the dogs from the Celis house who were all barking loudly. Watch this exclusive clip from the show.

Topics: HLN • Nancy Grace
April 27th, 2012
10:36 AM ET

Gorbachev to Amanpour: Cheney and Gates liked "Yeltsin's plans to destroy the union..."

Amanpour host Christiane Amanpour interviewed former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev for Thursday, April 26th in an interview focused on Russia's uneven transition towards democracy.  Gorbachev says that officials from the George H.W. Bush Administration influenced his early succession by Boris Yeltsin, who presided over a rapid dissolution of the former Soviet Union.  This is that exchange: FULL POST

April 26th, 2012
10:51 PM ET

AC360 EXCLUSIVE: Zimmerman's Atty tells Cooper his client raised more than $200,000

On tonight on AC360°, Mark O’Mara, George Zimmerman’s defense attorney, has revealed exclusively to Anderson Cooper that Zimmerman raised in excess of $200,000 through the website he (Zimmerman) had set-up (the website has recently been shut down).  This is major revelation considering O’Mara had previously indicated to the court that Zimmerman was indigent and had very little resources to pay his legal expenses.

Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper
April 26th, 2012
06:50 PM ET

Rep. Bachmann on future Romney endorsement: All in good time, my pretty. It will happen.

In an interview that aired today on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, former GOP presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann joined the program to discuss her future endorsement of a presidential candidate.  A highlight from the interview is after the jump.

Please credit all usage of the interview to CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer


April 26th, 2012
06:21 PM ET

Gorbachev on AMANPOUR: Russia is "an imitation of democracy"

Amanpour host Christiane Amanpour interviewed former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev for Thursday, April 26th in an interview that focused primarily on Russia's complicated transition towards democracy,  his views on Vladimir Putin, and the role of Boris Yeltsin – and officials from the George H.W. Bush Administration – in the rapid dissolution of the former Soviet Union.  This is the exchange on President-elect Vladimir Putin and democracy:

AMANPOUR:  In fact, you've called Putin's democracy or the current Russian democracy an "imitation democracy."   Do you think that President Putin is committed to any kind of reform, and will the people's voice be heard under his presidency?

GORBACHEV (through translator):  I said on the eve of the elections that if the president and his entourage in the future will just continue to try to fool the people with this imitation, that will not succeed.  People are protesting and people might protest in much stronger ways if he just continues his old ways.  I think it'll be hard for him, given his nature, to do this, but there is no other way for him but to move toward greater democracy in Russia, toward real democracy in Russia, because there is no other way for Russia to find a way out of its dead end, in which it is now.

Amanpour airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pm with a replay at 5:00pm Eastern in the U.S.  and at 21:00 CET, with a replay at 23:00 CET.  This program will also be available via www.cnn.com/amanpour on Friday, April 26.  The full transcript of this program may be found here later today.


Handshakers & Babykissers: Tales of loss, love & law
April 26th, 2012
05:20 PM ET

Handshakers & Babykissers: Tales of loss, love & law

Gingrich, Paul and Edwards…Oh my! Whether they’re bowing out, rallying fervent admirers or taking the stand, these politicos have caused quite a stir this week - and CNN has been in on the action.

LOSS: Yesterday we learned that Newt Gingrich is abandoning the GOP race for the presidency – good news for Mitt Romney but a major loss for the supporters who admired the former Speaker’s controversial opinions and sharp one-liners. LOVE: Then there’s the revered Ron Paul whose passionate fan base has kept his campaign alive despite a dire delegate count. LAW: And who better than John Edwards, the fallen-from-grace attorney turned politician, to make legal headlines this week. CNN has been on top of the Edwards trial which continues to unearth the details of the man with the perfect hair’s sordid affairs.

So without further ado, 5 tasty bites about loss, love and law in politics from CNN.com:

Topics: CNN Digital • CNN Opinion • CNN Politics • Video
CNN Announces the iReport Debate
April 26th, 2012
01:24 PM ET

CNN Announces the iReport Debate

iReport Turns the 2012 Election Discussion Over to the Voters

CNN iReport, the network’s global participatory news community, announced today the iReport Debate – the first fully user-generated debate series of the 2012 election cycle. Through the iReport platform anyone can participate by raising the political topics and policy questions that matter most to them, debating them with the community, and submitting their issues for response by campaigns, candidates, and other newsmakers.

"We know CNN will cover the candidates and big political events like no other network can. But we also know they're only part of the story,” said Lila King, participation director for CNN Digital. “The iReport Debate is meant to draw out the voices of the voters and make sure that they are reflected in the way CNN covers the election."

For the next several months, iReport will take a three-phased approach to put voters in the spotlight:

1) Name your issue: From now until May 4, voters can nominate the election issue that matters most to them by uploading video or text iReports. CNN will then identify their top 20 issues and allow users to rank them by importance.

2) Talk it out: Once the community selects their most pressing issues, iReporters will be invited to go head-to-head and debate those topics throughout the summer.

3) Make them listen: Leading up to the general elections, CNN will invite the presidential campaigns to participate in an iReport Interview, where community members will have the opportunity to ask questions about the top issues raised throughout the debate process.

For more information or to participate in the iReport Debate, visit http://CNNiReport.com/debate.

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is the most trusted source for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; mobile applications and websites around the world; CNN Digital Network, the No. 1 network of news Web sites in the United States; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; and strategic international partnerships within both television and the digital media.


CONTACT: April Andrews       april.andrews@cnn.com      404-878-5017  @aprilcnnpr

April 26th, 2012
09:08 AM ET

Dad wires autistic son to record alleged teacher abuse; 'My heart broke'

Dad Stuart Chaifetz appears on CNN’s Starting Point to discuss why and how he placed a recording device on his child, which led to the documentation of teachers allegedly abusing his son.

Chaifetz says, “I shattered when I heard what happened. The first fifteen minutes of the day alone were so disgusting and disturbing the way that they yelled at my son…. It was the unbelievable disrespect they had for those children. They treated them as if they were unfeeling machines who could, because of their disabilities, could never tell their parents about what they were doing in that class. My heart broke and at the same time I realized that this could not be kept a secret.”

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

Topics: CNN • Starting Point
April 26th, 2012
08:44 AM ET

Tareq Salahi on VA gubernatorial run: 'I'm in it to win it'

Tareq Salahi explains why he thinks that his reality TV history and experience will help him with his campaign for Virginia governor.

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

Topics: CNN • Starting Point
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