June 28th, 2012
11:05 AM ET

Rep. Cleaver: Dems. will have "dramatic" walkout at contempt vote

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Congressional Black Caucus chairman, says “a number of people from the Democratic side who will do something dramatic" during the contempt vote for Attorney General Eric Holder over the Fast and Furious investigation.

Rep. Cleaver says, “[The walkout] will show that some of us just don’t wanna observe an injustice taking place.”

He continues, “Keep in mind this is not just something that’s going to take place in the House. There is a criminal vote that will be sent to the US Attorney’s office in Washington, DC. So, here’s a man who gives of himself to the public and ends up facing a criminal prosecution on something that he had no involvement with. This started under President George Bush.”

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

June 28th, 2012
10:35 AM ET

Sen. Schumer: If GOP tries to repeal "good parts" in health care law, Democrats will be on "strong ground"

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tells CNN’s Soledad O’Brien that if House Republicans try to repeal the “good parts” in the Affordable Care Act, Democrats will be on “strong ground.”

Sen. Schumer says, “Does Speaker Boehner wanna tell senior citizens that we’re not gonna fill the donut hole and help pay for their prescription drugs? Does Speaker Boehner wanna tell kids out of college who can’t afford healthcare can no longer be a part of their parents plan? And does Speaker Boehner wanna give free reign to insurance companies so they can charge huge amounts for non-medical costs?”… The American people sure don’t.”

He continues, “And If the House Republicans try to repeal those good parts [in the Affordable Care Act], I think [Democrats will] be on very strong ground [for campaigning]."

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

Topics: CNN • CNN Politics • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point
June 28th, 2012
10:03 AM ET

Sen. Lee: "Issues" for both parties if health care law overturned

Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) believes the Supreme Court will invalidate the Affordable Care Act mandate, as well as, the community rating and guaranteed issue provisions.

When CNN Anchor Soledad O’Brien asks what the political damage will be if people who have preexisting conditions lose coverage, Sen. Lee responds, “I think those will certainly be issues not just for Democrats but also for Republicans. One way or another we'll have to approach this logically and on a step by step basis so that we make sure we address the difficult challenges Americans face with health care. One way or another what we have to move towards is a system in which Americans have more options and which Americans in consultation with the doctors make their own health care decisions rather than have them being made for them by government bureaucrats in Washington.”

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

June 28th, 2012
07:48 AM ET

Fortune reporter on AC360: Fast and Furious gun walking evidence "misconstrued, incorrect"

Fortune magazine reporter Katherine Eban reveals details of her “Fast and Furious” investigation that finds gun walking “proof” unreliable.

Eban says, “After six months of investigation, what became clear to me is that the things that Congress was holding up as centerpieces of proof that guns had been walked were, in fact, misconstrued, incorrect, resulted from other motives, other reasons, that there were alternate explanations and that really, this was a case of cherry picking, you know, small phrases, sentences, without any of the context really that you need in order to understand what actually happened in Phoenix Group Seven.”

When guest anchor Soledad O’Brien asks why the Department of Justice hasn’t denied the gun walking allegations, Eban answers, “I don't know exactly why. One sense is that, you know, when this scandal first broke and Congress made these allegations, the Justice Department went to all their political folks to ask what happened. They never went to Dave Voth, the group supervisor and said sit us down and tell us exactly what happen. In fact he was never even questioned in any detail by ATF and to this day has not been. So there's a sense that the Justice Department immediately wanted to deal with the potential political repercussions without necessarily grappling with the substantive question of what actually happened. Now I think they would say that they have turned to the inspector general to do a thorough investigation and they are withholding judgment pending the - that review. But, in fact, I think anyone watching Eric Holder testifying would conclude that he believes that guns were walked."

Anderson Cooper 360 airs weekdays at 8p and 10p ET on CNN.

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PREVIEW: Weeks 28 & 29
Libya’s Taekwondo star Mohammed Belgasem Tishli in 'Athletes of the Arab Spring'.
June 28th, 2012
04:57 AM ET

PREVIEW: Weeks 28 & 29

World Sport Presents: Athletes of the Arab Spring

Wednesday 18 July at 1730 BST / 1830 CET
Saturday 21 July at 0530 BST / 0630 CET and 1930 BST / 2030 CET
Sunday 22 July at 1230 BST / 1330 CET
Saturday 28 July at 1230 BST / 1330 CET
Sunday 29 July at 0530 BST / 0630 CET and 1930 BST / 2030 CET
Duration: 30 Minutes

Last year's revolutions in the Arab world inevitably affected the lives of those in the region, including those of young hopefuls, looking to lead their countries to sporting glory at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Amid bloodshed, turmoil and uncertainty, athletes walked the streets in protest alongside their countrymen, demanding greater freedom at the expense of their training regimes. Many suffered from injuries; either shot, beaten or detained. Others lost family members. After facing their greatest fears, the uprisings changed many athletes’ goals and motivations. Now athletes from these countries face another challenge – London 2012.

In ‘World Sport Presents: Athletes of the Arab Spring’ CNN and Sports Illustrated have teamed up to follow athletes of the Arab Spring; Tunisia's gymnast Wajdi Bouallegue, the fastest sprinter in Egyptian history Amr Seoud, and Libya's Taekwondo star, Mohammed Belgasem Tishli. Athletes that were either controlled or neglected by their former regimes are now proud to represent their people and their countries, and they share with CNN their experiences of coping with the upheavals that shook their respective countries. For them lack of training, sponsorship, funding and resources may be in short supply, but spirit, passion and drive most certainly are not.

PREVIEW VIDEO CLIP HERE: http://on.cnn.com/LvzzYv


Topics: CNN Preview
June 27th, 2012
10:24 PM ET

Piers Morgan Tonight: Rielle Hunter on her affair with John Edwards

Tonight, Piers Morgan welcomes Rielle Hunter for a candid face to face conversation, touching upon everything from her extramarital affair with John Edwards, to any remorse she has, or apologies she'd like to offer.

Joining "Piers Morgan Tonight" in her first cable interview, the 48-year-old reveals intimate details about her romantic relationship with the former North Carolina senator:

"You've made no secret of it, being the best sex of your life, have you?" asks Morgan.

"Do you really think men cheat, for bad sex?" she answers back.

Topics: CNN • Piers Morgan
June 27th, 2012
04:51 PM ET

CNN: Health Care Reform Coverage Plans

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Candy Crowley and John King will lead the network's live coverage when the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday morning issues its decision on health care reform. Coverage will begin at 9 a.m. ET.

After listening to the rulings inside the courtroom, Jeffrey Toobin, CNN senior legal analyst and author of “The Nine: Insider the Secret World of the Supreme Court,” will join congressional correspondent Kate Bolduan and John King on the steps outside of the Supreme Court. Candy Crowley will report live from Capitol Hill. Chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta will be on hand to break down potential medical implications and what the decision will mean for doctors and patients.

Chief political analyst Gloria Borger and senior political analyst David Gergen will provide insight and analysis on the ramifications of the decision. Chief White House correspondent Jessica Yellin will report live from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and national political correspondent Jim Acosta, who is covering Gov. Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, will report on the decision’s impact on the 2012 race. CNN contributors on hand to weigh in will include: John Avlon, Donna Brazile, Margaret Hoover and Roland Martin.

Congressional action Thursday on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt will be covered live by CNN’s team of anchors and reporters, with crime and justice correspondent Joe Johns joining the ensemble.

Online, CNN.com/ThisJustIn will provide up-to-the-minute updates and reports as news develops.

Topics: CNN • CNN Politics
June 27th, 2012
12:59 PM ET

Miguel Marquez: Mexican voters want change and stability

CNN's Miguel Marquez talks to CNN's Don Lemon on 'Newsroom International' about the upcoming Mexican election, what's at stake, and the importance of the outcome.

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June 27th, 2012
12:21 PM ET

Alberto Gonzales on the Supreme Court and Eric Holder

Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales talks with CNN's Kyra Phillips about the recent immigration decision, the upcoming healthcare decision, and current U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s contempt vote.

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June 27th, 2012
09:24 AM ET

Sen. Johnson (R-WI): Secure borders, start over on healthcare

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) says President Obama has not secured the borders, the first step in immigration reform, and the Affordable Care Act should be ruled unconstitutional so that “we can start over with an open debate and a step by step approach.”

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

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