July 31st, 2012
05:15 PM ET

Will Ferrell & Zach Galifianakis visit CNN

In an interview with CNN's Joe Johns, Will Ferrell & Zach Galifianakis respond to Romney's aide cursing at the press. Highlights from the entertaining interview are after the jump.


July 31st, 2012
04:58 PM ET

Wolf Blitzer's take on news from Israel

Wolf Blitzer shares his thoughts on news from his interviews with Mitt Romney, Israeli Pres Shimon Peres & Ehud Barak.

July 31st, 2012
08:19 AM ET

Rep. Cummings on Romney's trip: "Not ready for primetime;" Palestinian comment "quite offensive"

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) shares his impressions of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's international tour and his thoughts on differing tax cut plans with CNN’s Soledad O’Brien.

Rep. Cummings says, “I would summarize it: not ready for primetime. Clearly, the comment in England about the Olympics – you would think that someone who dealt with the Olympics here in the United States would be much more sensitive with regard to those kind of issues to go into a country and criticize the organizers. Then I found the Palestinian comment to be quite offensive and I can understand the feelings of the Palestinians. And now, this fellow here in Poland, making the comment that he made –You know, but the one thing that we’re forgetting – you’ve got a really frustrated press corp. that have only had three questions answered by Mr. Romney during this trip.”

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

July 30th, 2012
10:08 PM ET

.@AC360 VIDEO – @IvanCNN Reporting Live from Inside Syria – Rebels Claim Big Victories

Another bloody day in Syria; at least 85 people killed across Syria today according to opposition activist, 25 dead in the city of Aleppo.

U.S. defense secretary Leon Panetta told CNN’s Barbara Starr in an exclusive interview today that he would tell Bashar al-Assad “If you want to be able to protect yourself and your family, you’d better get the hell out now”.

Anderson Cooper spoke with CNN's Ivan Watson about the fight over the city of Aleppo, and how rebel fighters took control of a military base near the city.

Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper
July 30th, 2012
06:08 PM ET

U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta talks with CNN's Barbara Starr

CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr spoke with U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta in an exclusive interview at the start of Panetta’s week-long trip to the Middle East and North Africa. Vvisit CNN’s Security Clearance Blog for additional information  http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/30/panetta-says-when-not-if-al-assad-falls-syrian-military-should-remain-intact

Please credit all usage of the information to CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr


July 30th, 2012
05:00 PM ET

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak: Bulgaria attack on Israelis will be avenged

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak sat down with CNN lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer in Israel today to discuss Iran, US-Israeli relations and more. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barack also told Blitzer that Israel will seek retribution for the attack on Israelis in Bulgaria.  This interview will air today in the 5 p.m. ET hour of CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. A full transcript of the program will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/sitroom.html and highlights are after the jump.

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Ehud Barak sings praises of Obama administration
July 30th, 2012
02:35 PM ET

Witness to civil war in Syria

Syrian rebel forces launch an offensive against a Syrian army base north of Aleppo. CNN's Ivan Watson (@ivanCNN) reports from Syria.

Topics: CNN • CNN International • Ivan Watson • Syria
July 30th, 2012
01:52 PM ET

Piers Morgan Tonight: Michael Phelps on his sporting idols

Tonight at 9 p.m., "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes one of the most-decorated Olympic athletes in history, 16-time medal winner Michael Phelps.

Joining Piers Morgan tonight, the 27-year-old swimming legend is asked to extend his thinking outside of the pool, as the host dives in with a deeper, and broader question:

"Who are your sporting idols?" Morgan asks.

"Michael Jordan," responds Phelps. "He changed the sport of basketball in my eyes. On and off the court, the guy made basketball what it is. And, you know, what he did."

What the basketball Hall of Famer did, was rewrite the history of his craft, much in the same way Phelps is doing with his. A six-time NBA champion, and two-time Olympic gold medalist, Jordan's overall talent was rivaled only by his overwhelming will to win, a trait not lost on the equally-competive Phelps:

"I think one of the coolest things that I loved about him was it didn't matter what he had going on off the court or if he was sick or this, that. He never used an excuse," explains the man who has twice tied the record with eight medals of any type at a single Olympics. "He came out every single night on the court and did what he had to do to get his job done. That's what champions do. It doesn't matter what else is going on when you walk in to your arena, whatever you excel at, you’re there to take care of the job that you have to do."

Topics: CNN • Piers Morgan
July 29th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

Romney: A nation has the capacity to choose its own capital city, and Jerusalem is Israel's capital.

GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney sat down with CNN lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer in Jerusalem for a wide-ranging interview.  A full transcript will be posted posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/sitroom.html.In addition, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak each sat down with Blitzer today. Blitzer’s interview with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak aired in the 5 p.m. ET hour of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer; the interview with Israeli President Shimon Peres will air on tomorrow, Tuesday, July 31 on CNN.

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Video: Romney: Rules don't make a lot of sense http://cnn.com/video/?/video/international/2012/07/29/blitzer-romney-pacs.cnn


July 29th, 2012
11:42 AM ET

Sen. Ayotte on Romney's foreign trip

Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire talks with CNN's Candy Crowley about Mitt Romney's foreign trip to Israel and how it will affect the 2012 race.

MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “State of the Union”


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