August 8th, 2012
10:18 PM ET

VIDEO @AC360: #Newt Gingrich Backs Away from Assertion in Welfare Ad "No Proof" of Claims in Romney Ad

Tonight on Anderson Cooper 360° Newt Gingrich talked to Anderson about the controversial Romney campaign ad that claims that President Obama’s new waiver policy “guts” the Clinton welfare reform law and sends “welfare checks” to people who don’t work. The ad has been widely criticized for being inaccurate, and tonight Gingrich backed away from the firm assertions made in the ad.



Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper
August 8th, 2012
07:15 PM ET

Pawlenty: I don’t want to say it’s no big deal, but it’s a little bit of déjà vu...

CNN chief national correspondent John King today kicked off “The Contenders” series, beginning with his interview with former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty in the key battleground state of Ohio. King traveled yesterday to Ohio to speak with Gov. Pawlenty; a highlight is after the jump.

King’s interviews with Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan will air on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, 4 pm – 7pm ET, on Thursday and Friday, respectively.

The 2012 campaign is the seventh presidential election that King has covered. In 2008, King was the first to report on Pres. Barack Obama’s selection of then-Sen. Joe Biden as his running mate. Earlier in his career, King broke the news of Michael Dukakis’ selection of Lloyd Bentsen in 1988 and Clinton’s selection of Al Gore in 1992.

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Topics: John King
August 8th, 2012
07:01 PM ET

Bill Burton responds to ad controversy

Today on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Bill Burton of Priorities USA Action responded to the recent controversy over a new attack ad linking Romney to the death of the wife of a laid of steelworker. A transcript highlight is after the jump. A full transcript will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/sitroom.html. FULL POST

Brianna Keilar fact checks attack ad pinning woman's death on Romney
August 8th, 2012
03:42 PM ET

CNN's John King kicks off "The Contenders" series: Sen. Rob Portman and Gov. Tim Pawlenty

CNN chief national correspondent John King traveled to the key battleground state of Ohio to speak with Sen. Rob Portman and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Today King will kick off "The Contenders" series, beginning with his interview with Gov. Pawlenty, on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, 4-7 p.m. ET.

The 2012 campaign is the seventh presidential election that King has covered. In 2008, King was the first to report on Pres. Barack Obama’s selection of Joe Biden as his running mate. Earlier in his career, King broke the news of Michael Dukakis’ selection of Lloyd Bentsen in 1988 and Clinton’s selection of Al Gore in 1992.

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August 8th, 2012
01:56 PM ET

Alan Dershowitz: "What we're trying to do is limit the access of guns to people who don't need them"

Last night "Piers Morgan Tonight" continued coverage of the recent tragedies in both Colorado and Wisconsin, and furthering the issue of gun control.

Joining Piers Morgan in advance of his forthcoming book "Gun Guys: A Road Trip," author Dan Baum reveals details of his research, making the case that tougher firearm laws won't solve the problem:

"I just spent two years, driving 15,000 miles around the country, talking to gun owners. And what I picked up was gun owners identified very strongly with their guns," says the man who describes himself as a Liberal Democrat.

"When you come along, somebody like Mr. [Alan] Dershowitz, who does not look to me like a big gun guy," Baum continues. "He comes along and tells your ordinary law-abiding gun owner 'You can't be trusted with this kind of gun'... the reaction is 'Well, to hell with you.'"

Mr. Dershowitz responds, suggesting the issue of firearms in America is based on more than simply a person's appearance:

"I like the fact that your guests can tell who a gun owner is, by just by looking at him, and he can tell by looking at me, by hearing my name, by knowing what city I live in, whether I'm a kind of gun guy or not," says the man who last visited the show on July 20th, the evening of the deadly Aurora, CO movie theater shooting which claimed the lives of 12 people and injured 58 others.


Topics: CNN • Piers Morgan
August 8th, 2012
12:54 PM ET

Livni: "Any American president should and can work with any Israeli prime minister - and vice versa"

CNN's Christiane Amanpour interviewed former Israeli Foreign Minister and former Kadima Party chair, Tzipi Livni about Israel and partisan politics in the upcoming national elections in America, debate in Israel over benefits for the Haredim, the deteriorating situation in Syria, and the international response to Iran.  The full transcript for this program is available here.

Amanpour airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pm with a replay at 5:00pm Eastern in the U.S.   In Europe, Amanpour airs on CNN Internatioanl at 21:00 CET, with a replay at 23:00 CET.

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Topics: Amanpour • CNN International • Syria
August 8th, 2012
12:27 PM ET

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute Returns Sunday, December 2, 2012

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute returns for its 6th year on Sunday, December 2, 2012 live at 9pm ET on CNN. Hosted by Anderson Cooper from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, the annual tribute show will honor the 2012 Top 10 CNN Heroes as well as reveal the “CNN Hero of the Year.”

Individuals can nominate their heroes online now through August 31. The top 10 CNN Heroes will be announced on September 20th, at which time online voting begins for “Hero of the Year.” The Top 10 CNN Heroes will receive $50,000, and the CNN Hero of the Year will receive $250,000.

The tribute show launched in 2007 to spotlight everyday people changing the world. Since its inception, “CNN Heroes” has received over 45,000 submissions from more than 100 countries and profiled over 180 heroes.

To learn more about CNN Heroes and how to nominate a Hero, please visit CNNHeroes.com online or on a mobile device. For the latest updates, fans can follow CNN Heroes on Facebook and Twitter.

Kelly Flynn is the Senior Executive Producer for the “CNN Heroes” initiative and CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute. This year’s show will again be produced by Ian Stewart and Hamish Hamilton of Done and Dusted Productions.


Topics: Anderson Cooper • CNN Heroes
August 8th, 2012
11:25 AM ET

Brianna Keilar fact checks attack ad pinning woman's death on Romney

In a package that aired on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, CNN White House correspondent Brianna Keilar finds that a new attack ad linking Romney to the death of a woman, by a Super PAC backing President Obama, is not accurate. A transcript of Keilar's report is after the jump.

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