August 17th, 2012
09:27 PM ET

Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy on his visit with Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and bipolar disorder

New pictures of Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr (D-IL) have been released.

The congressman has not been seen on Capitol Hill since May because he's undergoing treatment for bipolar disorder at the Mayo Clinic. But good friend Patrick Kennedy, a former congressman who has battled bipolar disorder himself, visited Jackson today and told CNN's Ashleigh Banfield that Rep. Jackson "is making his treatment a priority."

Kennedy also talked about the stigma associated with mental health diseases, saying that if Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. had been hospitalized for cancer "most Americans wouldn't care, because they would be saying Jesse go get the help."

Topics: CNN
August 17th, 2012
02:43 PM ET

CNN Reveals the Winners of the 'Your Political Ticket' iReport Convention Contest

CNN revealed the winners of the 'Your Political Ticket' iReport contest, who will join the network at this year's political conventions

The iReporters will receive an all-expense paid trip alongside a guest to attend the one of the conventions. Three will attend  the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 27-30, followed by the other three at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 3-6.

The winners will cover the conventions from a variety of angles, from first-person video commentary and on-air reporting, to photography coverage and interviews with convention attendees and local residents.

The winners are:


Alex Anderson

Plymouth, Minnesota

Anderson is a student at Hillsdale College, where he majors in History. He is also an intern for the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank based in Washington, D.C.


Matt Sky

New York, New York

Sky is a web consultant freelancer, puppeteer, and long-time contributor to iReport who tackles newsy issues with a funny twist. Sky, who considers himself an Independent, but leans liberal, says he's interested to see whether Republican voters can unite behind Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Elizabeth Lauten

Alexandria, Virginia

Lauten is a 29-year-old media consultant who has volunteered for every Republican presidential campaign since 2000. She has experience with print, broadcast, and online journalism, and says she bleeds "blood, sweat and politics."




Omekongo Dibinga

Washington, D.C.

Dibinga is a motivational speaker and diversity consultant. A member of the iReport community since 2009, Omekongo often tackles hot political topics with engaging video commentaries.


Melissa Fazli

Yorba Linda, California

Fazli is a volunteer with "Organizing for America," Obama's grassroots campaign, and joined iReport in 2009. The mother of three is an aspiring documentarian and recent graduate from California State University of Fullerton.

Willie Harris

Ewing, New Jersey

Harris is a 23-year-old student at Mercer County Community College and mentor with inner-city youth in Trenton. The Obama supporter described going to Charlotte during the DNC as "a dream."

Check out to follow the latest iReports from the conventions.

August 17th, 2012
10:15 AM ET

Fmr. Navy Seal: Pres. Obama responsible for leaks; takes too much credit for bin Laden raid

Former Navy Seal and CEO of The Special Operations Opsec Education Fund Scott Taylor explains why he thinks President Obama is responsible for security leaks and he is taking too much credit for the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

CNN Anchor Soledad O’Brien asks about criticism of his organization for being partisan, when claiming to be nonpartisan. She says, “You're Republican. You ran for Congress in 2010 in Virginia's second congressional district. You have a rep in your group who worked for the Bush administration. You share office space with Republican groups.”

Taylor responds, “I understand the criticism that people will say, you're a Republican. I'm an American first. I’m an American before I'm a Republican and I was in the special operations community and buried a lot of friends over the past few years. If by speaking out in a nonpartisan way will hopefully prevent any future lives being lost unnecessarily, I'll do it every single day.”

CNN Contributor Ryan Lizza points out that if his theory was true that Pres. Obama should take credit for the leaks because he is Commander in Chief and oversees the military, the President would also be the one take responsibility for the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

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