August 27th, 2012
08:32 PM ET

CNN's Anderson Cooper reports from New Orleans

Anderson Cooper and Soledad O'Brien are in New Orleans, Louisiana, where they have joined CNN’s news and weather anchor Rob Marciano .

CNN has a team of correspondents positioned in locations along the projected path of Hurricane Isaac:

Bob Van Dillen         New Orleans                @BobVanDillen

Brian Todd                 New Orleans                 @BrianToddCNN

Martin Savidge         New Orleans                 @MartinSavidge

Kiran Khalid              New Orleans                   @acereporter

Rafael Fuenmayor  New Orleans                   @FuenmayorCNN

John Couwels           New Orleans                    @cnnjohncouwels

Ed Lavandera           Grand Isle, LA                 @edlavaCNN

David Mattingly       Gulfport, MS

John Zarrella            Gulfport. MS                     @CNNZarrella

George Howell         Gulfport, MS

Gary Tuchman         Port au Prince, Haiti       @GaryTuchmanCNN

CNN Digital has an Hurricane Isaac live blog on This Just In and iReport’s Open Story:

In addition, CNN has a team of reporters in Tampa to cover the Republican National Convention:

  • Wolf Blitzer
  • Erin Burnett
  • Candy Crowley
  • John King
  • Piers Morgan
  • Gloria Borger
  • David Gergen
  • John Berman
  • Brooke Baldwin
  • Jim Acosta
  • Dana Bash
  • Jessica Yellin
  • Joe Johns
  • Tom Foreman
  • Hala Gorani
  • Juan Carlos Lopez
  • Fernando del Rincon
  • Carlos Montero
  • Gustavo Valdes
  • Kyra Phillips

Cooper will anchor portions of CNN's prime time coverage on Wednesday, August 29, from Louisiana and O'Brien will anchor Starting Point Thursday mornings from New Orleans.  John Berman will report on the political portions of Starting Point.


August 27th, 2012
08:29 PM ET

Mitt Romney's son Josh tells CNN's Piers Morgan tax questions are a "gimmick"

Mitt Romney's sons tell Piers Morgan that questions about their dad's taxes is a "gimmick" from the Obama campaign:

"He's paid his taxes. This is a gimmick by the Obama campaign to take the message off the economy and onto my dad's personal taxes. At the end of day we have 16 trillion in debt, 23 million Americans out of work, and Obama continues to talk about my dad's personal taxes. I mean, these are not things that really matter in the grand scheme of things. They want to use the taxes as a gimmick to continue to hit him over the next few weeks, just to focus on my dad's taxes. But really the big issue is the economy," said Josh Romney.

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Spotted at the CNN Grill: the Romney Bros.
August 27th, 2012
07:55 PM ET

Spotted at the CNN Grill: the Romney Bros.

The Romney brothers - Matt, Josh, Tagg, Craig and Ben - stop by the CNN Grill in Tampa for an interview with Piers Morgan.

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August 27th, 2012
10:32 AM ET

Mayor Villaraigosa: Madison Ave. ad people trying to remake Romney-Ryan

Joining CNN Anchor Soledad O'Brien live at the CNN Grill in Tampa during the RNC convention, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa compares Romney-Ryan ticket to President Obama campaign and record.

Mayor Villaraigosa says, “I think there’s an effort to bring in Madison Avenue type ad people to remake Governor Romney and Mr. Ryan, and we want to set the record straight. I think it's important for people to remember what they said during the primary season, what he's done when he was in business, what he's done as governor. They talk a lot about job creation, and we know that he was 47th out of 50th, put more debt on the people per capita of Massachusetts during this time as governor than anybody else in the country.”

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

Facebook, CNN Unveil ‘Election Insights’
August 27th, 2012
09:58 AM ET

Facebook, CNN Unveil ‘Election Insights’

Real-time tool measures Obama, Romney, Biden, and Ryan buzz

MENLO PARK, Calif. & ATLANTA, Ga. – CNN, America’s most trusted source of news and information for the 2012 presidential campaigns, and Facebook® today unveiled the Facebook-CNN Election Insights. This tool displays the real-time number of people talking about President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his vice presidential pick Rep. Paul Ryan.

Facebook-CNN Election Insights - found at displays dynamic, real-time charts and visualizations using Facebook Insights to gauge the volume of Facebook activity surrounding the election and candidates. CNN will use the tool, which also allows people to view data by geography and demography, during their coverage of the presidential election.


Topics: CNN Digital • CNN Politics • Social Media
August 27th, 2012
09:57 AM ET

FEMA: We don’t wait for a storm to get there

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate talks to CNN Anchor Soledad O’Brien about supply movements and Gulf Coast preparations for Tropical Storm Isaac as it nears the U.S.

Fugate says, “…. This is a very big storm. The storm surge is first. People need to evacuate when the evacuation orders are given. But it’s moving slow, so we would expect a lot of heavy rain, localized flooding, and also potentially extensive power outages.”

He continues, “We’ve been moving supplies since earlier last week. And we maintain supplies, particularly in Louisiana. So, we’ve been moving stuff to get ready for the impacts…. We don’t wait for a storm to get there. We’re moving now, as we briefed the President yesterday. He wants to make sure we have what we need in place before the storm hits.”

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

Topics: CNN • CNN Politics • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point
August 27th, 2012
08:17 AM ET

Gingrich: Unlikely Ron Paul will embarrass son re: delegate vote release

Live from the CNN Grill at the RNC Convention in Tampa, Newt Gingrich talks to CNN Anchor Soledad O’Brien about “Newt University” seminars, his convention speech, release of delegate votes and Tropical Storm Isaac.

On delegate votes, Gingrich says, “I think that Ron Paul people are going to be… very supportive on the floor. They do not expect any big problems. And I think that they’ve worked out some things, platform on auditing the Federal Reserve and some other issues that are important to Ron Paul. Plus Rand Paul has played a role, does get a speech, and I think it is a little bit unlikely that Ron Paul is going to want to embarrass his son in that kind of a setting."

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

Topics: CNN • CNN Politics • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point