August 29th, 2012
12:38 PM ET

Rep. Van Hollen greets Sen. Portman: " Mr. President."

This morning Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) both appeared on the Starting Point set at the CNN Grill in Tampa for separate interviews with CNN Anchor John Berman.

Van Hollen walked up to Portman, shook his hand and said, "Mr. President."

Van Hollen is playing Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) during debate prep with Vice President Joe Biden, while Portman is playing President Obama at debate prep with Mitt Romney.

VIDEO (Rep. Chris Van Hollen interview):

VIDEO (Sen. Rob Portman interview):

Starting Point airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.

Topics: CNN • CNN Politics • John Berman
August 29th, 2012
10:26 AM ET

Plaquemines Parish Pres.: Isaac is flooding some areas more than Katrina

Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungusser gives updates on Hurricane Isaac’s impact on his Parish in Louisiana.

Nungesser says, “Those levees, we were raising them every year for the last several years with parish money. We know we had a potential storm surge of nine to 12 feet. We had an eight foot levee. We knew this was going to be a challenge and this storm was not a category 1. This thing delivered a punch and we saw water come over those levees more than Gustav and Ike. And it continues to flow. Wood lawn is an area on the east bank that has never had water. Not even Katrina flooded that area. The highest area on the east along the Mississippi River, there's 5 feet of water at the Woodlawn building for this storm. This storm continues to pump water into that area like we've never seen before.”

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

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Topics: Breaking News • CNN • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point
August 29th, 2012
08:08 AM ET

Plaquemines Parish president: Worse than "worst case scenario"

Plaquemines Parish president Billy Nungesser gives update on levee overtopping from Hurricane Isaac, which could lead to significant flooding.

Nungresser says, “Well, the levees are topping in several locations. We’re trying to get the few people who have stayed beyond, out…. We’ve got a serious situation over there.”

He continues, “Not only did we see the worst case scenario, it got worse than that by this storm just stalling…. So the levees can only take so much. We actually we were in the process of raising the those levees prior to this event.”

CNN Anchor Zoraida Sambolin asks, “Raising it as part of the billions of dollars that were spent on the levees or raising it because of this impending storm?”

Nungresser responds, “This is a levee that is a Parish levee that was left out of the federal system. So we were spending Parish money to raise it to give them a fighting chance. We just needed a couple more years without a major storm and it doesn’t look like we got that.”

Topics: Breaking News • CNN • Early Start • Zoraida Sambolin
August 29th, 2012
07:01 AM ET

HBO's '41' airs on CNN Saturday, Sept. 1 at 8:00pm ET&PT

Produced for HBO and written and directed by Jeffrey Roth and executive produced by Jerry Weintraub, '41' was filmed over a 17-month period and tells George Herbert Walker Bush’s story in his own words – providing an intimate glimpse of the life of the 41st president of the United States.

Beginning with his childhood memories from time spent at his grandfather’s home at Walker’s Point in Maine, to his experiences as an 18-year-old Naval aviator during World War II, to being a Texas oil man, his time in the U.S. Congress, serving as President Nixon’s Ambassador to China, and ultimately, to his service as vice president and president of the United States, this film spans the very full life of the now 88-year-old former President Bush.  Now the Bush family patriarch, the 41st President of the United States, reflects on the highs and lows of his life, from his summer compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, and his presidential library in Texas, with contributions and moving recollections shared with his beloved wife of 67 years, Barbara Bush, and including the presidency of his son, George W. Bush, and  his own last election against President Bill Clinton, whom he now counts as a friend.

'41' debuts on CNN on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 8:00pm and 11:00pm ET & PT.  PREVIEW VIDEO:


Topics: America's Choice 2012 • CNN • CNN Politics
August 28th, 2012
09:39 PM ET

CNN's Wolf Blitzer talks with Mitt Romney's sons

The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer aired part one of an interview with the Romney brothers, taped at the CNN Grill today. Part two aired in the 6 p.m. ET hour of the program on CNN. A full transcript will be posted on

Please credit all usage of the information to CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer



August 28th, 2012
07:14 PM ET

Jeb Bush talks to CNN's Piers Morgan about Romney's public persona

 Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush talks to CNN's Piers Morgan about Mitt Romney's track record and "temperate" public persona.

"He’s been reluctant to share what’s in his heart and who he is," Bush says about Mitt Romney's public persona. Bush also notes that Romney has been the subject of many television attack ads that turn Romney "into the devil incarnate."

"I reject the notion that being successful and being faithful and being temperate is now no long acceptable," says the son and brother of two American presidents. Bush hopes that Romney's life story is "something to be modeled rather than to be ridiculed."

Topics: CNN
CNN expands CNN Beirut
August 28th, 2012
12:16 PM ET

CNN expands CNN Beirut

CNN correspondent Mohammed Jamjoom (@JamjoomCNN) will move to CNN Beirut, it was announced today by senior vice president of international newsgathering Parisa Khosravi.

Jamjoom, who has reported extensively from Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, will join CNN correspondent Arwa Damon (@ArwaCNN), and report across the region.

Read Khosravi's note to staff below the jump.


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Artists interpret 'Power' for 2012 Election
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August 28th, 2012
11:34 AM ET

Artists interpret 'Power' for 2012 Election

CNN Digital has commissioned more than 20 artists to interpret the theme of “Power” as it relates to politics and this election season.  Their pieces were submitted through a variety of mediums, including drawings, sculpture, cartoons, photos, video and more.  The digital art gallery is divided into categories that explore various aspects of power – the origins of power, power struggles and the power of authority.

The idea behind “Power” is for users to explore the gallery, take time to interpret and analyze works of art, and hopefully elevate the conversation around politics and elections beyond the news of the day. This is the second digital art gallery that CNN Digital has commissioned.  The first, “Ripple”, was produced for the 10th anniversary of September 11.

Topics: CNN Digital • CNN Opinion • Enterprise
August 28th, 2012
10:26 AM ET

Mayor Villaraigosa: Pres. Obama will get "close to 70% of the Latino vote"

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) talks to CNN Anchor John Berman live at the CNN Grill during the RNC Convention in Tampa about Tropical Storm Isaac, 2012 race and the Latino vote.

Mayor Villaraigosa says, “I think when it's all said and done that President Obama is going to get somewhere close to 70 percent of the Latino vote. I think he is because the Republican Party and Mitt Romney have gone so far to the right on issues that are important to them. And it's not just immigration where he's talked about the self-deportation of 11 million people and called the dream act a handout. It's also health care. Nine million Latinos will benefit from the Affordable Care Act. It's also the cuts to education that will come with the Romney-Ryan plan.”

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

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CNN Digital hires Abbey Goodman as Entertainment Editor
August 28th, 2012
10:08 AM ET

CNN Digital hires Abbey Goodman as Entertainment Editor

CNN Digital has hired Abbey Goodman as’s Entertainment Editor. She’ll be responsible for all of the entertainment coverage that appears across CNN Digital platforms – the Entertainment section, The Marquee Blog and on mobile.
Goodman brings more than 10 years of experience to CNN as an editor and pop culture writer covering TV, music, movies, style and other entertainment news. She is the former executive editor of, Us Weekly and On the Inside, a start-up celebrity guide to New York City. Goodman’s work has also appeared in many magazines and entertainment blogs, and she’s interviewed celebs like: Howard Stern, Nicki Minaj, Channing Tatum, Justin Bieber, Alec Baldwin, among others.

Goodman has a master's degree in Journalism from New York University, where she studied Cultural Reporting and Criticism. She started in August and will be based in Los Angeles.

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