September 18th, 2012
02:06 PM ET

Video shows U.S. ambassador's final hours

On Tuesday's Newsroom International, CNN's senior international correspondent Arwa Damon reports live from Benghazi, Libya on the new video that shows the final hours of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. Damon speaks to a number of eyewitnesses to last week's attack on the U.S. consulate including Fahed al-Bakush, who recorded the video on his cell phone.

"I was filming the video and I thought it was an American," says al-Bakush. "But I thought it was a driver or a security guy. I never thought it was the ambassador."

Damon also sits down with the Libyan doctor who treated Stevens, Dr. Zaid Abu Zeid, who says he arrived with "no pulse and no breathing."

Topics: Arwa Damon • Breaking News • Libya
September 18th, 2012
11:53 AM ET

Piers Morgan Tonight: Jesse Ventura on Navy SEAL book "No Easy Day"

On Monday night, with a live studio audience, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed former Gov. Jesse Ventura for a primetime exclusive interview. The former Navy Seal discussed the controversy over the recent release of Seal book “No Easy Day,” telling Piers and the audience that he doesn’t have a problem with the book.

"I don't have a problem with it. The Op. was over a year ago, and I feel I have a right to know what went on," answered the 61-year-old former governor of Minnesota. "Our entire military is paid by my tax dollars, and I believe I have every right to know what they spend my tax dollars on."

“And I also would like to hear from boots on the ground. I don’t want to hear from the media what happened in the Op.”

Topics: CNN • Piers Morgan
September 18th, 2012
08:58 AM ET

Pres. Obama rep. on Romney leak: "It was a deep chasm"

Pres. Obama Campaign National Co-Chair & former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland responds to the leaked video of Mitt Romney speaking at a private fundraising dinner.

Strickland says, “Well, it wasn’t a bump in the road, it was a deep chasm, in my judgment. And quite frankly, what the Governor said is very significant because it reveals something about his value system. For him to speak with such disdain about so many Americans and he wants to be our President? Some of those people that he was talking about, Soledad, are soldiers that are risking their lives at this very moment in Afghanistan. Some of those people he was talking about in such a disdainful way are older people. ow can this man who wants to be president talk in such a disdainful way about half of the American people, and then hope to pull this country together and to be our president.”

He continues, “He’s very sly…. Many people don’t pay income taxes because they’re so poor they don’t make enough money to be able to pay income taxes. But they pay payroll taxes, they pay state taxes, they pay excise taxes. This man apparently feels that if you’re not a part of his social class or you don’t have his economic status, that somehow you’re a parasite.”

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

September 18th, 2012
08:20 AM ET

Romney rep. on leaked video: "Certainly this is a bump in the road"

CNN Anchor Soledad O’Brien asks Mitt Romney Senior Advisor Bay Buchanan how one can justify Mitt Romney’s comments in a leaked video from a private fundraising dinner. O’Brien also asks about the Latino joke he made, if he’s insulted Republican voters that are a part of the “47%” he mentions, and his previous comments about the poor.

Buchanan says, “As a candidate he can’t worry about those he can’t get.”

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

Topics: CNN • CNN Politics • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point
September 18th, 2012
08:00 AM ET

Fareed Zakaria Looks for Solutions for Growing Jobs in Political Special

Global Lessons: Putting America to Work debuts Sunday, Sept. 23, 8:00pm ET & PT

The 2012 American presidential election will pivot on the health of the economic recovery, which most people view in terms of improved jobs numbers.  Economic experts now predict it may take as long as 60 months for America to return to pre-2008 employment levels.  CNN’s and TIME’s Fareed Zakaria describes this lengthy “jobless recovery” as part of a trend for the U.S. economy since the 1990s – as globalization and advancements in technology make it easier to do work by machines, and less expensive to produce goods overseas.

Zakaria takes viewers on a virtual tour of Germany, the Netherlands, South Korea, and Dubai for solutions to what may solve the American jobs crisis.  And, in the U.S., he shows people leveraging creative ideas to grow jobs in the construction, nanotech, and manufacturing sectors in Charlotte, NC, Chicago, IL, and Albany, NY.

Global Lessons: Putting America to Work debuts Sunday, September 23 at 8:00pm and 11:00pm ET & PT on CNN/U.S. and on CNN International on Sunday, October 06 at 9:00pmET.

In Charlotte, NC, Zakaria examines a pilot program by the German company Siemens for apprenticeships at a U.S. plant.  Apprentices are not only paid factory workers – they also enjoy free college tuition.

“Here in the U.S., our patchwork system of job training programs is why we have 3.5 million job openings left unfilled,” Zakaria says in the documentary.  And cultural perceptions of success may also inhibit wide scale applications of apprenticeships.

Nearly two-thirds of young Germans participate in the nation’s centuries-old apprentice program: companies, trade unions, vocational schools, and the government collaborate to pair new workers with job training at businesses that may eventually hire them.  Paid apprenticeships combine classroom instruction with professional internships – and apprentices are matched to jobs in fields as diverse as baking to nuclear technology, and the skills are transferrable.  The result is a more resilient German workforce than its industrialized peers: the youth unemployment rate in Germany is less than half that in America, and German unemployment rates decreased, and its economy grew, even during the height of the global economic downturn.