October 24th, 2012
10:51 PM ET

Rick Santorum on Mourdock comments: "he didn't say rape was a gift from God"

Tonight on OutFront, CNN’s Erin Burnett spoke with former GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum about the controversial comments made by Indiana GOP senate candidate Richard Mourdock. Santorum defended Mourdock saying “what the Senate candidate said is that the child is a gift from God and whether it's conceived by rape or not, it's still the gift of human life is a gift from God and that's what he said.  I don't - he didn't say rape was a gift from God.  You'd have to contort words beyond meaning to get that understanding of it.”


Asked by Burnett if he would support his daughter if she made a different choice than what he believes, Santorum said “I love my daughter no matter what she does.  I mean that's unconditional love.”


Topics: CNN • Erin Burnett
Arrests made in shooting of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala
CNN's Lisa Sylvester reports on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer about the arrests
October 24th, 2012
05:38 PM ET

Arrests made in shooting of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala

From CNN's ThisJustIn Blog:

[Updated at 1:59 p.m. ET] Nine people have been arrested in connection with the shooting of Malala Yousufzai, the teenage activist who spoke out against the Taliban, though the main suspect still is on the loose, Pakistani police told CNN exclusively.

Read more: http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/10/24/arrests-made-in-shooting-of-pakistani-schoolgirl/?hpt=hp_c2

October 24th, 2012
04:28 PM ET

The World According to Lance Armstrong to air on CNN Saturday in primetime

Reported by Quentin McDermott and originally produced by Four Corners for the Australian Broadcast Corporation, this riveting documentary details the case against cyclist Lance Armstrong, who has been accused of employing illegal doping to enhance his athletic performances.   McDermott reviews the origins of the suspicions of Armstrong’s usage of steroids, hormones, blood transfusions, and other performance enhancements, dating back to the 1990s.  Testimony of former close friends Betsy and Frankie Andreu reveals allegations that Armstrong directly confirmed his usage of performance-enhancing drugs to his oncology team during cancer treatment.   Featured in the documentary is footage from Armstrong’s only ever deposition, given in 2005, in response to a lawsuit by an insurer resisting awarding Armstrong a bonus for one of his Tour de France wins.

In the videotaped deposition, Armstrong is at points evasive, impatient, and earnest as he declares his innocence of doping, even in the face of specific details given by members of his inner circle.  Also, McDermott interviews former Armstrong teammate Tyler Hamilton, who describes, in vivid detail, his own introduction to performance-enhancing drugs, and using those drugs with Armstrong – at points even administering drugs provided by now-disgraced team doctors, only steps away from racing venues in nearby trailers and even in team hotel rooms.  McDermott credibly deconstructs Armstrong’s defenses, speaking with a French scientist at a lab that has evaluated Armstrong’s Tour de France tests.  Newer, more sensitive testing now detects illegal enhancements in Armstrong’s early Tour de France urine samples.  McDermott also replays audio of what cycling legend Greg Lemond says is a secretly taped phone call between him and a marketing executive that suggests even some sponsors may have felt pressured to cover up for Armstrong’s doping to protect their own corporate images.

Stripped of his seven Tour de France medals and his leadership position at his Livestrong foundation, it’s Armstrong’s own 2005 words that now seem most prophetic: “It's not about money for me. It's about the faith of all the cancer survivors around the world.”

The World According to Lance Armstrong debuts on CNN/U.S. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 9:00pm, 12:00am ET & PT.


Topics: CNN • CNN Presents
October 24th, 2012
12:37 PM ET

Tillotson: We've made demand for return of bonus money paid

CNN's  Ashleigh Banfield spoke to Jeff Tillotson the counsel for the company that underwrote Lance Armstrong's bonuses. Tillotson told her the insurance company made a demand for the return of bonus money paid to Armstrong.

Topics: CNN • CNN Newsroom