Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad spoke with CNN's Joe Johns today about the United Nations vote. Fayyad told CNN, "Given the frustrations that we Palestinians have had with the political process, it has not been productive." A highlight from the interview is below and a full transcript will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/2012.11.30.html. FULL POST
Jeff Zucker will join CNN Worldwide as president of the multi-platform global news enterprise, it was announced today by Phil Kent, chairman and CEO of CNN parent company Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. In January 2013, Zucker will assume executive oversight of a portfolio of 23 branded news and information businesses that includes CNN/U.S., CNN International, CNN.com and HLN and reaches more than 2 billion people in some 200 countries around the world. Zucker will report to Kent and will be based at CNN in New York.
Zucker started his 25-year career with NBC as a researcher for NBC Sports’ coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympic Games and rose to president and chief executive officer of NBC Universal. He was named executive producer of Today in January 1992; under his eight-year leadership, the program was the most-watched morning news show and the most profitable program on television. Zucker went on to executive-produce NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw and the network’s coverage of the Persian Gulf War, the 1993 and 1997 presidential inaugurations and the 2000 elections. He was promoted to president of NBC Entertainment, president of the NBC Entertainment, News & Cable group and president and CEO of the NBC Universal Television Group. Currently, Zucker is executive producer of the syndicated daytime show Katie. FULL POST
Hour-long film reveals boy’s recovery from a brutal attack when he refused to be coerced into begging – and how he was helped from a world away
A seven year old Bangladeshi boy was viciously attacked, castrated and left for dead, allegedly by a criminal gang in Dhaka after he refused to be forced into begging. The latest CNN Freedom Projectdocumentary, Operation Hope chronicles his remarkable journey to recovery against all the odds. In 2011 CNN senior international correspondent Sara Sidner first reported about the brutal attack on the little boy. FULL POST
Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) reflects on his recent comments to extend tax cuts for 98% of Americans, and how this tactic "strengthens position" and retains “lots of leverage” for Republicans. He also responds to criticism from Republicans and support from Democrats.
On criticism from Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), Rep. Cole says, “I love Raul. He’s a great guy. But in this case, honestly he is new here and he doesn’t know what he’s talking about in terms of my record on spending and taxes. So we can have that discussion later. But look, he’s a terrific member.”
Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.
On OutFront, CNN's Erin Burnett spoke to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange about his new book "Cypherpunks: Freedom and the future of the Internet."
Assange is one of the world's most controversial people. The 41 year-old Australian has posted hundreds of thousands of U.S. military documents, videos and diplomatic cables on his website, and the U.S. government is still scrambling to find out where he got them.
The government believes his source is Army private Bradley Manning, who stands accused of stealing classified documents in 2010 and giving them to WikiLeaks. The former intelligence analyst in Iraq is facing 22 charges, including aiding the enemy which carries a life sentence.
Assange won't reveal his sources and has not been charged in this country, but for the past five months he's been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London after Ecuador granted him amnesty. He's seeking protection from extradition to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sexual assault – allegations that he denies.
Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein spoke with Wolf Blitzer after his meeting with President Obama about his thoughts on preventing the looming fiscal cliff. A full transcript of the program will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/sitroom.html .
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BLITZER: So does that mean you would support the president when he says go ahead and increase that highest marginal tax rate from 35 percent to 39.6 percent, where it was during the Clinton administration, for families - for incomes above $250,000 a year?
BLANKFEIN: I think if that's what it took to make the math work, when you look at what - when you look at the entitlement side and when you look at the revenue side, I wouldn't - I wouldn't preclude that. Of course, we would have to do that at the numbers - if the numbers drive that way.
CNN senior international correspondent Arwa Damon reports on her tour of Northern Syria with opposition fighters.
AIRING LIVE SUNDAY, DEC. 2 AT 9 PM EST: ADRIEN BRODY, HARVEY KEITEL, MARIA BELLO, JOSH DUHAMEL, RAINN WILSON, JEFF GORDON JOIN SUSAN SARANDON, VIOLA DAVIS, JANE LYNCH, RICO RODRIGUEZ, MIRANDA COSGROVE, DAVID SPADE, CULLEN JONES AND 50 CENT, WITH MUSICAL PERFORMANCES BY NE-YO AND PHILLIP PHILLIPS
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Academy Award-nominated actor Harvey Keitel, Golden Globes-nominated actress and Official Goodwill Ambassador for Women in Haiti Maria Bello, Emmy Award-winning actor Josh Duhamel, Emmy Award-nominated actor Rainn Wilson, four-time NASCAR Cup Champion Jeff Gordon and musical guest, American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, join CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, hosted by Anderson Cooper airing LIVE on Sunday, December 2 at 9pm, ET.
The live program’s celebrity lineup also features (previously announced) Susan Sarandon, two-time Academy Award nominee Viola Davis, Glee’s Jane Lynch, Modern Family’s Rico Rodriguez, iCarly star Miranda Cosgrove, Rules of Engagement star David Spade, Olympic Gold Medalist Cullen Jones and hip-hop star 50 Cent. Three-time Grammy Award winning singer songwriter NE-YO and American Idol Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips are set to perform.
Each of the 2012 Top 10 CNN Heroes will have his or her story told by celebrities at the live event, which takes place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA. During the live celebration, the 2012 CNN Hero of the Year will be announced.
CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute is sponsored by BP, GEICO, Humana, Johnson & Johnson, SERVPRO®, Subaru of America, Inc., and Tide.
Airing just prior to CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute will be a one-hour presentation, CNN Heroes: Sharing the Spotlight at 8pm ET, hosted by Cooper. The special features exclusive interviews with NE-YO (conducted by HLN’s Showbiz Tonight host A.J. Hammer), Ben Stiller, and Christy Turlington Burns, who talk about their passions, foster care, Haiti, and maternal health, respectively. The special will feature live cut-ins from CNN’s Nischelle Turner, providing red carpet coverage and interviews with luminaries in attendance.