November 19th, 2012
01:13 PM ET

CNN's Piers Morgan talks with Israeli President Shimon Peres in a U.S. exclusive – 9pm ET

As the deadly conflict in the Middle East continues, tonight CNN's Piers Morgan will interview Shimon Peres, allowing the president of Israel to offer a response amidst those that disapprove of his nation's airstrikes into Gaza:

“Well you know, whoever criticizes us should suggest an alternative – we started with great restraint. In the last six days thousand two hundred [1,2000] missiles fall on our civilians lives, on mothers, on children," says Peres. "We tried to do it with restraint, but apparently they hide themselves in private homes, even in mosques, and we are trying to do our best not to hit any civilian on the other side, but unfortunately a war is a war and they can stop it in one minute if they’ll stop shooting, there won’t be any causalities."

Joining Piers Morgan Tonight from his home in Jerusalem, Peres insists that the Palestinian militant group Hamas is most to blame for initiating the violence and death that has dominated the news cycle since last week:

"We don't know why all of a sudden they start to shoot. I’m not talking about civilians only, but at the children ... you know, they start to shoot at eight o’clock in the morning when children go to the school. Why? What for? I mean it is not in our hand, you know, that – to terrorism, to fight terrorism is not a pleasant experience, and they don't care," he tells Morgan. "They are really producers of death, and without any consideration."

Tune in to CNN at 9pm ET for the full interview on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight.

Topics: Breaking News • CNN • Egypt • Piers Morgan
November 19th, 2012
12:05 PM ET

CNN Announces Celebrities Participating in Sixth Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, Dec. 2 Live from LA

Susan Sarandon, Viola Davis, Jane Lynch, Rico Rodriguez, Miranda Cosgrove, David Spade, Cullen Jones and 50 Cent Among Celebrities Participating in Sixth Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute Airing Live Sunday, Dec. 2 at 9pm ET

Three-Time Grammy Winning Singer/Songwriter NE-YO Performs as Musical Guest and Joins Ben Stiller and Christy Turlington Burns on Pre-Show Interview SpecialCNN Heroes: Sharing the Spotlight Airing at 8pm ET

Academy Award winner 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 join host Anderson Cooper for CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute airing LIVE Sunday, December 2 at 9pm ET. Three-time Grammy Award winning singer songwriter NE-YO is set to perform as the musical guest. Additional celebrity presenters will be announced in coming days.

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.

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.


Topics: Anderson Cooper • CNN • CNN Heroes • CNN Press Releases
November 19th, 2012
09:43 AM ET

Rep. Lee: Entitlement cuts should not be "on the table"

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) says we have to be optimistic and hopeful because the fiscal cliff is a “human cliff,” affecting millions of people who are unemployed. She believes tax cuts should expire for those making over $250,000 per year and entitlement programs should not be cut during the fiscal cliff negotiations.

Rep. Lee says, “No, we should not touch [entitlement programs]. First of all, for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, these are programs that people have worked for, these are programs also that address those who are low income and who are poor. I don’t believe that low income individuals and the most vulnerable and our seniors should be part of a deal. First of all, they’re just living on the edge, as we speak, anyway. And so why should they have to bare the brunt of the cuts when we’re talking about finding revenue to be able to really balance the budget, create a path toward deficit reduction and really reignite the American dream for everyone. So, I don’t believe that entitlement cuts that would affect the poor, and seniors and low income individuals should really be on the table.”

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

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