December 5th, 2012
09:24 PM ET

J.C. Watts on the GOP & diversity: "if it's good for God, it ought to be good for Republicans"

Tonight on OutFront, CNN's Erin Burnett spoke to former Republican congressman J.C .Watts about members of his party urging him to run for chairman of the party and the GOP's issues with diversity.  In the interview Watts said he takes a "Biblical worldview on diversity.  God made you white, he made me black, he made you a female, he made me a male.  I think God likes diversity.So, if it's good for God, it ought to be good for Republicans."

On Reince Piebus' leadership, he went on to say "if I don't know the chairman of the Republican National Committee, I have no confidence that he has an relationship with chuck roast black guy, with bill fold working white guy, with - with Joe six pack Hispanic, if I don't know him."

Topics: CNN • Erin Burnett
December 5th, 2012
06:23 PM ET

Adviser to Egyptian Pres. Morsi talks about rights for Egyptian women

Egypt's presidential adviser on national security Dr. Essam Al Haddad spoke with CNN's Wolf Blitzer about the current affairs in Egypt, what Sharia law may look like for women and more. A highlight from the interview is below and please visit for a full transcript of the program. FULL POST

December 5th, 2012
05:23 PM ET

Yellin reports Pres. Obama and Speaker spoke via phone Wed.

After most members left Washington D.C. for the weekend on Wed., CNN chief White House correspondent Jessica Yellin provides an update to the fiscal cliff stalemate. "I'm learning that President Obama and House speaker, John Boehner, had a phone conversation late today. My understanding is, we do not have a fiscal deal. There has been no significant movement as a result of this, but it's meaningful, because the two men have not spoken in a week exactly." Yellin continued, "Their last phone call was last Wednesday. And as you know, Speaker Boehner presented a plan on Monday and after that was rejected by the president. In an interview, there was no communication between the White House and Republicans until this phone call between these two men."

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December 5th, 2012
01:13 PM ET

Piers Morgan Tonight: Newt Gingrich on the Fiscal Cliff

Last night Newt Gingrich joined CNN's Piers Morgan and offered his take on the fiscal cliff:

"I am, frankly, not at all encouraged by what I see and a little bit worried by it. I think, first of all, let me lay my cards on the table: I think that no deal is better than a bad deal," said the former Speaker of the House. "I think going off this cliff is less dangerous than letting things build up for a year or two years to have an even bigger cliff."

As his discussion with Morgan continued, the one-time candidate for the Republican presidential nomination offered some advice for the GOP:

"They need to relax. They don't have an election until November of 2014. They need to say 'look, you want to negotiate seriously, we'll sit down and talk. You don't want to negotiate seriously, the country will survive going off this cliff.'  Watch more here.

Topics: CNN • Piers Morgan
December 5th, 2012
11:21 AM ET

Arwa Damon visits family living underground in Aleppo, Syria

CNN's senior international correspondent Arwa Damon (@ArwaCNN) visits a family  hiding underground in Aleppo, Syria. The Kurdiye's house is on the front lines of fighting in Aleppo, so they moved to a below-ground makeshift bunker, which is where they've lived for the past four months.

Topics: Arwa Damon • Breaking News • Syria
December 5th, 2012
09:44 AM ET

Rep. Hensarling on revenue increase: "I'm not voting for it"

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) tells CNN’s Soledad O’Brien that he is not going to vote for an expiration of tax cuts for the top two percent.

Rep. Hensarling says, “The President’s going to get his revenue one way or the other. House Republicans will do everything we can to minimize the damage to our economy. We know that by raising the rates on the top two brackets, as the President wants to do – Ersnt & Young says will cost middle income workers at least two percent off their paychecks, lose another 700,000 jobs. That’s not something Republicans are going to be a part of. But, the president obviously is going to get some revenue. There’s nothing we can do to stop that. It’s written into current law. But the bottom line is you can’t solve this problem through revenue. The President’s not being serious. He’s moving the goal post. He started out saying he wanted a ‘balanced approach.’ So, the President’s going to get some kind of revenue. I’m not voting for it. But he’s going to get it anyway. The question is where are his spending reductions? He hasn’t put that on the table.”

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