December 6th, 2012
05:31 PM ET

DeMint talks with CNN about Senate resignation and move to The Heritage Foundation

Today on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and current Heritage Foundation president Ed Feulner sat down to talk with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer about DeMint’s Senate resignation and his move to the conservative organization. A Full transcript of the interview will be posted on

DeMint to CNN's Wolf Blitzer on staying  if Romney were elected, "I would have thought differently about it..." // On fiscal cliff, " I'm not with Boehner, because this government doesn't need any more money."


CNN Political Ticker: Sen. Jim DeMint will step down from Senate
2012: A Year in Photos
December 6th, 2012
04:04 PM ET

2012: A Year in Photos

As 2012 comes to a close, the CNN Photos team has been culling through the year’s best images to produce “Year in Review” photo galleries. Recently, posted two that capture the year’s most compelling photos. The first is 75 Amazing Sports Photos You Missed This Year, which includes bats breaking mid-swing on the baseball field, a man poking another man’s eyes during an Australian Football game and highlights from the Paralympics. The second gallery, 2012: The Year in Pictures, reviews the year’s news cycle through pictures from around the world. The photos cover a wide range of news topics, such as award shows, riots in Spain and a man in New Delhi setting himself on fire to protest the visit of the Chinese President.

Another popular gallery on comes from the user-generated arm of our network, iReport. The iReport assignment asks users to send in cool weather photos from the year, some of which are a double rainbow, sunsets and bolts of lightning. The assignment is open to anyone with a captivating photo, and they are continuing to take submissions.

Topics: Breaking News • CNN Digital • CNN Photos • iReport
December 6th, 2012
01:43 PM ET

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on the Fiscal Cliff

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa talked to CNN's Ashleigh Banfield about the Fiscal Cliff, end of Port Strike, and the clash with Feds over marijuana laws.

Topics: Ashleigh Banfield • CNN • CNN Newsroom
December 6th, 2012
09:38 AM ET

Former US Amb. doubts Syria's use of chemical weapons; says Assad will lose civil war

Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO and Harvard Professor Nicholas Burns says that there will be “negative repercussions” if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad uses chemical weapons against his people and that he will lose the civil war.

Burns says, “The Syrian government would have to think long and hard before using those weapons. There’ll be all sorts of negative repercussions from them including the threat of military intervention. And I do think the Russian government will not want to see Syria use chemical weapons or let them out to the control of rebel forces.”

When O’Brien asks if Assad is desperate enough to use weapons on his own people, Burns answers, "It’s really impossible to tell. The Syrian government spokespeople have been saying over the last couple of days under no circumstances will they use them, except for foreign military intervention. But, Assad is desperate. His back is against the wall. He is going to lose in this civil war. The rebels have made extraordinary advances over the last couple of days. So he’s got to be thinking about either exile or perhaps creating an enclave within Syria where his Alawite clan can defend themselves perhaps along the Mediterranean coast.”

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

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