December 7th, 2012
07:52 PM ET

PMT: Cory Booker challenges his SNAP challenge criticism

Coming up this evening at 9, "Pier Morgan Tonight" welcomes Cory Booker for an exclusive visit which comes in the middle of his personal crusade against hunger in the United States.

The Newark mayor has taken on a new challenge of late, specifically the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Challenge, which has him attempting to eat for less than thirty dollars, over the course of a full week.

Currently on the fourth day of his pledge, Booker has received plenty of praise for his efforts, but he's also been criticized, as recently as Wednesday, by those who feel he's misrepresenting the food stamp program:

"It's not meant to be your only calorie intake source," said CNN's Christine Romans. "'Supplemental' is the key. The government designs it so this is on top of what little money you might have, food pantries, soup kitchens."

Having watched a clip of Romans' comment, Booker responded:

"Well first of all, I hope people are sniping. I hope there's dialogue, and attention on this, at a time that it seems like our media is fascinated with the pregnancy of a princess," shared Booker. "Why aren't we talking about issues of poverty? Why aren't we talking about issues of working families, who are working full-time jobs, and still can't make ends meet? I'm happy that the discussion, and the conversation is going on, and a degree that we never imagined when it started."

Watch more here.


Topics: CNN • Piers Morgan
December 7th, 2012
05:03 PM ET

CNN Freedom Project's 'Operation Hope' debuts Saturday, Dec. 8 on CNN International

CNN senior international correspondent Sara Sidner continues her astonishing and moving reporting about the brutal attack on a seven year old little Bangladeshi boy who was viciously attacked, castrated, and left for dead, allegedly by a criminal gang after he refused to be forced into begging.  This latest CNN Freedom Project documentary, Operation Hope chronicles his remarkable journey to recovery against all the odds.

Operation Hope airs on CNN International, globally. The North American airtimes are:

  • Saturday, December 8: 4:00am, 3:00pm, 9:00pm
  • Sunday, December 9: 5:00am, 10:00pm

All times Eastern.


December 7th, 2012
10:01 AM ET

CNN's Soledad O'Brien: Who Is Black In America?

For her fifth exploration of African-American history, issues, and culture, CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien explores interpretations of race and identity for African Americans. The 2010 U.S. Census reported 15 percent of new marriages are interracial, and one in seven American newborns are of mixed race, yet racial identity is often complicated by perspectives of community acceptance.

O’Brien follows the journeys of two high school seniors as they explore their own senses of racial identity, expressing their feelings through a spoken word workshop in Philadelphia.  O’Brien also interviews Drexel University professor Yaba Blay, spoken word artist Perry Vision DiVirgilio, anti-racism activist and author Tim Wise, and writer, speaker, and image activist Michaela Angela Davis about the historical roots of how race is often defined in America, the prejudicial concept of colorism, and discusses their reflections on categorizing people by race, and racial identity.

Who Is Black In America? encores on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 8:00pm ET & PT.


Topics: CNN • CNN Presents • Soledad O'Brien
December 7th, 2012
09:51 AM ET

AC360 EXCLUSIVE: Photographer R. Umar Abbasi "If I could have, I would have saved him"

Last night on AC360°, Anderson spoke to NY Post photographer R. Umar Abbasi, who photographed Ki-Suck Han on NYC subway tracks seconds before his death. Abbasi, who was about 400 feet away from Han when he entered the station, said he didn’t see a confrontation but from his peripheral vision “saw a body being flung onto the tracks and there was a collective gasp that went into the air”.

Abbasi was worried that he too would be pushed onto the tracks as the alleged suspect was walking towards him on the platform.

To the Han family he says “If I could have, I would have saved him. It wasn’t important to get the photograph. The photograph came out as a result of my efforts, of what I could think at that moment to do.” In hindsight, Abbasi said he wished he would have had the presence of mind to tell Han to run in other direction and try to outrun the train.

Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper
December 7th, 2012
09:26 AM ET

Rep. Amash (R-MI): GOP leadership is out of step with America; not committed to re-election of Speaker Boehner

Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), who was booted from the House Budget Committee, says that a solution to the fiscal cliff must be bipartisan and he is not sure if he supports the re-election of Speaker John Boehner to his leadership position. Rep. Amash heard of his release from the committee from news reports.

Rep. Amash says, “I would again push back on this idea that it is some kind of Tea Party versus moderate versus mainstream theme. People like me are out there are calling for reductions in Pentagon spending, calling for working with the Democrats. And actually if you look at the four people who were removed from the Committee, we’ve been the ones who’ve been willing to work with Democrats on a lot of these tough spending issues.”

When O’Brien asks if he thinks Speaker Boehner should be fired, Rep. Amash responds, “We’re going to see how the next few weeks go. And whether he’s willing to make amends. And put out that scorecard. Let the American people see what he based the decision on.”

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

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