December 11th, 2012
08:01 PM ET

Sens. McCain, Lieberman and Graham on Susan Rice for Sec. of State

Tonight at 9pm, "Piers Morgan Tonight" navigates to the nation's capital, as the host sits down with a trio of Senators for an hour-long exchange of insight and opinion.

Joined by John McCain, Joe Lieberman, and Lindsey Graham, Piers Morgan turns the topic to Susan Rice and Benghazi, referencing the September 11th attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya and the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations who initially supplied false information to the public and the press as part of the White House's response.

Extremely outspoken in his criticism of Rice, and the Obama administration in general following the violence, McCain offered his feelings on Rice's political future, as the 48-year-old has been regularly mentioned as a potential replacement for current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:

"I don’t know if she’s even nominated or not. She deserves the process that every nominee goes through," says the Republican from Arizona. "But the fact is, she not only gave wrong information, but she gave the party line, that ... Al Qaeda is decimated – Al Qaeda is not decimated. That our embassies and consulates are secure – they are not secure. So ... we’re all responsible for what we say. So we’ll go through the process if she’s nominated and we’ll see."

Later Morgan asks Sen. Graham to speak on Rice as the potential Secretary of State.

"Personally, I don’t believe she would serve the country well in that capacity," the Republican from South Carolina says flatly.

Watch more here.

Topics: CNN • Piers Morgan
December 11th, 2012
12:52 PM ET

AC360 VIDEO: 'Zero Dark Thirty': Did Torture Really Net Bin Laden?

The highly anticipated movie, “Zero dark Thirty”, tells the compelling story of the search for Osama Bin Laden but also distorts the story in ways that could give the misleading picture that coercive interrogation techniques used by the CIA on al Qaeda detainees – such as waterboarding, physical abuse and sleep deprivation – were essential to tracking down al Qaeda's leader.

This week, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee plans to vote on whether to approve the as-yet unreleased findings of a 6,000-page report about its three-year investigation into the secret CIA interrogation program that is depicted in "Zero Dark Thirty."

This report promises to be the definitive assessment of the intelligence value of the CIA's coercive interrogation techniques. After the examination of millions of pages of evidence, the chairmen of the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate Armed Services Committee have publicly stated that coercive interrogation techniques such as waterboarding did not provide the information that led to bin Laden.


CNN’s national security analyst, Peter Bergen and former CIA agent Bob Baer discuss the reaction to interrogation scenes in a film that portrays the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper
December 11th, 2012
12:29 PM ET

AC360: HIV Helps Young patient Fight Cancer

Last night on Ac360, an amazing story about an experimental treatment brings a little girl back from the brink of death due to her battle with leukemia. Incredibly, doctors used a strain of HIV to reprogram her immune system to kill cancer cells. Anderson talks with Dr. Sanjay Gupta about how it works.

Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper • Dr. Sanjay Gupta
December 11th, 2012
09:13 AM ET

Sen. Sessions: food stamp program is "growing out of control;" voted for increases in 2002, 2008

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) tells CNN’s Soledad O’Brien why he thinks the food stamp program should be considered in the fiscal cliff negotiations. When he says the program has been "growing out of control," O’Brien points out that he voted for increases in 2002 and 2008.

Sen. Sessions says, “Every part of the government needs to be available for improvement. What we found was in the Budget Control Act and the sequester, there was no cuts, not a dime reduced in the food stamp spending, which has gone up four times. One in six Americans are now receiving food stamps. It’s going up this month was a record increase in food stamp participation, at a time when unemployment is declining.”

When O’Brien asks why he is “trying to balance the budget over people that make less than $23,000” and why he doesn’t cut something else, Sen. Sessions says everything should 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
December 11th, 2012
08:52 AM ET

CNN International launches first skiing segment, ‘Alpine Edge’


***Starts Thursday 13 December in ‘CNN World Sport’ at 1700 GMT***

Winter sports fans will be able to enjoy coverage of some of the world’s most exciting events in CNN International’s first skiing segment, ‘Alpine Edge’ which begins this week. FULL POST

Topics: CNN
December 11th, 2012
08:46 AM ET

Rep. Steve Israel: Benefits off the table, subsidies on

Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) reflects on President Obama and Speaker John Boehner’s negotiations over the fiscal cliff and says he feels benefits are off the table, but all subsidies should be considered.

Rep. says, “First of all, let’s remember that we already passed and effectuated into law, nearly $1 trillion in savings in the Budget Control Act last year. That ought to count towards this deal…. Moving forward the President has put nearly $350 billion in savings and entitlement reform on the table. What I fundamentally disagree with in terms of the Republican proposal is they want to do it out of the benefits side of 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