Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin are back to co-host CNN’s coverage of the New Year’s Eve celebrations on Monday, Dec. 31, from 10 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. (ET). Bringing back their fun and unpredictable New Year’s Eve countdown program for the 6th consecutive year, Cooper and Griffin will ring in the new year live from NYC’s Time Square for CNN’s “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin.”
“As always, I await New Year’s Eve with Kathy Griffin with grave reservations and tremendous fear, and I want to apologize in advance to anyone she may offend/assault/attempt to kiss” said Cooper.
“I don’t know what Anderson has been doing this past year. I assume he has been sitting, eating Bon Bons in his mother’s apartment watching reality TV, while I was helping spread democracy in Egypt or Syria or whichever” said Griffin. “Oh, and did I mention we’re giving away puppies at midnight?”
CNN correspondents will provide reports from celebrations across the country and around the world. Isha Sesay will join Cooper and Griffin from the crowds in Times Square. Correspondents John Zarrella and Gary Tuchman are on opposite ends of the East Coast, with Zarrella counting down from Key West, Florida and Tuchman from Eastport, Maine.
At 12:30 a.m (ET), Anderson and Kathy will hand off to CNN’s Brooke Baldwin at Jackson Square in New Orleans, Louisiana and HLN’s Susan Hendricks at the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee for the countdown to midnight, Central time.
Viewers who tweet using #CNNNYE or post on Facebook.com/ac360, will have the chance to see their New Year’s Eve message on air. Questions for Anderson and Kathy can also be posted on the AC360 Facebook page or tweeted with the #CNNNYE hashtag and the hosts will select a few questions to answer during the show.
Leading up to “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin” will be “All the Best, All the Worst 2012,” an Anderson Cooper 360° special airing at 8 p.m. (ET). The special will count down to the new year by recounting the old one with humor, insight, and fun. CNN correspondent Tom Foreman will be joined by Isha Sesay, actress and comedian Aisha Tyler, all around smart guy Ben Stein, social and political commentator and radio host Pete Dominick, Sirius-XM’s Julie Mason, and the cake boss, Buddy Valastro. They will join Foreman in shining a spotlight on the highlights and lowlights of the past twelve months in politics, pop culture, the economy, and entertainment.
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Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH) says that everything needs to be on the table to avoid the fiscal cliff and if President Obama, US House Speaker Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid got behind the Simpson Bowles plan, there would be a chance to “solve this problem.”
Rep. LaTourette says, “This should not be above who suffers in the polls. This should be about fixing the United States of America…. People need to be willing to take a vote even if it means they don’t come back.”
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Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) is optimistic about finding middle ground toward a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff and concedes Americans are not happy with Congress.
Rep. Ros-Lehtinen says, “[Americans are] tired of all of us. I understand that. We just make used car salesmen look good. That’s the only group that is below us.”
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Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, former congressman Asa Hutchinson, the man charged with developing the National Rifle Association's program to place armed guards in American schools, spoke about the controversial plan and the gun debate. Embeddable video highlights are below and the full transcript may be found here.
Tapper to Anchor New Weekday Program Beginning in 2013
Accomplished Washington journalist Jake Tapper, who has served the last four years as ABC’s senior White House correspondent and is a best-selling author, joins CNN as anchor of a new weekday program and CNN’s chief Washington correspondent, it was announced today by Ken Jautz, executive vice president of CNN/U.S.
Tapper has been a widely-respected reporter in the nation’s capital for 14 years and his most recent book, The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, is currently on The New York Times best seller list. In his new role at CNN, he will be a key Washington, D.C. anchor and correspondent for CNN.
“We are thrilled to have Jake join CNN and take the helm of a brand new weekday program,” said Jautz. “Jake is an exceptional reporter and communicator, and we look forward to developing a program that takes advantage of all of his strengths, his passion and his knowledge of national issues and events.”
“With CNN’s impeccable reporting during the elections and the exciting changes in the works for the network, this is a perfect time to join the CNN team,” said Tapper. “I am excited about the prospect of working with both the new leadership and some old friends and colleagues.” FULL POST
CNN’s intrepid storm correspondents will report for a comprehensive investigation on the lessons learned by Superstorm Sandy – and what Americans need to do to prepare for the next inevitable weather test. The one-hour investigative documentary, The Coming Storms will debut Sunday, Jan. 06 at 8:00p.m. and 11:00p.m. ET & PT and replay on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 8:00p.m. and 11:00p.m. ET & PT.
CNN’s Jason Carroll investigates the impact of the storm surge and flooding, particularly to lower Manhattan, Staten Island, and New Jersey, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. He also reports on climate change and how it may make storms more dangerous and more damaging. CNN’s David Mattingly reports from Breezy Point in Queens, New York on potential engineering solutions to address the powerful storm surges associated with superstorms, and investigate the vulnerability of the nation’s power grids, communications and transport systems – and what municipalities are and are not doing to safeguard our infrastructure from storm damage. CNN’s Ed Lavandera investigates what New Orleans has done in the deadly wake of Hurricane Katrina to make sure that city won’t go underwater again – and what we can learn from them. CNN’s John Zarrella reports on threats to our eyes in the sky, satellites which are crucial to warning people that a storm is coming. FULL POST
As part of a very special edition of "Piers Morgan Tonight," on Wednesday evening the program welcomed a live audience, as well as a handful of informed, invested and influential guests, to continue a conversation on guns in America.
In the aftermath of the unimaginable tragedy that left 20 children dead within the walls of Sandy Hook Elementary School, Piers Morgan invited both Steve Dulan and John Lott to share their perspective on the call for increased gun legislation.
A believer in the concept that firearms can promote safety, Dulan offered his perspective:
"I've had conversations with individuals who've saved lives with guns," said the Attorney for the Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners. "More than one of the folks who have come through my class have saved lives with guns, and in fact, semi-automatic guns. They have protected themselves, and their loved ones, so we look at it as guns save lives, also." FULL POST
CNN’s Fareed Zakaria speaks to four leaders about how they’ve made important, tough choices – ranging from the personal to those that have impacted the world. Obama Administration National Security Advisor Tom Donilon talks candidly about the decision to capture or kill al-Qaeda terrorist Osama bin Laden, former U.S. Secretary of State (Richard M. Nixon Administration) Dr. Henry Kissinger discusses the complex negotiations to open trade between the U.S. and China, former U.S. Treasury Secretary (George W. Bush Administration) Paul O’Neill discusses his decision as the CEO of Alcoa to pursue worker safety before profits, and the former director of policy planning for the U.S. State Department (Barack Obama Administration) Anne-Marie Slaughter talks about prioritizing family over career.
Tough Decisions: A Fareed Zakaria GPS Special debuts Saturday, Dec. 22 at 8:00pm & 11:00pm Eastern and Pacific. It replays on Sunday, Dec. 23 at the same airtimes.
Actor Brad Garrett opens up to "Starting Point" about his new movie "Not Fade Away" and has fun with CNN's panel.
Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.