January 8th, 2013
07:21 PM ET

Sen. McCain: My biggest concern is his [Hagel] overall attitude about the United States...

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) talked with CNN's Wolf Blitzer today about President Barack Obama's nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to become the next defense secretary. McCain said, "Well, my biggest concern is his overall attitude about the United States, our role in the world, particularly in the Middle East, and whether we should reduce the Pentagon further, but mainly, his general overall world view."  A full transcript of the program will be available on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/sitroom.html; highlights are after the jump.

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January 8th, 2013
05:16 PM ET

Egyptian Pres. Mohamed Morsy to CNN's Wolf Blitzer: I think our grandchildren will take it [freedom] for granted.

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy sat down with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer for an exclusive interview to talk about freedom in Egypt, investment for the Suez Canal and more. Highlights from the interview are after the jump. Tune in today during the 5 p.m. ET hour for more of Blitzer’s interview.

Additional parts of the interview will continue to run this week on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on CNN and CNN International.

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VIDEO – Morsy: "When you change it takes time"

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January 8th, 2013
03:40 PM ET

New Delhi gang rape attack 'didn't suprise me, it disgusted me' says Padma Lakshmi

Tonight on OutFront, CNN’s Erin Burnett talks to Padma Lakshmi, the Indian born model and host of Bravo’s Emmy-winning series Top Chef, about the deadly gang-rape of a woman in New Delhi, India. On hearing about the rape, Lakshmi told Burnett:

“I’m from India and well it didn’t surprise me, it disgusted me (pause). And it reminded me - it brought back to me all of those feelings of when I was walking in Delhi. And the minute I read about this my mind immediately went back to - I remember going to the market to get vegetables for my aunt who had run out of cilantro or something and I said ‘ok, we’ll go get it’ and me and my cousin went to get it and you know it was literally before 6 pm and we were leered at. And we really felt intimidated. This was not routine guys kind of whistling. This was much more aggressive and intimidating than that and that happens every day. I used to ride the bus in India to school and I hated it. I hated going on a crowded bus because they would always pinch you or grab you and you know when you’re a teenager. I went to school some years in India and it was terrible.” 

Lakshmi also talked about the fact that in Hindi, the predominant language spoken in India, there is no actual word for ‘rape’: 

“The closest word is I guess lootna, which kind of means to take someone’s honor away. But to say that because a woman has been violated she no longer has her chastity or her honor is missing the point. There in lies the problem. I mean, the problem is much bigger than this gang rape. It’s much bigger than these men, or even the rapes of the last five years and the lack of prosecution. It is something that is so intrinsic to India culture. You know we like to say that India is the largest democracy and in many ways it is. But we can only consider India a true democracy when half its citizens feel safe in the streets, when they don’t feel like they are vulnerable just because of their gender and when they can walk their streets and go about their business and their family in peace and in tranquility.”

Full interview will air tonight on Erin Burnett OutFront 7p and 11p Eastern.


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January 8th, 2013
10:15 AM ET

Former Univ. of Texas coach: I want equal treatment and due process

Former University of Texas Austin Track and Field Head Coach Beverly Kearney opens up about resigning over her affair with a student in 2002. She claims that although she was forced to resign, other professors and administrators at the school have not had the same repercussions after engaging in relationships that violated policy.

Kearney says, “I’ve always tried to live my life in a manner that I did not want to do harm. And it’s always been easier for me to forgive others. But this was a challenge for me to forgive myself for making a poor decision.”

When O’Brien asks if the student she had the relationship with “ratted her out,” Kearney answers, “Yes, that’s fair.”

O’Brien reads the section of the school’s employee handbook that highlights how not disclosing a romantic or sexual relationship with a student could lead to termination. Kearney responds, “I didn’t know that there was even a rule on the book. I think the rule had come into play maybe a year prior to the relationship, and I don’t ever even remember reading such a rule.”

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

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