January 16th, 2013
10:17 PM ET

AC360 Video: Anderson Cooper Speaks with Reporter Who Broke Manti Te'o Hoax Story

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o says he's the victim of a hoax. Tonight, Anderson Cooper spoke to Timothy Burke, editor of Deadspin.com – the reporter who broke the news.

Cooper also spoke with David Haugh, sports reporter with Chicago Tribune who says that Te’o needs “answer those types of tough questions and be as transparent as possible, because if he is truly a victim of a cruel hoax as Notre Dame put it, then he has nothing to hide”

Video link to their interview below.

Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper
January 16th, 2013
09:36 PM ET

"Mali is the first victim of Libya," says Rep. Mike Rogers

Tonight on OutFront, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) weighed in on the conflict in Mali and said the administration needs an 'overarching' plan for the region.

Topics: CNN • Erin Burnett • Erin Burnett OutFront
January 16th, 2013
09:31 PM ET

Rep. Royce prefers raid over ransom in Algeria kidnapping case


Tonight on OutFront, CNN's Erin Burnett spoke with Representative Ed Royce, Chairman of House Foreign Affairs Committee, about the attack today by Islamic militants on an oil field in Algeria. The militants, angry at Algeria's support of the French offensive in Mali, killed two workers and are holding several hostage including possibly three Americans.

Royce told Burnett he supports a raid to rescue the hostage over paying ransom, saying that "ransom dollars are only compounding the problem, are only giving resources to this organization so it can plan its next attack. And each attack can be larger than the last. So I think at this point, we have to go to the root of the problem."

He went on to say "the U.S. position here is to provide the logistics, and also to provide the intelligence in order to help get this job done, but not to provide boots on the ground."

Topics: CNN • Erin Burnett • Erin Burnett OutFront
January 16th, 2013
08:17 PM ET

NRA president to CNN: I think that the Second Amendment is going to survive this...

Today on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, National Rifle Association president David Keene sat down with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer to talk about the controversial NRA television advertisement and the president’s call for tougher gun restrictions. A full transcript of the program will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/sitroom.html; a highlight from the interview is after the jump.
National Rifle Association president David Keene, “When you're up against the president, if he is in fact willing to spend his political capital, you wouldn't want to mortgage your house and bet on how it's going to come out. I think that as this debate goes on, we've had this debate before and as people begin to look at it, as the public engages, I think we're going to be fine.  I think that the Second Amendment is going to survive this...


January 16th, 2013
04:04 PM ET

CNN Newsroom Special: 'Why We Cheat: The Psychology and Science' airs live 3pmE Thursday

Ahead of the broadcast of an interview in which Lance Armstrong is said to finally acknowledge what he had fiercely denied for years - that he used performance-enhancing substances, CNN's Brooke Baldwin (@BrookeBCNN) explores the psychology and science of why people cheat in a live 30 minute special tomorrow, Thursday, January 17 at 3 p.m. (ET).  ‘Why We Cheat: The Psychology and Science’ will explore themes of cheating scandals, including other recent sports figures, politicians, financial managers, and academic cheating.

Topics: Brooke Baldwin • CNN • CNN Newsroom
January 16th, 2013
02:13 PM ET

CNN's Coverage of The Presidential Inauguration

CNN, Instagram and Facebook Team Up for an Interactive Inauguration Experience

CNN will anchor special coverage of the second inauguration of President Barack Obama Sunday, Jan. 20 through Monday, Jan. 21 from locations on the National Mall, Capitol Hill, Lafayette Park and on the parade route at Freedom Plaza. For the first time, CNN, Instagram and Facebook will offer inauguration go-ers an opportunity to be a part of the coverage on CNN and CNN.com by using the hashtag #CNN to share their stories. Most of CNN’s coverage will originate from the National Mall, where the network has built a large broadcast platform designed to let television viewers experience the ceremonies firsthand.

On Sunday, when a private swearing-in ceremony will take place at the White House, Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper will be joined by John Berman, Kate Bolduan, Gloria Borger, Erin Burnett, Candy Crowley, John King, Don Lemon, Piers Morgan and Soledad O’Brien starting at 10 a.m. and leading up to a prime time special at 8 p.m. Inauguration eve special editions of Piers Morgan Tonight and Anderson Cooper 360º will follow.

On Monday, Jan. 21, Early Start with John Berman and Zoraida Sambolin and Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien will kick off the day’s coverage at 5 a.m. Beginning at 9 a.m., Wolf Blitzer will be joined by John Berman, Kate Bolduan, Soledad O’Brien and Jessica Yellin, live from the U.S. Capitol West Front, while Anderson Cooper will be on the National Mall with Gloria Borger, David Gergen, John King, Brooke Baldwin and Don Lemon. HLN’s Robin Meade and Christi Paul will be reporting for both CNN and HLN from the National Mall.

Candy Crowley will anchor State of the Union on Sunday from the Mall and on Monday she will report from the inauguration ceremony platform. Also reporting will be Dana Bash, Jim Acosta, Brianna Keilar, Joe Johns and Tom Foreman.

The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer will be live from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. from Lafayette Park, the location of the presidential viewing stands. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Anderson Cooper, Piers Morgan and Erin Burnett will co-anchor the network’s special coverage. Cooper will be live from the Mall; Morgan and Burnett will be live from inside the inaugural balls. At 10 p.m., Anderson Cooper 360º will broadcast live to wrap up the day’s events.

Throughout the Inaugural weekend, commentary and analysis will be provided by CNN political contributors John Avlon, Paul Begala, Cornell Belcher, Donna Brazile, Ron Brownstein, Alex Castellanos, Ari Fleischer, Margaret Hoover, Van Jones, Ryan Lizza, Roland Martin and Ana Navarro. Also on hand to contribute commentary will be: Bill Burton, senior strategist for Priorities USA Action and former deputy press secretary for Pres. Obama; Jodi Kantor, New York Times reporter and author of “The Obamas;” David Maraniss, Washington Post associate editor and author of “Barack Obama: The Story;” Dee Dee Myers, Vanity Fair contributing editor and former White House press secretary during Pres. Clinton’s first term; and Jeffrey Toobin, CNN senior legal analyst and author of "The Oath: The Obama White House and The Supreme Court." Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will offer her expert perspective.

Instagram and Facebook
CNN and Instagram have teamed up to offer a multimedia look at the crowds who will gather for the inaugural ceremonies. From Jan. 18 – 21, CNN will ask people attending inauguration events to take a photo of themselves ‘in the crowd’ and post to Instagram with the hashtag #CNN.  Users will be encouraged to share a personal detail about their participation: why they made the trip, what they expect from the next four years and who they are. The photos will be displayed in an interactive visualization for CNN.com and the best entries will appear in a global slideshow on CNN.

Additionally, CNN and Facebook will again partner to surface the most viral moments, photos and terms as they spread across the world’s largest social network, telling the story firsthand about the communities most engaged around the inauguration and what terms dominated the social conversation. CNN will ask our viewers through Facebook to identify, rate and react to the viral moments as they happen.

CNN Digital
On Monday, Jan. 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., CNN will offer unrestricted access to the network’s TV broadcast and inauguration programming via the CNN.com homepage and CNN’s apps for iPhone and iPad. Users can watch alternative inaugural festivities at CNN.com/live, on CNN’s mobile apps and mobile website. Inauguration-related articles, analysis and interactives can be found on CNNPolitics.com, the CNN Political Ticker, CNN’s Live Blog and at www.cnn.com/inauguration.

Social media users can follow and contribute to CNN’s coverage by visiting CNNPolitics on Facebook and by following @CNNPolitics on Twitter. GetGlue users can check in to CNN’s The Presidential Inauguration coverage for exclusive limited-edition stickers.

CNN International and CNN en Español
On Monday, Jan. 21, CNN International will simulcast domestic programming from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. CNN en Español will offer live updates starting at 6 a.m. on Café CNN and through the 11 a.m. hour on Actualidad en Vivo. The network will carry the inauguration ceremony and parade live. CNN en Español’s afternoon and prime time newscasts Nuestro Mundo, Directo USA, Panorama Mundial and Conclusiones will be broadcast live from Washington, DC.

HLN’s presidential inauguration coverage will focus on “people, not policy,” and explore issues related to where Americans want to be in the next four years. On Monday, Jan. 21, Morning Express host Robin Meade will anchor live from our nation’s capital from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., with on-location reports from HLN’s Ryan Smith. Kyra Phillips, based at HLN headquarters in Atlanta, will provide continued live coverage of the day’s events from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

CNN Newsource
CNN Newsource will provide its affiliates extensive, on the ground coverage from reporters Tory Dunnan, Rene Marsh and Emily Schmidt.

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is the most trusted source for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; CNN Digital Network, the No. 1 network of news Web sites in the United States; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; and strategic international partnerships within both television and the digital media.



Topics: CNN • CNN Politics
January 16th, 2013
12:59 PM ET

Elizabeth Espinosa Joins as Host for CNN Latino

Espinosa Will Host ‘Sin Límites’ for CNN Latino in Los Angeles


Native Angeleno and Emmy Award winner Elizabeth Espinosa will host Sin Límites, a new program with CNN Latino that will broadcast on KBEH-DT Channel 63 in Los Angeles, it was announced today by Cynthia Hudson-Fernandez, senior vice president and general manager of CNN en Español and Hispanic strategy for CNN/U.S.


Espinosa, who will continue to anchor KTLA 5 weekend news programming, has traveled around the world producing and hosting special reports. She was honored with an Emmy Award for her 2007 special ‘Forgotten Footprints: The Hunted Children of Uganda.” Her in-depth reporting includes a special on disabled and abandoned children in El Salvador and interviews with women throughout Pakistan on the topic of arranged marriages.  She is active with community non-profit organizations Ability First and Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA).  Growing up, she was the primary caretaker of her learning disabled younger brother and to this day, she is an advocate for the rights of the disabled.  Her personal story caught the attention of Oprah Winfrey, who selected her as one of the 10 finalists for OWN’s “Your Own Show” contest in December 2012. FULL POST

January 16th, 2013
12:04 PM ET

Raising America with Kyra Phillips Premieres Monday, Feb. 4 on HLN

Live two-hour weekday show to cover day’s top news stories through a parental lens

Launching Monday, Feb. 4, HLN anchor Kyra Phillips hosts a two-hour daily show that covers the nation’s major news stories and explores their impact on American families. Raising America with Kyra Phillips examines topical issues that relate to home, children and today’s modern families, and draws viewer engagement through social media and interactive online posts.

As it covers the daily news scene, Raising America will go deeper on topics that hit home for parents, including childhood obesity, safety in our schools and teens oversharing on social media to their future detriment. Contributors to the program include some of the most intriguing and popular bloggers speaking to parents today, such as Heather Armstrong, Charlie Capen, Jill Smokler, Tom Matlack and Krystel Spell, among many others.

Raising America with Kyra Phillips airs on HLN weekdays from noon to 2p.m. (ET).

“This show is the perfect intersection of my professional and personal lives,” said Phillips. “Never before have I been both a journalist and a mother in the chair at the same time and I am looking forward to the discussions from the community we are building around this show. It’s such an important and dynamic time in American history and we want to capture that.”

“Kyra Phillips’ award-winning reporting has always taken you to the frontlines of the news,” said Scot Safon, HLN GM and EVP. “And she approaches her reporting with a mix of fearlessness, intelligence and curiosity. These are the same qualities you need to take on parenting in America these days. Kyra and the Raising America team will focus, spotlight and advance the conversation that parents are having about the news every day.”

The Raising America with Kyra Phillips digital site, officially launching with the show, will be the connection point for the news and information being discussed each day on the show. The site is the newest section of HLNtv.com, HLN’s fast-growing digital home.

HLN is the national television network that focuses on the “must-see, must-share” stories of the day. Drawing upon the network’s deep bench of talent, HLN dissects and demystifies the news stories and newsmakers people are talking about. HLNtv.com is the online destination for users to go deeper into the top stories driving the conversation and generating the national buzz. HLN is a CNN Worldwide network reaching more than 100 million households in the U.S. CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is the most trusted source for news and information.


Alison Rudnick 212/275-7987 alison.rudnick@turner.com

Carolyn Disbrow 212/275-7901 carolyn.disbrow@turner.com

Topics: HLN • HLN Press Releases
January 16th, 2013
09:52 AM ET

Cheesecake Factory pasta dish has more calories than 5 Big Macs

CNN Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen examines calorie counts of popular restaurant entrees and compares them to ice cream and fast food.

Cohen says, “What you want to do is on the menu, look for certain terms. For example, if you see something that says cream sauce – that’s an issue – battered, breaded, con queso, which means ‘with cheese,’ crispy, stuffed – all of those are red flags that say wow there’s probably going to be a lot of calories in this dish.”

Early Start with John Berman & Zoraida Sambolin airs weekday mornings from 5-7am ET on CNN.

Topics: CNN
January 16th, 2013
09:35 AM ET

O'Brien questions Rep. Forbes on effectivess of Congressional Accountability Pay Act

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien challenges effectiveness of Rep. Randy Forbes’ Congressional Accountability Pay Act that dictates when federal spending goes up, salaries for Congress go down.

Rep. Forbes says, “Or we look at legislators and say you need to have some skin in the game. If you can’t control spending and it goes up by 10%, your salary goes down by 10%.”

O’Brien, “Forbes [magazine] says you make a lot of money. Forbes says you are a wealthy man. That 10% of your salary in Congress… that is not going to be a dent in your personal wealth. And there are a lot of Congress people who make way more than you…. Is it really going to hurt them?”

Rep. Forbes responds, “Forbes has never said that about me.”

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

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