January 21st, 2013
03:05 PM ET

CNN was No. 1 in Total Viewers and among Key Demo 25-54 during Coverage of Yesterday’s Swearing in Ceremony

During the key coverage blocks yesterday (Sunday, January 20), the day of the president’s official swearing in and the day before the public inauguration on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, CNN was top rated  from 11am – 2pm and in primetime (8-11pm).

11am-2pm:

CNN:                982k total viewers/287k among adults 25-54

FNC:                 717k total viewers/135k among adults 25-54

MSNBC:           425k total viewers/153k among adults 25-54

8-11pm (primetime):

CNN:                761k total viewers/171k among adults 25-54

FNC:                 630k total viewers/94k among adults 25-54

MSNBC:           245k total viewers/115k among adults 25-54

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January 21st, 2013
02:27 PM ET

VP Biden on relationship with Pres. Obama: "We're totally simpatico."

CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger sat down for an exclusive interview with Vice President Joe Biden at the White House. In his first network interview since the election, Vice President Biden spoke with Borger about the administration’s key agenda items in the second term, his relationship with the president and his role going forward.  Additional portions of Borger’s interview with the vice president will air on Tuesday, Jan.22 on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET. An embeddable video link and highlight from the interview are below. A highlight from the interview is after the jump.

Visit the CNN Press Room for additional highlights from the network’s special coverage of the second inauguration of President Barack Obama: http://on.cnn.com/T6ba6n

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Biden on Obama at start of second term: 'In simpatico'

Topics: CNN • CNN Politics
January 21st, 2013
10:17 AM ET

President Obama's four years in four minutes

Early Start Anchor John Berman looks back at the highs, lows, tragedies, successes and other highlights of President Obama's first term in office.

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January 21st, 2013
09:27 AM ET

MLKJ Daughter: President "using daddy's bible is heart warming"

Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr., tells Starting Point Anchor Soledad O’Brien that she is touched by President Obama using her father’s bible during the Inauguration’s swearing in ceremony and is hoping that he addresses reconciliation in his speech.

King says, “Well, I think first and foremost, the fact that the president is using daddy's bible is heart warming for me. Because my father was first and foremost a preacher, pastor, it reminds people of that. That is one of the things I will stress today.”

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

Visit the CNN Press Room for additional highlights from the network’s special coverage of the second inauguration of President Barack Obama: http://on.cnn.com/T6ba6n

January 21st, 2013
09:09 AM ET

Justice Sotomayor talks with CNN's O'Brien

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor talks to Starting Point Anchor Soledad O’Brien about her experience in Princeton’s affirmative action program, its impact on ruling on affirmative action cases and criticism that she asks too many questions.

Justice Sotomayor says, “Everyone around me was so totally different in looks and backgrounds from anything I had been exposed to in the tiny microcosm of my world in the Bronx. And so, to land in a place like Princeton with this collegiate architecture – its grandeur bigger than anything I had ever experienced in the places I’ve lived – it is so foreign, that you really feel like an alien.”

O’Brien asks if her history of affirmative action affects her ability to rule on cases on the subject. Justice Sotomayor responds, “Every judge has life experiences. We don’t say to a judge who’s had a physical illness, ‘You can’t judge a case about disabilities.’ We don’t say to a judge who has felt betrayed or denied something because of affirmative action, ‘You can’t hear this case.’ You trust, and I think rightly, in our system of rule of law in appreciating judges are aware of the things that might influence them and understand that they have an obligation to ensure that their decisions are not based on their personal feelings, but based on the law.”

Regarding the criticism that she asks too many questions, Justice Sotomayor says, “Well, I know that [Justice Clarence Thomas] has a different opinion than I do. He doesn’t ask any questions. And some say I ask too many. I think I’m finding a happy middle ground. And I think many of my questions make people think about the issues in a different way. I don’t ask my questions to forecast an outcome. I do it to ask each side what I think are the hardest questions so they can address those questions, and as I explained earlier, convince me.”

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

Visit the CNN Press Room for additional highlights from the network’s special coverage of the second inauguration of President Barack Obama: http://on.cnn.com/T6ba6n


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