January 22nd, 2013
07:11 PM ET

Biden to CNN on 2016

CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger sat down for an exclusive interview with Vice President Joe Biden at the White House.  Borger on her interview with Biden, “You know, I think they have a good cop, bad cop thing going on with the two of them.  The president yesterday clearly set out his agenda and gave the Republicans nothing to kind of hone in on there, but Joe Biden's the closer.  Joe Biden's the person who cuts the deals on Capitol Hill.”  An embeddable video link and highlights from the interview are below.

MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger

PART ONE: http://on.cnn.com/XtunKM


Biden to CNN: 'I haven't made that decision'
January 22nd, 2013
05:36 PM ET

CNN's Jake Tapper talks about Wednesday's Benghazi hearing

Anchor and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper talks with lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer on his first day at CNN about Secy. Clinton's Benghazi hearing on Wednesday.

Tapper to Blitzer on Secy. Clinton's hearing, "My sources tell me that there actually are a few new emails and cables, including some from November 2011 when the late U.S. ambassador, Chris Stevens, was exploring the idea of moving the compound in Benghazi to a different location, adjacent the CIA annex, which would have been safer and more secure.  But ultimately that plan was scotched. So, yes, some new information will come out tomorrow, I think." 

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Jake Tapper joins CNN as Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent
January 22nd, 2013
04:36 PM ET

CNN was top rated cable news network during Presidential Inauguration


CNN Digital Posts Big Video Numbers for Inauguration

 According to Nielsen Fast National data, on Monday, January 21 the day of President Obama’s second inauguration, CNN was top rated during all key coverage blocks in total viewers, demo adults 25-54 and 18-34:

11:45am -12:15pm (Oath and Inaugural address):

CNN:              3.136m total viewers/1.107m adults 25-54/454k adults 18-34

FNC:               1.316m total viewers/294k adults 25-54/53k adults 18-34

MSNBC:         2.273m total viewers/706k adults 25-54/291k adults 18-34

CNN tops competition combined in key demo 25-54 and 18-34

8-11pm (primetime)

CNN:              3.573m total viewers/1.266 adults 25-54/432k adults 18-34

FNC:               1.666m total viewers/254k adults 25-54/26k adults 18-34

MSNBC:         1.365m total viewers/456k adults 25-54/87k adults 18-34

CNN tops competition combined in total viewers, key demo 25-54 and 18-34

Total Day (6am-3am)

CNN:              1.923m total viewers/657k adults 25-54/236k adults 18-34

FNC:               1.104m total viewers/227k adults 25-54/28k adults 18-34

MSNBC:         1.095m total viewers/354k adults 25-54/91k adults 18-34

CNN tops competition combined in key demo 25-54 and 18-34

On Monday, Jan. 21, CNN Digital delivered:

• 5.8 million global video starts, up nearly 50% over the prior 4-Mondays • Over 815k live video streams.

• 50.5 million global page views on CNN.com, with 3.4 million coming from CNN Politics.

• 7.7 million global page views of CNN’s mobile website.

For Sunday, CNN Digital delivered 2.2 million global video starts and 31 million global page views, 3.9 million of which were earned by CNNPolitics.com.

Sources: Omniture and Bango Analytics (mobile); Jan. 20 – 21

Topics: CNN • CNN Press Releases
January 22nd, 2013
03:29 PM ET

Ivan Watson reports on the "final battle" in northern Syria

CNN's Ivan Watson (@ivancnn) reports from northern Syria on what rebels are referring to as the "final battle." For weeks the government-controlled Mannagh airbase has been under siege as rebels believe capturing it will help liberate the north.

"If the regime has even a 1% chance of taking back this region, this is a base that they would then want to rule from," said Abu Marwan, commander of the rebel Northern Storm brigade. "Once it has been captured, the north will be liberated."

Topics: Breaking News • Ivan Watson • Syria
January 22nd, 2013
02:45 PM ET

CNN Films and Magnolia Pictures Acquire Documentary 'Blackfish' at Sundance

Park City, UT, Tuesday, January 22 - CNN Films, a production and acquisition unit of CNN Worldwide, and the Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures have partnered to acquire the U.S. rights to director Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s buzzed about documentary Blackfish at the Sundance film festival.


January 22nd, 2013
02:21 PM ET

Minnesota Community send Solider and his wife to Inaugural Ball

CNN Newsroom's Suzanne Malveaux talked to Minnesota soldier and his wife about their community coming together to send them to the Commander-in-Chief Ball.

Topics: CNN • Suzanne Malveaux
January 22nd, 2013
01:12 PM ET

Rep. King: He didn't acknowledge honest disagreement

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) talks to CNN Newsroom's Ashleigh Banfield about President Obama's Inaugural address. King says Inauguration is an honoring and unifying day. You can make the case but do it in a magnanimous way.

Topics: Ashleigh Banfield • CNN • CNN Newsroom
January 22nd, 2013
11:49 AM ET

Wu is "elated," "honored" that First Lady picked his dress

Jason Wu tells CNN’s Alina Cho that designing Michelle Obama’s inaugural gown was an honor and details what went into creating it.

Wu says, “Right now, we're working on the fall collection and we were all still working, we had been working until like 10:00, 10:30, and we had to watch. And when the second she came out and everyone just let out the biggest scream. I mean, the whole entire studio, it was amazing. The energy was amazing.”

He adds, “Well, I chose ruby red, and, you know, it was a custom weave fabric. I wanted it to look festive, but I had also wanted - wanted it to be soft and - so that combination of velvet and chiffon was really important so we wove, it was all hand loomed, the fabric, and it's little bets of velvet woven to a floral pattern within a chiffon fabric. It's a two-process.”

CNN Newsroom airs weekdays from 9am-4pm ET on CNN.

Topics: Alina Cho • Carol Costello • CNN • CNN Newsroom
January 22nd, 2013
09:00 AM ET

Blanco: "Incredible honor" to deliver Inaugural poem

Poet Richard Blanco reflects on being the first openly gay, Hispanic poet to deliver the Inaugural poem for President Obama. Blanco details his inspiration, experience in front of a mass gathering of people, preparation in front of a snowman built by his nephews, and reaction to the President’s speech that included rights for gay men and women.

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

Topics: CNN • CNN Politics • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point
January 22nd, 2013
08:11 AM ET

Kurtz talks Jilly Kelley exclusive interview

Howard Kurtz, Newsweek-Daily Beast Washington Bureau Chief and CNN Reliable Sources Host, details his exclusive interview with Jill Kelley, who was at the center of the General David Petraeus and General John Allen scandal involving Paula Broadwell.

Kurtz says, “It was a very emotional interview, Soledad as you might imagine, as Jill Kelley talked about the nightmare that her life has become. And how everything changed for her when she started receiving those anonymous emails that we now know were from Paula Broadwell. She used words… like blackmail and extortion. She said she was terrified. She would not tell me the exact nature of the threats. I did not get to see the emails. But she said she felt she had no choice but to protect her herself and her family by going to the FBI and that of course started the chain of events you referenced.”

Kurtz continues, “Jill Kelley told me this wrenching story about having a birthday party for her seven year old daughter, which was a couple days after this story exploded, Soledad, in the media and how 70 paparazzi were on her front line. She felt like her entire family life had been disrupted… She blames the media for reporting a lot of lies and half truths… She says she has never met Paula Broadwell and that she couldn’t even tell – because what she calls threatening emails were ambiguously worded – that these were from a woman or that there was any jealousy involved potentially involving her friendship, as she describes it, with David Petraeus.”

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

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