February 28th, 2013
12:33 PM ET

Cardinal Dolan talks voting for next pope

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour interviews Cardinal Timothy Dolan at North American College of Cardinals in Rome, on the last day for Pope Benedict XVI. Cardinal Dolan talks about the time he spent with Pope Benedict XVI and how he may vote during the conclave as a “rookie.”

“In a particularly radiant and personal way, the pope is supposed to remind us of Jesus,” Cardinal Dolan said. “We call him the vicar of Christ. So when we see him, we’re immediately elevated to the things beyond, the eternal truth and to the man who described himself as the truth – Jesus Christ…. That’s sort of thewhat you might call the supernatural characteristics that you look for. St. Thomas says grace builds on nature. What are the natural characteristics that we’re looking for? Well, you need a good pastor, somebody’s who’s good with people like Jesus was. You need somebody who is thoroughly versed in the tradition and the profound theology of our Catholic wisdom. Number three, you need somebody savvy about the church universal, who kind of is aware and conscious of the diverse needs of the Catholic family. Number four you need somebody who can get by in at least English and Italian and preferably some other languages, too.” He adds that he’s looking for someone with governing capacity.

Topics: Christiane Amanpour • CNN
February 27th, 2013
08:21 PM ET

Cardinal McCarrick to Christiane Amanpour on the kind of cardinal needed now

CNN International's Christiane Amanpour continues to anchor live coverage from Rome all this week – the last week for the papacy of Benedict XVI.

On Wednesday's program, she spoke with Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, former Archbishop of Washington, DC for the Catholic Church and a cardinal participant in the conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI in 2006.  McCarrick today commented on what kind of cardinal is likely to become the next pope, his thoughts about Father Mahony’s recusal from the conclave, and whether he feels the Church is in ‘crisis’ as Pope Benedict XVI resigns on Thursday.

On Thursday's program, Amanpour will have an exclusive interview with Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the North American College of Cardinals.  Amanpour airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pmET in North America, and at 9:00pmCET in Europe.  The full transcript of this program may be found here.


Topics: Amanpour • Breaking News • Christiane Amanpour • CNN • CNN International • Pope
February 27th, 2013
07:32 PM ET

Bob Woodward "... you're going to regret doing something that you believe in"

Today on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward told CNN that he has been threatened by White House staff over his budget cut challenge. Highlights from the interview are below; a full transcript will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/sitroom.html.


February 27th, 2013
05:03 PM ET
February 27th, 2013
03:47 PM ET

Mayor Bloomberg to CNN's Wolf Blitzer, "The NRA has had the field to itself of talking about guns..."

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer traveled to Capitol Hill today to talk with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg about gun violence, politics and more. A highlight from the interview is below; a full transcript will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/sitroom.html. This interview, along with other guest interviews booked for today – Rev. Jesse Jackson, Bob Woodward and USDA Secy. Tom Vilsack – will air during CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, 4-7 p.m. ET. Visit http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com for additional information from the program.

Blitzer on his Bloomberg interview, “It was clear to me that Mayor Bloomberg is in Washington, he's making it clear to everyone right now, he's ready to put his money where his mouth is, if you will.  He's going to spend a lot of money, just as he did in the special election in Chicago - Jesse Jackson, Jr.'s seat - to get someone elected who agrees with him, that there is way too much gun violence in the United States and the way to deal with it is much more gun control.

MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer”

February 27th, 2013
11:56 AM ET

Tony Mendez on "Argo" winning at the Oscars: "Nothing I ever did in the service was as scary as that moment"

Last night Piers Morgan welcomed Tony Mendez, the real-life hero of the Oscar winning film "Argo."

Having lived the story first hand as an officer, Tony Mendez went on to pen the book "Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled off the Most Audacious Rescue in History," on which the Ben Affleck-led project is based. Joining the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host in studio, he described his feelings while waiting to hear the results late Sunday night:

"It was beyond belief," admitted the author of four non-fiction books, who now works full-time as an artist. "It was an emotional reaction, it was amazing. Nothing I ever did in the service was as scary as that moment. But it also had the high as well as the low."

Topics: CNN • Piers Morgan
February 26th, 2013
04:52 PM ET

Cartoon Network &Sen. Bob Casey (D – Penn) raise anti-bullying flag! Bully Effect airs This Thursday at 10pm

Cartoon Network, AC360’s long-time partner in our special reports on bullying, launched a national program  to continue the company’s campaign against bullying.

They raised the first anti-bullying flag at the Warren G. Harding Middle School in Philadelphia on Feb 20th; 2,000 more schools across the country will join the initiative. The flags, which come with a bullying prevention toolkit, represent the power bystanders have to stop bullying.

On hand for the event was Senator Bob Casey, Democrat from Philadelphia, who plans to introduce the Safe Schools Improvement Act, a federal anti-bullying law, to Congress in the coming days. Currently there is no federal law against bullying.

Topics: AC360
February 26th, 2013
04:46 PM ET

Alex Libby: " I didnt feel the pain." - Video Clip from The Bully Effect: an Anderson Cooper Special

Learn more about Alex Libby's story and see how he has transformed from bullying victim to advocate in the AC360° documentary “The Bully Effect” on Thursday, February 28 at 10 p.m. ET.

Topics: AC360
February 26th, 2013
04:18 PM ET

CNN Narrows The Gap With MSNBC

The Network Tops MSNBC during Dayside 

CNN Evening Programs Show Growth vs. a Year Ago; FNC has Steep Declines in Key Demo 

In February, CNN narrowed the total day gap with MSNBC to only -9k in total viewers (424k vs. 433k) and -11k in 25-54 (130k vs. 141k). At its recent monthly peak (October 2012), the gap was -180k in P2+ and -72k in 25-54.  Last month it was -43k in P2+ and -26k in target demo.

CNN also topped MSNBC during dayside programming (9a-5p) in both total viewers (475k vs. 412k) and in the key demo 25-54 (129k vs. 119k) this month.  FULL POST

Topics: CNN • CNN Press Releases
February 25th, 2013
07:29 PM ET

Sen. Graham to CNN: "Now is the time to grow up. Both parties need to grow up. We need to find a chance to do the big deal."

Today on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) discussed his upcoming immigration meeting with the president, Hagel's confirmation process and the forced budget cuts. A full transcript will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/sitroom.html.

Sen. Graham on White House Meeting,  "It doesn't happen every day.  Yes, we're going to talk about immigration.  But I hope we'll talk about this.  Now is the time to grow up.  Both parties need to grow up.  We need to find a chance to do the big deal.  I'll challenge the president.  Mr. President, let's do things that will straighten out the long-term indebtedness of the country.  Stop talking about between March and October.  Talk about the next 30 years.  I'll raise revenue. Will you reform entitlements?  And both together, we'll set aside sequestration in a way that won't disrupt the economy and hurt the Defense Department."

On forced budget cuts: "Here's what I don't understand.  We're the party of fiscal conservatism. Have we put a plan together to cut $85 billion between March and October? No.  The House passed a plan to substitute sequestration.  The Senate Republicans have it - have yet to offer a plan.  ....I challenge any member of Congress to come up with a proposal to cut $85 billion out of the federal budget between March 1st and October 1st."


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