February 7th, 2013
10:49 PM ET

Giuliani: "Bush got so much heat for waterboarding, and President Obama has killed scores of people."

On Piers Morgan Tonight, Piers Morgan sat down with former New York city mayor Rudy Giuliani to discuss the Obama administration's policy on drone attacks.  Asked by Morgan if there would have been more scrutiny if the same policy was in place during a Republican administration, Giuliani said, "For the life of me I can understand why George Bush got so much heat for waterboarding three people, and President Obama has killed scores of people."

He went on to say "I probably agree with the decision President Obama made so I'm not saying he shouldn't have made those decisions.  But I think those decisions would have been scrutinized heavily."  He also said "From the point of view of a terrorist, would you rather be waterboarded or killed.  If your waterboarded, at least you're alive."

Topics: CNN • Piers Morgan
February 7th, 2013
04:23 PM ET

TUNE IN TO CNN for an ENCORE PRESENTATION: Jake Tapper Reports - An American Hero: The Uncommon Valor of Clint Romesha

On Sunday, Feb.10, anchor and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper will chronicle a compelling story of former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha, who led the courageous battle when Combat Outpost Keating was attacked by the Taliban on Oct. 3, 2009. A special, encore presentation of An American Hero: The Uncommon Valor of Clint Romesha will air on Sunday evening at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET. President Obama will award Staff Sgt. Romesha the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions of that deadly day on Monday, Feb. 11.

Less than two weeks ago, Tapper traveled to Minot, N.D., to again sit down with Romesha to talk about his uncommon valor and remarkable service to his country. The special also will feature interviews with Sergeant Thomas Rasmussen and former Private First Class Chris Jones who fought alongside Romesha.


Topics: Jake Tapper
February 7th, 2013
02:21 PM ET

CNN Mobile Hits 30 Million Downloads

CNN’s mobile apps for iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows, Kindle Fire, Nook and Nokia now boast more than 30 million downloads.*  Along with this milestone, CNN has reintroduced users to James Earl Jones' iconic greeting "This is CNN" on mobile.  Users can download the latest update to the CNN Apps for iPhone and iPad to hear Jones' audio greeting whenever the app launches.  The audio greeting can be turned off within the apps' settings.

CNN iReport has also invited users to record their own "This is CNN" message with the best ones to be featured on CNN's Facebook page.


Topics: CNN Digital • iReport • Mobile • Ratings
February 7th, 2013
11:19 AM ET

AC360: Dr. Connie Mariano. former WH doctor responds to Christie's "Shut up"

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has a blunt message for the former White House doctor who weighed in on his waistline. He told her, in part, to "shut up" about his health unless she wants to examine him and review his medical history. Dr. Connie Mariano joined Anderson to respond.

Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper
February 7th, 2013
09:35 AM ET

FIRST ON CNN: Panetta to recommend pay cut for military

By: CNN's Barbara Starr

Just days before he leaves office, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is recommending military pay be limited, effectively decreasing troop salary next year.

Panetta will recommend to Congress that military salaries be limited to a one percent increase in 2014.  The Pentagon has calculated that the 2014 Employment Cost Index (ECI) from the Labor Department is expected to be above one percent, but wants to still cut back on pay due to “budget uncertainties,” one department official told CNN.  In 2013, a 1.7 percent increase was approved, based on the ECI, which has been the basis for military pay for the last several years.

Three Pentagon officials have confirmed details of the plan to CNN. The Joint Chiefs of Staff have also agreed to Panetta’s proposed pay plan. Final approval for the pay would come from Congress in the form of the 2014 budget.

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Topics: CNN