CNN International's Christiane Amanpour anchors live from Rome all this week – the last week for the papacy of Benedict XVI.
On Monday's program, she spoke with Tom Rosica, assistant spokesperson to the Holy See, about today's announced resignation of the U.K.'s Cardinal Keith O'Brien, amid claims that he made sexual advances towards other priests, and also Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles, criticized for his handling the priest sexual abuse crisis. Despite the circulation of a petition to protest his participation in the upcoming Vatican conclave to select a new pope, Father Rosica confirmed during his interview with Amanpour that Cardinal Mahony is now in Rome and expects to participate in the selection process.
In addition to Father Rosica, Amanpour interviewed journalist and former Dominican friar, Mark Dowd, who is openly gay, who describes homosexuality as a "ticking time bomb in the Catholic Church," suggesting that perhaps half of the clergy are homosexual.
And also on Monday's program, Amanpour interviewed veteran Vatican journalist, Marco Politi, of la Repubblica about the factors that may have influenced the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI, about clergy practicing their sexuality despite their vows of celibacy, and other challenges facing the new pope.
CNN's chief business correspondent Ali Velshi (@alivelshi) breaks down the Republican Party's balanced budget comments, while CNN's chief national correspondent John King (@johnkingcnn) explains the GOP's leverage position.
CNN's Martin Savidge (@martinsavidge) takes a look at the events of the last year in the Trayvon Martin shooting case.
Personal finance expert and best-selling author Suze Orman wrote an op-ed on CNN.com expressing that the federal government should legalize same-sex marriage and end discrimination against gay couples. Orman states, “the refusal of our federal government to legally recognize same-sex marriages imposes steep financial penalties on same-sex couples,” specifically within the areas of health insurance, social security spousal benefits and federal estate taxes. She talks about her own relationship as an example of the injustices she feels she has faced, and hopes that the Supreme Court will work to end discrimination against gay couples this spring, when they weigh in on the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
This evening, on Hollywood's biggest night of the year, Piers Morgan hosted CNN's live red carpet coverage of the 85th Academy Awards. Interviewing everyone from Dustin Hoffman and Tommy Lee Jones to Jennifer Lawrence and Sally Field, the host of "Piers Morgan Tonight" patrolled the event's signature crimson walkway for more than two hours, dishing on everything from the drama to the dresses.
Welcoming Jessica Chastain for a conversation equal parts endearing and entertaining, the star of "Zero Dark Thirty" explained the vision behind her strapless Armani gown:
"The dress reminded me, it was a 'Happy Birthday, Mr. President' kind of dress," said the Best Actress in a Leading Role nominee. "It's an honor to wear a dress that evokes old Hollywood."
Soon after, Morgan chatted with Amy Adams, another nominee in one of the evening's premier categories. Watch here.
Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood sat down with CNN’s Candy Crowley to talk about the upcoming forced budget cuts.
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Sec. LaHood: Well, first of all, we're required to cut $1 billion. The largest number of employees at DOT is at FAA, of which the largest number are FAA controllers. We're going to try and cut as much as we possibly can out of contracts and other things that we do. But in the end, there has to be some kind of furlough of air traffic control - air traffic controllers, and that then will also begin to curtail or eliminate the opportunity for them to guide planes in and out of airports.
Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona weighed in on the future of Chuck Hagel’s confirmation process, the looming budget cuts and on his recent town hall. Highlighted excerpts are after the jump.
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Sen. McCain: Obama must lead on budget deal // http://on.cnn.com/XP0OpL
Sen. McCain: Hagel should get up or down vote // http://on.cnn.com/XP1Jq5
Sen. McCain on heated town hall exchange // http://on.cnn.com/135I9uV
Last night, Piers Morgan welcomed Jimmy Carter for an engaging, and entertaining, face to face interview.
Seated together in San Diego, the former commander in chief offers his unique insight and perspective on the motion picture "Argo," an Oscar-nominated film that's based on actual events occurring during his presidency:
"Let me say first of all, it’s a great drama, and I hope it gets the Academy Award for best film because I think it deserves it," says Carter.
Citing one key discrepancy in the film, the former United States president made this point:
"The other thing that I would say was that 90 percent of the contributions to the ideas and the consummation of the plan was Canadian," notes the 88-year-old. "The movie gives almost full credit to the American CIA. And with that exception, the movie's very good." Watch more here.
TSA administrator John Pistole spoke with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer about the looming budget cuts facing the federal government, the invasive TSA security procedures used on a 3-year-old girl 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 will air during CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, 4-7 p.m. ET today.
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“The Bully Effect: an Anderson Cooper Special,” presented in partnership with Cartoon Network and Stop Bullying: Speak Up will premiere on Thursday, February 28th at 10pm ET. The special will re-air on Sunday, March 3rd at 8pm and on Saturday, March 9th at 8pm.
"Bullying can have devastating consequences for children, parents and educators, and I’m very proud of our continuing work to focus attention on it,” said Cooper. “Families, schools, and organizations across the country are wrestling with how best to address the often complex issues surrounding bullying, and we want to do all we can to help them in those efforts,” he added. FULL POST