March 14th, 2013
03:49 PM ET

GOP Leader Eric Cantor talks with CNN about Rep. Paul Ryan's budget and tax increases

Today on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, House majority leader Eric Cantor spoke with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Kate Bolduan about the President’s meetings on Capitol Hill and more. A highlight from the interview is after the jump; a full transcript will be posted on This interview will air today on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer on CNN from 4 p.m. ET to 7 p.m. ET.

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March 14th, 2013
03:11 PM ET

CNN Digital asks: Can women have it all?

With Marissa Mayer’s mandate to employees to work in the office and Sheryl Sandberg's new book, "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” the questions of work/life balance and women “having it all” are causing women and men alike to examine their own stance on the issue. So…. CNN Digital created content in the forms of photos, op-eds, videos and an iReport assignment this week for users to engage in a hearty debate on, and peel back various layers of the complex topic.


Topics: CNN Digital • CNN Living • CNN Opinion • CNN Photos • Digital • iReport • Video
March 14th, 2013
02:44 PM ET

Rick Santorum: "The biggest problem with the Catholic Church is it's run by human beings"

As Catholics around the world celebrate a newly elected pope, last night "Piers Morgan Live" invited Rick Santorum to share his reactions and insights to an event watched worldwide.

"I was teary-eyed when I saw," said the former Republic presidential candidate, in describing the first appearance of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio now known as Pope Francis. "It's an incredibly moving moment, and to see the humility of this man – obviously, a man who is very much of the people, exactly as some of your commentators were saying – exactly what the Church needs right now, is someone who focuses on holiness, focuses on the mission of the Church which is to serve God, and serve His people here on Earth, and it seems like [that's] what Pope Francis has in mind."

"What do you imagine his idea of reformation may be?" Piers asked the former senator.

"What we're talking about here is the operation of the Church. The biggest problem with the Catholic Church is it's run by human beings," noted Santorum. "It's fallible in the sense that people in those organizations make mistakes and they do things the wrong way."

Topics: CNN
March 14th, 2013
02:38 PM ET

CNN's Barbara Starr reports: Iran confronts U.S. drone over Persian Gulf

From CNN's Security Clearance Blog: "Iranian military aircraft targeted a U.S. Predator drone over the Persian Gulf this week, administration officials said. It was the latest in Iranian efforts to thwart the U.S. military's airborne intelligence collections efforts in the region." READ MORE:

March 14th, 2013
01:06 PM ET

CNN Digital Breaks 2013 Traffic and Live Video Records with Coverage of the Pope

On Wednesday, March 13, CNN Digital set new records for the year as users turned to for news and information about the appointment of a new pope.

With a surge in traffic,’s domestic site posted:

  • 10.7 million uniques – the highest day of 2013 with 450K more visitors than Feb. 12 (SOTU/Dorner manhunt)
  • 68.3 million page views, the second-highest day of the year
  • 5.6 million video starts, the second-highest day of the year
  • 1.4 million live streams – the highest day of the year, topping the previous record of 750K live streams (Inauguration on Jan. 21st)
  • Six of the day's top 10 stories were related to CNN's coverage of the pope.

(Source: Omniture, March 13, 2013) FULL POST

Topics: CNN
March 14th, 2013
12:29 PM ET

Cuomo: Don't count Bergoglio out

During the afternoon of March 13th, before Pope Francis I was elected and announced, CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo reported that Cardinal Bergoglio could be a front-runner.

“A name we have not heard yet that was offered up to me is Cardinal Bergoglio,” Cuomo said.

He added, “As we're thinking about if the big names don't deliver early on and they have to look for an alternative, interesting suggestion from a retired cardinal, Bergoglio, don't count him out.”

Topics: Chris Cuomo • CNN • Pope • Vatican Conclave
March 14th, 2013
09:10 AM ET

Cardinal Dolan Details Papal Conclave Experience, Pope Francis' Humble Actions

Cardinal Timothy Dolan says pope can't change teachings, but can "present" better

Live from Rome, CNN’s Chris Cuomo sits down with Cardinal Timothy Dolan after Pope Francis was elected by the papal conclave. When Cuomo asks if the new pope can make any changes regarding social issues, Cardinal Dolan says the pope cannot change the substance of the Catholic faith, but he can modify the way it’s presented because a lot of the teachings “aren’t going over” with some people. Later in the interview, Dolan recounts the conclave experience and gives insight into what happened immediately after the pope accepted.

“It’s not all fun and games. It’s very intense and it’s very emotionally draining because you think about it night and day. This would be one of the most important things I’d ever have to do – to vote for the new successor of Peter. So there’s a lot of intensity,” Cardinal Dolan said. “… There’s a beautiful sense of the gentle movement of the Holy Spirit. No thunder and lightning. No sledge hammers. No people getting knocked off their horse. But you gradually begin to sense a movement towards a man. You pray hard. You talk a lot to one another.”

Topics: Chris Cuomo • CNN • Pope • Vatican Conclave
CNN Multichoice African Journalist Awards 2013
March 14th, 2013
06:06 AM ET

CNN Multichoice African Journalist Awards 2013

CNN International and MultiChoice this week officially launched the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2013 Awards. 

Tony Maddox, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of CNN International, said: “Recent audience research shows that viewing of CNN across Africa is at an all time high. Against this background, we are delighted to be a part of the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards, now in their eighteenth year.  The awards represent the very best in journalism from across the African continent, and are truly a highlight in CNN’s editorial calendar. I’m proud that they continue to grow in stature and prestige, and the 2013 competition promises to deliver another year of stellar African journalism.” FULL POST

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