June 28th, 2013
06:58 PM ET

CNN Exclusive: Jimmy Carter Weighs in on Paula Deen Controversy

In an exclusive interview with CNN's Suzanne Malveaux, former president Jimmy Carter shares that Paula Deen reached out to him for advice around her using the N-word.

More from the interview on CNN.com


June 28th, 2013
01:47 PM ET

The Lead on Friday: Who's watching the watchmen? Jake Tapper reports

Coming up today on The Lead with Jake Tapper, a report on the letter sent to Charles Edwards, the Department of Homeland Security acting Inspector General, by Sens. Claire McCaskill and Ron Johnson. In it, Edwards is accused of various misconduct that the two allege has been brought to their attention by “numerous whistleblowers.” Tapper will interview Sen. Ron Johnson live during the 4 p.m. ET program.

From CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper:

Inspectors general are the internal watchdogs in government, the independent officers upon whom the public relies.

But what happens when the inspectors general themselves are accused of wrongdoing? Who watches the watchmen?

CNN has obtained a letter from the chair and ranking Republican on the Senate subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight to the acting inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security, Charles Edwards, laying out a number of potentially damaging allegations against him, including his being susceptible to political pressure to the point that an investigation into Secret Service misconduct in Cartagena, Colombia, was scrubbed of damaging information.

Read more via http://www.CNN.com/TheLead:

Who's watching the watchmen? Dept. of Homeland Security Inspector General accused of various misdeeds


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June 28th, 2013
07:40 AM ET

Rep. Ros-Lehtinen: Senate immigration bill won't pass in House

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) told CNN’s Kate Bolduan on New Day that the immigration bill passed in the Senate is “not going to move in the House” because a more balanced bill will require the two chambers to go into conference to appease both sides – achieving optimal border security and a clear path to citizenship.

“I do understand that that bill is not going to move in the House,” said Rep. Ros-Lehtinen. “We’re hoping that any bill will pass in the House so that we can go into conference with the Senate and out of that conference report, it will be a balanced bill.”

New Day airs weekday mornings from 6-9am ET on CNN.

Topics: Kate Bolduan • New Day
June 27th, 2013
09:27 AM ET

Steve Carell: I feel "lucky" to be busy; "Anchorman 2" is "ridiculous"

Actor Steve Carell, who voices Gru in “Despicable Me 2” out nationwide July 3, spoke with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan and Michaela Pereira on New Day about voicing the animated character, feeling “lucky” to be busy and starring in other upcoming features “The Way, Way Back” and “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.”

“I’ve waited my entire life to be busy,” Carell said. “Whenever I hear actors complain about being busy, I think ‘shut up.’ Because you do, you wait to be successful or to be able to work. And yea, I’m extremely lucky.”

New Day airs weekday mornings from 6-9am ET on CNN.

Topics: Chris Cuomo • Kate Bolduan • Michaela Pereira • New Day
June 26th, 2013
10:33 PM ET

AC360 Video: Wendy Davis to Anderson Cooper “ I underestimated how difficult it would be “ to stand for so long

Tonight on AC360°, Texas Senator Wendy Davis spoke with Anderson Cooper about standing and speaking for nearly eleven hours to filibuster an abortion bill. Davis told Cooper that she “ underestimated how difficult it would be “ to stand for so long.

Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper
June 26th, 2013
10:20 PM ET

Piers Morgan Live: CNN's new "Crossfire" hosts weigh in on DOMA ruling

Tonight, "Piers Morgan Live" welcomed the four co-hosts of CNN's new version of "Crossfire," which relaunches this fall. On CNN together for the first time, all four hosts, Newt Gingrich, Van Jones, Stephanie Cutter and SE Cupp, weighed in on today's Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, striking down DOMA. Watch here.

Topics: CNN
June 26th, 2013
09:36 PM ET

Fmr Defense Secretary / Fmr CIA Director Robert Gates discusses Syria, Snowden with CNN's Amanpour

Former U.S. Defense Secretary and former CIA Director Robert Gates spoke with CNN's Christiane Amanpour about his view that the U.S. should be very cautious about offering military support for the Syrian rebels trying to topple the Assad regime inside Syria.  Sec. Gates describes that Americans should be prepared for a lengthy association with Syria if the U.S. engages in military aid to rebels in Syria or associating with other nations undergoing revolution, telling Amanpour in his interview:

"In 250 years on the history of revolution, beginning with our own, ours is the only one that actually turned out reasonably well in the early decades.  In every other case, the most radical, the most ruthless, the most violent and the best organized have been the winners in those revolutions, have come out on top."

Gates also spoke about his views on the NSA leaker, Edward Snowden, who is now presumed to be in transit status at a Russian airport:

"Frankly, these are the tools that we use to protect the American people.  You've always had this debate in this country over the proper balance between freedom and security.  But 35 years ago, after the scandals of the CIA, we established these oversight mechanisms that under presidents is different, as Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama and George W. Bush have been continued.

And under Congress' control, both by the Republicans and the Democrats, to override all of those institutional safeguards.  For an individual to take upon himself doing this is a formula for chaos and anarchy."

AMANPOUR airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pm and 5:00pm Eastern.  The full transcript for this interview may be found here.


June 26th, 2013
06:19 PM ET

Kamala Harris to CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Prop. 8: "The bells will ring and the marriages will begin."

Today on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, California attorney general Kamala Harris spoke with CNN about the Supreme Court ruling on Proposition 8. A highlight from the interview is after the jump and the full transcript will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS

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


AC360 EXCLUSIVE – Wendy Davis Speaks with Anderson Cooper about her Nearly 11hr Filibuster
June 26th, 2013
05:43 PM ET

AC360 EXCLUSIVE – Wendy Davis Speaks with Anderson Cooper about her Nearly 11hr Filibuster

Tonight on AC360°, Anderson will speak with Wendy Davis, the Texas senator who stood for nearly eleven hours to filibuster a bill that would place new restrictions on abortion clinics and ban the practice after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The exclusive interview will air tonight on Anderson Cooper 360° at 8pm ET on CNN.

Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper
June 26th, 2013
02:47 PM ET

Melissa Etheridge: "I am looking forward to marrying my partner of three years"

Singer Melissa Etheridge shares her excitement to “get married in California” with CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield after the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss the Proposition 8 case and to strike down a part of DOMA.

Topics: Ashleigh Banfield • CNN • CNN Newsroom
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