Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Congressman Mike Rogers (R-MI), chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, spoke about the NSA’s data collection programs. A full transcript may be found here.
Rep. Mike Rogers:
"I can't tell you how strong we need to make this clear. The NSA is not listening to Americans' phone calls, and it is not monitoring their e-mails. If it did, it's illegal. It's breaking the law.”
"It is absolutely overseen by the legislature, the judicial branch, and the executive branch, has lots of protections built in, that if you can see that just the number of cases where we've actually stopped a plot, I think Americans will come to a different conclusion than all the misleading rhetoric I've heard over the last few weeks.”
On his decision not to run for Senate:
"I just felt I'm making an impact here, and it's important for national security to have some consistency in the chairmanship to make sure we're doing things right. And then, you have the second - you know, the political bucket which was looking exceptionally good for a Senate run.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper interviews a veteran of the U.S. Navy SEALs about the transition from being a masculine special forces military fighter, to a feminine woman.
Christopher Beck served in some of the most dangerous battlegrounds in the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan, earning the Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and other honors along the way. But for 20 years while Beck was fighting for his country, he was also fighting an inner battle over his identity. He wanted to live his life as a woman. After retiring in 2011, Beck made the transition and is now Kristin Beck. She tells her story of courage after her service in battle exclusively to Cooper.
Anderson Cooper Special Report: From Chris to Kristin – A Navy SEAL's Secret airs Friday, June 14 at 10:00pm and 1:00am, and on Saturday, June 15 at 8:00pm and 11:00pm. All times Eastern.
Kate Bolduan and Chris Cuomo sat down with Piers Morgan tonight to talk New Day, working at CNN and waking up really early. Kate told Piers that in order to prepare for her early call times, she has been waking up at 2:15am! Watch here.
"New Day" starts Monday June 17th.
Today the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) recognized CNN with six National Edward R. Murrow Awards for outstanding achievement in the following categories:
CNN's Reporting from Inside Syria
Reporting: Hard News (Radio)
When Police Shoot
Reporting: Hard News (TV)
Nick Paton Walsh's Reporting from Inside Syria
Use of Sound/Video
Saturday Night Fever's Brooklyn Legacy
Sandy: Memories of the Jersey Shore
View the entire list of winners here.
CNN has named Rosa Flores as correspondent it was announced today by Terence Burke, Vice President of Newsgathering for CNN/U.S. She will start in July and will be based in New York City.
Said Burke, “Rosa is an outstanding reporter who made her mark in local television covering numerous breaking news and enterprise stories. We are thrilled to have her join the CNN team.”
In addition to her role as correspondent Flores will serve as substitute anchor. FULL POST
London, 12th June 2013: Last night, CNN Digital journalist Edythe McNamee took home the Gaby Rado Award at the Amnesty International Media Awards for the web feature Mauritania: Slavery’s Last Stronghold. The Gaby Rado Award acknowledges emerging journalists who have covered national or international human rights stories in broadcast, online or print media.
Mauritania: Slavery’s Last Stronghold, a CNN Freedom Project feature, reveals the shocking extent of slavery in modern Mauritania. The judges remarked that the piece “broke new ground with a haunting, powerful story that needed to be told". FULL POST
CNN's senior international correspondent Arwa Damon (@arwacnn) files a dramatic report from the center of the protests in Istanbul's Taksim Square.
Wearing a gas mask, Damon says: "Riot police have just moved in trying to clear out Taksim Square using tear gas and water cannons. There are a number of different front lines here where they're actively standing off with the protesters. The more violent these demonstrations become, the more herded and polarized both sides are in their stances against one another."
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange weighs in on Edward Snowden, the man behind the NSA leak controversy.
Assange calls Snowden “heroic” for his actions and blasts the Obama White House for the surveillance programs. Assange tells Cooper “ you can’t trust any sort of statement that the White House is making” and that WikiLeaks is helping “in limited ways” to monitor the Snowden situation. He “Strongly advices” Snowden to go to Latin America as they are “pushing forward in human rights and have a long history of asylum.”
George Stroumboulopoulos visits actor Keanu Reeves' Arch Motorcycle Company, where the actor reveals a previously unknown side of himself.
The original Arch prototype was born in Los Angeles out of a collaboration between veteran motorcycle builder Gard Hollinger and actor Keanu Reeves. It’s a motorcycle inspired both by the machines of old and the shapes of the future.
"Stroumboulopoulos" explores the worlds of art, pop culture, politics, tech news, and sports through the eyes and the words of their most interesting figures.
"Stroumboulopoulos" airs Fridays at 11pm ET on CNN.
Starting Monday 24 June, ‘A Girl’s World’ will air in Connect the World at 2100 BST / 2200 CET; CNN Newsroom at 0600 BST / 0700 CET; CNN NewsCenter with Monita Rajpal at 1130 BST / 1230 CET
‘A Girl’s World’ is a distinctive new series chronicling the lives of seven girls in seven regions.
The programme offers an intimate look at the unique challenges and opportunities this generation of girls face on a daily basis, exploring education, culture, environment, community, faith and family through the eyes of 16-year-old girls.
Starting 24 June, ‘A Girl’s World’ introduces seven girls from Argentina, Germany, Hong Kong, Pakistan, South Africa, Turkey and the United States, all with untold – yet familiar – stories. FULL POST