July 30th, 2013
09:03 AM ET

Quinn: "Cheeky" to ask Weiner to withdraw; Spitzer's thoughts irrelevant on mayor's race

New York City mayoral candidate Christine Quinn sat down with New Day’s Kate Bolduan to talk about her record, thoughts on Anthony Weiner and reaction to Pope Francis’ comments on gays. When Bolduan asked why she has not asked Weiner to step out of the race, Quinn replied that although she thinks it’s “cheeky” to ask opponents to withdraw, she does believe “the scandal had an impact in voters' minds” and that Eliot Spitzer’s thoughts on the mayor’s race is not relevant.

“There’s been a lot of discussion about second chances in this race from former Congressman Weiner and the former Governor [Spitzer],” Quinn said. “Look, for me the question is, let’s give us a first chance. When I’m elected mayor, I’ll be the first woman and the first openly gay mayor of New York.”

On Pope Francis, Quinn said, “I think the Pope deserves so much credit for making those statements. They were enormously positive statements.” She added, “There’s more we want, changes we want in the Catholic Church. It’s not everything. But that is a step forward.”

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

Topics: Kate Bolduan • New Day
July 30th, 2013
08:19 AM ET

Paul Begala: Hillary Clinton meetings show "united" Democratic party; Weiner controversy "personal" for Clintons

On New Day, CNN Political Commentator Paul Begala weighed in with his thoughts on Hillary Clinton having separate meetings with President Obama and Vice President Biden, as well as, the impact of NYC Mayoral Candidate Anthony Weiner’s explicit social media activity on wife Huma Abedin.

On Hillary Clinton meeting with the President and Vice President, Begala told CNN’s Chris Cuomo, “Part of what maybe they’re trying to convey is the unity of the Democratic party, while there is this very public and sometimes personal fight in the Republican party between more moderate Northeasterners like Peter King, the Congressman from New York, or Chris Christie, the Governor from New Jersey, versus Ted Cruz, the Senator from Texas, or Rand Paul, the Senator from Kentucky. There’s a terrible fight in the Republican party going on and here, for once, it’s the Democrats who are united.”

On the Anthony Weiner controversy, Begala said, “I have not been in touch with the [former] President [Clinton] or Hillary about this. But you know, the rest of us in Clinton land, we all talk. This is personal; it is not political,” Begala said. He continued, “We love Huma and she’s going through pain. And this… scandal she is going through – she has done nothing wrong. And so all of us who love and care for Huma, of course we’re upset to see what she’s going through.”

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

Topics: Chris Cuomo • New Day
July 29th, 2013
10:15 PM ET

AC360 Video: CNN and CIR investigation uncovers major fraud in largest Medicaid program

A year-long investigation by CNN and the Center for Investigative Reporting finds widespread fraud in America’s largest Medicaid program. The investigation uncovers poor government oversight that has allowed felons and people on the Medicaid exclusion list to run drug rehab centers in California.

A year after The Center for Investigative Reporting filed its first public records request about Drug Medi-Cal fraud, California's Department of Health Care Services has moved to temporarily cut funding to 16 drug rehab clinics.

Tonight the first part of the series aired on Anderson Cooper 360° and more will air Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.

Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper • Drew Griffin
July 29th, 2013
06:06 PM ET

Jason Patric on custody battle: "I want to see my son"

Actor Jason Patric is involved in a prolonged custody battle over his son Gus that he had with former girlfriend Danielle Schreiber through in vitro fertilization. This morning on New Day, Patric explained to CNN's Chris Cuomo that he is more than just a sperm donor to his son, who he hasn't seen in 23 weeks. Later in the interview, Patric points to school forms, financial support and photos as evidence of the relationship. Also, he defended a letter he sent to his ex, in which he wrote that he's not ready to be a father, and talked about the challenges he faces with the California law preventing him from custody.

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

Topics: Chris Cuomo • New Day
July 29th, 2013
05:39 PM ET

CNN Films Commissions Feature-length Documentary Film on Hillary Clinton

Film commissioned from Academy Award-Winning Director and Producer Charles Ferguson

CNN Films announced today that it has commissioned a feature-length documentary on Hillary Rodham Clinton from Academy Award-winning director and producer Charles Ferguson.  The documentary, currently in pre-production, will take a comprehensive look at the professional and personal life of one of the most powerful women in American politics.  It is expected to premiere in 2014 with a theatrical run prior to airing on CNN.

"I am very excited to be making a film about Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose fascinating life and work embody so many of America’s, and the world’s, hopes and challenges," said Charles Ferguson.  "I am delighted and extremely grateful that CNN Films has given me this remarkable opportunity." FULL POST

Topics: CNN • CNN Films
July 28th, 2013
12:01 PM ET

Sen. Feinstein on State of the Union calls for San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to resign

Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senator Dianne Feinstein spoke about embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, calling for his resignation. Feinstein also weighed in on the latest clashes in Egypt, U.S.-Russia relations in light of Edward Snowden’s status, and her support for the next chairman of the Federal Reserve. Highlighted excerpts are below, and a full transcript is after the jump. Additional embeddable video will be posted at http://www.CNN.com/SOTU.


FEINSTEIN: I think this is a real point of definition of what kind of Egypt is going to come out of this. And, for the first time, I am very concerned. I'm surprised that the military would urge people to go to the streets. They had to have known, if they do that, the other side is going to respond, and it became kind of a catalyst for violence. So, I don't think we know what kind of Egypt is going to emerge.

FEINSTEIN: Well, I was asked to sign and I signed, because I have met Janet Yellen on two occasions. I have followed her. She's very well thought of. She knows the fed, and she's very highly qualified. And I think a woman as head of the Federal Reserve, a qualified woman, would be a very positive thing for this administration.

FEINSTEIN: "I would be very hopeful that President Putin still would decide to turn him over. I suspect this sort of temporary amnesty or refugee status is to give Russia time to really consider what's in their best interests, and I think, if they think about it hard, what Snowden did, it's not in their best interests… I think that Obama really ought to sit down when he can with Putin and make the case.”



July 28th, 2013
10:15 AM ET

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on State of the Union – Video and Full Transcript

In an interview airing Sunday on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew spoke about Detroit, the economy, and whether the Obama administration wants more tax hikes. Lew also weighed in on Eliot Spitzer’s candidacy for New York City comptroller and the future leadership of the Federal Reserve. Video links are below, and a full transcript is after the jump.


Treasury Secy. Jack Lew on CNN – part one

Treasury Secy. Jack Lew on CNN part two

Lew: economy is showing signs of health

Jack Lew on a Fed nominee and Spitzer


July 26th, 2013
09:44 AM ET

Hugh Jackman gets in a "bad mood" to prepare for "The Wolverine"

On New Day, Actor Hugh Jackman sat down with CNN’s Chris Cuomo to talk about his new movie “The Wolverine,” opening today in theaters nationwide.

On preparing for the ferocious mutant character for the sixth time, Jackman explained, “I do little triggers. First of all it's important to understand that everything comes from some kind of pain or some kind of trauma. I think that's what makes X-Men and this character enduring is that he's not just angry with claws. He's really actually conflicted and complex. So as an actor I'm looking for…what makes him dark, what kind of pain he has had to endure over so many years, and that's where I base the character.”

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

Topics: Chris Cuomo • New Day
July 26th, 2013
07:19 AM ET

Spain train crash survivor: thought speed "might have been an error"

After fighting off and surviving cancer four years ago, 18-year-old Stephen Ward, a Mormon missionary from Utah, survived the deadly train crash in northern Spain. Ward recounted the harrowing experience on CNN's New Day.

“My condition is improving quickly, and I have nothing that is going to be permanent or is going to not heal on its own,” Ward said.

“I was writing in my journal, I kind of looked up and saw the speed and thought ‘oh that’s funny,’ I thought it might have been an error or something,” Ward said. “We went around a sharp turn and all of the sudden you can tell one set of wheels left the rails…. No one got super scared about it…. And after one or two seconds you could feel us leave the other set of tracks and the whole train rotated about 90 degrees. I blacked out before we hit the ground, which was very lucky for me, and the next thing I knew they were helping me out.”

When CNN's Chris Cuomo asked Ward what he saw when he came out of the blackout, Ward responded, “The train had fallen into a ditch where I was and they helped me up and off to the side…. I was one of the first people they helped out. They were helping other people out. There was screaming, there were bodies, there was smoke.”


Topics: Chris Cuomo • New Day
July 25th, 2013
03:17 PM ET

CNN FILMS Broadcast of ‘OUR NIXON’ Bows Thursday, August 1 – Preview

The CNN FILMS documentary OUR NIXON will broadcast Thursday, August 1 at 9:00pm ET&PT.  The two-hour, all-archival film, which largely draws upon footage shot by ex-President Nixon's closest aides, has received wide acclaim during its exhibition at film festivals in 2013, a year that marks the centennial of Nixon’s birth.  Until recently, the films and audiotapes were retained by the National Archives, as part of the Watergate investigation.

Co-producers Brian Frye and Penny Lane curated film from more than 500 reels of re-discovered Super 8 home movies shot by special assistant to the president Dwight Chapin, chief of staff H.R. Haldeman, and domestic affairs adviser John Ehrlichman, to compose the documentary, and audio excerpts culled from nearly 4,000 hours of secret White House tapes.   Through their documentation of both routine and extraordinary moments – including their heady exuberance in the wake of Nixon’s election victory in 1968: the inauguration, historic diplomatic missions to China and Europe, the exultant reactions to the moon landing, festive celebrations at the White House, and Trisha Nixon’s wedding, multifaceted, comprehensive portraits of each man – and the White House – emerges.

Chapin, Haldeman, and Ehrlichman captured their .  Along the way, an intimate portrait of the inner workings of the White House develops. FULL POST

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