August 25th, 2013
04:28 PM ET

Sen. Cruz to Candy Crowley on defunding Obamacare: "We do not have the votes right now"

Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Sen. Ted Cruz joined the program  to discuss his effort to defund Obamacare; former Gov. Howard Dean and Heritage president Jim DeMint spoke about the 2014 election and beyond. Plus, Crowley’s conversation with Congressman John Lewis on the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington. Embeddable video highlights and the full transcript are after the jump.

SEN. CRUZ on his citizenship: " I was an American by birth and serving as a U.S. senator, I think it's appropriate that I'd be only an American.”

CRUZ on defunding Obamacare: "We do not have the votes right now… I believe if we see a grassroots tsunami, that is going to cause Republicans and Democrats to listen to the people.”

HOWARD DEAN on Sen. Cruz: "Ted Cruz may be a very good politician, but he certainly does not know anything about health care… God help us if he ever does get to be anything more than the senator from Texas.”

Bash asks, should Speaker Boehner be replaced if he doesn’t act to shut down the government if Obamacare isn't defunded?
JIM DEMINT: "We're saying this thing should be defunded, it should not go forward, the president is arbitrarily implementing the law… so, we need to stop it and this is a time that it needs to be stopped."


August 23rd, 2013
04:12 PM ET

CNN's Multiplatform Coverage Efforts for 50 Year Anniversary of March on Washington

Special Programming Begins Friday, August 23 with New Oral History Documentary

CNN today announced a multiplatform programming effort for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  Dynamic enterprise programming will begin on Friday, Aug. 23, and include a new documentary of rare oral histories of the March, opinion editorials authored by key figures in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s on the legacy of the event, and curated photo galleries that will supplement the network’s coverage of the live commemorative activities in the nation’s capital.  The network will also carry coverage of President Barack Obama’s remarks from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, Aug. 28.

“The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was an extraordinary event of immeasurable impact upon the nation – and the world,” said Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide.  “CNN is uniquely positioned to offer multidimensional, enterprise coverage that is both reflective and forward-looking to mark this once-in-a-lifetime anniversary,” he said. FULL POST

August 23rd, 2013
04:07 PM ET

New CNN Special Report: The Rescue of Hannah Anderson airs Saturday at 8pm & 11pm ET&PT

In a special hosted CNN’s Anderson Cooper, CNN’s Miguel Marquez reports on the harrowing ordeal suffered by the family of teenager Hannah Anderson.  The now-deceased suspect in her kidnapping, James DiMaggio is suspected of also having murdered her mother and 8-year-old brother, and then burning down his own home with their bodies inside.  DiMaggio himself has an unusual family history, which Marquez explores, in the effort to try to understand how a man who used to be a family friend to the Andersons, betrayed them and took her from her hometown of San Diego to a remote area of Idaho.

CNN Special Report: Kidnapped – The Rescue of Hannah Anderson airs Saturday, Aug. 25 at 8:00pm, 11:00pm, and 2:00am.  All times Eastern.


August 23rd, 2013
01:29 PM ET

CNN's Ashleigh Banfield asks Casey Anthony Judge if a TV show is in his future?


On today's Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield, CNN’s Banfield is reunited with Judge Belvin Perry Jr.   Judge Perry known for his no-nonsense approach in the courtroom, gained national fame during the intensely watched murder trial of Casey Anthony.

Banfield, who covered the murder trial for CNN, discusses with Judge Perry what it was like presiding over the trial, the verdict that stunned America and what might be next for the Judge.

On the news of a possible show:

Judge Perry said that he would love to do a show and shared what a show with him might look like.

"A show with me on it would provide two things.  It would provide entertainment, but it would also provide education on the law."

"I think there is always a need for folks to know about the law and to be entertained - make it fun!" FULL POST

Topics: Ashleigh Banfield • CNN
August 23rd, 2013
06:28 AM ET

President Obama Gives Exclusive Interview to CNN's "New Day" on Major Issues at Home and Abroad

Allegations of Syria Using Chemical Weapons "Is Clearly a Big Event of Grave Concern"

Egypt and the U.S. "Can't Return to Business as Usual"

There is an Abbreviated Time Frame to Make a Decision on Syria and Egypt

NSA surveillance programs "Can Only Work if the American People Trust What's Going on"

Disclosures made by Snowden Made it Clear That People are Concerned with Privacy

Antoinette Tuff "was remarkable"

In a wide-ranging CNN exclusive interview, President Barack Obama discussed college costs; student loans; the administration's response to the crisis in Syria and if a red line has been crossed; Egyptian foreign policy and whether or not a military coup happened; NSA surveillance vs. privacy protection; and inaction in Congress. CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo sat down with the President in Syracuse after he finished his bus tour in upstate New York. Later during a walk and talk, the President gave his thoughts on Antoinette Tuff, Sasha and Malia growing up and the family's new dog, Sunny. The full interview aired today on CNN's morning show "New Day," which runs weekdays from 6-9am ET.

President Obama addressed allegations that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime used chemical weapons on civilians, saying "what we've seen indicates that this is clearly a big event of grave concern." His immediate solution includes communicating with the international community and the United Nations and calling on Syrian government officials to allow an investigation. He said, "There is no doubt that when you start seeing chemical weapons used on a large scale - and, again, we're still gathering information about this particular event, but it is very troublesome." The President told Cuomo that the financial and human cost of the war in Afghanistan is still accumulating and we don't have to "get involved with everything immediately" and "drawn into very expensive, difficult, costly interventions that actually breed more resentment in the region."

When Cuomo asked if Syria has crossed a red line, President Obama responded, "If the U.S. goes in and attacks another country without a U.N. mandate and without clear evidence that can be presented, then there are questions in terms of whether international law supports it, do we have the coalition to make it work, and, you know, those are considerations that we have to take into account." FULL POST

Topics: Chris Cuomo • New Day
August 22nd, 2013
03:22 PM ET

Sneak peek of Crossfire: Great minds don’t always think alike

The all new Crossfire returns September 16, airing weekdays 6:30pm ET only on CNN. The classic debate program features hosts Newt Gingrich and S.E. Cupp on the right, and Van Jones and Stephanie Cutter on the left. Crossfire will feature passionate discussions on topical events of the day - all four hosts agree that a new conversation is needed in America.

The 30-minute show will feature two hosts and guests each night, discussing a range of issues from all sides of the political and cultural spectrum.  For a sneak peek at what is to come, take a look at the promos currently airing on television.

Topics: CNN
August 22nd, 2013
03:03 PM ET

One month of Crossfire Classics: Countdown to Sept. 16

In the next month as CNN counts down to the debut of Crossfire, the new hosts are presenting classic moments from the program’s 23-year history. When the Crossfire team started pulling these tapes off the shelf, they were surprised and delighted to see how many distinguished guests have taken part in Crossfire debates and how many of the topics remain relevant.

Today's clip, from 1998, features future Speaker of the House  John Boehner defending allegations of a “Do-Nothing Congress.”

Aug. 21:


Topics: CNN
August 22nd, 2013
11:45 AM ET

AC360 EXCLUSIVE: School bookkeeper and 911 operator meet for first time since Atlanta school standoff

On AC360°, school clerk Antoinette Tuff and DeKalb County emergency operator Kendra McCray will meet for the first time. Huff is credited with convincing Atlanta school shooter Michael Brandon Hill to surrender himself to police after he entered Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy armed with weapons . McCray was the 911 operator who stayed on the line with Huff during the dramatic standoff and helped relay Hill’s decisions to the police.

Their exclusive interview airs on Anderson Cooper 360° at 8pm ET on CNN.

Topics: CNN
August 22nd, 2013
10:18 AM ET

‘THE FLAG’ Pursues the Mystery of a Missing 9/11 Icon

The First Commissioned CNN FILMS Documentary Debuts Wednesday, September 4

The first original production commissioned for CNN FILMS, THE FLAG, directed by Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein, follows the mysterious journey of the American flag featured in one of the most iconic photographs taken at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.  The 90-minute film is based upon the forthcoming book by David Friend, Vanity Fair’s editor of creative development and formerly LIFE magazine’s director of photography (The Flag, August 27), and will debut Wednesday, September 4, at 9:00pm, 10:30pm, and 1:00am.  All times Eastern.

A vibrant American flag, flying from the back of a boat moored very near the Twin Towers, managed to survive the destruction of the World Trade Center 12 years ago.  Someone removed the flag from the boat on September 11th.  Thomas Franklin, a photographer for the New Jersey newspaper The Record, took a searing photograph of that flag as it was raised by three fire fighters above the smoldering rubble on the evening of the terrorist attacks.  That image immediately became one of the archetypical photographs of the disaster.

Shortly after the iconic photo was taken, the whereabouts of the original flag became a mystery.  Who would keep it – and why? FULL POST

August 22nd, 2013
07:57 AM ET

McCain "confident" Syria used chemical weapons "again"

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) told “New Day” Anchor Kate Bolduan that chemical weapons were in fact used in Syria and the administration lost credibility in the region. McCain wondered when the United States would “stand up” for the people of Syria and also outlined military actions the United States could take to address the deadly crisis in the country.

“It's obvious from the pictures when you see the dead bodies of children and women and others stacked up and the fact is it's already been established that [President Bashar al-Assad] has used [chemical weapons] before, so as I said, it shouldn't surprise us when he's used it again,” McCain said. “It's horrific and outrageous and the President [Obama] a year ago said there would be if they crossed a red line that there would be response. We know now of course that they've already used it. I'm sure and confident that they used it again and they will use it again unless they are reined in and prevented from doing so.”

On Egypt, McCain said, “There's no credibility because we know that the administration at the President's direction called the Egyptians and said if you overthrow Morsi, that we will have to, because of the law, consider that a coup. They overthrew Morsi, and they refused to call it a coup. We're asking them to observe the rule of law and we are not observing our laws. Morsi was a terrible president. I have no grief for the Muslim Brotherhood for the way they governed, but the United States writes laws and we expect to abide by the laws and the generals are not impressed because we didn't come through with our word. If we weren't going to do that we shouldn't have said it and now we have hundreds of people killed in the streets of Cairo.”

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

Topics: Kate Bolduan • New Day
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