October 31st, 2013
06:44 PM ET

Sen. Menendez to CNN's Jake Tapper: "...Syria's becoming the Somalia of the Middle East and attracting an all-star cast of violent extremists."

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) to CNN’s Jake Tapper -  “It seems that we're having meetings about how we get to meetings in Geneva, while Syria's becoming the Somalia of the Middle East and attracting an all-star cast of violent extremists.  And it's beyond my imagination that, at this stage, we don't have a comprehensive plan to try to get Syria into a different track, when we have all of the consequences to the region, to our allies, and to our own national security because of Syria ultimately becoming a breeding ground for terrorists.

A full transcript of The Lead with Jake Tapper will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/


October 31st, 2013
01:32 PM ET

CNN Reports: Feds to Conduct Formal Review of Gym Mat Death

Federal prosecutors will conduct formal review of death of Kendrick Johnson, Georgia teen found dead inside rolled-up gym mat.

The announcement comes a day after a judge granted the family and CNN access to surveillance images and investigative files related to the case, which the Lowndes County sheriff's office had declared accidental.

CNN has been reporting on the case for months, uncovering new details of the teen's death and raising questions about the sheriff's office handling of the case.

Among other things, CNN obtained death-scene imagery that led outside exerts to question the official explanation that Kendrick had suffocated reaching for a sneaker.

Federal prosecutor will look into Kendrick Johnson case

Topics: CNN • Victor Blackwell
Live From Las Vegas: Bourdain Takes A ‘Last Bite’ – Special to follow Season Two Finale on Sun, Nov. 10
October 31st, 2013
11:54 AM ET

Live From Las Vegas: Bourdain Takes A ‘Last Bite’ – Special to follow Season Two Finale on Sun, Nov. 10

Live Guests Include: Marcus Samuelsson, Wendell Pierce, Roy Choi, Bonnie McFarlane and Don Lemon

One-Hour Retrospective Follows Season 2 ‘Parts Unknown’ “Detroit” Finale at 9pm ET

CNN’s award-winning original series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown will present a live, one-hour retrospective episode, Parts Unknown Last Bite, airing from Las Vegas on Sunday November 10 at 10pm ET, following the season two finale of the series, “Detroit.”

Hosted by Bourdain, the live show will emanate from the historic Las Vegas locale Atomic Liquors (a former package store and café where patrons would watch nuclear test blasts from the roof) and include the following special guests: famed chef Marcus Samuelsson, Treme/The Wire star Wendell Pierce, LA chef/author of upcoming memoir LA Son, Roy Choi, comedian Bonnie McFarlane and CNN anchor Don Lemon.

Parts Unknown Last Bite will feature highlights from the past season and feature a lively debate among the guests on subjects such as food sustainability and guns in America – topics that were raised in various episodes of season two. FULL POST

October 31st, 2013
10:43 AM ET

Sen. Graham: "Very good" chance of getting access to Benghazi survivors, witnesses by stopping nominations; President "0 for 3" on Obamacare

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) joined “New Day” to talk Obamacare rollout and yesterday’s congressional hearing, as well as, his firm stance on stopping presidential nominations until he gains access to witnesses and survivors of the Benghazi attack that killed four people, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

On Benghazi, Sen. Graham said, “This is a big deal. We haven't gotten the truth. And the only leverage I have is to insist upon this information being released by stopping nominations. I'm not asking for too much. Is it really too much for me to want to talk to the people who were in Benghazi independent of the administration? Or should, in the future, the Congress just be told to shut up and go away, trust us, we've looked at it.”

He added, “I'm asking every Republican and Democrat to join together and tell this administration you can't get away with this. This is a bad precedent.”

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


Topics: Kate Bolduan • New Day
October 31st, 2013
08:54 AM ET

Will Cain, Marc Lamont Hill debate Obamacare, minimum standards

On "New Day" with Anchor Chris Cuomo, CNN Commentator Will Cain and Huff Post Live Host Marc Lamont Hill debate Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ congressional hearing on Obamacare.

Cain said, "There is a concerted effort right now to make this about Republicans. And that's why I'm telling you I think Republicans need to step back and let it play out."

On Obamacare’s minimum coverage standards, Hill said, "It's not President Obama's arbitrary minimum standards. It’s fairly in any objective standard of equality, reasonable healthcare…. It’s not like Obama said, ‘Oh, I don’t want that one.’”

Cain responded, “Do you hear the arrogance in that statement? You are defining for the rest of America what minimum standards are.”

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


Topics: Chris Cuomo • New Day
CNN Digital Wins Three EPPY Awards
October 30th, 2013
04:43 PM ET

CNN Digital Wins Three EPPY Awards

CNN Digital claimed three EPPY Awards today from Editor & Publisher. The EPPY™ Awards honor the best media-affiliated websites across 31 diverse categories. Now in its 18th year, this international contest has broadened its scope to keep up with the ever-changing Internet industry.

CNN won for:

Best Business/Finance Website: CNNMoney.com

Best Entertainment Blog:  The Marquee Blog

Best Crowd Sourcing/Citizen Journalism site: The 3rd Annual iReport Awards

Click here for a full list of EPPY finalists.

Topics: Awards • CNN Digital • CNNMoney • Entertainment • iReport
October 30th, 2013
10:20 AM ET

CNN Digital produces online documentary on income equality for ‘Change the List’ series

What does extreme income inequality do to the fabric of society - and how can it be reversed? ‘Change The List’ series creator, CNN Opinion writer John Sutter, travels to the most unequal place in America: East Carroll Parish, Louisiana, to explore the answers to this question. In a vote this year, America's rich-poor gap was the most important issue for CNN to cover chosen by Change the List readers.

The United States – which prides itself on a vibrant middle class – increasingly is becoming a two-tier society, one where some people get extraordinarily rich and others struggle in poverty or near-poverty. East Carroll Parish, Louisiana, is the county with the highest level of income inequality in America – a larger rich-poor gap than Manhattan. The top 5% makes more than $600,000 per year, and the bottom fifth earns only $6,800, and about 40% are living in poverty. The documentary (story by John Sutter with video by Edythe McNamee) profiles East Carroll Parish and its largest town, Lake Providence, where a lake literally and figuratively divides the rich from the poor. The video focuses primarily on mother and prison guard, Delores Gilmore, who lives on the south side of Lake Providence. The documentary asks residents questions including what are the odds that a person could move from one side of the lake to the other? And what has income inequality done to dream of a better future?


Topics: CNN • CNN Digital • CNN Opinion • Digital • Enterprise • Social Media • Video
October 30th, 2013
01:02 AM ET

AC360: "Treme" star Rob Brown tells Anderson Cooper he was victim of racial profiling at Macy's

One of the stars of the hit show "Treme" is suing Macy's and the NYPD after an incident he says was the result of racial profiling. Rob Brown claims he was wrongly accused of buying an expensive watch with a fraudulent credit card, and was then paraded through the store in handcuffs. Rob Brown recounted the incident for Anderson on tonight’s AC360°.

Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper
October 30th, 2013
12:52 AM ET

VIDEO: Anderson Cooper EXCLUSIVE interview with surfer Carlos Burle "it’s like going down a mountain that never ends"

Brazilian surfer Carlos Burle may have just surfed the largest wave on record. Some estimates suggest it was taller than 100 feet. If it is, it would break the previous record by more than 20 feet. Just before Burle caught that wave, he rescued a fellow surfer and friend who nearly drowned. Carlos Burle discussed all of this with Anderson

Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper
CNN's Allison Gollust Named CMO
October 29th, 2013
03:46 PM ET

CNN's Allison Gollust Named CMO

New Role Expands her Duties, Which Continue to Include CNN’s Worldwide Communications

Allison Gollust has expanded her role with CNN Worldwide, adding Chief Marketing Officer to her responsibilities.  Gollust has served as SVP of Communications for CNN since March of this year.

“As we put even greater emphasis in the year ahead on re-imagining our content, and in parallel, our brand, this is a key move in assuring our success,” said Jeff Zucker, President, CNN Worldwide.  “Allison has a keen understanding of how every aspect of communications works together to tell a story – be it on the public relations side or in strategic marketing.  Combining these two areas under one proven leader simply makes sense.” FULL POST

Topics: CNN
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