April 30th, 2014
06:19 PM ET

Racial controversies on Capitol Hill


(CNN) – There is a new generation of Republicans trying to bridge long time differences with the black community. But sometimes on the road to outreach, some step in a pothole – or two.

CNN's Dana Bash reports on that story, and another racially charged one coming from Congressman Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi.


April 29th, 2014
10:56 AM ET

‘THE SIXTIES’ from Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman Debuts Thursday, May 29

Critically-acclaimed series from Playtone, Herzog & Co. explores the decade that changed everything

From the Cold War to the war in Vietnam, to the struggles for equality in America’s courtrooms and streets, the assassinations of JFK, MLK, Malcolm X, and RFK, the new politics, music, fashion, and technology of the 1960s reflected a period of monumental social and political change.  As the youngest of the “Baby Boom” generation, and several momentous events in the pivotal decade – , including the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Gulf of Tonkin incident, and the Beatles appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show – turn 50 in 2014, THE SIXTIES on CNN takes a close look at the people, events, and discoveries that defined how Americans came to think about their government, their place in the world, and themselves.

Executive produced by multiple Emmy® award-winning producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (HBO’s John Adams and The Pacific) of Playtone, and Emmy® award-winning producer Mark Herzog (History’s Gettysburg) of Herzog & Co. (HCO), the landmark era of the 1960s is explored through their provocative and compelling 10-part CNN Original Series, THE SIXTIES, launching on Thursday, May 29, at 9:00pmET and PT.

“The 1960s represents different things to different people, but those turbulent years were undeniably consequential – altering virtually every aspect of modern American life for the generations that have come afterwards.  Given their extraordinary series capturing American revolutionary history and World War II, Playtone and HCO are perfect for a production of this broad scope and tremendous ambition,” said Amy Entelis, senior vice president of talent and content development for CNN Worldwide. FULL POST

April 28th, 2014
06:04 PM ET

Kareen Abdul-Jabbar reacts to Sterling

(CNN) – NBA Hall of Fame player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar calls racist comments attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling "outrageous."

"We are supposed to be a society that has stepped past that and we see evidence everywhere we look that the bad old days really are not over," Abdul-Jabbar said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

On Saturday, TMZ posted a 10-minute recording of a phone conversation, reportedly between Sterling and his girlfriend, V. Stiviano. According to the website, Sterling reportedly made discriminatory remarks during an argument he had with her on April 9.


Topics: CNN
April 27th, 2014
03:29 PM ET

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi on CNN's State of the Union

Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy CrowleyDr. Hanan Ashrawi, PLO Executive Committee member, responded to Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu's interview on CNN's State of the Union earlier this morning. She said Israel is violating international law and finding any excuse to stop the peace process.

A transcript of the interview is available after the jump.


April 27th, 2014
01:29 PM ET

Tom Donilon on Fareed Zakaria GPS

CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS features an interview with Tom Donilon, the former national security advisor to Obama, about the President's trip to Asia and the Ukraine-Russia conflict.

A transcript and video of the interview are available after the jump.


April 27th, 2014
12:58 PM ET

Barry Diller talking Aereo Supreme Court case on Reliable Sources

Today on CNN's Reliable Sources hosted by Brian Stelter, Barry Diller, chairman and senior executive at IAC, spoke to CNN in an exclusive interview about the ongoing Aereo Supreme Court case.

During the interview, Diller said to Stelter: "What we did is constructed a technological advance within the law as we understood it."

A transcript of the interview is available after the jump.


April 27th, 2014
12:41 PM ET

WH: Assad 'forfeited' right lead to Syria

Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy CrowleyTony Blinken, U.S. deputy national security adviser, spoke to CNN about President Obama's Asia trip, the Russia-Ukraine conflict, and Syria.

On tensions in Syria, Blinken said to Crowley: "We're working– we're working with other countries. We're working with the moderate opposition in Syria to build the pressure on Assad as we speak."

For more information, check out the following blog post:

CNN Political Ticker

Russia, Syria, Middle East: Is the U.S. losing its ability to sway allies?

A transcript and video from the interview are available after the jump.


April 27th, 2014
12:26 PM ET

Netanyahu: Abbas doing damage control

Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister, spoke to CNN about the Middle East peace process and said that Israel won't participate in peace talks that include Hamas.
For more information, check out the following blog posts:
CNN Political Ticker
A transcript of the interview is available after the jump.


April 24th, 2014
08:07 PM ET

Series finale of CHICAGOLAND airs TONIGHT at 10pmET and PT

For tonight's exciting conclusion of CHICAGOLAND, Mayor Rahm Emanuel lays out his vision for Chicago’s future – both in his annual budget address and at Chicago Ideas Week, where celebrated chef Mario Batali and renowned artist Hebru Brantley are also featured.  The pension crisis is the next great challenge for the Mayor – and, also for public employees like Chicago Fire Department’s Captain Joel Burns.  Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and the CPD have reduced homicides significantly, but now have to ensure the public’s safety during the city’s marathon – in the wake of the tragic events in Boston.

Early childhood and charter education advocate Dr. Diane Rauner, president of Ounce of Prevention, assists the Mayor’s efforts to expand access to education for young children.  First Lady Michelle Obama shares some wisdom with a young Chicago student getting ready for college.  Meanwhile, Fenger High Principal Liz Dozier receives a helping hand with a fundraiser shepherded by local entrepreneurs Billy Dec and Juanita Jordan.

Viewers can join in the live social media dialogue tonight for the series finale with the producers and featured participants in CHICAGOLAND, by logging into Twitter during the broadcast and using #Chicagoland, by following @CNNOrigSeries, or by visiting www.cnn.com/chicagoland.

CHICAGOLAND is executive produced by Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn of Sundance Productions, and Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin of the Peabody Award-winning team that created BRICK CITY.  CHICAGOLAND explores where politics and policy meet real people’s lives in a beloved heartland American city.


April 24th, 2014
05:38 PM ET

CNN's Richard Quest speaks exclusively to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak

In an exclusive television interview with CNN’s Richard Quest (@RichardQuest), Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says he’s prepared to release the preliminary report on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 next week, even though he refuses to declare the plane – and the 239 people on board – lost.

PM NAJIB: I have directed an internal investigation team of experts to look at the report, and there is a likelihood that next week we could release the report.

PM NAJIB: The military radar, the primary radar has some capability. It tracked an aircraft which did a turn back, but they were not exactly sure whether it was MH370. What they were sure of was that the aircraft was not deemed to be hostile.
QUEST: Where they tracking it on the night, at the time it was flying? Or is that an expo facto, when they went back and looked at it?
PM NAJIB: There were, I believe there was a man who was monitoring the radar screen but the interpretation was done after the event.
QUEST: So, no planes were sent up on the night to investigate?
PM NAJIB: No because, simply, it was deemed not to be hostile.
QUEST: Don’t you find that troubling that a civil aircraft can turn back, fly across the country and nobody thinks to go up and have a look? Because one of two things – I understand the threat level – either the plane is in trouble and needs help or it’s nefarious and you really want to know what someone going up there to do. So, as the prime minister, don’t you find that troubling?
PM NAJIB: You see I’m coming back to my earlier statement – they were not sure whether it was MH370.
QUEST: Even more reason to go have a look.
PM NAJIB: They were not sure. But it behaved like a commercial airline following a normal flight path.

PM NAJIB: At some point in time I would be, but right now I think I need to take into account the feelings of the next of kin - and some of them have said publicly that they aren't willing to accept it until they find hard evidence.

PART 1: http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/world/2014/04/24/mh370-malaysia-pm-najib-razak-quest-intv.cnn.html
PART 2: http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/world/2014/04/24/mh370-malaysia-prime-minister-najib-razak-quest-part-2.cnn.html  FULL POST

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