Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks to Gloria Borger about the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into the Benghazi attacks which concludes that there was not a White House cover-up. Condemning both the Obama Administration and the intelligence community, Senator Graham states that he considers the Benghazi report “crap” and “garbage”. Senator Graham says he does not “believe that the report is accurate, given the role that Mike Morell (then deputy CIA director) played in misleading the Congress on two different occasions”. He also indicates that “the House Intelligence Committee is doing a lousy job policing their own” referring to the CIA. In addition, Senator Graham did not rule out running for the presidency in 2016 and chided the Republican party on immigration, saying “shame on us” for not passing a bill in the House.
"I am so disappointed in my party, my president, and my country." – Senator Lindsey Graham
On the House Intelligence Committee’s Benghazi report: “I'm saying the House Intelligence Committee is doing a lousy job policing their own. I'm saying that anybody who has followed Benghazi at all knows that the CIA deputy director did not come forward to tell Congress what role he played in changing the talking points. And the only way we knew he was involved is when he told a representative at the White House, I'm going to do a hard review of this, a hard rewrite.”
On the placing the blame for Benghazi: “This report puts all the blame on the State Department and absolves the intelligence community. When the Department of Defense committees looked at it, the Department of Defense was held blameless. At the end of the day, everybody is pointing fingers to everybody else.”
On immigration reform: “Shame on us as Republicans. Shame on us as Republicans for having a body that cannot generate a solution to an issue that it's national security, that's cultural and it's economic. The Senate has done this three times.”
A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump. FULL POST
CNNMoney examined previously unpublished data from the Labor Department, and determined that the West Coast isn't a dreamy place for many workers. Millions of Americans are languishing there in part-time jobs with no other options.
Get to know 4 of America's 7 million part-time workers unable to find full-time jobs.
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Police Chief Thomas Jackson – a central figure in the protests that flared in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting of an unarmed black teen – says he has no plans to step down despite mounting calls that he must go.
He told CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront" on Thursday that he has been working with community leaders and others to create a dialogue in the community.
"I think I can see this through and come out on the other side with the community, the region and even the country a whole lot better," he said.
Jackson's statements come as the grand jury is expected any day to deliver a decision on whether to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
Dan Pfeiffer, senior advisor to President Obama, explains mistakes found in Obamacare enrollment numbers.
Follow-up to Critically-Acclaimed “THE SIXTIES” Coming Summer 2015
Eight-Part Docuseries Produced in Partnership with Herzog & Company
Following the critically-acclaimed and highly-rated series THE SIXTIES, CNN, PLAYTONE and HERZOG & COMPANY in association with HBO are producing an eight-part documentary series that will explore an equally consequential decade: the 1970s.
The non-scripted series, THE SEVENTIES, will be executive produced by multiple EMMY® Award-winning producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (HBO’s John Adams and The Pacific), and EMMY® Award-winning producer Mark Herzog (History’s Gettysburg) of Herzog & Company (HCO), as a CNN Original Series for CNN/U.S., it was announced today. FULL POST
Pen Farthing, a former Royal Marine Sergeant, who reunites soldiers with the stray dogs they befriend while serving in Afghanistan, was named the 2014 CNN Hero of the Year by Anderson Cooper at the eighth-annual CNN Heroes An All-Star Tribute.
Farthing’s nonprofit Nowzad Dogs, has helped nearly 700 soldiers from eight countries.
“I would really like to thank everybody who voted for Nowzad Charity and [for supporting] what we do in Afghanistan and for believing in us,” Farthing said while accepting his award. FULL POST
CNN Senior Digital Correspondent Chris Moody (@moody) reported exclusively today that Republicans and outside groups used anonymous Twitter accounts to share internal polling data ahead of the 2014 midterm elections, a practice that raises questions about whether they violated campaign finance laws that prohibit coordination.
Read the full exclusive scoop:How the GOP used Twitter to stretch election laws
Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus Rep. Xavier Becerra discuss President Obama’s executive action on immigration. How far will President Obama go, is it legal, and how will it ultimately affect millions of Latinos?
Attorney General Gonzales on the legality of President Obama’s executive action: “I'm not prepared to say that he does have the authority, although, as your - one of your last guests said, in 2011, President Obama did say that he didn't have the authority in a group before Univision. I start with the Constitution, where Article II, Section 3, requires that the president take care that the laws are faithfully executed. From my perspective, I don't think the president has the authority to amend, repeal or suspend the law or fail to refuse a law based solely on policy.”
Rep. Becerra on deportation: “If it were your child and you are going to be - about to be separated from your child simply because Congress is dysfunctional, doesn't get its job done, then you would say my god, this is crazy, a citizen child being separated from his or her parent.”
Mayor Villaraigosa on the imperative of reaching a solution: “The fact that 1,000 people are deported every single day - I think, last year, more than 400,000 people were deported - we have got to do something about this. This is a crisis.”
A full transcript is available after the jump. FULL POST
Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), the number two Democrat in the Senate, joins Candy Crowley for an exclusive an first post-election interview to the big loss for Democrats. Senator Durbin shares his opinion on sending ground troops to fight ISIS, the Keystone pipeline, and how President Obama can make a comeback in the minds of Americans.
Senator Durbin on sending troops to fight ISIS: “I think we learned a lesson and paid a bitter price when we put troops on the ground on a long-term basis in Iraq and Afghanistan. Let us support a homegrown, indigenous and locally inspired effort to bring stability to the region.”
Senator Durbin on the Keystone pipeline: “Every indication is, the president will veto an attempt to preempt the regular process of reviewing the permit for this pipeline. I think that it should go through the orderly process. The Republicans believe that the president's power should be taken away, it should be moved on a fast track. But, remember, the oil that is going to flow through that pipeline is not going to be used in the United States or reduce gas prices in the United States.”
On President Obama’s leadership: “This president is not going to go gently into his last two years. He's going to lead, as he is expected to as our president. And I hope that John Boehner and the Republicans will understand at least the message of the last election was, solve problems. Don't just go to a political standoff. Do something. If they fail to do it, if the Republicans fail to do it, the president will act, and I will support him.”
Full transcript of the interview is available below. FULL POST
CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with Jon Stewart and Iranian-born journalist Maziar Bahari to discuss Iran, the Arab Spring, and their new film Rosewater. In 2009 Maziar Bahari was arrested under the pretext of espionage following the election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Green Revolution. The film Rosewater depicts the 118 days of Bahari’s mental and physical torture under the Iranian regime. Jon Stewart, director of Rosewater, tells Fareed Zakaria that he feels many people are trapped between authoritarianism and religious extremism. He points to the Iranian regime’s shortsighted approach to retaining power. Both Bahari and Stewart describe the rationality of the Iranian regime’s irrationality, which was fundamental to Bahari’s detention after the Green Movement. Text excerpts and a full interview transcript are available below.
Stewart on torture in Iran: “I think there is a rationality behind it. And to view it in that way means it can be manipulated. And it means that you can fight back against it. And so there is a banality to it. There is a - I would consider it more the bureaucracy of evil and the stupidity of evil.”
Stewart on the Arab World: “this is a part of the world that has been trapped between authoritarianism and extremism. And it's very difficult for the majority of the people who live there, who are just looking to carve out a little space for themselves and to live their lives, to get that space and create those civic institutions when you are constantly trapped between those two poles.”
Bahari on his experience in solitary confinement: “your only way to communicate with the rest of the world is through your interrogator. But when my interrogate - my - one of the prison guards, by mistake, called me Mr. Hillary Clinton, there and then I realized that there is a campaign for me. So I - that was the best moment for - for a prisoner, the worst thing is to think that he or she is alone. And that was a moment that I realized that I was not alone.”
Bahari on the principles and outcomes of the 2009 Green Movement: “It was a movement of millions of Iranians to gain their rights as citizens of the country. They did not want to be the subjects of the master, the supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei. So the movement continues. You may not see the manifestations of the movement on the streets, but the people’s demand to be considered as citizens of the country continues.”
A full interview of the transcript is available after the jump. FULL POST