Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spoke about a potential Hillary Clinton presidential run, the stituation in Syria, the possibility of being Speaker of the House again, the Pope's stance on homosexuality, and the House's short term spending plan that eliminates Obamacare.
A full transcript and videos are available after the jump.Pelosi: Hillary Clinton more ready for WH than husband or Obama was
Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) spoke about the U.S. – Russian relations and the crisis in Syria.
Via the CNN POLITICAL TICKER: Republican Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, argued that the United States lost all of its leverage in the negotiations over chemical weapons in Syria, giving Russia a win.
A transcript of the interview after the jump.
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."
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
In an interview airing today on The Lead with Jake Tapper, Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) spoke with Jake Tapper about his call for a boycott of the Winter Olympics in Russia, saying that President Obama also should not attend the G20 in St. Petersburg. A full transcript of the interview is after the jump.
ON BOYCOTTING THE OLYMPICS:
"I don't want to boycott the Olympics, but I want a policy that will get the Russians' attention… And at the end of the day, the Obama administration's policies, Jake, whatever it is about Russia, is not working. To John Boehner and John McCain, my great good friends, we have to up our game when it comes to Russia for - before it's too late."
ON THE G20 SUMMIT:
"My advice to you [Pres. Obama] is I wouldn't go to St. Petersburg, I would ask for a change of venue."
Newt Gingrich, S.E. Cupp, Stephanie Cutter, Van Jones to Host Debate Program
CNN today announced that Crossfire, previously the longest running political debate program on television, will return to the network this fall. Hosting from the right will be Newt Gingrich and S.E. Cupp, with Stephanie Cutter and Van Jones hosting from the left.
“Few programs in the history of CNN have had the kind of impact on political discourse that Crossfire did – it was a terrific program then, and we believe the time is right to bring it back and do it again,” said Jeff Zucker, President of CNN Worldwide. “We look forward to the opportunity to host passionate conversation from all sides of the political spectrum. Crossfire will be the forum where America holds its great debates.” FULL POST
In an interview today on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Sen. Rand Paul discussed the use of surveillance programs and reacted to NSA hearings today. Jim Acosta guest anchored today’s 5pm hour. A full transcript of the interview is after the jump.
SEN. RAND PAUL: What I'm saying is that the director of National Intelligence, in March, did directly lie to Congress, which is against the law. He said that they were not collecting any data on American citizens and it...
JIM ACOSTA: You're talking about James Clapper….
… JIM ACOSTA: If you were president, would you ask for his resignation?
SEN. RAND PAUL: Yes. He would not work in my administration, because the thing is is that we have to be able to trust our officials. And when you're doing this and when you have the ability to completely destroy people's lives, you have the ability to actually kill people overseas, I would think that you really have to have the utmost trust. And I think he's lost our trust by lying to us.
CNN POLITICAL TICKER: Rand Paul: James Clapper was lying
Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Congressman Mike Rogers (R-MI), chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, spoke about the NSA’s data collection programs. A full transcript may be found here.
Rep. Mike Rogers:
"I can't tell you how strong we need to make this clear. The NSA is not listening to Americans' phone calls, and it is not monitoring their e-mails. If it did, it's illegal. It's breaking the law.”
"It is absolutely overseen by the legislature, the judicial branch, and the executive branch, has lots of protections built in, that if you can see that just the number of cases where we've actually stopped a plot, I think Americans will come to a different conclusion than all the misleading rhetoric I've heard over the last few weeks.”
On his decision not to run for Senate:
"I just felt I'm making an impact here, and it's important for national security to have some consistency in the chairmanship to make sure we're doing things right. And then, you have the second - you know, the political bucket which was looking exceptionally good for a Senate run.