January 26th, 2015
06:48 PM ET

President Obama interviewed by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria in India

Interview to Premiere on CNN’s NEW DAY on CNN/U.S.

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS Global Television Exclusive

President Barack Obama will sit down with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria for a wide-ranging interview from New Delhi as the President concludes his state visit to India.

Portions of the interview will air first on CNN’s NEW DAY on Tuesday, January 27, beginning at 6:00amET and then air throughout the day on programs across CNN, CNN International, CNN en Espanol, and on CNN.com.

The full interview will air on CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS international affairs program on Sunday, February 1st on CNN/U.S. and CNN International.

Interview topics will include U.S.-India relations, the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, recent terrorism events in the Middle East and Africa, the long conflict in Ukraine, the fall of the U.S.-allied government of Yemen, and more.

In September 2014, Fareed Zakaria was the first person to interview Prime Minister Modi since Mr. Modi’s election as Prime Minister of India.

AIRTIMES FOR NEW DAY

In the United States on Tuesday, January 27 (U.S. Eastern Time):

  • CNN/U.S.: 6:00a.m.

AIRTIMES FOR FAREED ZAKARIA GPS

In the United States:

Saturday, January 31

  • CNN International: 9:00p.m.

Sunday, February 01 (Eastern Time):

  • CNN International: 7:00a.m., encore at 10:00p.m.
  • CNN/U.S.: 10:00a.m., encore at 1:00p.m.

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Hambycast Goes Live for the State of the Union
January 19th, 2015
11:10 AM ET

Hambycast Goes Live for the State of the Union

President Obama's sixth State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 20 will launch Season Two of Peter Hamby’s Hambycast. Streaming live on CNN.com beginning at 8:30 p.m. Hamby and special guests, Emily’s List Communications Director Jess McIntosh, America Rising's Executive Director Tim Miller, and American Bridge 21st Century's President Rodell Mollineau, will offer commentary throughout the speech, their own brand of off-the-cuff analysis, and decipher the stand-up/sit-down politics of the evening.

Keep an eye out for additional guests and CNN correspondents who will join the conversation by calling in to the Hambycast Hotline, and join in on Twitter by using the #Hambycast hashtag.


Topics: CNN • CNN Digital • CNN Politics • Digital Studios • Hambycast • Peter Hamby
January 11th, 2015
12:48 PM ET

Holder: "We have to monitor each other's citizens"

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder joined Gloria Borger from Paris and shared his views regarding the current situation in Paris. Holder described the nature of future terror threats and the means of combating them. Text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

Holder on combatting the terror threat: “We focus mostly on the Americans who have gone to Syria.  About 150 or so have gone to Syria or have attempted to do that, Syria and Iraq.  We think there are about 12 that are there now who are actually engaged in the fight.  But we work with our allies.  We share information.  And it's one of the things, I think, that we frankly have to do better.  We have to monitor each other's citizens, because the reality is that any one nation can be hurt by the citizens of another nation.”

Holder on the terror organization behind the Paris attacks: “We don't have any credible information, at least as yet, to indicate who was responsible, who sponsored this act. That is clearly one of the things that we have to make a determination of.  I will say this, that AQAP remains the most dangerous of the al Qaeda cells, the al Qaeda organizations, and we are constantly focused on them.”

Holder on General Petraeus: “Well, I don't want to comment on - I don't want to comment on what is an ongoing - an ongoing matter.  I will say that, frequently, those things that are leaked to the media are done so by people who are not in a position to know, and are frequently inaccurate. “

Full transcript available after the jump.
FULL POST

January 4th, 2015
07:32 PM ET

Sen. McConnell: "I'm not opposed to negotiating with the Administration"

Today CNN’s State of the Union ​featured Dana Bash's exclusive interview with U.S.Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY). As McConnell assumes his new role as Senate Majority Leader, he tells Dana Bash that he is not opposed to negotiating with the president but still intends to pursue the Republican agenda in 2015.

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

On bipartisan cooperation: "when the American people elect a divided government, they're not saying they don't want anything done. What they are saying is,they want things done in the political center, things that both sides can agree on. We talk about the things where there may be some agreement."

On trusting Obama as a negotiator: "You know, the only agreements that have been made during these years on a bipartisan basis, I negotiated, the December 2010 two-year extension of the Bush tax cuts, the August 2011 Budget Control Act, and the December 31, 2012, fiscal cliff deal. So I'm not opposed to negotiating with the Administration. In those particular instances, the President sort of picked the Vice President to do it. So, I don't object to negotiating with him. I have done it in the past. "

On Obamacare and the Republican agenda: "If we can put either repeal or take out pieces of it, like destroying the 40-hour workweek, the medical device tax, the individual mandate. All of these are highly unpopular with the American people. And we will be voting on things I know he's not going to like. And I hope we can put them on his desk."

Full transcript after the jump.
FULL POST

November 17th, 2014
03:30 PM ET

CNN Exclusive: How the GOP Used Twitter to Stretch Election Laws

CNN Senior Digital Correspondent Chris Moody (@moodyreported 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

Topics: Chris Moody • CNN Digital • CNN Politics
November 16th, 2014
09:44 AM ET

Sen. Franken: Sen. Cruz has net neutrality "completely wrong"

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy CrowleySenator Al Franken (D-MN) discusses net neutrality, what he calls “the free speech issue of our time.” Senator Franken explains net neutrality’s potential to affect the way Americans access the Internet. He also shares his predictions for the 2016 elections and the challenges in Washington.

Text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

Senator Franken on Senator Ted Cruz’s understanding of net neutrality: “He has it completely wrong and he just doesn't understand what this issue is. We have had net neutrality the entire history of the Internet. So when he says this is the ObamaCare, ObamaCare was a government program that fixed something, that changed things. This is about reclassifying something so it stays the same. This would keep things exactly the same that they've been. And the pricing happens by the value of something."

Senator Franken on Hillary Clinton and the Democratic candidates in 2016: “I very much doubt that she'll be the only one. I'm sure someone will jump in.”

Senator Franken on Washington politics: “We have a fundamental difference on how we see the economy working best and who it should work for.”

A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump. FULL POST

November 9th, 2014
03:26 PM ET

Congress' New Guard confronts the Old Guard

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, members of the new Congressional Class of 2015,  Brendan Boyle (D-PA), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Lee Zeldin (R-AZ), and Ruben Gallego (D-AZ),talk to Senate and House veterans, Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), and Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE),  about the leadership in Congress.

A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump. FULL POST

November 9th, 2014
02:28 PM ET

Senators Thune & Murphy talk post-midterm politics

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senator John Thune (R-SD)  and Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) join Candy Crowley to discuss President Obama's decision to double US troops in Iraq, the appointment of Loretta Lynch as attorney general, and the post-midterm cooperation in Congress.

Text highlights, video, and a transcript of the discussion are below.

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

Senator Murphy on President Obama's decision to double US troops in Iraq: “[T]omorrow, I would argue, the 60-day War Powers Act clock expires. Tomorrow is 60 days since the president announced his initial strategy. Congress has a constitutional responsibility to authorize this. I do not think the president has the ability under current authority to authorize 1,500 troops without Congress acting.”

Senator Thune on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch: “I think it is in the best interest of the country and Congress to wait and do this under regular order, there’s a process, there’s hearings”.

Senator Murphy on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch: “But I would like to see us move forward. I think this is an important post. And I think we should have somebody on the ground there sooner, rather than later.”

A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump. FULL POST

#Hambycast Goes Live for Election Night
November 3rd, 2014
01:20 PM ET

#Hambycast Goes Live for Election Night

As the Election Night results stream in and races are called, CNN’s Peter Hamby (@PeterHambyCNN) will break down the key races and what it means for American politics in a live version of his weekly Hambycast series - featuring analysis and a little dose of humor from key campaign insiders.

Beginning at 8 p.m., the running commentary will stream on CNN.com and tap into live reaction from guests, Republican strategist Tim Miller (@Timodc), the Democratic National Committee’s Lily Adams (@adamslily) and Emily’s List’s Jess McIntosh (@jess_mc). Keep an eye out for cameos from other members of the CNN Politics team and maybe even a red solo cup or two.

Join in on the conversation by using the #Hambycast hashtag.

CNN and Florida’s WJXT-TV to host Florida Gubernatorial debate
October 20th, 2014
04:44 PM ET

CNN and Florida’s WJXT-TV to host Florida Gubernatorial debate

Thirteen days before Florida voters head to the polls to select a new governor, CNN and WJXT-TV in Florida will partner to host a nationally televised debate between gubernatorial candidates Charlie Crist (D) and incumbent Gov. Rick Scott (R).

Beginning at 7p.m. (ET) on October 21, the one-hour debate will be moderated by chief Washington correspondent and anchor Jake Tapper. WJXT-TV anchor and reporter Kent Justice will join Tapper to co-moderate what will be the final debate before Election Day. The debate will re-air on CNN at 11p.m, (ET).

During the broadcast, CNN will invite viewers to react to the candidates with an online focus group tool powered by Microsoft’s Bing Pulse. Following the debate, the online sentiment tracker will reveal Independent, Democrat and Republican reaction, underlining highs and lows and which topics resonated most with viewers—both registered Florida voters and the national audience.

CNN Politics is providing robust coverage of the debates online with a live social stream at CNN.com/Debate and on social media. Engage with CNN Politics on CNNgo @CNNPoliticsFacebook, VineInstagram and Tumblr or by using #FLDebate.

There will be no media or public access to the Jacksonville studio for the debate.

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