12:12 AM ET, November 19th, 2014

CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute Hosted by Anderson Cooper Airs Sunday, December 7 at 8PM ET 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 […] Full Post

November 16th, 2014
02:47 PM ET

Immigration in the US "1,000 people are deported every single day"

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?

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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

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

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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.

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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

November 2nd, 2014
11:32 AM ET

Senator Rand Paul "the party has to change"

 

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks to Candy Crowley from the campaign trail about his hopes for shifting the balance of power in the Senate towards a Republican majority on Tuesday, the Ebola quarantine, and the 2016 presidential election.

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On the Republican brand’s appeal to minorities: “Our brand is so broken that we can’t even break through that wall that’s out there.”

On President Obama guaranteeing GOP success in the midterm elections: “I think the wind's at our back. I think this election is going to be a referendum on the president. Even he acknowledged his policies will be on the ballot. And he will be indirectly on the ballot and there's a great deal of unhappiness that feels like our country, that he promised he would be beyond things, that he was going to be a uniter, not a divider.”

On campaigning for the GOP:  “I won't deny that it would help me if I do decide to run for president, to travel to 32 states and to be part of helping the Republican team on board. But I also do it because whether I run or not - and I haven't decided - but whether I run or not, I do want the Republican Party to be bigger and more successful because I think our philosophy will help the country more.”

On an Ebola quarantine: “the Libertarian in me is sort of horrified at the indefinitely detaining or retaining anyone without a trial.”

A full transcript is available after the jump. FULL POST

October 26th, 2014
12:28 PM ET

Quarantined nurse slams new policy

Kaci Hickox, a nurse placed under mandatory quarantine in New Jersey, told CNN today the "knee-jerk reaction by politicians" was not well planned out, "and to quarantine someone without a better plan in place, without more forethought, is just preposterous."

Hickox, who was working to help treat Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, has tested negative twice for Ebola and does not have symptoms, she said.

"This is an extreme that is really unacceptable and I feel like my basic human rights have been violated," Hickox told CNN's Candy Crowley on "State of the Union."

"To put me through this emotional and physical stress is completely unacceptable," she said. FULL POST

October 19th, 2014
01:39 PM ET

Cruz, a flight ban is a “basic, common-sense step"

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) responds to President Obama’s appointment of veteran Washington operative Ron Klain and demands the President lead the country by banning flights and securing the border. Senator Cruz asserts that supporting the Kurdish Peshmerga is essential to defeating ISIS and expresses his confidence in Republicans achieving a majority in both chambers of Congress.

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Cruz on the Obama Administration’s response to Ebola: "The biggest mistake that continues to be made is now, more than two weeks into this we continue to allow open commercial air flights from countries that have been stricken by Ebola. That doesn't make any sense, we have upwards of 150 people a day coming from countries with live, active Ebola outbreaks."

Cruz on the appointment of Ron Klain: “we should be less concerned about giving the public the feeling that the government is on top of this and more concerned about the government actually being on top of it. And this is a manifestation. We don't need another White House political operative, which is what Mr. Klain has been.”

Cruz on his support of the Kurdish Peshmerga: “the Obama administration keeps focusing on Syrian rebels, many of whom have far too close ties to radical Islamic terrorists for it to make any sense for us to be supporting them. The Kurds are allies and they are boots on the ground. And when we work with them in concert, they're ready to fight on the front line, along with serious airpower.”

Cruz on Republican success in the 2014 midterm elections: “I think it is far more likely than not that we will retake the Senate and retire Harry Reid.”

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

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October 19th, 2014
01:27 PM ET

NIH Director "No further cases" of Ebola in US

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, joins Candy Crowley to discuss the fight against Ebola in the US.

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Fauci on a travel ban: “It would be very, very difficult if you lost control of easily tracking people.  You have got to look at the numbers to look about how many people are really trying to get into the country. We have 36,000 people in two months went to airports to get out of those three countries; 77 were blocked because of a health issue. When they investigated them, none of them had Ebola. A lot of them had malaria.  So, there's not a lot of people trying to get into the country.”

Fauci on known Ebola cases in the US: “No further cases. Just the two infections. So, we have two infections that have occurred here in the United States.”

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

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October 12th, 2014
12:34 PM ET

McCain ISIS "is winning, and we're not"

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) join Candy Crowley to discuss the advancement of ISIS in the Anbar Province and Ebola in the US.

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Senator McCain on Ebola: “my constituents are not comforted. There has to be more reassurance given to them. I would say that we don't know exactly who's in charge. There has to be some kind of czar.”

Senator McCain on the battle against ISIS: “First of all, they're winning and we're not. And the Iraqis are not winning, the Peshmerga, the Kurds are not winning, and there's a lot of aspects of this. But there has to be a fundamental re-evaluation of what we're doing because we are not - we are not degrading and ultimately destroying ISIS.”

Senator Sanders on US involvement in Iraq and Syria: “What I do not want, and I fear very much, is the United States getting sucked into a quagmire and being involved in perpetual warfare year after year after year.”

A full transcript of the interviews are available after the jump.
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October 5th, 2014
02:26 PM ET

Frieden: Ebola has caused "the largest CDC response in our history"

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, spoke to Crowley about preventing the spread of Ebola in the United States and finding a solution to the epidemic.

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Frieden on containing Ebola: “As of now the man in Dallas, who is fighting for his life, is the only patient to develop Ebola in the US. We know there are going to be concerns and rumors and we will track them down. We want people to be concerned, but appropriately concerned.”

Frieden on Thomas Eric Duncan and Ebola in the United States: “We’re confident we won’t see a large number of cases from this. We are concerned about a couple of family members who had very close contact with him when he was sick, but that’s something we’ll have to check each day, 21 days after the last day of contact.”

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