Rescue workers raced against time and the oncoming night Monday looking for survivors after a powerful tornado blasted an area outside of Oklahoma City, leveling homes and killing at least 51 people.
CNN's coverage includes correspondents George Howell, Nick Valencia and Gary Tuchman already in the Oklahoma City area, with Chad Myers and Indra Petersons contributing from CNN's Severe Weather Center in Atlanta. Chris Cuomo, John Berman, Jake Tapper, Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Sanjay Gupta, Pam Brown, Stephanie Elam, Erin McPike, Brian Todd, Ed Lavandera, Kyung Lah and John King will report and broadcast from the Oklahoma City area. Gustavo Valdes and Fernando del Rincon report from Oklahoma for CNN en Espanol.
CNN.com will be updating the breaking news blog www.cnn.com/thisjustin.Two-mile-wide tornado kills at least 51 -- including 7 elementary school students
CNN is set to air a new special “Escape from Captivity” that uncovers this week's dramatic events surrounding three freed women, who were kidnapped for years by former school bus driver Ariel Castro.
The half-hour special details the interviews with relatives of the victims, takes a look at the alleged kidnapper behind it all, and gives an up to date look at what’s been discovered about this house of horrors and the victims’ time inside.
CNN Anchors Zoraida Sambolin reports from Cleveland and John Berman from New York.
“Escape from Captivity” airs on Saturday, May 11th at 7:30pm ET and re-airs at 11:30pm ET on CNN.
Police have taken Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius into custody after the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeve Steenkamp at South African home.
26-year-old Pistorius was the first double amputee to participate in the Olympics.
Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) says he has mixed feelings about President Obama’s State of the Union address. While he heard “more of the same” with new federal spending programs, he liked the President’s call for entitlement and tax reform.
“I was most encouraged about what he said about entitlement reform and tax reform,” said Sen. Portman.
When asked why, Portman replied, “Well, because I think as President, his role is to explain to the American people what’s really going on…. Entitlement programs, as important as they are, are not sustainable in their current form…. And at one point in the speech, he said we need to reform our entitlement programs and it’s not going to be easy. And that’s what the American people need to hear from him. Folks are tired of hearing this notion that somehow everything is fine. They know the economy is not doing well.”
Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.
CNN’s John Berman and Brooke Baldwin challenge Southern Baptist Convention’s Richard Land on his view against allowing gays to participate in Boy Scouts.
Land says, “The Scouts have said for themselves for over a hundred years that traditional morality is at the core value of scouting – teaching them to be morally straight. And now they are going to make it a local option under pressure from corporations and from some Scout groups. A core value is not a local option. When a core value becomes a local option it’s just a preference, and preferences are normally not protected by the First Amendment. Core values and convictions are…. Homosexuals by definition are attracted to people of the same sex. Now, I’m not accusing homosexuals of being pedophiles. But I’m accusing homosexuals of being what they say they are – attracted to males. How many people that are listening to me would allow their teenage girls to go on camp outs and engage in camping activities with heterosexual males? They wouldn’t.”
Berman says, “When I was a cub scout… we had den mothers. Obviously opposite sex of the cub scout troops.” FULL POST
Richard III Society’s Philippa Langley explains to CNN’s John Berman and Brooke Baldwin how she and other researchers were able to find remains of Richard III.
Langley says, “It was a really strange story. We could tell by the street signs that we were in the right area for the Greyfriars precinct, but we didn't know if we were in the right area for the Greyfriars Church. So, I had this very strange experience where I felt I was standing on top of Richard's grave and there was an "R" marked into the tarmac. It was just a hand painted "R" for "Reserved," but when I had the feeling, I felt that I was standing on his grave right by this letter "R." So, when we then outlined the trenches, that letter "R" was in the first trench and in the very first few feet of the first trench, and we actually found him on day one.”
Early Start Anchor John Berman looks back at the highs, lows, tragedies, successes and other highlights of President Obama's first term in office.
CNN’s special live coverage of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school continues with anchors and correspondents reporting from Connecticut, including Anderson Cooper, Soledad O’Brien, Erin Burnett, Candy Crowley, Wolf Blitzer, Don Lemon, Sanjay Gupta, Ali Velshi, John Berman, Kate Bolduan, Susan Candiotti, David Ariosto, Jason Carroll, Gary Tuchman, Kyung Lah and Alison Kosik. Below is the current programming schedule for Sunday, December 16. FULL POST
CNN Anchor John Berman examines President Obama and Mitt Romney's body language from the first two debates, in anticipation of tonight's third, and final, debate.
Tune in to The Situation with Wolf Blitzer tonight from 4-7p ET to see what to watch out for when the candidates square off.
RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer talks debate, candidate records, gender gap and immigration reform on Starting Point.
Spicer says, “The folks from the Obama campaign have talked down the expectations from the President so many days in a row that today I expect them to come out and say that the President’s got a fear of public speaking. I mean these guys keep talking it down like it’s going to be a blow away.”
He continues, “The President is the only one who’s actually been through a presidential debate. By all accounts, I think the one thing that Republicans and Democrats can agree upon is the President is a gifted speaker. He has amazing rhetoric. He can go out there and wow a crowd. That is his strength. I will give him that. But I think there’s a big difference between going out over and over again and making promises and having great rhetoric and then having a record to follow up on. And that’s where you’re going to see the contrast tomorrow night. Governor Romney is going to be able to lay out very succinctly where he wants to take the country and his plans and policies. I think the President’s going to be talking about blame and excuses as to why he wasn’t able to get things done even though he had a Democratic Congress for two years of his presidency.”
On the gender gap in polls, “I can tell you that Governor Romney’s plan is one that addresses how to make this country better for all Americans that deals with issues that women care about in terms of insuring that we have better health care so that our families and our kids can get better. That we have fewer regulations because so many women are running small businesses today. So, it is a campaign that is focused on all Americans.”
Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday morning from 7-9am ET on CNN.