July 26th, 2015
10:23 AM ET

Donald Trump calls into SOTU, says what Hillary Clinton has done "is criminal"

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, 2016 GOP Presidential Hopeful, Donald Trump, spoke with anchor, Jake Tapper.

For more information, see http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/. Also, text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.


Topics: CNN • Jake Tapper • State of the Union
July 26th, 2015
09:07 AM ET

CNN/ORC poll: Trump elbows his way to the top

(CNN) In the first national telephone poll since Donald Trump earned rebukes from Republican leaders over his comments about Senator John McCain's military service, the real estate mogul has increased his support among GOP voters and now stands atop the race for the party's nomination.

The new CNN/ORC Poll finds Trump at 18% support among Republicans, with former Florida governor Jeb Bush just behind at 15%, within the poll's margin of error.

They are joined at the top of the pack by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, with 10% support among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents who are registered to vote. Trump's backing has climbed 6 points since a late-June poll, while support for Bush and Walker has not changed significantly. FULL POST

Topics: CNN
July 26th, 2015
08:59 AM ET

CNN/ORC poll: GOP voters want more Trump

(CNN)Most Republican voters want Donald Trump to remain in the race for president, and he's the candidate GOP voters are most likely to say they want to see on the debate stage, according to a new CNN/ORC Poll.

Trump, whose campaign for the presidency has come to dominate much of the news coverage of the Republican presidential field since he formally announced his candidacy in mid-June, remains a person Republican voters want to see more of, and a sizable 22% say they think he'll eventually win the party's nomination for president - second only to Jeb Bush.

Among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents who are registered to vote, 52% say they want Trump to stay in the race for the party's nomination, while 33% hope that he drops out. Another 15% say they'd like to see him make an independent run for the presidency. FULL POST

Topics: CNN
Video: Joseph DiGenova & Lanny Davis Talk Hilary Clinton's Emails with CNN's Smerconish
July 25th, 2015
01:37 PM ET

Video: Joseph DiGenova & Lanny Davis Talk Hilary Clinton's Emails with CNN's Smerconish

Please Credit Reference & Usage: “CNN’s Michael Smerconish”

 Michael Smerconish talks with Joseph DiGenova and Lanny Davis about the investigation into Hillary Clinton's “classified data emails. 

 Smerconish airs Saturdays at 9amET and replays at 6pmET
MICHAEL SMERCONISH, CNN HOST:  Joining me now, two people I suspect with strong differing opinions, the first is former federal prosecutor, Joseph DiGenova, who’s worked from everything from the Jonathan Pollard spy case to prosecution of would-be assassin, John Hinckley, to the Clinton’s 1992 passport controversy.  He joins me from the D.C. bureau.
      And, Lanny Davis, a lawyer and crisis manager who served as special counsel to President Bill Clinton and who's most recent book is crisis tales, five rules for handling scandal and business, politics and life.  
      Lanny, it's easy to get lost in the weeds here.  But here is what I think the fundamental question - did Secretary Clinton compromise classified security by storing classified material outside a secure system?  
      LANNY DAVIS, FORMER WHITE HOUSE SPECIAL COUNSEL, CLINTON WHITE HOUSE:  No.  I wish I could address the headline that you read and we'll get to that.  But the answer to your question is no.  The server that she stored her e-mails on, protected by both Secret Service, because it also resided in the home of a former president, was absolutely secure, and those who think the federal government has a more secure system ought to read the newspapers about the breach of security by Chinese and other hackers into the most sensitive federal government national security information.
      So, to suggest that because she had it protected on a home server, that was less secure than the federal government opened apparently data system to the Chinese is not proven, as far as I’m concerned.  
      SMERCONISH:  Joseph DiGenova, Kurt Eichenwald for "Newsweek", formerly of "The New York Times", himself says this is no Clinton scandal.  This is a big snooze fest and, in fact, this is all about FOIA officials not the secretary of state.  
      Does he have it right?  
      JOSEPH DIGENOVA, FORMER U.S. ATTORNEY, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  No, he doesn’t.  First of all, there was a compromise of national security information.  When Mrs. Clinton made the decision to store all of her official government property on a private server in her private residence, that proved conclusively that she had violated her non-disclosure agreement, which she signed when she became secretary of state and agreed to receive classified information pursuant to certain government rules.  Those e-mails were compromised because she never gave anybody a chance in the classification system to review them before they were sent.  
      That is what is wrong with her having a personal server.  The problem was, from the beginning, Mrs. Clinton decided she was not going use government servers, she was going to use her personal server for one reason, to prevent disclosure to Congress, the courts, the press, and the public.  It was designed to prevent disclosure.  
      But in so doing, she insured that classified information would be compromised and in fact it was.  
      SMERCONISH:  Joe, what to Lanny's point that these materials were never marked until classified until after the fact.  
      DIGENOVA:  And you know what?  That's the reason, she should have never had a personal server, because if it had been a government server, she would not have been able to click "send" without that information having been previously reviewed by a government person who has responsible for classification.  
      The secretary made a decision that she was going to be able to do whatever she wanted, and she chose a server that was not secure.  By the way, it doesn't matter that the Secret Service is standing outside of a door to protect the physical server, anyone can get into a server.  
      And Lanny's point that the Chinese got into the most sophisticated service in the federal government, almost insures categorically that they got into her server at her residence.  
      SMERCONISH:  Lanny Davis, respond.  
      DAVIS:  Well, first of all, I don't attack motives.  Joe is doing that.  It's up to him.  I respect Joe, I often written nice things -  
      DIGENOVA:  Whose motive?  
      DAVIS:  Let me finish my point, Joe.  
      DIGENOVA:  Absolutely.
      DAVIS:  I want to mention four facts that are not included in "The New York Times" story or on your opening presentation.  
      Fact number one, you already mentioned that the inspector general said not deliberate, inadvertent is the word he used about Hillary Clinton's treatment of the e-mails, if there happened to be classified information.  
      Secondly, this is a post facto judgment.  At the time, they were not labeled by the individuals.  And you made that point.  It was also omitted from "The New York Times" in its first story, and then cleverly tried to be corrected, even though it was in the inspector general’s report not labeled, the first story didn’t say that.  
      Number three, most importantly, the State Department and many other people disagree with the judgment on classification these are four e-mails about a FOIA argument.  And there’s disagreement on whether they were classified.  That, too, was omitted.  The entire "Times" story never mentioned that the State Department was on record saying, no, these were not classified.  Disagreeing with my friend Joe DiGenova.  
      And, finally, the notion of a criminal referral that went all over the Internet yesterday, published by "The New York Times", now retreating by "The New York Times" saying, well, a Justice Department official told us that, without naming the Justice Department official who got it wrong when referred to a criminal referral about Hillary Clinton.
      So, how can "The New York Times" get that expression, criminal referral wrong?
      SMERCONISH:  Joe, wait, Joe, I want to ask a follow-up of Lanny before you get back that this.  
      Lanny, "The Times" says this was an unforeseen consequence of her unusual computer set-up.  Wasn't it an entirely foreseeable consequence of the way she decided to handle her e-mail?  
      DAVIS:  Well, I’m not sure it's foreseeable.  Non-labeled e-mail, two years after she left office and maybe six years since she became secretary would be in some sector of the government, two I.G.s determining it to be classified for e-mails.  How could she foresee her own State Department in a FOIA argument about their Freedom of Information Act also omitted this is a FOIA argument about the State Department's two I.G.'s judgment, and both of them may have respectful opinions.
      How do you foresee that?  
      But one other thing, Michael, Hillary Clinton did say, in retrospect, she should have done it differently.  She should have had two devices rather than one.  Colin Powell, who I respect greatly had one device like she.  He's omitted from the discussion.  
      It's always good to have wisdom by hindsight.  My friend Joe DiGenova is great at that.  
      DIGENOVA:  By the way, Colin Powell did not have a private server in his home which he conducted all government business.  I mean, this is ludicrous comparison.  
      Number one, Hillary Clinton chose to have a private server thus making it impossible for people with a responsibility to vet classified information to review her material before it was sent.  She clearly knew that was going to be the case, that's why she did it.  
      She knew that when - by the way, Lanny said in March of this year, that he thought that her server should be turned over to a third party for analysis -  
      DAVIS:  Actually, that’s not accurate.
      DIGENOVA:  - so all of the e-mails could be looked in -
      DAVIS:  I did not say that.  
      DIGENOVA:  Lanny, let me finish, please?  
      DAVIS:  You just quoted me.
      DIGENOVA:  Lanny, I direct you to the March 8th, 2015 transcript of "FOX Sunday News" where you said - you thought it would be a good idea for some third party -  
      DAVIS:  No, I did not.  
      DIGENOVA:  - to review the e-mails.  
      DAVIS:  No, I did not.  
      DIGENOVA:  I’m sorry, Lanny, I just read it.  
      DAVIS:  I said if there was a subpoena.  Don't read omit the "If there was a subpoena", then -
      DIGENOVA:  Apparently, there were several subpoenas.  
      SMITH:  I said, if there was a subpoena -  
      SMERCONISH:  Gentlemen, I have another question.  I’ve got a question for Lanny.  Lanny -  
      DAVIS:  Stick to your own talking points, but don't misquote me.  
      DIGENOVA:  I don't have any talking points.  I just have the facts.  
      SMERCONISH:  Hang on.  Lanny Davis, what should the attorney general, Lanny, what should Loretta Lynch do with this hot potato now?  
      DIGENOVA:  Run for cover.  
      DAVIS:  Well, the Justice Department is saying and everyone is saying, including the inspector general, that this is a civil dispute between the two agencies, the intelligence agencies and I.G.s versus the State Department over the Freedom of Information Act and that is not a criminal referral.  
      "The Times" has misled and still wouldn't withdraw its mistake and explain why it relied on an anonymous story -
      SMERCONISH:  Lanny, you know, I have to note.  It's not FOX News.  It’s not "National Review."  It’s "The New York Times", not exactly a conservative bastion that's raising this issue.  
      DAVIS:  Look, I consider "The New York Times" one of the great newspapers in the history of our country.  And when "The New York Times" gets something wrong and it's possible, it's inadvertent error, they omit deliberately in today's story.  That's an intentional omission, that, number one, they got wrong, that there was no labeling on these e-mails.  They said it in today's paper.  Yesterday, they said it wasn’t clear.  There's a direct statement by the I.G.  These e-mails were not labeled.  
      That goes to Mrs. Clinton's intent.  She sees an email.  She forwards it to somebody.  It goes to the State Department person that's part of the State Department system to suggest that's a deliberate, intentional mishandling of classified information which "The Times" did, they can get things wrong, but they’ve got to make the correction and admit they got it wrong and they didn't.  
      SMERCONISH:  Gentlemen, I wish - I wish we had more time.  Joseph DiGenova, Lanny Davis, thank you so much for being here.  
      DAVIS:  Thank you.  
      DIGENOVA:  Thank you, Michael.


Topics: CNN
CNN Receives 14 News And Documemtary Emmy Nominations
July 22nd, 2015
03:59 PM ET

CNN Receives 14 News And Documemtary Emmy Nominations

CNN received 14 nominations for the 36th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, it was announced today. CNN’s diverse nominations encompass television programming, newsgathering, digital, and Spanish-language, and include:

Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast

The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer

Ÿ Rescue from Mt. Sinjar, reported by Elise Labott, Barbara Starr, Ivan Watson, anchor Wolf Blitzer

Outstanding Investigative Journalism in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast

Anderson Cooper 360

Ÿ Crisis At The VA, Veterans Dying While Waiting For Care, reported by Drew Griffin

Ÿ Theme Parks Investigation, reported by Kyra Phillips


CNN Video Tops All Competitors, Posts Highest Month on Record
July 21st, 2015
12:02 PM ET

CNN Video Tops All Competitors, Posts Highest Month on Record

CNN.com Holds Number One Spot in Digital Video for Two Straight Months

With 212 million video streams in June, CNN.com posted its highest month ever and topped every competitor in the news category.  The two-month winning streak places CNN ahead of Buzzfeed and Yahoo News, making CNN.com the undisputed news leader in digital video.  The wins reflect the network’s heavy investment and prioritization of premium, digital-first video – from CNN Digital Studios’ original series and short films to its global newsgathering efforts.

For the month on June 2015:

CNN.com is #1 in Video Streams

For the second month in a row CNN.com outperformed all competitors in video streams, earning 60mm more than Buzzfeed and 77mm more than Yahoo News. FULL POST

Topics: CNN Digital • Ratings • Video
July 19th, 2015
04:25 PM ET

Esai Morales: "...the American people will want to vote for someone that represents them... and I don't think that's Donald Trump."

Today on CNN’s Reliable Sources, HBO’s The Brink actor, Esai Morales, joined host Brian Stelter to discuss his perspective on Donald Trump’s immigration remarks and what he could do to regain Latino support.

Reliable Sources airs Sundays, 11 a.m. to noon (ET).

Video, Text highlights, and a full transcript from the show are available below.

MANDATORY CREDIT for reference and usage: “CNN’s RELIABLE SOURCES”


Topics: Brian Stelter • CNN • Reliable Sources
July 19th, 2015
03:20 PM ET

Washington Post's Marty Baron: "...our job is to cover what is happening with these negotiations..."

Today on CNN’s Reliable Sources, The Washington Post executive editor, Marty Baron, joined host Brian Stelter. They discussed whether captured journalist, Jason Rezaian, is a hostage or a prisoner, how The Washington Post is exhausting all efforts to secure Rezaian's release, what he’s heard from the Obama Administration on Rezaian’s status, and CBS News’ Major Garrett’s interaction with President Obama during last week's press conference at the White House on the P+5 negotiations.‎

Reliable Sources airs Sundays, 11 a.m. to noon (ET).

Video, Text highlights and a full transcript from the show are available below.

MANDATORY CREDIT for reference and usage: “CNN’s RELIABLE SOURCES”


Topics: Brian Stelter • CNN • Reliable Sources
July 19th, 2015
11:55 AM ET

Paul Krugman: "I may have overestimated the competence of the Greek government"


The following transcript is of an interview by host Fareed Zakaria with economist and The New York Times columnist, Paul Krugman. They discussed how a Grexit would impact the European Union, if a Grexit is probable, if the Greek crisis is over, and how Puerto Rico and Greece differ fiscally.

MANDATORY CREDIT for reference and usage: “CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS”


Topics: CNN • Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS
July 19th, 2015
11:48 AM ET

CNN's Dana Bash gets an exclusive interview in Governor Scott Walker's Winnebago

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, 2016 GOP Presidential Hopeful and Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker, joined chief Congressional correspondent, Dana Bash in an exclusive interview.

For more information, see http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/. Also, video & text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.

MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “State of the Union”



Topics: CNN • Dana Bash • State of the Union
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