By Eugene Scott, CNN
Updated 7:03 AM ET, Sun August 2, 2015
Washington (CNN) Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul refused to say Sunday whether he supports the efforts of some Senate Republicans to threaten a government shutdown over federal funding of Planned Parenthood.
"I support any legislation that will defund Planned Parenthood. But I don't think you start out with your objective to shut down government," Paul told CNN's Jake Tapper in an interview aired Sunday on "State of the Union."
Paul introduced a bill to defund Planned Parenthood this week after the release of videos that accuse the nonprofit of selling fetal tissue.
The number of lawmakers calling for the government to stop giving hundreds of millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood is growing. On Thursday, 18 lawmakers sent a letter to Republican leadership calling for the organization's funding to be tied to spending legislation and vowed not to support any spending bill until the nonprofit no longer receives government funds.
"I mean if President Obama wants to shut down government because he doesn't get funds for Planned Parenthood, that would be President Obama's determination to shut down government," Paul told Tapper.
CNN partners with DPG Digital Media for Greek news service
CNN International Commercial is entering a strategic partnership with DPG Digital Media to launch this autumn CNN.gr – a dynamic Greek-language digital offering that combines excellence in international news with local content and video.
The ground-breaking venture will bring a localised digital and mobile version of CNN’s unique brand of award-winning news to the Greek people, 85% of whom consume their news via digital platforms*. CNN.gr’s editorial remit will be to deliver local and national content from DPG Digital Media, the most diversified digital network in the Greek market, while also covering big international stories and world events through CNN’s reporting and affiliate network. FULL POST
Presidential Candidate Donald Trump explains to CNN's Dana Bash his outburst at a female lawyer.
A Miner Miracle: Five Years After the Chilean Rescue Airs
Tuesday, August 4 at 9pmET/PT
Five years after the collapse of the San Jose gold and copper mine that trapped 33 miners for 69 days, CNN correspondent Rosa Flores travels to Chile to speak with three of the miners. She also speaks with the drillers who worked around the clock on their improbable and miraculous rescue. The hour-long CNN Special Report, A Miner Miracle: Five Years After the Chilean Rescue airs Tuesday, August 4, at 9pmET/PT on CNN and via CNNgo. FULL POST
Thursday 20 August at 1030 BST / 1130 CET and 1730 BST / 1830 CET
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Duration 30 minutes
August’s ‘Open Court’ is gearing up for the final slam of the year, the U.S. Open, in what could be a historic moment for the sport.
Today in Washington, D.C., the U.S. State Department honored CNN International Executive Vice President and Managing Director Tony Maddox and the CNN Freedom Project as a 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report Hero. The eight Trafficking In Persons (TIP) Report Heroes are announced in conjunction with the annual TIP Report by the State Department, which assesses the response of 188 countries and territories to the crime of human slavery.
“I am humbled by this recognition,” said Maddox. “ And I am proud of CNN using the full range of our international resources to track and highlight this important story.”
Spearheaded by Maddox, CNN International launched the CNN Freedom Project in 2011 to shine a spotlight on modern slavery. The project has sought to amplify the voices of survivors, highlight effective prevention and victim assistance efforts, and investigate the criminal enterprises involved. Now in its fifth year, the CNN Freedom Project is among the most successful and highly visible programming initiatives on CNN International. Under Maddox’s leadership, it has also become the longest running awareness and investigative campaign on modern slavery on television news. FULL POST
Today on CNN’s Reliable Sources, Founder of Gawker Media, Nick Denton, joined host Brian Stelter. They discussed the recent events at Gawker which led to the resignation of former executive editors, Tommy Craggs and Max Read, the changes Gawker is making, and Denton offering his staff members a chance to leave if they dislike the new direction of the company.
Reliable Sources airs Sundays, 11 a.m. to noon (ET).
Video & Text highlights and a full transcript from the show are available below.
Donald Trump is leading in some new CNN polls as a GOP candidate for 2016.