September 11th, 2013
09:14 PM ET

Ray Kelly on NYC since 9/11: "We're much stronger ... but there's no guarantees"

On the eve of the 12th anniversary of 9/11, "Piers Morgan Live" invites Ray Kelly to offer his unique perspective and analysis on a date that we will never forget.

Amidst a civil war in Syria that is interwoven with threats of chemical weapons, Piers Morgan asks the NYPD Commissioner about the threat of chemical weapons making its way to the United States.

"How worrying is that to you," inquires Morgan, "that sarin gas, and stuff like that, that may well be lurking all over Syria, could get into dangerous hands?"

"It certainly has to be, and is, a concern for us," says Kelly. "We have chemical detection devices deployed in the city, to help us. But, quite frankly, if in fact some sort of chemical agent is used, the first thing you may see are people falling ... definitely, a chemical attack is something that we have to be very much concerned about."

Watch more here.

Topics: CNN
September 11th, 2013
06:17 PM ET

Santorum: U.S. has no national security interest to intervene in Syria

CNN's CROSSFIRE hosts Van Jones and S.E. Cupp talk with Joe Lieberman and Rick Santorum about U.S. involvement in Syria.  The former Senator from Pennsylvania, Santorum, declared that the U.S. has "no national security interest" to intervene in the Syrian crisis.  In this clip, he explains his views.

CROSSFIRE airs each weekday at 6:30pmET.  Tonight's topic will be gun policy, in the wake of two recall elections for Colorado state legislators who had supported policy reforms.


Topics: CNN • Crossfire • S.E. Cupp • Syria • Van Jones
September 11th, 2013
04:16 PM ET

Photos: Crossfire Returns

Premiere Week 

Topics: CNN • Crossfire • Newt Gingrich • S.E. Cupp • Stephanie Cutter • Van Jones
September 10th, 2013
10:22 AM ET

CNN Coverage: President Obama’s Address to the Nation

CNN’s team of anchors and correspondents will lead the network’s global coverage of President Obama’s Syria address Tuesday, Sept. 10 beginning at 8 p.m. ET.  The president will speak to the nation live from the White House at 9 p.m. ET.

The special coverage begins tonight at 8 p.m. with Anderson Cooper 360°. At 9 p.m., Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper will anchor coverage of the President’s address along with the network’s international and domestic correspondents. After the address, a special edition of Piers Morgan Live will air at 9:30 p.m., followed by AC360° Later at 10 p.m.  At 11 p.m., Jake Tapper will anchor a special program, Crisis in Syria: Decision Point.


Topics: CNN
September 10th, 2013
12:01 AM ET

Ceasefire on CROSSFIRE: Congress, public not on board for military action to punish Syrian regime for use of WMD

CNN's new edition of CROSSFIRE launched today on CNN/U.S.  The topic  was what the U.S. should do next about Syria.

Hosts Stephanie Cutter and Newt Gingrich found common ground on their different viewpoints: the President has a difficult road ahead to convince the American people to support military action to punish the Syrian regime for using chemical weapons against its own people – and the possibility that military intervention against Syria may be avoided if Syria can verifiably relinquish its WMDs.

CROSSFIRE airs each weekday on CNN/U.S. at 6:30p.m. ET.


Topics: CNN • Crossfire • Newt Gingrich • Stephanie Cutter • Syria
September 9th, 2013
07:07 PM ET

“Prince William’s Passion: New Father, New Hope” to Premiere on CNN Sunday, September 15 at 10 pm ET

Prince William’s Passion:  New Father, New Hope will premiere on CNN Sunday, September 15 at 10 pm ET.  The documentary chronicles Prince William’s passion for conservation in Africa, and how as a new father, he find himself more committed than ever to saving Africa’s endangered species.

In the film, Prince William recalls how his love for Africa was born, remembering his late mother Princess Diana when she returned from her trips: “She would come back with all these stories and full of excitement and just passion for what she had been doing and I sort of used to sit there, quite a sort of surprised little boy at the time, taking it all in.”

In the hour long special, Prince William shares with CNN’s Max Foster the evolution of his passion for conservation.  From childhood tales told to him by his parents, to memories of visiting Africa for the first time, to his proposal to the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William recounts the pivotal role the continent and its endangered species have played in his life.  As a new father, what he once “believed,” he says he now “feels” on a much deeper level, and hopes that Prince George can experience the same Africa that he and his brother did as boys.  

Prince William’s Passion:  New Father, New Hope will also feature exclusive footage of the Royal couple's first public appearance together since the birth of their son at the Tusk Conservation Awards.  The Duke of Cambridge, as the Royal Patron of Tusk Trust – a dynamic organization that funds development programs in Africa – will present the Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa. 

About CNN: 

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Topics: Press Releases
Join the Debate via Live Voting with CROSSFIRE’s Second-Screen Experiences
September 9th, 2013
01:34 PM ET

Join the Debate via Live Voting with CROSSFIRE’s Second-Screen Experiences


Users Join the Crossfire Tonight with Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Robert Menendez

Keeping with its pioneering tradition of cross-platform programming, CNN will allow CROSSFIRE viewers to choose their interactive second-screen experience via Twitter, Facebook, or to vote via mobile, tablet, or desktop platform and weigh in on the issues debated on the program.  In a first for a television news program, CROSSFIRE will offer viewer voting using Poptip technology that tallies votes of CROSSFIRE’s daily debate question.  Via Twitter using #CrossfireReturns, on CNN’s live blog, or by commenting to CNN’s CROSSFIRE page on Facebook, users will be able vote in real time.  Results will be announced during the program. FULL POST

September 9th, 2013
09:15 AM ET

CNN Dialogues Forum to Focus on ‘Modern Marchers’ for Social Change

CNN’s Michaela Pereira Moderates Event at Atlanta’s Carter Center

on Thursday, Sept. 12

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, the next CNN Dialogues forum, “Modern Marchers: Lessons From The Front Lines of Social Change,” will feature a discussion with current social activists who are taking lessons from the past while expanding ideas about justice, inclusion, and opportunity to impact the 21st century.

The event, co-sponsored by CNN, Emory University's James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, will be held from 7:00p.m. to 8:30 p.m.ET on Thursday, Sept. 12, in the Cecil B. Day Chapel of The Carter Center in Atlanta.

Tickets are free for this event, but pre-registration is required for admission; seating is limited and based upon time of arrival. Tickets may be reserved by visiting FULL POST

Topics: CNN • CNN Dialogues • Michaela Pereira
White House chief of staff Denis McDonough on 'State of the Union'
September 8th, 2013
10:28 AM ET

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough on 'State of the Union'

Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough spoke about the tough sell on Syria strikes and whether the administration has international support. Highlights are below and a full transcript is after the jump.

McDonough on evidence of the use of chemical weapons:
"... All of that leads to, as I say, a quite strong common sense test, irrespective of the intelligence, that suggests that the regime carried this out. Now, do we have a picture or do we have irrefutable, beyond a reasonable doubt evidence? This is not a court of law.  And intelligence does not work that way.”

On military vs. moral support:
CROWLEY:  So let me just put this to rest.  No, we have no firm commitments for military personnel or military equipment from any other country?

MCDONOUGH:  I - look, we have - we have plenty of support.  I'm not going to get into who is going to do what in any particular operation.  We feel very good about the support we have and we'll continue to build more.

CROWLEY:  OK.  But at this point, more moral support than anything, is what you're talking about?

MCDONOUGH:  You're trying to get me to say that.  I'm not going to say that.

On Syria vs. other U.S. engagements in the Middle East and North Africa:
MCDONOUGH: But part of why we are being very clear about the targeted, limited nature of this, no boots on the ground, this is not Iraq or Afghanistan, this is not Libya, this is not an extended air campaign.  This is something that's targeted, limited and effective so as to underscore that he should not think that he can get away with this again.


WH chief of staff: ‘This is not Iraq or Afghanistan’
September 7th, 2013
12:15 PM ET

Exclusive: Christopher Boyce Talks about Selling U.S. Secrets to Soviets in the 1970s

Former spy, fugitive and convicted traitor, Christopher Boyce sold U.S. secrets to the former Soviet Union and dodged U.S. authorities for almost two years until his arrest in 1977 at the age of just 22.  As President Obama and President Putin meet at the G-20 and in the wake of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, Boyce sits down for an exclusive interview with CNN's Victor Blackwell.  Boyce tells CNN that he was 'glad' that Snowden released information about the NSA surveillance program.  He added, "I certainly  burnt my fingers doing it, but I was certainly moved to do it by what I watched on the twixes, the encrypted twixes about our intervention in Australian domestic politics. But I think you're right, I was looking at windmills, and in the process, destroyed 25 years of my life.


Topics: CNN • Victor Blackwell
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