Senator John McCain (R-AZ) told “New Day” Anchors Chris Cuomo and Kate Bolduan that “there’s no real way to achieve” the diplomatic solution in Syria, America needs to “step up assistance to Free Syrian Army” to get a negotiated departure of Bashar al-Assad and there are some Republicans who are resisting President Obama’s plan “because they dislike” him. On budget and debt ceiling negotiations, Senator McCain urged the President to negotiate and for his colleagues to not shut down the government.
On a diplomatic deal, Senator McCain said, “I think what they are pursuing is a laudable goal, but there’s no real way to achieve it, number one. Number two is that you now give Putin a major place in this whole scenario and in the Middle East.”
“Until you reverse the momentum on the battle field, and Bashar al-Assad thinks he’s going to lose, is the only way you get a negotiated departure of Bashar al-Assad,” Senator McCain said. “As long as he thinks he’s winning, particularly with the assistance that he’s getting from the Russians and the Iranians. As we speak today, there will be a plane load of arms, conventional weapons, landing from Moscow to be used to kill Syrians. At the same time, we are dismantling the chemical weapons stocks. That’s crazy.”
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CNN’s high-rated new series, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, which premiered in April, was honored with two Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards during a presentation at the NOKIA Theater in Los Angeles earlier tonight. This is the first time CNN has been awarded an Emmy in the primetime competition.
The series earned Emmy Awards in the following categories:
Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) spoke about the U.S. – Russian relations and the crisis in Syria.
Via the CNN POLITICAL TICKER: Republican Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, argued that the United States lost all of its leverage in the negotiations over chemical weapons in Syria, giving Russia a win.
A transcript of the interview after the jump.
On the 50th anniversary of the Birmingham Bombing, CNN's Don Lemon talked to comedian and activist Bill Cosby about the importance of remembering the bombing.
This month, 'Inside the Middle East' explores the unique cultural conservation taking place in Jordan, a modern Arab nation with a past that’s been influenced by the Romans, Crusaders, Ottomans, Arabs, and Europeans. Host Jomana Karadsheh visits historical sites across Jordan discovering that preservation isn't always about building museums. FULL POST
Thomas and Kristine DeWolf, parents of a murdered University of Michigan medical student Paul DeWolf, ask for help finding clues.
After recovering from damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, Seaside Heights and Seaside Park, NJ was hit with a devastating fire that has destroyed and affected over 50 businesses.
Seaside Heights Mayor Bill Akers and Seaside Park Town Administrator Robert Martucci spoke to “New Day” Anchor Chris Cuomo about the devastation of this latest disaster.
“The good news is everything has been contained as of 7:45 last night. Where they put the break in on Lincoln Avenue, it held. We’re about two and a half blocks into our community, all the buildings are destroyed and of course the boardwalk," Mayor Akers said. "We’re going to go up and do an assessment and put everything back together as soon as possible. I mean if there’s a silver lining, we just filled it, we have the specs, we know what we’re doing... and we’ll get it back up.”
John Sunderman, who lost his business Big Hearted John’s, told Cuomo, “We never thought the building would burn. It started eight blocks away and it just rapidly went down there. I never, ever thought the building would burn from a fire that started that far away.”
CNN's Crossfire host Newt Gingrich says Americans should not take Russian President Vladimir Putin seriously on Syria.
Gingrich says that because the Russian president is a one-time KGB officer whose primary interest is nationalism.
"While we have to deal with him as the president of Russia, we don't have to respect his views. We don't have to respect his opinions," said Gingrich, co-host of CNN's "Crossfire."
"And frankly, we should laugh at him when he tries to lecture America about exceptionalism, because he ain't exceptional. He's just one more in a long tradition of dictators and thugs."
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12-year-old Kali Hardig, the third person who has survived a rare infection caused by brain-eating amoebas, spoke to “New Day” Anchor Kate Bolduan in a live exclusive this morning about her recovery after contracting parasitic meningitis. She was joined by her mother Traci Hardig.
Kali said that it is “awesome to be home” and that she is feeling “good.” The first thing she wanted to do when she got home was play with her dog Chloe, and her friends are "psyched” she’s doing better. When Bolduan asked her what she thought about the attention, Kali answered with a smile, “I kind of like it.” At the end of the interview, she thanked people for praying for her.
For more on this story, visit CNN.com: http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/12/health/arkansas-amoeba-survivor/index.html
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Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) told “New Day” Anchor Kate Bolduan that there is a “great chance” diplomacy will work in Syria, she would not support unilateral military action if diplomacy failed and President Putin’s Op-Ed is “really a lot of bluster.”
“I think we do have good odds of this being successful," Senator Baldwin said. "It may not be pretty in getting there, but I think that we do have a great chance because the whole world, right now, is invested in trying to secure and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles.”
When Bolduan asked her if she would support military intervention if diplomacy didn’t work, Senator Baldwin replied, “I cannot support unilateral military action in Syria’s war, but I believe that we have to have a global response. And I don’t think that no response is the answer. I think that we have to strengthen our global institutions.”
“New Day” airs weekday mornings 6-9 a.m. on CNN.