January 28th, 2014
08:14 PM ET

Inside Obama's State of the Union speech with CNN's Brianna Keilar

An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Pres. Obama's State of the Union preparation, CNN senior White House correspondent Brianna Keilar reports.

Topics: CNN
January 28th, 2014
01:34 PM ET

Sen. Reid to CNN's Dana Bash: "Barack Obama is personally a very popular guy. And people love this man. They love his family."

Today CNN chief congressional correspondent Dana Bash sat down with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for an exclusive state of the union interview. The below highlight aired in the 1pm ET hour and more of Bash’s interview will air in the 7pm ET hour of #CNNSOTU special coverage.

Please Credit – CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash

Highlight from Interview

REID:  Anytime the President of the United States appears supporting a candidate, it helps.

Ugh, you know, Ronald Reagan hurt me by coming to the state all the time.  Barack Obama is personally a very popular guy. And people love this man.  They love his family.  Of course, with what the Republicans have been doing, trying to denigrate him with what's happened with the rollout of ObamaCare, but things, even this week, his numbers are going up again.

BASH:  So you would encourage some of your most vulnerable Senate Democratic candidates to invite President Obama to appear with them?

REID:  Yes.  And they will.



Reid: Candidates shouldn't fear Obama

Topics: CNN
January 27th, 2014
04:00 PM ET

SOTU coverage: live streaming and Hamby webcast

In the first of its kind, CNN and CNN mobile will offer an alternate livestream to watch the State of the Union and GOP response – a next gen “PoliCast” (political webcast) with digital correspondent Peter Hamby. Joined by former Obama White House spokesman Tommy Vietor and Republican strategist Tim Miller, the running commentary will tap into live reaction of the speech and the immediate impact it is having on social media.

To be a part of Tuesday night’s “PoliCast,” tweet at Peter (@PeterHambyCNN), Tommy (@TVietor08) and Tim (@Timodc) using the hashtag #CNNSOTU.

To get a preview of what’s to come in the “PoliCast,” Peter, Tommy and Tim will give more details on Tuesday.

Additionally, CNN’s live television coverage of the SOTU address and the GOP response will also be live streaming on CNN.com’s Home Page and on the CNN mobile apps for all users. 

Topics: CNN • CNN Digital • CNN Politics • Digital • Mobile • Peter Hamby • Social Media
January 24th, 2014
12:04 PM ET

CNN to Provide Comprehensive Coverage of the State of the Union Address and the GOP Response

Guests include Obama biographer David Maraniss, former speechwriter Jon Favreau, Bush adviser Karen Hughes, and Nobel winner Paul Krugman

CNN anchors Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper will lead the network’s live, comprehensive coverage of President Barack Obama’s fifth State of the Union Address on Tuesday, Jan. 28, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Guests joining the network’s special coverage will include Obama biographer and journalist David Maraniss, former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau, former George W. Bush adviser Karen Hughes, and Nobel Prize winner and The New York Times op-ed columnist Paul Krugman.


January 23rd, 2014
06:39 PM ET

Edward Snowden responds to CNN's Jake Tapper's question: Under what conditions would you agree to return to the U.S.?

(CNN) - CNN's Jake Tapper asked former National Security Agency contractor and leaker Edward Snowden Thursday, via Twitter, "Under what conditions would you agree to return to the U.S.?"

In his live Q&A happening online right now, Snowden replied:

Returning to the US, I think, is the best resolution for the government, the public, and myself, but it’s unfortunately not possible in the face of current whistleblower protection laws, which through a failure in law did not cover national security contractors like myself.

"The hundred-year old law under which I’ve been charged, which was never intended to be used against people working in the public interest, and forbids a public interest defense. This is especially frustrating, because it means there’s no chance to have a fair trial, and no way I can come home and make my case to a jury.

Maybe when Congress comes together to end the programs the PCLOB just announced was illegal, they’ll reform the Whistleblower Protection Act, and we’ll see a mechanism for all Americans, no matter who they work for, to get a fair trial. FULL POST

Topics: CNN • Edward Snowden • Jake Tapper
Preview : CNN International Programme Information Weeks 6 & 7
The rangers of the Odzala National Park, Congo patrol the Mambili River for Ivory poachers in 'Arwa Damon Investigates: Ivory War' (Credit: Brent Swails)
January 22nd, 2014
12:14 PM ET

Preview : CNN International Programme Information Weeks 6 & 7

Inside the Middle East

Sara Sidner meeting critically acclaimed Lebanese filmmaker Mahmoud Kaabour

Sara Sidner meeting critically acclaimed Lebanese filmmaker Mahmoud Kaabour

Wednesday 5 February at 1030 GMT / 1130 CET and 1730 GMT / 1830 CET
Saturday 8 February at 0530 GMT / 0630 CET and 1930 GMT / 2030 CET
Sunday 9 February at 1330 GMT / 1430 CET
Saturday 15 February at 1330 GMT / 1430 CET
Sunday 16 February at 0530 GMT / 0630 CET and 1930 GMT / 2030 CET
Duration: 30 Minutes


‘Inside the Middle East’ is hosted by Sara Sidner in February and takes viewers on a trip across the United Arab Emirates. FULL POST

Topics: CNN • CNNI Press Releases
January 20th, 2014
06:09 AM ET

CNNArabic Unveils New Site



CNN International today announced the re-launch of CNNArabic.com, its online Arabic news offering, as the website marks its 12th anniversary. The reinvented CNNArabic.com includes a range of new features providing a seamless user experience across all devices as the website embraces rapidly evolving consumer needs. FULL POST

Topics: CNN
January 19th, 2014
03:13 PM ET

Directors from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on CNN's Reliable Sources

CNN’s Reliable Sources hosted by Brian Stelter aired LIVE today from the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Stelter interviewed the following directors of some of the most highly anticipated films at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival: Nadav Schirman, director of “The Green Prince” (2014), Greg Whiteley, director of “Mitt” (2014),  and Todd Douglas Miller, director of “Dinosaur 13” (2014).

A  transcript and videos from the interviews are available after the jump.

For a full transcript of the show, click here


Topics: CNN
January 19th, 2014
02:54 PM ET

Robert M. Gates's advice on threats to U.S. security on Fareed Zakaria GPS

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with Robert M. Gates, former Secretary of Defense and author of DUTY (January 2014), about managing the U.S. Defense Forces from inside the Beltway Bubble and the status of our long wars.

Zachary Karabell, president of River Twice Research and author of The Leading Indicators: A Short History of the Numbers that Rule Our World (February 2014), and Umair Haque, director of Havas Media Labs and consultant for Harvard Business Review, spoke about the significance of economic growth. Additionally, Karim Sadjadpour, senior associate for the Middle East Program- Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Nicholas Wright, neuroscientist, and associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace discussed the U.S. deal with Iran.

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS airs on CNN/U.S. at 10a.m. and 1p.m.; and on CNN/International at 8a.m. (All times ET).

A transcript and video excerpts of the show are available after the jump.


Topics: CNN
January 19th, 2014
11:50 AM ET

Zimmer: Christie held Sandy funds hostage

Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer spoke with Crowley about corruption within New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration.

A transcript and video of the interview is available after the jump.


Topics: CNN
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