October 7th, 2013
02:49 PM ET

Exclusive: Wife of captured al Qaeda operative speaks to CNN

CNN's Jomana Karadsheh (@jomanacnn) talks exclusively to Umm Abdul Rahman, wife of recently captured terror suspect Abu Anas al Libi. Wanted for his possible role in the 1998 US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, al Libi was captured early Saturday morning by U.S. forces in Tripoli, Libya. Rahman, who witnessed her husband’s capture, maintains his innocence.

On her husband’s role in 1998 US embassy bombings:
"I am sure of what I am saying - he did not take part in any bombing anywhere in the world. He participated in the jihad in Afghanistan...He was a member of al-Qaeda and he was personal security for (Osama) bin Laden - that's true - but he did not take part in any operation." FULL POST


Topics: CNN
October 7th, 2013
10:19 AM ET

Miriam Carey's sister: Deadly force wasn't justified; attorney: death is a "failure of training"

Valarie Carey and Amy Carey-Jones, sisters of Miriam Carey who was shot and killed by police officers after a car chase between the White House and the Capitol building, appeared on “New Day” to come to her defense. They were joined by Eric Sanders, attorney for Miriam’s family.

“It actually doesn’t make any sense,” Valarie, a former NYPD police officer, said. “And the question really isn’t why was she in Washington; the question is why was she killed in Washington. And all I can see, when I look at that video, is my sister’s afraid and she’s frightened and she’s trying to get out of there. She’s confused. She doesn’t know which way to go. And I just can’t imagine what she was thinking as she’s trying to get away from bullet shots.”

She added, “My sister didn’t have a gun. She was not shooting a weapon from her vehicle, so deadly physical force of a weapon being fired upon her car – I don’t believe was justified.” FULL POST


Topics: Kate Bolduan • New Day
October 7th, 2013
09:17 AM ET

Sen. Schumer predicts Speaker Boehner will "break with Tea Party"

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that Speaker Boehner will “break with the Tea Party,” when the debt ceiling gets closer, asserting that the Tea Party planned the government shutdown for months. When Cuomo asked him about the Speaker’s leadership, Senator Schumer compares him to the Senate leadership and how Republicans in that chamber voted to keep the government running.

“The problem here is Speaker Boehner, so far, has been unwilling to break with the Tea Party, but let me make a prediction. When we get close to debt ceiling, he will have to break with the Tea Party,” Senator Schumer said.

“Here’s his most important accomplishment, President Obama’s, whether you like it or not. And they’re saying get rid of it or we’ll hurt America?,” Senator Schumer added. FULL POST


Topics: Chris Cuomo • New Day
October 6th, 2013
05:36 PM ET

Anderson Cooper Special Report–"The Pizza Bomber" airs Sunday, Oct. 6

On Sunday, Oct. 6, CNN will present an Anderson Cooper Special Report–"The Pizza Bomber", an exclusive look at America's most bizarre bank robbery and the incredible cast of criminal misfits who planned and attempted to bring off one of the nation's most unusual crimes.

CNN investigative correspondent Drew Griffin will take viewers behind the scenes of a four year long FBI investigation into an incident that began a decade ago in Erie, Pennsylvania.  On a hot August afternoon, a 41 year old pizza delivery man named Brian Wells walked into a small branch bank wearing what he said was a bomb underneath his white tee shirt.   He gave tellers a note demanding $250,000.   He escaped with a little more than $8,000 and was quickly cornered by police in a parking lot less than a mile away from the bank. A half an hour later, surrounded by police and television cameras, the bomb Brian Wells was wearing detonated, instantly killing him. FULL POST

October 6th, 2013
11:34 AM ET

Iran's Foreign Minister on the state of the P+5 negotiations

The following transcript is of an exclusive interview with Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister of Iran about his nation’s nuclear ambitions, Israel, and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s remarks before the United Nations General Assembly. CNN’s Fareed Zakaria spoke with Mr. Zarif exclusively on Thursday, October 03, 2013, in New York and will air on Sunday, October 06, 2013 at 10:00am and 1:00pm ET.

A full transcript and videos are available after the jump.

FULL POST


Topics: CNN
October 6th, 2013
11:19 AM ET

Lew: 'Congress is playing with fire' on debt ceiling

Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew spoke about the government shutdown, the debt ceiling, and the economy.

A transcript and videos are available after the jump.

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Topics: CNN
October 4th, 2013
09:28 AM ET

The real Siri revealed: People want me to make a "naughty" app

Siri, Apple’s voice-activated virtual “assistant,” made its debut on October 4, 2011 with the iPhone 4S. The real person behind the voice revealed herself to CNN.com’s Jessica Ravitz, and now to the world. Although Apple won’t confirm it’s her, an audio-forensics expert with 30 years of experience confirms that it is “100%” Susan Bennett, a voiceover artist from suburban Atlanta. Bennett told her story to “New Day” explaining how she became the voice of Siri and why she finally decided to come out.

When CNN News Anchor Michaela Pereira asked Bennett questions such as “why is one foot longer than the other” and “what is the driving time from New York to LA,” she replied a very common Siri response, “I’m sorry Michaela, I cannot answer those questions.”

“That’s something that people would like me to do is make a little, naughty Siri app,” Bennett said.

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“New Day” airs weekday mornings from 6-9 a.m. ET on CNN.

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Topics: Chris Cuomo • Kate Bolduan • Michaela Pereira • New Day
October 4th, 2013
08:49 AM ET

Sen. Brown: Police officers who responded to Capitol Hill deadly car chase "aren't being paid"

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) detailed his experience during the Capitol Hill car chase and shooting yesterday and talked the  government shutdown’s effect on unpaid police officers who responded to the deadly incident.

“These police officers technically aren’t being paid right now,” Senator Brown said. “And they will be. I mean the Congress has [to] act, so they will be. And I’m sure we will. And I just want to make sure that we act to pay all federal employees that have done their jobs and not been paid because of a failure of Congress…. This could be settled very easily just if Speaker Boehner would bring this legislation that’s already gone through a bipartisan process in the Senate, bring it up so all 430 some members of the House could vote. John Boehner has to decide if he’s Speaker of the far right of the Republican party or he’s Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. If he decides the latter, the government will open later today.”

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Topics: Kate Bolduan • New Day
October 3rd, 2013
09:00 AM ET

Rep. Steve King: Debt ceiling limit, default talk is "false demagoguery"

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) told “New Day” Anchor Chris Cuomo that talk of the debt ceiling limit and default is “false demagoguery,” and the Oval Office was responsible the “spiteful act” of closing the World War II memorial.

On the government shutting down the World War II memorial, Rep. King said, “That was the first act that took place. It had to be ordered directly out of the Oval Office. And it was a spiteful act. If you saw those veterans come up there yesterday and the day before, they haven’t seen that memorial in their lifetime. It was built for them, and they were shut out. I think that’s the image that Americans have in their mind right today.”

When Cuomo asked Rep. King if he is going to try to defund Obamacare through the debt ceiling deadline and if he is willing to collapse the United States credit to make a point, he replied “I don’t think the credit of the United States is going to be collapsed. I think that all this talk about a default has been a lot of… false demagoguery. We have plenty of money coming in to service the debt. When we stop servicing the debt, that would be default. We’re a long, long ways from that. And I think we need to have cool heads and get to a solution.”

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Topics: Chris Cuomo • New Day
October 3rd, 2013
08:07 AM ET

Rep. Van Hollen: "Reckless part" of Speaker Boehner's caucus responsible for lack of clean vote to fund government

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) blamed a “very hard, reckless part of his caucus” as the reason for why Speaker John Boehner has not called for a vote on a clean continuing resolution to fund the government and put a halt to the government shutdown, which is in its third day. He told “New Day” Anchor Kate Bolduan that “we have the votes” from Democrats and Republicans to pass a clean bill to end the “self-inflicting wound that the country doesn’t need.”

“And the reason [Speaker John Boehner] hasn’t had a vote… is because you have this very, hard, reckless part of his caucus that is driving the train. He is listening to them. And because of that small minority, he’s not letting the full people’s House have a vote. I mean that’s the way democracy is supposed to work. And so I talked to people of all political affiliations and they are totally confused about why the Speaker will not allow a vote. In fact, it turns out they actually changed the normal House rules to prevent us from bringing up a motion to ask for the vote. They put it in the hands of only the Republican leader. That is not the way the House is supposed to work.”

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Topics: Kate Bolduan • New Day
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