11:05 AM ET, September 10th, 2014

New Season of Eight Episodes, Featuring Host’s First Trips to Iran and Paraguay, Will Be Preceded by Prime Cuts Show Season four of the top-rated Emmy and Peabody award-winning CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, begins on Sunday, September 28 at 9pm ET/PT with a tour of Shanghai, China. Immediately following, CNN premieres This is Life with Lisa […] Full Post

August 24th, 2014
12:31 PM ET

Britain's Ambassador to the U.S. Peter Westmacott on CNN's State of the Union "we are close" to identifying Foley's killer.

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, British Ambassador to the US Sir Peter Westmacott spoke to Crowley about the alarming numbers of Westerners fighting in Iraq and Syria.  In light of the revelation that James Foley’s executioner had a British accent, the British government has taken measures to identify the ISIS militant.

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Ambassador Westmacott on identifying James Foley’s executioner: “I do know from my colleagues at home that we are close."

Ambassador Westmacott on jihadists from the West: “People think that maybe as many as 500 British subjects have gone to Syria and Iraq for this cause of jihad. And it's not a problem exclusive to the United Kingdom. We have got people from lots and lots of Western democracies who, unfortunately, are misguided enough to go to that part of the region and take up a cause which is a betrayal of all our values.”

Ambassador Westmacott on providing lethal assistance to opposition: “what has happened in Iraq and the way in which ISIS has scooped up weapons and money and other support which has been provided initially for the purpose of getting rid of Bashar al-Assad is an indication that that caution shown by my government and the United States government was perhaps well-founded.”

A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.
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August 10th, 2014
01:03 PM ET

Joe Lockhart to CNN's Candy Crowley: " I don't think a lot of people know this, but Jim Brady kept the title of press secretary."

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, ABC’s Ann Compton, journalist Al Hunt and former Clinton Press Secretary Joe Lockhart remember the life and legacy of former Regan Press secretary Jim Brady.

 

A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.

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August 10th, 2014
12:28 PM ET

Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad and Gen. James Jones on CNN's State of the Union // Jones: "...they (Iraqis) need to come up with a new prime minister very quickly, and hopefully it should not be al-Maliki..."

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, General James L. Jones, former National Security Advisor (President Barack Obama Administration), and Zalmay Khalilzad, former US Ambassador to Iraq (2005-07) and Afghanistan (2003-05) (President George W. Bush Administration), spoke to Crowley about the effect of US airstrikes on ISIS, the reconstruction of Iraq, and the Kurdish question.

Both agree that without assistance from the US and the international community, the Iraqi citizens will perish and ISIS will continue to terrorize the region.  Khalilzad and Jones support providing the Kurdish army with weapons to combat ISIS. Yet, both share skepticism about whether the Iraqi government can reconcile the nation’s conflicting ethnic and religious divisions. FULL POST

August 10th, 2014
12:21 PM ET

Senator John McCain on State of the Union with Candy Crowley: "I would be launching airstrikes not only in Iraq, but in Syria against ISIS."

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, spoke to Crowley about US airstrikes in Iraq, ISIS’ threat to national security, and Obama’s leadership and strategy in the Middle East.

“While the president has continued to say this is an Iraqi problem, this is an Iraqi problem, but it's a United States problem and it is a threat to our national security.” Senator John McCain FULL POST

August 3rd, 2014
01:11 PM ET

Forty years after Watergate: Carl Bernstein & Dan Rather with CNN's Candy Crowley

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Carl Bernstein and Dan Rather spoke to Crowley about the 40th anniversary of President Nixon’s resignation, the limits of executive power, and the relationship between the media and the presidency.

A full transcript of this interview is available after the jump.

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August 3rd, 2014
11:40 AM ET

Gov. Perry to CNN's Candy Crowley: the Obama Administration has "not been strong in their support of Israel"

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) spoke to Crowley about the Obama Administration’s stance on Israel, the immigration crisis, and the State of Texas’ efforts to secure the border.

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Perry on the Obama Administration & Israel: “I don't understand why this administration would criticize Israel for trying to protect their citizens and their country from a group who have clearly stated that they will not be satisfied until Israel is wiped off the face of the Earth.  We need to be standing up with Israel, sending a strong message to those in the Middle East that would attack this democracy, that we are their ally, and they can count on us. “

Perry on the immigration crisis: “Since September of '08, we have seen 203,000 individuals who have illegally come into the United States, into Texas, booked into Texas county jails.  And, Candy, these individuals are responsible for over 3,000 homicides and almost 8,000 sexual assaults.”

Perry on his efforts to secure the Texas border: “But the fact, from my perspective as the governor of Texas, it's the reason that we are deploying 1,000 National Guard troops, so that the people of the state of Texas will feel that at least the leadership in the state of Texas is doing something to try to make their communities safer, and that is my goal.”

A full transcript of this interview is available after the jump.
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July 27th, 2014
01:29 PM ET

Graham: Obama has been 'AWOL'

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) spoke with Crowley about President Obama's responses to world crises, Vladimir Putin, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.

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July 27th, 2014
01:20 PM ET

Pelosi: Putin is 'insecure'

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spoke with Crowley about President Obama's leadership, US-Russian relations and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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July 27th, 2014
11:40 AM ET

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Mohammed Stayyeh offer insights on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Crowley about the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Following the interview with Prime Minister Netanyahu, Crowley spoke with Mohammed Shtayyeh, senior adviser to President Abbas, to hear the Palestinian response

 

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 Netanyahu on ceasefires:Israel has accepted five cease-fires since this conflict began, five. We accepted them and we implemented them, including two humanitarian cease-fires in the last 24 hours which Hamas rejected, as they rejected all the other cease-fires. And they violated them.”

“So, you say Israel resumed its offensive. No, we didn't resume our offensive. We had a cease-fire. They violated it. And now they are violating their own cease-fire. And, obviously, we will take whatever action is necessary to protect our people, including against the terror tunnels that they are trying to dig against us.”

 

Shtayyeh on ceasefires: Well, my reaction is that, since this morning, while Israel is claiming that it is abiding by a cease-fire, six Palestinians have been killed, including a Christian nurse in one of the clinics in Gaza.”

“So, by all means, we are very much entrusted to see an end to the Israeli aggression. And, as I understand, the efforts of Secretary Kerry is yielding some fruits. There will be a Palestinian delegation formed by President Mahmoud Abbas going to Cairo to negotiate the terms of cease-fire.”

“But, by all means, if the Israeli army is going to be stationed where it is and continue shelling, obviously, Israel is very much endangering. Whether it's a humanitarian cease-fire, whether it's a timing cease-fire, whether it is a long-lasting cease-fire, the Israeli army should not stay where it is now, because the Israeli army now is nearly occupying 50 percent of the total area of the Gaza Strip, which is no less than - which is more than 370 square kilometers, with 1.9 million Palestinians living in that very small territory.”

A full transcript of both interviews is available after the jump.
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July 20th, 2014
12:16 PM ET

Sen. Dianne Feinstein: relations with Russia are at Cold War levels, says Putin needs to "Man Up"

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)spoke to Crowley about the downing of MH17 in Ukraine and believes that U.S./Russian relations have reached cold war levels.

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Senator Feinstein on Putin: “So, the issue is, where is Putin? And I would say, Putin, you have to man up. You should talk to the world. You should say if this was a mistake, which I hope it was, say it. Even if it was a mistake, it's a horrendous mistake to make. And I think it points out the futility of what's happening in the Ukraine, because there will be repercussions from this. I can't tell you exactly what those will be.”

A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.

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