09:13 AM ET, February 12th, 2015

Two new CNN Original Series will premiere Sunday, March 1st with Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery (produced by Nutopia) airing at 9pm ET/PT, followed by the The Wonder List with Bill Weir at 10 pm ET/PT (produced by CNN). Loved and worshipped by billions, Jesus of Nazareth is, unquestionably, the most famous person of the last […] Full Post

February 22nd, 2015
02:47 PM ET

On GPS: A public dispute between U.S. & Israel

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features a political panel about ISIS and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East with Graeme Wood, the author of What ISIS Really Wants, Shadi Hamid, a fellow at the Brookings Institution Center for Middle East Policy, and Peter Beinart, an associate professor of political science at the City University of New York and a CNN political commentator.

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Beinart on Obama’s approach to ISIS: “From the point of view of American foreign policy, we, as a nation, have done best when we have defined our enemies narrowly. We did not fight a war - a cold war - against communism, or when we, and when we tried - for most - for our most effective periods of the Cold War, we allied with Yugoslavia, a communist country, against the Soviets. We allied with China against the Soviets. We narrowed our enemies and therefore put more strength on our side. What’s important about what Obama is doing is he's trying to keep our enemies narrow. We are going to need to ally with people who we call - maybe call themselves Islamists in order to defeat ISIS, maybe even people who call themselves Salafi jihadists, whatever that means, just as we allied with communists against the Soviet Union. We didn't fight all fascists in World War II. We never declared war on Franco's Spain. So I think the ideological part, while it's important, shouldn't be what drives American foreign policy.”

Wood on Jerusalem’s reaction to ISIS propaganda: “Certainly ISIS is no fan of Israel. But Israel's main point for ISIS is certainly its propaganda value, but also its place in the apocalypse. ISIS believes that it’s foretold that the armies of Islam will eventually rally around Jerusalem after being defeated, actually. So they believe that they will, after conquering a large area of land, eventually be reduced to a core of 5,000 fighters around Jerusalem. That's one of the most common ways that Jerusalem is referred to in the propaganda of ISIS.”

Hamid on ISIS’s targets of anger: “Where al Qaeda was obsessed with the West, ISIS is focused on Iraq, Syria, the immediate surroundings. They hate Arab rulers more than they hate Israeli leaders. And that does, that should affect how we react to them and how we think about the threat that they face. So in that sense, they're less of a direct threat on the American homeland, but they are very much a threat to Middle East stability.”

Beinart on Obama-Netanyahu rift: “The reason this clash is so fierce is it goes to the heart of the legacies of both men. Benjamin Netanyahu sincerely believes that he is Winston Churchill in the 1930s - the only person wise enough and brave enough to sound the alarm about a potential - about a potential Nazi-like threat. Barack Obama sees himself as much more akin, I would say, to Richard Nixon in the 1970s, trying to make - look at the possibilities of making an opening to Iran, which would be like an opening to China, which would rejigger the entire power balance in the Middle East and allow America to solve problems they can't solve now and put itself in a much stronger position. It's not just that these guys don't like each other. It's not just that Obama is a Democrat and that Netanyahu plays footsie with the Republicans all the time. It really goes to the core of the way they see themselves historically.”

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Topics: Fareed Zakaria GPS • Iran • Iraq • ISIS • Israel
February 22nd, 2015
02:42 PM ET

"I didn't see anything like that happen" says CBS Correspondent with O'Reilly during the Falklands

Today on CNN’s Reliable Sources hosted by Brian Stelter, Eric Engberg, a correspondent for CBS News for 26 years, shared his account of Argentina during the Falklands War.  As a former colleague of Bill O’Reilly, Engberg disputes the Fox Anchor’s description of Argentina as a ‘war zone’. A transcript and videos from the show are available below.


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Engberg on O’Reilly’s description of the protests in Argentina: “I didn't see that happen.  I didn't see anything like that happen.  I don't know of any American foreign correspondent who had a weapon pointed at him.  But the important thing is, I didn't hear any gunfire.  Not only did I not hear any gunfire, as I say, I didn't hear any sirens.  I would - I came to Argentina from years of experience in Washington covering anti-war demonstrations against Vietnam War in Washington.”

Engberg on O’Reilly’s story about the CBS correspondents: What he just said was a fabrication, a lie.  There were five CBS correspondents, including him, assigned to the bureau.  They were under the direction of Larry Doyle, one of our very first field producers.  You marines out there will understand what I was saying.  He was a lurp in the marines in Vietnam before he went to CBS.  He's a very skilled operator in combat and dangerous situations.   He sent all five of the correspondents and all 10 or 12 of the camera crew members out into the street.  Nobody stayed in their hotel room because they were afraid.  We were all working and we saw what looked - what was a moderate size riot.  It was a couple thousand people attacking Casa Rosada, or the area around the Casa Rosada, by waving their arms, by clapping and chanting and singing songs.   Nobody attacked the soldiers.  Nobody attacked the police.  There was nobody lying on the ground when it was over that I saw.”

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February 22nd, 2015
02:31 PM ET

Wolfowitz: Jeb Bush "is his own man"

On CNN's State of the Union Iraq war architect Paul Wolfowitz discussed the fight for Iraq a decade later and the role of radical Islam with Gloria Borger. A full interview of the transcript is available after the jump.

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February 22nd, 2015
09:59 AM ET

DHS Sec: "very concerned" about independent terrorists in the US

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson joined Gloria Borger to comment on al-Shabaab’s recent terror threat, tension in Congress between immigration and the Department of Homeland Security’s funding, and Rudy Giuliani’s comments about President Obama.


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On the nature of al-Shabaab’s recent terror threat: “We’re in an environment right now where I suspect these groups are competing for attention.  ISIL has received a lot of attention through their very effective use of the Internet, social media.  And we’re now seeing, for example, AQAP in its most recent addition of "Inspire", a whole chapter on how to build a nonmetallic device, as well as this most recent public cotton buds.  So, my concern is these groups were actually competing for attention and for fundraising and recruitment.”

On the safety of the Mall of America: “I would say that if anyone is planning to go to the Mall of America today, they’ve got to be particularly careful”

On appealing a federal judge’s decision to prohibit the processing of illegal immigrants: “We will appeal and we will seek a stay so that we can go back to implementation of our efforts to build accountability in the non-documented community.”

On Rudy Giuliani’s comments about Obama: “His comments were not helpful.  And I’m sorry to see statements like that coming from the former mayor whose response to 9/11 in 2001 I admired very much.  His response to me is a model for how government leaders should respond in times of crisis.  I think his most recent statements are very regrettable.”

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Topics: Gloria Borger • ISIS • State of the Union
February 20th, 2015
10:46 AM ET

Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 9 & 10

**NEW**Culinary Journeys
The first episode features  Italian chef Massimo Bottura

The first episode features Italian chef Massimo Bottura

Friday 6 March at 1630 GMT / 1730 CET and 2330 GMT / 0030 CET

Saturday 7 March at 2030 GMT / 2130 CET

Sunday 8 March at 0130 GMT/ 0230 CET

Tuesday 10 March 1030 GMT / 1130 CET

Wednesday 11 March 0430 GMT / 0530 CET

Duration: 30 minutes

‘Culinary Journeys’ is a new series of monthly half-hour shows on CNN International, which explores a different destination through the dish or cuisine that has helped put it on the map; from gazpacho soup in Madrid to Doro Wett in Addis Ababa; Khao chae in Thailand to pierogies in Krakow.

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Topics: CNN
February 17th, 2015
07:25 PM ET

Marie Harf to Wolf Blitzer: We won't give terrorists 'religious credibility'

State Department Deputy Spokeswoman Marie Harf discusses criticism of the White House's refusal to call terrorists who kill in the name of Islam, "Islamic extremists."

CNNMoney Exclusive Investigation: The secret world of government debt collection
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February 17th, 2015
12:21 PM ET

CNNMoney Exclusive Investigation: The secret world of government debt collection

Debt collection horror stories are nothing new. But there’s a whole other side to the industry that no one’s talking about: collectors hired by government agencies to hunt down debtors. In this world, forgotten tolls can easily snowball into hundreds of dollars in debt, and an unpaid speeding ticket can land you in jail.

CNNMoney’s Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken spent months investigating this booming business and one of its biggest players. They analyzed hundreds of consumer complaints, interviewed dozens of attorneys and other experts, and spoke directly with consumers in production of their exclusive investigation – Above the Law.

Ellis and Hicken's report explores the secret world of government debt collection, and the influence and power one player has. They expose the threats consumers have received, the lavish lifestyles of those who benefit from the payouts, and the horror stories that are reality.

Explore the multimedia investigation on CNNMoney.com.

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February 15th, 2015
02:15 PM ET

Putin's net-worth is $200 billion says Russia's once largest foreigner investor

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with Bill Browder, the CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, formerly Russia's largest foreign investor, and a once supporter of President Putin. He also describes the dynamics between power and wealth in Russia, claiming that during “the first eight or 10 years of Putin's reign over Russia, it was about stealing as much money as he could. And some people, including myself, believe that he's the richest man in the world, or one of the richest men in the world, with hundreds of billions of dollars of wealth that was stolen from Russia.”

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On Putin’s networth: “I believe that it's $200 billion. After 14 years in power of Russia, and the amount of money that the country has made, and the amount of money that hasn't been spent on schools and roads and hospitals and so on, all that money is in property, bank - Swiss bank accounts, shares, hedge funds, managed for Putin and his cronies.”

On Putin and his cronies: “These guys killed Sergei Magnitsky, my lawyer, for money. They all got rich, they all got bank accounts and villas and cars. Why should we allow them to come to America, travel to America, keep their accounts here, spend that money?” FULL POST

February 15th, 2015
01:54 PM ET

Panetta: Netanyahu will "make this a partisan divide between Democrats and Republicans."

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, former Secretary of Defense and former director of the CIA, Leon Panetta, joined CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent, Jim Acosta, to discuss the instability in the Middle East, Putin’s aggressive foreign policy, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress, and President Obama’s performance regarding said issues.

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Topics: Iraq • ISIS • Israel • Jim Acosta • Russia • State of the Union • Syria • Ukraine
February 13th, 2015
11:01 AM ET

Poppy Harlow Named Anchor of CNN Newsroom Weekend

Poppy Harlow has been named anchor of CNN Newsroom Weekend on Saturdays from 3-6pm ET and 7-8pm ET, and Sundays from 5-8pm ET.

Poppy Harlow headshot

Based in New York City, Harlow will continue to cover breaking news and deliver feature reporting and investigative stories in addition to her new anchor role.

The announcement comes on the heels of a successful year for the correspondent whose long-form investigative pieces, including in-depth reporting on the General Motors recall crisis – specifically the story of one woman wrongly convicted in a deadly crash  – aired across CNN prime time programming and CNNMoney.com.

Previously, Harlow was a New York based correspondent for CNN and an anchor/correspondent for CNNMoney.com.  She also served as a business correspondent on CNN, CNN International and HLN, covering business and economic news and how it impacts policy and people around the globe.

Harlow, who has been with the network since 2008, has won the Gracie Award for Best Online Investigative Feature and SABEW's Best in Business award.


Topics: CNN • Poppy Harlow
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