October 19th, 2014
01:39 PM ET

Cruz, a flight ban is a “basic, common-sense step"

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) responds to President Obama’s appointment of veteran Washington operative Ron Klain and demands the President lead the country by banning flights and securing the border. Senator Cruz asserts that supporting the Kurdish Peshmerga is essential to defeating ISIS and expresses his confidence in Republicans achieving a majority in both chambers of Congress.

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Cruz on the Obama Administration’s response to Ebola: "The biggest mistake that continues to be made is now, more than two weeks into this we continue to allow open commercial air flights from countries that have been stricken by Ebola. That doesn't make any sense, we have upwards of 150 people a day coming from countries with live, active Ebola outbreaks."

Cruz on the appointment of Ron Klain: “we should be less concerned about giving the public the feeling that the government is on top of this and more concerned about the government actually being on top of it. And this is a manifestation. We don't need another White House political operative, which is what Mr. Klain has been.”

Cruz on his support of the Kurdish Peshmerga: “the Obama administration keeps focusing on Syrian rebels, many of whom have far too close ties to radical Islamic terrorists for it to make any sense for us to be supporting them. The Kurds are allies and they are boots on the ground. And when we work with them in concert, they're ready to fight on the front line, along with serious airpower.”

Cruz on Republican success in the 2014 midterm elections: “I think it is far more likely than not that we will retake the Senate and retire Harry Reid.”

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

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October 19th, 2014
01:27 PM ET

NIH Director "No further cases" of Ebola in US

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, joins Candy Crowley to discuss the fight against Ebola in the US.

Text highlights, video, and a transcript of the discussion are below

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Fauci on a travel ban: “It would be very, very difficult if you lost control of easily tracking people.  You have got to look at the numbers to look about how many people are really trying to get into the country. We have 36,000 people in two months went to airports to get out of those three countries; 77 were blocked because of a health issue. When they investigated them, none of them had Ebola. A lot of them had malaria.  So, there's not a lot of people trying to get into the country.”

Fauci on known Ebola cases in the US: “No further cases. Just the two infections. So, we have two infections that have occurred here in the United States.”

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

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October 19th, 2014
01:20 PM ET

Ebola "was an avoidable catastrophe"

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with Peter Piot, who co-discovered Ebola, about why this outbreak is so serious and how the world should respond.

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Piot on the severity of the threat:  ”This is the first Ebola epidemic where entire nations are involved, where big cities are affected. And I continue to be worried that the response to the epidemic is really running behind the virus. The virus is still running much faster.”

Piot on containing Ebola:  The good news is that both Nigeria and Senegal have been able to contain a number important cases. In Senegal, there was not even any secondary case. In Nigeria, there were a number of people who were infected and died, but it has not given rise to an outbreak in Lagos, after all, a city of more than 20 million people, or in Port Harcourt. So that's a - that shows that if you act decisively and early enough, that this is, you know, it can be controlled. This was an avoidable catastrophe.”

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

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Topics: CNN • Ebola • Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS
October 18th, 2014
08:48 AM ET

CNN MULTICHOICE AFRICAN JOURNALIST AWARDS 2014                          

JOSEPH MATHENGE NAMED CNN MULTICHOICE AFRICAN JOURNALIST 2014

Kenyan journalist Joseph Mathenge has been awarded the top prize at this year’s CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2014 Awards Ceremony.

Mathenge was awarded the overall ‘CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year’ Award for his work ‘Images of Terror’, which appeared in Kenyan daily print newspaper The Standard and was chosen from entries spanning 38 nations across the African continent.

The work documents the moments of terror experienced by Westgate Mall shoppers in Kenya, when the mall was attacked by unidentified gunmen in September 2013.

Mathenge said: “It’s a great honor, and I’m humbled to receive this award. All finalists who are here deserve this award. I hope it will motivate men, women and children of good will all over the world to fight terrorism. Memories fade with time, but pictures don’t. We felt it necessary to capture each and every moment so that generations to come may see the horror.”
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Topics: CNN
October 17th, 2014
05:17 PM ET

Report: Florida governor's debate hits the fan

A little appliance caused a big fuss at a Florida debate with Gov. Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist, but Crist's fan isn't allowed on stage under the rules of an October 21 Florida governor's race debate that CNN is hosting in conjunction with Jacksonville affiliate WJXT.

The candidates were sent a memo on October 8 outlining the format, rules and logistical information for the debate. Among those rules: No electronic devices.

After being lampooned on social media with #fangate trending, Gov. Scott told CNN affiliate WPBF, "I think he was sweating and he needed a fan. I'm surprised he didn't try to ask for dry ice." Crist's campaign later started selling hand held fans that read, "I'm a fan of Charlie Crist."

Watch CNN on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. ET to see Jake Tapper co-host the next live, one-hour gubernatorial debate in Jacksonville, Fla. between the two candidates.

New Global Survey Ranks CNN As Top International News Brand
October 16th, 2014
10:55 AM ET

New Global Survey Ranks CNN As Top International News Brand

Global independent study reaffirms CNN’s #1 position in TV and digital across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America

The latest IPSOS Affluent Global survey reaffirms CNN as the leading international news brand, reaching an unrivaled four out of 10 upscale consumers and decision-makers in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

This huge scale of an affluent international audience is larger than all news competitors in every metric across TV and digital platforms.

“In what has been an incredible period for global news, CNN's journalists have been ahead of the competition in reporting a long run of remarkable stories,” said Jeff Zucker, President of CNN Worldwide. “These figures show that in all corners of the globe people are coming to CNN more than any other news organization to understand important stories that are defining and shaping our world. This is a huge endorsement from our worldwide audience that when CNN goes there, the eyes of the world follow.” FULL POST


Topics: CNN • CNN International • Press Releases • Research
October 14th, 2014
11:14 AM ET

Before he was ‘King James’ … MORE THAN A GAME to air on CNN/U.S.

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LeBron James documentary airs on CNN/U.S.

Friday, Oct. 24 at 10:00pm ET

Before Cleveland Cavalier fans knew him as ‘King James,’ LeBron James was a member of an elite band of young basketball phenoms known collectively as the ‘Fab Four.’  Together, Sian Cotton, Dru Joyce III, Willie McGhee, and LeBron James were the Shooting Stars – a traveling youth basketball team that began in an Akron, Ohio, Salvation Army gymnasium.

CNN Films Presents: MORE THAN A GAME will air Friday, Oct. 24 at 10:00pm ET and PT on CNN/U.S., just prior to the start of the 2014 – 2015 regular season for the Cleveland Cavaliers.  LeBron James returns to the Cavaliers for his very first regular season home game for his former team on Thursday, Oct. 30 against the New York Knicks.

It all began less than an hour’s drive from Cleveland, ‘in a little gym with a linoleum floor on Maple Street…,’ reminds Dru Joyce II, the father of one of the young men.  Joyce became coach, mentor, and father figure to the four – and later five – legendary team mates, testing their mettle on the court and, off the court, molding them into men. FULL POST

October 14th, 2014
10:43 AM ET

Anderson Cooper Traces His Family's Roots through the Deep South

As part of the CNN special ROOTS: OUR JOURNEYS HOME, Anderson Cooper on last night’s AC360 took viewers to trace his family tree in Mississippi, Louisiana and New York.

Many people know Anderson Cooper as having come from one of America’s most famous families – the Vanderbilt’s.  But growing up, Anderson was always drawn to the southern roots of his father, Wyatt Cooper.  For the special, he travels south and discovers surprising ties between his dad’s poor farming family and the rich Vanderbilt’s that existed before his parents ever met.

Among the treasures that Anderson finds is audio of his father discussing his hopes and dreams for his sons. This is the first time Anderson has heard his father’s voice since he was 10 years old.

“The thing about the past is, one can't help what zip code one was born in, what country or family you're descended from. All you can do is learn the lessons of those who came before you: their stories, their mistakes and their successes,” Anderson reflects. “You can't choose what family you're born into. All you can really do is choose how you want to live your own life.”

ROOTS: OUR JOURNEYS HOME kicked-off on October 12th with Anthony Bourdain and will continue to air across the network throughout the week, culminating in a two-hour special on Monday, October 20th at 9 pm ET. The stories of 13 CNN anchors and hosts will be told in all. For more information, visit: cnn.com/roots


Topics: CNN
October 13th, 2014
04:44 PM ET

San Francisco Shaken: 25 Years Since the Quake

CNN Special Report airs Tuesday, Oct. 14th at 9pm ET

On the evening of October 17, 1989 — as the first pitch was about to be thrown in the third game of the World Series — disaster struck as the world watched live.  It was the most powerful earthquake the Bay Area had seen since the one that devastated San Francisco in 1906.

In a CNN Special Report titled San Francisco Shaken: 25 Years Since the QuakeCNN’s Randi Kaye reports on the aftershocks – of the emotional kind – that can still be felt decades later.

Bill Ray still hears the words his wife whispered to him the last time he saw her, trapped beneath the wreckage of their home. Dorothy Otto remembers the screams of people being burned alive all around her.  And, Desiree Garcia finds stability and sobriety through her Christian faith, after years of battling addiction. She says her problems began the day her father died from injuries he got while trapped in rubble for four days.

In all, the '89 quake, named Loma Prieta, killed 67 people and caused as much as 10-billion dollars in damage, yet it was only one-thirtieth the size of the 1906 quake. While it wasn’t “the big one” that scientists are certain will come,  the ’89 temblor did teach the region what it needs to do to better stabilize its infrastructure; and to prevent another generation of Bills, Dorothys and Desirees.

Is it happening fast enough? Will the Bay Area be ready? On Tuesday, October 14th at 9pm ET/PT, Randi Kaye will share stories of the past San Francisco can never forget and the future damage they’re working desperately to prevent.


Topics: CNN
October 12th, 2014
12:35 PM ET

Former PM of Kurdistan "Every Kurd wants independence"

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS  features an interview with Barham Salih, former prime minister of Iraqi Kurdistan and former deputy prime minister of Iraq, about the strength of ISIS,  the role the Peshmerga could play in fighting ISIS, and the prospects for Kurdish independence.

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Salih on the Iraqi army: “At the end of the day, the military needs to be a professional institution, the type of leadership that we have had in Iraq over the past few years has politicized the army, has divided the army on sectarian lines and simply was not able to stand up to the challenge.”

Salih on the Peshmerga’s fight against ISIS: “Kurdistan has emerged as the most reliable partner of the international coalition in the fight against ISIS.”

Salih on Kurdish Independence: “Every Kurd wants independence. That's a - that's a reality of it.  But I genuinely do believe that the Kurds will be the ones who will have least problem with a united Iraq, a decent Iraq. To date, the Kurds want Iraq to succeed, a democratic federal Iraq will be good for the Kurds and we want to be partners in making Iraq a success.”

A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.
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Topics: CNN • CNN International • CNN Politics • Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS • Iraq • ISIS
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