November 20th, 2014
11:40 AM ET

CNN Rejoins Tom Hanks’ and Gary Goetzman’s PLAYTONE for “THE SEVENTIES”

Follow-up to Critically-Acclaimed “THE SIXTIES” Coming Summer 2015

Eight-Part Docuseries Produced in Partnership with Herzog & Company

Following the critically-acclaimed and highly-rated series THE SIXTIES, CNN, PLAYTONE and HERZOG & COMPANY in association with HBO are producing an eight-part documentary series that will explore an equally consequential decade: the 1970s.

The non-scripted series, THE SEVENTIES, will be executive produced by multiple EMMY® Award-winning producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (HBO’s John Adams and The Pacific), and EMMY® Award-winning producer Mark Herzog (History’s Gettysburg) of Herzog & Company (HCO), as a CNN Original Series for CNN/U.S., it was announced today. FULL POST


Topics: CNN • CNN Originals • Press Releases • The Seventies
November 19th, 2014
12:12 AM ET

Pen Farthing of Tiverton, England is the 2014 CNN Hero of The Year

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CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute Hosted by Anderson Cooper Airs Sunday, December 7 at 8PM ET

Pen Farthing, a former Royal Marine Sergeant, who reunites soldiers with the stray dogs they befriend while serving in Afghanistan, was named the 2014 CNN Hero of the Year by Anderson Cooper at the eighth-annual CNN Heroes An All-Star Tribute.

Farthing’s nonprofit Nowzad Dogs, has helped nearly 700 soldiers from eight countries.

“I would really like to thank everybody who voted for Nowzad Charity and [for supporting] what we do in Afghanistan and for believing in us,” Farthing said while accepting his award. FULL POST


Topics: Anderson Cooper • CNN • CNN Heroes • Press Releases
November 17th, 2014
03:30 PM ET

CNN Exclusive: How the GOP Used Twitter to Stretch Election Laws

CNN Senior Digital Correspondent Chris Moody (@moodyreported exclusively today that Republicans and outside groups used anonymous Twitter accounts to share internal polling data ahead of the 2014 midterm elections, a practice that raises questions about whether they violated campaign finance laws that prohibit coordination.

Read the full exclusive scoop: 

How the GOP used Twitter to stretch election laws

Topics: Chris Moody • CNN Digital • CNN Politics
November 16th, 2014
02:47 PM ET

Immigration in the US "1,000 people are deported every single day"

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus Rep. Xavier Becerra discuss President Obama’s executive action on immigration. How far will President Obama go, is it legal, and how will it ultimately affect millions of Latinos?

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

Attorney General Gonzales on the legality of President Obama’s executive action: “I'm not prepared to say that he does have the authority, although, as your - one of your last guests said, in 2011, President Obama did say that he didn't have the authority in a group before Univision. I start with the Constitution, where Article II, Section 3, requires that the president take care that the laws are faithfully executed. From my perspective, I don't think the president has the authority to amend, repeal or suspend the law or fail to refuse a law based solely on policy.”

Rep. Becerra on deportation: “If it were your child and you are going to be - about to be separated from your child simply because Congress is dysfunctional, doesn't get its job done, then you would say my god, this is crazy, a citizen child being separated from his or her parent.”

Mayor Villaraigosa on the imperative of reaching a solution: “The fact that 1,000 people are deported every single day - I think, last year, more than 400,000 people were deported - we have got to do something about this. This is a crisis.”

A full transcript is available after the jump. FULL POST

November 16th, 2014
11:34 AM ET

CNN EXCLUSIVE with Senator Dick Durbin

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), the number two Democrat in the Senate, joins Candy Crowley for an exclusive an first post-election interview to the big loss for Democrats. Senator Durbin shares his opinion on sending ground troops to fight ISIS, the Keystone pipeline, and how President Obama can make a comeback in the minds of Americans.

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS

Senator Durbin on sending troops to fight ISIS: “I think we learned a lesson and paid a bitter price when we put troops on the ground on a long-term basis in Iraq and Afghanistan. Let us support a homegrown, indigenous and locally inspired effort to bring stability to the region.”

Senator Durbin on the Keystone pipeline: “Every indication is, the president will veto an attempt to preempt the regular process of reviewing the permit for this pipeline. I think that it should go through the orderly process. The Republicans believe that the president's power should be taken away, it should be moved on a fast track. But, remember, the oil that is going to flow through that pipeline is not going to be used in the United States or reduce gas prices in the United States.”

On President Obama’s leadership: “This president is not going to go gently into his last two years. He's going to lead, as he is expected to as our president. And I hope that John Boehner and the Republicans will understand at least the message of the last election was, solve problems. Don't just go to a political standoff. Do something. If they fail to do it, if the Republicans fail to do it, the president will act, and I will support him.”

Full transcript of the interview is available below. FULL POST


Topics: CNN
November 16th, 2014
11:14 AM ET

Jon Stewart & Maziar Bahari on Fareed Zakaria GPS

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with Jon Stewart and Iranian-born journalist Maziar Bahari to discuss Iran, the Arab Spring, and their new film Rosewater. In 2009 Maziar Bahari was arrested under the pretext of espionage following the election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Green Revolution. The film Rosewater depicts the 118 days of Bahari’s mental and physical torture under the Iranian regime. Jon Stewart, director of Rosewater, tells Fareed Zakaria that he feels many people are trapped between authoritarianism and religious extremism. He points to the Iranian regime’s shortsighted approach to retaining power. Both Bahari and Stewart describe the rationality of the Iranian regime’s irrationality, which was fundamental to Bahari’s detention after the Green Movement. Text excerpts and a full interview transcript are available below.

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Stewart on torture in Iran: “I think there is a rationality behind it. And to view it in that way means it can be manipulated. And it means that you can fight back against it. And so there is a banality to it. There is a - I would consider it more the bureaucracy of evil and the stupidity of evil.”

Stewart on the Arab World: “this is a part of the world that has been trapped between authoritarianism and extremism. And it's very difficult for the majority of the people who live there, who are just looking to carve out a little space for themselves and to live their lives, to get that space and create those civic institutions when you are constantly trapped between those two poles.”

Bahari on his experience in solitary confinement: “your only way to communicate with the rest of the world is through your interrogator. But when my interrogate - my - one of the prison guards, by mistake, called me Mr. Hillary Clinton, there and then I realized that there is a campaign for me. So I - that was the best moment for - for a prisoner, the worst thing is to think that he or she is alone. And that was a moment that I realized that I was not alone.”

Bahari on the principles and outcomes of the 2009 Green Movement: “It was a movement of millions of Iranians to gain their rights as citizens of the country. They did not want to be the subjects of the master, the supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei. So the movement continues. You may not see the manifestations of the movement on the streets, but the people’s demand to be considered as citizens of the country continues.”

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


Topics: Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS • Iran
November 16th, 2014
09:44 AM ET

Sen. Franken: Sen. Cruz has net neutrality "completely wrong"

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy CrowleySenator Al Franken (D-MN) discusses net neutrality, what he calls “the free speech issue of our time.” Senator Franken explains net neutrality’s potential to affect the way Americans access the Internet. He also shares his predictions for the 2016 elections and the challenges in Washington.

Text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below

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Senator Franken on Senator Ted Cruz’s understanding of net neutrality: “He has it completely wrong and he just doesn't understand what this issue is. We have had net neutrality the entire history of the Internet. So when he says this is the ObamaCare, ObamaCare was a government program that fixed something, that changed things. This is about reclassifying something so it stays the same. This would keep things exactly the same that they've been. And the pricing happens by the value of something."

Senator Franken on Hillary Clinton and the Democratic candidates in 2016: “I very much doubt that she'll be the only one. I'm sure someone will jump in.”

Senator Franken on Washington politics: “We have a fundamental difference on how we see the economy working best and who it should work for.”

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

November 14th, 2014
06:09 PM ET

Ex-SEAL describes night Osama bin Laden was killed

CNN’s Jake Tapper sat down with former Navy Seal Robert O’Neill who says he fired the shot that killed Osama bin Laden. The full interview aired on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, 4-5 p.m. E.T.

http://thelead.blogs.cnn.com/

 

November 14th, 2014
12:29 PM ET

BLACK in America: BLACK & BLUE – Soledad O’Brien Reports encores TONIGHT at 11:00pmET

SoledadOBrienA CNN special investigation encores Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 11:00pm Eastern

In a new installment of her Black in America series, award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien uses graphic videos and incisive interviews to show how the lives of young men are fractured by aggressive policing. Her documentary film, BLACK & BLUE, takes us into the lives of men frisked without cause as many as 100 times, and the police officers who insist they're just fighting crime. FULL POST

Celebrity Lineup Announced for 2014 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute
CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute airs globally on Sunday, December 7, 2014
November 14th, 2014
09:57 AM ET

Celebrity Lineup Announced for 2014 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

Airing Sunday, December 7 at 8 PM ET: Benedict Cumberbatch, John Leguizamo, Taye Diggs, Christina Hendricks, Kelly Ripa, Kathy Griffin, Morgan Spurlock and Questlove 

Musical Performances by Trisha Yearwood and Sheryl Crow 

Quvenzhané Wallis and Nick Jonas Present Young Wonder Awards

Benedict Cumberbatch, star of The Imitation Game, John Leguizamo, star of Fugly!, Taye Diggs, star of Murder in the First, Christina Hendricks, star of Mad Men, Kelly Ripa, host of LIVE with Kelly and Michael, and Kathy Griffin, award-winning comedienne, will present at CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, hosted by Anderson Cooper. The star-studded tribute airs Sunday, December 7, at 8:00 p.m. ET, from The American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Morgan Spurlock, acclaimed filmmaker and star of CNN Original Series Inside Man, and Questlove, drummer for The Roots, executive producer of new music show SoundClash and member of The Tonight Show house band are also presenting in this year’s show. FULL POST


Topics: Anderson Cooper • CNN • CNN Heroes • Press Releases
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