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Reid: Boehner running  'dictatorship' on fiscal... 03:08

Reid: Boehner running 'dictatorship' on fiscal...

Published on Dec 27, 2012 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blasts House Speaker John Boehner for not doing enough to avert the fiscal cliff.

Shark Tank Shatters in Shanghai Shopping Plaza 00:48

Shark Tank Shatters in Shanghai Shopping Plaza

A shark tank shattered suddenly at a busy Shanghai shopping plaza and injured a number of bystanders. Video footage

Senate meets as fiscal cliff nears 02:40

Senate meets as fiscal cliff nears

The Senate reconvenes days before the country is set to go over the fiscal cliff. CNN's Dana Bash reports.

Cochlear implant allows grandma to hear 03:53

Cochlear implant allows grandma to hear

Published on Dec 28, 2012 After six years, a grandmother can hear again after getting a cochlear implant.

Putin Signs Anti-US Adoptions Bill 00:42

Putin Signs Anti-US Adoptions Bill

Published on Dec 28, 2012 President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children. (Dec. 28)

Obama set to launch last-chance budget talks 01:52

Obama set to launch last-chance budget talks

Published on Dec 28, 2012 US President Barack Obama and legislators are set to launch a last-chance round of budget talks, days before a New Year's deadline to reach a deal or watch the economy go off a fiscal cliff . Obama and Joe Bid

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NJ couple hurt by Russian adoption ban 04:29

NJ couple hurt by Russian adoption ban

Published on Dec 28, 2012 The couple was preparing to bring home a daughter from Russia, but the country's new adoption ban threatens their plans.

Is China's New High-Speed Train Worth the Trek? 03:09

Is China's New High-Speed Train Worth the Trek?

Published on Dec 28, 2012 China opened the world's longest high-speed rail line, connecting Beijing in the north to Guangzhou in the south in just

The Situation Room - L.A. gun buyback yields rocket launchers 02:58

The Situation Room - L.A. gun buyback yields rocket launchers

A gun buyback program turns up two rocket launchers. CNN's Kyung Lah looks at what this says about weapons in the U.S.

Senator Joe Lieberman's Farewell: Connecticut Lawmaker Looks Back 03:55

Senator Joe Lieberman's Farewell: Connecticut Lawmaker Looks Back

On the eve of his retirement, Senator Joseph Lieberman reflects on his political career and the proper role of bipartisanship. Related article: ht...

War Deterrent? 'Iran peaceful, drills aim to confront West threats' 05:13

War Deterrent? 'Iran peaceful, drills aim to confront West threat

Tehran started a six-day naval drill aimed to show the armed forces' military capabilities in confronting enemy threats, and also conveying the message of peace to its neighbors. The training is being conducted in key Strait of Hormuz. Fo

Japan PM visits Fukushima as government pledges nuclear restart 01:11

Japan PM visits Fukushima as government pledges nuclear restart

http://www.euronews.com/ Japan's new prime minister Shinzo Abe has visited the stricken nuclear site at Fukushima, just three days after he was sworn in. Despite strong reservations from the industry's new regulator, the government hopes

Taxing for Environmental Costs: Ireland Attacks Its Debt 02:46

Taxing for Environmental Costs: Ireland Attacks Its Debt

Taxes on garbage and fossil fuels are part of Ireland's novel strategy to shrink its debt.

Giving up guns 02:41

Giving up guns

Residents of Bridgeport, Connecticut, are giving up their guns, but will it make a difference? David Ariosto reports.

State of the Union - An exclusive interview with Agriculture Secy. Tom Vilsack 08:11

State of the Union - An exclusive interview with Agriculture Secy. Tom

In an online exclusive, find out why Agriculture Secy. Tom Vilsack once had 10 press secretaries in 8 years, and more.

Egypt transfers shipment of building materials to Gaza 00:21

Egypt transfers shipment of building materials to Gaza

Published on Dec 30, 2012 http://www.euronews.com/ In a temporary easing of the six-year-old Israeli blockade on Gaza, thousands of tons of building materials such as cement and steel have been sent into the coastal

Graphic video: First moments after Tu-204 plane crash near Moscow 01:55

Graphic video: First moments after Tu-204 plane crash near Moscow

Eyewitness camera captures first dramatic moments after Tu-204 plane crashes at Vnukovo Airport near Moscow.

The press faces the cliff 06:42

The press faces the cliff

Erik Wemple, Lynn Sweet, Bob Cusack and Howard Kurtz weigh in on the media coverage of the looming fiscal cliff.

Media's 2012 report card 10:13

Media's 2012 report card

Fred Francis, Lauren Ashburn, Steve Roberts and Howard Kurtz on the best and worst media moments of the past year.

Shocking Diet Pill Side Effects! 04:15

Shocking Diet Pill Side Effects!

For a college student looking to lose weight, diet pills can be an attractive option - but there are major side effects to consider! Watch this video and find out about possible health consequences of appetite suppressants and other diet pi

Teenage couple killed, mother shot in Biddeford 00:49

Teenage couple killed, mother shot in Biddeford

Published on Dec 30, 2012 State Police are on the scene of 17 Sokokis Road in Biddeford, where a teenage couple was shot and killed. News 8's Norm Karkos reports.

How dangerous are blood clots? 01:27

How dangerous are blood clots?

Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains the possible dangers that a blood clot could pose.

Brazilian Virginity Auction Girl in Playboy? 02:38

Brazilian Virginity Auction Girl in Playboy?

Two months ago, Catarina Migliorini was auctioning off her virginity to help impoverished children.

Mega Electric Bill: New Year's Ball Runs 32K Bulbs 04:12

Mega Electric Bill: New Year's Ball Runs 32K Bulbs

Published on Dec 31, 2012 Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) -- CEO of Philips Lighting North America Ed Crawford talks about the energy efficient LED lights that go into the making of the New Year's Eve ball dropped in New York City's

Senate reauthorizes warrantless wiretapping 03:17

Senate reauthorizes warrantless wiretapping

CNN's Brian Todd reports on the Senate's extension for five more years of the overseas warrantless wiretapping program.

HAPPY NEW YEAR NEW ZEALAND - Happy New Years Fireworks From Auckland Sky Tower 2013 02:27

HAPPY NEW YEAR NEW ZEALAND - Happy New Years Fireworks From Auckland S

Published on Dec 31, 2012 HAPPY NEW YEAR NEW ZEALAND - Happy New Years Fireworks From Auckland Sky Tower 2013 New Year's Eve 2012: Celebrations around the world

The Situation Room - Yemen U.S. Ambassador Bounty 02:48

The Situation Room - Yemen U.S. Ambassador Bounty

Published on Dec 31, 2012 Brian Todd reports on an apparent bounty offered by Yemen's al Qaeda branch to kill the U.S. Ambassador there.

California Passes Historic Measure To Change The Constitution  6/24/14 11:39

California Passes Historic Measure To Change The Constitution 6/24/14

PUBLISHED ON JUNE 24, 2014 PROVIDED BY HTTP://CNNNEXT.COM California became the second state to call for a constitutional amendment to get money out of politics. After a determined effort by regular Americans fed up with a corrupt syste

Pope: Goodness to prevail despite 2012 woes 01:25

Pope: Goodness to prevail despite 2012 woes

Pope Benedict XVI marked the end of 2012 by saying that despite all the death and injustice in the world, goodness will still prevail.

Would-be rescuers plunge into icy lake 01:37

Would-be rescuers plunge into icy lake

A sledder fell into an icy lake in California, setting off a chain reaction of rescuers plunging through the thin ice.

The Situation Room - Colorado opens members-only pot club 02:12

The Situation Room - Colorado opens members-only pot club

CNN's Jim Spellman heads to Club 64, the first members-only marijuana club to open in Denver after voters legalized pot.

Deadly Cold Returns: Winter Poses Renewed Threat to Refugees in Kabul 05:27

Deadly Cold Returns: Winter Poses Renewed Threat to Refugees in Kabul

Afghan refugees living in Kabul camps battle deadly cold as winter sets in.

Palestinian-Israeli tension spills into violence in the West Bank 01:18

Palestinian-Israeli tension spills into violence in the West Bank

http://www.euronews.com/ Tensions have risen in the West Bank in the run up to this month's Israeli parliamentary elections. Clashes erupted in the town of Tamoun after an Israeli raid to seize members of an alleged militant group. Ac

The Situation Room - North Korea: Kim conciliatory? 02:50

The Situation Room - North Korea: Kim conciliatory?

Brian Todd reports on Kim Jong Un's overtures to South Korea and call for an improved economy. Sincere?

The Situation Room - What GOP hates in fiscal deal. 02:26

The Situation Room - What GOP hates in fiscal deal.

CNN's Tom Foreman breaks down the items in the fiscal cliff deal the House Republicans don't like.

17-year-old Syrian risks life to rescue 03:16

17-year-old Syrian risks life to rescue

Published on Dec 12, 2012 While in Aleppo, Arwa Damon gets exclusive footage of a Syrian during his act of heroism in rescuing a sniper victim. Check out more videos from CNN at http://www.youtube.com/cnn. Or visit our site at http://www

The legacy Clinton will leave behind 02:25

The legacy Clinton will leave behind

As Hillary Clinton prepares to leave the Obama administration, what lies ahead for her? CNN's Kate Bolduan reports.

2010: Biden drops f-bomb 00:50

2010: Biden drops f-bomb

After introducing the president, a microphone picks up Vice President Biden saying, This is a big (expletive) deal!

Bowles to Congress: Act like 'grown ups' 04:25

Bowles to Congress: Act like 'grown ups'

Published on Jan 4, 2013 Erskine Bowles says averting the fiscal cliff was a step in the right direction but a missed opportunity for more substantial change.

Rape,  Just How Much Of A Double Standard Is There? 06:42

Rape, Just How Much Of A Double Standard Is There?

Published on Feb 11, 2014 PROVIDED BY HTTP://CNNNEXT.COM LIKE US HTTP://FACEBOOK.COM/CNNNEXT It was just last June that Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto declared there is a war on men. At the time, he was writing about the

Satellite went down before Sandy struck 02:13

Satellite went down before Sandy struck

Published on Jan 4, 2013 NOAA came close to losing weather satellite views of Hurricane Sandy in the week before it hit the Northeast.

Should College Football Have Unions?  3/28/14  (Sports) 03:50

Should College Football Have Unions? 3/28/14 (Sports)

Published on Mar 28, 2014 PROVIDED BY HTTP://CNNNEXT.COM *Football players at Northwestern University have cleared the first major hurdle in their closely watched unionization effort, with an official of the National Labor Relations Board

Massive Solar Eruption Captured By NASA 00:24

Massive Solar Eruption Captured By NASA

Watch this footage provided by NASA of a massive solar eruption emitted by the sun on Dec. 31, 2012. Subscribe to the WSJ Live YouTube Channel - http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=wsjdigitalnetworkork More WSJLive

Malala's next phase of recovery 03:23

Malala's next phase of recovery

Malala, the Pakistani teen who was shot by the Taliban for promoting girls' education, leaves the hospital in Englan

New York Times: Armstrong might admit to doping 04:09

New York Times: Armstrong might admit to doping

New York Times: Armstrong might admit to doping

State of the Union - Meet the Freshmen: Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) 03:41

State of the Union - Meet the Freshmen: Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)

A CNN producer caught up freshmen Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and asked her how she plans on changing Washington.

State of the Union - Meet the Freshmen: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) 03:33

State of the Union - Meet the Freshmen: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii)

A CNN producer caught up freshmen Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and asked her how she plans on changing Washington.

Flimaker follows Syrian rebels 05:15

Flimaker follows Syrian rebels

American filmmaker Matthew Van Dyke documented travels with Syrian civilians and freedom fighters

Rival Sudanese leaders agree to buffer zone, again 00:49

Rival Sudanese leaders agree to buffer zone, again

Published on Jan 6, 2013 http://www.euronews.com/ The leaders of Sudan and South Sudan have again committed themselves to setting up a buffer zone along their disputed border.

Keeping up with Joe Biden 05:08

Keeping up with Joe Biden

Our CNN panel looks at Vice President Joe Biden's role in the fiscal cliff debate.

Obama, Discusses 2014 Goals With Cabinet  1/14/14 01:15

Obama, Discusses 2014 Goals With Cabinet 1/14/14

Published on Jan 14, 2014 PROVIDED BY HTTP://CNNNEXT.COM/CNNNEXT President Barack Obama held his first cabinet meeting of 2014 to lay out his goals for the new year, including a strong economy, extension of unemployment benefits and less

CNN's Wolf Blitzer interviews Egyptian President Morsy 02:46

CNN's Wolf Blitzer interviews Egyptian President Morsy

Candy Crowley debriefs CNN's Wolf Blitzer after his interview with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsy.

Video: Assad mobbed by exultant supporters after rare speech 02:12

Video: Assad mobbed by exultant supporters after rare speech

Syria's president Assad gave his speech in Damascus' central opera house to a throng of staunch supporters, who punctuated his speech with cheers of encouragement. The Syrian leader was mobbed by exultant supporters after the speech. With

Police: Extremists 03:05

Police: Extremists

CNN's Nic Robertson explains why a touchstone issue has ignited riots among British loyalists in Belfast.

Defiant Assad Rules Out Talks With Rebels 06:44

Defiant Assad Rules Out Talks With Rebels

Published on Jan 7, 2013 Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued a defiant call to war to defend the country against what he called a foreign-inspired rebellion, ruling out talks with rebels and rejecting international

Who is John Brennan? 02:34

Who is John Brennan?

David Petraeus is gone. Who is John Brennan, the man nominated to take over the CIA? CNN's Chris Lawrence reports.

Chuck Hagel's controversial nomination 03:51

Chuck Hagel's controversial nomination

Published on Jan 8, 2013 Jane Harman, Dir. of the Woodrow Wilson Center, and Ari Fleischer, CNN contributor, share opposing views on Chuck Hagel

Tea Party Group Paid Glenn Beck to Say 'Nice Things' 05:21

Tea Party Group Paid Glenn Beck to Say 'Nice Things'

Former FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey revealed that the Tea Party group paid Glenn Beck about $1 million to say nice things about the group on his radio show, and that it got a negative return on that investment, in an interview Friday

Walmart to Run White House Gun Control Program? 03:14

Walmart to Run White House Gun Control Program?

The White House is reportedly weighing gun-control measures that are broader and more comprehensive than bans on the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips. Measures under consideration by a working group led by Vice

Victim's mom: People are ready to act 02:56

Victim's mom: People are ready to act

Roxanna Green is calling for gun control in memory of her daughter. She thinks the country is ready to embrace chan

Blow: NRA is a front for gun makers 04:59

Blow: NRA is a front for gun makers

Charles Blow and Margaret Hoover discuss the power of the National Rifle Association in Washington and gun regu

Personal drones: Fun toy or spying eye? 01:09

Personal drones: Fun toy or spying eye?

Small drones, many with built in HD cameras, are getting cheaper. Is the U.S. ready for these private eyes in the sky?

Syria's scarred children 02:15

Syria's scarred children

CNN photojournalist Joe Duran documents the suffering of some of the youngest victims of Syria's civil war.

The plight of women in India 04:04

The plight of women in India

CNN's Sumnima Udas examines the cycle of discrimination against women in India.

Tracked 200 yards off Jacksonville Beach 04:12

Tracked 200 yards off Jacksonville Beach

Published on Jan 9, 2013 OCEARCH research group alerted Jacksonville Beach's police when they tracked Mary Lee , the shark, near the surf zone.

Hookers learn English for World Cup 01:56

Hookers learn English for World Cup

Brazilian sex workers will be offered free English lessons ahead of the 2014 World Cup. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports.

Syrian refugees in cold, wind, rain 02:47

Syrian refugees in cold, wind, rain

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports from the Zataari refugee camp in Jordan where life was supposed to be better for them.

Why The Hell Is Ben Carson Running For President?  02:57

Why The Hell Is Ben Carson Running For President?

PROVIDED BY HTTP://CNNNEXT.COM Published on Sep 7, 2015 According to the latest polls, Ben Carson is now officially tied for first place with Donald Trump in Iowa. This means that for the first time ever, the two GOP frontrunners are peop

James Holmes before the massacre 02:37

James Holmes before the massacre

CNN's Ed Lavandera reports on the behavior accused killer James Holmes before the Colorado theater shooting.

Missing retired FBI agent's wife not giving up hope 03:32

Missing retired FBI agent's wife not giving up hope

Christine Levinson tells Anderson Cooper why her family believes Bob Levinson is being held captive in Iran.

How Chavez Changed Venezuela's Oil Industry 03:14

How Chavez Changed Venezuela's Oil Industry

Bloomberg's Elliott Gotkine and Mark Barton discuss how Venezuela's oil industry changed under the country's President Hugo Chavez.

Flu outbreak now an epidemic 05:13

Flu outbreak now an epidemic

Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on the number of flu cases this season and what people need to do to avoid getting sick.

Lawsuits claim Subway sandwich is just 11 inches 02:11

Lawsuits claim Subway sandwich is just 11 inches

Subway may be seeing more class action lawsuits in its future. Erin Burnett reports.

Japan unveils huge economic stimulus plan 01:01

Japan unveils huge economic stimulus plan

Published on Jan 11, 2013 http://www.cnnnext.com The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced an 87 billion euro stimulus package to create jobs and boost the recession-hit country. The move comes despite concerns about Japan'

France says will send troops to Mali if needed 01:15

France says will send troops to Mali if needed

http://www.euronews.com/ France appears to have taken a step closer to military intervention in Mali. Following rebel consolidation of power in the north, its troops are on the move again, and threatening the entire country. They have

Who killed lottery winner? 04:19

Who killed lottery winner?

Authorities in Chicago continue their probe into who poisoned a million-dollar Chicago lottery winner.

Berlusconi wants old job back in Italy 03:46

Berlusconi wants old job back in Italy

Berlusconi wants old job back in Italy

French hostage killed in Somalia during rescue attempt 00:41

French hostage killed in Somalia during rescue attempt

http://www.euronews.com/ The French Defence Ministry says a hostage has been killed in Somalia by Al Shabaab Islamic militants during a failed attempt to resucue him.   Several people were killed during the operation, including two French

A Lesson in Dying: A Nurse With Cancer Offers Herself as Instruction in Caring 03:08

A Lesson in Dying: A Nurse With Cancer Offers Herself as Instruction i

With less than two months to live, Martha Keochareon teaches students about cancer and dying. Related article: http://nyti.ms/V0gaY5 Please visit http://nyti.ms/VPV9Qw in order to embed this video Watch more videos at http://nytimes.co

Rape: More than a battle for justice 06:04

Rape: More than a battle for justice

In India, the fight for justice in a rape case is not just limited to the court premises. The battle is also against the entrenched belief systems - most of which are exposed when a tragic incident like the gang-rape of the medical student

CHICAGO: 22 Murders in 11 Days with 2 Teens Dead 01:38

CHICAGO: 22 Murders in 11 Days with 2 Teens Dead

January 11th 2013: FROM CBS 2 CHICAGO: A boy just days away from his 15th birthday was among two young teens killed in gun violence in Chicago since Friday afternoon, authorities said. Separate shootings wounded four other people, most of

Turkey murder mystery 02:41

Turkey murder mystery

CNN's Ivan Watson reports on Turkish PM Tayyip Erdogan's response to the murder in Paris of 3 women tied to the PKK.

'France fighting Mali Islamists while supporting extremists in Syria' 04:21

'France fighting Mali Islamists while supporting extremists in Syria

Published on Jan 12, 2013 A French pilot has been killed in fighting in Mali, as the European nation continues to launch air strikes against Islamist militants. It comes after Mali's government troops chased rebels out of the key central

44 Years in Prison, Still a Revolutionary - Eddie Conway on Reality Asserts Itself   9/9/14  (Innocent) 24:41

44 Years in Prison, Still a Revolutionary - Eddie Conway on Reality As

Mr. Conway, a former member of the Baltimore Black Panther chapter, says as a child he didn’t understand politics, but he did understand oppression innocent

47 States hit by flu 02:06

47 States hit by flu "Epidemic"

CNN's Athena Jones reports from a flu clinic in Virginia, where the flu virus has become widespread.

George Zimmerman's Profile 05:16

George Zimmerman's Profile

George went further than forgetting to say the colour of Trayvon's pants; I believe he intended to obscure it. He obscured it by saying the pants were jeans or sweatpants - which is not really a decription that police can use, is it?

First news on the health of Hugo Chavez 01:01

First news on the health of Hugo Chavez

http://www.euronews.com/ After more than a month of silence, there has finally been an update on the health of Hugo Chavez.

Hollywood Punishes 'Pro American' Movies? 04:34

Hollywood Punishes 'Pro American' Movies?

Published on Jan 14, 2013 As Donald Trump paid his weekly visit to Fox & Friends on Monday, the show look a closer look at the Golden Globes and

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Its Effect on the Eyes 02:44

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Its Effect on the Eyes

Like About All Comments (1) Rheumatoid Arthritis and Its Effect on the Eyes CNN · 42,140 videos Subscribed 7 views 2 0 Share Add to click to leave a comment BeePeeOilDisaster 26 minutes ago 400,000 Americans die each

What (Obama) Doesn't Want Latinos To Know  1/8/14 07:11

What (Obama) Doesn't Want Latinos To Know 1/8/14

PROVIDED BY HTTP://CNNNEXT.COM Immigration reform backers see a narrow window in late spring to push a sweeping overhaul through the House — a goal that eluded them in 2013. The politics of immigration in the Republican-controlled cham

Myanmar accused of violating ceasefire 01:47

Myanmar accused of violating ceasefire

Myanmar accused of violating own ceasefire -

US Recognizes Japanese Authority Over Diaoyu Islands 04:22

US Recognizes Japanese Authority Over Diaoyu Islands

Follow us on TWITTER: http://twitter.com/cnforbiddennews Like us on FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/chinaforbiddennews The Diaoyu Islands dispute heats up as both China and Japan military aircrafts confronted each other earlier this

Our journey is not complete 01:30

Our journey is not complete

Published on Jan 21, 2013 It is now our generation's task to carry on what those pioneers began... for politics go to cnnnext.com

Bali death sentence for UK grandma 00:46

Bali death sentence for UK grandma

Published on Jan 22, 2013 http://www.cnnnext.com/ British grandmother, Lindsay Sandiford has been sentenced to death in Bali for drug smuggling. sign in with twitter or Facebook add comments share videos.

Raw: 'Polar Vortex' Grips Chicago  1/6/13 01:01

Raw: 'Polar Vortex' Grips Chicago 1/6/13

1/6/13 provided by http://cnnnext.com Gov. Pat Quinn is issuing a disaster declaration because of bitter winter weather and activating the Illinois National Guard. In Chicago, temperatures fell well below zero. (Jan. 6) The Associated

Obama Honors Heat At White House 01:18

Obama Honors Heat At White House

1/28/13 President Barack Obama honored the Miami Heat for winning the 2012 NBA championship.

Guantanamo - Signs Say NO Closure 1/28/13 01:52

Guantanamo - Signs Say NO Closure 1/28/13

Published on Jan 28, 2013 The State Department on Monday reassigned Daniel Fried, the special envoy for closing the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and will not replace him, according to an internal personnel

(Vatican) recalls ambassador in Dominican Republic amid accusations of child abuse 6/28/14 00:54

(Vatican) recalls ambassador in Dominican Republic amid accusations of

PUBLISHED ON JUNE 28, 2014 PROVIDED BY HTTP://CNNNEXT.COM he Vatican has recalled its ambassador to the Dominican Republic after he was accused of sexually molesting boys A spokesman for the Catholic church in the Dominican Republic, Mo

South Korea launches its own rocket 1/30/13 02:20

South Korea launches its own rocket 1/30/13

1/30/13 South Korea launches its rocket after two failed attempts. Matthew Chance explains why this is important to the country.