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He was there in 1994 when Nelson Mandela was elected as South Africa's first black president, interviewing the prisoner turned politician for CNN. Nearly 20 years later, the legendary anchor, our very own Bernard Shaw, shares his memories of Mandela with Wolf Blitzer, honoring Madiba's leadership, forgiving nature, and fight for parity.
Ebrahim Rasool, the South African Ambassador to the U.S., joins Wolf Blitzer to remember the legacy of Nelson Mandela. He explains the significant role America played in bringing an end to apartheid and discusses the growing push to have a memorial service for Mandela in America.
Although the two men never met, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela were big fans of each other, bonded by their fights for equality in their respective countries and around the world. Rev. Bernice King, Dr. King's daughter and the CEO of the King Center, pays tribute to Mandela in an interview with Wolf Blitzer.
As news broke that Nelson Mandela had passed away Thursday, tributes poured in from around the world. Wolf Blitzer talks to South African politician "Tokyo" Sexwale, who served time with Nelson Mandela on Robben Island, about the lessons he learned from Mandela and the time they spent together.
Some of the most powerful men in Washington have been sharing a frat-style house for years. If it sounds like a sitcom, it's because it is. Actor Mark Consuelos is one of the stars of the new show on Amazon.com, but he tells Wolf Blitzer about the real-life inspiration for the show: Sen. Chuck Schumer, Sen. Dick Durbin, and Rep. George Miller.
For more on the true story that inspired the show, check out Dana Bash's report:
Wolf Blitzer interviewed the NTSB's Earl Weener, who gave a preliminary breakdown of the New York City train crash that killed four passengers. Weener revealed that while the train was speeding through a 30 mph-zone at 82 mph when it derailed, investigators still do not know if human error was involved.
One month after Merrill Newman, an 85 year-old Korean War veteran from California, was detained in North Korea, his family has still not been able to make contact with him. His wife Lee and son Jeff join Wolf Blitzer to share his story and plea for his release.
House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Rogers tells Wolf Blitzer that Congress was not told about secret talks with Iran that set the stage for the deal over Iran's nuclear program - and that the deal does not get enough concessions from Iran in return for an easing of sanctions that takes the pressure off the Iranian economy.
Senate Democrats took a historic step this afternoon, voting with a simple majority to implement the "nuclear option" - changing Senate rules so that only 51 votes are needed to approve some presidential nominees. In an interview with Wolf Blitzer, Sen. John McCain decries the move, accusing many Democrats of "outright hypocrisy."
As negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany continue, the President's National Security Adviser Susan Rice tells Wolf Blitzer that the deal on the table is "a good one." Specifically, she says, it will roll back the Iranian nuclear program in key respects over a six-month period while increasing the transparency surrounding the program so that the Iranians "can't sneak out or break out." And while some question easing sanctions on Tehran, Rice says the "sanctions architecture" will remain in place so that the relief will be "limited, modest, temporary, and reversible" - less than $10 billion in total.