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January 26th, 2012
06:46 PM ET

Will Moon colony idea fly with voters?

CNN strategists Maria Cardona & Alex Castellanos discuss Newt Gingrich's idea to create a permanent colony on the Moon.

RELATED STORY: Santorum trashes Gingrich moon colony


Filed under: 2012 election • Moon • Newt Gingtich • Space
January 26th, 2012
06:33 PM ET

Video of Pentagon shooting spree

The Pentagon shooter records chilling video of his spree. Brian Todd reports on the video and his guilty plea.

RELATED STORY: Reservist accused of shooting at Pentagon pleads guilty

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Filed under: Brian Todd • Crime • Pentagon
BLITZER'S BLOG: My thoughts before tonight's debate
January 26th, 2012
03:26 PM ET

BLITZER'S BLOG: My thoughts before tonight's debate

By Wolf Blitzer, CNN

Jacksonville, Florida (CNN) – I am blessed with a great team of producers and researchers who have helped me craft a lot of strong questions for tonight’s Republican presidential debate here on the campus of the University of North Florida. First of all, let me thank them. Hopefully, I won’t disappoint our viewers tonight.

This will be my third Republican debate in this presidential cycle. The ones I moderated at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa and at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., I thought, were solid and informative. We focused on some of the most important issues impacting Americans. I will try to do that once again tonight.

The earlier debates had eight candidates on the stage. Four finalists remain tonight. That means each candidate will get some more time. And that is good.

My goal is that the voters in Florida and across the country will have a better appreciation of these candidates following the debate. I want the voters to know where the candidates agree and where they disagree. Undecided Republicans certainly need to know how each candidate would operate as president.

Four years ago, I moderated five presidential debates. Each was important, especially that final debate I moderated at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. At that time, only Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were left on the stage. The debate was substantive and important and no doubt shaped Democratic voters.

Having said that, I believe all these Republican debates in this current election cycle may in fact be even more important. Tonight’s debate will be the 19th. Millions of people are watching and learning and making final voting decisions. And that’s the way it should be.

One final personal note: I feel honored that I have this opportunity to moderate the debate. No matter how many times I do it, I feel blessed.

CNN LIVE: Tune in Thursday at 8 p.m. ET for the CNN/Republican Party of Florida Debate hosted by Wolf Blitzer and follow it on Twitter at #CNNDebate. For real-time coverage of the Florida primary, go to CNNPolitics.com or to the CNN apps or CNN mobile web site.


Filed under: 2012 election • Debates • Florida • Wolf Blitzer
January 25th, 2012
11:00 PM ET

Google gets new privacy policy

Google gets a new privacy policy. CNN's Lisa Sylvester reports.

RELATED STORY:
Google to merge user data across its services

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Filed under: Privacy • Tech
January 25th, 2012
10:54 PM ET

Bird invasion drives town bonkers

Hitchcock meets Kentucky as birds invade an unsuspecting neighborhood. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.

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January 25th, 2012
09:13 PM ET

Celebrating rescue of Somalia aid worker

CNN's Brian Todd interviews family and friends of rescued aid worker Jessica Buchanan.

RELATED STORY: Rescued aid worker passionate about Africa, college president says

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Filed under: Brian Todd • Navy SEALs • Somalia
January 25th, 2012
06:41 PM ET

Obama sets tone for re-election bid

Dan Lothian reports on what was new in President Obama's State of the Union address.

RELATED STORY: Did you buy what Obama was pitching in State of the Union address?


Filed under: Barack Obama • Dan Lothian • State of the Union
January 25th, 2012
06:30 PM ET

CNN poll: Dead heat in Florida

CNN's Wolf Blitzer, CNN's Gloria Borger and TIME's Michael Crowley break down results of a CNN/Time/ORC International poll showing the race tightening in Florida.

RELATED STORY: CNN/Time Poll: Dead heat in Florida ahead of debate


Filed under: 2012 election • Florida • Gloria Borger • Interviews • polls • Republicans • TIME
January 25th, 2012
06:23 PM ET

Daring mission saves aid workers

CNN's Chris Lawrence reports on the U.S. Navy SEAL mission that rescued aid workers in Somalia.

RELATED VIDEO: Animation depicts Somalia rescue

RELATED STORY: U.S. special forces rescue Somalia aid workers


Filed under: Chris Lawrence • Navy SEALs • Somalia
January 25th, 2012
02:14 PM ET

'Gold mine' of secret JFK tapes

CNN's Mary Snow takes a look at what historians are calling a gold mine of secretly recorded JFK tapes.

RELATED STORY: JFK tapes show he worried about re-election, Vietnam

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Filed under: John F. Kennedy • Mary Snow
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