In front of CNN, hundreds protest anti-Israel media bias

Protest against anti-Israel media bias is held August 8, 2014 in front of CNN headquarters in New York. (Cathryn J. Prince/The Times of Israel)

Protest against anti-Israel media bias is held August 8, 2014 in front of CNN headquarters in New York. (Cathryn J. Prince/The Times of Israel)

Rally at NY’s Columbus Circle decries an ‘insidious double standard and media duplicity’

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Congress sinks to all-time low in CNN polling

Congressional approval ratings are at an all-time low in Monday's CNN poll.

Congressional approval ratings are at an all-time low in Monday’s CNN poll.

Washington (CNN) — As the hours wind down toward a possible government shutdown because of a bitter partisan battle over the new health care law, the approval rating for Congress is plummeting to historic lows.

And a CNN/ORC International poll indicates that it’s not just Congress and its top leaders that are making history for all the wrong reasons, but also the tea party movement and the Democratic and Republican parties, too.

According to a survey released Monday afternoon, just 10% of Americans say they approve of the job Congress is doing, an all-time low in a CNN poll. And 87% say they disapprove of the job federal lawmakers are doing, higher than it’s ever been in CNN polling.

The 10% approval rating in the new CNN survey, which was conducted Friday through Sunday, is down 10 percentage points from CNN’s previous survey at the beginning of the month. The 87% disapproval rating is a jump of nine points from the first week in September.

While Americans’ perception of the job Congress is doing has taken a hit, President Barack Obama’s approval rating — well under 50% — has remained steady since earlier in the month.

Forty-four percent of those questioned say they approve of the job Obama’s doing as president, with 53% giving him a thumbs down. Those numbers are basically unchanged from the 45%-52% approval/disapproval rating in CNN’s previous survey.

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Trains collide near Buenos Aires; 3 reported dead

(CNN) —  At least three people were killed after two commuter trains collided near the Argentine city of Buenos Aires on Thursday, CNN affiliate Canal 9 reported.

At least 150 people were hurt in the accident, which occurred in a western suburb.

TV footage showed rescuers rushing to the scene to evacuate people.

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Man shot and killed at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport, authorities say


By Steve Almasy, CNN

(CNN) — A man was shot and killed Thursday in a pre-screening area at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, authorities said.

Houston Police Department spokesman Kese Smith told reporters that the man had just come through the doors in Terminal B when he fired at least one shot into the ceiling.

A Homeland Security Investigations agent was working in an office near the scene, came out and told the man to drop his weapon. The agent fired once at the suspect, who appeared to try to shoot himself at the same time.

An autopsy will determine whose bullet killed the man, who has not been identified, police said.

CNN affiliate KHOU reported the man walked into the terminal with a military-style, semiautomatic rifle and fired two shots into the ceiling.

The station interviewed a woman who works at a McDonald’s in the terminal.

“As soon as he walked in, he just automatically started shooting quickly,” said the employee, who said her name is Kendra. “And we hear two shots and we just automatically started running. We ran all the way to the back.”

Rebecca McCormick, a CNN iReporter, was just getting off a plane when she saw people running towards her and shouting and screaming. She talked to Grant Huff of Charleston, South Carolina, who heard the shots.

“After the first two gunshots everyone stopped and kinda looked” thinking it might be a fallen chair or something like that, he said. “A TSA gentleman came out and said, ‘Everybody get down.’ We heard two more gunshots.”

Everyone took off running, Huff said.

As iReporter McCormick recounted her interview with Huff, an airport announcement could be heard asking people to stay where they were because everyone had to be interviewed before they could leave.

The Federal Aviation Administration said on its website that many flights bound for Bush were being held at their departure airports.

CNN’s Ed Lavandera contributed to this report.


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‘I Don’t Trust the Government’: Ted Nugent Tells CNN

What He Thinks of Senate’s Gun Bill (and Recommends Eric Holder Be Arrested)


Sporting a graying beard and his signature camouflage hat, rocker and gun rights advocate Ted Nugent on Thursday dismissed the Senate’s gun control bill as a “feel-good measure” that won’t stop any shootings. Towards the end of his interview on CNN, Nugent recommended that Attorney General Eric Holder be arrested for gun trafficking.

“I don’t support the bill. I agree with the 90-plus percent of the law enforcement heroes out there, the real warriors of the street, that reject this as a feel-good measure ,” Nugent said bluntly. “I reject it out of hand as a feel-good measure that’s not going to accomplish anything. It won’t stop any shootings, that’s for sure.”

Nugent said he supports police enforcing the gun laws that are already on the books, rather than adding even more regulations. The Senate gun bill would expand background checks and likely include amendments from senators in both parties.

Ted Nugent Tells CNN What He Thinks of Senates Gun Bill (and Recommends Eric Holder Be Arrested)

CNN’s Erin Burnett then asked Nugent about New York’s new gun legislation that allows police to confiscate firearms from people who are determined to be mentally ill. TheBlaze has reported on the instance where a law-abiding gun owner’s guns were confiscated by mistake in New York.

Nugent said he simply doesn’t trust the “bureaucracy” to “accurately or responsibly or legally identify someone with mental issues.” However, the rocker did say he wants guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, but that it’s not the governments responsibility to determine who is mentally ill.

“I just don’t trust the government. I don’t trust the government that claims it’s going to reduce the budget while they increase the budget,” he added.

Throwing a curve ball, Nugent then asked Burnett if she wants to reduce gun trafficking. Naturally, Burnett answered yes. “Then you would support my recommendation that we arrest Eric Holder,” Nugent said.

“Well, no, I don’t support that,” Burnett replied.

“Well, if you want to stop gun trafficking why don’t we go after the guy trafficking guns? That would be Eric Holder,” Nugent shot back, clearly referring to Operation Fast and Furious where 2,000 guns were allowed to walk across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Before the interview ended, Nugent made sure to tell Burnett, “I love you madly.”

Watch the always entertaining Ted Nugent via CNN/Mediaite below:


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Now CNN anchor wants to amend Bible

Says Scripture and U.S. Constitution ‘inherently flawed’   –  by Joe Kovacs

CNN anchor Piers Morgan, who is already the subject of one petition to deport him from the U.S. and another to keep him out of the U.K. over his push for gun control, is now saying the Holy Bible should be amended.

 While interviewing California pastor Rick Warren on CNN Monday night, Morgan called for a same-sex marriage “amendment” to the Bible.

“Both the Bible and the Constitution were well intentioned but they are basically, inherently flawed. Hence, the need to amend it,” Morgan claimed. My point to you about gay rights, for example, it’s time for an amendment to the Bible.”

Warren, a strong opponent of same-sex marriage replied: “Not a chance. What I believe is flawed is human opinion, because it constantly changes. …

“I willingly admit that I base my worldview on the Bible, which I believe is true. My definition of truth is: If it’s new, it’s not true. If it was true 1,000 years ago, it will be true 1,000 years from today. Opinion changes, but truth doesn’t.”

“We’re going to agree to disagree on that,” said Morgan.

Warren told Morgan, “Piers, we need more of this kind of debate.”

Morgan said in closing, “The debate should always be respectful. It applies to politics, too. The moment it becomes disrespectful and discourteous and then rude and then poisonous, you never achieve anything.”

Ironically, Morgan was anything buy courteous to another guest he had on his show earlier this month.

While discussing gun control in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting with Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, Morgan personally attacked Pratt.

“The argument I keep hearing is, ‘Well if everybody else was armed, it wouldn’t happen.’ It’s a load of total hogwash,” Morgan told Pratt. “How many more kids have to die, before you guys say, ‘We want less guns, not more?’”

In the midst of a heated exchange, Morgan turned on Pratt and said, “You’re an unbelievably stupid man, aren’t you?”

Moments later he continued, “You don’t give a d— about the gun murder rate in America, do you? You don’t actually care.”

Video of the exchange between Morgan and Pratt can be seen below:

A petition on the White House’s “We the People” website looking to deport Morgan out of the U.S. has surpassed 83,000 signatures, far above the 25,000 needed to require a response from the White House.

The petition to deport Morgan reads, “British Citizen and CNN television host Piers Morgan is engaged in a hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment. We demand that Mr. Morgan be deported immediately for his effort to undermine the Bill of Rights and for exploiting his position as a national network television host to stage attacks against the rights of American citizens.”

“Merry Christmas! Even to those who want me deported,” Morgan tweeted on Christmas Day.

There’s also a new counter-petition asking U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May to prevent Morgan from ever moving back to Britain.

“We got rid of him once and why should we have to suffer again. The Americans wanted him so they should put up with him. We washed our hands of him a long time ago,” the petition reads.

Before Morgan’s coming to CNN, BBC News reported the journalist was fired from his editorial job at the Daily Mirror for publishing fraudulent photographs in May 2004.

He has also been implicated in a media phone-hacking scandal in Britain.


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