August 19th, 2009
07:59 AM ET
5 years ago

Child journalist wants to 'be Wolf Blitzer'

Eleven year-old journalist Damon Weaver tells Time Magazine that he'd like to be Wolf Blitzer.
Eleven year-old journalist Damon Weaver tells Time Magazine that he'd like to be Wolf Blitzer.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Child journalist Damon Weaver, who landed a coveted interview with President Obama, said Wednesday that CNN's Wolf Blitzer is his role model.

In an interview with Time magazine after his interview with the president and a subsequent media blitz, 11-year-old Weaver said he didn't get a chance to tell Blitzer that he wants to be like him after his interview on CNN because "it was my first time meeting him and I tried to answer his questions."

Read: Damon's Q&A on Time.com

"I would like to be Wolf Blitzer," Weaver told Time in an interview published on Wednesday.

And what did he think of his interview with Blitzer?

"It was very fun," said Weaver. "He was nice. He was asking me questions like, 'What was it like with the President? How could I get in touch with him? And can you put in a good word for me?'"


Filed under: CNN • Wolf Blitzer
August 19th, 2009
07:45 AM ET
5 years ago

North Korean envoys, Richardson to meet

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, right, will meet with diplomats from North Korea.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, right, will meet with diplomats from North Korea.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Two top North Korean diplomats were traveling to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to hold talks with Gov. Bill Richardson, the governor's spokesman said.

Kim Myong Gil and Taek Jong Ho, senior diplomats with the North Korean mission to the United Nations, left New York on Tuesday and are scheduled for a two-day meeting with Richardson, said a U.S. source with knowledge of the visit and a senior State Department official.

Richardson, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has traveled to North Korea several times in the past, most recently in April 2007 to secure the return of remains of U.S. soldiers killed during the Korean War.

The U.S. source with knowledge of the visit said that the North Koreans had asked Richardson for the meeting.

Richardson would listen to what the North Koreans had to say but would not do any negotiating, the source said.

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Filed under: Bill Richardson • North Korea
August 19th, 2009
05:00 AM ET
5 years ago

Fiorina takes initial step to challenge Boxer

Fiorina is considering a run for the Senate .
Fiorina is considering a run for the Senate .

(CNN) - Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is taking the initial steps to challenge California Democrat Barbara Boxer for her Senate seat, a move that could lay the groundwork for one of the most high profile and expensive contests of 2010.

Fiorina, the first woman to lead a Fortune 500 company and a former surrogate for John McCain's presidential bid, filed a tax identification number and registered a campaign committee with the IRS Tuesday called "Carly for California."

"The people of California have serious concerns about job creation, economic growth and the role of government in solving problems that touch each of ourlives," Fiorina said in a statement. "I have received a great deal of encouragement to make a run for the Senate in 2010 from people across the political spectrum because these are all issues that need focused attention in Washington, D.C."

Under the new committee, Fiorina will begin to aggressively raise money as well as speak with policy experts and campaign advisors, spokeswoman Beth Miller told CNN.

Boxer's campaign coffers are already loaded: the three-term senator's latest filing with the Federal Elections Commission shows she raised well over $2 million during the first half of the year and has close to $5.5 million cash on hand.

Though Fiorina does not have a set timetable to formally announce a Senate bid, Miller said the former Hewlett-Packard CEO's window to make a decision is only a couple of months given a GOP primary is set for next June.

A former economic adviser and visible presence on cable news, Fiorina was largely sidelined from public appearances from the McCain campaign after telling an interviewer she didn't think either member of the GOP presidential ticket was qualified to run a major company.

Democrats wasted little time in attacking Fiorina's latest move.

“This is a person who was fired from Hewlett Packard for running the company into the ground, fired from the McCain Presidential Campaign for incompetence, and now thinks the people of California are going to hire her," said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Eric Schultz.

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Filed under: Barbara Boxer • Carly Fiorina
August 19th, 2009
04:57 AM ET
5 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: August 19, 2009

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CNN: Praise from doctors, patients on health cooperatives
Some of the strongest support for health care cooperatives' place in the national effort to reform the nation's health care system comes from those who experience a co-op's care every day: doctors and patients.

CNN: Getting past the lingo of the health care debate
Are you confused by all the back and forth on health care reform? Here's a guide to some of the terms commonly tossed about in the debate.

CNN: Obama, Clinton meet to discuss North Korea trip
Former President Bill Clinton met for 70 minutes Tuesday with President Barack Obama to brief him on Clinton's trip to North Korea earlier this month to secure the release of two jailed journalists.

CNN Poll: Was Palin's resignation a smart move?
A new national poll suggests that most Americans don't think Sarah Palin's decision to step down as Alaska governor was a smart political move.

CNN: Poll: Americans split on public option
The public option: It's a lighting rod in the current storm of health care reform. Federal lawmakers are split over whether such a government option should be included in any bill that comes out of Congress — and a new national poll indicates that Americans are equally divided.

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