Washington (CNN) – Heading into the critical 2010 midterm elections, CNN will launch a new weekday political program that will be hosted by award winning correspondent John King.
"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity, at this busy and consequential time, to have a platform to discuss and explore the big issues of our time," King, chief national correspondent and anchor of the network's Sunday program "State of the Union," said in a statement released Thursday by CNN.
Early next year, King will move into the 7 p.m. ET time slot that was previously held by longtime CNN anchor Lou Dobbs, who announced Wednesday that he was leaving the network.
"The program will reflect what CNN is all about: straight facts from our anchors and the widest range of opinions from across the political spectrum," Jonathan Klein, president of CNN/U.S., said in the network's statement. "John has enthralled CNN viewers with his vast political knowledge, and he has spent the past year reporting from beyond the Beltway on pressing policy issues and the real people they impact. Every night, he'll share his passion and his insights about what is really going on in Washington and across America."
CNN did not announce the name of King's new program and in the statement said he would "continue to anchor 'State of the Union' until early next year."
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(CNN) - CNN chief national correspondent John King said that Democrat Creigh Deeds ran a "bad" campaign in Virginia.
"I think people in Virginia will say that is first and foremost," he said. "Democrats will say their guy ran a bad race."
(CNN) - A diverse collection of earnings and government reports will again put the economy at center stage this week, as investors wonder whether the Dow will remain comfortably above the 10,000 mark.
Consider the mix of companies due to add to the debate about whether a recovery is taking root: Apple, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, Pfizer, United Health, Yahoo!, AT&T, Delta Air Lines and Merck.
And from the government: the Labor Department's Producer Price Index (inflation), the Commerce Department's new housing starts report and the Fed's Beige Book - its summary of economic conditions region by region.
The markets will be in the news in other ways, as well.
(CNN) - A remarkably diverse issues portfolio in the week ahead, and if you prefer a neat theme to lump it all together, try this: Follow the leader - or leaders if you want a week with international flavor.
President Obama will explore the world, and many of its problems and crises, over the course of the week without traveling all that far. Two major international gatherings the United Nations General Assembly in New York and a G-20 economic summit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will bring a host of international dignitaries to the United States.
But back to the world stage in a moment.
The president begins the week looking to bolster public confidence in the strength of the U.S. economy - and in his handling of economic issues.
More confident is a good way to describe the president's mood when it comes to the overall economic outlook; extraordinarily cautious - his choice of words when looking at the economy from the perspective the matters most of everyday Americans.
(CNN) - It was another eventful Sunday, beginning with an early-morning wake-up call for the traveling President Obama.
As if his first overseas trip wasn't busy enough already, North Korea reminded Obama that presidents don't always get to pick their challenges.
It added to the drama of an already big day. In a speech in Prague, Czech Republic, scripted to outline an ambitious goal to rid the world of nuclear weapons, the president added condemnation of North Korea's rocket launch and a call for quick international action.
SAVANNAH, Georgia (CNN) – As his tank rolled into Baghdad in April 2003, Chris Tucker mounted his camera to capture the moment.
"It's history; we made history," he told CNN back then. "It's my first war, hopefully my last war."
He could not have imagined then that six years later, Iraq would still be a combat zone.
"I thought we would get there quick and handle our business and we'd be out," Tucker told us this week. "At least, that's what we were told anyway."
Tucker received a medical discharge from the Army last year and he now is Officer Chris Tucker of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department.
"You still get to serve your community and your country in other ways," he said.
At age 26, he is a veteran of three combat tours. The patrol skills he learned on the streets of Baghdad, Fallujah and Sadr City come in handy as he drives his police cruiser around the neighborhoods of his Savannah precinct.
(CNN) - CNN Chief National Correspondent John King is set to take the helm a new four-hour Sunday block of political programming, CNN announced Monday.
King, who has been with CNN for more than a decade, became a household name this election season after breaking a host of stories for the network - including Barack Obama's selection of Joe Biden as his running mate. His expert analysis on election nights and innovative use of the "Magic Wall" technology won wide praise and was quickly imitated by several other networks.
Watch: King discusses his new show
“We are reinventing Sunday mornings around the best political reporter of his generation, John King," CNN/U.S. President Jon Klein said. "He has stood out throughout the election as the single best connected, most knowledgeable source of what’s going on and why, and this new program is an opportunity to showcase those strengths throughout the entire year.”
The new block, to run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, will debut in January. The first hour will focus heavily on politics and the new administration, while the later hours will delve into national and world affairs and commentary on current events. The four hours will also include "Reliable Sources," hosted by Howard Kurtz, which will continue as an hourlong examination into the intersection of the national media, politics, and the hottest topics in news.
Meanwhile, Wolf Blitzer will continue to serve as CNN's lead political anchor through the next presidential race and host of "The Situation Room" - the No. 1-rated weekday news program in all three hours during November among the key 25- to 54-year-old demo.
DENVER, Colorado (CNN) - Think of the convention as a family budget: Over four days, you have to make tough decisions about how to allocate your resources - in this case balancing the competing needs of unifying the party, more thoroughly introducing Barack Obama, and making the case against Republican John McCain.
So far, there is a mix of "spending" on all three of those goals, but the amount of resources dedicated to unity is telling.
The Obama forces contend, probably with good reason, that those in the convention hall will leave Denver united. But with polls still showing a high percentage of Clinton voters either backing McCain or declaring themselves undecided, the Denver investment in unity is aimed at winning back those watching at home who wanted a different outcome here.
Top Obama aide David Plouffe says there are many reasons to be hopeful despite polls showing essentially a dead heat.
"We have more room to grow," is Plouffe's take. By that, he means McCain has the support of most Republicans already locked up, and that in camp Obama's view, most of the "available" voters out there are either Democrats still not at peace with Obama as their leader and, again in the Obama camp's view, independents who side with Democrats on most of the big issues.
There is ample polling data to back Plouffe's take.
But those same polls show lingering doubt about Obama's values and experience to serve as commander-in-chief.
Given those challenges, Scott Reed, who managed Bob Dole's unsuccessful campaign in 1996, looks at the Democratic convention at the halfway mark and says: "They are spending a LOT of capital on unity."