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After the announcement of American Alan Gross being released from a Cuban prison, President Obama announces an end to an approach he says "for decades has failed" U.S. interests.
January 8th, 2013
09:08 PM ET

AIG thanks taxpayers for bailout, then mulls suing them

OutFront Editorial Update: AIG won't join lawsuit against U.S.

Insurance giant AIG says 'Thank you America" in a new ad. It's grateful for the $182 billion in taxpayer money that saved it from bankruptcy at the height of the financial crisis.

But AIG's board is now deciding whether or not to join a $25 billion shareholder lawsuit against the government. Taxpayers profited from the deal – a profit of more than $22 billion.

Shareholders - including AIG's former boss, Hank Greenberg, say taxpayers profited only because the deal wasn't fair.

OutFront tonight: Michael Waldman, President of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and Stephen Moore, Senior Economics Writer for the Wall Street Journal Editorial page.


Filed under: Business • News
January 8th, 2013
08:47 PM ET

Saudi women fighting for rights, often well-educated but unable to work

Erin Burnett says women of Saudi Arabia are given the tools to succeed, but what they need is the opportunity to be successful.


Filed under: E-Block • International
January 8th, 2013
08:34 PM ET

White men to fill Obama's cabinet: Does the President have a diversity problem?

After winning re-election with the help of women and minority voters, the nation's first black president appears to be stacking his second-term cabinet with white men.

The president's choice for Treasury secretary is expected to be Jack Lew. That's on top of John Kerry for State, Chuck Hagel for Defense and John Brennan CIA chief - all white men.

With Hillary Clinton exiting the State Department - and Lisa Jackson stepping down as head of the Environmental Protection Agency - the Obama Administration is at a net loss when it comes to women and minorities in the Cabinet.

Out Front tonight: CNN Contributors Roland Martin, Reihan Salam, and former Pentagon official Rosa Brooks, a columnist for Foreign Policy magazine.


Filed under: News • Politics
January 8th, 2013
08:25 PM ET

Iran cheers Hagel nomination, hopes for "practical changes" in U.S. foreign policy

Iran's foreign ministry is applauding the appointment of former Senator Chuck Hagel to lead the Pentagon.

"We hope there will be practical changes in American foreign policy and that Washington becomes respectful of the rights of nations," says Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast.

Meanwhile, in the U.S., Hagel's previous comments are becoming a lightning rod for his critics.

Hagel once backed efforts to bring Tehran to the table for talks and in 2006, he said: "I would say that a military strike against Iran, a military option, is not a viable, feasible, responsible option. … I believe a political settlement will be the answer."

OutFront Tonight: Peter Brookes, former deputy assistant secretary of defense under the Bush administration and CNN Contributor John Avlon.


Filed under: International • Iran
January 8th, 2013
08:08 PM ET

Aurora theater shooter rigged apartment to kill

Prosecutors in Aurora, Colorado say 25 year-old James Holmes set a deadly trap at his apartment before going to a crowded movie theater on July 20th and gunning down 12 people and wounding dozens more.

On the second day of Holmes preliminary hearing, a crowded courtroom also heard a chilling flury of 911 calls that came in that night. In them, more than 30 gunshots heard in just 27 seconds.

CNN's Ed Lavandera is at the courthouse tonight and has the latest.


Filed under: Crime
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