February 25th, 2014
10:00 PM ET

Brother on Ted Nugent: "He crossed the line"

Ted Nugent's brother, former Neutrogena and Revlon CEO Jeff Nugent doesn't agree with his rhetoric or all of his politics.

In fact, during our interview Monday, Ted credited his brother Jeff for helping him decide to change his ways.

"Whether it's my wonderful wife, my brother Jeff and John or Kathy (ph), my great kids or someone like you, Erin, and people around me, they think I'll be more effective if I back off that Detroit street fighter rock 'n' roll stage rhetoric," Nugent tells Erin Burnett.

Jeff Nugent is OutFront.

"It's a conversation we've been having for longer than you can imagine. And I think Ted referred to that last night because my advice to him over the years has been, please tone it down," says Jeff Nugent. And there's a line that you shouldn't cross. And his latest comments about President Obama and Hillary Clinton have crossed the line."

Filed under: Politics • Ted Nugent
February 25th, 2014
09:48 PM ET

President Obama: Harold Ramis made us "root for the underdog"

President Obama paid tribute to Chicago native - famed actor, writer and director Harold Ramis Tuesday, saying:

"When we watched his movies – from “Animal House” and “Caddyshack” to “Ghostbusters” and “Groundhog Day” – we didn’t just laugh until it hurt. We questioned authority. We identified with the outsider. We rooted for the underdog. And, through it all, we never lost our faith in happy endings."

'Painful' and 'debilitating' - that's the disease Harold Ramis had

CNN's Bill Weir details the career that comedy legend Harold Ramis leaves behind.


Filed under: Entertainment • News • Obituary
February 25th, 2014
09:38 PM ET

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer expected to veto "religious freedom" bill

CNN is learning that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is expected to veto the "religious freedom" bill - which many say is anti-gay. The legislation would allow businesses to refuse service to certain individuals if it goes against their religious beliefs.

In just the past couple of days Brewer has faced intensifying pressure from CEOs, politicians and even the NFL to kill the bill.

Mitt Romney tweeted this afternoon:

Governor Brewer: veto of Senate Bill 1062 is right.

CNN Miguel Marquez has the latest OutFront.

February 25th, 2014
09:19 PM ET

'Shark Tank' Investor Kevin O'Leary defends the 1%: "This isn't a Robin Hood society"

Is it a war on the one percent, or just leveling the playing field?

President Obama tripled down at an event Tuesday, where he announced the creation of two new manufacturing institutes aimed at creating quality jobs in the Midwest.

"While those at the top are doing better than ever, average wages have barely budged. Too many Americans are working harder than ever to keep up and it's our job to reverse those trends. We've got to build an economy that works for everyone, not just a fortunate few," Obama said.

The president wants to raise the minimum wage by 39 percent.

CNN's Erin Burnett asks Kevin O'Leary, who makes a living helping small business owners become millionaires as a judge on ABC's reality show "Shark Tank" - about his perspective when, according to one report,(OXFAM) the richest one percent of the population own 46 percent of global wealth. And in the United States the richest one percent has grown 150% since 1980.

Why not change the policy now and help the less fortunate?

"It would be a huge mistake. The reason they're the 1% is because they created businesses, products and services that were very successful, employed millions of people, paid billions in taxes," says O'Leary. "All of the wealth in America doesn't come from government at all. It comes from the backs of people like the 1% that created the businesses and hundreds of thousands of jobs."

Filed under: Business • News
February 25th, 2014
08:40 PM ET

Is Ted Nugent a changed man after promising not to revert to name calling?

Rocker Ted Nugent says he's a changed man.

At least that's what he told CNN's Erin Burnett Monday night in an interview that's gotten a lot of people talking.

Burnett confronted Ted Nugent about calling President Obama a "subhuman mongrel".

NUGENT: "Live on Erin Burnett OutFront, CNN, Ted Nugent, remember the Alamo, February 24, 2014, I'm not going to call people names anymore.

BURNETT: I think that to me, I mean, I know you are trying to make slightly light of this, but to me, these things are not light at all -

NUGENT: No, I'm not making light, these are very serious. I agree.

BURNETT: This is a horrible thing to do.

NUGENT: You're right. My children, my brothers, my sister and my wonderful wife Shemane have told me that over and over. And I think at the tender age of 65, I think you're absolutely correct. Instead of using terms like "subhuman mongrel", I'm going to get right to the meat of the matter, where our president is a liar, he lies about, you can keep your doctor, period, over and over again. He lies about Benghazi. He's lying about the IRS.
So, I won't call names anymore. I'm going to get right down to the nitty-gritty and identify the criminal behavior by the people abusing power in the United States government. So, I take your advice to heart, Erin.

And with that, he spark a fury of comments on our Facebook page, Twitter and in the media.

One editorial writer at the Dallas Morning News wrote: "The great thing about the interview was that Nugent clearly was emerging from a visit to the Republican woodshed."

The Orlando Sentinel framed it this way: "Nugent doesn't do contrite or apologetic. He does angry, and that approach undercuts any point he's trying to make. When he keeps talking, he keeps hurting the politicians and causes he supports. Most of all, he hurts himself... Far from apologetic, Ted was on a tear Monday night."

OutFront: CNN Political Commentators Paul Begala, Ben Ferguson, and Ana Navarro.

Filed under: News • Politics • Ted Nugent
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