January 15th, 2013
09:52 PM ET

Armstrong's reputation post doping admission

For more than a decade Lance Armstrong vehemently denied his use of performance enhancing drugs.

Even after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Armstrong had used steroids, and the International Cycling Union stripped him of his seven Tour de France titles in 2012, Armstrong continued to deny the allegations.

So why did he decide to admit the truth in an interview now?

"I think he was just ready, I think the velocity of everything that has come at him in the past several months, in particular in the past several weeks he was just ready, " said Oprah Winfrey on CBS "This Morning".

Winfrey says that she was mesmerized by Armstrong's interview, but said she was leaving it up to viewers to decide if Armstrong was "contrite".

Can he be forgiven...and redeemed?

OutFront tonight: CNN Legal Contributor Paul Callan is a criminal attorney and Mike Paul is a reputation management consultant.

Filed under: News • Sports
January 15th, 2013
09:33 PM ET

The NRA's Rise to Power: From a training organization to a feared lobbying group

The Obama administration has expressed that it maybe go at reducing gun violence on its own through executive action. By going at it alone on

gun control - President Obama is opening himself up to increased political attacks by gun owners and groups like the National Rifle Association.

The NRA announced Tuesday what it calls an "unprecedented" spike in new members. According to the group, 250,000 people have signed up in just the past month.

And it's that kind of support that helped transform what was an organization to just improve the marksmanship of soldiers into one of the most powerful and feared lobbying organizations in the nation's capital.

CNN's Jim Acosta has the story of the secrets behind NRA's success.

Filed under: Gun Control
January 15th, 2013
09:30 PM ET

House passes $50.7 billion Sandy aid package amid criticism over pork

Members of the House of Representatives voted today on a relief package for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. $50 billion in aid is at stake.

House passes $50 billion-plus Sandy aid package

It seemed like it would have been an easy choice, but nothing is easy in Washington.

"$16 billion is to quintuple the size of the Community Development Block Grant program. That's the slush fund that pays for such dubious projects as doggy day care centers and it doesn't even have to be spent in the hurricane area."

Rep Tom McClintock (R-CA) said, "Two billion dollars is for highway repairs anywhere in the country including up to $20 million each for Guam, American Samoa and the Mariana Islands that aren't even in the same ocean as hurricane Sandy."

Rep. Huelskamp defends NO vote on Sandy aid

OutFront tonight: Congressman Tim Huelskamp (R-KS).

Filed under: "Superstorm" Sandy • Congress
January 15th, 2013
09:03 PM ET

White House supports fight in Mali: U.S. to assist France in offensive against militants

France ramping up its offensive against Islamist militants tonight, tripling its troops on the ground to 800 and getting support from another 1,700 French soldiers in the region.

The offensive against al-Qaeda linked militants trying to take over the country got full support from the White House today.

"We share the French goal of denying terrorists a safe haven in the region, and we support the French operation.  We are supporting the French by sharing information and we are considering requests for logistical support," said Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary.

Townsend : No U.S. boots in Mali

But is the offensive working and will the U.S. have to get more involved?

Erin Burnett spoke to ITN's Lindsey Hilsum, who is in the capital, Bamako and she asked her how the French are doing in the fight against the militants.

Filed under: International • Mali
January 15th, 2013
08:50 PM ET

"Birth tourism" business booming in America

Birth tourism is a booming business in America. Chinese companies operating in the shadows lure pregnant women to the United States to give birth - all in the hopes of getting U.S. citizenship.

CNN's Kyung Lah has the Outfront investigation.

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