February 11th, 2014
10:57 PM ET

Francois Hollande goes stag to White House State Dinner

President Obama and the first lady honored French President Francois Hollande at the White House State Dinner.

The event was the first one in almost two years. And the guests included A-listers like Bradley Cooper and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

OutFront: Washington Post's Sally Quinn who's covered dozens of state dinners and even attended a handful. She's the author of "The Party: A Guide To Adventurous Entertaining". And Creative Director for Elle magazine Joe Zee.

Filed under: International • News
February 11th, 2014
10:40 PM ET

N.J. Police: Gov. Christie did not fly over traffic during bridge lane closings

Is the Chris Christie investigation a massive witch hunt?

The New Jersey State Police now say the three helicopter flights Governor Christie took during the week of the lane closings at the George Washington Bridge did not go over or near the bridge.

That's crucial, because it means the governor didn't actually see the traffic.

Christie: Investigations won't 'curtail' agenda

Democrats in New Jersey investigating the governor's role were hoping for a different outcome, as they hunt for a smoking gun to bring the governor down.

Meanwhile Christie is in Chicago fundraising and attempting to go about business as usual.

OutFront: CNN's Dana Bash, Bill Kristol is Editor of The Weekly Standard and Chris Kofinis is a Democratic Strategist.

Filed under: Bridge Scandal • Chris Christie • News • Politics
February 11th, 2014
10:23 PM ET

Michael Dunn testifies in 'Loud Music' murder trial: "It was life or death"

(CNN) - A Florida man accused of killing a teenager in 2012 following a dispute over loud music testified during his trial Tuesday that he fired his pistol only after a passenger in an SUV repeatedly threatened him and that the passenger had what appeared to be a 12- or 20-gauge shotgun.

"I thought I was going to be killed," Michael Dunn testified.

Dunn, 47, is charged with first-degree murder in the fatal November 2012 shooting of 17-year-old Jordan Davis in a gas station parking lot in Jacksonville, Florida. The teen and his friends were sitting in an SUV next to Dunn when an argument quickly led to Dunn pulling his gun and shooting nine times into the vehicle, killing Davis.

Police and prosecutors have said that the teens were unarmed. Dunn acknowledges killing Davis, but told police he acted in self-defense after seeing what he believed to be the barrel of a shotgun or a stick in the teens' red Dodge Durango.

Dunn testified that, after parking in the lot so his fiancee could buy wine and chips at a convenience store, he asked the passengers in a nearby SUV to turn down what called "ridiculously loud music" with a thumping bass.

The music stopped at first, and Dunn thanked them, he testified. But the music resumed. According to Dunn, an SUV passenger said, "I should kill that motherf*****," and repeated it louder, "I should f****** kill that motherf******."


Filed under: 'Loud Music' murder trial • Crime • Justice • News
February 11th, 2014
10:16 PM ET

Mike Rowe, host of 'dirty jobs' under fire for Walmart ad

Is a champion for the working man selling out to the worlds largest retailer?

Mike Rowe, the former host of the reality TV show "Dirty Jobs" is under fire for narrating a new commercial for Walmart.

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Critics are blasting Rowe on social media for promoting the retail giant saying, "It's hypocrisy. Walmart's products are all made in China. Walmart contributes to those empty factories. What's so 'powerful' about an ad that makes absolutely no sense?"

OutFront: Mel Robbins is a former legal aid and criminal defense attorney. And Marc Lamont Hill is a CNN politcal commentator.

Filed under: Business • News
February 11th, 2014
08:27 PM ET

Don Lemon: "I am the other black guy"

Did Samuel L. Jackson have a right to be outraged - or did he overreact?

The actor went off on KTLA anchor Sam Rubin after he mistook the "Robocop" star for Laurence Fishburne.

Rubin: Did you get a lot of reaction from that superbowl commercial? Jackson: What superbowl commercial?
Rubin: Oh, you know what, my mistake.
Jackson: You know what you're as bad as the people on Twitter, I'm not Laurence Fishburne - we don't all look alike. We may be black and famous but we don't all look alike. You're the entertainment reporter for this station and you don't know the difference between me and laurence fishburne?

Rubin later apologized and said he was really embarrassed.

"I pride myself on the fact – that unlike a lot of people who do this kind of work – more often than not, I really do know what I'm talking about," Sam Rubin said. "But I didn't 30 minutes ago, and I'm really embarrassed about it, and I very much apologize to Samuel L. Jackson and anyone else who was offended for what was a very amateur mistake."

CNN's Don Lemon is OutFront.

Filed under: Entertainment • News
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