The youngest Republican
17-year-old Evan Draim is the Republican National Convention's youngest delegate.
August 30th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

The youngest Republican

By Lisa Desjardins, CNN

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - One way or another, Evan Draim is the future. The 17-year-old Virginian is the youngest delegate to the Republican National Convention. He’s also one of the GOP’s emergent voices.

He’s passionate about America’s economic woes.

[4:23] “Our money is being spent before we’ve even earned it the deficit is so large we’re not even talking about the tax revenue of my generation. We’re talking about my descendants.”

Unlike many conservatives, social issues aren’t what Draim is about. He’s a “states rights” guy and doesn’t feel that issues such as abortion should be decided – either way – by the federal government.


Visiting Honey Boo Boo
Writer Lauretta Hannon recently visited with Honey Boo Boo, the star of the TLC reality show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo."
August 29th, 2012
12:04 PM ET

Visiting Honey Boo Boo

(CNN) - Writer Lauretta Hannon, also know as "The Cracker Queen,” hails from the same part of Georgia as Alana Thompson, the 7-year-old star of the TLC series "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo."

After seeing that thousands of viewers have expressed disapproval of the family's way of life, she decided to visit the little girl and her family

[2:00] "This dialogue is oozing with class snobbery and better than thou judgement that folks don't even detect in themselves," Hannon says.


Victim to victor
The story of Crystal Harris spurred the California legislature into action.
August 27th, 2012
06:30 AM ET

Victim to victor

By Jim Roope, CNN

Editor's Note: This story contains content some may find objectionable for younger listeners.

Los Angeles (CNN) - The California legislature unanimously passed a bill last week that would prohibit victims of spousal abuse from having to pay alimony to their convicted abuser. The bill is a result of one California woman who says she was a victim of spousal abuse and the justice system.

[:48] “Four years ago, my husband attacked me. He raped me and I just…it’s hard to talk about,” said 39-year-old mother of two, Crystal Harris.

Harris is a successful financial planner and her husband, Shawn, was a stay-at-home dad raising their two boys. Harris said in the years after their second son was born, her husband began to get violent. First verbally then physically, and as the years progressed it only got worse.


OPINION: The most yearned-for office in the nation
The living presidents gather in the Oval Office in January 2009, days before Barack Obama was sworn in.
August 26th, 2012
10:43 PM ET

OPINION: The most yearned-for office in the nation

Editor's note: CNN Contributor Bob Greene is a best-selling author whose 25 books include "Late Edition: A Love Story" and the novel "All Summer Long." He appears on "CNN Newsroom" Sundays during the 5 p.m. ET hour. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Bob Greene.

(CNN) – CNN Contributor Bob Greene ponders the yearning that some ambitious people feel for the Oval Office.

[:39] "The Presidency is transient work, and the Oval Office is the traditional home of the most high-level temps in the world."

[2:59] "Presidents depart; the Oval Office remains. Which may be at the heart of the lure that has made so many people over the centuries hunger to be there, for however brief or long a stay."

See all of Bob Greene's columns at CNN Opinion.


Sunday Playlist: First man on the moon
August 26th, 2012
01:41 AM ET

Sunday Playlist: First man on the moon

By Chip Grabow, CNN

(CNN) - With the news that Neil Armstrong, the first human to walk on the moon, had died Saturday at the age of 82, we thought this week's Playlist should honor his memory.

In 1969, as part of the Apollo space exploration program, Armstrong, along with Edward "Buzz" Aldrin, were the first two men to reach the surface of the moon. Only ten others have joined their ranks. But they were the first.

In honor of Neil Armstrong, and man's exploration of space in general, we present this week's recommended listening:


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