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November 27th, 2013
10:32 PM ET

Finding the magic in movies this holiday season

Every Holiday season movies vie to be the big blockbuster, the film everyone is talking about.

But are people more likely to be discussing the small screen? The latest legal battle on “The Good Wife” or the bonus videos from the “Breaking Bad” box set?

This is not a new argument. In 2010, New York Times film critic A. O. Scott asked “Are Films Bad? Or is TV just better?

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November 26th, 2013
06:16 PM ET

Gore goes vegan, just like former boss

Former Vice President Al Gore is a carnivore no more. According to Forbes magazine, Al Gore has joined his once southern fried running mate, becoming a vegan two months ago.

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November 26th, 2013
06:10 PM ET

Stores declare a 'War on Thanksgiving?'

On some parts of cable television it feels like the most covered war on earth.

We’re talking of course about the so-called "War on Christmas:” the abandonment of the spiritual meaning of the holiday for the incessant advertising, and earthly-delights of presents, stacked tall beneath the tree.

Now some Americans fear there's a new holiday war being waged on Thanksgiving. Are American families the casualties?

John Berman, Dean Obeidallah, and Jim Tankersley discuss.

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November 25th, 2013
06:24 PM ET

Imprisoned American left out of Iran deal

Two words are nowhere to be found in the pages of text that spell out a new interim nuclear deal with Iran: Saeed Abedini.

Now some supporters of the American pastor, who's been detained in Iran for more than a year, are accusing U.S. officials of betraying Abedini by signing off on an agreement that doesn't get him out of prison.

"We were across the table from the Iranians, and we did not bring home Americans. To me that's a tragedy and that's outrageous," said Jay Sekulow, the chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, which represents Abedini's family in the United States.

While analysts debated the nuclear agreement's pros and cons, Abedini's wife, Naghmeah, said she was trying to comfort her two young children.

"It's very painful," she told CNN's "The Lead" on Monday. "My kids were crying this morning, saying, 'God, don't let Daddy die. Bring him home.' "


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November 25th, 2013
06:21 PM ET

Pastor's wife: I fear he'll die in Iran

The United States had Iran at the negotiating table but didn’t secure the release of Saeed Abedini, the American pastor held captive in Iran.

Now activists like Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice, are questioning whether the administration left Abedini behind.

“We had the ultimate negotiating capability,” Sekulow said. “The Iranian sanctions that the United States government put on the Iranians have been significant enough that it brought the Iranians to the table, and we blinked. The United States blinked, and that’s the tragedy in all this.”

Naghmeh Abedini, the pastor's wife, fears her husband will die in Iran.

“In this prison he’s with murderers on death row; we’re worried about his health,” she said. “He will not survive the eight years if he doesn’t get out of there immediately.”

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