Critics often argue that President Obama is fond of avoiding the heavy and going heavy on the humor during interviews on a late night couch, but in his latest appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, the president was shockingly frank on the major issues facing the U.S.
From the global terror threat, to Edward Snowden, Senator John Mccain and Hillary Clinton, he left few stones unturned.
“In his first remarks on the al Qaeda terror threat, President Obama insisting the U.S is not overreacting in closing 19 embassies through the end of the week,” reports CNN White House Correspondent Brianna Keilar.
“And while not saying the controversial NSA surveillance program turned up the latest threat information, the president called it a critical component to counterterrorism.”
"We don't have a domestic spying program,” President Obama said. “What we do have is some mechanisms where we can track a phone number or an email address that we know is connected to a terrorist threat. And that information is useful."
While it remains unclear if the president will visit Moscow for a previously planned one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin before the G20 Summit, he did confirm that he will attend the summit next month in St. Petersburg.
He also expressed his disappointment in Russia's decision to grant asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
“Hopefully at some point he'll go to trial, and he will have a lawyer and due process,” he said to Leno.
On a lighter note, President Obama laughingly disputed that Hillary Clinton was "measuring for the drapes" at their recent White House lunch saying, she's already been there and doesn’t have to measure them.
The president also talked about his "bromance" with former rival Sen. Mccain, joking that “that's how a classic romantic comedy goes.”
“Initially you're not getting along and then you keep bumping into each other.”
Believe it or not, it is already time for pre-season football. Even if you are not ready for games, reports CNN's John Berman, you will be ready for Peyton and Eli Manning's rap performance in a new ad for Direct TV's new mobile football service.
Berman's favorite line: "It's football on your phone, so now is your chance, to have football on your phone. And football in your pants."
Another awesome cameo? Their father, football great Archie Manning.
"So let me present the award. Our award today goes to Peyton and Eli Manning," says Berman. "Tom Brady, on the other hand, is on the cover of 'Men's Health,' looking fabulous as always. Thanks Tom."
In today's edition of the "Good Stuff" – Lots of kids mow lawns during the summer for a little extra cash. And that is how 11-year-old Dyllon Orthman from Texas is spending his summer, mowing as many lawns as he can find.
However, he is not keeping a penny. Instead, all of Orthman's earnings are going to Moore, Oklahoma tornado relief.
Dyllon was moved to do something after seeing the destruction first-hand from the powerful tornado in May that killed 25 people.
So Dyllon mowed, and mowed, and mowed some more. Some 87 lawns in two months! He reached his first goal of $2,000, so he raised $3,000. By then so many people were moved by his gesture, they their donations took him up to $16,000!
For more information on Mowing for Moore, visit their Facebook page.
The court-martial of Major Nidal Hasan got off to a shocking start yesterday.
Hasan wasted no time admitting to the crime.
"The evidence will clearly show I am the shooter," Major Hasan declared in opening statements.
Charged with 13 counts of murder and 32 counts of attempted murder, Hasan is acting as his own attorney in the heavily secure trial.
“I was on the wrong side and I switched sides,” Hasan adds.
“Prosecutors say he felt a jihad duty to kill as many soldiers as possible and that he was targeting soldiers preparing to fight in Afghanistan,” reports CNN's Ed Lavandera. (WATCH TOP VIDEO)
But the judge in this case has ruled that the defendant will not be able to argue or present evidence for that line of defense, which Major Hasan's former criminal attorney and current civil attorney, John Galligan, considers a “glaring omission in due process for Major Hasan.” (WATCH VIDEO)
“I'm just concerned that down the road his sixth amendment right in that regard has been frustrated by the judge's ruling,” Galligan says.
“I just believe that every criminal defendant has the right, and I think it's been denied here….I don’t believe in this court martial you’re gonna hear from him.”