Gotta Watch: CNN 'After Dark'
January 4th, 2012
12:58 PM ET

Gotta Watch: CNN 'After Dark'

Last night the Iowa caucuses kicked off the first contest of the 2012 election season. In the end, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney beat late front-runner Rick Santorum by just eight votes in a contest that carried into the early hours of the morning. And while it was an intense night of election coverage, CNN’s all-star political team was still able to have a little fun while delivering the results.

CNN political team's all-nighter – As the results of the Iowa Republican presidential caucuses continued to trickle in well past midnight, sleep deprivation began to take its toll on the CNN political team. The all-night caucus coverage carried on though, overcoming technology issues and heckling contributors.

Exclusive news from Edith and Carolyn – With results still missing from one Iowa precinct two women called into CNN and stole the show by breaking the final results that would determine the winner of the Iowa caucuses. As the final votes came down to the wire, Iowa GOP officials Edith Pfeffer and Carolyn Tallett set the record straight and delivered the missing results from Clinton County, Iowa.

CNN After Dark: CNN's newest show? – As the post-election coverage continued into early morning hours, sometime around 3:30 a.m. ET, it began to evolve into an entirely new CNN show. Unofficially dubbed “CNN After Dark,” the show became a hit online, resulting in a #CNNAfterDark hashtag and even an unofficial twitter account: @CNNAfterDark.

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  1. a disaster!

    obama's disgrace of a presidency is over..

    January 4, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • harold

      haha... you wish. the Republicans candidate will never win.

      January 4, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sadly No

      Sadly this probably isn't the case and one can hope that BHO doesn't attempt to add another $3.5 trillion in his next term. The man is a dope but I don't see anyone beating him this time.

      January 4, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • completely true

      No greater truth. obama has one foot out of the white house already.

      January 4, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geronimo, NYC

      What do they eat in IOWA that they even voted for Santoram!
      Nerds are taking over!
      I would say we ask Bill Clinton to come again.

      January 4, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom Kelly

      Well, if we were all five years old as you appear to be, our parents would say we each get a turn. GW Bush had 8 years to take a balanced budget and spend trillions beyond, and now the Democrats should have 8 years to attempt to fix it.

      January 4, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Laura

    "Socialism" means taking $ from the haves and giving it to the have nots; "Communism" means taking the $ from the rich and giving it to the poor and shoot the rich.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan

      Socialism is a type of *economy* with the key characteristic being that society attempts to cooperate and equalize both benefits and burdens. Communism is an ideology with the root word being "communal" which attempts to eliminate notions of class and individual property, also bearing ideas present in socialism. The two are similar, but not the same. It could be said that Communism is a type of socialism that has been extensively expanded on. While these are both fun buzzwords, our country is far from completely transforming into either system. That being said, we do have some socialistic aspects; such as Public School, police, military, paid public servants, and so on.

      January 4, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dhulfiqar

      @Jonathan - nice to see a civil person now and then. Thanks

      January 4, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • ED

      and "stupidity" is spending money you don't have on a 2 wars that didn't have to be launched.

      January 4, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geronimo, NYC

      ED said it all!!

      January 4, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sadly No

    In 2008 people voted for Obama to prove that they weren't racist. In 2012 they need to vote for someone else to prove that they aren't idiots.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • ED

      No – 2008 was all about throwing out an idiot that supposedly choked and fell on pretzel sticks (psst he was drunk)

      January 4, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Andrea M

    Wow, they have the graphic design cave manned 24-7. Pity the poor dude who has to come up with logos on the fly at 3am.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. daflew

    that was fun! OBAMA. WINNING!

    January 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. johnway

    Wrong on both counts. Communism is a type of socialism; in fact is is socialism to the extreme.

    Economic models are based on who owns and controls the means of production. In a socialist economy, the means of production are owned by the community. How this is done depends on how socialist the economy is, and how the means of production are governed. The US form of economy is a mixed economy, it is not true capitalism, nor is it true socialism. it would be very difficult to move from where we are to either forms, and could potentially be devastating in either case. For instance, we have adopted the socialist concept that monopolies are harmful, even though in certain markets, in a true capitalist system, they would form naturally.

    Now, redistribution of wealth is a solcialist concept, yes; but that does not in and of itself mean it is wrong or harmful to our nation. it makes more sense that those who have more should pay more in taxes, and that those in the middle, who number the greatest, would benefit teh economy the most by an increase to thier income, so that they would increase their spending (or their savings, as we need to start doing as well so that we do not need to reply on foreign investment; but that is for when the recession is over).

    January 4, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. government cheese

    Liberal policies have failed. Time for the next guy.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Justin

    You wouldn't ever see FOX NEWS being funny and entertaining like the CNN corespondents. I enjoyed the after dark video. Thanks guys!!!!

    January 4, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chris de Barros

    How's is this news? Narcissism at it's best!

    January 4, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin


      January 4, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. fda


    January 4, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. richard hyska

    I Always wonder why they wait till elections to say whats wrong and dont make any real changes through out the year. Time is now make changes fix things early instead of talking bad about why they and others couldnt make real change happen. Be accountable.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • johnway

      because whi in position they are having to contend with everyone else. The opposing party does everything they can to try to make them look like they broke all their promises and got nothign accomplished so that they can beat them next election. It is backfiring thsi time around.

      That being said, career politicians are also worried about reelection, especially if they have short term lengths. So they immediately start their reelection campaign when elected instead of rolling up their sleeves adn getting to work.

      January 4, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. keith a dewey

    Please keep in mind that Liberals have always, since recorded history (4800 BC), won every lasting issue. When the conflict ends and both the conservative and the liberal agreee on an issue it is the liberal issue that always wins. Always. A good example is the right for woman to vote. Liberals fought for it for years. Liberals won.

    January 4, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • johnway

      It was Republicans who freed the salves, but I have to admit, they were liberal republicans.

      January 4, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Laisee-Faire in Lake City

    This Just In” is CNN's news blog. This is where you will find the latest news and information from CNN’s correspondents and sources around the world. We’ll cover fresh stories big and small – stories that are breaking, developing or otherwise driving the collective daily conversation, along with some items we find interesting and worth sharing.
    Everything highlighted is why this is news worthy. Just because you don't care about it, doesn't mean you have to read it. People obviously enjoyed watching it, which you can see in the comments, and there are many more out there who liked to see their favorites just having a good time. There is nothing wrong with this article, I found it a great piece, and viewing it was even more exciting. Thank you for this article and keep up the good work.

    January 4, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Drew

    so whats up with cnn cutting the feed when the soldier was about to talk about ron paul's foreign policy? i don't see any other problem during the feed in any other place last night. whats up with that?

    January 4, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • johnway

      Maybe CNN was tring to proect the soldier, since he was breaking the UCMJ (not allowed to speak at or attend a political rally while in uniform)

      January 4, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rabbit One

    here's my thing. I have ample and simultaneously limited respect for all politicians of all ideologies; I simply prefer to live my own life and not focus on the presidents; rather it is important to enjoy one's life and focus on philanthropy and goodwill to others.

    January 4, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • johnway

      That's great, assuming one has a job so they can afford to be philanthropic, and can provide for themselves and their families so that they have goodwill toward anyone.

      January 4, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
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