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The former Jeopardy Champion is returning! This time Anderson will be providing the correct answers instead of the correct questions. Jeopardy is looking to CNN's Best Political Team on Television to help them out this Thursday. To see the promo that has been airing on CNN, check out my post at All Things CNN.
This week's 360 in :60 features three segments by Anderson Cooper and one segment with Erica Hill.
Anderson was seen signing autographs after his appearance on Conan. Thanks to Kristien and an anonymous tipster we have the short video clip for you.
As was requested, this week's puzzle is from one of the pictures taken at the TV Emmy's.
The August Cooper & Co. calendar will appear in the post immediately below this one.
As of this writing, there is no bailout plan. With the House Republicans acting like outsiders I can't decide if they are looking out for their constituents or are looking out for themselves since it is an election year. Somehow I think it is the later. Another example of the House Republicans doing their own thing is in this Nth from November 2004 where the House Republicans pulled a stunt to keep Tom Delay in his leadership position. Here is Fancy Footwork to the Nth Degree.
So we actually had the debate. Personally, I deep down had hoped McCain would not show up but that was for selfish reasons. The program was called Debate Night in America but I know that here in Canada they aired the debate on a Toronto 24 hour news channel. Tonight not only was America watching but literally the whole world was watching as well.
After watching AC360 I have come to the conclusion that people are idiots. Here's a list that I jotted down while watching the program. I'm sure you'll be able to add more.
My list of idiots:
1. Senator Richard Shelby (R Alabama) for leaving the meeting early to deliver a preplanned attack on the bailout to the press. Don't spin it idiot, just fix it.
2. Republican leader John Boehner for suggesting that instead of a bailout the companies with bad debt should buy insurance so they don't stick taxpayers with the tab. And how do they afford this insurance if they are broke and just who is dumb enough to insure them?
3. President Bush for crying wolf and lying to the American people so many times that now there is a real crisis the American people (including House Republicans) aren't taking him serious.
4. 55% of the American public for not realizing that we are in deep trouble and that the taxpayers are the only ones who can come to the rescue.
5. President Bush for thinking that sending Dick Cheney to Capital Hill would convince anyone to vote for the bailout.
6. John McCain for sticking his nose into the bailout negotiations and politicalizing it.
7. Sarah Palin (did you see her interview with Katie? Nuff said.)
8. House Republicans for not realizing that financial institutions are going to fold like a house of cards if they don't do something now. How can WaMu's (the largest savings and loan in the country) failure not open their eyes?
I won't bore you with more. For those of you thinking I'm an idiot and don't know what I'm talking about.....you are probably right.
Believe it or not there were a few highlights in Thursday's AC360. First the look on Anderson Cooper's face after he aired the clip of the Palin interview. I don't think he understood a word she said
And finally I really needed something to cheer me up tonight so I went to the vault and found one of AC's first meetings with the Osbournes. Guess Erica Hill didn't know that AC and Sharon go way back?
Have a great weekend everyone. ~Phebe
Deal or no deal, debate or no debate? Those are the questions. Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them? -Shakespeare (Hamlet 3/1)
Sorry to go all Shakespeare on you but the soliloquy was rolling around in my head ever since Anderson said 'deal or no deal' on Wednesday's AC360. Where he referenced a 'cheesy game show' I was drawn to Hamlet. Go figure.
Wednesday's AC360? Tough program to blog. Most of the talk was about the President's address to the nation and McCain bailing on the debates. Here's the bullet points.
•Candy Crowley (in Clearwater, Florida) John King (in Helena, Montana) and David Gergen (in Boston, Mass.) discussed the McCain move to suspend his campaign and the Obama reaction. Also discussed was how Americans feel about the bailout the President is pushing (55% are against it).• Tom Foreman took a closer look at the bailout battle. The move to block bailout monies from going to CEO's and other executives seems to be gaining ground (thank God). But other details are still vague and seem to indicate that Congress will be writing a blank check, not stipulating much judicial review.• Jessica Yellin, Ali Velshi and David Brancaccio (PBS host of 'Now') broke down the bailout proposal and how it will proceed. If Brancaccio and the head of the Congressional Budget Office don't understand the bailout I don't have a prayer.• Wednesday's Strategy Session was with two of my favorites, Paul Begala and Bay Buchanan. Both stayed on their party's talking points, for the most part. Paul criticized McCain for suspending his campaign and Bay defended McCain.
After the break AC came back with the stats on who has missed the most votes in Congress this year. McCain has missed the most votes in the Senate (412), Tim Johnson is second (311 while he is recovering from a stroke) and Obama is third (295). McCain's last vote was April 8th and Obama's was July 11th.• John King took a look at the mood in Montana, including sharing a few words with the Governor. John and Candy also looked at how the States are trending with new polling results.• AC aired a snippet of Katie Couric's interview with Sarah Palin. Anderson seems a bit annoyed that Palin is being so stingy with the interviews. I think he'd love to have a shot at talking to her.
So there you have the Cliff Note version of Wednesday's AC360.
Now onto the good news of the day. One of our commenters yesterday tipped us off to a great moment on the Ellen Degeneres show on Wednesday. Seems Sharon Osborne has a thing for Anderson Cooper. Thanks to BA for the video and to Em for the tip.
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