Thursday, April 30, 2009

Was Any News Not Breaking Tonight???


Hello everyone. Hope this last day of April treated you well. Ms. Phebe is on a well deserved vacation and I am repaying the favor for the many trips I have gone on over the last few months. Can’t begin to tell you how much I am loving all this travelling. If you only knew where I have been and where I am still going but that is for a different kind of blog. Let’s get into Thursday’s program because I got to go to work tomorrow.


A couple in Virgina has swine flu adding it to the list of states now affected. Anderson reports on the latest on the swine flu outbreak. The map of states infected is rather scary.



Sanjay Gupta and Carlos Del Rio both back from Mexico and in Atlanta joined Anderson to talk about latest on swine flu.

While on the air Anderson shared news of 52 new cases in Mexico bringing the number of cases up to 312.



Vice President Joe Biden foot in mouth disease with his airplane and subway comment – Randi Kaye reports the facts about riding the plane.


Chrysler declares bankruptcy and will be merging Fiat– Ali Velshi reports.



Serial killer caught in LA – Anderson was joined James Alan Fox to discuss serial killers.


Tom Foreman reports on swine flu and influenza.


NPR is reporting that Justice David Souter is to retire. Jeffrey Toobin and Ed Henry spoke with Anderson over the phone.

Questions about Swine Flu via twitter, live blog were answered by Dr. Gupta and Del Rio.



Bulletin – craiglist fiancee will not be getting married, wall st. news, and Miss California working national organization for marriage

OMG the Spotted Cat in NOLA is closing I am so sad I hope it is still open in July.

The Shot ~ city bus driver caught on tape texting & driving…..that is so a no no. no texting, twittering anything people.

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Here are some of Erica's webcast, thanks to Sherry.

From April 20th.Erica talks to Lisa Bloom about sex and naps and the 13th year old girl who was stripped searched.

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From April 20th.Erica talks to Jeffrey Toobin about Britians Got Talent and Bong Hits for Jesus.

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AnderEvents

*Anderson will be on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Monday May 4, check local listings
* Anderson will speak at Central Connecticut State University tomorrow evening, May 1st and there are no more tickets left
* To everyone celebrating May Day on Friday I hope you enjoy your day off. 5 years ago I was in China and able to celebrate the holiday. Rather fun actually.

* Don’t Forget 'Time 100 Most Influential' who’ll make the list of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People? Find out with CNN's Anderson Cooper. Friday, 11 p.m. ET on CNN. Either Ms. Quitty or I will be blogging the special this weekend

That is it for me tonight. I will see you all back here again tomorrow night. Until then…Sapphire


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Breaking News and Vacation Time

Breaking News with Anderson Cooper! I missed this on CNN *wink* but lucky for us David Letterman rebroadcast AC's update about Michael Keaton. Thanks to Quitty for the find and BA for the embed.

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What a strange week it has been. I awoke Tuesday morning to the dreaded blue screen on my PC, indicating in this case a fried hard drive. My laptop doesn't have the ability to cap or clip so I was pretty much dead in the water as far as blogging goes. Thanks to Cyn for sitting in on short notice last night. The only bright spot in all this is that I'm off on vacation today and already had subs arranged for the week. By the time I return at the end of next week there should be a new hard drive sitting on my door step waiting to be installed.

I not too disappointed that I wasn't able to blog 'The CNN National Report Card: First 100 Days'.It really wasn't a program that I was looking forward to, although I realize it is an important topic and understand CNN giving it the attention it deserves.
When I was thinking about what I could post tonight, in lieu of blogging the special, I realized it's been a while since we've enjoyed the VH1 clip from 'Best Week Ever'. I seriously could watch this clip everyday. I love the Anderlove expressed by the DJs and comedians. But nothing, and I mean nothing, is better than AC stroll down a NYC street to 'Stay'n Alive'. Awesome....enjoy!
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Now onto a few announcements. First our Q & A with Candy Crowley is almost finished and we should be posting it in the next few weeks. Second, even though this is Wednesday there are no webcasts to post. Our Sherry was in a serious car accident this week and is nursing a concussion. We wish her all the best and a speedy recovery. And last, but certainly not least, we have a change to announce at ATA, beginning this weekend. If you read her post last Sunday then you know that Book Asylum is leaving ATA. But the good news is she'll still be posting twice a week at our sister blog All Things CNN. Our long time friend and commenter Em will be joining the ATA blog team and handling the Sunday night posts. She'll be continuing with the puzzle as well as sharing her take on things that have transpired during the week. Welcome Em!

I'm off until next Thursday May 7th (or beyond, depending on my computer) but I'm leaving you in very good hands. Until then.~Phebe


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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A Dose of Knowledge


Hey, folks, Cyn here... yes, you get another night of me! Phebe's computer is acting up and she couldn't get online. And I'm blogging under the influence tonight -- the good news is, the tooth extraction went well; the better news is, Vicodin makes alllllll the pain go away!

Anyway, we start the program with a real look at swine flu, from under the microscope. Doesn't look so tough to me, I say we can take it out! (Which reminds me -- when I was at the pharmacy today getting my 'scrips filled, people were in line to ask for Tamiflu. And there hasn't been a single case in this state yet! They were completely sold out of it, BTW.)


Not surprisingly, HHS nominee Kathleen Sebelius was approved today, and Ed Henry reports that she was flown immediately to DC to be sworn in, briefed, and put on the clock.

The CDC says they are one-third of the way through the process of isolating the strain, which means a vaccine can be developed. Sounds like we're going to need it come fall.


Dr. Sanjay Gupta has tracked down "Patient Zero" in the swine flu outbreak, and he's an adorable 5-year-old boy in the town of La Gloria, Mexico. The boy and his family are all healthy now, and (not unsurprisingly) the nearby commercial pig farm says they have nothing to do with any of this.


Randi Kaye does a piece on how germs spread from person to person, and I think I speak for all of us when I say "Ewwww." I mean, we all KNOW this stuff, but somehow, seeing it displayed with little dots is just... icky. Break out the Purell and the Lysol!


David Gergen and Candy Crowley join Anderson to discuss Arlen Specter's change of party today. I know there is some political expediency here, but the far-right Republican hit squads have cost their party again. Kudos to The Gerg for professing, "Candy is absolutely right, as she always is." (And if Dana Perrino really thinks her party has a big tent these days, the only circuses she must attend are the flea variety!)


Joe Johns reports on the case currently before the Supreme Court regarding a charge of reverse discrimination brought by the firefighters in New Haven, Connecticut. This is one of those tough ones -- on the one hand, people who took a test and worked hard to pass it are cheated by the results being thrown out; on the other, this country has a long history of rigging things against minorities. It's hard to believe that it is still done deliberately (okay, I'm wearing rose-colored glasses here!) but the differences in the standards of education in urban areas leaves a lot of gray area.

The rest of the program: 
- back to Sanjay in Mexico and Dr. Del Rio to talk about what we should be doing. "A dose of knowledge can be very good medicine." 
- Thelma Gutierrez on how Mexican-Americans are dealing with the outbreak and worrying about their families back home.
- new First Family photos, plus Tom Foreman looks at Michelle Obama's "first 100 days."

Erica Hill gives us the 360 Bulletin: tour bus crash near San Jose, California; the blowback from the Air Force flyover in NYC yesterday; Wall Street flat today; and a baby gorilla rescued from smugglers in The Congo. Clip here, leading into the Beat360 and Anderson not doing Scarface:

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And The Shot:

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Sorry, no bonus material tonight -- but a dutiful reminder about tomorrow night's special programming:


Goodnight!

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Pigs Don't Fly, but Swine Flu Does


That image pretty much sums up tonight's program -- a very serious story that Anderson took great pains to assure us they had no intention of overdoing. Even the graphic points out the fact that we don't yet know what we are dealing with, as did the later 'flipper' factoid which pointed out that the World Health Organization has so far confirmed only 38 of the deaths in Mexico as being swine flu. If we are very, very, very lucky, this is just a bad outbreak of flu that is spreading rapidly due to airline travel. 

But for now, keeping up with the worst-case scenario is the only chance of curtailing a pandemic if this is the real deal. Dr. Sanjay Gupta is in Mexico City to check out the hospital where most of the first cases were treated.


Erica Hill listed the spread of suspected cases in the US and what steps are being taken to contain it. (Although, please, officials, spare us the "stay home if you feel sick" mantra. This is America, we aren't allowed to stay home when we're sick!)


Tonight's panel isn't exactly of the pundit variety -- Sanjay, joined by Dr. Carlos Del Rio (Professor of Global Health), and Nathan Wolfe (Director, Global Viral Forecasting Initiative). They discuss the medical aspects of the situation. My question is, once a disease passes from animal to human, does it have to change enough that our bodies can fight it off better? I mean, isn't it astonishing that despite the massive increase in air travel, there has not already been an airborne-contagion that flattened us? Maybe we are sharing enough germs with one another that our resistance is building up? 


Nevertheless, for now everyone is nervous about traveling anywhere. The affected school in NYC had just had a bunch of students come back from Mexico, and Anderson talked to a 16-year-old who was very sick just two days ago but now looks very much on the road to recovery. I guess that Tamiflu works after all.


Thelma Gutierrez reports from the border crossing at San Ysidro, where they have a quarantine area but have not yet had to use it. (Okay, 'fess up -- how many of you are wondering when Lou Dobbs will start recommending that anyone who tries to jump the border now be shot on sight?)

Tom Foreman does a KTH segment on how we all promised last time there was a scare that we would be good little governments and stock up on Tamiflu and make sure medical research was better funded. Mmm-hmm.


Some quick non-flu items -- Randi Kaye with an update on the Craigslist Killer, who was apparently $130,000 in debt from student loans (although something tells me he won't have to "make do" with a court-appointed defense lawyer). He may also have targeted men, but only one so far has come forward.

A brief look at the Time 100 Most Influential by way of a snippet of Suzy Welch interviewing Suze Orman.

360 Bulletin: Wall St down, same-sex marriages officiated in Iowa; and a truly bone-headed blunder in the form of one of the planes used as Air Force One doing a low pass over Manhattan flanked by a couple of F-16s. It would seem to me that there are likely several Air Force personnel being demoted tonight! (Even assuming the three pilots were just following orders, who the heck gave those orders?!)

More questions regarding the flu, via iReport and blog, get answered, then The Shot (really the only clip-worthy moment tonight, I'm afraid):

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One full-length screengrab left over:


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Just a couple of bonus clips from last week -- Wednesday's 'Dispatch' from Peter Bergen (yes, with the Time promo at the beginning...):

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Friday's talk with Nic Robertson about the situation with the Taliban in Afghanistan:

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And the second part that also brought in Paul Cruikshank:

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That's it for me tonight -- sorry it's so brief, but I am in the midst of what is so nicely known as a dental weekend. (Hey, this is the weekend for me!) Which translates to a broken crown last night, an emergency procedure today to smooth off the bits that were cutting my tongue, and an extraction tomorrow. Oh, yippee! (They WILL give me good pain meds, though, right????)


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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sporty Anderson

Last week, Anderson was on Inside the NBA discussing the headlines of the day with Ernie Johnson Jr., Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith. (You really didn't expect him to be discussing basketball, did you?)

Thanks to the reader who let us know that the clip had been posted to the TNT site.



This week's puzzle comes from the AC360 blog photo of Anderson:



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*** BREAKING ATA NEWS ***

We're doing a bit of spring cleaning here at All Things Anderson: out with the old and in with the new. Life has put a few more demands on my time and as a result, I need to cut back on the number of posts I do each week. I've thoroughly enjoyed being a regular blogger here and I'll still be around (just not on a weekly basis), but someone new will be taking over the Sunday night post. Who, you may ask? Well, check back in on Tuesday for the announcement of our new blogger! As for me, you can still read my posts on Sunday (Highlights from State of the Union with John King) and Tuesday (Cable News Ratings) nights on All Things CNN.



And I will leave you tonight with a bonus puzzle... When I first saw this promo, it screamed out (look at me and) puzzle picture to me:



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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Beyond The Frontlines



"The fascinating, the unexpected and the under-reported"
- that's the kind of reporting I like to see on AC360. Last week's Secrets to a Long Life was a step in the right direction (even though it was a story they did already back in January 2007). I thought tonight I'd post some clips from another story AC360 did that I think fits the fascinating, unexpected and under-reported category. In September 2006, the show had a special called "Beyond the Frontlines" that featured journalism students from UC Berkeley.

Anderson introduced it by saying "Tonight you're going to see a side of the war on terror that we rarely see. Six young journalism students from the University of California-Berkeley spent part of the last year making documentaries about other young Americans serving in the military. They weren't looking at the front lines, however. They wanted to go beyond the battlefield, to find out what it's like to be young and sometimes scared and on very unfamiliar ground. The student journalists say making these documentaries not only opened their eyes, it changed them as well."

Here is a trio of clips from that show.

Hearts and Minds
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Break In Action
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Shipping Out
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Friday, April 24, 2009

Swine Flu.....How Do You Feel???


Hello everyone. After some computer issues I finally got my post together, but honestly this is the twitter version, as I have been working on this for almost 5 hours now.
Swine flu – 68 dead in Mexico, 8 confirmed cases in US. There is a possibility of 70 plus case in New York. Randi Kaye reports on the breaking news. This reminds me alot of SARS. It was an insane time in Toronto when that outbreak occurred. I had to travel to Europe during the time and when they found out people from Toronto were on the plane we had to visit the doctor at the airport and it was just crazy and then the following year going to China was no better.

LA Times Mexico bureau chief Tracy Wilkinson spoke to Anderson over the phone from Mexico about the latest details.


Sanjay Gupta spoke with Anderson about the medical aspect of swine flu.

More prisoner Abuse – Ed Henry reports on military memo dated July 2002 has military member saying torture of prisoners no less the 13 times and the White House decision to release the memo and photos.


Taliban’s Reach – Nic Robertson reports General Patraeus warning of Pakistan’s existence
Anderson spoke with Nic Roberston (from Pakistan) and Paul Cruickshank (in studio) about the taliban.


Craiglist killer – suspect is on suicide watch. Randi Kaye reports on the latest details.

David Mattingly reported on another case of a child committing suicide due to bullying. What is going on with our world this is horrible.

The shot – Obama candid photos Callie Shell recalls photo moments she has captured over the last almost 100 days of the Obama presidency. I can’t believe it has almost been 100 days because I cant believe it has already been that long since I was in Belfast that day. I clipped the shot for anyone who may have missed it.

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That is it for me this week – Until next Friday ~ Sapphire

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Showing Passion


It's always a good AC360 for me when James Carville is a guest. Such was the case on Thursday night. He and Bill Bennett took a closer look at the fall out from the torture memo release.
Tom Foreman did the lead-in explaining that Condie Rice and John Ashcroft signed off on the 'enhanced interrogation methods' after determining that they were legal. As far as Republican pundits go Bill Bennett is one of the best. I thought he made a few good points on Thursday's program that bear repeating. First about President Obama being pressured into flipping on pursuing litigation for some of the Bush team on the torture issue. I believe that Obama had no intention of going down that road originally. I also believe, as Bennett said, that Nancy Peloisi and other Dems will be dragged into this and deservedly so. Interrogations like these don't just happen without high ranking officials being briefed and having knowledge.
James Carville strongly disagreed with the decision to use these 'enhanced interrogation methods' and said that there is little evidence to show that they prevented further attacks on the US. He added that we are a nation of laws and torture is against the law. In the end it will probably come down to the semantics of what is and isn't torture.
Anderson added at the end of the discussion that the Department of Defense will release photos of the torture because of a freedom of information lawsuit filed by the ACLU. One question here...why the hell would they take pictures? It's a train wreck in the making and now it will be fully illustrated.In AC's introduction of Carville and Bennett he said 'we don't take sides on this program'. I love that most of the time, but occasionally it can be very frustrating. I would love to hear AC participate in the torture debate as vigorously as Shepard Smith did over on Fox. Here's a brief clip of his outrage at the Bush administration (and for Fox News any criticism of the former administration is a breath of fresh air).





Ivan Watson reported from Pakistan on the advancements of the Taliban. He also reported that the peace agreement signed with the militants gives them control of the Swat Valley. It seems that Pakistan cannot defeat the Taliban in that region so they conceded it in hopes that it would halt the progression of the militants. Once a foothold was established, Watson reported, more and more demands are made by the Taliban. Anderson had a fascinating follow up discussion with Fareed Zakaria on the Pakistani topic. Zakaria said it's as simple as Pakistan doesn't want to fight the war against the Taliban. It's a much more complicated war than the one they have been waging against India. And the secondary reason is if they fight it they could lose, and that would be humiliating to the leadership of the country. So Pakistan has been trying their best not to deal with this, but to negotiate their way out of it by signing peace deals. David Mattingly reported on yet another young boy who took his life because of bullying. Again the victim was taunted and labeled gay by classmates. And again his mother complained many times to school officials.

I particularly appreciated Barbara Coloroso's definition of bullying in the follow up discussion. She said bullying is 'a conscience attempt to harm somebody and get pleasure from their pain'.Randi Kay caught us up on the Craig's List murderer and Michelle Obama's meeting with children of White House staffers. Nice to see that Erica wasn't delegated to the First Family news for a change. Erica did the 360 Bulletin and mentioned that Jay Leno is in the hospital and canceled The Tonight Show for Thursday and Friday. AC was scheduled to be a guest on the cancelled Friday program, which he mentioned along with wishing Jay well.
Erica also continued the Secrets to a Long Life series and the topic was Ikarian honey. Yum!
The Shot was of a rapping Southwest flight attendant and for some strange reason Charles Barkley was on hand to discuss. It was all in an effort to pimp TNT's basketball coverage, but it just seemed so odd. I can't let the program pass without a mention of my favorite tie. Thank you Anderson Cooper for one of the few bright spots in a very long week. Finally the weekend is here and I'm more than ready. Hope you have a good one and I'll see you back here on Tuesday. ~Phebe



We would like to send best wishes to our wonderful researcher, and soon to be ATC blog member, Julie who is getting married this weekend. We hope she has a wonderful day and a fabulous honeymoon.



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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Is It Almost Friday?

I'm going to skip more than a few segments of Wednesday's AC360 that just seemed a bit too Nancy Grace-ish to me. New salacious details in the Craig's List murder, dredging up the Scott Peterson case, Sarah Palin's almost SIL talking to Larry King and rehashing Melissa Huckaby's stability did not capture my attention for one minute.What did catch my attention was the inclusion of some International news as Hillary Clinton spoke before a Congressional committee about the Taliban's immediate threat to Pakistan. Any Taliban incursion into a country is serious, but into a country with nuclear capabilities ...that should get the world's attention. To have Taliban leaders issuing edicts in Pakistan and having a handful of clerics backing them is really scary stuff. The Pakistani government making concessions to appease the Taliban adds strength to their organization and weakens an already crippled government. Peter Bergen did make me feel a little better by saying that he doesn't feel the situation is as dire as some are reporting. But Bergen also said the Pakistani government doesn't really have a strategy to deal with this latest Taliban threat, which makes it doubly hard for us to formulate an effective strategy in the situation. And that it will probably get worse before it gets better.The other most interesting story of the night was the controversy in the Miss USA contest this past weekend. I admire Ms. California for stating her opinion on same sex marriage, even though I don't agree with it. She must have know what a polarizing issue it was and could have skirted the issue with a 'I just want world peace' type of answer. Instead she stuck to her convictions and it probably cost her the contest.
Roland Martin and Michelangelo Signorile discussed the issue with AC. Signorile felt Ms. California lost because she was inarticulate in speaking of 'opposite marriage' (what is that?) and that people have a choice (not in most States they don't). Roland's opinion was that her answer wasn't that different from other much admired Americans, IE POTUS and HRC, so how could it have cost her the contest. I think Roland was wrong because of an interview that Perez Hilton (he was the judge that asked the question) gave earlier on Wednesday. Hilton put the blame for her loss on her stance against same sex marriage, saying it did not sit well with several of the judges.After watching yet another mention of Susan Boyle on 360 I got to wondering if it's some sick and twisted joke the staff has as to how many nights they can mention her name, post her picture and make her the subject of 'The Shot'. Maybe they are taking bets and working overtime on how to keep her relevant? If it wasn't so boring it would almost be amusing.

My DH sent me this clip a few weeks ago that I think would have made a much more interesting, entertaining and enjoyable Shot. It's entitled 'Why Dad's Buy a WII'. I swear I could watch babies laughing all day long. Enjoy!

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It's Webcam Wednesday. I had some technical difficulties with the clips so there is only one to post tonight. Thanks to Sherry for recording and uploading.
Erica gives a shout out to crew members Kevin and Tony and then talks about the pirates. This was recorded on April 8th (So sue me....I'm a bit behind.)
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Happy St. George Day to our reader's who celebrate the occasion. ~Phebe


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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Monday's News Revisited

Is it really Tuesday night already? My life is a blur lately and promises to get worse before it will get better. I do have a vacation coming up next week but I shouldn't get ahead of myself.

Tuesday's AC360 opened with more news of the Craig's List murderer. Randi Kaye led off the program with today's new developments, interviews with neighbors and classmates, yada, yada, yada. I guess the draw of this story is Markoff seemed the All America boy and Craig's List is something most of us use often, although I've limited my use to furniture not erotic services.
Erica Hill did a follow up report on other Craig's List murders in Minnesota and NYC. There were also details of investigations into crime associated with Craig's List and changes that may be in the works for the online want ad site.

The next big news of the night was more controversy on the torture memos and debate on whether they should have been released. Ed Henry reported on the latest developments concerning whether any CIA agents would be prosecuted or investigated by a commission.Digging Deeper into the subject were Paul Begala and Ari Fleischer. Things pretty much went down party lines with Paul saying the POTUS was just obeying the law in releasing the information and Ali saying that it opens a Pandora's Box for future POTUS.Tom Foreman brought us an update on fraud with TARP funds. Didn't we all see that one coming? Tim Geithner seems to be the whipping boy on this one, no surprise there either. I'm so tired of greedy people and the crisis they've caused that doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon.Another story of a greedy person, this time a father who allegedly tried to sell his daughter to the highest bidder. Slum Dog Millionaire actress Rabina Ali is at the center of this sad story, one that even by Hollywood standards seems unbelievable.What would poses John Zarella to take a course on how to capture and kill snakes? Pythons are becoming a major problem in southern Florida and game wardens are being encouraged to try to limit their numbers. Zarella met his match when a 12 foot python began to coil around his upper body. As a follow up the 360 crew had an in studio surprise for AC.

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There was a second installment in the long life series with Erica Hill. I love this series and hope they will continue to do more in this vein. I'm like AC in that I haven't taken the longevity survey yet (on the 360 blog), but unlike AC I didn't work out twice today....not even once.

If you have a quiet weekend planned you now have something to look forward to. CNN is re-airing Planet in Peril: Battle Lines on Saturday and Sunday at 11 PM.Let me know what you think of the programming note for next Wednesday night. I'm curious to see if your reaction was similar to mine.
On Wednesday April 29th Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, John King and Soledad O’Brien will lead a major event from 8 p.m. to midnight marking President Barack Obama’s 100th day in office. The CNN National Report Card: First 100 Days will gauge the viewing public’s opinion on how President Obama and other elected officials have handled their first 100 days in office, as well as how the country is progressing on significant issues.
Additionally senior political analysts Gloria Borger and David Gergen, along with contributor Roland Martin, will present their own report cards on television and on CNN.com. During the programming, O’Brien and senior political analyst Bill Schneider will check-in from CNN’s polling center with separate, nationwide public opinion polls. Senior political correspondent Candy Crowley will take a look at President Obama’s promises made and promises delivered. Other correspondents, including senior White House correspondent Ed Henry, White House correspondents Dan Lothian and Suzanne Malveaux, senior congressional correspondent Dana Bash and national political correspondent Jessica Yellin, will report during the special programming about various aspects of the president’s first 100 days.


It seemed much of the program tonight was a rehash of yesterday's news, or did you see it differently? ~Phebe


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