KEEPING THEM HONEST, WOMEN IN COMBAT: Report by Anderson Cooper
WOMEN ON THE FRONT LINES, Defense Dept. removes gender restrictions on combat duty: Anderson's follow up discussion with Lt. Col. Allen West, U.S. Army (Ret.), (R) Former Florida Congressman & Gen. Rick Heller (Ret.), Frmr. Chief of Defense, Canadian Forces and Author, "A Soldier First"
THIS TIME IT'S PERSONAL, Gun control hits home for one lawmaker: Report by Dana Bash and follow up discussion with Anderson
THE MASS MURDER THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN, How alleged teen shooter stopped short of a mass killing rampage: Report by Kyung Lah
BABY BORN WITH HEART OUTSIDE OF BODY, After surgery organ is safely back in her chest: Report by Anderson Cooper and follow up discussion with Dr. Sanjay Gupta
MANTI TE'O, "WHAT I WENT THROUGH WAS REAL", Notre Dame football star speaks out in first on camera interview: Report by Anderson Cooper
MANTI TE'O SPEAKS OUT ABOUT HOAX, "I felt overwhelmed a lot by this whole circus": Anderson's follow up, first with Jeremy Schaap of ESPN and then with Timothy Burke of Deadspin.com who broke the story
360 NEWS & BUSINESS BULLETIN: Isha Sesay
THE RIDICULIST: FIVE-DOLLAR FOOT WRONG?
BLOGGER'S COMMENTARY: I found the first clip interesting for two reasons; I had no idea that Dianne Feinstein was the person who found Harvey Milk's body when he was assassinated, and I want to agree with Joe Biden, that when people speak up Washington listens. I've heard Anderson and reporters and pundits say the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) wouldn't pass and that DADT wouldn't get repealed and both happened. I know that a lot of "grassroots" effort was made in calling congressmen and senators to urge passage despite it not being the popular thing to do. I want to hope that the same can happen with an assault weapons ban (which then Pres. G.W. Bush let expire) and the multi-clip ban. On Inauguration Day, President Obama called "We The People" to action and I feel it's our duty to make our voices heard. One can hope, can't they?
I know the "T'EO" story hasn't been popular with some readers, but I found the Couric interview fascinating and the discussion with both the ESPN reporter who had the off-camera interview with TE'O last week and the reporter that broke the story interesting. Both were careful not to say exactly what they believed. We are all left to form our own opinions, of course, but I know a little bit about Notre Dame athletics and they are not the squeaky clean athletic department/institution they like to portray. There have been a few incidents rather recently that have earned them the name "Notre Shame" by some. So while I have my opinions about TE'O, if more shoes do drop as the reporter claimed was possible, I wouldn't be surprised to find out that Notre Dame was involved in perpetuating the hoax. I think it will be fascinating to see how this does affect TE'O's draft pic/NFL career. Teams have to be weighing his talent against either how naive he is or how much he lies - at least it would be a consideration were I a scout/team president. There's talent, but there are also PR considerations which tend to be a distraction for all involved. ~ Wonz.
A couple more photos of Anderson in D.C. reporting on the Presidential Inauguration for CNN. The first was taken by Billie Weiss and posted on his website. The second was posted on Flickr. ~