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Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of Sen. Robert F. Kenney’s murder. In a split second, our nation was shattered again. Yet another killing shocked millions, just months after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Rosey Grier is former bodyguard to Robert F. Kennedy and a former professional football player. He wrested the gunman, Sirhan Sirhan, to the ground after the deadly shots were fired.
40 years later, he’s sharing with CNN what happened the night Kennedy was gunned down in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
He tells us, “I came around a refrigerator area and I saw this man was with a gun in his hand, and people were trying to get a hold of him so I went for his leg and pulled him up on this table, and George Plimpton (Kennedy friend/ writer) had the gun in hand and I locked his legs and George Plimpton couldn’t get the gun out of Sirhan’s hand and other people were around his upper body and some of them, as the other people started to catch up, they went after Sirhan and so I put my hand over George Plimpton's hand and I wrenched the gun out of Sirhan’s hand and put it in my pocket - and now I'm looking around and I knew people were down on the floor and I realized that one of them was Bobby.”
We're just hours away from Sen. Hillary Clinton's concession. Tomorrow we expect that she's going to endorse Sen. Barack Obama but how did we get here? We're going to have analysis of Sen. Clinton's campaign from the Best Political Team on Television and the latest information on last night's meeting between Clinton and Obama.
Also tonight we're taking an in-depth look at the new science of politics or "Your Brain on Politics." As much as we may like to think we choose presidential candidates based on reason and facts - new research suggests that our gut actually calls most of the shots. Randi Kaye has that story.
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The Ethics Guy, BusinessWeek
Eleven years ago, Apple Inc. began using the phrase "Think different" in its advertising campaign, and the phrase quickly became as iconic as "Where’s the beef?," "Got milk?," and other catchy slogans.
On June 9, the company will unveil iPhone 2.0, and everyone who hopes to be cool will want one. What could be wrong with that?
A lot, as it turns out.
Our society has devolved into a mass of turned-on, tuned-out, and plugged-in technophiles. Whatever distinction used to exist between public and private life is all but gone. Waiting on line at the grocery store or post office used to mean striking up a conversation with the person in front of you; it now involves blurting the intimate details of one’s love life into a cell phone for all to hear, or scrolling through a playlist for just the right song, or checking our e-mail.
There are three costs associated with this self-absorbed behavior...
Marie C. Wilson
Founder and president, White House Project
Respect is a powerful word for women, probably because it's something most of us get far too little of. In a nutshell, that's why Sen. Clinton's fighting stance these past few months has touched a gender chord that has resonated with women everywhere.
Across demographics, women clearly want to see someone fight for their right to be respected. And you didn't have to listen hard to hear Clinton demanding just that for her supporters Tuesday night.
Respect: Forty years after Aretha Franklin scored a hit by demanding it, women are still searching for it, and the undermining role sexism played in this campaign has left many feeling its lack in Clinton's race to the top.
A just-released Pew Research Center poll found that nearly 40 percent of Clinton's female supporters believe that her gender hurt her candidacy.
Founder, Third Wave Foundation
Let's all breathe a collective sigh of relief, shall we? Now that we've got our nominee, Hillary can get some rest, Obama can read his daughters a bedtime story, and the rest of us can relax knowing our relative peace won't be shattered by another primary-related explosion.
Goodbye Reverend Wright and Bosnia tarmac snipers. Goodbye bitter working-class voters and hard-working white people. See you in November John King and the magic CNN map.
But what now?
Obama has gracefully accepted the victory banner, and a lot of Hillary supporters, especially women, are walking off the field as if they've lost a war. I understand their frustration, but the truth is they didn't lose, not by a long shot...
Jill Dougherty BIO
U.S. Affairs Editor
After a three-week visit to the United States, a United Nations expert on racism says the candidacy of Barack Obama indicates that “something is going on in the deeper layers of U.S. society.”
Doudou Diène, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, tells CNN he believes that that “every American…has been internally confronted with the issue of racism and has been working it out.” He calls that a “very deeply internal process” that may not have been widely perceived but is now being felt with the candidacy of Barack Obama.
“In a society which has a very strong historical legacy of racism,” Diène says, “the fact that an African-American has reached that level of candidature and success mean something – and I have to assess this in my report – something profound has been going on in the U.S. society, in the mindset.“
CNN Senior Photojournalist
Today I got to come up close to something not many people have seen before, at least in the wild that is. I’m in Rwanda with the PIP team in a town call Ruhengeri. Its 6am, misty, cold, and pouring with rain, but I’m excited for today’s shoot. We’re here for Planet in Peril: Battle Lines and we are here to come face to face with Mountain Gorillas.
Filming wildlife is something new to me. Working with Anderson/CNN I have gotten close to guerrillas of a different kind but this is going to be a welcome experience.
During last night’s broadcast we were covering two breaking stories, and I was scanning the wires and web for any new information. That’s when I came across the traffic surveillance video showing a 78-year-old man being mowed down by a hit-and-run driver and then basically ignored as he lay motionless in the middle of a busy street while at least 10 cars drove by and a crowd of people gathered – at a distance. The first reports said that not one person called 911. The police chief in Hartford, Connecticut corrected those reports, saying four people had called 911 within a minute of the accident and EMS arrived shortly after.
I was relieved to hear that, but I’m still left wondering why no one in that crowd bothered to stop traffic while the man lay bleeding and cars swerved around him on the busy street. What’s more, the video shows some people not stopping at all as they walked down the sidewalk and glanced at the scene. Not one person approached the man to see if he had a pulse or needed CPR. No one even held his hand or offered a kind word.
Today the man, Angel Arce Torres, is reportedly fighting for his life – and like so many others, I’m obsessing about the obvious: Why did no one step in to help an elderly man so clearly and urgently in need – even if only to offer comfort?
CNN Congressional Producer
She just spoke to a few reporters in the Capitol, off-camera:
• The meeting took place at 9pm and lasted about an hour.
• It took place in the living room on her home which is near American University in NW Washington.
• Hillary called Feinstein yesterday late afternoon to see if they could use her house.
• “I received them. Put them in the living room in two comfortable chairs facing one another and left,” said Feinstein who endorsed Clinton.
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