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July 15th, 2008
03:15 PM ET

AC360° Emmy Nominations

Wanted to share some news with you. The News and Documentary Emmy Nominations were announced today and Anderson Cooper 360° has been nominated for two reports. We share the original pieces below, with a note from ac360° nominees Gary Tuchman and Randi Kaye:

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EMMY NOMINATION:
OUTSTANDING FEATURE STORY IN A REGULARLY SCHEDULED NEWSCAST
CNN's Anderson Cooper 360°

Report: Unapproved Drugs
AC360° Correspondent: Gary Tuchman

The FDA approves all the prescription drugs sold in your pharmacy. Right? Wrong. Many drugs that haven't been approved by the government have been available for sale for years. And some of them have killed the people who have taken them. Why is this allowed? Our report investigates:

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EMMY NOMINATION
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OUTSTANDING INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM IN A REGULARLY SCHEDULED NEWSCAST
CNN's Anderson Cooper 360°

Report: Chicago Police Brutality
AC360° Correspondent: Randi Kaye

Bar fights, allegations of abuse, arrests for stolen merchandise. These are not your everyday criminals, these allegations are against Chicago cops and very little discipline is ever handed down. We investigated why little is done to cops despite getting up to 50 allegations of misconduct. Watch our report here:


Filed under: 360° Radar • Gary Tuchman • Randi Kaye
July 15th, 2008
03:03 PM ET

Could McCain’s lack of computer skills land him a regular job?

Roland S. Martin
CNN Political Analyst
AC360° Contributor
www.rolandsmartin.com

The 71-year-old senior senator from Arizona says he really doesn’t have a need to use a computer or a Blackberry, relying on staffers instead.

Now explain to me how we spent so much time in the primary discussing Sen. Barack Obama and his inability to bowl, and Sen. Hillary Clinton throwing down shots of whiskey, all in an effort to show they are like the rest of us, but John McCain can’t even send an email?

Think about this for a second: If McCain tried to apply for an office job today, he would be summarily rejected for having no computer skills. Imagine the conversation:

“Mr. McCain, the job we have for you requires the ability to type fast, research information on various search engines, and correspond with employees in other parts of the world via email. Can you handle these tasks?”

“Uh, no. I’ve never used a computer, just learned what Google is, and haven’t even used a Blackberry.”
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Filed under: John McCain • Raw Politics • Roland S. Martin
July 15th, 2008
02:24 PM ET

Beat 360° 07/15/08

Hey there 360° bloggers! It’s time for ‘Beat 360°!’

Everyday we post a picture – and you provide the caption. Our staff will get in on the action too.

Tune in every night at 10p ET to see if you are our favorite! Can you Beat 360°?

Here is the ‘Beat 360°’ pic of the day: We were keeping our eyes open over the weekend...

Today’s photo? Sexpert Dr. Ruth attends Broadway Barks 10 held at Shubert Alley on Sunday in New York City

Beat 360°

Have fun with it.

Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.
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Beat 360° Challenge

But wait!... There's more!

When you win ‘Beat 360°’ not only do you get on-air prime-time name recognition (complete with bragging rights over all your friends, family, and jealous competitors), but you get a “I Won the Beat 360° Challenge” T-shirt!

Read more here....

Good luck to all!

UPDATE: Check out our Beat 360° Winners


Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
July 15th, 2008
02:18 PM ET

A jog to nowhere, and a body

Gabe Falcon
AC360° Writer

Brad Cooper said his wife, Nancy, went for a morning jog on Saturday.

It was the last time anyone saw the 34-year-old woman alive. She seemingly vanished without a clue near her home in North Carolina.

Today, volunteers will continue to search for Cooper. But they are mindful of disturbing news coming from the police.

A man walking his dog yesterday found the body of a woman close to the area where Cooper is believed to have disappeared.

Authorities are awaiting autopsy results to determine a cause of death - and whether the body is Nancy Cooper's.

A blog that focuses on finding Cooper is now paying tribute to her; the present term giving way to the past.

One posting asks readers to celebrate Nancy and to “start thinking of those quintessential Nancy stories that make her what she is.”

Investigators and the family still hope Nancy Cooper is alive, and that they will see her again. Very soon, we might know for sure.


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
July 15th, 2008
11:45 AM ET

Post-cyclone life in Myanmar

Betty Nguyen brings us to Myanmar two months after cyclone Nargis hit. With the help of some locals, she was able to document the devastation and despair still evident. Watch her special report.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Betty Nguyen • Myanmar • Severe Weather
July 15th, 2008
10:25 AM ET

The New Yorker blew an opportunity to expose the real haters

Roland S. Martin
CNN Political Analyst
AC360° Contributor
www.rolandsmartin.com

I'm supposed to be on a plane to Accra, Ghana right now, but my flight out of Houston was cancelled, so we're going to have to leave out of JFK tomorrow.

As a result, I've had a chance to read a ton of emails regarding a protest of the New Yorker Magazine because of their cover depicting Michelle Obama with an Afro and a gun slung over her shoulder, and Sen. Barack Obama dressed as a Muslim.

I was sent a copy of the New Yorker's cover of Michelle and Barack Obama in an email, as well as a headline discussing the issue of fear. Then the editor of the New Yorker said the following to CNN: "The idea is to attack lies and misconceptions and distortions about the Obamas and their background and their politics. We've heard all of this nonsense about how they're supposedly insufficiently patriotic or soft on terrorism," said David Remnick, the magazine's longtime editor.

Except for one thing: Remnick is lying.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Roland S. Martin • T1
July 15th, 2008
09:48 AM ET

Face to face with murder, torture and mortgage fraud

Emmanuel ''Toto'' Constant in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 1994

Emmanuel ''Toto'' Constant in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 1994

Susan Chun
AC360° producer

When we entered the maximum security prison in upstate New York, we were ordered to take off our jackets, empty our pockets, and stow our belongings in a locker before entering the facility.  We were not allowed to bring anything with us, not even a pen and paper.  The guards told us it was for our own safety, because many inmates at the Coxsackie Correctional Facility were dangerous criminals, convicted murderers.

The inmate we were meeting, however, was awaiting trial, not for murder or rape or assault, but for mortgage fraud.  Why would a man on trial for mortgage fraud be held in a maximum security prison?  Because this inmate is Emmanuel "Toto" Constant, former leader in Haiti, and many say, a power hungry dictator responsible for the rape, torture and murder of thousands of Haitians.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment
July 15th, 2008
08:30 AM ET

Buying and selling celebrity baby photos

Bruce Weinstein
AC360º contributor and The Ethics Guy, BusinessWeek

Angelina and Brad are the latest in a long line of celebrities clamoring to sell photos of their babies to the highest bidder.  Apparently, this is perfectly legal to do.

But it’s still wrong.   Here’s why.

First, the fact that we have a legal right to do something doesn’t mean that it’s right to do it.  For example, you wouldn’t be breaking the law if you routinely broke lunch dates with friends when something better came along, but it’s wrong to do such a thing.  Ethics holds us to a higher standard than the law does; it calls upon us to “live our best lives.”

Second, a parent’s most important responsibility is to be concerned primarily with protecting the interests of his or her child. It is a severe violation of this responsibility to sell photos of one’s child to the highest bidder.

“But what if that money goes to charity?,” FULL POST


Filed under: 360° Radar • Bruce Weinstein • Ethics
July 15th, 2008
08:00 AM ET

Caught on tape: White House access for cash?

Ed Henry
CNN White House Correspondent

Sex is not involved so let's call it Money, Lies and Videotape.

It's a shocking tape that comes from a sting operation by the Times of London newspaper. It shows a Texas lobbyist and Bush fundraiser, Stephen Payne, trying to wrangle a big donation for the George W. Bush Presidential Library from a man whom he thought was representing the exiled former president of a Central Asian country who wanted some White House access.

"A couple hundred thousand (dollars)," says Payne. "I think that would probably get the attention of people."

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July 15th, 2008
07:30 AM ET

Satire hits slander on all sides

Eric Bloom
AC360° Producer

The cover of The New Yorker satirizing Senator Barack Obama and his wife Michelle as anti-American, bin Laden-loving, Islamic terrorists has created a political firestorm – but you have to wonder if all the fire has been aimed in the right direction. The magazine’s editor and a writer blanketed cable news today defending the cartoon, explaining that they intended to demonstrate just how outrageous these slanders are against Obama.

And some believe the cartoon will only help spread the notions caricatured on the cover and provide right wing blogs and conservative commentators with more ammunition. This might be true, but let’s remember the right hasn’t been alone in feeding the Muslim myth. During the primary campaign the Clinton camp pushed the Muslim angle, too:
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Filed under: Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Raw Politics
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