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May 29th, 2009
09:43 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 05/29/09

Tonight on 360°, President Obama defending his pick for the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Sonia Sotomayor is coming under fire for a comment she made back in 2001 that a Latina judge would often reach a better decision than a white male judge. The 32 words she shared back then could play a crucial role in her Senate confirmation hearing. We'll have the raw politics.

Want to know what else we're covering tonight? Read EVENING BUZZ

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

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1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
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And take a look at our live web camera from the 360° studio. Watch the WEBCAM

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Here's how you can be a part of tonight's program. Just scroll down and share your thoughts on tonight's stories.

Want to know what we're covering tonight? LINK TO EVENING BUZZ

If you want to take part in our Live Blog (and we hope you do) please try to follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (we don't like screaming)
3) Use your real name

Don't miss Erica Hill's webcast during the commercials. LINK TO WEBCAST

And take a look at our live web camera from the 360° studio. LINK TO THE BLOG CAMERA


Filed under: Live Blog • T1
May 29th, 2009
09:31 PM ET

Video: Madeleine Albright on Pakistan

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright talks to AC360's Erica Hill about increasing violence in Pakistan.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Erica Hill • Pakistan
May 29th, 2009
08:38 PM ET

Watching a strange nation – from above

Editor's Note: For more on the global impact of North Korea's nuclear tests and a discussion with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, tune in to Fareed Zakaria GPS this Sunday at 1pm and 5pm ET.

Thomas E Goldstone
Senior producer, “Fareed Zakaria GPS”

An elaborate waterslide that drops thrill-seekers in a 50-meter pool. A massive stadium built at great cost but rarely used. And a field that looks like a mass burial ground.

What is this? Some sort of twisted mis-managed amusement park?

No, welcome to Kim Jong Il’s North Korea.

The waterslide, stadium and burial ground were all located by a group of about a dozen sleuths – some amateur, some former military – brought together by grad student Curtis Melvin and his website www.nkeconwatch.com.

Melvin and his team pore over satellite images of North Korea on Google Earth, looking for landmarks that might aid in our understanding of the bizarre nation. One of their methods is to scour photosharing sites for pictures taken by the few tourists, aid workers, and governmental officials allowed in to North Korea every year. If, for instance, somebody posted a group photo in front of a monument, Melvin’s group will look for a distinguishing characteristic in that monument and then try to locate it from the air – or, in this case, from its armchairs in front of Google Earth.

Keep Reading... FULL POST


Filed under: 360° Radar • North Korea
May 29th, 2009
08:03 PM ET

In her own words: Sotomayor's 2001 'Raising the Bar' address

Editor's Note: Federal Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor, nominated by President Obama on May 26, 2009, to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, delivered this talk on Oct. 26, 2001, as the Judge Mario G. Olmos Memorial Lecture. She spoke at a UC Berkeley School of Law symposium titled "Raising the Bar: Latino and Latina Presence in the Judiciary and the Struggle for Representation." The symposium was co-hosted by the La Raza Law Journal, the Berkeley La Raza Law Students Association, the Boalt Hall Center for Social Justice, and the Center for Latino Policy Research. The text below is from the archives of the La Raza Law Journal.

Judge Sotomayor grew up in a South Bronx housing project and graduated from Princeton University and Yale Law School. She was a former prosecutor in the office of the District Attorney in Manhattan and an associate and then partner in the New York law firm of Pavia & Harcourt. She was also a member of the Puerto Rico Legal Defense and Education Fund. Nominated to the Second Circuit in 1997, she became the first Latina nominated to sit on a federal appellate court.

Judge Sonia Sotomayor's 2001 address to the 'Raising the Bar' symposium at the UC Berkeley School of Law

Judge Reynoso, thank you for that lovely introduction. I am humbled to be speaking behind a man who has contributed so much to the Hispanic community. I am also grateful to have such kind words said about me.

I am delighted to be here. It is nice to escape my hometown for just a little bit. It is also nice to say hello to old friends who are in the audience, to rekindle contact with old acquaintances and to make new friends among those of you in the audience. It is particularly heart warming to me to be attending a conference to which I was invited by a Latina law school friend, Rachel Moran, who is now an accomplished and widely respected legal scholar. I warn Latinos in this room: Latinas are making a lot of progress in the old-boy network.

I am also deeply honored to have been asked to deliver the annual Judge Mario G. Olmos lecture. I am joining a remarkable group of prior speakers who have given this lecture. I hope what I speak about today continues to promote the legacy of that man whose commitment to public service and abiding dedication to promoting equality and justice for all people inspired this memorial lecture and the conference that will follow. I thank Judge Olmos' widow Mary Louise's family, her son and the judge's many friends for hosting me. And for the privilege you have bestowed on me in honoring the memory of a very special person. If I and the many people of this conference can accomplish a fraction of what Judge Olmos did in his short but extraordinary life we and our respective communities will be infinitely better.

FULL POST


Filed under: 360° Radar • Sonia Sotomayor • Supreme Court
May 29th, 2009
07:45 PM ET

Prince Harry on official visit to New York

CNN

Prince Harry, the younger son of Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana, offered his condolences to September 11 victims Friday in his first official trip overseas.

Harry's two-day visit to New York, surrounded by public officials and community activists, could reflect a change in a public image that has been marred by several incidents, including a one-day stint in drug rehab in 2002 and accusations of racism in January.

At the outset of his visit, Harry stopped at ground zero with New York Gov. David Paterson and briefly talked with family members of September 11 victims. The prince then laid a wreath at the World Trade Center site and bowed his head in a moment of silence.

He left a handwritten note tacked to the wreath, citing an "admiration of the courage shown by the people" of New York on September 11, 2001.

Read more...


Filed under: 360° Radar • Prince Harry
May 29th, 2009
07:31 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Hidden Underworld Revealed

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Happy Friday night! Tonight on AC360°, we take you inside a once secret world located under a L.A. freeway. To some it's called the Cave. While in the L.A. Times, a sheriff's deputy describes it as "hidden city" and added he's seen nothing like it in his nearly 30 years on the job. What caught our attention is that about 30 people were living here. 30 people in a space that's only about the size of two high school gyms combined.

We're also following the American on trial in Italy accused of killing her roommate in a drug-fueled orgy. Is she getting a fail trial? Don't miss the 360° exclusive interview with her father.

And, we'll introduce you to a remarkable couple that's been married 81 years. Frank Milford, 101, and wife Anita, 100, tied the knot on May 26, 1928, after meeting at a YMCA dance. In February, they'll become the longest married couple in Britain. What's their secret to marital bliss?  It's tonight's shot.

Grab your Friday night snack and get comfy on the couch. AC360° is coming your way at 10pm ET. See you then!


Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
May 29th, 2009
06:01 PM ET

Inside the Bush and Clinton private event

AC360°

Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are in Toronto for a private audience at the Metro Convention Centre.

The former presidents, both 62, will spent 90 minutes discussing global and domestic challenges facing Canada and the U-S.

The event was private but we followed their conversation through Twitter updates. Take a look at some of the commentary:

@CBCNewsDesk: #Bush and #Clinton went for laughs in opening remarks, getting serious now with Afghanistan, Cuba, Darfur and Rwanda – KR #bcpto

@CBCNewsDesk: #Clinton defends #Bush on Darfur and "agonizing process" of building intl consensus, compares it to Bosnia – AD #bcpto

@CBCNewsDesk: On same sex: Bush doesn't agree with repeal of defence of marriage act, agreed with #Clinton's don't ask don't tell – AD #bcpto

See more Twitter updates at #bcpto

May 29th, 2009
04:47 PM ET

Beat 360° 5/29/09

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture – and you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

US Middle East envoy George Mitchell (R) stands alongside US Vice President Joe Biden, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and National Security Advisor James Jones (L), as US President Barack Obama speaks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during meetings in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, May 28, 2009.

Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions! Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

UPDATE: Check out our Beat 360° Winners!

__________________________________________________________________________________ Beat 360° Challenge


Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
May 29th, 2009
04:23 PM ET

Unanswered questions in the Amanda Knox case

Both Raffaele Sollecito (left) and Amanda Knox deny charges of murder and sexual assault.

Both Raffaele Sollecito (left) and Amanda Knox deny charges of murder and sexual assault.

Amanda Knox, 21, is an American college student from Seattle, Washington, who is on trial for murder in Perugia, Italy. The case has given Knox almost pop star status there.

Knox and former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, 24, are charged with murdering and sexually assaulting one of Knox's roommates, British exchange student Meredith Kercher, on November 1, 2007. They have pleaded not guilty.

There are many unanswered questions to this case.

Take a look at this coverage and find out the  six key questions that must be answered

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