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October 8th, 2009
05:02 PM ET

Republicans don't really want to work with Obama

Only forty-six percent of registered voters say they would vote for a Democrat for Congress tomorrow

Only forty-six percent of registered voters say they would vote for a Democrat for Congress tomorrow

Gloria Borger
CNN Senior Political Analyst

In my next life, I'd like to be an opposition party leader. What fun to go to work every day knowing you will always be right, largely because your ideas will remain untested.

So you propose theories to your heart's content, with vague plans and proposals guaranteed to make any voter smile. If we were in charge, you sing, the people would have tax cuts! More money in their pockets! And no deficits! But more jobs!

And, oh, what about the great pleasure of taking on the poor guy who won? On any particular day, the president is either a socialist (health care), a captive of environmental greenies (climate change) or a dithering commander in chief who disagrees with his generals and can't make up his mind (Afghanistan). Name-calling. Can't beat that for a job.

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Filed under: Gloria Borger • Raw Politics • Republicans
October 8th, 2009
04:13 PM ET

GOP, citing ethics, calls for key House chairman to step down

Congressional Republicans intensified their calls Wednesday for Chairman Charlie Rangel of New York to resign his post.

Congressional Republicans intensified their calls Wednesday for Chairman Charlie Rangel of New York to resign his post.

Lisa Desjardin
CNN Radio

Congressional Republicans intensified their calls Wednesday for powerful House Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel of New York to resign his post heading the committee, at least temporarily.

Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, introduced a motion that would have forced Rangel to step down during an ongoing ethics investigation into his finances and activities.

House Democrats responded by voting to shut off debate and instead send the resolution to the House Ethics Committee, where the matter has sat for a year. The move to effectively kill the resolution by sending it to the committee passed on a mostly party-line 246-153 vote.

The vote has no significant effect but shows Republicans are turning up the heat on Rangel and hoping to score political points by highlighting the ethics probe.

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Filed under: Ethics • Republicans
October 8th, 2009
03:52 PM ET

'Horrorcore' singer suspected in Virginia killings

Richard Samuel McCroskey has been arrested in connection with the killings of four people in Virginia.

Richard Samuel McCroskey has been arrested in connection with the killings of four people in Virginia.

Wayne Drash
CNN

Elizabeth McCutchen and a friend were walking to book club two weeks ago in quaint Farmville, Virginia, when they strolled by a home on First Avenue. "Something smells dead," her friend said.

They were thinking animal. A dog, a cat, something like that. They never imagined they were smelling the remains of massacred humans. It was Thursday, September 17. But another 24 hours would pass before police made the gruesome discovery.

Richard Samuel McCroskey III - a 20-year-old rapper in the underground genre of "Horrorcore" who sang of chopping people into pieces - has been arrested in connection with the slayings. The crime scene was so horrifying police would not even describe it, saying only that the victims died of blunt force trauma.

The victims were Mark Niederbrock, 50, the beloved pastor at Walker's Presbyterian Church; his 16-year-old daughter, Emma Niederbrock; Melanie Wells, Emma's 18-year-old friend from West Virginia; and Niederbrock's estranged wife, Debra Kelley, 53, a professor at Longwood

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment
October 8th, 2009
02:48 PM ET

Quiz: H1N1 Flu

AC360°

The H1N1 virus, also known as the swine flu, has spread rapidly around the globe since it was detected in the United States in April. How much do you know about the virus? Take this quiz and find out.

October 8th, 2009
01:08 PM ET

What is a job?

Editor's Note: This article begins our new series excerpted from AC360°'s contributor David Gewirtz's upcoming book, How To Save Jobs, which will be available in October. Over the next few months, we'll be excerpting the first section of the book, which answers the question, "How did we get here?". The second section consists of recommendations about what we need to do as a country to save jobs. The third, final section is a series of hands-on tips and techniques, things real people and real companies can do right now to help keep and create jobs - without waiting for anyone in Washington to get it right. To learn more about the book, follow David on Twitter @DavidGewirtz.

David Gewirtz | BIO
AC360° Contributor
Editor-in-Chief, ZATZ Publishing

Job. Such a simple word has such a profound meaning for everyone in our society. Three simple letters reflect where we spend much of our time as adults, how well we can support ourselves and our families, and even our standing in our communities.

When we're making a living, or having an occupation, a trade, a career, a profession, a calling, a vocation, and a livelihood, we're also talking about jobs. But what exactly is a job? Why do jobs exist? How are they created? How are they lost? And, most importantly, how can we save them?

You need to understand why a job exists.

Let's talk for a minute about what, exactly, a job is. Fundamentally, a job is a trade of time, skill, and spirit for something of value, usually money. You and I put in a good work week and we expect to get paid.

But who pays for the jobs? To answer that question (and it's a very important question), you need to understand why a job exists. At its root, a job exists because somebody needs something done and either can't, or won't - or doesn't want to - do it himself.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • David Gewirtz • Economy • Unemployment
October 8th, 2009
12:59 PM ET

Photo Gallery: Fallen soldiers remembered as devoted fathers, heroes


Emanuella Grinberg
CNN

Stephan Mace of the Army's 61st Cavalry Regiment knew the Taliban would be waiting for him when he returned to eastern Afghanistan in September.

During a two-week leave in early September, the 21-year-old specialist sat on his father's couch in Winchester, Virginia, and discussed his concerns over Forward Operating Base Keating in Kamdesh District, a region known as a Taliban stronghold.

"He talked about the village next to the base, that it had 300 Taliban, and they couldn't do anything about it because they were in mosques hiding or with other civilians," says his father, Larry Mace.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • U.S. Federal Reserve • U.S. Navy
October 8th, 2009
12:50 PM ET

As first vaccines go out, H1N1 questions answered

Brandon Marti, 13, receives a dose of the intranasal vaccine for the novel H1N1 flu Tuesday.

Brandon Marti, 13, receives a dose of the intranasal vaccine for the novel H1N1 flu Tuesday.

Elizabeth Landau
CNN

For 13-year-old Brandon Marti, the intranasal vaccine felt "good," "cold" and "watery" at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx, New York, on Tuesday.

Marti, among the first to get vaccinated against the novel H1N1 influenza virus this week, said he would tell his friends and classmates that "the swine flu vaccine is good, and protects me from getting the swine flu."

New York has received a shipment of 68,000 doses of the FluMist variety vaccine. This form was made available before the injectable kind because it was ready first, said Thomas Skinner, spokesperson for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As states across the country receive and distribute the vaccine, questions still linger about who should get it and why. Here are some guidelines:

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Filed under: H1N1
October 8th, 2009
12:36 PM ET

Obama team tries to hash out new plan for Afghanistan

Gen. Stanley McChrystal reportedly wants as many as 40,000 more U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal reportedly wants as many as 40,000 more U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Ed Henry and Brian Todd
CNN

As tensions mount over the best way forward in Afghanistan, top aides say President Obama is adamant about coming up with a new plan before deciding on troop levels.

Rising violence and the resurgence of Taliban and al Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan have put the Obama administration on defense as the war enters its ninth year.

"Until the president's review of this early in the administration, there hadn't been a strategy, a coordinated strategy to deal with both Afghanistan and this very dangerous region of the world for many, many years. And that's what the president's intent on getting right," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said.

The president has received a document from Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, officially asking for up to 40,000 more U.S. troops, aides said.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • al Qaeda • Barack Obama • Taliban
October 8th, 2009
11:06 AM ET

Behind the mystique of Gadhafi's female bodyguards

Rania Ajami
Independent Filmmaker

We keep seeing a lot of Moammar Gadhafi in the news — from the Reagan years, to Libya’s renunciation of nuclear ambitions to present day politics – the Libyan leader has had a talent in rousing the media.

Little do we hear, however, of Libya’s inhabitants; and even less of women in Libya. And this despite one of the most unique and alluring features of Gadhafi’s persona — his parade of female bodyguards who escort him wherever he goes. Beautiful women dressed in military garb, with painted nails, heels, and make-up, at times carrying Kalashnikofs. What a reversal of the image of Muslim women we often proclaim!

In 2003, while studying filmmaking, I decided to head to what was then an embargoed country, and to investigate more closely the significance of the position of these women within society at large. I wanted to understand to what extent the female bodyguards could be said to encapsulate the tension between “modernized,” moderate Islam and Muslim fundamentalism. My study was not of politics, but of everyday life, ideology, and style.

I arrived in Libya in the spring of 2004 with a crew of two; we were welcomed as students, which actually allowed people around us to relax a lot more. This meant we were given an unprecedented amount of access in a country that was still closed off to the United States.

We were appointed one of the first female colonels as  our guide. Young, beautiful, and married with a baby, Fathiya served as a role model—which is precisely what she was supposed to be. She quickly made evident that she and her fellow female colleagues were guarding an ideology just as much as an actual body.

They credited the Libyan state for freeing them from a system of kinship and a nomadic society they saw as traditional and oppressive. Gadhafi’s “Green Book” meant that their public life was no longer to be determined by their fathers, husbands, brothers, or any other religious claims.

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