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December 11th, 2009
11:30 PM ET

Why I love Twitter

Soleil Moon Frye and family.
Soleil Moon Frye and family.

Soleil Moon Frye
Entertainer and Entrepreneur

My love affair with Twitter started some months back. It was a gorgeous sunny afternoon and my incredible friend @mrskutcher (Demi Moore) came over for a visit with the kids. She was being brilliant and beautiful as always while she told me about an incredible world that she and her husband had discovered called “Twitter.” I had heard a little about it here and there but didn’t know much about its core essence. Together we sat in front of the computer and she taught me how to post my first micro blog. Within moments, I discovered the beauty of this incredible virtual world. One in which I began connecting with people in an amazing way.

Ever since I was a little girl, I have kept a journal. I have a love for writing, words and language. I also have a deep fascination with people and the human spirit. From the time I was 5, I asked people the most personal questions I could think of. I was truly moved by the inner connection between mind and heart. This led me on a journey to study psychology in New York but I never finished college. Instead I began directing and writing, I fell in love, got married, had babies, and began the next chapters of my life. My love, passion and curiosity for people never changed. As a new mom I had so many questions and did not know where to turn. I started writing blogs about issues I cared about and connecting through the social community. FULL POST


Filed under: Technology • Twitter
December 11th, 2009
11:00 PM ET

Behind-the-scenes: On the front lines of the drug war

Program Note: Go inside a sophisticated, newly discovered underground tunnel on the Mexican-U.S. border with Anderson Cooper tonight at 10 p.m. ET.

Ismael Estrada
AC360° Producer

It's an all-too common scene on patrol with a joint Mexican law enforcement task force in Juarez, Mexico.

Two people are shot dead in broad daylight Wednesday in a city lost in a drug war between rival cartels over the lucrative drug route into the United States.

Gunmen fire on a car, killing the driver; the passenger starts to flee and is gunned down in the street. These are the 11th and 12th killings in the Mexican city that day. Locals said killings are more frequent in the evenings. At this point, the sun hasn't even started to go down.

Juarez has become a deadly city where bodies, blood and gun-shell casings are commonplace in the streets.

In 2008, more than 1,600 people were killed in drug-related violence; this year local government officials put that number at more than 2,400. The carnage is taking place in a city with a population of around 1.5 million, literally at America's doorstep. Mexican President Felipe Calderon has declared a war on drug cartels and the way they operate their businesses.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Ismael Estrada • Mexico
December 11th, 2009
10:24 PM ET

Zakaria: Obama speech idealistic and realistic

President Obama speaks about his Nobel award at the White House.
President Obama speaks about his Nobel award at the White House.

Fareed Zakaria | BIO
CNN Anchor

President Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on Thursday by talking about war and the limits of nonviolence.

But he also praised the peacemakers of the past and said the world can and should still strive for peace.

"Let us reach for the world that ought to be," he told the 1,000-member audience at Oslo City Hall in Norway. "Clear-eyed, we can understand that there will be war, and still strive for peace."

The Nobel committee's choice of Obama as this year's laureate sparked debate, in part because he is a president waging two wars abroad. Obama said force is sometimes necessary, but said that is simply "a recognition of history, the imperfections of man and the limits of reason."

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December 11th, 2009
09:48 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 12/11/09

Tonight on 360°, the bombshell announcement from Tiger Woods. He's taking a break from golf and admitting infidelity.   Plus, new video from inside a drug tunnel along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Want to know what else we're covering? <strong><a href="http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/category/the-buzz/&#034; target="_blank">Read EVENING BUZZ</a></strong>

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.

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 (there's no need to yell)
3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
4) No links
5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&amp;*)


Filed under: Live Blog • T1
December 11th, 2009
07:34 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Tiger Woods Taking Break From Golf

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tiger Woods is taking an "indefinite break" from golf. He posted this announcement on this web site tonight:

"I am deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt that my infidelity has caused to so many people, most of all my wife and children. I want to say again to everyone that I am profoundly sorry and that I ask forgiveness. It may not be possible to repair the damage I've done, but I want to do my best to try.

I would like to ask everyone, including my fans, the good people at my foundation, business partners, the PGA Tour, and my fellow competitors, for their understanding. What's most important now is that my family has the time, privacy, and safe haven we will need for personal healing.

After much soul searching, I have decided to take an indefinite break from professional golf. I need to focus my attention on being a better husband, father, and person.

Again, I ask for privacy for my family and I am especially grateful for all those who have offered compassion and concern during this difficult period."

What do you think of Tiger's decision? Share your thoughts below.

The announcement comes two weeks after a car accident led to the shocking fall from grace for the world's No. 1 golfer, which included allegations of numerous extramarital affairs.

After the crash, Woods apologized for "transgressions" that "let his family down." Those comments came just as the magazine US Weekly published a report alleging Woods had an affair with a cocktail waitress.

Woods and his wife, Elin, have been married five years and have two children.

Tonight, we'll have the all the angles on Woods' decision. Could his break from the sport impact his endorsements?

We have put together a panel of sports journalists to weigh in on Woods' annoucement.

One of them is Christine Brennan, of USA Today, who wrote this about the golf star, "What Tiger Woods has caused to happen to himself and his image over the past two weeks is the sports world's most remarkable fall from grace, ever. No athlete has ever held a perch so high in our culture – right up there with President and Mrs. Obama, and Oprah – and fallen so far so fast."

Join us for this story and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET on CNN. See you then!


Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
December 11th, 2009
05:22 PM ET

Beat 360° 12/11/09

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:

A crocodile lies in wait by the 13th green during practice before the Alfred Dunhill Championship on December 9, 2008.

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.

_________________________________________________________________________________ Beat 360° Challenge


Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
December 11th, 2009
04:54 PM ET

Jenny Sanford's statement & Gov. Mark Sanford's reaction

Peter Hamby
CNN Political Producer

Jenny Sanford, the wife of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, said Friday she is filing for divorce. She said in a statement that "the dissolution of any marriage is a sad and painful process."

Read the full statement here:

Statement from First Lady Jenny Sanford

Columbia, S.C. – December 11, 2009 – As so many of us know, the dissolution of any marriage is a sad and painful process. It is also a very personal and private one. Because Mark and I are public figures, we have naturally had less privacy with which to deal with our difficulties than do other couples. Indeed, I know it will soon become known so I choose to release this brief notice that I am now filing for divorce. This came after many unsuccessful efforts at reconciliation, yet I am still dedicated to keeping the process that lies ahead peaceful for our family.

I remain thankful to so many across this state and nation for their words of encouragement and prayers during this difficult time. Please know the boys and I are doing well and are blessed with the incredible support of friends and family and bolstered by our faith and the unfailing love of our God above.

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In response to the announcement, Gov. Sanford released a statement Friday taking "full responsibility for the moral failure that led us to this tragic point."

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
MARK SANFORD, GOVERNOR

Columbia, S.C. – December 11, 2009 – With regard to Jenny's public statement, Governor Sanford had the following to say:

"While it is not the course I would have hoped for, or would choose, I want to take full responsibility for the moral failure that led us to this tragic point. Jenny is a great person, and has been a remarkable wife, mother and First Lady. She has been more than gracious these last six months and gone above and beyond in her patience and commitment to put the needs of others in front of her own. While our family structure may change, I know that we will both work earnestly to be the best mom and dad we can be to four of the finest boys on earth.

"I will join with her in asking the press to respect our shared desire for privacy as we quietly move forward. We respectively ask for your prayers."

December 11th, 2009
04:53 PM ET

President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize speech

AC360°

President Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on Thursday with much discussion of war and the limits of nonviolence.

But he also praised the peacemakers of the past and said the world can and should still strive for peace.

The following is a transcript of Obama's acceptance speech:

Your majesties, your royal highnesses, distinguished members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, citizens of America and citizens of the world:

I receive this honor with deep gratitude and great humility. It is an award that speaks to our highest aspirations - that for all the cruelty and hardship of our world, we are not mere prisoners of fate. Our actions matter, and can bend history in the direction of justice.

And yet I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the considerable controversy that your generous decision has generated. In part, this is because I am at the beginning, and not the end, of my labors on the world stage. Compared to some of the giants of history who have received this prize - Schweitzer and King; Marshall and Mandela - my accomplishments are slight. And then there are the men and women around the world who have been jailed and beaten in the pursuit of justice; those who toil in humanitarian organizations to relieve suffering; the unrecognized millions whose quiet acts of courage and compassion inspire even the most hardened of cynics. I cannot argue with those who find these men and women - some known, some obscure to all but those they help - to be far more deserving of this honor than I.

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December 11th, 2009
04:33 PM ET

The threat of border tunnels

An uncompleted tunnel measuring 48 feet in the U.S. and 35 feet in Mexico.
An uncompleted tunnel measuring 48 feet in the U.S. and 35 feet in Mexico.

California Institute for Federal Policy Research

On July 9, 2009, the Senate passed its version of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill which provides $42.926 billion to the department.

The following is a quick analysis of the bill on how it will impact issues facing California – including the drug violence along the California border with Mexico.

The Committee Report states: “Border tunnels pose a serious national security risk by providing a means for smugglers to move drugs, guns, and people under the border. Since September 11, 2001, more than 90 border tunnels have been discovered.

Go here to read the full report

December 11th, 2009
04:27 PM ET

The 5 ‘Wanna-Be’ Terrorists: Wake-Up Call for Our Muslim Youth

Arsalan Iftikhar
AC360° Contributor
Founder, TheMuslimGuy.com

Dude…You have got to be kidding me…

With the recent arrest of five young American Muslims in Sargodha, Pakistan on alleged charges of terrorism by Pakistani authorities, many of the over 7 million American Muslims were collectively groaning and rolling our eyes whilst saying:

“Are you kidding me? Thanks a lot, you idiots…”

A recent CNN article noted that the potential radicalization of American Muslim teenagers has now become known as “jihadi cool,” a term coined by author/psychiatrist (and former CIA official) Dr. Marc Sageman.

“The path for a lot of these kids is essentially like at-risk gangbangers, who want to ’stand up’ for their community, to address grievances of the global Muslim community more effectively than they’ve seen the elder generation address them since 9/11.”

Many professional ‘de-radicalizers’ have said that the great majority of these young men have little sense of what they are doing. They are “extremely shallow theologically and even ideologically.”

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Filed under: Arsalan Iftikhar • Islam • Terrorism
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