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February 2nd, 2010
11:19 PM ET

WH reveals secret cooperation with Abdulmutallab's family

The family of Umar Farouk Abdulmatallab has been secretly cooperating with the White House.

The family of Umar Farouk Abdulmatallab has been secretly cooperating with the White House.

Ed Henry | BIO
CNN Senior White House Correspondent

Senior Obama administration officials revealed late Monday they've secretly gained the cooperation of family members of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in order to help get the alleged Christmas Day airline bomber to provide actionable intelligence that could help prevent future terror attempts on U.S. soil.

The revelation is part of an aggressive attempt by the White House to push back on Republican claims the Obama administration mishandled the terror investigation by reading Abdulmutallab his Miranda rights shortly after he began cooperating with investigators. After giving the U.S. some information in the early stages of the probe AbdulMutallab stopped talking about his attempt to blow up an airliner with a bomb hidden in his underwear.

The senior administration officials disclosed that on January 1st, just days after the attempted terror attack, two FBI agents secretly flew to Lagos, Nigeria, to meet with officials of the CIA and the State Department and begin an extensive investigation to try and work with AbdulMutallab's family to gain his cooperation. The U.S. officials later traveled to Nigeria's capital city, Abuja, and eventually gained the trust of two unidentified relatives of the suspect.
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Filed under: 360º Follow • Ed Henry • Terrorism
February 2nd, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 02/02/10

We're following breaking news from Washington on Pres. Obama's push to hold the terror trials in the U.S. Plus, the man accused of trying blow up a U.S. jetliner with explosives in this underwear is talking to U.S. investigators. We also have new developments out of Haiti on the 10 Americans accused of child trafficking.

Want more details on what we're covering? Read EVENING BUZZ

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Filed under: Live Blog • T1
February 2nd, 2010
09:35 PM ET

CNN Fact Check: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and military discharges

The U.S. military employs the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy.

The U.S. military employs the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy.

Chris Mould
CNN

More than 13,000 gay and lesbian service members have been discharged under the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, according to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. President Bill Clinton tried to lift the military's ban on gays altogether in 1993, but settled for the "don't ask, don't tell" compromise amid opposition from Congress and the military. Now, Defense Secretary Robert Gates is launching a yearlong study on how to phase out the policy.

Amid the ongoing debate over its effectiveness, Rep. Jim Moran, D-Virginia, said that the number of troops discharged under "don't ask, don't tell" in 2009 was roughly one-third the number dismissed in 2001. "This shows that during wartime, DADT is not being pursued aggressively because one's orientation has nothing to do with their ability to fight," he said in a written statement.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Gender and Politics • Military
February 2nd, 2010
08:29 PM ET

Excerpt: Joel Osteen: It’s Your Time

Editor's Note: Tune in for Anderson's interview with Joel Osteen. Tonight on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

Joel Osteen

My desire is to speak faith into the lives of others, encouraging them when they are discouraged, calling forth the seeds of greatness God planted within, assuring them that their best days are ahead. This book is filled with hopeful messages intended to do just that. My prayer is to inspire you and to expand your vision so you might find the courage to overcome any obstacles and accomplish your dreams. God has great things in store for you. A new season is coming. I hope my words ignite your faith and increase God's favor in your life.

Psalm 84:11 says no good thing will God withhold to those who walk uprightly. When you have a heart to please God and when you live a life of excellence and integrity - being your best each day, living with purpose and passion and a desire to help others - God's promise is that He will not withhold what you need to become you or what He has created you to be.

God will not withhold wisdom, creativity, good breaks, the right connections, strength, joy, or victory.

You may have been through challenging times. The economic downturn has affected people of all ages and incomes. Millions have lost their jobs. Millions more have seen their savings depleted. Many have lost their homes. Relationships have been strained. We've all been tested.

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Filed under: Religion
February 2nd, 2010
08:13 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Tracking Haiti's Children

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight on 360°, we have the latest developments from Haiti where 10 Americans are accused of kidnapping and trafficking 33 Haitian children.

The American missionaries appeared at a preliminary hearing today. They say they were just trying to help the children leave the country.  The Americans were arrested when trying to bus the children into the Dominican Republic over the weekend.

Karl Penhaul reports from Port-au-Prince on the legal battle for the Americans, and see what's next for the 33 children.

Anderson will take you to a section of Brooklyn, New York, far from Haiti, but where there's extreme pain.  It's the second-largest Haitian community in the U.S., after Miami. See what they're doing to help those back home.

We'll also focus on Haiti during our big 360° interview with Pastor Joel Osteen. Anderson will ask him how God would allow the tragedy to happen.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET.


Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
February 2nd, 2010
08:10 PM ET

Accredited International Adoption Agencies

Editor's Note: Ten Americans accused of illegally trying to take 33 children out of Haiti appeared in a preliminary hearing with a judge on Tuesday, court officials said. The missionaries say they were just trying to help the children leave the earthquake-stricken country, but Haiti's prime minister has said the group was kidnapping the children. Today, CNN confirmed that the Americans' organization, New Life Refuge, is not listed on the U.S. State Department list of International adoption agencies. We'll have the latest developments on the situation tonight at 10 p.m. ET.

U.S. Department of State

The following adoption service providers have been accredited/approved/temporarily accredited through either the Council on Accreditation (COA) or the Colorado Department of Human Services (CO). Only those adoption service providers who have been accredited, temporarily accredited, or approved by either COA or CO will be able to provide adoption services for Hague adoption cases. The Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption entered into force for the United States on April 1, 2008.

List of accredited adoption agencies.

Adoption service providers will be added to the list on the Department of State website on a rolling basis as they are subsequently accredited or approved. Some may be removed if they are found not to be in substantial compliance with the Hague regulations and subject to adverse actions. See also the list of Adoption Service Providers Denied Hague Convention Accreditation/Approval.

For more information on international adoptions and the requirements in place to become an accredited organization, go here.

February 2nd, 2010
06:13 PM ET

Beat 360° 2/2/10

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture 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:

White House Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag testifies before the Senate Budget Committee about the Obama Administration's 2011 budget on Capitol Hill.

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° Winners:

Staff:

Tom Foreman

"Late at night I hold the cat gently by the ears and tell him, ‘I am so much more important than you’ll ever be.’ "

Viewer:

Gayle McCauley, Malden,MA

"Guess which hand is holding $1.6 trillion dollars?"

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
February 2nd, 2010
05:43 PM ET

Financial Dispatch: Auto sales, unemployment and big rip-offs

Andrew Torgan
CNN Financial News Producer

Auto sales numbers in the U.S. rose in January, although the overall results from the world’s major automakers were disappointing. Sales were hurt by weak consumer demand and the well-documented problems at Toyota.

Looking at the big picture, Ford, General Motors and Nissan all reported sales gains compared to a year ago. Honda, Chrysler and Toyota said January sales fell.

In particular, Ford's sales were good enough to lift its market share and vault it back into the No. 2 position in terms of U.S. sales, passing Toyota.
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Filed under: Andrew Torgan • Economy • Housing Market • Unemployment
February 2nd, 2010
05:23 PM ET

What’s Next…Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Mental Health & the U.S. Military

Bonnie Carroll founded the advocacy group, TAPS.

Bonnie Carroll founded the advocacy group, TAPS.

David Puente
AC360° Producer

A cross between the AC360° series “What’s Next” and the famed Proust questionnaire, AC360° Producer David Puente has devised his own set of questions for newsmakers. The Proust Questionnaire is a list of questions about one's personality, named for the French writer Marcel Proust who popularized it at the end of the 19th century. Back then it was in fashion to answer questions that revealed one’s tastes and aspects of one’s work.

If in the Proust questionnaire the individual responding reveals his or her true nature, then in this questionnaire we’ll learn about the individual and about “what’s next” in the coming decade.
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While the battle over “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” captures national headlines again today, another battle within the U.S. Military is also on the minds of the country’s highest-ranking soldiers. The battle against suicide in the Military has prompted top Pentagon officials to call for a change in how the troops perceive mental health. The goal is to combat the stigma that therapy is shameful. But the fact that when a U.S. soldier commits suicide, the president doesn't send a condolence letter to the family, doesn’t help grieving relatives. It also doesn’t help de-stigmatize mental health issues in the Military.

Advocates for bereaved Military families like Bonnie Carroll say soldiers deserve better. Bonnie is a military widow who founded the advocacy group Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. I talked to her about both “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the fight to prevent suicide, which took the lives of 160 active-duty Army soldiers in 2009 - up from 140 suicides in 2008.

1. How will mental health in the Military change? The stigma in seeking care will disappear.

2. The trait you most admire in the U.S. Military? Loyalty and selflessness.

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Filed under: David Puente • What's Next
February 2nd, 2010
03:55 PM ET

From devastation comes music

Gilbert DeLaRosa
CNN Photojournalist

I’ve traveled globally for CNN as a photojournalist, but nothing compares to my last assignment. I spent 20 days in Port-au-Prince, Haiti covering the aftermath of the January 12 earthquake. I’m used to seeing death and destruction but never at this level. But in the middle of my time there, I stumbled into much more than destruction.

After working long hours and seeing a lot of death and rubble in Port-au-Prince, we got word that the City of Jacmel had been badly hit and was receiving little assistance. Jacmel is known as the cultural center of Haiti and is known for arts and music.

Normally it’s an hour and a half drive we estimated the drive to Jacmel would take us at least four hours. We got up early and our crew jumped into two cars. I ended up driving with two Haitians, a driver and a hired guide. As we boarded the truck, one of the drivers asked me if he could turn some music on and I quickly agreed.

A music lover myself, I did not expect to hear what I heard next - a rippin' guitar riff followed by a thunderous drum beat and a voice that left me with no doubt that the guy was going to be big, really big.

I was told he was a 20-year-old local artist named Yohann Dore. We listened to the only track the driver had called “By My Side.”

We drove for two hours, passing destruction and people without homes, and we listened to this one track over and over again.

The music, along with the devastating scenery, was burned into my memory. The driver said the artist was local and that he knew him very well and even worked on his video. He also said he was a rising star in Haiti. He took me to meet him and I was able to join Dore as he was passing out food and doing all he could for the people from the area.

Turns out he has a lot of really good music and he is deeply affected by the earthquake, so much that he’s put music on hold temporary to help out his fellow Haitians.

To find out more about Yohann and his music and movement you can go here.

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