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April 26th, 2010
09:54 PM ET

Grilling Goldman Sachs: Join the Live Chat

Tonight on 360°, Wall Street bankers. Keeping Them Honest and accountable. The leader of Goldman Sachs expected to testify tomorrow on Capitol Hill about the financial meltdown. Plus, tornado terror up close. A storm chaser shares his stunning video of a twister on the ground. We'll also have a 360° investigation revealing the secrets of high cost medicine.

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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Filed under: Live Blog • T1
April 26th, 2010
07:51 PM ET

Stephen Hawking: Aliens may exist and could be dangerous

There's a good chance we don't want aliens to come calling, Hawking says.

There's a good chance we don't want aliens to come calling, Hawking says.

So, the world's most famous astrophysicist has some advice about whether we should or shouldn't try to make contact with creatures from outer space:

Don't do it, Stephen Hawking advises.

It would be much better for humans to keep a low profile, he says. There's a good chance we don't want aliens to come calling, Hawking says, because they very likely wouldn't be the cuddly, ET types we hope for.

Keep Reading...


Filed under: 360° Radar • Space • Stephen Hawking
April 26th, 2010
07:47 PM ET

Photo Gallery: Tornado destruction in Mississippi

CNN

Yazoo City, Mississippi was one of the areas hit hardest by Saturday's tornado. For more photos, see here.


Filed under: Tornadoes • Weather
April 26th, 2010
06:35 PM ET

Goldman Sachs' political contributions

Goldman Sachs' PAC and employees were among the top contributors to Barack Obama's campaign.

Goldman Sachs' PAC and employees were among the top contributors to Barack Obama's campaign.

CNN

The charts below summarize Goldman Sachs’ political contributions to federal candidates over the last several campaign cycles. Federal law prohibits a company from directly contributing money to a campaign; the totals below include contributions from the Goldman Sachs PAC and individual contributors who listed Goldman Sachs as their employer, and their family members. All of this information and more can be found at the Center for Responsive Politics.

Barack Obama’s top contributors from company PACs and employees (2007-2008 cycle)

Grouped together, Goldman Sachs’ PAC and employees were among the top contributors to the Obama presidential campaign.

University of California $1,591,395

Goldman Sachs $994,795

Harvard University $854,747

Microsoft Corp $833,617

Google Inc $803,436

Citigroup Inc $701,290

JPMorgan Chase & Co $695,132

Time Warner $590,084

Sidley Austin LLP $588,598

Stanford University $586,557

National Amusements Inc $551,683

UBS AG $543,219

Wilmerhale Llp $542,618

Skadden, Arps et al $530,839

IBM Corp $528,822

Columbia University $528,302

Morgan Stanley $514,881

General Electric $499,130

US Government $494,820

Latham & Watkins $493,835

John McCain’s top contributors from company PACs and employees (2007-2008 cycle)

Merrill Lynch $373,595

Citigroup Inc $322,051

Morgan Stanley $273,452

Goldman Sachs $230,095

JPMorgan Chase & Co $228,107

US Government $208,379

AT&T Inc $201,438

Wachovia Corp $195,063

UBS AG $192,493

Credit Suisse Group $183,353

PricewaterhouseCoopers $167,900

US Army $167,820

Bank of America $166,026

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher $159,596

Blank Rome LLP $154,226

Greenberg Traurig LLP $146,437

US Dept of Defense $144,105

FedEx Corp $131,974

Bear Stearns $117,498

Lehman Brothers $114,357

Click here to see a summary of Goldman Sachs PAC and employee contributions over the years. Goldman Sachs PAC and employees have given more to Democrats than Republicans across the past several campaign cycles.

Breakdown of Goldman Sachs PAC and employee contributions to members of Congress

Money to Congress: 2010 Cycle

Dems:

$332,375

Repubs:

$190,200

Others:

$0

Incumbents:

$398,900

Non-Incumbents:

$123,675

House
# of Members
Average Contribution
Total Contributions

Democrats
33
$5,101
$168,350

Republicans
28
$2,782
$77,900

Independents
0
$0
$0

TOTAL
61
$4,036
$246,250

Senate
# of Members
Average Contribution
Total Contributions

Democrats
19
$4,878
$92,700

Republicans
10
$5,995
$59,950

Independents
0
$0
$0

TOTAL
29
$5,263
$152,650

Goldman Sachs PAC and employee contributions to Senate Banking Committee members (2009-2010)

Bayh, Evan (D-IN) $5,400

Bennet, Michael F (D-CO) $4,800

Bennett, Robert F (R-UT) $8,800

Bunning, Jim (R-KY) $2,000

Crapo, Mike (R-ID) $3,000

DeMint, James W (R-SC) $1,000

Dodd, Chris (D-CT) $4,250

Schumer, Charles E (D-NY) $22,600

Shelby, Richard C (R-AL) $34,600

Goldman Sachs PAC and employee contributions to House Financial Services Committee members (2009-2010)

Adler, John H (D-NJ) $5,750

Bachus, Spencer (R-AL) $2,500

Bean, Melissa (D-IL) $9,400

Capuano, Michael E (D-MA) $1,500

Castle, Michael N (R-DE) $2,400

Donnelly, Joe (D-IN) $1,000

Ellison, Keith (D-MN) $500

Foster, Bill (D-IL) $4,500

Garrett, Scott (R-NJ) $2,000

Hensarling, Jeb (R-TX) $1,000

Himes, Jim (D-CT) $15,150

Hodes, Paul W (D-NH) $13,100

Jenkins, Lynn (R-KS) $2,000

Lance, Leonard (R-NJ) $3,000

Lee, Christopher J (R-NY) $2,000

Maloney, Carolyn B (D-NY) $4,400

McCarthy, Kevin (R-CA) $4,500

McCotter, Thad (R-MI) $2,000

Meeks, Gregory W (D-NY) $2,500

Minnick, Walter Clifford (D-ID) $5,000

Paulsen, Erik (R-MN) $2,000

Posey, Bill (R-FL) $2,000

Royce, Ed (R-CA) $2,400

Velazquez, Nydia M (D-NY) $3,500

Waters, Maxine (D-CA) $2,400

Watt, Melvin L (D-NC) $2,500

Top Recipients, all federal candidates (2009-2010 cycle only)

McMahon, Michael E (D-NY) House $50,550

Shelby, Richard C (R-AL) Senate $34,600

Gillibrand, Kirsten (D-NY) Senate $23,800

Murphy, Scott (D-NY) House $23,450

Schumer, Charles E (D-NY) Senate $22,600

Kirk, Mark (R-IL) House $21,600

Pleitez, Emanuel (D-CA) House $20,175

Wyden, Ron (D-OR) Senate $15,900

Himes, Jim (D-CT) House $15,150

Khazei, Alan (D-MA) Senate $14,600

Hodes, Paul W (D-NH) House $13,100

Crist, Charles J Jr (R-FL) Senate $10,100

Dold, Robert (R-IL) House $9,850

Bean, Melissa (D-IL) House $9,400

Bennett, Robert F (R-UT) Senate $8,800

Roskam, Peter (R-IL) House $7,400

Saujani, Reshma M (D-NY) House $7,200

Coakley, Martha (D-MA) Senate $7,050

Blunt, Roy (R-MO) House $6,200

Adler, John H (D-NJ) House $5,750

Brown, Scott P (R-MA) Senate $5,550

Bayh, Evan (D-IN) Senate $5,400

Chachas, John Gregory (R-NV) Senate $5,100

Meek, Kendrick B (D-FL) House $5,050

Hoyer, Steny H (D-MD) House $5,000

Minnick, Walter Clifford (D-ID) House $5,000

Reid, Harry (D-NV) Senate $4,900

Bennet, Michael F (D-CO) Senate $4,800

Fiorina, Carly (R-CA) Senate $4,800

Conway, Jack (D-KY) Senate $4,650

Foster, Bill (D-IL) House $4,500

Lincoln, Blanche (D-AR) Senate $4,500

McCarthy, Kevin (R-CA) House $4,500

Ayotte, Kelly A (R-NH) Senate $4,400

Maloney, Carolyn B (D-NY) House $4,400

Dodd, Chris (D-CT) Senate $4,250

Foley, Thomas C (R-CT) Senate $4,150

Inouye, Daniel K (D-HI) Senate $4,000

Velazquez, Nydia M (D-NY) House $3,500

Specter, Arlen (D-PA) Senate $3,350

Hoffman, David (D-IL) Senate $3,150

Crapo, Mike (R-ID) Senate $3,000

Lance, Leonard (R-NJ) House $3,000

Murphy, Patrick J (D-PA) House $2,900

Tedisco, Jim (R-NY) House $2,900

Jackson, Cheryle (D-IL) Senate $2,800

Dorgan, Byron L (D-ND) Senate $2,650

Portman, Rob (R-OH) Senate $2,650

Bachus, Spencer (R-AL) House $2,500

Meeks, Gregory W (D-NY) House $2,500

Watt, Melvin L (D-NC) House $2,500

Bera, Ami (D-CA) House $2,400

Castle, Michael N (R-DE) House $2,400

Fisher, Lee Irwin (D-OH) Senate $2,400

Flake, Jeff (R-AZ) House $2,400

Royce, Ed (R-CA) House $2,400

Sowers, Tommy (D-MO) House $2,400

Waters, Maxine (D-CA) House $2,400

Williams, Roger (R-TX) Senate $2,400

Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana (R-FL) House $2,200

Bono Mack, Mary (R-CA) House $2,000

Bunning, Jim (R-KY) Senate $2,000

Camp, Dave (R-MI) House $2,000

Garrett, Scott (R-NJ) House $2,000

Grassley, Chuck (R-IA) Senate $2,000

Jenkins, Lynn (R-KS) House $2,000

Lee, Christopher J (R-NY) House $2,000

McCotter, Thad (R-MI) House $2,000

Melancon, Charles (D-LA) House $2,000

Paulsen, Erik (R-MN) House $2,000

Posey, Bill (R-FL) House $2,000

Rangel, Charles B (D-NY) House $2,000

Schwartz, Allyson (D-PA) House $2,000

Capuano, Michael E (D-MA) House $1,500

White, Bill (D-TX) Senate $1,500

Boxer, Barbara (D-CA) Senate $1,250

Arcuri, Michael (D-NY) House $1,000

Baucus, Max (D-MT) Senate $1,000

Burton, Dan (R-IN) House $1,000

Cantor, Eric (R-VA) House $1,000

Coburn, Tom (R-OK) Senate $1,000

DeMint, James W (R-SC) Senate $1,000

Diaz-Balart, Mario (R-FL) House $1,000

Donnelly, Joe (D-IN) House $1,000

Etheridge, Bob (D-NC) House $1,000

Grayson, Trey (R-KY) Senate $1,000

Gutierrez, Armando Jr (R-FL) House $1,000

Hamos, Julie (D-IL) House $1,000

Hensarling, Jeb (R-TX) House $1,000

Isakson, Johnny (R-GA) Senate $1,000

Kind, Ron (D-WI) House $1,000

Klobuchar, Amy (D-MN) Senate $1,000

Leahy, Patrick (D-VT) Senate $1,000

McDonald, Jack (D-TX) House $1,000

Murkowski, Lisa (R-AK) Senate $1,000

Murphy, Chris (D-CT) House $1,000

Murphy, Tim (R-PA) House $1,000

Norton, Jane (R-CO) Senate $1,000

Pelosi, Nancy (D-CA) House $1,000

Rooney, Brian John (R-MI) House $1,000

Top Recipients, all federal candidates (1990-2010)

Obama, Barack (D-Ill) $1,053,795

Clinton, Hillary (D-NY) $682,690

Corzine, Jon S (D-NJ) $585,870

Bush, George W (R-Texas) $528,124

Schumer, Charles E (D-NY) $481,040

Kerry, John (D-Mass) $351,750

McCain, John (R-Ariz) $337,065

Bradley, Bill (D-NJ) $323,550

Dodd, Chris (D-Conn) $273,466

Romney, Mitt (R-Mass) $254,025

Ryan, Jack (R-Ill) $218,161

Edwards, John (D-NC) $213,750

Lazio, Rick A (R-NY) $194,300

D'Amato, Alfonse M (R-NY) $189,150

Himes, Jim (D-Conn) $170,248

Bayh, Evan (D-Ind) $164,950

Specter, Arlen (R-Pa) $164,700

Daschle, Tom (D-SD) $158,500

Giuliani, Rudolph W (R-NY) $150,750

Menendez, Robert (D-NJ) $149,950

Clinton, Bill (D-Ark) $140,659

Lowey, Nita M (D-NY) $132,290

Lieberman, Joe (I-Conn) $123,700

Rangel, Charles B (D-NY) $115,100

Ford, Harold E Jr (D-Tenn) $111,997

Hutchison, Kay Bailey (R-Texas) $111,300


Filed under: 360° Radar • President Barack Obama • Wall St.
April 26th, 2010
05:47 PM ET

What if there's somebody else out there?

Jill Tarter
Special to CNN

More people combing data means a greater possibility of finding signs of life

More people combing data means a greater possibility of finding signs of life

At this moment we have reached a major turning point for both science and the public at large. The SETI Institute is now offering the world the first taste of raw SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) data collected by the Allen Telescope Array in California. With this we move closer to fulfilling the institute's mission, which is to search for our beginnings and our place among the stars

Throughout the institute's 25-year history (we are a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to scientific research, education and public outreach), we have analyzed these raw data with custom algorithms operating on semi-custom hardware. Now we are transitioning to readily available hardware and servers because technology has caught up to us - hooray!

Keep Reading...


Filed under: 360° Radar • Jill Tarter • Space
April 26th, 2010
04:41 PM ET

Interactive: Health care around the world – how your nation ranks

Compare key indicators of health across the globe, and see how much international governments spend on health care.

CNN


Filed under: Health Care
April 26th, 2010
04:34 PM ET

Understanding the 'Bystander Effect'

AC360°

Early in the morning of April 18,  a 31-year-old homeless was stabbed while trying to save a woman from an attacker with a knife in Queens, New York. The homeless man, now identified as Hugo Alfredo Tale-Yax, was stabbed and left dying on the street in a pool of blood for more than an hour.

Surveillance video, obtained by the New York Post, shows people walking by the man. One person took a photograph on his mobile phone then walked away and another stopped, shook Tale-Yax, and even rolled him over so that his wounds were visible. Still, officials weren't called until one-hour-and-twenty minutes after Tale-Yax collapsed.

The story has us thinking about what's known as the Bystander Effect. Psychologists say that bystanders in large groups are less likely to take action.

So why didn't anyone come forward?

FULL POST


Filed under: 360° Radar • Crime
April 26th, 2010
04:22 PM ET

No-name radicals vs. 'South Park' just a distraction

Arsalan Iftikhar
Special to CNN

Free speech issues and portrayals of Islam needlessly stirred a hornet's nest recently when "South Park" depicted the Prophet Mohammed disguised in a bear suit in the 200th episode of the popular Comedy Central TV show.

But what many people don't realize is that the show's creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, already used an image of Mohammed on "South Park" without any strife whatsoever in a July 2001 episode called "Super Best Friends."

Keep Reading...


Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Arsalan Iftikhar • Islam
April 26th, 2010
04:03 PM ET

Did fugitive defendant try to bribe juror?

 

 

 

 

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Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

Colorado authorities are looking for a woman who allegedly tried to bribe a juror $5,000 to vote 'Not Guilty' at her criminal trial. The fugitive, Darine Chely, 51, is charged with bribery and jury tampering.

“It’s a pretty rare occurrence,” said Catherine Olguin, spokeswoman for the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office. “There are judges who have been here for a couple of decades and have no memory of this occurring in Boulder.”

According to the affidavit supporting the arrest warrant for Chely, the alleged bribery happened last week while the defendant was standing trial on charges of weapons possession and reckless endangerment.

Chely allegedly kept staring at one male juror and said “goodbye” to him on April 20, the affidavit said. The next day, the juror returned from a court recess and found a hand written note on his seat, according to the affidavit. The juror then notified the judge about the note. He was dismissed from the jury.

FULL POST


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
April 26th, 2010
02:45 PM ET

Video: As tornado churns, they drive toward it

Program Note: Don't miss our coverage of the storms tonight on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Weather
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