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July 9th, 2010
04:46 PM ET

Bill Clinton speaks with Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper | BIO
AC360° Anchor

Former President Bill Clinton will speak with Anderson Cooper about Haiti recovery efforts on Monday

Former President Bill Clinton will speak with Anderson Cooper about Haiti recovery efforts on Monday

Former President Bill Clinton will speak with Anderson Cooper about Haiti recovery efforts on Monday. July 12th marks the 6 month anniversary of the devastating Haiti Earthquake. Former Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush joined forces to create the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund to try and bring aid to a an already desperate country. AC360° will be live from Haiti on Monday and Tuesday at 10pm ET.


Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Haiti Earthquake
July 9th, 2010
04:45 PM ET

Video: Haiti Revisited

AC360°

Program Note: AC360° will be reporting live from Haiti Monday and Tuesday nights at 10pm ET.


Filed under: Haiti Earthquake
July 9th, 2010
03:27 PM ET

Video: Haitians embrace World Cup

Ivan Watson | BIO
CNN

Program Note: AC360° will be reporting live from Haiti Monday and Tuesday nights at 10pm ET.

Hundreds file into Haiti's main soccer field, to watch a World Cup match on a giant screen set-up to give many a way to enjoy the world's biggest sporting event. Nearly 6 months after the quake hit Haiti, the country is the midst of World Cup fever, which offers a month-long respite from the still harsh living conditions.

In one of the over the 1,300 tent cities around the country, the homeless too watch with passion. In the mud, under leaking tarps from the rain, cheering for teams a continent away. For a brief period. forgetting the misery of post-earthquake life.


Filed under: Haiti Earthquake • Ivan Watson
July 9th, 2010
12:34 PM ET

Big advances in fighting oil leak could come this weekend

CNN Wire Staff

As people along the Gulf Coast deal with the "daunting challenges" posed by the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, a dual-pronged effort to improve the cleanup shows some promising signs, retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the head of the government's oil spill response team, said Friday.

Crews were taking advantage of what Allen called "a weather window that we may not see again this summer" to hook up the oil-recovery vessel the Helix Producer on Friday and they hope to begin replacing the existing containment cap on the leaking well with a larger, more permanent one the Obama administration is calling the "sealing cap" on Saturday.

Allen said the Helix Producer, which can keep up to 25,000 barrels of oil out of the water per day, could be hooked up to the breached well sometime Friday and the ship's recovery capabilities could be functional by Sunday.


Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
July 9th, 2010
12:31 PM ET

Video: Growing frustration in the Gulf

Dr. Sanjay Gupta | BIO
AC360° Contributor
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent


Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill • Sanjay Gupta
July 9th, 2010
12:29 PM ET

Video: Is the seafood safe to eat?

Dr. Sanjay Gupta | BIO
AC360° Contributor
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent


Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill • Sanjay Gupta
July 9th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Bowling for Democrats

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

In a dark DC basement a Republican operative sits at his computer, cobbling together pictures for a campaign commercial this fall. Oil soaked pelicans, unemployed workers, foreclosure signs, troops still sitting in Iraq and Afghanistan, bitter party line votes in Congress, and a soaring federal deficit. He lays in the ominous music, and tacks on a black and white graphic: “Hope. Change. How’s that working out for you, America?”

I don’t know that this is actually happening, but c’mon… it’s happening.

Every politician worth a bribe knows that when you set up pins on the Mall you better expect the opposition to go bowling. And this week, the Dems were racking them up with a slew of awful headlines: Jobs still in hard core trouble, housing still a wreck, and a market with more mood swings than Sybil. You could just see Democratic strategists who’d been hoping for something better to work with in the mid-term election, staring at those big fat targets in horror.

Granted, all the problems making headlines don’t belong to the Dems alone. Sure, the Administration could have handled the oil spill better, but BP threw the gutter ball. Likewise, the mortgage collapse was underway, the wars were fully engaged, and the political parties were at each others’ throats well before President Obama took the oath. The recession wasn’t whipped up in an afternoon either, and since the deficit is at least related to the economic downturn… well, you get my point.

But voters tend to transfer responsibility for bad news to the party on the lane after a while, no matter how much that party tries to lay it off on the folks who used to roll that alley. And I think that time is coming around for the Dems fast.

Maybe it’s just the way I see them hanging their heads, bickering over little things, and sighing like concertinas. Maybe it’s the maniacal gleam in the eyes of Republicans, even as their own party remains on the outs with voters.

Whatever the cause, I think this week mattered. I think it gave a little extra push to that guy with the commercial in the basement, working on his spin. And unless much better news shows up soon, Dems better brace for a scorching Dick Weber special coming down the alley in four months.


Filed under: Opinion • Raw Politics • Tom Foreman
July 9th, 2010
10:54 AM ET

U.S., Russia swap spies

CNN Wire Staff

U.S. and Russia complete spy swap at Vienna airport

U.S. and Russia complete spy swap at Vienna airport

The United States and Russia completed a spy swap Friday, exchanging the agents on chartered planes at an airport in Vienna, Austria, a U.S. official and Russian media said.

The planes sat on the ground for about an hour while the swap took place. Neither government confirmed what happened until the planes were on their way back home.

The plane carrying 10 Russian agents, who were expelled from the United States on Thursday for intelligence gathering, landed at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport on Friday afternoon, the airport press office said.

A separate plane carrying four people convicted of spying for the United States took off from Vienna, too, bound for a destination in the West, according to Russia Today, a state television station.

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Filed under: 360° Radar
July 9th, 2010
10:24 AM ET

Video: Land dispute in Haiti

Ivan Watson | BIO
CNN

Program Note: AC360° will be reporting live from Haiti Monday and Tuesday nights at 10pm ET.

In one of the 1,300 tent cities that are now emblematic of living conditions in much of Haiti, the homeless make do as best they can. Sweeping the dirt and passing the time in open camps, whether in the sun or rain.

An estimated 1.5 million people still live in squalor, nearly six months after the earthquake that shattered much of Haiti. Many, like this group, took refuge on private land whose walls were down. The grounds of this athletic complex are now home to 7,500 people waiting on the government to resettle them. The owner doesn't know what to do. He's lost 50 percent of his business. He does not want to evict already desperate people from his land but doesn't know how long he can let the homeless stay. It's been 6 months!


Filed under: Haiti Earthquake • Ivan Watson
July 9th, 2010
10:21 AM ET

Video: Should disabled mom be kept from kids?

Dr. Sanjay Gupta | BIO
AC360° Contributor
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent


Filed under: Sanjay Gupta
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