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August 25th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Craigslist Put on Notice: Join the Live Chat

17 states taking action against online sex ads on Craigslist. The company says it monitors them closely
our investigation shows otherwise. Plus, a 360 dispatch from Dr. Sanjay Gupta. He joins us live from Pakistan where the flooding crisis is getting worse.

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Filed under: Live Blog
August 25th, 2010
09:37 PM ET

Evening Buzz: New Orleans, Five Years After Katrina

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight on 360°, and for the next couple of nights, Anderson is reporting live from New Orleans for an up close look at how the city is doing five years after Hurricane Katrina. We're live from what's being called the Ninth Ward's Field of Dreams, a planned community track and football field. Nearly $1.5 million has been raised to build it. You'll hear from the high school teacher who's working to make this dream come true.

Also tonight, we have an update on our 'Keeping them Honest' investigation regarding Craigslist sex ads. The web site executives say they monitor them closely. We found that wasn't the case. Now 17 states are demanding action by Craigslist and they're crediting our reporting for bringing awareness to the problem.

We also have the latest on last night's primaries. Sarah Palin came out the big winner. She was potentially five-for-five in endorsements last night. The only one left in limbo is the U.S. Senate race in Alaska where Joe Miller, who has the support of Palin and the Tea Party, is leading incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski by nearly 1500 votes, 50.8 percent to 49.2 percent. But those results are not final, because mail-in and absentee ballots still need to be counted.

"It ain't over yet," vowed Murkowski today.

Gary Tuchman has the raw politics of Palin's growing power. And we'll dig deeper with CNN political contributors on the left and right, James Carville and Ed Rollins.

See you at 10 p.m. eastern for these stories and much more


Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
August 25th, 2010
06:31 PM ET
August 25th, 2010
06:23 PM ET

Pakistan hospital cut off by floods struggles to help survivors

Brian Walker
CNN

Staff at Gilgit Town's District Headquarters Hospital try to make up for unsanitary conditions by prescribing antibiotics.
Staff at Gilgit Town's District Headquarters Hospital try to make up for unsanitary conditions by prescribing antibiotics.

(CNN) - The baby's heartbeat was failing, the mother needed medicine, and the doctors wanted clean instruments. But three weeks into Pakistan's flooding crisis, staff in one maternity ward in northern Pakistan had nothing but candles and light from a cell phone on hand to perform a high-risk emergency delivery.

The young mother had been pushing for hours as the day turned into a dark gloom. With nothing moving, the physician on duty faced the prospect of a cesarean surgery without anesthetic, or likely death of both mother and child.

The maternity nurse turned to the pregnant woman's mother and whispered, "Which is more important - the mother, or the baby?" She answered adamantly, but also sadly, "The mother."

That was the scene that Dr. Emma Varley found in the delivery room at the Kashrote hospital in Gilgit, more than three weeks after unprecedented flooding hit the town.

Full story


Filed under: Pakistan
August 25th, 2010
06:16 PM ET

Rollins: Political earthquake shakes GOP

Ed Rollins
CNN Senior Political Contributor

Political experts are getting blindsided by the frenetic politics of 2010, Rollins says.
Political experts are getting blindsided by the frenetic politics of 2010, Rollins says.

Editor's note: Ed Rollins, a senior political contributor for CNN, is senior presidential fellow at the Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency at Hofstra University. He is a principal with the Dilenschneider Group, a global public relations firm. He was White House political director for President Ronald Reagan and chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

New York (CNN) - Republican primary voters yesterday sent shock waves of earthquake proportions from Florida to Alaska.

The upset victory in Florida's gubernatorial primary of the Tea Party- "embraced" multimillionaire businessman Rick Scott over the establishment-endorsed Attorney General Bill McCollum continues the string of outsider candidates knocking the daylights out of the Republican establishment.

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Filed under: Ed Rollins • Opinion • Raw Politics • Republicans
August 25th, 2010
01:17 PM ET

Palin also a big winner Tuesday

Alexander Mooney
CNN Ticker Producer

(CNN) – Sarah Palin's endorsement slump has come to a screeching halt, with all three of the statewide candidates she backed either leading or having won their primary bids Tuesday night.

Palin's most high-profile, and perhaps influential, endorsement came in Alaska earlier this summer – where the former Republican vice presidential nominee backed little-known attorney Joe Miller over Lisa Murkowski, the state's incumbent Republican senator.

The endorsement immediately rocketed Miller's profile throughout the state, as did an endorsement from the Tea Party Express which poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into the race. Palin's husband Todd also penned a fundraising letter and the former Alaska governor herself recorded a robo-call on Miller's behalf.

As of Wednesday morning, Miller holds a slim 1,960 vote lead of Murkowski, according to an unofficial vote tally by the Associated Press with 98 percent of precincts reporting, with thousands of absentee ballots yet to be counted.

Full story on the CNN Political Ticker


Filed under: Raw Politics • Sarah Palin
August 25th, 2010
12:28 PM ET

Taxi driver stabbed after being asked 'Are you a Muslim?'

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A man has been charged with a hate crime for allegedly repeatedly stabbing a New York City taxi driver after asking him if he is Muslim, authorities said.

Michael Enright, 21, of Brewster, New York, was arrested for assault, aggravated harassment, and criminal possession of a weapon following Tuesday evening’s attack, police said.

A police source said the suspect hailed the cab at East 24th Street and 2nd Avenue in Manhattan. The source said the crime apparently occurred while the cabbie drove the suspect about twenty blocks.

Enright allegedly said to the driver “are you a Muslim?” before stabbing him in the neck, face and arm, the source said.

The driver was able to stop the vehicle, lock the passenger inside the cab and call 911, the source said.

According to police, the cab driver was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he is listed in stable condition.

Update 4: 25 p.m.: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued the following statement regarding the stabbing of the cab driver:

“I spoke today with the taxi driver who was stabbed last night in an attack that appears to have been motivated by anti-Muslim bias. I assured him that ethnic or religious bias has no place in our city, and to help show that, I invited him to City Hall to meet with me tomorrow, an invitation he accepted.

“This attack runs counter to everything that New Yorkers believe, no matter what God we may pray to. I want to thank the men and women of the NYPD for their quick response in apprehending the suspect who was arrested and charged with attempted murder as a hate crime. We will continue to do everything possible to crack down on any crime that targets someone because of who they are or what they believe.”

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
August 25th, 2010
11:45 AM ET
August 25th, 2010
10:16 AM ET

Letters to the President #583: 'A double-dip? Uh…No, thanks'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

I’ve been saying for some time that you have to get this housing situation solved first or nothing else you do will stave off the economic hobgoblins.
I’ve been saying for some time that you have to get this housing situation solved first or nothing else you do will stave off the economic hobgoblins.

Reporter's Note: President Obama has repeatedly warned that the economic recovery is going to take long time. But now some economics types are warning instead of creeping forward, we could actually start going backward again. So I’m writing another letter to the White House while I can still afford it.

Dear Mr. President,

Ah ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya. That’s the sound of me covering my ears and refusing to listen. What is this I hear? The latest housing news (which was bad) has triggered another stock slide (which was also bad) and now I’m feeling bad (which is worse than I was feeling this morning.) The gnomes of the economy have gathered around their bubbling potions to chant warnings of (cue the dramatic music) a double-dip recession.

For my part, I thought a double-dip recession meant it came in the summer and was so short that we should celebrate with ice cream. Apparently, however, I was mistaken. Turns out it’s more like two recessions really close to each other with a little, slightly better few weeks or months in between. Or it’s one big recession with an intermission. Either way it’s not a positive thing.

I’ve been saying for some time that you have to get this housing situation solved first or nothing else you do will stave off the economic hobgoblins, and I can’t help but feel that this sort of proves it. A friend of mine, who knows a thing or two about economics, told me the other day that he gives you pretty decent marks for the stimulus spending. But he too said this problem with the mortgages and all the fear it has put into the markets is as troublesome as a dead rat in the soup kettle.
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August 25th, 2010
09:47 AM ET

In Katrina's shadow, memories of a 'perfect' neighborhood live on

Christina Zdanowicz and Katie Hawkins-Gaar
CNN

Paul and Carolyn Hollister, 72 and 67, look over photos of Hurricane Katrina's damage and reminisce about the devastating storm.
Paul and Carolyn Hollister, 72 and 67, look over photos of Hurricane Katrina's damage and reminisce about the devastating storm.

Waveland, Mississippi (CNN) - With Hurricane Katrina bearing down on the Gulf Coast, Paul and Carolyn Hollister grabbed a few belongings and headed to Florida in their RV. The couple figured they'd be gone for just 48 hours as they left their Waveland, Mississippi, home.

When they returned 10 days later, Waveland was in ruins.

Circling the neighborhood, the Hollisters saw just a handful of houses still standing. Black mud and downed trees altered the once-familiar landscape.

"We passed our house and didn't even recognize the area because there were no landmarks," Carolyn Hollister said. They spotted their home in the rearview mirror and turned around.

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Filed under: Hurricane Katrina
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