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November 12th, 2010
09:50 PM ET

Amazon Backlash: Join the Live Chat

Tonight, peddling pedophilia. The nations largest online retailer, amazon.com is slowly take down more disgusting material for sale on its site. Not just books, but videos as well. Why is it taking them so long?
And how did this stuff get on their site in the first place? We're keeping them honest. Plus, tonight's other headlines.

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 $#&*)


Filed under: Live Blog
November 12th, 2010
06:45 PM ET
November 12th, 2010
05:37 PM ET

Beat 360° 11/12/10

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:

Tiger Woods takes his hat of during round 2 of the Australian Masters at The Victoria Golf Club on November 12, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo credit: Lucas Dawson/Getty Images)

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.

Update: Beat 360° Winners:

Staff
Vlad Duthiers
“When I wave my hat, that’s your signal. Penthouse suite. 10pm.”


Viewer

Randall Williams, Anniston, AL
"Why did I get that extended text plan for my phone?"

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
November 12th, 2010
04:15 PM ET

Palin's unfavorables reach all time high

Alexander Mooney
CNN Ticker Producer

(CNN) – She's coming off a successful midterm election season, is on the heels of releasing a second book, and about to star in an adventure-packed reality television show, but Sarah Palin's poll numbers are going in the wrong direction.

A new survey by Gallup suggests more than half of all Americans (52 percent) now hold a negative view of the former Alaska governor, the highest unfavorable rating Palin has ever registered in the organization's polling. Her 40 percent favorable rating meanwhile ties her lowest score in Gallup history, registered in the fall of 2009 shortly after she quit her post as governor.

Palin also registered a 40 percent favorable rating in CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national poll conducted just before the midterm elections. According to the CNN survey, 49 percent said they had an unfavorable opinion of Palin.

The Gallup poll indicates that Palin seems to have lost her biggest chunk of support among independent voters – the voting bloc that was crucial in handing Republicans control of the House on Election Day. Her favorability among those voters has dropped 8 points since the summer, according to the poll, from 43 percent to 35 percent.

Full story on the CNN Political Ticker


Filed under: 360° Radar • Sarah Palin
November 12th, 2010
01:07 PM ET

Heroes nominator: 'Krishnan has taken a challenge that others would shy away from.'

Program Note: CNN Heroes received more than ten thousand nominations from 100 countries.. A Blue Ribbon Panel selected the Top 10 CNN Heroes for the year. Voting for the CNN Hero of the Year continues through November 18th (6am ET) at CNNHeroes.com

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Rajesh Naik
Nominated Narayanan Krishnan | HIS STORY

Krishnan has taken a challenge that others would shy away from no matter how concerned they are, as it most challenging to support people who are homeless and mentally challenged.

He is someone who could have pursued some glamorous career opportunities by staying on as a 5-star hotel chef, but he found a more meaningful role in helping others. Today, he cares for approximately 400 people who’ve been left alone on the streets with nobody to take care of them.

CNN Heroes is a unique program which is different than other mainstream media outlets. CNN has truly helped many people to receive support, and more than that – it has inspired others to do something helpful. I was elated to see that.

I also found some of the comments written by people from all over the world quite satisfying – it was wonderful to see that irrespective of the culture or country, Krishnan’s example has touched everyone.

True and selfless help is divine. It does not matter whether you do what Krishnan is doing – everyone can do something small in your own unique way in our daily lives. I hope Krishnan’s acts inspire others to do that.

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Filed under: CNN Heroes
November 12th, 2010
01:00 PM ET

Obama says he's not caving on tax cuts

Ed Henry
CNN Senior White House Correspondent

Seoul, South Korea (CNN) - President Barack Obama declared Friday that his "number one priority" is preserving tax cuts for the middle class, and sharply denied that comments by his senior adviser David Axelrod suggest that his administration is about to cave in to Republicans who also want to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

"That is the wrong interpretation because I haven't had a conversation with Democratic and Republican leaders," Obama said of a Huffington Post article suggesting that in advance of negotiations with lawmakers next week, the White House has calculated that giving in on tax cuts for the rich is the only way to get the middle class cuts extended too.

"Here's the right interpretation - I want to make sure that taxes don't go up for middle class families starting on January 1st," Obama said at a news conference at the conclusion of the G-20 Summit here. "That is my number one priority for those families and for our economy. I also believe that it would be fiscally irresponsible for us to permanently extend the high income tax cuts. I think that would be a mistake, particularly when we've got our Republican friends saying that their number 1 priority is making sure that we are dealing with our debt and our deficit."

Obama would not tip his hand on the discussions coming when Congress returns to work for a lame-duck session next week.

Full story


Filed under: 360° Radar • Ed Henry • President Barack Obama • Raw Politics
November 12th, 2010
12:57 PM ET

Letters to the President: #662 'The first cut is the deepest ... maybe'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: President Obama’s fiscal commission has startled DC with an aggressive plan to cut the deficit. I hope it doesn’t involve me mowing the White House lawn every Saturday.

Dear Mr. President,

Wow! I have to hand it to you; those are some whopping budget cuts your commission is slinging around. As I understand it, the plan is to reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over the next decade. That’s not pocket change, that’s for sure, and I’m pretty sure you can’t do it by just easing up on office supplies. “Hey Joe, what are you doing? That envelope can be used again! See, just write ‘Vice’ in front of ‘President’ and you’re in business.”

Of course you know that virtually everything in the plan is going to create controversy. Anytime you talk about raising taxes and reducing services in any fashion you can bet you’ll have a fight on your hands.
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November 12th, 2010
12:45 PM ET

Palin to hit the road – and presidential primary states

CNN Political Unit

(CNN) – Sarah Palin is gearing up to promote her new book, “America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag.”

The former Alaska governor will travel to 13 states in 11 days, including Iowa and South Carolina, sites of early presidential battles, according to a schedule provided to CNN by the book’s publisher, Harper Collins.

Palin is often mentioned as a potential GOP presidential candidate and leaves the door open to a run.

Full story on the CNN Political Ticker


Filed under: 360° Radar • Sarah Palin
November 12th, 2010
11:00 AM ET
November 12th, 2010
10:47 AM ET

San Francisco mayor to veto city's ban on Happy Meals

Michael Martinez
CNN

(CNN) - Mayor Gavin Newsom will veto the city's ban on most McDonald's Happy Meals with toys on Friday.

The mayor has scheduled an event at Fairmount Elementary School at 2:45 p.m. ET, where he will also release a report outlining the city's efforts to combat childhood obesity, his office said.

The San Francisco, California, Board of Supervisors approved the ban on Tuesday.

The ordinance requires McDonald's and other fast-food servings with toys to meet new nutritional standards.

Newsom had indicated he would veto the law. That veto would be meaningless because the board approved the ordinance 8-3, a veto-proof margin. With eight votes, the board could override the veto.

The new law, which San Francisco officials hope other cities will adopt in battling a child obesity epidemic, was a defeat for McDonald's, which led the fight against the measure.

Full story


Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow
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