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January 31st, 2011
09:46 PM ET

Anderson Reports Live From Egypt: Join the Live Chat

Egyptians are defying a curfew and are still in the streets of Cairo tonight. Anderson gives you an up close look at the uprising tonight on 360°.

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Filed under: Live Blog
January 31st, 2011
09:43 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Egyptian Army says 'No Violence' Against the People

Egyptian demonstrators gather in Cairo's Tahrir Square close to a military tank on Monday.

Egyptian demonstrators gather in Cairo's Tahrir Square close to a military tank on Monday.

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Anderson is reporting live from Cairo, Egypt tonight. He'll have the latest developments from Egypt's capital city. Protesters remain in  Tahrir Square where they're  demanding that President Hosni Mubarak resign, but at this point he's ignoring those calls.

Tomorrow could be a critical day in Egypt. Demonstrators are organizing what they're calling a "march of millions."

In preparation of that march, Egyptian security forces have placed concrete barriers in strategic locations. We've also learned that Noor Group, an Internet service provider, has been shut down. This takes the country offline. The government is also planning to shut down mobile phone networks before the march.

The Egyptian army said there will be "no violence" against the people.

"We reassure the armed forces are a force of stability and security for this great nation. The protection of the people is one of its core values," said a military spokesman on state TV.

About 2,600 Americans are still trying to get out of Egypt tonight. Some 1,200 got on chartered flights today.

Anderson will talk with two Americans trying to get out. They say they're not getting much help from the U.S. embassy.

Anderson also got an exclusive interview with Mohamed ElBaradei, the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency who returned to his native Egypt last week as an opposition leader.

ElBaradei told Anderson that the United States needs to "let go" of its longtime ally.

"My message to President Obama, and, I have lots of respect for him, I worked with him, you know, in the last year of my tenure was at IAA and I have a lot of admiration for him, but I tell him, you need to review your policy, you need to let go of Mubarak, you shouldn't be behind the curve and you need to start building confidence with the people and not with the people who are smothering the people."

Join us for these angles and much more live from Egypt starting at 10 p.m. ET on CNN. See you then.


Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
January 31st, 2011
06:03 PM ET

Beat 360° 1/31/11

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:


Chicago Mayoral candidate and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel speaks to reporters after voting during the first day of early voting January 31, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Credit: Scott Olson/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:

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Steve Brusk
First ever campaign news conference broadcast on 7-second delay.

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Greg Smith
"Actually its a Green Tea moisturizer and I use a herbal essences shampoo with color guard....next question?"

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
January 31st, 2011
12:44 PM ET

Letters to the President #742 'Still fear and loathing'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: The government will release new unemployment numbers later this week, and lately that has been cause for people in DC to hold their breath; kind of like the president must do every day when he sees my letter! Ha!

Dear Mr. President,

I am writing to you today from the great state of Nevada. We are here on our latest Building Up America trip, and I must say it has already been an eye-opener.

Over the past couple of months as I have looked at unemployment reports, and foreclosure rates, and all those other indicators, I’ve noted many times that the Silver State is pretty much the gold standard for terrible times right now. Unemployment here has been pushing up toward 15 percent. The gambling business is down; tourism is in the tank; construction is staggering. But to be here on the ground and see the results firsthand is truly disturbing.

Now, don’t get me wrong: This is still a great vacation destination for people who are looking for all the bright lights and excitement that Las Vegas has always meant. The Strip is still glittering and gaudy, and you can still find big shows and big crowds flocking to see them any night of the week. But the crowds just aren’t as big as they were. And they seem to be sitting on their wallets more.

So the less money the tourists spend, the less the locals have. The less the locals spend, the less jobs business owners can support. And on and on it goes. As you make your way around town you can see the results. Sure there are plenty of businesses that look busy and fine, but I went on a long run and I was struck by how many other places were closed up and dark. Many of them leave all their signs in place so it looks like they are still in operation, but when you get closer you see that they are empty shells…like a Hollywood set depicting a thriving town.

People here are trying to do something about it. We’ve talked to business, political, and education leaders who really are doing all they can to attract other companies; high tech, green energy, film and video production; anything they can lay their hands on that might create work. But we’ve also talked to working folks who, at least at the moment, are pretty skeptical that any of those clever plans will produce any real results any time soon.

I know that you’ll be plenty busy watching the events in Egypt this week, and I can’t blame you if you are preoccupied a bit. But being here has already been a stark reminder of just how much trouble many of our fellow Americans are in, and how that has to remain priority number one as long as it takes until things are better. Because you can see it easily here: When the economy stops working, everything and everyone suffers, no matter how much they try to put on a brave face.

We’ll be doing reports from Nevada all week, introducing many of the wonderful and clever folks here. I hope you get a chance to see some of the reports. And, as always, call if you can.

Regards,
Tom

January 31st, 2011
09:42 AM ET