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September 20th, 2011
10:58 PM ET

The RidicuList: Redhead haters

Editor's Note: After a sperm bank turns away redheaded donors, CNN's Anderson Cooper puts "ginger haters" on the RidicuList.


Filed under: The RidicuList
September 20th, 2011
10:56 PM ET

Video: Air show new video

Editor's Note: Brent Wilson and his two sons, Ryan and Kyle were at the air show in Reno when things went suddenly wrong before their eyes.


Filed under: 360° Radar
September 20th, 2011
10:54 PM ET

Video: Perry and Israel

Editor's Note: GOP presidential front-runner Rick Perry blasts President Obama's stance on Israel. James Carville and Eric Erickson debate.


Filed under: James Carville • Raw Politics
September 20th, 2011
08:49 PM ET

Video: RNC chairman: Debt plan 'class warfare'

Editor's Note: CNN's Anderson Cooper talks to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus about President Obama's debt plan.


Filed under: 360° Radar
September 20th, 2011
08:36 PM ET

AC361: Who is Isha Sesay?

Editor's Note: AC 361 takes you behind the scenes of AC360 with our own Isha Sesay.


Filed under: AC361°
September 20th, 2011
07:52 PM ET

Bullied to death: Join the Live Chat

Jamey Rodemeyer, a 14 year old student in Buffalo, New York ... bullied to death. After years of taunting and teasing by classmates and being told things like "gay people go to hell" and "you're like a girl" ... Jamey seemed to have gotten a handle on it. But just this past Sunday, Jamey committed suicide. A tragic story...please weigh in below!

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Filed under: Live Blog
September 20th, 2011
07:29 PM ET

Letters to the President: #974 'It's math? Really?'

Reporter's Note: President Obama has been talking endlessly about our budget issues, and so have his Republican opponents. Fair enough. But when they start invoking the sciences, as my letter points out, I get a little twitchy.

Dear Mr. President,

Here’s an old joke. How many accountants does it take to change a light bulb? Well, how many do you want it to take?

I was listening to you defend the idea of slapping higher taxes on wealthier Americans by suggesting it’s a fundamental step in taming the deficit. As you put it, “It’s not class warfare. It’s math.” Whether it is class warfare or not is something I’ll let you and your foes hash out, but I must say I just don’t buy the math line, because I’ve seen how, just as that joke implies, math can be twisted to suit almost anyone’s needs.

Math can tell us that we are spending too much for the comparative amount of revenue we are taking in, but it can’t really instruct us on whether the problem is the income or the outgo. Math can tell us how much is going to the military, and to Social Security, and to the Department of Agriculture, but it can’t tell us if the money is well spent. Math can help us compare our government purchasing power with that of other nations, but again, it can’t tell us if we are using our cash wisely.

And when you introduce notions such as everyone paying a “fair share” for government, I think the math really gets onto shifting sand. I remember only bits of the math I learned in school and was never particularly good at, but I am pretty certain that none of those exhausting equations we tackled ever used the word “fair” to describe a sum. Let’s see…”Add 19, carry the 4, multiply by fair…” Nope. Never saw that.

“Fair” is certainly a value, but it is a value of humanity, judgment, justice; that sort of thing. It is not math.

Again, I’m not saying you are wrong. I’m just saying that you can’t call you conclusions or ideas “math,” because they are not. Math is a pure science. It doesn’t care about your political views, the deficit, the unemployment rate, or anything else. Used properly, it can truly help us measure our failings and successes, track our progress, and prepare for our future. But used improperly, it becomes like so much else in D.C.; a false tool of ideology and spurious claims which will never add up….to math.

Not trying to wreck on you. Give me a call if you want to chat it over.

Regards,

Tom

September 20th, 2011
05:36 PM ET

Video: Alternatives to interrogation

Editor's note: In part 2 of his riveting interview, Anderson Cooper talks with former FBI interrogator Ali Soufan.


Filed under: 360° Interview • 360° Radar • 360º Follow
September 20th, 2011
05:35 PM ET

Video: Do enhanced interrogations work?

Editor's note: In part 1 of his riveting interview, Anderson Cooper talks with former FBI interrogator Ali Soufan.


Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow