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October 21st, 2011
11:05 PM ET

Video: Jobs initially resisted cancer surgery

Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta explore why Steve Jobs resisted surgery and sought alternative treatments early on.

October 21st, 2011
10:26 PM ET

Video: KTH: Iraq withdrawal too soon?

What did President Obama leave out of his troop withdrawal announcement? We are Keeping Them Honest.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Barack Obama • Iraq • Keeping Them Honest
October 21st, 2011
10:20 PM ET

Video: New details on Gadhafi's death

AC360° learns more details on the exact nature of Moammar Gadhafi's death.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Moammar Gadhafi
October 21st, 2011
09:49 PM ET

Video: RidicuList: Turtle-man goes Hollywood

The formerly scruffy turtle hunter Ernie Brown Junior lands on the RidicuList after a magazine makeover.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • The RidicuList
October 21st, 2011
06:51 PM ET

Letters to the President #1005: 'A good run overseas'

Reporter's Note: President Obama says that almost all U.S. troops will be out of Iraq by Christmas.

Dear Mr. President,

Although I can respect their opinions, I don’t care what the Republicans say right now; you are clearly having a very good run overseas lately. Osama Bin Laden… gone. Gadhafi… gone. Suspected Iranian plot…busted. And now this sudden news that almost all of the U.S. troops are coming home by Christmas. I imagine you chatting in the Oval Office with Biden. “I don’t know, Joe. It just all seemed to come together.”

I realize that unexpected circumstances played at least some role in all of this, but the bottom line remains: You are the Commander in Chief, and many, many voters will give you credit for these events which will almost all be seen in a positive light if polls are to be trusted.

Funny how things turn out, isn’t it? Back when you were running for office, one of the biggest raps against you was that you had far too little experience in international affairs. And you have to admit, it was a fair point. There was nothing on your resume that would have made anyone suspect such promising developments would happen under your leadership.

By the same token, your domestic policy credentials looked o.k. at the time. Now, here you are launching into your re-election bid, and you’re being pounded senseless over domestic problems (like, ahem…sorry to bring it up…unemployment) and it is your international success that is proving to be one of the stronger planks in your platform. Go figure.

I know that plenty of people, especially among your foes, will say that you were just in the right place at the right time; that you had little part in making these things happen.

You know what I say? Presidents often get both credit and blame that they don’t fully deserve, and it is inherently unfair to lay one at a president’s door and not the other. So congratulations for your success in making these events come to pass. I hope it all plays out to be truly good news for the whole world in the long run.

Regards,

Tom

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Filed under: Letters to the President • Opinion • President Barack Obama • T1 • Tom Foreman
October 21st, 2011
05:39 PM ET

Poll: Is the timing right for a U.S. troop withdrawal?

President Obama announced today that virtually all of the nearly 40,000 U.S. troops in Iraq will be “home for the holidays.”


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Left behind in Iraq: thousands of contractors
October 21st, 2011
04:14 PM ET

Left behind in Iraq: thousands of contractors

By National Security Producer Jamie Crawford

With the removal of all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the year looking more likely, absent an agreement to extend legal immunity, a large contingent of U.S. contractors will still remain facing their own legal and logistical ambiguities and challenges.

The complexity of the situation is not lost on top officials at the State Department who are busy preparing to assume control of every U.S. responsibility in Iraq – including contracting operations.

"The State Department is doing something that quite frankly we have never done before, this is not going to be easy and I think we all understand that," Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides told CNN.

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October 21st, 2011
02:20 PM ET

Video: Gadhafi's demise and the Arab Spring

(CNN) - Three gone (Gadhafi, Mubarak, Ben Ali), two holding on in the face of daily protests (al-Assad, Saleh), two more (Kings Abdullah of Jordan and Mohammed of Morocco) trying to stay ahead of the curve of protest: After 10 months of the Arab Spring, the region is still in the throes of a heady and unpredictable transformation.

Moammar Gadhafi's demise, after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia, means that three rulers in power collectively for 95 years are gone. Scholar and author Fouad Ajami, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, says that 2011 "is to the Arabs what 1989 was to the communist world. The Arabs are now coming into ownership of their own history and we have to celebrate."

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Filed under: Arab Spring • Moammar Gadhafi • Tim Lister
October 21st, 2011
02:45 AM ET

Video: Inside Gadhafi's last hours

A look at what was happening leading up to the time of Gadhafi's death. Anderson Cooper reports.

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October 21st, 2011
01:36 AM ET

Video: Details of Gadhafi's death

Ben Farmer, who is embedded in Libya for The Daily Telegraph, describes the final moments surrounding Gadhafi's death.

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